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Monday, April 25, 2011

2011 Benefit "Spy Hop Illuminated" @ Spy Hop (SLC: May 5)



CONTACT: Virginia Pearce, virginia@spyhop.org 801-532-7500


Spy Hop’s annual fundraising gala features student-produced musical and visual art entertainment, followed by an unconventional auction to support youth voices

SALT LAKE CITY, UT — April 18, 2011 - Spy Hop’s Annual Benefit will be held Thursday, May 5th at Rose Wagner Performing Arts Center in the Jeanné Wagner Theatre from 6:30 – 10:00 PM. This year’s theme SPY HOP ILLUMINATED recognizes the depth of artistic talent at Spy Hop and the power of youth voices through film, music, radio and design. The program will highlight the 2011 PitchNic films and filmmakers and Spy Hop Records new band, The Orchard. Spy Hop’s Annual Benefit is its primary fundraising event of the year, raising critical program dollars for Salt Lake’s creative teens and at-risk youth.

From 6:30 – 7:45PM, guests will join the party on stage at the Rose Wagner and browse silent auction and opportunity drawing items as well as enjoy food and drink from Salt Lake’s finest restaurants including Carlucci’s Bakery, Em’s Restaurant, Faustina, Franck’s, Oasis Café, Red Rock Brewing Company, Tin Angel Café and Tuscany.

Immediately following, there will be a one-of-a-kind presentation and live auction that long time supporters of Spy Hop have come to love. Students from the Spy Hop & KRCL joint venture LOUD & CLEAR youth radio show will emcee the night and audiences will hear directly from youth about why Spy Hop continues to be a leader in media arts education across the country. Students from PitchNic, Spy Hop’s most advanced film class, will pitch their films on-stage and audience members will have the opportunity to become a producer of the films. Spy Hop will then auction off each of its five core programs to the audience, as well as a 2012 Sundance Film Festival Package.

All proceeds raised during the auction go directly to supporting the over 1,800 young people annually who attend Spy Hop’s programs in film, audio, music and design. The producing sponsor for the event is Zions Bank. Supporting, contributing and patron sponsors for the event include: Utah Film Commission, Jones Waldo, Salt Lake County Zoo Arts & Parks, Kevin & Donna Gruneich Family Foundation, Broadview University and Prosper.


$75 General Admission, $50 Spy Hop Alumni (21 years and older)

RSVP by May 1st online at: www.spyhop.org/benefit/ or by calling (801) 532-7500

Eat at one of our supporting restaurants and receive a code for $10 off ticket price! See www.spyhop.org/benefit for more information

About Spy Hop Productions

Spy Hop Productions is a nonprofit youth media arts and education center whose purpose is to empower youth to express their voice and with it create positive change in their lives, their community, and the world. Our mission is to encourage free expression, self-discovery, critical and inventive thinking, and skilled participation via the big screen, the airwaves, and the web.


Virginia Pearce
Spy Hop Productions
Director of Marketing & Community Programs


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