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Thursday, December 1, 2011 - 23:00


Park City, UT " Kimball Art Center (KAC) and Canyons Resort announced today the hosts, artists, corporations and charities participating in the 2nd Annual Charity Lift. The Charity Lift project unites both artists and corporations to benefit more than 20 charities for this unique annual event. Presented by Canyons, eBay, KSL and Zions Bank, Charity Lift is on Saturday, December 10 in the Grand Summit Ballroom at Canyons from 6:30pm to 10:30pm. This evening of entertainment will feature a live quick draw art battle, live and silent auction of winter themed art, gear and experiences & a live DJ spinning all evening. Tickets are on sale for $60 and include heavy hors d'oeuvres, beer, wine and refreshment bar and complementary valet parking. The Master of Ceremonies is Mark Eaton with co-hosts, two- time Olympians Kaylin Richardson and Shannon Bahrke.

New this year is the Battle for the Badami where six artists will compete in a quick draw competition creating works for live auction. These artists have ninety minutes to produce a work of art, with party attendees selecting one artist to win an exhibition in the KAC's Badami Gallery. As soon as the time is up, each piece will be auctioned live to the highest bidder and the winner will be announced.

The silent auction portion of the evening will feature 48 items (from 13 artists and 35 corporations) highlighting works of art by local artists and corporations, ski and snowboard gear, packages and winter experiences.

Mark Eaton is a business and motivational speaker who shares with organizations and audiences nationwide how he went from a 7'4" twenty-one year old mechanic who couldn't play basketball to a twelve year career as an NBA All Star with the Utah Jazz. In Mark's high energy, action packed presentations he explains the philosophy, principles and techniques that enabled him to take it to the top, winning again and again and making history in the NBA. He reveals the secrets that skyrocketed him to fame as the Two-Time Defensive Player of the Year, enabled him to break the NBA record for the most blocked shots in a single season and be selected to play in the 1989 All-Star Game.

Two-time Olympian Shannon Bahrke represented the USA at the Olympic Games in Salt Lake (2002) and Vancouver (2010). Bahrke has 24 World Cup Top 3 finishes.

Two-time Olympian Kaylin Richardson represented the USA at the Olympic Games in Torino (2006) and Vancouver (2010). A four-time U.S. Alpine national champion, Kaylin is now retired and pursing her dream of broadcasting and producing for television.

Following the success of last year, KAC began to work with Canyons to create a winter themed event using reclaimed and repurposed ski and snowboard gear. KAC reached out to the community and began working with local artists and companies, some established, others emerging, but all with a connection in Utah. The challenge was to design a work of art using recycled ski and snowboard gear as the canvas to create a masterpiece to be auctioned off.

This year, more than 20 corporations are participating and have named over 20 charities to benefit. The artists and corporations have teamed up to create innovative, one-of-a-kind works of art to be auctioned off both on eBay.com and live at the Charity Lift event starting on December 3, 2011. A portion of the proceeds will go to the Kimball Art Center, allowing it to continue providing free exhibitions and education programs year-round. The remainder will go to the selected charities and artists.

As a presenting sponsor, eBay will hold an online auction of this art"”created by a select group of artists specifically for eBay"”starting on December 3, 2011. The seven-day auction will be listed on the eBay Giving Works website and the corporate blog, and it will run through December 10 at 9 p.m. MST. The Charity Lift auction can be found at http://ebay.com/kimballartcenter.

Since 2003, eBay has raised over $235 million in the U.S. and UK for more than 22,000 nonprofits with over 250,000 sellers participating since eBay Giving Works began. eBay Giving Works offers eBay's 89 million members a convenient and secure way to support their favorite nonprofits through the power of eBay.

"Canyons Resort is excited to build upon the tremendous success of last year's inaugural Charity Lift event with the Kimball Art Center," said Mike Goar, Managing Director of Canyons Resort. "As we speak, many prominent artists are designing, sculpting and assembling priceless pieces of art using recycled ski and snowboard equipment. We're excited to showcase them at the Grand Summit at what promises to be another memorable party. With 20 charities benefiting from the festivities, it's a win for everyone."

"Charity Lift emphasizes the importance of creative philanthropy as an outlet and the impact positive outreach can have during the Holidays. This event is the centerpiece of the intersection of creativity and corporate philanthropy. We're so pleased to be able to partner with Canyons again this year and these one of kind works of art will reach a global audience with the help of eBay," Robin Marrouche, Executive Director, Kimball Art Center.

"eBay and its employees are passionate about making a difference in our community. We are thrilled with the opportunity to help the Kimball Art Center engage individuals of all ages in diverse and inspiring experiences. We are also honored to help our selected charity, Family Promise, in its mission to assist low-income families achieve lasting independence," said Brad Hatch, Senior Communications Manager, eBay.

