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Salt Lake Food and Wine Fest

SLARA PRESENTS 2nd ANNUAL SALT LAKE FOOD & WINE FEST
A Series of Events Celebrates the Area’s Culinary and Beverage Scene, Sept. 11-16

Salt Lake Food and Wine FestFollowing a successful inaugural event last July, The Salt Lake Area Restaurant Association (SLARA) will present an even more robust Salt Lake Food & Wine Fest to showcase this Western gastro capital’s cutting-edge culinary offerings. From September 11 to 16, 2018, a menu of themed events at a variety of exciting venues will appeal to food lovers and wine, spirits, and beer enthusiasts. Individual admission certificates are available online at www.saltlakefoodandwinefest.com. Those traveling to Salt Lake to enjoy the Fest can take advantage of special lodging rates at the Hilton Salt Lake City Center by booking here: https://secure3.hilton.com/en_US/hi/reservation/book.htm?execution=e1s1

“We were elated with the response to last year’s event by attendees, media, and sponsors,” says Michele Corigliano, Executive Director of SLARA. “Given Salt Lake’s hot summers, we felt we’d attract an even bigger turnout in September, so we have shifted the dates. We are adding new events and venues this year to highlight Salt Lake’s best culinary talent.”

Meet Your Maker, the Fest’s signature event, will be held on Saturday, Sept. 15. Designed to be a celebration of Utah’s own food producers, breweries, distilleries, and independent restaurants, the outdoor event will take place on Regent Street in downtown Salt Lake City. It will feature cuisine samplings from Salt Lake’s most notable chefs, cocktails from local distilleries, and beer from local breweries, in addition to musical entertainment, and a VIP section. General admission is $100, and VIP tickets are $135.

Salt Lake Food & Wine Fest sponsors include Nicholas & Co. and Salt Lake County. Various sponsorship opportunities are still available. Interested parties are welcome to contact Michele Corigliano at Michele@slara.org or 801.558.8977. Sponsors will receive complimentary tickets for an exclusive VIP cocktail area located within the Meet Your Maker event.

“The event is designed to celebrate what is bountiful in Utah like heritage breed pork, local lamb, seasonal vegetables, and trout,” says Scott Evans, Founder of Pago Restaurant Group and mastermind of the Meet Your Maker event. “We are pairing each of those products with two chefs who will cook everything over a live fire. It will be a big party outside on Regent Street to celebrate where we live and what we are proud of when it comes to culinary greatness and producing fine beer and spirits.”

The Salt Lake Food & Wine Fest is the annual fundraiser for SLARA, which advocates for and promotes the local food and beverage industry.

The following is a sampling of events that will be held during the Salt Lake Food & Wine Fest. A full listing of events and details, pricing, and purchase of certificates for admission to events is available at: www.saltlakefoodandwinefest.com.

Tuesday, Sept. 11

  • Five Course International Dinner with Wine Pairing prepared by James Beard-nominated Chef Ed Heath and Conversation with Former Republican Utah State Senator Steve Urquhart at Martine
  • Dinner with Local Wine Pairing at Table X (two seatings)

Wednesday, Sept. 12

  • Japanese Whiskey Tasting at Post Office Place
  • Beer Tasting/Education at Purgatory
  • Tea & Cheese Tasting at Tea Zaanti
  • Classics of Food & Wine Pairing at Cliff Dining Pub

Thursday, Sept. 13

  • Tiki Takeover Rum Tasting/Education at Water Witch
  • Cocktail Takeover with Beehive Distilling at Tin Angel
  • Wine Dinner at Provisions

Friday, Sept. 14

  • Natural Wine Dinner (5 courses, 5 wines) at Pago
  • Paranormal Night at Dented Brick Distillery

Saturday, Sept. 15

  • Meet Your Maker on Regent Street
  • Brunch & Bubbles Cooking Class at Park City Culinary Institute

