The Logan Utah Avalanche Center hosted the Pray for Snow Party and Fundraiser at The Italian Place on Dec. 3 raising over $5,000 through ticket sales and profits from the silent auction. In addition to the silent auction, the event also included food and live music from the Logan based band The Fool’s Progress.
The auction consisted of outdoor recreation products including ski passes, gift certificates, skis and avalanche airbag packs. Over 50 items were donated by a variety of sponsors including local businesses Cafe Ibus, Beaver Mountain, and The Trailhead. All money raised from the event will be used to fund outdoor recreation programs for the public.
“The mission of the Utah Avalanche Center is to provide avalanche information and education for backcountry users, but we also focus heavily on generating recognition among the community and local business that we exist and provide a valuable service,” said Paul Diegel, the executive director of the Utah Avalanche Center.
Paige Pagnucco, an avalanche education and outreach specialist for the Utah Avalanche Center at its Logan Field office, said its Logan community is growing.
“Our main office is located in Salt Lake City. Our location in Logan is our satellite office so events like this are important when it comes to bringing the community together because we need the support from the Logan community,” Pagnucco said.
The Utah Avalanche Center is a non-profit organization, and is funded through donations. Diegel said that without donations like those collected at the Pray for Snow Party and Fundraiser, the avalanche center would not be able to do what it does.
“The information we provide helps save lives by educating people on what to do in the event of an avalanche, which is something that directly affects Cache Valley and really all of Northern Utah,” Diegel said.
Donations can be made year round by visiting the Utah Avalanche Center’s website at https://utahavalanchecenter.org/civicrm/contribute/transact?reset=1&id=1