2005 PRESS RELEASES
BURNING MAN SUPPORTS LOCAL COMMUNITY WITH INCREASED CHARITABLE DONATIONS
Black Rock City, LLC donates $40,000 to Pershing County service organizations.
December 8, 2005 Lovelock, Nevada. – Black Rock City, LLC, the organization that hosts the annual Burning Man event, has donated $40,000 in proceeds from ice sales at the 2005 event to various charitable, art and service organizations in Pershing County. The total amount is more than four times what Burning Man gave Pershing County organizations last year, and almost twice what it is giving to Washoe County charities this year.
"As an organization that is committed to art and community, Burning Man is pleased to support the charitable endeavors of our neighbors in Pershing County," said Marian Goodell, Director of Business & Communications. "Gift-giving is not just something we promote at the annual event. It's one of our principles that we embrace year-round."
Gift recipients include: Marzen House Museum, Pershing County Arts Council, Friends of the Library, Lovelock Frontier Days, Pershing General Hospital & Nursing Care, Pershing County Domestic Violence Intervention, Pershing County Humane Society, Lovelock Lion's Club, Kid's, Horses & Rodeos, Lovelock Boy Scout Association, Lovelock Little League Association, Lovelock Chamber of Commerce, and Pershing County.
This year Black Rock City, LLC gave more to Pershing County organizations than in previous years. Larry Harvey, Founder & Executive Director of Burning Man commented, "We told the county commissioners earlier this year, 'Grow with us,' and we meant it. As Burning Man continues to grow, so does our support for our Pershing neighbors."
In addition to donations, Black Rock City, LLC gives free advertising to local businesses on its website. "We encourage our participants to patronize the businesses along I-80 to and from Burning Man each year," said Goodell. "In 2006 we will explore the possibility of working with local groups to jointly sponsor a billboard on I-80."
Black Rock City, LLC will also be making charitable donations to organizations in Washoe County and the San Francisco Bay Area. Additionally, Burning Man participants raised over $35,000 at the event for the victims of hurricanes Katrina and Rita. A group of Burning Man volunteers have been donating their time and labor to rebuilding a destroyed Buddhist temple in Biloxi, Mississippi. "Volunteering and community service isn't something that our participants do for just a week at Burning Man. It's something they do all year, and the hurricane efforts are a good illustration," said Harvey.
For sixteen 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 more than 35,000 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.
For more information please contact:
Ray Allen, Executive Project Manager
Black Rock City, LLC
(415) 865-3800, ext. 137