Afghanistan fundraiser at The Shop |

Afghanistan fundraiser at The Shop

Submitted by Kim Deimling On Saturday, Nov. 7, The Shop Yoga Studio in Park City will host a discussion with Shannon Galpin, founder of the nonprofit Mountain to Mountain, and a photography display by international photojournalist Tony DiZinno from 6 unt

Galpin’s work, which was recently featured on NBC’s "Dateline," prompted Park City resident Kim Deimling to take action. "I was so inspired by how she has helped girls and women in Afghanistan to overcome such huge obstacles, how she has created a hopeful future for these families," she says. Deimling arranged for Galpin and DiZinno to share their story at The Shop Yoga Studio.

The photos and discussion will highlight the bizarre contrasts present in modern day Kabul. "Although Kabul is the capital city, steeped in old world history and culture, it is also teeming with young Afghans desperate to join the modern era. Women in burqas walk past internet cafes with young, trendy women in modern dress and minimalist headscarves inside," cites Shannon. "It’s a country and a city bursting with heartbreaking beauty and jaw dropping scenes every time you turn your head. The beauty and the dichotomy of that beauty set against the destruction and history takes your breath away."

Mountain to Mountain opened its first photography exhibit and discussion in Breckenridge, before traveling with a collection of 12 photos to Park City. Next, Shannon is off to Los Angeles, New York, Minneapolis, Bismarck, and Denver to educate and create awareness of Mountain to Mountain’s cause. "My focus was looking at how to connect mountain communities through mountain culture and use that as a unique, exciting and thought-provoking way to raise awareness and money," she said. "I didn’t want to raise money the old way I wanted to do it in a way that actually brought communities here at home and abroad, together."

All of the photos in the exhibit are for sale and 100 percent of the proceeds support Mountain to Mountain’s goals. Shannon is looking for art gallery hosts around the country to support this effort.

Please RSVP to attend this event by contacting Deimling at 640-4999 or The Shop Yoga Studio is located at 1167 Woodside Ave., next to the Park City Library and Education Center.