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Annual donor drive returns to Summit County

To help spread the word about more than 80 local non-profit organizations, the Park City Community Foundation is once again sponsoring the 24-hour donation drive: Live PC Give PC.

From midnight to midnight Nov. 6 donations will be accepted at http://www.livepcgivepc.org with a minimum $10 donation required. Last year, more than $1 million was raised by 2,884 donors for 73 local nonprofits.

Sage Mountain: An advocate for farm animals

When Lauren Lockey decided to became a vegetarian at the age of 11, she had no idea how empowering her decision be.

"To know that I am not part of the cruelty that goes on at farms is amazing," Lockey said. "And as individuals I’ve learned we can really make a difference."

After eliminating meat from her diet, Lockey took her choice a step further several years later and became a vegan, with a strictly plant-based diet. As Lockey began to understand the impacts of her decision, she set out to educate others about the benefits of reducing their meat consumption.

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Lockey is now the executive director of Sage Mountain: An advocate for farm animals, located in Brown’s Canyon. The not-for-profit organization aims to create awareness about the impact agriculture has on farm animals, such as cows, pigs and chickens, and the community at large. It provides facilities for abandoned, abused or unwanted farm animals, and education programs.

"We are promoting a reduction, if not elimination, of meat, dairy, eggs and fish consumption," Lockey said.

For the second year in a row, Sage Mountain will be participating in Live PC Give PC. Any donations received through the event will go toward the construction of additional shelters and fencing for the few rescue animals currently being cared for at the facility, Lockey said.

"We didn’t do so great last year because we were still new and weren’t as present in the community," Lockey said. "But we’ve worked hard within the last year to do different things and get our name out there."

Sage Mountain will host a Live PC Give PC kickoff party Thursday, Nov. 5, between 6 p.m. and 8 p.m. at The Boneyard Wine Dive, 1251 Kearns Blvd, in Park City.

"We try and stay clear with our message, without being alienating," Lockey said. "I don’t want people to feel looked down on, but we are at a point with the planet and population where we cannot sustain raising animals for food anymore without running out of water and land."

For more information about Sage Mountain, go to http://sagemtn.org/.

Wasatch Backcountry Rescue

Wasatch Backcountry Rescue is comprised of a "very strong community" of avalanche professionals, most of whom live and work here in Summit County, according to President Tracy Christensen.

To help foster a better relationship with the local community, Wasatch Backcountry Rescue will be participating in Live PC Give PC for the first time.

"We kind of just found out about it last year and set a goal to get involved this year because we feel like we have been missing out," Christensen said.

Wasatch Backcountry Rescue provides services for several resorts with the five Sheriff’s Departments along the Wasatch Front and Wasatch Back. More than 150 volunteer ski patrollers and 42 avalanche rescue dogs are capable of responding to various levels of rescue situations.

"Everything we do is volunteer-based and all the money we receive goes directly toward training and advancement of our professionals," Christensen said. "This year our goal is to put on a rescue dog school, send two members to Switzerland to train with the oldest avalanche rescue dog operation and send a member to Canada."

Wasatch Backcountry Rescue volunteers will be at several locations throughout the day Friday for demonstrations and ‘meet and greets.’

Friday morning, volunteers will be working with the Treasure Mountain Middle School Leadership Program between 9 a.m. and 11:30 a.m. Volunteers and dog handlers will also be at Squatters Roadhouse Grill, 1900 Park Ave, and Wasatch Brew Pub, 250 Main Street, from noon until 6 p.m.

"This is our first year really trying to go out and make a good impression and gain some awareness," Christensen said. "Our goal is to educate and inform people of ways they can become better backcountry users. We just want people to come out. We would love to meet and talk about snow, dogs, mountains or skiing. We encompass it all and live and work here. We want to become more of a community resource and become partners with everyone in the community."

For more information about Wasatch Back Country rescue, go to http://www.wbrescue.org .

Park City Museum

Live PC Give PC gives the Park City Museum an opportunity to reach out to community members who aren’t as familiar with the organization.

"We try to get new donors through this type of fundraising. Our members do so much for us already so we use this event to try and get the word out to people who aren’t members or who may be visiting," said Shontai Pohl, Park City Museum’s administrative and events coordinator.

The Park City Museum, 528 Main Street, annually features three traveling exhibits with several accompanying lectures and educational programs. More than 100,000 people visit each year and about 8,000 use the museum’s research library.

"It’s a resource for the city and visitors," said Sydney Reed, Park City Museum board member. "You can find out about Park City History and we have an incredible collection of photos."

Reed said contributions from members of the museum and events like Live PC Give PC help the organization be able to continue offering the various programs, such as ski tours, hiking tours and educational programs.

"It really helps us a lot and I think this year we have bigger matching grants," Reed said. "We haven’t earmarked that money for anything specific, but it really helps our education programs, which are growing all the time.

"We have always been a part of it," Reed said.

For more information about the Park City Museum, go to http://parkcityhistory.org/.

Utah Avalanche Center

The Utah Avalanche Center has been a part of Live PC Give PC since its inception. The annual fundraising event has provided valuable funding and exposure for the organization’s efforts along the Wasatch Back, according to Paul Diegal, executive director of Utah Avalanche Center.

"Working with Live PC Give PC has really introduced us to this huge group of people and provided a lot of contacts," Diegal said. "Some of our services were in danger of being lost because the Wasatch Front was supporting the Wasatch Back. But the Park City Community Foundation has really turned that completely around and the Wasatch Back is now more or less paying its way."

This year, Backcountry.com is sponsoring prizes for the top three organizations that "Protect where we play" and raise the most money. The list includes the Utah Avalanche Center, Mountain Trails Foundation and Recycle Utah.

Based in Salt Lake City, the Utah Avalanche Center also has offices in Logan and Moab. The center is responsible for "everything avalanche related", including awareness, education and advisories, Diegal said.

"People who live in Park City live within some of the greatest avalanche danger areas of the United States," Diegal said. "It’s important if you live, work, and play in this community to know about the avalanche dangers."

Representatives from the Utah Avalanche Center will be at White Pine Touring from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. Friday, Nov. 6, along with the Mountain Trails Foundation.

For more information about the Utah Avalanche Center, go to https://utahavalanchecenter.org/ .