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The best way to Live PC is to Give PC

The Park Record Editorial, Nov. 6-8, 2013

If election season is a time for defining differences and critiquing our community, Live PC Give PC, the Park City Community Foundation’s annual day of giving, is the perfect opportunity to reunite and to celebrate everything we do right. The event begins at 12:01 a.m. Friday morning and continues through midnight with a fierce-but-friendly race to raise money for all of the nonprofit organizations in the county.

Those who have never experienced Live PC Give PC will likely be surprised by the spirit that pervades the entire city. The event supports nonprofit organizations that provide everything from health care services to outdoor music and from domestic violence prevention programs to animal adoptions.

The fundraising energy is fueled by a competition to determine the most popular organization based on the number of individual donors and this year will be augmented by matching grants offered to first-time donors.

PCCF has gained national recognition for the way it has adapted the format for a small community. In just three years the event’s success has become a point of pride for the whole town and now other cities around the country are asking for advice on how to host similar fundraising campaigns.

In its first year $330,000 was raised. Last year, Live PC Give PC raised $600,000 from 2,700 individual donors.

This year the foundation has raised the bar to $750,000, but more than the dollar amount, the organizers are hoping to make philanthropy part of every household’s budget by encouraging participation at every level.

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Even the smallest donation, they say, is essential. soliciting broad-based support they hope to make everyone aware of the essential services provided by local nonprofits.

This week is bookended by two enormously important local events. We hope that everyone who lives in the incorporated towns that held elections on Tuesday took the time to vote. Local elections give communities a chance to evaluate how they are providing for today’s residents and how they plan to address future needs. We also hope they will take time Friday to support their community’s vital network of nonprofits who fill in the gaps that government can’t cover and make Park City and Summit County such an extraordinary place to live.

For more information and to donate, log on to http://www.livepcgivepc.org and then tune in Friday night to watch the ticker reach and then surpass last year’s final tally.

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