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Warriors & Quiet Waters Raises Over $770,000 at Fifth Annual Warrior Taste Fest

WQW’s Record-Breaking Event Will Enable Veterans to Thrive

Warriors & Quiet Waters Foundation’s fifth annual Warrior Taste Fest raised over $770,000 during their sold-out event in support of post-9/11 combat veterans.

Warrior Taste Fest, which took place at Haynes Pavilion at the Gallatin County Fairgrounds, hosted over 700 people on Friday, September 8.

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Our amazing supporters raised nearly 20 percent of our 2023 operating budget at Warrior Taste Fest, ensuring Warriors & Quiet Waters has the resources to continue delivering the highly impactful outcomes for veteran participants that we’ve seen in our Built for More Program while putting our organization on solid footing for our upcoming 2024 program season. We are incredibly grateful for the amazing generosity that we witnessed.


Brian Gilman

Col, USMC (Ret), CEO Warriors & Quiet Waters Foundation

Attendees had the opportunity to sample food, beer, and cocktails from 36 of Montana’s best eateries and voted for their favorite in the Best Under the Big Sky competition. Little Belt Cattle Co. won Best Bite, Mountains Walking won Best Brew, and Bozeman Spirits won Best Cocktail.

Twelve renowned artists quick-finished paintings and sculptures that raised over $123,000 during the live auction.

"We give thanks to everyone who supported this year's Warrior Taste Fest. You demonstrated that our community is invested in the well-being of post-9/11 combat veterans and their loved ones. We could not be more grateful," said Emily Sather, Chief Development Officer.

Warrior Taste Fest is produced and hosted by Warriors & Quiet Waters Foundation, a 501(c)3 nonprofit that has served our nation’s post-9/11 combat veterans and their loved ones for sixteen years. Warriors & Quiet Waters’ mission is to enable post-9/11 combat veterans and their loved ones to thrive and find peace, meaning, and purpose through fly fishing and other inspirational activities in nature.

Photos for Warrior Taste Fest can be viewed online and credited to Studio MacLeod.