Sunday, Sept. 16

  • Shades of Pale Tap Takeover at Bucket of Crawfish
  • Olive Oil Education & Wine Pairing at We Olive
  • Beer School Brunch at Proper Brewing

SLC Foodies Unite for Food and Wine Fest

2nd Annual Salt Lake Food & Wine Fest to Be Held September 11-16

Salt Lake Food and Wine Fest

Following a successful inaugural event last July, The Salt Lake Area Restaurant Association (SLARA) will present an even more robust Salt Lake Food & Wine Fest to showcase this Western gastro capital’s cutting-edge culinary offerings. From September 11 to 16, 2018, a menu of themed events at a variety of exciting venues will appeal to food lovers and wine, spirits, and beer enthusiasts. Individual admission certificates are available online at slfoodandwinefest.com. Those traveling to Salt Lake to enjoy the Fest can take advantage of special lodging rates at the Hilton Salt Lake City Center by booking here.

“We were elated with the response to last year’s event by attendees, media, and sponsors,” says Michele Corigliano, Executive Director of SLARA. “Given Salt Lake’s hot summers, we felt we’d attract an even bigger turnout in September, so we have shifted the dates. We are adding new events and venues this year to highlight Salt Lake’s best culinary talent.”

Meet Your Maker, the Fest’s signature event, will be held on Saturday, Sept. 15. Designed to be a celebration of Utah’s own food producers, breweries, distilleries, and independent restaurants, the outdoor event will take place on Regent Street in downtown Salt Lake City. It will feature cuisine samplings from Salt Lake’s most notable chefs, cocktails from local distilleries, and beer from local breweries, in addition to musical entertainment, and a VIP section. General admission is $95, and VIP tickets are $135.

Salt Lake Food & Wine Fest sponsors include Nicholas & Co. and Salt Lake County. Various sponsorship opportunities are still available. Interested parties are welcome to contact Michele Corigliano at Michele@slara.org or 801.558.8977. Sponsors will receive complimentary tickets for an exclusive VIP cocktail area located within the Meet Your Maker event.

“The event is designed to celebrate what is bountiful in Utah like heritage breed pork, local lamb, seasonal vegetables, and trout,” says Scott Evans, Founder of Pago Restaurant Group and mastermind of the Meet Your Maker event. “We are pairing each of those products with two chefs who will cook everything over a live fire. It will be a big party outside on Regent Street to celebrate where we live and what we are proud of when it comes to culinary greatness and producing fine beer and spirits.”

The Salt Lake Food & Wine Fest is the annual fundraiser for SLARA, which advocates for and promotes the local food and beverage industry.

The following is a sampling of events that will be held during the Salt Lake Food & Wine Fest. A full listing of events and details, pricing, and purchase of certificates for admission to events is available at: www.slfoodandwinefest.com.

Tuesday, Sept. 11

  • Five Course International Dinner with Wine Pairing prepared by James Beard-nominated Chef Ed Heath and Conversation with Former Republican Utah State Senator Steve Urquhart at Martine
  • Dinner with Local Wine Pairing at Table X (two seatings)

Wednesday, Sept. 12

  • Japanese Whiskey Tasting at Post Office Place
  • Beer Tasting/Education at Purgatory
  • Tea & Cheese Tasting at Tea Zaanti
  • Classics of Food & Wine Pairing at Cliff Dining Pub

Thursday, Sept. 13

  • Tiki Takeover Rum Tasting/Education at Water Witch
  • Cocktail Takeover with Beehive Distilling at Tin Angel
  • Wine Dinner at Provisions

Friday, Sept. 14

  • Natural Wine Dinner (5 courses, 5 wines) at Pago
  • Paranormal Night at Dented Brick Distillery

Saturday, Sept. 15

  • Meet Your Maker on Regent Street
  • Brunch & Bubbles Cooking Class at Park City Culinary Institute

Sunday, Sept. 16

  • Shades of Pale Tap Takeover at Bucket of Crawfish
  • Olive Oil Education & Wine Pairing at We Olive
  • Beer School Brunch at Proper Brewing

