Park City Institute has a ball with Saints and Sinners fundraiser
Park City Institute’s Saints and Sinners Ball 6 p.m. on Saturday, March 16 St. Regis Deer Valley, 2300 Deer Valley Drive Tickets: $225 per person, $1,400 for a table of eight or $1,800 for a table of 10 435-655-3114 parkcityinstitute.org
The Park City Institute knows something angelic can come out of little devils.
That’s why it hosts its annual Saints and Sinners Ball. The event, in its eighth year, will be held on Saturday, March 16, at St. Regis Deer Valley.
It is a light-hearted fundraiser that supports the nonprofit’s student outreach programs, and the proceeds make it possible for visiting artists to host hands-on workshops in schools and throughout the community, according to Executive Director Teri Orr.
“This is something that has become harder to write grants for, because the events are often held out of sight from our ticket buyers,” Orr said. “They may see the performances, but they might not be aware of the weeklong activities.”
Last month, for instance, Park City Institute presented the It Gets Better Project with the San Francisco Gay Men’s Chorus. And while the public enjoyed a musical performance on Feb. 9, the production’s singers and actors worked with students in the community through several outreach programs during the week.
“These outreach programs examined different ways of how things could get better for local LGBTQ teens in our community, and brought together leaders from Park City, Summit County and Salt Lake City,” Orr said.
Paying for these types of workshops is like paying for a second performance, Orr said.
“The artists have to have a place to stay in order to work with the kids,” she said. “That means we have to pay for hotel stays throughout the week.”
The student outreach programs require a portion of the Park City Institute’s annual $3.2 million budget, Orr said.
“That budget is easy to change if we don’t want to bring great summer and winter programming,” she said. “But it’s not something we want to do, because we pride ourselves on the fact that we try to schedule multiple artistic disciplines. We hope to keep pivoting in directions the community wants.”
This year’s Saints and Sinners Ball will start at 6 p.m. with a cocktail hour. The fun will continue with games, an Irish dinner, libations, a silent auction and dancing to the music of Joshy Soul.
Auction items include wine adventures in Napa Valley, California, as well as Front Row Joe entertainment packages for the Park City Institute’s St. Regis Big Stars, Bright Nights summer concert series, which the nonprofit is currently working on, Orr said.
Attendees are encouraged, but not required, to dress up as their favorite saint or sinner, according to Orr.
“How you dress is so wide open, especially when it comes down to what attendees think are saints and sinners,” Orr said.
Past costumes have included politicians and irreverent representations of various religious leaders, she said.
“I love seeing the ingenuity and effort attendees put into their costumes,” Orr said. “Park City loves to dress up.”
The past year and half has been a challenge for the Park City Institute.
It had to redirect its summer concert series, as well as change course in what and how it programs its Main Stage presentations at the Eccles Center for the Performing Arts, Orr said.
“Some people have suggested we present more dance, because, outside of the state’s resident companies, there isn’t a lot of great dance that finds its way to Utah,” she said. “The same thing rings true with theater, and we have been fortunate to present programs that bridge the storytelling/theater gap.”
These conversations have steered Orr to a conclusion.
“The story that has come out of all of this is how much people value having performing arts available in their community,” she said. “And events like the Saints and Sinners Ball will help us continue to bring in world-class artists.”.
The Park City Institute’s Saints and Sinners Ball will start at 6 p.m. on Saturday, March 16, at St. Regis Deer Valley, 2300 Deer Valley Drive. Individual tickets are $225 or $1,800 for a table of 10 and $1,400 for a table of eight. Tables and tickets may be purchased by calling the Eccles Center for the Performing Arts box office at 435-655-3114 or online at parkityinstitute.org.
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