PRESS RELEASE February 07, 2007
BURNING MAN INCREASES CHARITABLE DONATIONS TO LOCAL COMMUNITIES
Black Rock City, LLC donates over $90,000 to community service and art organizations.
February 07, 2007 Reno, Nevada. – Black Rock City, LLC, the organization that hosts the annual Burning Man event, has donated over $90,000 in proceeds from ice sales at the 2006 event to various charitable, art and service organizations in Northern Nevada and the San Francisco Bay Area. The total amount is 18% more than what Burning Man gave Northern Nevada organizations last year and includes donations to more charities than in previous years.
"Burning Man is not just an event in the desert, but an extended community, which includes our neighbors in Northern Nevada," said Larry Harvey, Executive Director and Founder of Burning Man. "As an arts and service organization, we support the endeavors of charities and service groups in the region."
This year Black Rock City, LLC gave more in total donations than in previous years. "We had a ten percent growth in population, which meant more revenue in ice-sales and we always donate the proceeds to charities," said Marian Goodell, Director of Business and Communications. "We're pleased to donate more than last year."
Gift recipients include: Nevada Museum of Art, Friend's of the Black Rock; Nevada Outdoor School; Reno Crisis Call Center; Gerlach Medical Clinic; Empire 4-H Club; Gerlach Volunteer Fire Department; Gerlach High School; Gerlach General Improvement District (GGID); Gerlach-Empire Senior Citizens Palace, Marzen House Museum; Pershing County Arts Council; Pershing County Domestic Violence Intervention; Pershing General Hospital & Nursing Care; Pershing County Friends of the Library; Pershing County Humane Society; Pershing County Community Center; Pershing County; Lovelock Boy Scouts Association; Lovelock Little League Association; Lovelock Special Olympics; Lovelock Chamber of Commerce; Lovelock Frontier Days; Lovelock Lion's Club; Kids, Horses & Rodeos; the Close Up Foundation; National History Day; Project Graduation; the Eagle Scholarship; Black Rock Arts Foundation; the Crucible; Leave No Trace/NOLS; Epic Arts and Thick Description.
For 17 years, the Black Rock Desert outside of Reno, Nevada, has been home to the increasingly popular and influential Burning Man event. The annual art event, which began on a beach in San Francisco in 1986, has grown to attract close to 40,000 participants annually, from every state of the Union and twenty-two countries worldwide. Based on corporate accounting and participant survey data, the organization estimates that it contributes significantly to the northern Nevada economy through permits, taxes, rentals and the money that its participants spend on groceries, supplies and lodging on the way to and from the event.
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