Media interested in previewing the Salt Lake Food & Wine Fest or covering specific events may contact Hilary Reiter at Redhead Marketing & PR, 435.901.2071 | Hilary@redheadmarketingpr.com

Summer Heats Up at Conestoga Ranch

SUMMER HEATS UP AT UTAH’S PREMIER GLAMPING RESORT WITH NEW OFFERINGS
Conestoga Ranch is Ideally Located for Visitors Traveling to Yellowstone, The Tetons & Park City

glamping at Conestoga Ranch

Conestoga Ranch is at Bear Lake, known as the Caribbean of the Rockies.

Utah’s most luxurious and popular glamping destination, Conestoga Ranch, is a full-service resort at beautiful Bear Lake that attracts those seeking lake and mountain recreation, as well as a convenient halfway point between Salt Lake City and the Yellowstone National Park area. New offerings this summer that are proving to be popular with guests, include:

• Blue Waters Spa and Wellness Center for massage treatments and yoga practices
• A Conestoga wagon option that comfortably sleeps four with a king-size bed and bunk bed
• Traditional tents with electricity and propane heaters in wagons
• Sunday brunch buffet at the open-air Campfire Restaurant for just $14.95 per person

“We are essentially the only resort located halfway between Salt Lake City and the Tetons and Yellowstone National Park, making us a popular stopover,” says Conestoga Ranch General Manager Clark Thornock. “We also host many visitors taking a side trip from Park City and Salt Lake or who are looking to beat the heat of hotter regional climates with invigorating lake and mountain adventure. Guests enjoy a relaxing stay in our unique, furnished accommodations that come with linens and bath products and array of resort amenities to make their visit convenient and comfortable.”

Bear Lake dining

Campfire Grill Restaurant

The Campfire Grill Restaurant elevates the Bear Lake dining experience with gourmet meals consisting of fresh, local products. Saturday nights feature live music by local bands that perform country, folk, and classic rock music styles. New menu items this summer include a Rendered Duck Breast with black pepper citrus glaze and Bear Lake Wagyu Meatloaf with Texas toast and white portabella mushroom gravy. Another new offering is the Wednesday BBQ and Brew Special, a $19.95 BBQ dinner with entrée and two sides and a selection of $3 beer. The featured special will vary each week and will be announced on the Campfire Grill’s website, Facebook page and Instagram.

Enjoying Utah’s breathtaking night sky goes hand-in-hand with glamping, so several weekends per month, Conestoga Ranch offers weekend Star Parties guided by local astronomers with the use of telescopes. Groups like family reunions and corporate retreats can also make special reservations for private Star Parties.

The 2018 summer season goes through September 30. The luxury camping destination appeals to and can accommodate families, groups of friends, couples, weddings, and corporate retreats.

For more info, reservations, and to view lodging packages, visit www.conestogaranch.com or call 844-Go-Glamp.

ABOUT CONESTOGA RANCH
Overlooking Bear Lake’s magnificent turquoise-blue waters just outside Garden City, Utah, Conestoga Ranch encompasses 18 acres and the ability to accommodate up to 178 guests. The glamping resort is designed to make camping easy, cozy and comfortable. For overnight accommodations, guests can choose from Grand Tents, authentically styled Conestoga Wagons, and Traditional Tents. Each is outfitted with soft beds and fresh linens, and Grand Tents feature en suite bathrooms. Resort amenities include the Blue Waters Spa & Wellness Center, Campfire Grill Restaurant, game tent, Main Lodge with private spa-style bathrooms, General Store, activities field, Wi-Fi, complimentary firewood and s’mores kits, and cruiser bikes. For more info, visit www.conestogaranch.com.

