In six months’ time, the world’s eyes will turn to PyeongChang, South Korea, for the 23rd Olympic Winter Games. Of course, for the athletes, the journey to the Olympics takes years and countless hours of training we never see. Although virtually every national ski and snowboard association receives government funding to support athletes, the United States Ski & Snowboard Association (USSA) does not. Yet every year, the USSA is able to invest millions of dollars to support the performance of the athletes thanks to the fundraising efforts of the nonprofit USSA Foundation, headquartered right here in Park City. If you want to help our winter Olympians beyond just cheering for them during the 17 days the spotlight shines brightest on them, you’ll have your chance on August 10 at 6 p.m., when they host their 7th annual Park City community reception.
The fundraiser, hosted by Mike Engel at his Park Meadows home, will have a Korean theme in honor of the upcoming games. For just $35 per person ($40 at the door), you’ll have a chance to rub shoulders with the country’s top ski and snowboard athletes while chowing down on dishes from a Korean food truck and drinking Lagunitas beer. Although many athletes are currently training in the southern hemisphere, both the men’s and women’s aerials teams, who train in Park City, are confirmed to be there, including World Cup Champions Ashley Caldwell, Mac Bohonnon, and Kiley McKinnon. The title sponsors for the event are Ketel One Vodka and Graystone Consulting, and Brian Frederick with Vigilant Bioservices and Quality Solutions is a Gold Sponsor.
While our ski slopes often play host to Olympians, this is an intimate, fun, and affordable way to show individual support for them. Approximately 100-150 guests, mostly from the Park City area, are expected to attend, and all proceeds will go directly to supporting the US Ski & Snowboard team. If you’re unable to attend but would still like to support the athletes, you can make a donation here. Go Team USA!