Donation to aid in establishing a “Communities that Care” program
Summit County, Utah (April 17, 2016) — The Summit County Health Department along with the Summit County Mental Health Alliance and its members would like to thank Rob Katz and wife Elana Amsterdam for their philanthropy in supporting the Park City Community Foundation in their efforts to establish a “Communities That Care” program in Summit County.
In an April 14th press release, Vail Resorts, Inc. announced that the Company’s CEO Rob Katz and wife, Elana Amsterdam, made personal contributions totaling $1.6 million to eight non-profit organizations in the communities where the Company operates. Each of the contributions will be directed toward programs that support children and families in these local communities or improving local recreation opportunities. The Park City Community Foundation, a member of the Summit County Mental Wellness Alliance, will receive $250,000.
“The welfare of children and families in our local communities who are most vulnerable requires our attention, and we feel fortunate to be able to support some outstanding non-profit organizations who work tirelessly to serve them,” said Rob Katz, chairman and chief executive officer of Vail Resorts. “We hope our contributions serve as a catalyst for others to join our efforts to help ensure the vibrancy of these incredible cities and towns.”
Excerpt from the Vail Resorts release:
Mental health and substance abuse among youth has become a serious issue in many resort communities, including Summit County, Utah. With support from the Park City Town Council, the Summit County Government and in partnership with the Summit County School District and local mental health providers, the Park City Community Foundation is launching the “Communities that Care” program as part of a larger initiative focusing on mental health. This grant will support the development and implementation of intervention programs designed to prevent and treat mental health issues and is estimated to help more than 4,200 teens, grades six through 12, across three school districts in the county.
“Our community is poised to take action for better mental wellness among young people,” said Katie Wright, executive director of the Park City Community Foundation. “This gift is exactly what we needed to move quickly and create systemic, countywide sustained change that will benefit our youth for years to come.”