Alpine Spur Whiskey Wins Drammie

ALPINE SPUR WHISKEY WINS DRAMMIE AWARD FOR MOST INNOVATIVE NEW WHISKEY

Spur WhiskeyWhiskey enthusiasts have honored Alpine Distilling’s Spur Whiskey with a 2018 Drammie Award for Most Innovative New Whiskey Release in 2017. The annual International Drammie Awards sends out a call for nominations to ForWhiskyLovers.com email subscribers, members of whiskey clubs, and the general whiskey-consuming public. After nominations are closed, the top five nominations for each category are posted on ForWhiskeyLovers.com, and voting then commences to select the category winners. The Drammie Awards have become among the most important and prestigious means of recognition for those in the whiskey industry.

“This award is especially gratifying because we are being recognized by actual whiskey drinkers and enthusiasts. As a Kentuckian, the responsibility of Bourbon stewardship is important. Finding a way to innovate a flavor profile that so many people enjoy is deeply satisfying,” comments Rob Sergent, Distiller and Founder of Alpine Distilling. “We know the market is crowded with many excellent products, giving individuals seemingly unlimited choices in what to consume, so earning this award from hundreds of worldwide whiskey enthusiasts is quite an honor.”

This year, ForWhiskeyLovers.com received more than 300 nominations for its 25 Drammie Award Drammie Awardcategories, with 2,000-plus people from around the world casting their votes for the finalists.

In 2017, Alpine Spur Whiskey was inspired by The Spur Bar & Grill, a classic and popular establishment on Park City’s Historic Main Street. Spur Whiskey blends just the right balance of Alpine Distilling’s Double Gold & Gold Medal-winning Traveler’s Rest Single Malt Whiskey and a Kentucky Bourbon. The French Oak-aged single malt has a banana, mocha note finish with a vanilla spice, while the Bourbon contributes corn sweetness and American Oak brown flavors with subtle rye spice. This blend creates a spirit that excels as a sipping whiskey or in classic American cocktails.

Alpine Spur Whiskey is available by the bottle at the distillery, in Utah State Liquor Stores, online at ForWhiskeyLovers.com, and through distribution partners in New York, New Jersey, New Orleans, and California.

As a young distillery, Alpine Distilling is pleased to add this Drammie Award to its collection of Awards – Preserve Liqueur (SIP Awards -Platinum medal, 2016), Lafayette Spiced Flavored Bourbon (SIP Awards- Gold medal, 2016), Traveler’s Rest Single Malt Whiskey (“50 Best” -Double -Gold, 2018; SIP Awards -Gold medal, 2017), and Persistent Vodka (SIP Awards – Silver medal, 2017).

For Whiskey Lovers is the largest online retailer of whiskey in the United States, shipping spirits to 29 countries and 35 states.

For more info, visit www.alpinedistilling.com.

ABOUT ALPINE DISTILLING
Founded in 2016, Alpine Distilling is an award-winning craft distillery based in Park City, Utah. We produce the highest quality premium spirits for the active, creative, and mindful individuals who are drawn to the mountain lifestyle. All products are certified Kosher. As a socially conscious brand, Alpine Distilling is pleased to donate a portion of proceeds to benefit local non-profits. More information is available at www.alpinedistilling.com.

UDOT DENIES VOTE TO ELIGIBLE VOTERS

UTAH DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION DENIES ELIGIBLE VOTERS THE RIGHT TO VOTE ON PROPOSED I-80 NOISE WALL IN SUMMIT COUNTY

Local Activist Group Continues Its Appeals to UDOT and Governor Herbert

sound wall

The sound wall along I-80 in Summit County between Parley’s Summit and Jeremy Ranch

As the Utah Department of Transportation (UDOT) moves forward on plans for its proposed, 3,200-foot long sound wall on I-80 from Parley’s Summit to Jeremy Ranch, homeowners excluded from the balloting process are now petitioning Governor Herbert. Residents of Jeremy Pointe were denied the right to vote despite being in closer proximity to the highway than the homeowners behind the Jeremy Ranch Golf & Country Club who were invited to cast votes. According to UDOT, the existing noise level for some of these homes is as high as 70 dBA, well above the UDOT noise abatement criteria (NAC) of 66 dBA.

