History of Black Tie Blue Jeans
Rocky Mountain College is proud to celebrate the 31st anniversary of Black Tie Blue Jeans, not only one of Billings’ premier gala events, but one of the longest-running scholarship benefits.
In 1987, the first Black Tie Blue Jeans Scholarship Benefit was held, growing out of what was called the “Rocky Mountain Roundup,” which was a unique fundraising event well-supported by area ranchers and cattlemen. Short-of-cash ranchers had calves and steers they were willing to donate to education. The College had its official registered brand – RMR – for the Rocky Mountain Roundup, which was used to brand the donated livestock. Originally, College volunteers rounded up the RMR-branded cattle and trucked them to the public auction yard where they were judged and sold. Later, when Black Tie Blue Jeans began, a reserve champion calf and a grand champion calf were selected to be auctioned off at the event.
In 1990, the Western theme of Black Tie Blue Jeans was firmly adopted, but the branding and cattle roundup evolved into a silent and live auction of a variety of donated items.
One thing that never changed over the past 31 years of this event is its goal: to raise money for student scholarships.