Park City Rotary encourages nonprofits to register for Giving Tree Festival |

Park City Rotary encourages nonprofits to register for Giving Tree Festival

Scott Iwasaki

This coming holiday season, the Park City Rotary Club will introduce a new nonprofit fundraiser called the Giving Tree Festival, said Cathy King, one of the festival’s co-chairs.

"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 told The Park Record. "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, especially if the overhead is high. So, we stepped back and thought about coming up with another idea to support these nonprofits."

The Giving Tree Festival was inspired by the Park City Rotary Club’s participation in a Rotary conference two years ago, according to King.

"We met a group from Roosevelt who does an annual tree project that is sort of like the Festival of Trees in Sandy," she said.

Local businesses would sponsor nonprofits to create a tree that would be auctioned off and the nonprofit would get to keep 90 percent of that money, King said.

King and her group decided to bring the concept to Park City and think outside the box.

"The auction item for our event doesn’t have to be a tree," she said. "It can be a menorah or a tree that represents all different faiths and religions."

Summit County-area nonprofits who want to register for the Park City Rotary’s Giving Tree Festival, which will be held at the Barn at the National Ability Center on Nov. 27 and 28, can do so by visiting . Deadline is Nov. 1.

"The requirement is they have to be based in Summit County or service Summit County," King said.

Hosting the event over Thanksgiving weekend is a way to get people into the giving spirit, she explained.

"We will be open to the public on Friday, which is usually Black Friday, from 2 p.m. until 5 p.m. and we are encouraging people not to go to Walmart to go shopping, but to come and see the items that have been created to get into the holiday spirit," King said. "We will have music and refreshments and people can come see the trees or other items."

That night the Rotary will host a private cocktail party for local businesses and property managers from 6 p.m. until 8 p.m.

The actual auction, which will be open to the public, will be held Saturday. The doors will open at 6:30 p.m. Tickets are $50 each and the price includes dinner catered by Kumbaya Kitchen and drinks provided by Top Shelf.

"As of now, we have 32 nonprofits who are participating," King said. "We hope more will register."

For more information about the Park City Rotary Club’s Giving Tree Festival, visit m.