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NEW GRASSROOTS INITIATIVE DONATES SURPRISE WEEKLY TIPS TO UTAH RESTAURANT SERVICE STAFF

A new grassroots effort, Utah Tip Challenge, has formed to collect funds through Venmo to donate to service staff at a different restaurant each week. In its inaugural week, $1000 was raised by mostly modest contributions to a dedicated Venmo account. As an unexpected surprise for staff, organizers donated funds at Boneyard Saloon & Wine Dive in Park City upon finishing their lunch on August 15th. UTC’s mission is to help hospitality workers through financial challenges that have resulted from the pandemic.

Boneyard Saloon staff receives a surprise $1,000 tip.

Local transportation company owner Sam Rubin was inspired by a similar initiative in Nashville started in May by Lexy Kadey. In a recent week, she raised in excess of $45,000 and donated to nearly 40 individuals. She now has 860,000 followers on TikTok where she posts emotional videos of donations being given.

“Knowing that the hospitality industry is a disproportionately impacted one, I wanted to launch a fundraising effort for this community,” says Rubin. “Instead of giving to a single individual; however, the management of each establishment we visit can use their discretion on how to disperse the funds to their staff. Small donations are welcome, and I’d love to see the contributions grow each week. It’s a feel good effort that makes a difference, and it’s truly rewarding to see the emotional reaction from staff.”

Boneyard Saloon & Wine Dive was chosen for the first week’s donation because owner Jesse Shetler has long been known for giving back to the Park City community with free Thanksgiving dinners and season-ending parties for locals. He also has been donating proceeds of DBR Restaurants (No Name Saloon, Butcher’s Chop House & BR, and Boneyard Saloon & Wine Dive) gift card sales to his staff during the pandemic.

Shetler gratefully says, “I am very excited for the Boneyard staff and appreciate the recognition of all the hard-working folks in this struggling environment. These are unprecedented and excessively challenging times. Along with other small business models, the hospitality industry can only survive this with the support of our community. This is exactly what it looks like when community comes together.”

Anyone wishing to suggest a restaurant or bar whose staff is in need, can email utahtipchallenge@gmail.com or reach out through Facebook or Instagram. The donation period each week runs from Friday at 5 p.m. to Friday 5 p.m. Restaurants in both Salt Lake City and the Park City area will be considered by organizers, and they will not be notified in advance.

Individuals and businesses are invited to contribute any amount as often as they wish via Venmo at @utahtipchallenge.

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7K Society – A New Social Club for Park City Professionals

We are yearning for the days when social and business networking was actually done in person and have found that many others in Park City share these sentiments. From entrepreneurs to venture capitalists to heads of non-profits, Park City is home to a dynamic population working in a wide variety of fields that extend beyond the tourism industry. There really has been no forum that has brought these individuals together, so we conceived the 7K Society to do exactly that in the form of fun, monthly socials. Happy-hour style gatherings will take place on a weeknight at various restaurants and bars in Park City that will offer attendees complimentary hors d’oeuvres accompanied by a cash bar.

7K Society’s “high altitude socials” have the goal of connecting sophisticated, like-minded Parkites, so they can exchange ideas and network professionally and socially in an unstructured environment. Similar networking groups exist in other cities that are highly successful in terms of generating interest and turnout. We are creating the equivalent in Park City…and hope to do it even better!

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Join the 7K Society Launch Party on Tuesday, March 4, 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. at the new Boneyard Saloon & Kitchen on Kearns Blvd at The Yard. There is ample free parking. Be sure to bring your business cards for a chance to win Boneyard gift cards. Spread the word to your colleagues and friends in Park City. RSVP 7KSociety@gmail.com.

Like 7K Society of Park City on Facebook to stay updated on monthly socials.