02.26.16

Daines Honors Montanan of the Week: Tom Kuntz of Red Lodge

U.S. SENATE — Senator Steve Daines today recognized Tom Kuntz of Red Lodge for his company’s generous donations to non-profits throughout Carbon County. 

Tom is the owner of local pizza shop Red Lodge Pizza Co., which contributed $11,700 of its profits to 20 various non-profits to help support their goals and missions. His contributions make up the largest portion of $34,000 raised during this year’s third annual charitable contribution program on behalf of the Red Lodge Area Community Foundation.

Through his “Montanan of the Week” initiative, Daines each week will highlight a Montanan by submitting a statement of recognition in the official Congressional Record, the document that reflects the official proceedings of Congress.

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Daines’ recognition in the Congressional Record is available here.

Daines welcomes anyone to nominate fellow Montanans for Daines’ “Montanan of the Week” program by calling Daines’ office at 202-224-2651 or by filling out the contact form on Daines’ website: http://www.daines.senate.gov/connect/email-steve

 The following is the statement submitted to the Congressional Record:

              MONTANAN OF THE WEEK

     Mr. DAINES. Mr. PRESIDENT, I rise today to honor Tom Kuntz of Red Lodge, Montana, for his company’s generous donations to non-profits throughout Carbon County.

     Tom is the owner of local pizza shop Red Lodge Pizza Co., which contributed $11,700 of its profits to 20 various non-profits to help support their goals and missions. His contributions make up the largest portion of $34,000 raised during this year’s third annual charitable contribution program on behalf of the Red Lodge Area Community Foundation.

     His generous giving is not just a one-time occurrence. Throughout his 20 years in business, Red Lodge Pizza Co. has made supporting community organizations a priority.

     Some of the organizations profiting from Red Lodge Pizza Co.’s donations include Boys and Girls of Carbon County, Domestic & Sexual Violence Services, Red Lodge Public Schools Foundation, Beartooth Humane Alliance and Bridger Community Food Bank.

     Tom is also the Red Lodge fire chief and was gracious enough to give me a tour of an area fire discussing fuels reduction in August of 2013.  I am grateful for Tom’s dedication to his hometown, his generosity and selfless actions benefitting the people and organizations that make up his community. Its people like Tom that make me proud to call Montana home. I agree with Tom when he says “it is great to give back to people that make this place so wonderful.” 

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