Wednesday, August 19, 2015

UPDATE: Slide visits Schriever AFB

Posted By on Wed, Aug 19, 2015 at 5:24 PM

click to enlarge The water slide event in Colorado Springs drew thousands of people. - CAMERON MOIX
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  • The water slide event in Colorado Springs drew thousands of people.
UPDATE: Here's more info on the Schriever event's cost and funding:

Schriever applied $7K non-appropriated funds (NAF). $6K was for Slide the City equipment rental and $1K was for food and drinks. NAF, often referred to as "troop dollars," are not derived from taxpayer dollars, but rather generated through the sale of goods and services in order to facilitate morale welfare and Recreation (MWR) related activities, such as this one. Additionally, we spent no more than $3.5K in appropriated funds for the water and power, in accordance with our regulations. So total spent was roughly $10.5K. We are grateful for the opportunity to host this event for our base members and community partners. To that end, we would like to thank Slide the City. They agreed to provide their equipment and services to the base at a significantly reduced cost with our team of volunteers to reduce their overhead. Slide the City agreed to this arrangement as a way to thank our troops and their families for their service and sacrifice and we are most grateful. As a result, an estimated 1,000 people, to include hundreds of school-aged children from local school districts, were able to enjoy this unique, quality of life event at no charge.

———-ORIGINAL POST 5:24 PM WED., AUG. 19, 2015—————-

The day before Slide the City set up its 1,000-foot water feature on 21st Street in Colorado Springs, it did a gig at Schriever Air Force Base out east.

Though Jennifer Thibault at Schriever didn't answer our question of how much the for-profit company charged the base for the event, she did give us some information about it.

Here's her report:
Operation Slide Schriever was a free, base-wide event funded primarily through morale, welfare, and recreation (MWR) non-appropriated funds (NAF). NAF, often referred to as "troop dollars," are not derived from taxpayer dollars, but rather generated through the sale of goods and services in order to facilitate MWR-related activities, such as this one. Schriever provided support to include power and water, which are utilities paid for by appropriated funds (APF). APF support in this form is authorized for such an event.

This was the first time "Slide the City" held an event on a military installation. Since their operation was already coming to Colorado Springs (for their 15 August event) and Schriever was able to generate over 60 volunteers for set up, slide operations, and tear down, "Slide the City" agreed to provide their equipment and services to the base at a significantly reduced cost as a way to thank the troops and their families for their service and sacrifice. As a result, an estimated 1,000 people, to include hundreds of school-aged children from local school districts, were able to enjoy this unique, quality of life event at no charge.
So as you can see, Slide the City used its stock model at Schriever that's used elsewhere: rope in volunteers to staff the event, saving quite a bit of cash.




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