Dungeon Party shows appreciation to Park City Museum members
As a nonprofit organization, the Park City Museum depends on two sources of revenue to keep its doors open.
The first is income that is generated by the admission fees and the money made from sales at the gift shop, according to Executive Director Sandra Morrison.
"The other source of funds comes from donations and memberships," Morrison told The Park Record. "We can’t just survive on just admission fees."
To show appreciation to its members, the Park City Museum throws an annual Dungeon Membership Party. This year, the event will be held at the Museum, 528 Main St., on Wednesday, Oct. 29, from 5 p.m. until 7:30 p.m.
"We are celebrating our 30th anniversary and this is the 29th year we are hosting the party," Morrison said. "It’s a thank you for all of our members. We want to show how much we love them."
The event is also a way for the museum to recruit new members.
"We are looking for people who are interested in Park City to come join our family," Morrison said. "It’s also a time for current members to renew their memberships, as well."
The night will include an array of activities including a short program by Morrison.
"I will give an update of what we’ve done over the past year and that will cover our education programs, the free field trips we offer," Morrison explained. "This year we also introduced a stipend to pay for school busses, because a lot of schools can’t come to the museum for field trips because the busses cost too much.
"We received a grant from the Marriott Foundation to help with that," she said. "So this year, we’ve even had school groups from Provo and Evanston, Wyoming."
The Dungeon Party is also a time where the Park City Museum’s board of trustees introduce new officers.
"Our incoming president of the board is Ron Butkovich," Morrison said. "Our previous president was Ben Massimino, who was president for two years. Our members will be able to get to know these people and the 18 members on our board."
In addition, the night will include and drinks.
"The food will be catered by five restaurants — the Riverhorse on Main, the Boneyard, Miner’s Grill, Main Street Pizza and Noodle Company and Java Cow, which will provide the coffee and dessert," Morrison said. "We will also have libations and the bartenders will be from No Name Saloon. We will utilize our historic bar in the Tozer Gallery."
There will be a collection of games as well.
"This is really just a party to give our members an opportunity to socialize," Morrison said. "We see the Dungeon Party as our hint to Halloween, so if people want to come in costume they are welcome to do so."
Live music will be performed by Ralph Morrison, a local rock ‘n’ roll musician, who happens to be Sandra Morrison’s husband.
"Admission is by museum membership," Sandra Morrison said. "People can purchase a membership or renew their memberships at the door, or they can also come by the museum any time as well."
Membership benefits include free admission to the museum and invitations to other events, including special programs, the museum hosts throughout the year, according to Morrison.
"The Dungeon Membership Party is a great event and we’ll show you a fun time," she said. "We currently have 500 members and we sure appreciate them."
The Park City Museum will host its annual Dungeon Membership Party on Wednesday, Oct. 29, from 5 p.m. until 7:30 p.m. The party is free to members. Individual memberships are $55 per year or $100 per family. To become a member, stop by the museum, 528 Main St., or visit http://www.parkcityhistory.org .
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