What does your organization do, and what will the money you raise be used for?
We are a student-led organization that advocates for an end to gun violence. Our group is the Utah chapter of the national organization March For Our Lives, and we work primarily on Utah-based solutions to issues of gun violence in our communities. Our focus areas are suicide prevention, school safety, domestic violence, and safe storage, as well as increasing youth engagement through political education and voter registration. We regularly plan rallies, town halls, panels, and other community education opportunities, and we have over 100 student leaders in schools across the state. We also participate in the legislative process through registering voters, campaigning for gun-sense candidates, lobbying on Capitol Hill, and providing recommendations and feedback to politicians and government bodies. We are one of the largest student-led advocacy organizations in the state, and we are committed to increasing youth participation in the political process and creating a world free of gun violence.
The money we raise at this event will go toward funding all of these activities, as well as our operational costs — for example, our website, P.O. Box, and email service. We are also planning to organize our first March For Our Lives Advocacy Day during the 2020 legislative session, and would like to bus in as many Utah students as possible for a day of education and lobbying on Capitol Hill. This is an expensive event that we estimate will cost about $3000. We would also like to be able to provide scholarships for student activists, sponsor attendance at youth leadership conferences, provide organizing and training for our students (especially QPR suicide prevention training), and sponsor voter registration days at as many schools in Utah as possible. Here are some examples of our costs:
$20: One day of transportation and lunch costs for two students to come to Capitol Hill to testify on good gun bills
$30: QPR training for one person
$75: Processing fees for 501c4 application
$100: All expenses for an in-school voter registration day (t-shirts, printing, snacks)
$100: One year of our P.O. Box expenses
$200: One year of our website expenses
$300: QPR training for the 10-person leadership team
$475: 500 union-printed pinback buttons
$1000: Two $500 scholarships for student activists in need
$3000: QPR training for all 100 Ambassadors
$3000: Advocacy Day in Salt Lake Valley (includes transportation and lunch for 75+ students)
$6500: Venue and security costs for large town hall event with prominent guest speakers (example: Road To Change Utah, July 2018, attended by Emma Gonzales and David Hogg)
Our organization is funded entirely by donations and volunteer hours, so every dollar you donate goes directly toward advocacy and education!
Do I need a ticket to get in?
Yes, this is a ticketed event. You must have your ticket either printed or on your phone. Please also bring a form of ID.
How do I get tickets?
You can buy tickets on Eventbrite: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/march-for-our-lives-utah-gala-for-gun-reform-tickets-57044070350. We can also sell tickets on Venmo and Cashapp. Just include your name and email in the transaction description.
Can I get tickets at the door?
No, unfortunately not. Ticket sales will close online at 3:00PM on Saturday, April 6th.
What comes with a ticket?
For the price of your ticket, you get entry to the event, two (2) drink tickets, and a meal voucher for the Black’s Sliders food truck which will be joining us for the evening. You also get access to the silent auction and the opportunity to hear from guest speakers like Lauren Hogg and Mayor Jackie Biskupski.
Can I get extra drink tickets?
Yes! There will be NO CASH BAR at the event, so if you think you’d like more than two drinks (we’ll have sodas, beer, wine, and specialty cocktails) then please make sure to purchase extra drink tickets ahead of time. You can buy drink tickets on Eventbrite and you will receive them when you check in.
Can I sponsor tickets for others?
Yes! We are very appreciative of any and all donations to assist with ensuring nobody is turned away for lack of funds, especially students. To sponsor tickets, you can fill out this form: https://forms.gle/cCjoxRBmxHqB8Ba2A and a member of our team will be in touch. You can also donate via our website, Venmo, or Cashapp, and include a note that you would like the donation be used to sponsor tickets.
I want to come, but I can’t afford a ticket. What should I do?
Since this is a fundraising event, we are unable to offer significant ticket discounts — however, we do have a sponsorship program set up. If you would like to apply for a free ticket, please fill out this form: https://forms.gle/cCjoxRBmxHqB8Ba2A or email us at email@example.com, especially if you are a student! We want to see you there!
