Pink Park City ups its fundraising goals for Huntsman Cancer Institute on Saturday
Park City Mountain is set to turn pink this Saturday as the annual Pink Park City fundraiser takes to Canyons Village.
The event, in its second year, raises money for research of all types of cancer at the Huntsman Cancer Institute, and while its cause is serious, Pink Park City keeps a light atmosphere.
The Canyons Village will be decorated in pink banners and pink carpet, and several lodges, adorned with pink streamers and pink balloons, will hold deck parties with food, drink and music. Participants are encouraged to wear over-the-top pink costumes.
At the Lookout Cabin, Pink Park City skiers will be able to mingle with the University of Utah ski team, which just won the 2019 NCAA Championship, as well as the school’s golf and volleyball teams. Paralympian Danelle Umstead and retired Olympic alpine racer Holly Flanders will also be in attendance, and the two will lead the skiers down the mountain in a parade that Pink Park City co-chair Holly Hagerman described as “a sea of pink costumes” to serve as “a rally of hope for everyone that’s been impacted by cancer.”
There will be a myriad of entertainment options at the base as well, including a DJ, a costume contest, awards for the top fundraisers, plus a booth where participants can dedicate their day to someone affected by cancer by decorating their race bib.
The Utes will also host a chippo golf contest and a volleyball contest.
Certain shops in the village are participating in the event, and will punch passes as part of a scavenger hunt that encourages participants to experience all the day’s activities.
Hagerman expects a turnout of about 300 people, including Huntsman Cancer Institute president Mary Beckerle and the Park City council members. Pink Park City has a fundraising goal of $150,000, upping the ante from last year’s $80,000 haul.
“My heart is just on fire whenever I hear of anything we can do to fund cancer research,” said Hagerman, a cancer survivor. “It’s so critical to eradicating this horrible disease, and I get so excited thinking of the energy and fundraising that has gone into this event. And the support of the Park City community this year has been fantastic.”
Registration is $35, available at Canyons Village until 11 a.m., and it includes a discounted ski pass, a free beverage from the Umbrella Bar and access to the day’s activities.
Hagerman said she was looking forward to seeing the event kick off for the second time.
“No sleepless nights, just a lot of excitement,” she said. “It’s going to be a ton of fun.”
Information on the event and how to register is available at Pinkparkcity.com.
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