Park City surpasses Live PC Give PC goal |

Park City surpasses Live PC Give PC goal

Nan Chalat Noaker, The Park Record
Katy Wang, executive director of the Park City Film Series, adds up donations to the series Go Digital or Go Dark campaign during Live PC Give PC on Friday. Photo by Irene Cho

Despite worries that Live PC Give PC, the Park City Community Foundation’s third annual day of giving, might have topped out last year, event organizers Trisha Worthington and Katie Wright say that were overwhelmed when Friday’s donations were tallied at midnight. The foundation had set an optimistic goal: to reach $750,000 in donations for Summit County-based nonprofit organizations in a 24-hour fundraising blitz. They blew past that benchmark at 9 p.m. Friday with three hours left to go.

The ultimate total in donations was $832,117 collected from 2,629 individuals.

"We were amazed by the support and generosity of the community," said Worthington.

The foundation was also closely tracking the number of first-time Live PC Give PC participants. To reach that demographic, local resident Mike Levinthal offered to add $25 to each of the first 500 new donors’ contributions. According to Wright his challenge was met by 11 a.m.

However, the foundation was not able to meet its goal of engaging 3,500 individuals, 800 more than last year. "But we were able to raise more from the same number of donors," Wright pointed out, adding she is still encouraged by the number of new participants.

Each year the foundation has rewarded the three nonprofits who attract the most donors with substantial grants of $2,500 for first place, $2,000 for second place and $1,500 for third place. The winners this year were:

1st – Mountain Trails Foundation which received $38,513 from 474 donors

2nd – Friends of Animals Utah which earned $20,660 from 313 donors

3rd – Summit Land Conservancy which received $39,975 from 297 donors.

Mountain Trails and Friends of Animals were also the most popular nonprofits last year. According to Wright, trails, pets and open lands "speak to our outdoor lifestyle, that is our commonality."

Other organizations that cater to health and education needs in the community, however, were not forgotten, she said. The People’s Health Clinic, which provides medical care to the uninsured in Summit and Wasatch Counties, raised $37,000.

For the first time this year, the foundation also offered a special $2,500 award to the most popular nonprofit among those with annual operating budgets of less than $500,000. The Park City Film Series won by racking up $17,968 from 258 donors.

Katy Wang, the group’s executive director said, "It was overwhelming. We had no expectation of winning. We were over the moon with the whole experience."

According to Wang, funds raised during Live PC Give PC bring the series to within $16,000 of meeting its goal of raising $75,000 for new digital projection equipment for the well-loved weekly independent film series at the Santy Auditorium.

A mass thank you posted on the Live PC Give PC website, where donations were posted throughout the 24-hour giving cycle, summed it up this way:

"From the bottom of our hearts, Park City Community Foundation and our local nonprofit organizations thank you. giving together, we are building a stronger, more vibrant community. Your dollars have great impact. Thank you for being part of Live PC Give PC and for investing in your community’s future."


Organization/Number of Donors/Amount Raised


All Nonprofits


  1. Mountain Trails Foundation/474/$38,513

  3. Friends of Animals Utah/313/$20,660

  5. Summit Land Conservancy/297/$39,975

  7. Park City Film Series/258/$17,796

  9. Park City Day School/234/$37,503

  11. Park City Education Foundation/233/$17,968

  13. The Hope Alliance/226/$14,975

  15. People’s Health Clinic/211/$37,875

  17. National Ability Center/188/$12,599

  19. Community Wireless (KPCW)/183/$12,211


Small nonprofits


  1. Park City Film Series/258/$17,796

  3. The Hope Alliance/226/$14,975

  5. Recycle Utah/180/$11,840

  7. Mountain Town Stages/150/$9,047

  9. Axis Freeride/100/$10,035

  11. Speedy Foundation/92/$6,961

  13. Utah Avalanche Center/85/$3,543

  15. Art Pianos For All/52/$2,880

  17. Habitat of Summit and Wasatch Counties/50/$6,349

  19. Canines With a Cause Foundation/45/$2,680


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