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Local business gives back

Jeff Dempsey, Park Record

As a locally-based company, Backcountry.com is connected to the Park City community in a way other businesses are not. Ted Forbes, an executive vice president, said he sees that every day. Those who work at Backcountry.com are locals. They live in Park City, they work here, they hike the trails and ski the mountains. So when Live PC Give PC came around last year, Forbes said employees were enthusiastic about participating. This year, they wanted to do more.

"We decided to make a financial contribution in addition to the volunteer work," he said. "As a good-sized company in Park City we just felt like it was important for us to be involved."

Backcountry.com is a sponsor of Live PC Give PC this year and will again have employees volunteering on the day of giving, Nov. 6, but Jake Dudek, manager of strategy and operations, said they took it a step further.

"We had this lunch-and-learn series in September," he said. "We selected eight organizations participating in Live PC Give PC and pledged to match their donations, and we invited them to come in and talk to us. They came in Wednesdays and gave a presentation on what they do and hopefully drove more interest in our people to support them."

Dudek said they worked with Live PC Give PC to select eight nonprofits whose missions align with Backcountry.com‘s: Swaner Preserve, Mountain Trails Foundation, Summit Bike Club, Summit Land Conservancy, Recycle Utah, Uinta Council (Wasatch Back Trees), Utah Clean Energy and the Utah Avalanche Center.

"We wanted to support organizations we feel help to protect the places we play," Dudek said. "We wanted local groups our employees were already passionate about."

Forbes said the lunch and learn events in September were about more than just making introductions. It was about laying the groundwork for beyond the Live PC Give PC day of giving.

"We asked them to be very specific in how our employees can help with their mission," he said. "We wanted to provide not only financial support but also foster that sense of community involvement for our employees, forge a lasting connection between them and these nonprofits, which in many ways is more precious than money."

Live PC Give PC’s day of giving is Friday, Nov. 6. For more information, visit LivePCGivePC.org.

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