VENUE, EATS, DRINKS
Are there restrooms on site?
Yes, there is a bank of gendered restrooms in the downstairs floor of the building, and there is a single-use restroom on the main floor that will be designated as gender-neutral.
Where can we park?
There is parking available in the lot behind the SLC Clubhouse. We will have parking attendants available to assist you. When the lot fills up, there will be plenty of street parking in the neighborhood, however — we recommend carpooling or taking public transit as much as possible. Use Ride UTA to plan your trip: http://www.rideuta.com/Rider-Tools/Trip-Planner
Is the building fully accessible?
Unfortunately, no. There are a few steps and no ramp leading up to the building. We do have one restroom on the main floor, but it is not large enough for a wheelchair or any similarly-sized mobility device. Other restrooms are available downstairs. The VIP section is not ADA accessible, and does require stairs for access. We sincerely apologize for this planning mistake and will ensure our venues in the future are fully accessible to all potential guests.
Will we be outdoors?
The only portion of the event that will be outdoors will be Black’s Sliders food truck, which will be parked directly outside the building on South Temple. Everything else will be inside.
What kind of food will be served?
There will be limited hors d'oeuvres served in the ballroom, as well as free sliders and fries from Black’s Sliders food truck while supplies last. We are currently accepting donations of food, and are very excited to partner with Laziz Kitchen as one of our featured caterers, as well as Sweet Tooth Fairy and Big O Doughnuts. We will do our best to accommodate dietary restrictions, but please let us know as soon as possible about any severe allergies by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org
Will there be alcohol?
Yes, we will have alcohol available for purchase with drink tickets ONLY. There will not be a cash bar. The only way to receive alcohol is with the two (2) drink tickets you receive with your ticket, and by purchasing extra drink tickets ahead of time (see above). There will be wine, beer, and specialty cocktails. Attendees will be asked to show ID to establish that they are 21+ before entering the venue and all guests 21+ will receive a wristband. We will have the following alcoholic drinks (while supplies last):
The “No More Silence” Margarita, sponsored by Utah House Democrats
The “Stay In Your Lane” Agave Negro, sponsored by ABC Pediatrics
The “Youth Rising” Manhattan, sponsored by Deb Henry
The “Enough is Enough” Malibu Sunset, sponsored by Gun Violence Prevention Center of Utah
The “Spring Into Action” twisted Gin and Tonic, sponsored by Sentry Financial
The “Vote For Our Lives” mint limeade mocktail, sponsored by Dick and Elsa Gary
What about non-alcoholic drinks?
Yes, there will also be non-alcoholic drinks! We will have lemonade, tea, and a variety of sodas, as well as our signature Vote For Our Lives mocktail. There will also be water available.
Is it an open bar?
No, and drinks will only be distributed through a drink ticket system. All guests will receive two (2) complimentary drink ticket with admission, and then will have the option to purchase additional drink tickets up until 5PM on Saturday, April 6th.
Are children allowed?
Yes, children are allowed. Please purchase a student ticket for any child age 5+.
What’s the dress code?
We do not have a strict dress code, but we ask that everyone dresses with respect for the occasion and the very serious issues we are working on. Semi-formal or cocktail is best!
Do I need cash for the silent auction?
No, we will accept silent auction donations by check, cash, Venmo, or Cashapp. You do not need to have the total amount on hand at the gala — we will follow up with you in the week after the event.
Who is speaking?
We will be joined by Lauren Hogg, one of the founders of March For Our Lives, as well as Jordan Harb, one of the founders of March For Our Lives - Arizona. We are very excited to hear from these young activists and changemakers. We are also very excited to share that Mayor Jackie Biskupski will be joining us as a guest speaker.
How can I learn more?
Email us anytime at info@marchforourlivesutah with additional questions! You can also fill out the form below.