United Way Honors Community Members, Organizations at Annual LuncheonMay 26, 2011
United Way of Salt Lake recognized individuals and organizations that have made a difference in their communities at its annual Celebration of Service Awards event today, awarding its highest honor to Mark and Kathie Miller.
“Mark and Kathie Miller are true champions of innovation and progressive change, which is at the very heart our mission,” said Deborah Bayle, United Way of Salt Lake President and CEO. “United Way of Salt Lake has benefited for many years from their time, energy and resources. Their dedication to this community is unparalleled.”
Bayle and Tom Love, Chair of United Way of Salt Lake’s Board of Directors, presented the Millers with the Compassionate Leaders of the Year award at an awards luncheon at the Little America hotel in downtown Salt Lake City.
“Every individual and organization we recognize here today have contributed greatly to United Way of Salt Lake’s success over the past year,” Love said. “We could not do what we do to improve lives and build stronger communities without their dedication, time and talents.”
The following individuals and groups were also recognized at today’s awards ceremony:
· Salt Lake Chamber, President’s Award for Excellence
The Salt Lake Chamber is a crucial partner with United Way of Salt Lake on important issues such as education, immigration, health system reform and economic development. Over the past year, this partnership has led to important progress on initiatives such as the Chamber’s Prosperity 2020, which seeks to strengthen Utah’s workforce through education, and the Utah Compact, an effort to develop guiding principles to change the tone of Utah’s immigration discussion.
· William Sederburg, Tocqueville Society Member of the Year
As a member of United Way of Salt Lake’s Board of Directors and its Public Policy Committee, Utah’s Commissioner of Higher Education has demonstrated outstanding generosity and commitment to United Way of Salt Lake. Sederburg has encouraged continued focus on building a strong foundation of early learning lack to improve post-secondary education completion and high school dropout rates across the state of Utah.
· Jennifer Smith, Women’s Philanthropic Network Member of the Year
Smith, a senior vice president with Zions Bancorporation, is a five-year member of the Women’s Philanthropic Network, a champion for Utah’s diverse and vibrant immigrant and refugee community. For the past 18 months, she served as chairwoman for the Network’s comprehensive strategic planning process.
· Rich Mrazik, Young Leaders Member of the Year
An attorney at Parsons Behle & Latimer, Mrazik is Chair of the Young Leaders Public Policy and Advocacy Committee and also a member of United Way of Salt Lake’s Public Policy Committee. He has become a champion for education issues on Utah’s Capitol Hill, and works to support and uphold United Way of Salt Lake’s mission through civic engagement and philanthropy.
· Enterprise Rent-A-Car, Outstanding Corporate Partner
Over the past year, Enterprise has demonstrated its commitment to the community by investing more than $60,000 to help United Way of Salt Lake advance its goals, recruiting new members and participating in United Way of Salt Lake’s annual Day of Caring.
· Allen Alexander, Outstanding Volunteer
Despite a busy professional life as Chairman, President and CEO of Savage Services Corporation, Alexander attends nearly every United Way of Salt Lake event and has also hosted lunches for Young Leaders members. He is a member of United Way of Salt Lake’s Board of Directors and Executive Committee and chairs the Corporate Governance and Ethics Committee.
· Outstanding Partnership for Community Change: Goldman, Sachs & Co., Granite School District, Voices for Utah Children and City of South Salt Lake
A grant from Goldman, Sachs & Co. has allowed Granite School District, South Salt Lake and Voices for Utah Children to work together with United Way of Salt Lake to connect parent education programs, home visitation and infant and toddler activities with a full year of preschool. Collaboration between these programs and services will ensure that kids start kindergarten ready to learn and are on track with their development. The grant has also allowed Granite School District to analyze improved academic outcomes and special education cost savings as a result of high-quality early childhood intervention programs.
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