2013 Year End Fundraiser
LAST MINUTE UPDATE: Park City Sailing has been awarded a $1,000 Challenge Grant – we need your donations to get the donation completed ($2200 raised so far)The boats are all on the hard and covered for the winter. PCSA’s 6th season is coming to a close. In these 6 short years we have grown from a Tuesday Laser racing club to owning 31 boats, while serving over 425 people, with programs running seven days a week.
Here is a snap shot of our 2013 highlights.
- Incorporated STEM (science, technology, engineering, math) into junior curriculum
- Extended the hours of the Junior Program from 4 to 8 per day at the same price.
- Strengthened our environmental stewardship processes
- Received a donation of 8 Elliot 6M Olympic caliber boats and 3 40’ storage containers.
- Raised $22,000 to transport and launch the Elliots
- Conducted 3 Wounded Warrior events in conjunction with the NAC and Wasatch Adaptive Sports
- In partnership with the State Park expanded our fenced in sailing storage by 50 percent
- Received a Rhodes 19 and a Santana 20 through donations.
- Relocated the Junior Sailing area to 2 floating docks as the result of the low water levels
- In conjunction with the University of Utah we provided the boats and coaching to start a sailing club
- Expanded the Adult Sailing Lesson program with a 3x increase in private and group lessons
- Provided sailing camps to Basin Recreation, The Utah Olympic Park Adventure Camp and the Park City Adventure Camp
- Provided a record number of scholarships in our programs
- Laid the foundation to start a PC High School Sailing Club for 2014
Simply put, 2013 was an incredibly busy year which put a huge work load on our volunteer team. The 2014 planning process is now beginning and budgeting is underway for new capital projects. Discussions include:
- Expansion of our facility to include a small dock for direct water access
- Relocation of our containers to create a classroom / club house environment
- Modification of the containers to have doors, windows, solar power and shaded areas.
- Toilets, running water and a large deck
- Re-powering of the safety boats to eco-friendly 4 stroke motors
- Overhauling all boats to standardized rigging and major cosmetic repairs
- Adapting recommendations from the Junior Sailing Survey to enhance the program
- Expansion of Adaptive Programs in conjunction with our partners to serve the needs of the adaptive community
- Becoming a certified US Sailing, “Community Sailing Center”.
We are well on our way toward our goal of creating a dynamic sailing community in the greater Park City area. This includes an involved membership that receives great value for their participation in a variety of high quality sailing programs. With the growth of our fleet, PCSA is now in a strong position to provide a meaningful role in community service. Our programs make sailing accessible to all ages and abilities, bringing many positive benefits to the participants. The adaptive community, veterans, youth groups and families all benefit from sailing programs that foster self-confidence, self-esteem, build communications, improve problem solving and social skills while promoting an environmentally friendly outdoor activity. For many in the adaptive community, sailing offers are joyful place to experience a sense of physical freedom
To continue our growth and success we need to rely on our members. PCSA has priced our programs and services well below the costs and the value that they provide. This has been a conscious strategy to keep what we offer to be affordable to all. The more we grow and succeed the more our costs grow.
Please take a moment to look back at how PCSA has grown and what it was provided to you and your family. Between now and the end of the year we need to raise a minimum $10,000 to keep our finances on track and begin the planning and hiring process. Every donation helps. Please show us your support.
Geoff Hurwitch & Ken Block
PS: With our first donations we are already 14% (22% if we count the whole challenge grant) toward our goal.