Olympic Legacy Foundation plans Anti-Gala fundraiser
The Utah Olympic Legacy Foundation is on a mission to embrace, engage and involve Utahs youth in winter sports.
To do so, the nonprofit underwrites all the programs and the venues at a cost of $3.8 million every year, according to Jennifer Lippman, development director of the Utah Olympic Legacy Foundation.
“We do this because we are committed to our mission,” Lippman said during an interview with The Park Record. “Where else in the country [can] your 10-year-old child train in an Olympic winter sport in an official and vibrant Olympic venue with world-class teachers, who are most often elite athletes themselves who have competed in word-class levels?
“We train members of the U.S. Ski Team all the way to little children who are just learning to love winter sports, experiencing the teamwork in Olympic competition and taking with them life lessons of hard work and perseverance,” she said.
To help counter the rising costs, the Utah Olympic Legacy Foundation will host its inaugural fundraiser on Thursday, July 14, at Utah Olympic Park at Kimball Junction.
The event, titled the Anti-Gala Fundraiser, is different than other local fundraisers, Lippman said.
“We call it Your Party, Your Park because we wanted to offer this to Park City and Salt Lake City folks who are used to fundraisers that require them to dress up, go to a ballroom and sit down to dinner,” she said. “This one will require no high heels, no suits and ties. We want people to come up in T-shirts and shorts.”
The Anti-Gala Fundraiser will be held outdoors at the base of the UOP’s Nordic ski jumps.
“It should be a beautiful night to spend time with friends doing something a little out of the ordinary,” Lippman said. “We will offer unlimited access to extreme tubing, zip line and the alpine slide. Everyone can ride up the chair lift to do these activities.”
Live entertainment will be provided by two local bands — Rage Against the Supremes and Changing Lanes Band.
“They are regulars at The Spur and Newpark,” Lippman said. “Mountain Town Music was extremely helpful in planning the lineup.”
The fundraisers presenting sponsor is Riverhorse on Main.
“We are thrilled to have them participating and cooking an amazing summertime menu for this event that everyone will love,” said Lippman, who has had her eye on the eatery for at least two years. “I wanted to make sure I found the right one for the Riverhorse, something big and special and since this is our inaugural fundraising event. I reached out to [Riverhorse owners] Casey and Seth Adams, who also happen to be friends of mine, and they were so excited to support the Utah Olympic Legacy Foundation and jumped on right away.”
In addition, Park City Brewery will provide the beer and Old Town Cellars will provide the wine.
“We’ve gone very local and all the vendors have been wonderful to participate and support the mission of the Utah Olympic Legacy Foundation,” Lippman said.
There will also be an auction during the fundraiser that will be hosted by KTVX Ch. 4s Kim Fischer.
“We will auction off some special athlete experiences and special access to our venues,” Lippman said. “With these experiences, people will get a chance to ski or ride a biathlon with the U.S. Ski Team.”
The idea to host the event at the UOP was the logical choice.
“We have these amazing venues — Soldier Hollow Nordic Center, the Olympic Oval and Utah Olympic Park — and when we thought about where to throw a party, we thought why not in one of our own facilities,” Lippman said.
General admission tickets to the event are $100, but fire-pit packages are available for $2,000.
“These packages aren’t like you’re buying a table for 10 or more people,” Lippman said. “You’re purchasing a private fire pit that will have collapsible chairs for 10 guests and s’more baskets.
“It would be best to register sooner than later, because the fire pits are selling out fast and we will raise the cost after July 10,” she said. “We are looking forward to this and hope people will support us.”
The Utah Olympic Legacy Foundations Anti-Gala Fundraiser will be held at Utah Olympic Park, 3419 Olympic Pkwy. at Kimball Junction, Thursday, July 14, from 6:30 p.m. until 11 p.m. Register by visiting UtahOlympicLegacy.org, or emailing Jennifer Lippman at email@example.com.
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