“It is disappointing enough that UDOT has ignored the concerns of the majority of the residents in the area, but it is a violation of state law to deny eligible voters their right to vote,” explains Tom Farkas, one of the founding members of Citizens Against the Wall. “Not only has UDOT committed this egregious violation, but they did so in an arbitrary and capricious manner.”

This right to vote is in complete accordance with UDOT’s policy requirements, which provides:

UDOT Noise Policy C.2.c.1, Balloting b) “Receptors that border or that are directly adjacent, or both, to the end of a proposed noise wall that are not, by definition, benefited by the wall, will be allowed to cast a ballot.”

Dan Bass, President of the Jeremy Pointe Homeowners Association and a founding member of CATW, says, “UDOT should abide by its own rules given the other residents who voted were required to do so. We have suggested alternative, more effective methods of noise mitigation to UDOT, but they are proceeding with the project, taking down wildlife fencing, and have given no indication that any other noise measures will be used.”

The proposed noise barrier would be 17 to 20 feet in height and approximately 3,200 feet long, which would impact the views of many while detracting from the scenic beauty and open space visitors and locals have long appreciated when entering Summit County.

UDOT balloted only two-dozen Jeremy Ranch homeowners, while the greater community, including these 24 residents, would be adversely impacted by a permanent visual stain on the area’s natural beauty.

For more info, visit https://www.citizensagainstthewall.org/.

Members of CATW are available for media comment. Please contact Hilary Reiter at Redhead Marketing & PR to schedule interviews, Hilary@redheadmarketingpr.com or 435.901.2071.

 

 

Junior Golf Championship at Promontory

American Junior Golf Association Promontory Club Park City Utah

AJGA’S ROLEX GIRLS JUNIOR CHAMPIONSHIP GOLF TOURNAMENT TO BE HELD AT PROMONTORY CLUB IN UTAH

Park City’s Exclusive Private Community to Host World’s Top 72 Girl Players on Its Award-Winning Pete Dye Canyon Course

For the first time, the American Junior Golf Association (AJGA) will hold the Rolex Girls Junior Championship golf tournament at Promontory Club, a private second home community in Park City, Utah. The invitational tournament will feature the top 72 young women players from around the world competing on Promontory’s award-winning Pete Dye Canyon Course, June 11 to 15, 2018.

“It has been more than a decade since we held a tournament of a similar caliber in Utah, and we feel so fortunate to have Promontory as an enthusiastic partner,” says Blair Thompson, AJGA Tournament Director for the Rolex Girls Junior Championship. “This will be an incredible chance for Utah golf fans and college recruiters to witness the sport’s rising stars playing on one of the state’s most renowned courses. It’s also exciting for the young women to compete in a world-class destination like Park City.”

Pete Dye Canyon Golf CourseThe event kicks off Monday, June 11 with a Junior-Am fundraising tournament, giving sponsors the unique opportunity to play with one of the top junior girls on each team. The tournament will raise money for AJGA charities like the Ace Grant, local junior golf organizations, and the Promontory Foundation, which is dedicated to donating funds to Park City’s non-profit organizations. Individuals and organizations interested in sponsorship opportunities may contact Lisa Hardy, Tournament Chair at 801.372.4488 or lisa.c.hardy@gmail.com.

Official championship play starts on June 12 and concludes June 15 with an awards ceremony at 2:30 p.m. at The Shed amphitheater. For the complete tournament schedule, visit https://www.ajga.org/microsite/index.asp?tn=2018049 Public access is limited, please call Cole Carlson at 435-333-4720 if interested in attending.

Promontory General Manager Robin Milne remarked, “Promontory GOLF, led by Utah’s Section PGA President, Ryan Kartchner, is honored and excited to host the world’s best Junior Girls as they compete for the coveted Rolex Championship! As a multi-generational private club ranked the “The BEST of Utah 2018”, supporting the game of golf at all ages aligns perfectly with our community’s lifestyle!”

