Realtors raise funds for local nonprofits
The Park City Board of Realtors spends nearly an entire year planning its major fundraising events, the Park City Home Tour and Auction and the Philanthropic Golf Tournament. And at the end of that year of planning, once the events have come and gone on the calendar, the PCBR presents a check to local nonprofits, the Peace House and the Children’s Justice Centers in Summit and Wasatch counties.
At a mid-day Midway luncheon, realtors and nonprofit directors and board members collected for the official presentation where more nearly $150,000 was distributed.
"Most Realtor associations have some kind of community philanthropic event," said Curt Singleton, who is in his first year as the PCBR CEO, "but nothing on the scale of this there are over 100 volunteers and hundreds of hours of time to put on these events."
"I did not realize how much goes into these events, how much is involved in finding sponsors and getting donations from the community for these events," he added.
Peace House Executive Director Jane Patten said of all the places she has lived in her lifetime, she never saw a Realtor association donate the level of time and effort that Park City’s Realtors commit to nonprofits and community involvement.
"I have moved 17 times, lived in seven states," Patten said. I’ve lived in a lot of homes and dealt with a lot of Realtors, but I have never seen a board of Realtors like this one."
The Peace House received nearly $100,000 from the PCBR, and the two justice centers split funds just shy of $40,000 this year. The money raised for Peace House will go to fund programs at the nonprofit, with the most benefiting the emergency shelter in Park City for families in domestic violence situations. For both justice centers, funds will be used for training purposes and special equipment.
"Funding our training is vital," said Kenna Jones, Executive Director of the Wasatch County Children’s Justice Center. "Without that training, police officers cannot conduct a good interview, we don’t have a good investigation."
Patten said the funding, which has been raised for the nonprofit for more than two decades, has kept programs alive.
"For Peace House, in the tough times it has sustained us," Patten said. "In good times, it has afforded us the opportunity to grow, to expand our services."
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