Montana Shrine Game is No. 1 in the nation

The Montana East-West Shrine Game was the No. 1-ranked Shine Game for raising money, and it isn’t even close.

Local Shriner Ryan Jonart announced Montana’s No. 1 ranking Tuesday night on the Montana East-West Shrine Game Facebook page. Jonart is attending a Shriners Imperial Session in Houston.

The latest figures are from the 2013 game, which was played at Naranche Stadium in Butte. The Butte Shriners presented the Shriners Hospital for Children in Spokane $146,000 from that game last May.

That figure beat the second-ranked game by $56,000. The Iowa Shrine Game was ranked No. 2 with $90,000. Kansas was third at $77,778, followed by North Dakota $56,041.

Last year’s Montana game, which was played in Laurel, raised about $55,000.

The 69th Montana East-West Shrine Game will be played July 18 in Great Falls. Players from the West will report to Montana Tech for practice on Saturday.

The game returns to Butte in 2016.

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