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Park City Board of Realtors presents 12th annual Turkey Drive

From left, Rick Otto, Nicole Johnson, Ginger Skaley, Dondea Lykes, Deb Hartley, Jeff Lykes, Jana Jacobsen, Marcus Wood, Russ "the Butcher", Walt "the Butcher" and Rob Lea stand outside the Market at Park City to announce the Park City Board of Realtors' annual Turkey Drive. (Christopher Reeves/Park Record)

The Park City Board of Realtors organized the first Park City Turkey Drive in 2001 and collected 100 frozen turkeys to donate to the Utah Food Bank.

Some 12 years later, the Board of Realtors, whose membership is up in the 800s, is still fighting hunger in Summit County and in the rest of the state.

This year, the Turkey Drive is on track to collect 1,600 turkeys, and they will all be collected at the Market at Park City, 1500 Snow Creek Dr., on Thursday, Nov. 21, and Friday, Nov. 22, from 10 a.m. until 5 p.m.

Donors can just drop off as many turkeys as they would like during those times, or better, yet, people come to the Market at Park City and buy a turkey for donation, said Deb Hartley, committee chairwoman for the Park City Turkey Drive.

They can also drop off canned goods or make a monetary donation, she said.

"This is one of the fundraisers The Park City Board of Realtors does and it supports the community, because 500 of those turkeys will stay here locally in Summit County and the rest will be distributed throughout the state through the Utah Food Bank," Hartley said. "The Park City Turkey Drive is the largest provider of turkeys in the state of Utah. We figure that one turkey can feed six people for dinner, so if we meet our goal this year, we will have fed more than 100,000 people in the 12 years of the Turkey Drive’s existence."

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Hartley said Park City has been a wonderful host all these years.

"We live in a community that loves to give," she said. "There are so many good people, and this is one more way for them to reach out to our neighbors."

Every night, one out of seven children in Utah go to bed hungry, Hartley said.

"Some of those children live in Park City," she said. "So the need is important. It’s amazing how many people in Summit County are hungry, and we’re trying to provide for those who are less fortunate than ourselves."

In addition to the community, Hartley thanked The Market.

"The Market of Park City has been our partner from the beginning," she said. "Mike Holmes and his staff have been huge supporters of us."

Hartley also thanked Park City-based architects Rick Otto and Mario Ferraro for getting the community involved.

"The beauty is the fact that it all starts and ends right here," she said. "The Park City Turkey Drive is Park City driven and is supported by Park City residents. It’s big fun."

The Park City Board of Realtors will host the 12th annual Park City Turkey Drive at the Market at Park City, 1500 Snow Creek Dr., on Thursday, Nov. 21, and Friday, Nov. 22, from 10 a.m. until 5 p.m. Canned food will also be accepted. Those who would like to donate money can do so by visiting http://www.parkcityturkeydrive.info . For more information, call Deb Hartley at 435-655-1314.

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