Around 300 people rode the gondola to Park City Mountain Resort’s Red Pine Lodge to attend the annual Women’s Giving Fund grant celebration Monday, and the local clinic for uninsured patients came away with the top honor — $35,000 in grant money — from a field of three finalists.
This year’s edition of the celebration marked a departure from years past as the Park City Community Foundation partnered with PCMR and its chief executive Bill Rock, a prominent supporter, to move the venue from Deer Valley to up the mountain from the Canyons Village base area. Partly cloudy skies and a pleasant temperature greeted attendees who arrived early to socialize at the lodge’s outdoor bar before heading inside for the grant announcement an hour later.
After each finalist organization made their case with speakers and videos, Park City Community Foundation board member Rebeca Gonzalez announced the People’s Health Clinic as the winner of the annual impact grant to shouts and applause from the audience.
Gonzalez also announced that an anonymous donor had pitched in two $5,000 grants for the other finalists in Big Brothers Big Sisters of Utah and the Youth Sports Alliance, both of which People’s Health Clinic executive director Beth Armstrong implored attendees to support as she, clinical services director Rachelle Flinn and clinical coordinator Dalia Gonzalez accepted the grant.
According to Flinn, 2018 represented an all-time high of traffic at the clinic as patients, many of whom are represented in Summit County’s Latino population, made almost 10,000 visits.
As the population of Summit and Wasatch counties grows, she doesn’t see the need for women’s and children’s health care shrinking. Members of the Women’s Giving Fund selected the People’s Health Clinic as the winner of the grant among the three finalists through an online vote last month.