Tournament Chair Lisa Hardy adds, “I have been trying to get an AJGA event to Utah for years and am thrilled to finally have one of such high caliber and am thankful to Promontory for hosting the event. Having had the opportunity to play in this tournament as a high school student, I am pleased to support these young ladies and to give back to the AJGA. While showcasing these players’ tremendous talent to help them secure college scholarships, the AJGA instills integrity, sportsmanship, honesty and respect – great lessons for life itself. “

Summer Lodging Packages at Conestoga Ranch

UTAH’S CONESTOGA RANCH ANNOUNCES GLAMPING PACKAGES FOR SUMMER 2018 SEASON

The Family-Friendly Bear Lake Resort to Introduce New Spa and Wellness Center

Entering its fourth season as Utah’s premiere, luxury glamping destination, Conestoga Ranch has designed lodging and activity packages to cater to various interests, so guests can make the most of their visit. New this season, the resort will debut its Blue Waters Spa and Wellness Center, a glamping-style spa that emphasizes massage therapy and yoga. The Girls Getaway and Wellness Packages include 60-minute massages and yoga practices, and all guests are welcome to book treatments to enjoy during their stay.

Located at Bear Lake, known as the “Caribbean of the Rockies,” Conestoga Ranch’s summer season is from May 18 to September 30, 2018. Offering resort-style amenities, including the Campfire Grill Restaurant, the luxury camping destination appeals to and can accommodate families, groups of friends, couples, weddings, and corporate retreats. Lodging offerings are Grand Tents with en-suite bathrooms, authentically designed Conestoga wagons, and traditional tents. All linens and daily housekeeping service are provided.

Summer 2018 packages include:

Glamping Adventure Package
Rates start at $1,050 for two guests

Designed for outdoor enthusiasts, this package includes:

Two nights of Lodging in a beautiful tent or Conestoga wagon
Welcome gift
Breakfast: 1 entree and 1 non-alcoholic drink per morning per person
Dinner: 1 appetizer, 1 salad, 1 entree, 1 dessert and 1 non-alcoholic drink per night per person
$350 Adventure Voucher to be used at Epic Recreation

Girls Getaway Package
Rates start at $1,100 for two guests

An invigorating getaway for girlfriends to relax and bond, this package includes:

Two nights of lodging in a beautiful tent or Conestoga wagon
Welcome gift
Breakfast: 1 entree and 1 non-alcoholic drink per morning per person
Dinner: 1 appetizer, 1 salad, 1 entree, 1 dessert and 1 non-alcoholic drink per night per person
Two yoga classes
One 60-minute massage per person

Wellness Package
Rates start at $1,100 for two guests

Reconnect, refocus, and re-energize with a package designed to escape the hustle and bustle of the daily grind. Package includes:

Two nights of lodging in a beautiful tent or Conestoga wagon
Welcome gift
Healthy Breakfast: 1 entree and 1 non-alcoholic drink per morning per person
Dinner: 1 appetizer, 1 salad, 1 entree, 1 dessert and 1 non-alcoholic drink per night per person
Two yoga classes
One 60-minute massage per person

For more info, reservations, and to view sample itineraries for the various packages, visit www.conestogaranch.com or call 844-Go-Glamp.

Yoga with a view of Bear Lake

 

 

 

Alpine Distilling Single Malt Earns Top Honors

TRAVELER’S REST AMERICAN SINGLE MALT WHISKEY BY ALPINE DISTILLING NAMED A TOP AMERICAN MALT WHISKEY BY THE FIFTY BEST

The Fifty Best, an online guide that rates the finest wines and spirits, recently hosted an American Malt Whiskey Tasting of 20 products evaluated for the distinguished “Best American Malt Whiskey” awards for 2018. Alpine Distilling’s Traveler’s Rest American Single Malt Whiskey was awarded a Double Gold medal, the highest honor. The Park City, Utah-based craft distillery was founded in 2016.

Using professional criteria, the pre-qualified panel of judges blind-tasted the American malt whiskies and rated them individually on a 1 to 5 point scoring system with five being the best. After tallying the scores, medals were awarded based on the judges’ impressions.

