Sevier County Days
To say “thank you” to the Sevier County, Tenn., community which is the home of NASCAR SpeedPark Smoky Mountains, we invited all who live and work in the county a chance to experience the park for only a $5 donation and one canned good per person. The PARC Foundation and the United Way of Sevier County benefited from the monetary donations. The canned goods were donated to the Sevier County Food Ministries. The week included a Youth Group Night and Family Festival.
Round-Up at the Registers
In partnership with local and national nonprofit organizations, PARC Foundation launched a philanthropic campaign which invites guests to round up their in-park purchases to the nearest whole dollar at PARC Entertainment properties. A portion of all proceeds supports the featured nonprofit. Previous partners include Safe Harbor Child Advocacy Center, Boys & Girls Clubs and the Wounded Warrior Project.
Each year, the PARC Foundation sponsors a Jacksonville, Fla., host site for Leadercast. The conference, broadcast live from Atlanta in early May, features a international group of best-selling authors, politicians, sports figures and trailblazers in the business world speaking about what it means to lead. Former speakers have included Jack Welch of General Electric, author Andy Stanley and former Navy SEAL Lt. Commander Rorke Denver. More than 100,000 leaders worldwide attend the conference in person or virtually each year.
PARC Foundation also is the lead supporter for Lifework Leadership in Jacksonville, Fla. Lifework Leadership is committed to equipping leaders because it believes that the quality of leadership within an organization make the difference in its success and failure. Lifework’s principles are based on the Christian world view and are readily transferable for today’s marketplace.
American Heart Association
PARC Foundation committed to support the American Heart Association’s Start!SM Walking initiative, with the goal of having a positive impact on one of the most serious issues facing the youth of America: childhood obesity.
‘Letters to God’
In January 2010, PARC Entertainment and PARC Foundation entered into a formal relatioship with Possibility Pictures of Orlando, Fla. Possibility Pictures developed, produced and marketed three uplifting, endearing and faith-based films beginning with the feature film, Letters to God, released by Vivendi/Universal in 750 theaters nationwide on April 9, 2010.
Non-Profit Community Partnerships
In coordination with PARC Foundation, the PARC Entertainment parks have donated tens of thousands of tickets to support a wide variety of local charitable organizations. Some of these efforts included Elitch Gardens’ long-standing tradition of donating tickets to the Denver Public Library, as well as other local libraries. The park committed over 20,000 tickets during the 2010 season.
World’s Largest Swimming Lesson
PARC Foundation partnered with the water parks in the PARC family to have host sites for The World’s Largest Swimming Lesson. Drowning remains the second-largest cause of unintentional injury-related death for children aged one to 14 years. In an effort to improve the health and safety of children, PARC and PARC Foundation supported the World’s Largest Swimming Lesson and also teach swimming lessons at no cost to members of the local communities.
Coasters for Caring
Coasters for Caring is an initiative at Elitch Gardens Darien Lake that provides an opportunity for local nonprofit organizations to raise funds to make a difference in the Great Denver and Buffalo regions.
PARC Foundation was recently introduced to research conducted by UNICEF by a faith-based intermediary organization, FreshMinistries, based in Jacksonville, Fla. The UNICEF research teaches that the health and economic opportunities available to the children living within the community are a good gauge to determine the community’s overall health and future sustainability.
Carload for Caring
The PARC Entertainment property in Denver, Colo., Elitch Gardens, partnered with the Denver Leadership Foundation and local hero and NBA star Chauncey Billups, a point guard for the Denver Nuggets. This partnership raised money for the Chauncey Billups Foundation, Denver Leadership Foundation and PARC Foundation.
On Tuesday, January 12, 2010, a catastrophic 7.0 magnitude earthquake sent the nation of Haiti into tumult. An anonymous donor agreed to match dollar-for-dollar all the funds raised by PARC Foundation to support the American Red Cross’ medical, recovery and rebuilding efforts within the country.