Burning Man Event Donates More Than $100,000 To Pershing County Over The Past Four Years In Support Of Local Community

Black Rock City, LLC will deliver more than $50,000 to local service organizations in 2007.

November 30, 2007 Lovelock, Nevada. – Black Rock City, LLC, the organization that hosts the annual Burning Man event, has donated over $50,000 in proceeds from ice sales at the 2007 event to various charitable, art and service organizations in Pershing County.

This year Black Rock City, LLC added two additional organizations to its list of charitable contributions; Safe Haven Animal Sanctuary and the Lovelock Food Bank. Burning Man gave more to Pershing County organizations than in previous years. “We have been very vocal in the past that our success as an event will lead to our continued and expanded support for the communities that support us.” Commented Larry Harvey, Founder & Executive Director of Burning Man.  “Again in 2007 we’ve been able to live up to that promise.”

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, Safe Haven Animal Sanctuary, Lovelock Food Bank, Lovelock Chamber of Commerce, and Pershing County.

In addition to cash donations, which have grown every year over the past four years—this year’s amount marks a 20% increase over 2006, Burning Man also donated and installed 72 solar panels at the Pershing General Hospital in November 2007.  An outgrowth of the “Green Man” theme of Burning Man 2007, the panels, orginally donated to Burning Man by MMA Renewable Ventures for the 2007 Burning Man event, will provide considerable tax and electrical savings to the hospital, as well as foster clean energy.

“We are just pleased to be able to say that a valuable green resource used in Black Rock City is going to permanently benefit our neighbors in Pershing County.” said Marian Goodell, Director of Business & Communications. “We are proud to be supportive of the local community and the environment through whatever means we have available, be it money or resources.”

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.

For seventeen 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 47,000 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:
Josh Camire, Media and Communications
Black Rock City, LLC
(415) 865-3800, ext. 102
josh(at)burningman(dot)com [para_end]

About the author: Will Chase

Will Chase

Will Chase is Burning Man's former Minister of Propaganda, working on global communications strategy. He was the editor-in-chief for the Jackrabbit Speaks newsletter and the Burning Man Journal, and content manager for Burning Man’s web properties. He also oversaw the ePlaya BBS and Burning Man’s social media presence. Will first attended Burning Man in 2001. He volunteered as the Operations Manager for the ARTery (Black Rock City’s art HQ) and was on the Burning Man Art Council from 2003-2008. He was Web Team Project Manager and Webmaster from 2004 until he transitioned to the Communications Department in 2009.