El Dorado County Fair Heritage Foundation, a New 501c3 organization

by Placerville Newswire / May 31, 2017 / comments

[Suzanne Wright]

Placerville, CA - Tuesday evening nearly 100 community members gathered at El Dorado County Fairgrounds to learn about the exciting new El Dorado County Fair Heritage Foundation, a 501(c)3 organization.
Headed by Tiffany Carter, 2017 El Dorado County Fair Board President and Foundation Chair, along with committee members Karen Forni-Feathers, Dee Kobervig and Mick McGuire, the Heritage Foundation was created to assist with capital improvements necessary to maintain and grow El Dorado County fairgrounds.

Carter explained to the crowd—because we are the “county” fair, it is a common misconception that we are part of the county budget. In actuality, El Dorado County Fair Association receives zero local tax dollars, and is not a county/government agency. “While we have a great working relationship with the county, we are not funded by the county budget.”
The concept of the Heritage Foundation is to utilize collective giving from community members, organizations and businesses turning it into an annual fee based membership organization. There are different levels of membership, set up to benefit both the Foundation as well as the tax-deductible needs of the donor.
The first capital improvement project slated for the Foundation is Johnny’s Gatehouse. The rock building located at the entrance on Placerville Drive was built in 1937. The building is beginning to deteriorate to the point of becoming unusable. The Foundation will rebuild this building, integrating the historical rocks into the new gatehouse. Founding members of the Foundation, (those that join in the 2017 calendar year), will be acknowledged on a plaque on the new gatehouse.
The Foundation understands there are many worthy and deserving non-profits in our community in need of donations. However, as Carter pointed out Tuesday evening, many of those non-profits utilize the fairgrounds for their fundraisers. We feel it is our duty to offer the highest level of integrity in the facilities we provide, to help all non-profits reach their goals. Additionally, the fairgrounds are used for disaster relief and emergency evacuation situations.
For more information about the El Dorado County Fair Heritage Foundation, please contact 530-621-8560, email fair@eldoradocountyfair.org or visit our website at http://eldoradocountyfair.org/heritage.html