The goal was to raise $1 million in one year. But when the Park City Women's Giving Fund memberships and challenge grants were tallied at a celebration Wednesday evening, the total was $1,189,000 and still growing.
The whirlwind, one-year effort, spearheaded by the Park City Community Foundation, asked 1,000 women to donate $1,000 each in order to create an endowment to support programs for women and children in Park City and Summit County. Local women - and men - responded in droves.
Addressing a large crowd of founding members gathered on the plaza in front of Maxwell's East Coast Eatery, Park City Community Foundation board chairman Jack Mueller underscored Park City Foundation's track record of philanthropy and thanked those who had participated.
"Over the last eight years the Foundation has had a direct economic impact of $5 million in the community and has developed a legacy of innovative thinking," he said citing PCCF's successful "Save Our Snow" and "Live PC Give PC" campaigns.
But the focus of Wednesday's celebration was the foundation's newest initiative, the Park City Women's Giving Fund. During the event Women's Giving Fund Committee co-chair Jody Gross announced 1,154 donors had contributed. Furthermore, because the steering committee surpassed its goal of signing up 1,000 individuals, Zions Bank was adding another $35,000 to the fund.
Moss told the assembled crowd, "Our motto is 'We are stronger together' and it is true. The Women's Giving Fund grew because we wanted to make lives better for women and children in our Summit County community.
She added that while the bulk of the money came from individual donations, Wells Fargo Bank and Canyons resort also made significant contributions.
"Park City women like a challenge and a big goal and thanks to challenge grants from Canyons/Vail, Wells Fargo and Zions we surpassed all expectations."
Gross also singled out her co-chair Susan Richer (who could not be at the event) for pushing beyond the $1 million benchmark.
As the sun warmed the plaza at New Park Town Center and approximately 60 newly minted Women's Giving Fund founding members mingled, Gross added, "The dollar impact is only the beginning of our story. The Women's Giving Fund has built a community of like-minded women all wanting to improve the lives of women and children in our Summit County village."
For more information about the Park City Women's Giving Fund and the Park City Community Foundation go to: http://www.theparkcityfoundation.org/