The true spirit of giving shines bright in Bryan "Alf" Grezegorcyzk, who earlier this year was awarded the Wyoming Tribune Eagle's 2019 Community Spirit Award, and most recently he was presented with the Townsquare Media of Cheyenne "Cheyenne Person of the Year" poll for 2019. Grezegorcyzk is so deserving of these recognitions for all of the time and effort he has put into helping make Cheyenne a better place for everyone through his Thankful Thursday events.
Grezegorcyzk, founder and organizer of Thankful Thursday down at the Am Vets Post 10, started raising money for Cheyenne charities 10 years ago. In that time he has raised up to $2 million dollars to be distributed to many deserving local organizations.
Each week Thankful Thursday raises money for different Cheyenne charity organizations such as St. Joseph's Food Pantry, Capitol City Canine Search and Rescue, Laramie County Senior Services, and the Cheyenne Kiwanis Club to name a few. Members of the charity gather live-auction items to go up for bid during the Thankful Thursday event. Along with the auction there is food, beverages, raffles, prizes and a great time to be had be all.
The Grezegorcyzk team runs 2 different seasons throughout the year with about 13 Thursdays in the spring and 11 Thursdays in the fall. A list of the scheduled charities for each season is posted on their Facebook page well in advance, so each charity has time to gather their auction items.
Grezegorcyzk served in the U.S. Air Force, which is what originally brought him to Cheyenne. During his service in the military he earned the Military Outstanding Volunteer Service Medal by being active in the community. He has continued that tradition with Thankful Thursday, and the citizens of Cheyenne could not be more thankful for all of his time, generosity and effort over the years.