Olympic boosters may not want the Legislature to get involved in their efforts to win the 2002 Winter Games, but they do want something from the business com-mu-ni-ty.
Not surprisingly, they want money to help pay for the privately financed bid effort, expected to cost more than $6 million before the International Olympic Committee names the site of the 2002 Winter Games next June."I hate to be crass about it," Frank Joklik, chairman of the Salt Lake Olympic Bid Committee, told the 75 or so business leaders attending a special Salt Lake Area Chamber of Commerce breakfast Friday.
Despite the support of many of the state's largest companies, more money is needed, Joklik said. "We would suggest all of you consider this in your plans for contributions and donations," he said.
The audience, which paid up to $15 to attend the breakfast sponsored by the Marriott Hotel to benefit the bid committee, was directed to a table piled with T-shirts, pins and other items with the Salt Lake City bid logo.
Besides cash, Joklik and chamber president Fred Ball asked for the business community's help in supporting the bid, especially when members of the public raise questions about finances or other issues.
Joklik asked that they emphasize the effect the Olympics will have on the youth of the state, which he described as the real benefit of hosting the Winter Games.
Ball asked that the audience members be ready to address any "doubts or concerns about the Olympics. Be knowledgeable and respond in a very, very positive way."