Live PC Give PC spotlight
The Park City Community Foundation is hosting its third Live PC Give PC fundraising event that benefits nonprofits all over Summit County this Friday, Nov. 8.
In 2011, the inaugural year, $330,000 was raised during the 24-hour, all-online donations fundraiser and in 2012, almost $600,000 was raised. This year’s goal is $750,000.
Among the charities that are participating in Live PC Give PC are Recycle Utah, Mountainlands Community Housing Trust ("MCHT"), Friends of Animals Utah and the Park City Historical Society and Museum.
For information or to make a donation, go to livepcgivepc.razoo.com .
Recycle Utah’s executive director, Insa Riepen, is a big fan of Live PC Give PC as a fundraising event because it is a "virtual event, online, doesn’t use any paper. It’s a good event for an environmental organization because it has less of an [environmental] impact."
Recycle Utah is using funds raised through Live PC Give PC for its ski and snowboard disposal program. "Any ski ever made by man is still sitting in somebody’s garage or landfill," Riepen said. "It’s not going away, it’s not biodegradable, and it’s nasty, nasty toxic stuff."
The cost of recycling ski/snowboard materials is now 50 cents per pound, and Recycle Utah is hoping to raise funds to cover those costs. "We have any extremely unique waste stream in Summit County and we desperately need help," Riepen said.
Recycle Utah will host a breakfast (coffee and bagels) Friday morning from 9-11 a.m. at the Recycling Center and will also have a benefit at Gallery MAR, 436 Main St., from 6-8 p.m. "Libations will be provided, of course," said Riepen.
Mountainlands Community Housing Trust
"MCHT exists to assist low and moderate income members of our community with their housing needs. These services extend to homeownership, rentals, transitional housing, loans and related matters," wrote Scott Loomis,
"We don’t raise a lot of money from private donations," Loomis told The Park Record about MCHT’s involvement with Live PC Give PC. "It’s been a good way to get our board more involved and increase our donor base."
The funds MCHT raise from Live PC Give PC will be used to directly support MCHT’s transitional housing program for temporarily homeless families in Summit County. Loomis said MCHT currently has 10 temporary homes it is operating and that it intends to add two more by the end of the year.
Friends of Animals Utah
Since its inception in 1990, Friends of Animals Utah’s ("FOAU") goal has not changed: "To place animals into permanent, caring homes and advance the humane treatment of animals through education."
"We’re participating in Live PC Give PC because it’s a fun way to attract new donors and engage with current supporters," said FOAU’s executive director, Lisa Allison. "It’s exciting to be a part of our nonprofit community in this way. There’s a philanthropic fury on this day!"
FOAU will be at the dog park located on Gillmor Way near Quinn’s Junction on Friday from 3:30-6 p.m.
"All our programs in one way or another, address the human animal bond, so the funds raised on Nov. 8 will all be used to further our work in this area," said Allison. "We continue to strive toward a day when there are no more pets waiting in shelters seeking loving homes."
Park City Historical Society and Museum
Park City’s past is kept alive by the Park City Historical Society and Museum.
"We have a collection of about 40,000 historic photographs from Park City’s past," said executive director Sandra Morrison. "And of course we spend a significant portion of our budget on making sure they’re preserved for future generations of Parkites."
The Historical Society and Museum is accepting donations during Live PC Give PC to support its extensive photograph and artifact collection, as well as its education programs and field trips it conducts for Summit County’s students.
"Typically, people give towards our education programs," Morrison said.
Park City Historical Society and Museum will be open during Live PC Give PC from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.
"We’re also installing our new exhibition about the 50th anniversary of PCMR," said Morrison, "so you can get a sneak peek of what it takes to install an exhibition in a museum."
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