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Local nonprofits looking forward to Live PC Give PC day of giving

Scott Iwasaki

When Park City Community Foundation’s Live PC Give PC opens on Friday, more than 80 nonprofits are hoping for local donations that will help them with their assorted missions.

To help attract attention to their causes, many of the organizations, such as Mountain Town Music, Park City Reads, the Hope Alliance and the Beethoven Festival, will host special events or make special appearances in different locations all around town.

Mountain Town Music

Mountain Town Music’s Live PC Give PC fundraising campaign will benefit the whole community, said Brian Richards, Community Conductor Of Musical Affairs for Mountain Town Music.

"Mountain Town Music is purchasing a new Electro Voice X2 curvilinear line array system that will be used for the Grand Valley Bank Community Concert Series at Deer Valley, Park City Mountain concerts at the Village at Canyons and at Park City Mountain as well as Main Street Concerts," Richards told The Park Record. "This is Electro Voice’s newest premium PA and it’s a big and professional audio system."

The nonprofit’s goal is to raise $50,000 on Friday, Nov. 6.

"We’ve had our current JBL system for 12 years and it’s imperative that we purchase a system that will accommodate the current events and venues that we now program," Richards said. "The total cost of the system is $275,000 which is a huge capital investment for us."

While the system’s 90,000 watts is impressive, it’s the use of advanced acoustical design, new industry leading wave formers, and powerful signal processing that really sets it apart, Richards enthused.

"The new system will enable us to bring bigger and better events to Summit County and to provide a world-class concert experience for our community that features a myriad of national acts. We believe that in order to provide the best possible live music experience, sound quality should be second to none"

"This new system will get the same great sound to every member of the audience, even in the largest venues," he added.

In addition, Richards is taking the term ‘community sound system’ and plans to make it available to the other Park City-area nonprofits for their events, Richards said.

"In the past five years we’ve donated about $75,000 worth of audio support to organization such as YWSA, National Ability Center, The Peace House, The Park City Foundation and the Kimball Arts Center and we’ve offered the use of our new PA to the Sundance Film Festival for its end-of-festival awards ceremony and party," he said. "The Egyptian Theatre will use it for its bigger fundraisers and the Park City Area Restaurant Association will use it for their annual Savor The Summit event. We hope people will take advantage of it, because if it’s in use, it benefits the entire community."

Raising $50,000 is five times more than Mountain Town Music has raised during past Live PC Give PC campaigns and the cause had to offer community benefits, Richards said.

"We have to ensure that, moving forward, we continue to be a musical resource for our community," he said. "Also, this is our stand-alone fundraiser for the year and a great way to support one community under a groove."

On Nov. 6, Mountain Town Music will be providing audio support for all the music that will be performed at High West Distillery for the Park City Foundation’s annual Live PC Give PC party.

"We’ll have a musician’s give-back portion of the evening from 7 p.m. until 8:30 p.m., where local musicians will perform an open mic session," he said. "We’ll cap the night off with the funky sounds of national touring act Jelly Bread, who will play from 9 p.m. until 11 p.m."

Richards believes Live PC Give PC is a good opportunity for nonprofits to come together and celebrate Park City.

"Instead of having the different nonprofits hosting their own fundraisers, this is a way for all of us to work together and reach out to our community as one unifying voice," he said. "It represents what is amazing about Park City and it enriches out community."

To donate, visit livepcgivepc.razoo.com/story/mountaintownmusic.

Park City READS

Elissa Aten, president and co-founder of Park City READS, which is an acronym for Park City Recognizing, Educating & Advocating for Dyslexic Students. It advocates for recognition and education of dyslexic students.

"We promote elevating literacy through early identification of struggling readers, effective reading interventions and appropriate classroom accommodations," she said.

The organization was established in 2014 and received the nonprofit status last August.

It has already been involved in the community and partnered with the Park City Film Series for a special screening of Harvey Hubbel V’s documentary of "Dislecksia" last month.

"We were thrilled with the turnout," Aten said. "We had more than 150 attendees and heard from many of them that they wanted to become involved with us."

Park City READS is looking forward to participating in Live PC Give PC this Friday. Representatives will be at Park City Bread and Bagel, 3126 Quarry Rd., at Quarry Village, from 7:30 a.m. until 10 a.m. and in the afternoon from 2 p.m. until 4 p.m.

"We’ll have information about Park City READS and we’ll have our members there to speak with people and provide resources," Aten said. "We’ll also have computers there so we can accept donations."

The money raised will help Park City READS with everyday workings, for now.

"We hope to build a website," Aten said. "We don’t have one yet and we’re reliant on Facebook.

"It takes a lot of money for us to get Park City READS up and going," she said. "We would love, down the road, to offer professional development for teachers."

Aten and cofounder Jackie Blake, who both have children who are dyslexic, just returned from the International Dyslexia Association’s Annual Reading, Literacy and Learning Conference in Texas.

"We would love to eventually be able to help local teachers attend these kinds of events if they want to go."

