Stampede, IBR help honor area women

The Idaho Stampede have always been a men's basketball team, but the organization, in conjunction with the Idaho Business Review, is now getting closer to the most successful women of the Treasure Valley.

The Stampede recently partnered with the IBR to honor the weekly newspaper's "Women of the Year," a group of 50 women who have become leaders in the community through their civic engagement, business acumen and dedication to the people of Idaho. Sixteen of the 50 women attended the Idaho Stampede game on Feb. 18, and were honored on the Stampede's floor. Anne Kunkel, a partner at Givens Pursley LLP, was honored before the game as the co-captain of the game for raising the most money as part of a fund-raiser based on tickets sold to that night's game.

Based on this fund-raiser, the two organizations donated $850 to the Women's and Children's Alliance as a way to honor the IBR’s Women of the Year. This was the third year the Stampede have partnered with the IBR and over the past three years, the Stampede and IBR have raised almost $2800 to local charities through this partnership and the efforts of the women of the year.

"Our relationship with the IBR and the women of the Treasure Valley is extremely important to us," Stampede President and General Manager Steve Brandes said. "These women are leaders in the local workforce and community through their involvement with non-profits, churches, area schools, city councils and other organizations that advance the Treasure Valley. We are honored to recognize these women, and look forward to doing so in the future."



Kunkel was honored on-court for raising the most money through ticket sales, and her excitement came from not only being a community leader, but a basketball fan at heart.

“It was an amazing experience to be recognized as the ‘fan of the game’ by the Idaho Stampede," Kunkel said. "Being on the court with the players and getting to meet the captains is an experience that I am not soon to forget. I had never been to a Stampede game, but I will definitely be back. And as a UK (University of Kentucky) grad, watching Antoine Walker play brought back great memories of a NCAA national championship (in 1996)!”

“While I was singled out for recognition, this was really a group achievement that could not have been reached without the support of my nominating companies, CREW Idaho, Inc. (affiliation pending) and Givens Pursley LLP. CREW Idaho, Inc. is a group of real estate professionals in the Treasure Valley who have, as part of the national CREW organization, joined together to support, educate and advance women in commercial real estate, so they mirror the IBR program in the goals to advance women in professional fields. I am a partner with Givens Pursley LLP, a full service law firm, who has supported me throughout my career to make me the best attorney I can be.”

“Although it was great to be singled out for my achievements, the bigger reward is being recognized alongside such an amazing group of women. What is wonderful about the IBR Women of the Year program is that it illustrates so many ways women can achieve in the business community throughout the state; that there is no one way to achieve success. It is truly an honor to stand beside those women and be recognized with them. It is also a great reflection on the local business community to see the collaborative effort between IBR and the Stampede to make sure women are recognized for their excellence and achievements in their professional and personal lives.”