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Park City Rotary Club benefits nonprofits with Giving Trees

The Park City Rotary Club is going back to the trees.

The community-service organization will kick off the second annual Giving Tree Festival at 11 a.m. on Friday, Nov. 18, at Miners Park. The festival will continue until Dec. 3.

The event will feature 21 trees decorated by an array of artists, which will be set up in different locations around the city.

The trees will be part of an auction to raise money for participating nonprofits, said Kristal Bowman-Carter, who, along with Corrie Forsling, is a marketing director for the festival.

"We're changing things a bit this year," Bowman-Carter said. "Last year, we loaded all the trees into the National Ability Center barn and it was beautiful, but many people came to me afterwards and said they missed the event. So, this year we are setting the trees in different locations so people will be able to see them."

The displays locations include Miners Park, Montage Deer Valley and Habitat for Humanity of Park City and Summit County's ReStore.

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"Some places will show more than one," Bowman-Carter said. "For example, Hugo Coffee will set up two trees."

To help people find all the trees, the Park City Rotary is offering downloadable maps that can be found by visiting http://www.givingtreefestival.org.

"People can also pick up a map at any of the locations the tree are set up," Bowman-Carter said. "People can also find those locations on the website as well."

Bowman-Carter said the goal of the festival is twofold

"First of all, we want everyone in the community to see all the trees that we set up around town," she said.

Secondly, the event will raise money for the nonprofits that provided the trees.

"Nintety-five of the proceeds we raise will go back to the nonprofits," Bowman-Carter said. "Each nonprofit will receive 90 percent and the nonprofit that receives the people's choice award will receive an additional 5 percent of the total."

The other 5 percent will cover the cost of putting on the event.

"We thought that some of our residents and part-time residents and second-home owners usually buy trees and get decorators to decorate them," Bowman-Carter said. "This is a way for them to buy a tree that is already decorated, donate to a nonprofit and get a tax write off."

Each nonprofit was responsible for decorating or hiring decorators to dress up the trees.

"There is a variety of local artists who are helping, and most of them are donating their time," Bowman-Carter said. "We also have arranged for discounts at Modern Display in Salt Lake City."

In addition to the online auction, the Giving Tree Festival is hosting a competition that is tied to the People's Choice Award voting.

The contest was set up by Park City Rotary members Cathy King and Christina Miller to get people to see as many trees as they can, Bowman-Carters said.

"We'll have ballot boxes at each site that has maps and forms that have the description of the trees and the nonprofits," she said. "You get a map and put a stamp on the location that you visit."

Once a person visits at least 15 of the 21 trees, they will fill out the People's Choice ballot and automatically enter the contest to win a $500 gift card.

"The deadline for that contest is December 5," Bowman-Carter said.

And there's more.

Throughout the festival, there will be an Elf on the Shelf contest.

"We will put the location of where the elf will be each day on our Facebook page Bowman-Carter said. "So, if people find the Elf, there will be a special stamp at each location to indicate they found it."

The Facebook page address is http://www.facebook.com/givingtreefestival/?fref=ts.

Robert Holmes, incoming president of the Park City Rotary Club, said the Giving Tree Festival is replacing the antiquated grant used by the club.

"We, through an idea that our sister club (Sunrise Rotary), got the idea of the festival, and it modernizes how we give out our grants," he said. "This way the nonprofits feel more involved and engaged in the process."

Last year, the Giving Tree Festival raised an excess of $40,000 that was divided into grants.

"We want this to be successful for everyone, because we want to increase the amounts of grants we give and this is a good way to do that," Holmes said. " The club is trying to get more modernized by reaching out to more people through social media."

Holmes feels the festival signals the club getting more with the times and engaging more people more frequently.

"It's more than just holding a couple of meetings each year and giving out grants," Holmes said.

The Giving Tree Festival also increases the nonprofits' visibility in the community.

"Even if people aren't making bids on the trees, they are still learning about the nonprofits and what they do," Bowman-Carter said.

On Dec. 3, the Giving Tree Festival will wrap up with a community celebration at Treasure Mountain Inn from 2-5 p.m.

"This is open to the public and there will be light food and drinks, a live auction for smaller items that may be more affordable for people who want to participate and give," Bowman-Carter said. "Santa will also be there and the Park City High School Choir will perform."

The Park City Rotary Club's Giving Tree Festival will open at 11 a.m. on Friday, Nov. 18, at Miner's Plaza on Main Street. The trees will be on display through Dec. 2, and a final celebration will be held on Dec. 3. The event will raise money for Park City nonprofits. For more information, visit http://www.parkcityrotary.com or email rotarygivingtree@gmail.com.

Giving Tree Festival Parade of Trees nonprofits and locations

• Ballet West Guild, Montgomery-Lee Gallery, 608 Main St.

• Big Brothers, Big Sisters, Miners Park, 415 Main St..

• Canines with a Cause and Children’s Justice Center, Hugo Coffee, 1794 Olympic Parkway

•  Hugo Coffee, 1796 Olympic Parkway

• EATS Park City, Riverhorse on Main, 540 Main St.

• Egyptian Theatre, Egyptian Theatre Display Case, 328 Main St.

• Habitat for Humanity of Summit and Wasatch Counties, ReStore, 6280 Silver Creek Drive

• Hope Alliance, Orange Theory, 1678 Redstone Center Drive

• Kids Play International, Silver Mountain Spa, 2080 Gold Dust Lane

• National Abiliyt Center, Montage Deer Valley, 900 Marsac Ave

• Park City Ice Miners, Park City Ice Arena, 600 Gillmor Way

• Park City Institute, St. Regis Deer Valley, 2300 Deer Valley Drive East

• Park City Museum, Treasure Mountain Inn, 255 Main St.

• Peace House, Club Lespri, 1765 Sidewinder Drive

• People’s Health Clinic, Prothro Gallery, 314 Main St.

• Special Olympics of Utah, Engel & Volkers, 890 Main St., Suite 5-101

• Summit Land Conservancy, Whole Foods, 1748 Redstone Center Drive

• U.S. Adaptive Bobsled & Skeleton Association, Grand Valley Bank, 1225 Deer Valley Drive

• YMCA of Northern Utah, Visitor Information Center, 1794 Olympic Parkway

• Youth Sports Alliance, USSA Center of Excellence, 1 Victory Lane

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