Nonprofits will benefit from Giving Trees
November 20, 2015
The Park City Rotary Club’s three-day Giving Tree Festival debut starts the Friday after Thanksgiving, and event organizer Cathy King doesn’t want to call that day Black Friday.
"We want to call it Festive Friday," King said during an interview with The Park Record. "This is a great way for everyone to get into the holiday spirit and we’re hoping that it will turn into a family holiday festival."
The Giving Tree Festival, a fundraiser for participating nonprofits, will be held Friday, Nov. 27 and Saturday, Nov. 28, at the National Ability Center’s barn, 1000 Ability Way and Quinn’s Junction.
The nonprofits looked to local businesses to underwrite the cost of decorating the trees, which were designed by local artists, King said.
Since the trees will be auctioned off on Saturday, Friday is when the public can preview the trees.
"The barn will be open from noon until 5 p.m. and we would like everyone to come and see these amazing trees and other holiday displays," King said. "Admission is free that day."
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In addition to the trees and other holiday items on display, Santa Claus will arrive for pictures and light refreshments will be served, according to King.
After the preview closes at 5 p.m., the Park City Rotary Club will host a private reception for potential tree buyers until 7 p.m.
"We wanted to do this for people who are in a position to buy a tree for a second-home owner or a business," King explained. "This is a great opportunity for them to see the trees that are available and get a feel for what is being offered."
Potential buyers will be allowed to take pictures and talk with the designers and find out more about these trees.
"In addition, representatives from the nonprofits will be in attendance so people can talk with them and get to know what the nonprofits do," King said.
The auction will be Saturday and the doors open at 6 p.m.
"We moved the time up so people who didn’t have a chance to preview the trees and talk with the designers on Friday will be able to do that on Saturday," King said.
Admission is $50 and the price includes the dinner catered by Kumbaya Kitchens that will start at 7:30 p.m.
"We will also have bar and Casey Metzger from Top Shelf Services will mix drinks and will create a specialty Giving Tree cocktail," King said. "I don’t know what will be in it, yet, but he always does a wonderful job."
The tree auction will start shortly thereafter.
"We’ll have nearly 30 trees in the auction and I have to say, the creativity on each tree has been amazing," King said. "In Park City fashion, everyone has put on their creative caps and we are doing something nontraditional.
"We have a tree that is made totally out of High West Distillery bottles," she said. "The Park City Museum’s tree has a pair of old skis."
Also, the Park City Chamber Music Society, which oversees the Beethoven Festival, has a music-themed tree that incorporates a real violin.
"We also have trees that have a ‘coexist’ theme and will feature items from all religions," King said.
In that spirit, instead of a tree, the Park City Film Series had local artist Zafod Beatlebrox create a menorah for the auction.
In addition to the trees and the menorah, there are a lot of fun collector items that will also be offered, including wreaths.
"As you can tell, there is something for everyone and we’re really excited for the event," King said.
Another idea the Park City Rotary Club came up with is the People’s Choice Award.
"When people come through on Friday and Saturday, they can vote on their favorite tree," King explained. "Five percent of the sales from all the trees will be divided up into first, second and third prize."
The idea for the Giving Tree Festival was inspired by a similar event in Roosevelt.
"Their local nonprofits would find a sponsor to underwrite the designing of the tree that would be auctioned off and the money would then benefit the nonprofit," King said. "We thought that would be a great program here."
The primary goal of the event is to support the nonprofits that serve Summit County.
"The rotary has provided grants for local nonprofits for years and normally that’s where the proceeds of the Miners Day Running of the Balls purchases go to," King said. "Even though we raise $35,000 to $40,000 each year through that, sometimes a grant [of $500] doesn’t go as far as we would like to see. So, we wanted to come up with something spectacular and have the nonprofits reap the benefits, because these groups have created such a great community where we can all enjoy the holiday season.
"This is our first year doing this and we didn’t really know what to expect. I think it has come together as something that is very special and I believe this will be a fun event, because it gives people an opportunity to buy a little piece of Park City."
Nonprofits participating in the Park City Rotary Club’s first Giving Tree Festival
The Park City Rotary Club’s inaugural Giving Tree Festival will be held at the National Ability Center Barn, 1000 Ability Way at Quinn’s Junction, on Friday, Nov. 27, from noon until 5 p.m., and Saturday, Nov. 28, starting at 6 p.m. Admission is free on Friday. Admission on Saturday is $50 and the price includes dinner. For more information, visit http://www.facebook.com/givingtreefestival .
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