Aten is thankful for The Park City Community Foundation and its vision to create Live PC Give PC.

"Since Live PC Give PC started, I’ve always participated as a donor," Aten said. "I’ve always found it exciting to even donate a small amount to the many nonprofits we love and benefit from in Park City. So, I’m really excited now that I’m part of an organization that I’m passionate about and that can accept donations for our students and their families here.

"One of the biggest benefits we can give families is to give them tools to help people identify and understand what dyslexia is when their children are young and to help them learn their kids may be struggling," Aten said. "Early intervention will make all the difference in a child’s life."

To donate, visit livepcgivepc.razoo.com/story/Park-City-Reads.

The Hope Alliance

The Hope Alliance is a nonprofit that works with impoverished people around the world to create sustainable and positive change in their lives and communities. It sends groups around the world to do vision clinics and other service missions, said Angela Wright, executive director of Hope Alliance.

"We’re really excited to see where the Hope Alliance is headed," Wright said. "We’ve done a lot of international work and a little bit of time locally."

The Live PC Give PC contributions will directly help with the efforts of The Hope Alliance next year.

The nonprofit has expeditions planned for India/Nepal, Guatemala, Peru and Haiti and local vision clinics in Park City, Salt Lake City and on the Navajo Nation, Wright said.

"What we’re really excited about is the traction that we’ve gained with our vision program here, locally," she said. "There are three exciting things that we’ve been able to do over the past year."

They are as follows:

  • In Park City, The Hope Alliance offered three free vision clinics at the People’s Health Clinic this year and were able to offer 35 low-income people brand new prescription eyeglasses and sunglasses.
  • Earlier this month, The Hope Alliance offered their first vision clinic to the refugee population in the City of South Salt Lake through Promise South Salt Lake and served 73 people from over 13 different countries.
  • The Hope Alliance is also partnering with Moran Eye Center to offer vision care for the Navajo Nation in southern Utah. 2016 will be filled with regular visits that complement the work that Moran has been doing in three communities on the reservation.

    "We’re also looking forward to taking our vision program to Haiti next year in April," Wright said. "We also have another Haiti trip to do some midwife and medical work."

    In addition, The Hope Alliance will head to Guatemala in February and in October and have scheduled two back-to-back trips to Peru in June.

    "We’re also adding a Mexico trip before the end of the year in 2016," Wright said. "A bulk of these trips are vision trips, but we also have some medical trips in the queue as well."

    Representatives of the Hope Alliance will be at four locations in Summit County on Friday.

  • The first will be at Hugo Coffee, 1794 Olympic Parkway, from 8 a.m. until 11 a.m.
  • Park City Medical Center, 900 Round Valley Dr., at Quinn’s Junction, 11 a.m. until 2 p.m.
  • Smith’s Food & Drug Stores, 1725 W Uinta St., at Kimball Junction, from 2 p.m. until 6 p.m.
  • The Cabin, 825 Main St., from 6 p.m. until midnight.

    "We would love for whoever to come and join us at any of these locations," Wright said. "We will have computers and laptops available so we can accept donations at these places. It’s going to be a fun day.

    "We are excited for the matching grants we have coming in and we hope to add them up a bit," she said. "Last year we raised $32,000 and this year’s goal is $35,000. This is such a great event and it’s so impressive that such a small community can achieve so much in one day. We’re happy to be a part of this."

    To donate, visit livepcgivepc.razoo.com/story/Hopealliance or at http://www.hopealliance.org.

    Beethoven Festival

    The Beethoven Festival, operated by the Park City Chamber Music Society, is the longest running classical music festival in Utah.

    It presents concerts year-round and brings in world-renowned artists and local musicians to perform live classical chamber music in Park City and other venues in Utah.

    In addition to the spring and autumn classical concert series and the outdoor summer performances, it also hosts the Film Music Festival, which features film screenings and performances of presentations by the films’ score composers.

    On Nov. 6, the Beethoven Festival will play a series of live performances for Live PC Give PC, according to executive director and resident violist Leslie Harlow.

    "[We] will present casual, walk in anytime performances at the TROVE Gallery located at 804 Main St., from 11 a.m. to 1p.m.," Harlow said. "We’ll then be at the

    Thomas Kearns McCarthy Gallery from 2:30 p.m. until 4:30 p.m.."

    The Thomas Kearns McCarthy Gallery is located at 444 Main St.

    "The performances are casual and audiences are invited to come in anytime during the performances and peruse the art as we perform," Harlow said. "The performance at the McCarthey Gallery will [be highlighted] with paintings by Amy Blackburn."

    Blackburn, Harlow’s sister, is a Texas-based visual artist.

    Next week, Harlow and her husband, clarinetist Russell Harlow, will travel to Iowa to perform on the Waldorf College Artist Series with pianist Bryan Stanley.

    "Then in April the Beethoven Festival will perform at the New York Bargemusic Series on April 30," Leslie Harlow said.

    To donate, visit livepcgivepc.razoo.com/story/Parkcitychambermusicsociety.