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Live PC Give PC reached its $1 million goal

This year’s goal for the Park City Foundation’s 24-hour day of giving, Live PC Give PC fundraiser, was $1 million.

The organization reached that goal with less than five minutes to spare during a gathering at High West Distillery Friday night, said Kristen Shaw, programs manager for the Park City Community Foundation.

"At 11:30 p.m., we were a little ways off, but we had people step up," Shaw said during an interview with The Park Record. "We had couple of pledges and one was a challenge of $5,000 so there was a lot of energy in the room."

The last-minute donations pushed the total to $1,008,081, according to Shaw.

"Last year we raised $832,000 and the year before we reached $330,000," she said. "In the past four years, we’ve raised more than $2.7 million for our nonprofit organizations. It’s been amazing."

This year, 73 nonprofits participated in the drive with individual organizations raising anywhere from $220 to more than $60,000, Shaw said.

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"We also included some groups that were affiliated with these nonprofits, so we had about 90 organizations total who raised money," Shaw said. "One of these, EATS, which is a school lunch program to promote healthy eating, was one of the more successful programs."

Nearly 7,000 people and organizations made donations Friday.

"We had a total of 6,771 total donations, which was an increase of more than 1,000 donors from last year," Shaw said. "Of those, we had 2,755 unique donors, which was an increase of more than 130 over last year."

A unique donor is someone who gives for the first time, and may give to one or more organizations, according to Shaw.

"However, we count all their donations in one large sum, no matter how many times they donate," she explained. "Having the number of unique donors go up is something that we’re excited about."

As it has happened in the past three years, most donors this year chose to give to more than one organization, and many donations came from part-time residents who live in other parts of the country, or, the world.

"This year, we had someone give from Singapore," Shaw said.

There were also many people who donated $10 to 10 or 15 organizations, she said.

"We have found that method especially popular when kids are involved with the donations," she said. "One of the terrific aspects is that even a $10 gift means a lot to these organizations and it means so much to have this support."

The Park City Community Foundation was inspired to host its first Live PC Give PC four years ago after hearing about a similar event in Minnesota, said Peregrine Bosler, development manager for the Park City Community Foundation.

"We love what we have been able to do here and are excited to hold it every year," she said.

Bosler is especially pleased that there is little overhead the nonprofits have to pay, so they receive more money from the actual fundraiser.

"When nonprofits usually host a fundraiser gala, it takes a lot of energy and costs a lot of money, so they have to pull on many sponsors and donations from the community just to pay for the overhead," she said. "We kind of do that for the community, so the money the nonprofits raise through Live PC Give PC goes straight to them. We are excited and feel proud about that."

The Park City Community Foundation is also thankful for its own sponsors who contributed to the overall effort, Shaw said.

"They helped not only financially, but also with running the event and raising awareness," she said.

Presenting sponsors were Vail Resorts, Canyons and Park City Mountain Resort. Community sponsors included High West Distillery & Saloon, the Richard E. & Nancy P. Marriott Foundation and Mike Levinthal.

Shaw credited these and many others for their sponsorships.

"This is a great group of sponsors who believe in us and helped spread the word," she said.

In addition to sponsors, Live PC Give PC wouldn’t have been such a success if it weren’t for the volunteers.

"They were incredible," Bosler said. "This year, we had more than 200 volunteers that helped us the day of and leading up to the day and we had one volunteer who worked for 18 hours straight."

Although more donations are trickling in via http://www.livepcgivepc , Bosler is already looking toward next year’s event.

"We’ve met our challenge every year and that feels good," she said. "It shows that the full-time Park City community and part-time residents still feel connected."

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