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Local nonprofits look forward to Live PC Give PC

Live PC Give PC is a time when the greater Park City community comes together to support local nonprofits.

This year, the day of giving will be Friday, Nov. 4. That means from midnight to midnight, donors may visit http://www.livepcgivepc.razoo.com to give any amount of money to the nonprofits they wish.

Some of the nonprofits participating in this year’s event are Best Buddies, the Park City Summit County Arts Council, Summit Community Gardens and the Swaner Preserve and EcoCenter.

Best Buddies

Mission: To establish a global volunteer movement that creates opportunities for one-to-one friendships, integrated employment and leadership development for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities.

“Best Buddies serves children and young adults with intellectual disabilities and pairs them with peers or buddies,” said Liz Wall, the Park City chapter founder “It’s a formalized program to promote friendship and inclusion.”

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Representatives from Best Buddies will be at Whole Foods, 1748 Redstone Center Drive, from 3-6 p.m., said Lisa Allison, who helps Wall organize Best Buddies activities.

“We’ll have a table in the store and there will be mobile devices and laptops where people can use to donate directly,” Allison said. “People can also follow us on Facebook.”

The donations will also be supplemented by a matching grant, Allison said.

“We got a very nice gift [and] we will have $1,000 for our matching grant,” she said. “So, we’ll be able to double donations dollars this year.”

Although Best Buddies was established in 1993, this is the first year it’s participating in Live PC Give PC.

The reason is that Wall started the Park City chapter a few weeks ago at Weilenmann School of Discovery, where her daughter Lottie attends. (Lottie has Down syndrome.)

Since then, she and Allison started two more chapters: one at Treasure Mountain Junior High and the other at Park City High School.

“With these new chapters, more than 20 percent of the chapters in the state are located in Park City,” Wall said. “Our program director Harley Andersen is in charge of getting activities for those chapters up and running.”

The money raised during Live PC Give PC will help with those activities.

“It’s a wonderful program because the kids who are buddies can plan activities and have governance over the chapters,” Wall said.

For more information about Best Buddies, visit http://www.facebook.com/bestbuddies.ut.

Park City Summit County Arts Council

Mission: To to promote, support, and strengthen arts and culture in the community.

“We do that through digital marketing activities, policy and advocacy efforts to further local investment in arts and culture, and collaborative programming with other nonprofits,” said Executive Director Hadley Dynak. “We also bring arts and culture organizations together to learn from each other, work together in new ways, and look for way to cross promote programming.”

That’s what they’ll do on Friday from 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. Members of the arts council, along with other arts organizations, will be at the corner in front of Cole Sport, 1615 Park Avenue, to wave signs and raise awareness.

“This is a good way to help the community see all of the amazing arts and culture organizations that exist in Park City in one place so they can select which ones they want to support during Live PG Give PC,” Dynak said. “The Arts Council is its own independent organization, but we do think about ourselves as an umbrella organization because we work in multi-disciplinary ways to support this driving and creative community.

“We don’t focus on one particular area of arts and culture,” she said. “Instead, we focus on supporting a strong foundation and looking to the future to help build a set of collective priorities of where we will can best grow as a community.”

The Park City Summit County Arts Council was established in 1986, and is participating in Live PC Give PC for the first time on its 30th anniversary.

“Historically, as far as I understand is the Park City Summit County Arts Council has primarily relied on public help to support its work as well as some small private foundations and grants,” Dynak said. “So, we are looking to use Live PC Give PC as a way to raise awareness of what we do to build a base of individual donors who are committed to supporting the work we do.

“We want to build on the Arts Council’s substantive legacy and help define the future of arts and culture in our community,” she said. “We are focusing on the work that we’re doing, as well as the work that the other arts and culture organizations are doing.”

For more information about the Park City Summit County Arts Council, visit http://www.pcscarts.org.

Summit Community Gardens

Mission: Educate the community on successful and sustainable garden techniques in a high desert climate and empower people to grow food locally.

“[To do that], we are offering free garden tours [on Thursday] the day leading up to the event,” said Executive Director Ken Kullack. “Since the weather has been unusually fair we still have veggies growing so we’ll have one last Harvest Market that day.”

The market will run 3:30 p.m.-5 p.m.

“It’s a great chance for anyone to see the garden, who hasn’t yet, and to get some freshly picked garden produce in early November, which is unheard of in Park City,” Kullack said.

Kullack said Live PC Give PC is a great opportunity for Summit County Gardens to raise funds and awareness for its program.

“As a smaller nonprofit, it provides a way for us to increase our reach and extend further into the community – something we couldn’t normally do without the help of PCCF and this special day of giving,” he said.

For more information about Summit Community Gardens, visit http://www.summitcommunitygardens.org.

Swaner Preserve and EcoCenter

Mission: To reserve the land and the human connection to the natural landscape, to educate the local and broader communities about the value of nature, and to mnurture both the ecosystem and the people connected with it.

The Swaner EcoCenter staff has also planned some activities to celebrate Live PC Give PC.

On Friday, staff and volunteers will be out by the roundabout by Whole Foods, 1748 Redstone Center Drive, cheering and holding signs, said Director of Development Peregrin Bosler.

“The EcoCenter will also be open, and kids and adults can have access to the climbing wall,” Bosler said. “We will be accepting donations on site.”

The wall will be open 1-4 p.m.

“In addition, we have some cool things for people to see,” she said. “We just pulled together a touch table called ‘Don’t Feed the Ungulates,’ which gives some good information about moose.”

The table will have moose antlers and other items that kids and adults can examine.

“We also are currently showing a traveling exhibit called ‘Endangered Landscapes’ that focuses on America’s national lands,” Bosler said. “It was put together by photographer Rick Braveheart and will run through Nov. 27, so Live PC Give PC is a great time to come see it. I would strongly encourage everyone to come by and experience what we have here.”

For more information about the Swaner Preserve and EcoCenter, visit http://www.swanerecocenter.org.

To donate to any greater Park City area nonprofits for Live PC Give PC, visit http://www.livepcgiveopc.razoo.com.