Jans Winter Welcome returns to an in-person fundraiser this year
Jans Winter Welcome is back and will be held in person after COVID-19 pushed the Youth Sports Alliance event onto a virtual platform last year.
The fundraiser will begin at 6 p.m. on Saturday, October 23 at the Stein Eriksen Lodge, and tickets are available on ysa.org, said Emily Fisher, executive director of the Youth Sports Alliance.
“We’re excited to be back live this year,” said Fisher. “Although we ran a successful campaign last year, we didn’t have the same energy and ability to bring together and tell stories about the athletes and the great sports programs and clubs that we have in our community. “
Jans Winter Welcome, now in its 41st, will feature 400 prominent members of the local community, the snow sports industry and friends from across the country, who will mingle, dine and bid on items at auction.
The goal is to raise $ 400,000 to support teams and fund scholarships for young athletes, Fisher said.
Half of the money will go to the seven YSA affiliated sports clubs – Figure Skating Club of Park City, Park City Ice Miners Hockey, Park City Ski & Snowboard, Park City Speed Skating Club, Utah Olympic Park Skeleton & Bobsled, Wasatch Freestyle and Wasatch Luge, according to Fisher.
The rest of the money will go to YSA’s after-school programs: Get Out & Play for elementary school students and ACTiV8 for middle and high school students, she said.
“We have our own live and silent auction items that will benefit these programs, and we also have a paddle increase for our Stein Eriksen endowment, which is for scholarships based on the athlete needs of our clubs. partners, ”Fisher said.
The Stein Eriksen Foundation was established in 2016, shortly after the ski legend passed away in 2015.
The evening will start with a bar, hors d’oeuvres and silent auction, and will continue with a sit-down dinner, live auction and a program that will feature stories from professional athletes who have participated in clubs affiliated with the YSA and YSA, Fisher said. .
Olympic gold medalist Ted Ligety will be one of the athletes taking part in the event, she said.
“He was one of the junior Jans Winter Welcome athletes at the time who escorted our guests through to the fundraiser,” said Fisher. “The beauty of having an event that has been going on for 41 years is that you see athletes like Ted, who competed as a junior athlete and went through the Park City ski team to become a medalist. Olympic gold. We are looking at the junior athletes this year and thinking about what could be for them.
The evening will also include a raffle for a three-night stay for two at Alisal Guest Ranch and Resort, located in the heart of California’s wine country, according to Fisher.
Tickets for the Opportunity Draws can be purchased from youth participating in the programs of YSA affiliated sports clubs.
“When people buy tickets from these young athletes, 100% of the sales go to the individual clubs of which they are members,” said Fisher. “If you buy two or more tickets, you’re also automatically entered for the second prize – a full ski pass from Jans Mountain Outfitters. “
Additional raffle tickets can also be purchased online at ysaparkcity.org, and the winner does not need to be present to claim the prize, she said.
“Likewise, if people can’t attend this year’s Jans Winter Welcome, they can still donate online,” Fisher said. “We pretty much have donate buttons on every page to make it easier. “
Last year, the Youth Sports Alliance rotated the Jans Winter Welcome to a virtual platform and still raised $ 400,000, she said.
“The most important thing about our 2020 campaign is that we decided to raise the same amount of money because we wanted to support our seven partner sports clubs,” said Fisher. “We entered the pandemic with seven sports clubs and we wanted to come out of the pandemic with seven sports clubs. “
The support from the community amazed Fisher.
“I was inspired and so grateful to our donors, local businesses and sponsors who were ready to step in during an uncertain time,” she said. “I think everyone saw the value in bringing kids out and activating them on their screens with their friends.”
Fisher is also grateful to Jan Peterson, who died in 2016, for founding the Jans Winter Welcome.
“Even though it’s been 41 years, we are still working to meet the needs of athletes or help students discover their passions so they can compete in the Olympics or become a lifelong recreational athlete,” she said. . “It’s something that inspires YSA staff every day. “