Letters to the EditorTurning a day of golf into a day of hope
A group of women in this community annually make miracles happen. The Playing for Life Foundation has taken a day of golf and turned it into a day of hope. Their annual tournament is breaking all records this year with their fund-raising efforts for breast cancer research and survivorship programs thanks to their tenacity and community members’ generosity.
On behalf of the Huntsman family, Huntsman Cancer Institute (HCI) researchers, oncologists and staff, we are so grateful to Park City Women’s Golf Association, the Playing for Life Foundation, and the hard-working volunteers, donors and sponsors for designating the proceeds from your 4th annual Park City Women’s Golf Tournament to HCI.
HCI is dedicated to a single mission eradicating the disease and suffering that accounts for one of every four deaths, cancer. We are the cancer center of excellence in your community and the only National Cancer Institute-designated cancer center in the Intermountain West.
We look forward to putting this money to work in our High Risk Breast Cancer Clinic (HRBCC). Every success we have is due to volunteers, donors, and event organizers like you.
The High Risk Breast Cancer Clinic has two goals:
To serve as a research resource for breast cancer investigations
To provide education and genetic counseling to individuals and families at increased risk of developing breast cancer
The clinic is one of six National Cancer Institute-funded breast cancer registries with a purpose to collect data and specimens on men and women from families with an increased incidence of breast and/or ovarian cancer. The funding provided by the National Cancer Institute to the HRBCC is substantially less than in previous years. Because of this, the HRBCC needs your help now more than ever.
Thank you for all the hard work. It takes tremendous planning and leadership to execute such an excellent tournament and we are very grateful to those who chaired, volunteered, and donated through this successful event.
Thank you to the golfers, sponsors, donors, and volunteers! We love you.
Janet Bingham, Ph.D.
Huntsman Cancer Foundation
Donations to KPCW should stay here
I contributed to KPCW this year for the first time in many years, and the reason was the absence of Blair Feulner. I feel good about that decision, and about the direction the current management of the station is taking, and I’d like to explain why.
For many years, I was not only a donor but an underwriter of KPCW. Then I came to understand where my money was going. When KCPW, the Salt Lake City station, was started, it was with funding from the Park City audience. And, until perhaps the last year or so, money donated by listeners to "Park City’s Community Campfire" still subsidized the Salt Lake station. This fact was never adequately disclosed to the Park City audience, who were paying for a station whose signal never reached Park City. This is a generous community, but we deserved to know where our money was going.
Donations and underwriting funds were also apparently used to pay for legal and engineering work necessary to acquire, maintain, and ultimately sell KCUA, the Coalville station with a frequency in the commercial spectrum. KPCW’s public status was used to warehouse that commercial license, shielding it from challenges under the FCC rules. I don’t know if the kind of sale that eventually took place was planned all along, but I do know that Utah Division of Corporations records show that Blair and Susan Feulner formed a for-profit company called "Summit Radio, LLC" in 1997 to engage in the business of radio broadcasting. Nothing seems to have happened with that entity, but it’s hard to imagine anything they could have done with it that wouldn’t have been a conflict of interest. As, in my personal view, was Blair’s receipt of $895,000 as a "bonus" for selling KCUA.
The currrent board seems intent on running a single local station for Park City and neighboring areas. Bravo. They have my support and, I hope, that of the rest of the community. It was time for a change.
Kudos to kids for Yeates film tribute
I just wanted to compliment staff writer Lindsay McClure on her article concerning the PCHS students’ film tribute to Christopher Yeates. My first reaction upon reading the article was, "How like this awesome group of kids!"
I am so proud of them all, but further, I’d like to be the first to say it in print: "Jake Topkis is going to make a mark on the film world."
Treasure Mountain International School
Let’s do a new radio station
Blair had a vision for the radio station, and imagine this, we loved his vision. I don’t have a bunch of money, but here is why I gave money to KPCW, Blair and Suzanne’s dignity in reporting, and the wonderful job EJ did with the donations. Did Blair have a tight rein on the radio station? Ask any of us that run nonprofits, we are in charge of everything from a wet diaper or lost limo to those who join our nonprofits and trust me … the first words are, "We need to run this like it is a business" I wanted Blair to be in charge, he got it. I am eyeing Foa for my next donation. And Suzanne and Blair, let’s still do a new radio station, really.
Shelley Vebber Weiss
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