Letters to the Editor, Nov. 26-28,2014
November 25, 2014
GD Garner helps put money in the bank for Egyptian
The Egyptian Theatre would like to thank Gary "GD" Garner for his incredible artistic talents and his equally incredible generosity to the theatre. Through a collaborative effort involving Ruth’s Chris and Silver restaurant, GD was provided two venues to be able to show and auction off some of his pieces with 100 percent of the proceeds benefitting the theatre’s "Save Our Banksy" campaign, further benefitting the Egyptian’s Youth Theatre Program. It is with these kinds of alliances in our community that allow the Egyptian Theatre to continue to be an artistic and social centerpiece. Thank you Ruth’s Chris, Silver Restaurant, and especially GD Garner.
The Egyptian Theatre Company
Chairman of the Board, Egyptian Theatre Company
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Gone to the dogs, in a good way
Recently I had the privilege of visiting the new Run-a-Muck dog park with my two dogs. What a fantastic park! Finally, a dog park that truly meets the exercise/socialization needs of dogs, while also meeting the needs of their human companions. All this in a beautiful natural environment isolated from other trail users who do not wish to encounter dogs. Thank you to everyone who had a hand in making this happen, especially Kim Carson, Brian Hanton, other members and consultants of the Dog Leash Task Force and Bob Radke. This park is a wonderful addition to our community, and we are so fortunate to have leaders who work to meet the needs of the community in such constructive ways.
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Student is grateful for leadership program
My name is Nicole Chang, and I am a senior at Park City High School. As a native of Park City, I have had the opportunity to meet several amazing people in this community. One of these people is Ms. Julie Hooker at Treasure Mountain Junior High. As an eighth grader, I was a student in her English class. Her enthusiasm and intelligence was contagious, and I knew I wanted to be in a class of hers the following year as well.
I signed up for her Leadership class, and was selected to be the school’s student body president. I came to know Julie as not only a great teacher, but a friend. She taught me how to be a leader, and the class gave me several opportunities to use those skills. Her leadership class has expanded exponentially since I left, and when go back to visit Treasure, I see several students contributing to their community. Julie’s leadership class works with The People’s Health Clinic, the Park City Institute, and many other nonprofits to help students gain the professionalism they will need at the high school and later on.
She builds so many great connections for her students, and I am so glad she is continuing that with each group of students that pass through her door. During my freshman year, I became the Youth Board President for the People’s Health Clinic. I worked with Executive Director, Nann Worel, and several of my other Leadership peers to help fundraise and raise awareness. After leaving Treasure, I continued to volunteer with them, and currently work with the Park City Institute as well. Through Julie, Executive Director, Teri Orr, allowed me to work with them by playing the piano at events, and making small speeches at fundraisers. I was able to form a small group to help plan the first TedX Youth Park City.
Before the Leadership class, I was extremely shy and unconfident. I rarely shared my opinions, and barely knew how to lead just a small group of students. Julie showed me what kind of leader I could be, and I am eternally grateful. In 2013, I gave a TED Talk at TedXChange Park City. I thanked my family and Julie for their support. Every day, I think about how much I have changed. I enjoy being a leader, and since then, I have become a state officer for HOSA Future Health Professionals, the largest student led organization in the nation dedicated to students who have a passion for healthcare. While I understand that many programs in the Park City School District need to be discontinued, I sincerely hope that the Leadership program can stay. It truly makes a difference in students’ lives.
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Food pantry gets a big boost from Turkey drive
Last Thursday and Friday the Park City Board of Realtors held the 13th Annual Park City Turkey Drive at the Market at Park City. This year, the drive exceeded our expectations.
Our goal was 2,000 turkeys and hundreds of pounds of non-perishable food. We actually collected 2,212 turkeys and provided 700 birds to the Park City Food Pantry for distribution to both Summit and Wasatch counties. The remaining birds along with hundred pounds of non-perishable food items were delivered to the Utah Food Bank for distribution statewide.
This drive is made possible by the many generous members, colleagues and friends of the Park City Board of Realtors that always give generously from their hearts to support this event. You have again shown the depths of your compassion and without you, the overwhelming results and the number of people we are feeding this holiday season would not be possible. To Rick Otto and all his many contractor friends, Mario Ferraro and Carid Wutzke of Alder and Tweed and their clients, a ginormous heartfelt thank you for your generous contributions during the Wednesday fund raising event that push this drive into the success category. And finally a great big thank you to the many members of our wonderful community who again supported the turkey drive this year. Together we are making a big difference by "giving hunger the bird." Because of you, over 12,500 people will be thankful you provided them with a turkey dinner this Thanksgiving.
The turkeys for the annual drive are provided entirely by Mike Holmes at the Market in Park City. He has been our ardent supporter for the past 13 years and for two days Mike and his staff commit their time and resources to ensuring the success of this event. Thank you for another amazing year.
Every penny collected goes to purchasing a turkey – we have absolutely no overhead so we rely completely on volunteer help. This year, we are grateful again that so many tirelessly gave of their time and incredible upbeat and high energy. They are individually and collectively amazing and loving thanks to them all.
Thank you to our Realtor and affiliate friends for their never-ending support to our community in so many generous ways and we hope you will put the 14th Annual Turkey Drive on your 2014 calendar.
With sincere appreciation and heartfelt gratitude.
Park City Turkey Drive
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Donations grew into loads of fresh veggies
During this holiday season of Thanksgiving, we at Hospitality Grounds Community Garden would like to express our gratitude to the many people, local organizations and businesses who have offered their time, talent and donations to our fruitful second season! With your support, our garden made 12 produce donations to the Peace House and Christian Center, and will be able to double in size in 2015 for even greater donations. A big, heart felt "thank you" to St. Luke’s Episcopal Church, Deer Valley Resort, Stock Building Supply, Home Depot, Catarina Blais and Earth and Eden Nursery! Our garden grows with love!
Hope to see you in the garden in 2015!
Shannon Van Der Bosch
Hospitality Grounds Garden Chair