2015 Children's Champion Award Luncheon: September 30

10 August 2015 Published in Events

Voices for Utah Children is celebrating three decades of making a difference in the lives of Utah children through research, advocacy and communications. Our work advancing early childhood education though our "Pay for Success" model has been a recent success story. That is one reason we are presenting our Children’s Champion Award to Salt Lake County Mayor Ben McAdams for his support of high-quality preschool. Our keynote speaker – Kathleen Kennedy Townsend – will highlight public-private partnerships like Pay for Success in her address. Don't miss our 30th Anniversary celebration and luncheon!  Register now: https://secure.utahchildren.org/childrens-champions

Date: Wednesday, September 30th
Location: Little America Hotel, Salt Lake City
Check-in: 11:30
Luncheon and Program: Noon – 1:30 (Program will start promptly at noon)
2015 Children’s Champion: Mayor Ben McAdams
Master of Ceremonies: Ken Verdoia, KUED TV
Keynote: Kathleen Kennedy Townsend 

Many thanks to our generous sponsors:


Amex30th Anniversary Year Sponsor: American Express




GoldmanSachsLogoBlueAdvocate Sponsor: Goldman Sachs


UofU SOM DeptPediatrics69BAdvocate Sponsor: University of Utah School of Medicine, Department of Pediatrics




Friend Sponsor: Primary Children’s Hospital

Kathleen Kennedy Townsend will be available for book signing after the event, 
sponsored by King’s English Bookshop.
Register by Friday, September 25 here: https://secure.utahchildren.org/childrens-champions or by contacting Sara at 801-364-1182 or

2015 Children’s Champion: Mayor Ben McAdams

mcadams preschoolSalt Lake County participated in the first-of-its-kind Pay for Success Public/Private Partnership, to help expand access to high-quality preschool for 600 low-income children.  With a unanimous vote of support from a bipartisan Salt Lake County Council, Mayor McAdams budgeted a one-time appropriation of $350,000 for a Granite School District program, in order to make more slots available to 3- and 4-year-old children living in the Granite District. Salt Lake County has announced another Pay for Success Project focused on improving outcomes for low-income mothers and children that includes providing educational and employment services to mothers.

Keynote: Kathleen Kennedy Townsend 

kathleen kennedy townsendAs the State of Maryland’s first woman Lieutenant Governor, Ms. Townsend was in charge of a multimillion dollar budget and had oversight of major cabinet departments, including Economic Development and Transportation, State Police, Public Safety and Correction and Juvenile Justice. Prior to being elected Lt. Governor, Ms. Townsend served as Deputy Assistant Attorney General of the United States. Ms. Townsend spent seven years as the founder and director of the Maryland Student Service Alliance where she led the fight to make Maryland the first—and only—state to make service a graduation requirement. Townsend served as President of Operation Respect, the organization founded by Peter Yarrow that is dedicated to teaching children personal and social responsibility.