Fall Family Fest




Park City, UT (September 13, 2008) – The 3rd annual Fall Family Fest will take place on Saturday, September 13th to benefit the “Get to Know the Snow & Ice” Scholarship Fund founded by Anne Fortney and Joel Fine. The event will be held at the Park City Ice Arena & Sports Complex from 12:00 – 4 p.m.

The Fund began after Fortney realized there was a need in the community to assist local elementary school children who might not otherwise have the opportunity to participate in winter sports activities. The Fund, is administered by the Youth WinterSports Alliance. which provides financial support everything the kids need to participate in the Friday after-school ski, snowboard or ice skating programs including transportation, gear/clothing, lessons and passes.

The success of the “Get to Know the Snow & Ice” Scholarship Fund has made us realize the need for these types of scholarships within the community,” states Shelley Gillwald, executive director of the Youth WinterSports Alliance. “Funding from grants and events like this provide an avenue for children whom might not otherwise have the opportunity to learn a winter sport after school. Since 2005, proceeds from the Fest have enabled the Youth WinterSports Alliance to provide over $12,500 in scholarship monies to 59 area students who otherwise would be unable to participate in winter sports. The Fall Family Fest will help to raise funds for these scholarships.”

Guests will have opportunity to learn about child friendly organizations and programs available in the Park City area. They may also choose to engage in recreational sports activities at the Quinn’s Junction Complex such as free ice skating, soccer and lacrosse clinics, wheeled luge and skeleton clinics, or dryland activities for skiing and ski jumping. In addition, arts & crafts projects, improv children’s “theatre”, face painting and cookie decorating will be offered. The “School of Rock” will provide entertainment during our Community BBQ.

“There aren’t many family events in the fall and we felt this would be a great opportunity to demonstrate winter sports at the ice arena in Park City,” said Joel Fine, Co-Chair for the event. “Guests will not only be able to watch demonstrations, but actually participate in the sports”.

All members of the community are encouraged to attend. Guests of the Fall Family Fest will be charged a nominal fee of $10 per car, $5 per person or $2 per bike and once inside will have the opportunity to enjoy Chili, beer, wine and other beverages. Parents will also have the opportunity to sign their children up for a variety of programs such as Black Diamond Gymnastics as well as each of the thirteen Youth WinterSports Alliance programs, including skelton, ski jumping, alpine racing, hockey, speed skating, figure skating, luge, freestyle skiing, aerials, snowboarding, Nordic skiing and sled hockey. In addition, guests will have the opportunity to learn more about local athletic activities for kids. Each will showcase an education, art, advocacy or athletic program that impacts the children of Park City and Summit County.