Live Give: arts, police families, films, leadership, theater supported
November 5, 2013
The third annual Live PC Give PC event will benefit numerous not-for-profit groups in Park City and surrounding Summit County. Some of them include:
Program trains leaders
Leadership Park City is a long-running program that prepares people to take on more important roles in the community.
The program counts numerous elected and appointed public officials as graduates, including Mayor Dana Williams. Business leaders, not-for-profit executives and rank-and-file Parkites have also graduated from the program.
The twentieth Leadership Park City class was named recently. Leadership Park City is a yearlong program that introduces class members to the mechanics of the community during monthly sessions.
The class typically hears from top-tier figures in the government, business and not-for-profit sectors during the sessions. City Hall officials address the group, and the mayor has sometimes used an appearance during Leadership Park City to provide an overview of the coming year’s agenda.
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People who are selected for the program are provided a scholarship valued at approximately $2,000. Each class has 30 people. It costs upward of $100,000 to fund the program for a year, according to Myles Rademan, the Leadership Park City director. He said the program also assists people in Leadership Park City who cannot afford on their own to attend the annual City Tour to other communities in the West.
Rademan said Leadership Park City receives funding from sponsors as well, including local governments, the Park City Chamber/Bureau, the real estate industry, the lodging industry and the three area mountain resorts.
Go digital or go dark
The Park City Film Series is a popular weekend schedule of screenings with an eclectic lineup of independent films, documentaries, foreign offerings and other movies at the Santy Auditorium at the Park City Library and Education Center.
Katy Wang, the executive director, said the organization is amid a go-digital-or-go-dark campaign to raise money to purchase digital cinema projection equipment. She said the Film Series mostly screens movies using 35 millimeter film. After January, she said, new films will not be available in that format, prompting the need for digital cinema projection equipment.
Wang said the Film Series wants to raise $75,000 to purchase the equipment that is needed for the changeover as well as make the related upgrades to the Santy Auditorium. The money raised during Live PC Give PC will be put toward the purchase, she said, adding that a matching government grant funded by restaurant taxes will also be used.
Wang said the campaign to raise money for the digital cinema projector is the most important fund drive the Film Series has undertaken.
More information is available at: http://www.parkcityfilmseries.com.
Art Center serves students
The Kimball Art Center offers exhibits, classes and programs in addition to producing the annual Park City Kimball Arts Festival each summer.
The money raised during Live PC Give PC will be put toward educational offerings. They include the Elementary Visual Arts program, sometimes referred to as the EVA program, which introduces the arts to elementary school students.
Robin Marrouche, the executive director of the Kimball Art Center, said the program was launched in September in partnership with the Park City Education Foundation. It benefits four elementary schools in the Park City School District.
"It’s very important to bring art back into their course instruction," Marrouche said.
The Kimball Art Center will also use money raised during Live PC Give PC to support a new program in partnership with the National Ability Center to offer instruction in the arts to wounded members of the military.
Marrouche said the Kimball Art Center hopes for 500 new donors during Live PC Give PC. She said the board of directors of the Kimball Art Center has agreed to match up to $10,000 on the day.
More information about the Kimball Art Center is available at http://www.kimballartcenter.org.
Egyptian seeks new donors
The Egyptian Theatre is a Main Street venue that hosts live performances, including shows and concerts, and is a screening room during the annual Sundance Film Festival.
The managing director of the Egyptian Theatre, Randy Barton, said he wants to garner support during Live PC Give PC from people who usually do not donate to the organization. He said money that is raised during the event will be put toward salaries, indicating that the funding from the event could pay for a full month’s salary for the staff "if we have a good Live PC Give PC."
Barton said the Egyptian Theatre over the past three years has offered some sort of programming every Friday and Saturday night. He said he hopes the Egyptian Theatre is able to expand the programming to Wednesday, Thursday and Sunday nights.
More information is available at: http://www.egyptiantheatrecompany.org.
Foundation supports police families
The Utah 1033 Foundation provides immediate financial support to the families of police officers in the state who are killed in the line of duty.
It also assists the families with funding post-secondary education for the children of fallen officers. The foundation was formed in 2011.
Ryan Walsh, who manages the operations of the foundation, said the organization has provided assistance to three families of police officers who were killed while working — those of a police officer in Ogden, a Utah Highway Patrol trooper and a police officer in Draper.
Walsh said the foundation contacts the law enforcement agency when an officer is killed and arranges a private meeting with the family, with the goal of scheduling the meeting within 24 hours. The family is presented $25,000, he said.
The funds raised during the Live PC Give PC event will be used for the day-to-day operations of the Utah 1033 Foundation.
The foundation has scheduled an event at the Park Avenue police station on the Live PC Give PC day from 7 a.m. until 10 a.m. with donuts and coffee. It is open to anyone.
More information about the Utah 1033 Foundation is available at: http://www.utah1033.org.