Live PC Give PC provides nonprofits a chance to share their missions
Local nonprofits have their eyes fixed on Friday, a day that the Park City Community Foundation has set aside as this year’s Live PC Give PC day of giving.
From midnight to midnight, donors can open their wallets, purses or backpacks and donate to the organization of their choice.
There are more than 100 local nonprofits from various sectors – including arts, education and sports – which will participate in this year’s fundraiser.
Among those organizations will be Arts-Kids, EATS Park City, Nuzzles & Co. and Park City Film, formerly the Park City Film Series.
Arts-Kids’ mission is to help kids find their happy place through activities in arts and recreation, said executive director “Cowboy Ted” Hallisey.
They use tools such as dance, music and drama to “replace feelings of frustration, disappointment and desperation with feelings of empowerment and increased self esteem,” Hallisey said.
Arts-Kids works with elementary schools throughout Summit County, and has also expanded its work to Holy Cross Ministries’ School Readiness program at St. Mary’s Catholic Church and to PC Tots, according to Hallisey.
The organization has also set up programs in Salt Lake County, hosted summer arts and recreation programs at 16 Title I schools, and served over 600 kids as part of the Salt Lake City School District’s Community Education summer school program, he said.
“Expanded programs and funding from generous donors along with new fee-based programs at several schools, have allowed us to increase our numbers from less than 200 students served in 2017 to over 2,000 students served thus far in 2018,” Hallisey said.
Summit County residents can see Hallisey and Arts-Kids in action during its ongoing after-school program from 1-4 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 9, at McPolin Elementary School, 2270 Kearns Blvd. The organization will also have laptops on site so people can donate for Live PC Give PC during their visit.
“Our home base has and will always be centered in Park City and Summit County, thanks to generous residents and awesome fundraising programs like Live PC Give PC,” Hallisey said. Hallisey said. “My goal when I accepted the position as executive director last Nov. 1, was to serve all 3,000 elementary school age students in Summit County and help kids learn how to find their happy place, and possibly also identify their passion in the expressive and performing arts.”
EATS Park City
EATS (Eat Awesome Things at School) Park City is a nonprofit that promotes both healthy eating and the opportunity to do so among local students.
Some of its programs include a school-lunch program, school gardens and cooking classes.
The nonprofit works with Park City Child Nutrition Services and the Park City School District to improve the quality, appeal and nutritional value of school food, said executive director Jenae Ridge.
“We introduce different types of food to students and offer cooking classes,” she said. “We are also partnering with the Christian Center of Park City and planning to provide family-oriented cooking classes.”
EATS will also host cooking demonstrations in the Christian Center of Park City’s food pantry this winter.
“We will show how you can use the food that is donated to the pantry to make delicious and healthy dishes,” Ridge said.
In addition, EATS, the Christian Center and Deer Valley Resort have formed a partnership that will send local students home with healthy food on the weekends.
“The Christian Center did this until the funding was cut in 2017,” Ridge explained. “They’ve been trying to keep this up, so we partnered with Deer Valley to beef it up. We’ll run a pilot in December.”
The public will get a chance to meet EATS representatives before Live PC Give PC from 3-6 p.m. on Wednesday, Nov. 7, at Whole Foods, 6598 N. Landmark Drive. Representatives will also be at the store during the same time on Friday, Nov. 9.
The nonprofit’s goal for Friday is to raise $21,000, said board president Courtney Caplan.
“We’ve asked our board, key volunteers and partners to match the donations, so everyone’s dollars can go further,” she said.
EATS’ partners include local restaurants Harvest, Yukiyama, Vessel, Freshies, Ellie’s Kitchen and Riverhorse Provisions.
“Those are the ones who have confirmed with us,” Ridge said. “We’re working on confirming some more.”
While Live PC Give PC is a big fundraiser for EATS Park City, it’s also a time for the nonprofit to raise awareness of healthy eating.
“We’re so glad to be part of the nonprofits that are part of this event because some people may have heard of us, but not know what we do,” Ridge said. “It really seems to pull out the spirit of philanthropy in people. It’s great to see how generous people are. We’re so grateful for the community’s support.”
Nuzzles & Co.
The mission of Nuzzles & Co. is to “provide a loving, nurturing place where rescued animals can get healthy and learn positive behaviors, and then to find loving homes for each one of them,” said Jenny Castro-Conde, the nonprofit’s director of development.
Last year, Nuzzles & Co., which has been voted Best Nonprofit in Summit County in The Park Record’s Park City’s Best for the past six years, rescued more than 2,000 cats and dogs in Utah and surrounding states, according to Castro-Conde.
In order for the no-kill to continue to do these kinds of campaigns, it has embarked on what she calls a “love campaign.”
“It’s simple,” Castro-Conde said. “If you love what we do, donate $10 or $5, or a donate a sponsorship for matching gifts.”
On Friday, Nuzzles & Co. will host an array of events, including an open house at its rescue ranch, 6466 N Highview Rd. in Peoa.
“We’ll host tours throughout the day, and people can come take a tour and learn what we do,” Castro-Conde said. “People can also come by for some animals snuggles and loves.”
That same day, the Nuzzles & Co. adoption center in the Tanger Outlets will also host an open house and hold pet adoptions, she said.
Volunteers will also be gathering donations in front of Whole Foods and Starbucks, Castro-Conde said.
On Thursday, the nonprofit will stream the second edition of their Kitty Disco over Facebook Live.
“We’ll show a bunch of cats and kittens shaking their stuff as they chase lights and laser beams,” Casto-Conde said.
Nuzzles & Co.’s donation goal this year is $60,000.
“There are animals in Summit County that need our help,” she said. “There are animals in Utah and nationwide that need our help. If you even just donate $10 we’ll get to these animals faster, but we can’t do what we do without these donations.”
Park City Film
Park City Film’s mission is to “create community through film,” said Katharine Wang, executive director.The nonprofit does that through its regular weekend screenings and monthly programs, including Reel Community Screenings, Foreign Films for Kids, Books 2 Movies and Made In Utah screenings, Wang said.
That’s why Park City Film Series changed its name to Park City Film, she said.
“But it’s not just putting films on the screen,” Wang said. “We also bring in guest speakers and host panel discussions.”
To help raise awareness and funds, Park City Film will host an array of events before and after Live PC Give PC, according to Wang.
On Thursday, the nonprofit will host the 13th annual Filmmakers Showcase, which celebrates the art of independent cinema and Utah filmmakers, she said.
“The event is curated by Park City-based filmmaker Jill Orschel, a Sundance Film Festival alumnus and long-time Park City Film Series projectionist,” Wang said. “Prior to the screenings, we will have a reception in the community room. And we’ll have a post-screening reception for the community to gather and interact.”
The night of Live PC Give PC the film series will start its weekend screenings of Roger Michell’s “Tea with the Dames,” and on Saturday afternoon the nonprofit will host a collection of children’s films from Mexico under the umbrella of “Viva Kids Mix.”
“As Live PC Give PC has gained momentum, we have looked at the annual event and asked ourselves what could we do around the event, and not just on the day, to help raise awareness of what we do,” Wang said.
Wang said this year, the Live PC Give PC donations will go further if it raises $12,000.
“We have a matching grant from the Promontory Foundation, who have come on board as our popcorn bar sponsor,” she said.
Park City Film’s annual budget is around $400,000, and ticket sales only cover 40 percent of that, according to Wang.
“So the rest of the money we need has to be covered by grants, donations – like what we receive during Live PC Give PC – and memberships,” she said.
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