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Off-road company donates over $100,000 for new all-capacity park in Hurricane – St George News

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Matt’s Off-Road Recovery Presents Check for $100,000 at Hurricane City Council Meeting, Hurricane, Utah, May 5, 2022 | Photo courtesy of Jeffrey Hatcher, St. George News

ST. GEORGE-An off-road recovery company famous for its YouTube channel has used both its merchandise and its fans to contribute more than $100,000 towards the installation of a new all-capacity park in Hurricane.

Matt’s Off-Road Recovery Presents Check for $100,000 at Hurricane City Council Meeting, Hurricane, Utah, May 5, 2022 | Photo courtesy of Jeffrey Hatcher, St. George News

Matt Wetzel, owner and founder of Matt’s Off-Road Recovery, told St. George News that the Rotary Hurricane Club started the process of collecting donations to open a park that offers off-road equipment, much like the Thunder Junction All Ability Park in Saint Georges. Matt’s Off-Road Recovery then joined in and used their audience to help gather resources.

Wetzel said they started by donating Matt’s Off-Road Recovery merchandise to sell, with all proceeds — about $30,000 — going to the charity park project.

They discussed the charity project on their Youtube channel and created a donation page on their website. Wetzel said he was able to raise $70,000 through online donations, which resulted in a total of $100,000 in donations for the new all-abilities park.

“Our original goal was to raise $50,000,” Wetzel said. “So we’ve moved past that and now we’re just very happy with the direction it’s going, so we haven’t set any other targets, just to see where it lands.”

With the cost of the park estimated at $500,000, Wetzel said the City of Hurricane would donate $200,000 and the Hurricane Rotary Club would provide the rest, which equates to about $100,000 in donations still needed for carry out the project.

Matt's Off-Road Recovery Presents Check for $100,000 at Hurricane City Council Meeting, Hurricane, Utah, May 5, 2022 |  Photo courtesy of Jeffrey Hatcher, St. George News
Matt’s Off-Road Recovery Presents Check for $100,000 at Hurricane City Council Meeting, Hurricane, Utah, May 5, 2022 | Photo courtesy of Jeffrey Hatcher, St. George News

Wetzel said he and several employees attended a city council meeting on May 5, where the city approved the purchase of park equipment by August of this year and the town of Hurricane also promised the $200,000 at the meeting. The goal is to have the park complete and open by spring 2023. The all-level park will be at Dixie Springs Park in Hurricane, an existing park that has plenty of room to add equipment for all abilities.

Matt’s Off-Road Recovery has run several charitable campaigns in the past, including the Cache Valley Cruisewhere they raised $11,000, the Hurricane Valley Food Pantry, where they raised $20,000, Shop with a copwhere they raised $30,000, and Tan’s Treats, where they raised $5,000 and their highest charity to date: the Hurricane All Abilities Park, which raised $100,000 and continues.

Wetzel said that when they hold events, they invite fans from their YouTube channel to come and meet them, to give back to fans and give them a chance to participate in the charity projects they are involved in. And any merchandise purchased on those days goes towards charity projects. Participants are also directed to the website if they choose to make an additional donation.

Matt’s off-road recovery

It was while promoting his towing business, Winder Towing, on Facebook that Wetzel said he started noticing photos of his off-road recovery businesses had much higher engagement than anything else. he had published on tow truck events.

He said his goal was to separate his towing business from other towing businesses in the area when he realized people were more interested in off-road recovery work.

His friends and family started telling him that he needed to start a YouTube channel and he could easily start a business from that alone. He said he had been doing the research for almost a year and realized that people were interested in what he was doing and that it could be a business in itself.

Matt's Off-Road Recovery Presents Check for $100,000 at Hurricane City Council Meeting, Hurricane, Utah, May 5, 2022 |  Photo courtesy of Jeffrey Hatcher, St. George News
Matt’s Off-Road Recovery Presents Check for $100,000 at Hurricane City Council Meeting, Hurricane, Utah, May 5, 2022 | Photo courtesy of Jeffrey Hatcher, St. George News

“So I started filming and editing and uploading and it took off really quickly,” Wetzel said. “I had no help from other YouTubers. It was purely popular like I was putting my videos on YouTube and YouTube’s algorithm was showing my videos to people and they liked them and it grew really fast from there .

Wetzel said he’s been running this business for about three years and they currently have over 1.1 million subscribers on YouTube. He said the company has grown from just a few employees to more than 13 full-time employees running Matt’s YouTube Off-Road Recovery company.

With the audience Matt’s Off-Road Recovery now has, Wetzel said they’re commonly referred to as influencers because they have an audience that cares about what they do and what they think.

“Our goal is to be a positive influence on the internet,” Wetzel said. “Parents don’t have to worry about their kids or grandkids watching any of our content, whether it’s on YouTube, Instagram, Facebook or Patreon. We don’t have any content that isn’t safe or positive.With the influence we have, we want to give back to the community to help the human condition.

Donations for the Hurricane All Ability Park are still open on Matt’s Off-Roading website and will remain open until midnight Sunday, May 15. Direct donations, however, can still be made to the Rotary Club until the park is fully built.

“It’s the best place to live in the country and we love supporting it,” Jeffery Hatcher, director of Matt’s Off-Road Recovery, said of Southern Utah.

To donate to the park through Matt’s Off-Road Recovery website, Click here. Auto show donations and proceeds from auto show pre-orders will go directly to the charity park project. To donate through the Hurricane Rotary Club, visit their website.

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