Live PC Give PC will benefit all interests and needs
Friday is the day for Park City residents, and anyone for that matter, to show their support for an array of local nonprofits that serve Summit County.
These various organizations include arts, sports, education, medical, environmental nonprofits and more.
Donors will have the opportunity to donate from midnight to midnight via the Internet by visiting livepcgivepc.razoo.com.
Here are just a few of the many organizations that are participating in this all-day event.
Park City Institute
The Park City Institute, formerly known as the Park City Performing Arts Foundation, presents concerts, theater and Tedx events in the Eccles Center for the Performing Arts during the fall, winter and spring, and outdoor concerts at Deer Valley’s Snow Park Amphitheater during the summer. It also presents artist outreach programs to the schools in Park City and Summit County.
Live PC Give PC is a great way for the Park City Institute to raise funds, said executive director Teri Orr.
"We are so fortunate that the Park City Foundation had the foresight to look for something that would help all the nonprofit organizations when the economy crashed a few years ago," Orr said. "It came along at the right time and was a fresh idea, which is hard to do when it comes to fundraising."
The Live PC Give PC campaign is one of three ways the organization raises money for its programs.
"The money we receive from this year’s Live PC Give PC will help fill the gap in those tickets that we donate to the underserved populations in our communities," Orr said. "Last year we gave more than $200,000 worth of tickets to people who don’t have the opportunity or means to attend some of our performances.
"The arts could easily become elitist, and this is a way for everyone to have an experience together, no matter where you come from," she said.
For more information, visit http://www.ecclescenter.org.
Art Pianos for All
Art Pianos for All was established in January, 2012, by Mark Maziarz and Alison Butz, who based it on a program in Ft. Collins, Colo.
The goal was to recruit local artists to decorate donated pianos and place the instruments in settings throughout Summit County where the public could play them.
The key word is decorate, said Maziarz, who became the program’s sole director in the fall of 2012.
"It’s not so much that we are refurbishing the pianos, and we’re not really refinishing them," Maziarz said. "The artists actually paint them."
All the pianos are donated.
"We appreciate the donations and prefer them to be playable when they are donated," Maziarz said. "I can’t really afford to repair them."
To date, Art Pianos for All have placed six pianos.
Five of the pianos are painted.
"It’s nice to have them outside, but I do like them to be in a protected area," Maziarz said. "That way if it rains, they won’t get rained on."
The money raised during Live PC Give PC will help with instrument upkeep, minor repairs and hiring artists.
For more information, visit http://www.artpianosforall.org.
Youthlinc is a local and international service organization for Utah youths.
"Our mission is to create lifetime humanitarians," said Judy Zone, Youthlinc founder and executive director. "We find ways to engage students meaningfully in education and service."
The organization’s yearlong curriculum is structured to engage students in learning about their local service placement, taking ownership and making differences in those placements.
It does that through five core programs:
"These are our strategies both locally and globally," Zone said. "The students work in communities with an adult to plan the services they will do internationally."
Some of the places Youthlinc serve include Cambodia, Kenya, Guatemala, Peru, Vietnam and Thailand.
"The needs we help provide are clean water, secondary education and first-line access to medical care," Zone said.
Julia Rametta, the Park City service director for Youthlinc, said she is excited to be a part of the Live PC Give PC campaign.
"Every year we have Park City High School students participate in our program," said Rametta, who first participated in Youthlinc as a mentor. "Anywhere from 65 to 95 percent of these students are still volunteering as adults."
For more information, visit http://www.youthlinc.org.
People’s Health Clinic
The People’s Health Clinic is a nonprofit organization that provides medical care for the uninsured who live in Summit and Wasatch counties.
The clinic actually started in a van in 1999, said Nann Worel, executive director.
"We rolled into parking lots to take care of people and we’re coming into our 14th year," Worel said. "Our mission has been and will continue to be a safety net for the uninsured people in our area."
The clinic offers a variety of medical services that cover the following:
The clinic employs two part-time paid physicians and also relies on volunteers.
"The practitioners are here to ensure continuity and ongoing care of treatment for some of our patients," Worel said. "We also have 40 volunteers who help provide medical care."
In 2012, Summit County had a 16 percent uninsured rate and Wasatch County has a 21 percent uninsured rate, Worel said.
"These numbers are all across the board. We see patients from all walks of life, including those who work two or three jobs to make ends meet and people who lost their insurance when their spouses have died."
The People’s Health Clinic fills a niche in the area.
"Nationwide, when people don’t have health insurance, they put off their care," Worel said. " the time they come to us for the first time, they tend to be more sick than those who have regular medical care through insurance.
"So it takes a while for us to get a chronic disease such as diabetes or hypertension under control," she said. "Some people, unfortunately, have to chose between putting food on the table, paying rent or getting health care.
"Live PC Give PC helps us raise money for our services," Worel said. "It also helps us get our message out."
Representatives of the People’s Health Clinic will host a free community celebration at Zoom, 660 Main St., during Live PC Give PC, from 5:30 p.m. until 7:30 p.m.
For more information, visit http://www.peopleshealthclinic.org.
On Friday, Nov. 8, the Park City Community Foundation will host Live PC Give
PC, a day of fundraising that will benefit all of the Park City area’s nonprofit organizations. The donations will be accepted from midnight to midnight. For more information or to donate to area nonprofits, ,visit livepcgivepc.razoo.com.
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