Free Park Silly booth for nonprofits
Nonprofits and sustainable issues groups can apply on The Park Silly Sunday Market’s website for a free booth. This year’s Silly Market will kick-off June 12.
According to Ryan Cray, media relations and programs coordinator for the market, more than 80 nonprofit groups participated last year.
"What makes us a community market is our free space," Cray said.
The market offers three free booths per week for nonprofit and sustainable issues groups. Booths are given away on a first-come first-served basis, Cray explained.
There is also space available in the kids activities area, Cray added that this allows organizations to get the word out and still give back to the community while promoting kids activities.
The market will not be offering discounts to Main Street shops and restaurants because of the high demand for booths. However, the staff encourages community members to visit all of the Main Street businesses, Cray explained.
This year the Silly Market has hired new staff members from the University of Utah. Several students in the school’s environmental program will help promote the market’s zero-waste program. Interns will be responsible for managing the five zero-waste recycling stations set up throughout the market, Cray explained.
"We’re excited about the new program because it’s a way for us to have fun but be responsible about the environment," Cray said.
Last year more than 96,000 people attended the Park Silly Sunday Market throughout the season and Cray says that everything recycled or re-used except for two bags of trash. "We’re hoping to do it with even less bags of trash this year," Cray said.
The Egyptian Theatre will participate in the market again to promote its shows and Youtheatre program for kids, offered throughout the summer.
"There are a lot of local people that don’t come to the theatre very often. Free marketing for a nonprofit is very important," Egyptian House Manager Amber Hansen said.
Jason Jentzsth, Youth Winter Sports Alliance outreach coordinator, explained that his organization has been participating in the market for at least two years.
This year the YWSA will have a booth at four Silly Sunday’s. "We want to be out in the public and interacting with parents and the kids in the community," Jentzsth said. Representatives from five sports clubs will also attend the market with the YWSA to promote their year-round activities and summer programs. "We’re thankful that the market was able to offer a booth and that we’re able to promote our non profit," Jentzsth said.
Kara Cody, development manager for the Peace House said her organization has been involved with the market since the beginning, "We’re very pleased that the Silly Market has offered booths for nonprofits to help us get the word out," Cody said.
In previous years, the Peace House has used the market to promote their annual Luxury Home Tour and Auction event. "It’s important to raise awareness, because you never know who domestic violence is affecting," Cody said.
To apply as a nonprofit or sustainable issues group for a booth at the Park Silly Sunday Market visit http://www.parksillysundaymarket.com or contact Ryan Cray at (435) 901-9733.
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