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Celebs partner with charities at local sport venues


Sundance is known as a time for attending movies, partying and searching for celebrities all around town. However, a few different charities also take part in the festivities, hosting events to raise money for good causes.

Several of Park City’s world-class sports venues took part in the fundraising efforts over the weekend, hosting athletes and celebrities in different capacities.

On Thursday, the Utah Olympic Park hosted actress and television host Amy Paffrath. Paffrath rode the Winter Comet Bobsled to support Kids Play International, a nonprofit founded by former freestyle aerialist and Park City resident Tracey Evans. The stunt raised $10,000 for a sports field to be built in a community impacted by genocide in Rwanda.

On Saturday night, Canyons Resort hosted a benefit concert for the Echoes of Hope foundation, started by former NHL star Luc Robitaille and his wife, Stacia. Echoes of Hope provides opportunities for emancipated foster youth and other youths in need. Famous musicians like Five for Fighting and Matisyahu performed at the event.

On Sunday, the Echoes of Hope events continued, this time at the Park City Ice Arena, with NHL alumni taking the ice alongside celebrities in front of a packed house.

On Sunday night, Park City proved it has more than just winter sports venues to offer when Strikes 4 Scholarships took place at Jupiter Bowl. In conjunction with the movie "In Football We Trust," several Polynesian NFL stars hit the lanes to raise money for a good cause. All the money went to the Haoli Ngata Foundation, which will use the funds to provide scholarships for underprivileged Polynesian high school students.

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Park City always gets attention for the world-class sporting events hosted in town — attention that is no doubt well deserved. But, especially during a time with so many visitors in town to celebrate cinematic accomplishments, it’s nice to see the sport venues put to use to help those less fortunate as well.

The Luc Robitaille Celebrity Shootout just finished its eighth-annual event and has become a staple of the Sundance schedule. It’s probably safe to assume it’ll be back for a ninth year in 2016. Let’s hope Park City can continue to utilize all its great facilities to celebrate cinema, sports and giving.