“We are honored to have Traveler’s Rest Single Malt receive such high accolades from experts in various disciplines of the spirits industry,” says Rob Sergent, Alpine Distilling’s managing director. “Alpine Distilling is committed to producing the finest spirits using traditional distilling techniques to create distinctive flavor combinations.”

To create this rich, nutty single malt whiskey, North American high protein, high enzyme 100% malted barley is aged first in used Jack Daniels barrels and finished with new, toasted French Oak.

Additional, award-winning craft spirits from Alpine Distilling include Lafayette Spiced Flavored Whiskey, Preserve Liqueur, Persistent Vodka, and Spur Whiskey.

TheFiftyBest.com is a digital guide to wines and spirits, featuring rated listings from proprietary blind tastings judged by wine and spirits journalists, spirits professionals, retailers, mixologists, spirits consultants and connoisseurs. The Fifty Best achieves the highest standards of spirits evaluations by adhering to strict tasting rules and rigorous methodology.

ABOUT ALPINE DISTILLING

Founded in 2016, Alpine Distilling is an award-winning craft distillery based in Park City, Utah. We produce the highest quality premium spirits for the active, creative, and mindful individuals who are drawn to the mountain lifestyle. All products are certified Kosher. As a socially conscious brand, Alpine Distilling is pleased to donate a portion of proceeds to benefit local non-profits Park City Community Foundation and Swaner Nature Preserve. More information is available at www.alpinedistilling.com.

 

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Voterise New Fundraising Campaign

UTAH NONPROFIT- VOTERISE – WITH MISSION TO REGISTER MILLENNIALS TO VOTE LAUNCHES NEW CAMPAIGN IN CONJUNCTION WITH NATIONAL VOTER REGISTRATION MONTH (SEPTEMBER)

VOTERISE Will Deploy GiveWhen, a Trigger-Based Platform, to Raise Funds to Support Their Efforts to Increase Turnout for November Municipal Elections and 2018 Midterm Elections

In honor of September being National Voter Registration Month (and National Voter Registration Day on September 26), VOTERISE, Utah’s only nonpartisan, nonprofit organization dedicated to encouraging millennials and other under-represented groups to register and vote, is launching a new, innovative campaign. The premise of GiveWhen, a trigger-based fundraising platform, is that contributors donate only for each new voter registration VOTERISE secures on a monthly basis with a cap of 300 registrants per month. Based on giving 10 cents per registration, a donor’s monthly contribution would not exceed $30, even if registrations exceed 300. This highly accountable form of fundraising is expected to be popular among millennials and others because they are donating only when VOTERISE delivers. The campaign runs through October 2018, and contributors are able to opt out at any time if they no longer wish to participate. Those wishing to participate in the GiveWhen campaign can donate at www.voterise.org.

In 2016, VOTERISE introduced registration via text messaging to Utah, which was a factor in directly registering and facilitating the registration of 6,000 potential voters.

“An impressive 80 percent of VOTERISE’s online and text registrants turned out to vote in 2016,” says Elsa Gary, Co-Founder of VOTERISE. “Other voter registration organizations regard this as an outstanding rate, especially for a new organization, so we are truly pleased with the campaign’s success and are excited to launch GiveWhen to raise the funds that will support our intensive efforts to register even more voters in advance of this year’s municipal and the 2018 midterm elections.”

This success can be attributed to what sets VOTERISE apart from other voter registration organizations. In addition to increasing voter registration and turnout, the nonprofit’s goal is to educate, empower, and engage Utah’s millennials.

Gary says, “We view our registrants as much more than potential voters; we consider them future leaders in their communities. We encourage them to get involved in various ways beyond voting, e.g., volunteering in their communities or becoming active with organizations that deal with issues important to them.”

There is a pressing need for VOTERISE in Utah. In the 2016 national elections, the state ranked a troubling 39th of 50 states in overall turnout by eligible citizens. In the 2014 midterm elections, only 8.1% of Utah’s 18-29 year olds actually voted, less than half of the 19.9% national average.

