Sotheby’s Cares donates $12,000 |

Sotheby’s Cares donates $12,000

Gina Barker, The Park Record

Summit Sotheby’s International Realty recognized realtors Monday who participated in Sotheby’s Cares, a fund created to help nonprofits along the Wasatch Front and Wasatch Back. SSIR raised $12,000 in 2011, nearly doubling funds from the first year of the program in 2010.

Half of what was raised this year was recently granted to a number of nonprofits including the People’s Health Clinic, the Park City Museum, the Kimball Arts Center, Music Makes Music, Mountain Trails, Utah Olympic Legacy, the Crohns and Colitis Foundation, the Rescue Mission of Salt Lake City, the Summit Land Conservancy and Habitat for Humanity.

Remaining funds will be used throughout the year to continue supporting nonprofits.

"Because we took it to a vote we got to support issues we may not have otherwise supported," said Sotheby’s realtor and president of the fund, Whitney Olch.

The Crohns and Colitis Foundation was selected because a realtor with SSRI had a daughter who was recently diagnosed with Crohns Disease.

The two largest recipients were the Kimball Arts Center and Mountain Trails, two long-standing nonprofits that call Park City home, but outside organizations such as the Rescue Mission of Salt Lake City were also included.

"Sotheby’s has helped us," said Rescue Mission Executive Director Chris Croswhite. "We receive no funding from the state or federal government. We’re 100 percent privately supported, and funding like this helps us do everything from serving a meal for 97 cents to helping a homeless man or woman get off the streets permanently."

Croswhite added that when organizations in Park City take note of the work his organization does, it also opens new doors, raising exposure at the local level.

"It’s important to give back to the community," Olch added. "At the end of the day, what we support is what enables us to sell Park City. It is the great organizations that help make Park City what it is, a great place to live."