The six artists participating in the Quick Draw- Battle for the Badami are:

#1 Nicolas Coleman- http://nicholascolemanart.com/work/
#2 Peter Fillerfup-http://wildwestdesigns.com/
#3 William Kranstover- http://www.kranstoverarts.com/
#4 Josee Nadeau-http://joseenadeau.com
#5 Justin Pok-http://justinpok.com/
#6 Steven Waggoner-http://www.stevenwaggoner.com/landscapes.html

The artists participating in the silent auction for Charity Lift are as follows:

Sarah Peterson Berkowitz
Megan Fernandez
Scott Gutierrez
Mark Maziarz
Mary Beth Maziarz
Sharon Jonas
Jeanne LaRae
Justin Wheatley
Emily King
R. Nelson Parish
Sage Cattabriga-Alosa
Nikos Sawyer
Cody Young
Amy Pruzan

The companies and the charities benefiting from Charity Lift are:

A Wok Away, Benefiting Park City Film Series; www.parkcityfilmseries.com
Backcountry, www.backcountry.com - Benefiting Mountain Trails Foundation; www.mountaintrails.org
Black Diamond, www.blackdiamondequipment.com " Benefiting Utah Avalanche Center; www.utahavalanchecenter.org
Canyons, www.canyonsresort.com " Benefiting Winter Sports Alliance (eBay Auction); www.ywsa.org
Carhartt, www.carhartt.com - Benefiting Habitat for Humanity and KAC; www.habitatuc.org, www.kimballartcenter.org
Catering by Talisker, www.taliskeronmain.com - Benefiting Park City Education Foundation; www.pcef4kids.org
Cuisine Unlimited, www.cuisineunlimited.com - Benefiting Utah Olympic Park (eBay Auction); www.olyparks.com
Chef Ingredients/ David Berkawitz, Benefiting Kimball Art Center; www.kimballartcenter.org
Deer Valley, www.deervalley.com " Benefiting Kimball Art Center; www.kimballartcenter.org
eBay, www.eBay.com - Benefiting Family Promise (eBay Auction); www.fpsl.org
GigaPlex, www.gigaplexdesign.com " Benefiting Design Build Bluff; www.designbuildbluff.org
Keller Williams Real Estate/Ian Leinbach, www.kw.com - Benefiting Summit County Children's Justice Center
Krysia Renau - Benefiting Peacehouse; www.peacehouse.org
KSL TV/ Broadcasting Group, www.ksl.com " Benefiting KSL's Quarters for Christmas
Lespri, www.clublespri.com " Benefiting Utah Symphony/Utah Opera; www.utahsymphony.org
Montage, www.montagedeervalley.com " Benefiting Park City Education Foundation; www.pcef4kids.org
Park City Mountain Resort, www.parkcitymountain.com - Benefiting Kimball Art Center; www.kimballartcenter.org
Rossignol, www.rossignol.com - Benefiting NAC; www.discovernac.org
Soul Poles, www.soulpoles.com - Benefiting World Cup Dreams; www.worldcupdreams.org
Strong Porsche, www.strong.porschedealer.com - Benefiting American Cancer Society; www.acsinutah.com
Swire Coca-Cola, www.swirecc.com " Benefiting United Way of Salt Lake (eBay Auction), www.uw.org
Tag and Company, www.tagandcompany.com " Benefiting Friends of Animals; www.foautah.org
Waldorf Astoria Park City, www.parkcitywaldorfastoria.com - Benefiting Park City Performing Arts Foundation; www.ecclescenter.org
Wasatch Powder Skis, www.wasatchpowderskis.com - Benefiting Wasatch Backcountry Rescue; www.wbrescue.org
Waterbox, www.waterboxco.com - Benefiting Salt Lake Art Center ARTBytes Program; www.slartcenter.org
Yuki Arashi, www.yukiarashi.com -Benefiting Park City Foundation; www.theparkcityfoundation.org

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About Kimball Art Center
The Kimball Art Center is the heart of Park City's historic and vibrant arts community. We are a non-profit center for the arts, committed to engaging individuals of all ages in diverse and inspiring experiences through education, exhibitions and events. For more information, go to www.kimballartcenter.org.

About Canyons Resort
Canyons Resort, a Talisker Mountain destination in Park City, Utah, is the fourth-largest ski resort in North America with 182 trails across nine mountains, also making it Utah's largest and most dynamic ski and snowboard resort. Five world-class hotels at Canyons range from the luxurious Waldorf Astoria Park City to the Grand Summit Hotel that offers an AAA Four-Diamond mountain experience at the heart of the resort village and offer 35,000 sq. feet of meeting space. Additionally, Canyons Resort offers more than 15 dining venues including that range from upscale food carts to The Farm, a fine dining restaurant with seasonal cuisine sourced within 200 miles of Park City. The resort is home to the Orange Bubble Express, which is North America's most technologically advanced and first heated chair lift; a lively gathering area at the base of the mountain named Ski Beach; a fast-paced zip line circuit; and 300 acres of new terrain at Iron Mountain. Canyons recently proposed an 8-passenger gondola known as SkiLink that, subject to approvals, will connect Canyons and Solitude resorts in just 11 minutes and create the most unique ski network in North America. For a taste of the new and exciting Canyons, visit www.CanyonsResort.com.