As the municipal elections with their traditionally low-voter turnout approach in November, VOTERISE will educate millennials about the importance of voting in these elections as the outcome can have profound impact on their daily lives. Given that many local races are won by a handful of votes, their vote is meaningful and essential. VOTERISE is developing a video series to acquaint young people and others with the responsibilities of local elected officials. The organization will also educate about the 2017 ballot initiatives and spotlight the issues surrounding the Congressional District 3 Special Election in nonpartisan terms.

“Utah is the youngest state in the country, and the importance of the youth population will continue to grow. There is a lot of work to be done to ensure millennials have a voice,” says Gary.

In an effort to connect with millennials, VOTERISE will implement an intensive social media campaign, and campus representatives will be at Utah colleges and universities stimulating registration. A strong presence will also be seen at popular entertainment and sporting events, and VOTERISE will spearhead on-site voter registration at the offices of Utah companies with large numbers of Millennial employees.

ABOUT VOTERISE
VOTERISE is a nonpartisan nonprofit 501(c)(3) founded in 2016 with the mission to educate, empower and engage Utah’s 18 to 29 year-olds and other under-represented groups to register and vote in order to build a more vibrant and inclusive democracy in Utah. Since the millennial generation is the largest in U.S. history, it has the potential to be the largest voting bloc. It is critical that millennials have a voice on the many issues that will strongly impact their lives and shape the future of Utah and America. For more info, visit www.voterise.org.

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Discounted Late Summer Glamping

EXPERIENCE THE DELIGHT OF LATE SUMMER GLAMPING WITH A DISCOUNT AT UTAH’S CONESTOGA RANCH

Early fall foliage, Indian Summer temperatures, and dissipating crowds make September an ideal time for glamping at Conestoga Ranch. To celebrate the end of the season, the Northern Utah glamping resort overlooking the turquoise Bear Lake water is presenting a special midweek offer. Guests can enjoy a 50 percent discount for midweek visits from September 4-28. Reservations must be made by Sept 4, and the offer is valid for new reservations only. Visitors may also take advantage of an exclusive 20 percent discount on ATV and water equipment rentals through Conestoga Ranch’s activity partner, Epic Recreation.

“As kids return to school, our final month of the season is a beautiful time of year to visit Bear Lake for those seeking value and fewer crowds,” says Clark Thornock, Conestoga Ranch’s General Manager. “We offer hotel-style services and amenities that appeal to girlfriends getaways, couples, and groups of varying sizes. September is traditionally Utah’s driest month, and we enjoy warm lake temperatures and a fall foliage season that begins earlier than many parts of the country.”

Guests can reserve a midweek (Sunday-Thursday) stay in Grand Tent, Conestoga Wagon, or Traditional Tent at www.conestogaranch.com using promo code LongSummer. They can book over the phone by calling 844-GO-GLAMP and mentioning this offer.

For more info, visit www.conestogaranch.com and www.epicrecreation.net.

ABOUT CONESTOGA RANCH GLAMPING RESORT

Overlooking Bear Lake’s magnificent turquoise-blue waters just outside Garden City, Utah, Conestoga Ranch encompasses 18 acres and the ability to accommodate up to 178 guests. It is located 2 ½ hours from Salt Lake International Airport and halfway between Jackson Hole, WY and Park City, Utah. The glamping resort is designed to make camping easy, cozy and comfortable. For overnight accommodations, guests can choose from Grand Tents, authentically styled Conestoga Wagons, and Traditional Tents. Each is outfitted with soft beds and fresh linens, and Grand Tents feature en-suite bathrooms. Resort amenities include a game tent, Main Lodge with private spa-style bathrooms, Campfire Grill Restaurant, Event Tent, General Store, activities field, Wi-Fi, firewood and s’mores kits, and cruiser bikes. For more info, visit conestogaranch.com.

 

 

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