2017 Children's Champion Award Luncheon: Sept. 25th

13 July 2017 Published in Events

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Voices for Utah Children

2017 Children's Champion Luncheon

 Date: Monday, September 25th
Location: Little America Hotel, Salt Lake City
Check-in: 11:30
Luncheon and Program: Noon – 1:30
(Program will start promptly at noon)

2017 Keynote Speaker
Elizabeth Smart, Actor and Activist

Roz McGee Lifetime Achievement Award
Sandy Peck, League of Women Voters

Hero in the Trenches Award
Keri Taddie, Glendale Mountain View Community Learning Center


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Keynote Speaker: Elizabeth Smart

The abduction of Elizabeth Smart was one of the most followed child abduction cases of our time. Elizabeth was abducted on June 5, 2002, and her captors controlled her by threatening to kill her and her family if she tried to escape. Fortunately, the police safely returned Elizabeth back to her family on March 12, 2003 after being held prisoner for 9 grueling months.  Through this traumatic experience Elizabeth has become an advocate for change related to child abduction, recovery programs and National legislation. Elizabeth triumphantly testified before her captor and the world about the very private nightmare she suffered during her abduction, which lead to conviction. The Founder of the “Elizabeth Smart Foundation”, Elizabeth has also helped promote The National AMBER Alert, The Adam Walsh Child Protection & Safety Act and other safety legislation to help prevent abductions.

Elizabeth has chronicled her experiences in the New York Times best-selling book, "My Story." In addition, she and other abduction survivors worked with the Department of Justice to create a survivors guide, entitled, “You're Not Alone: The Journey From Abduction to Empowerment.” This guide is meant to encourage children who have gone through similar experiences not to give up but to know that there is hope for a rewarding life. Elizabeth’s abduction and recovery continues to motivate parents, law enforcement and leaders worldwide to focus on children’s safety. She emphasizes vigilance by "every day" people and the belief that hope always exist to find every missing child. Elizabeth’s example is a daily demonstration that there really is life after a tragic event. Smart attended Brigham Young University, studying music as a harp performance major. She married her husband Matthew in 2012.

The Roz McGee Lifetime Achievement Award: Sandy Peck

Sandy arrived in Salt Lake 40 years ago. She immediately turned to her passion: finding a way to contribute to her community. Her friend told her about the League of Women Voters, and the rest is history. She began as a volunteer in the office, later served as the executive director and today, almost 35 years later, is once again volunteering as the executive director emeritus. She retired earlier this year, but is still doing the legislative updates. She has conducted studies on vital issues, helped with voter registration and offered nonpartisan testimonies at legislative hearings. Sandy shows what it takes to make a volunteer organization work — passion, persistence and commitment to a cause. The success of any organization is due to leaders who possess these qualities. It also requires leaders who set their egos aside and never lose sight of the organization’s purpose, which personifies Sandy.

The Hero in the Trenches Award: Keri Taddie

Keri Taddie has worked in the Salt Lake City School District for the past 21 years and 20 of those years have been spent at Mountain View Elementary in support of its students and the surrounding community. Keri works as the coordinator of the Glendale Mountain View Community Learning Center (CLC). The CLC is a community hub that helps underserved families. It unites pertinent and committed community partners in providing early intervention, prevention, and wrap around services to at-risk youth and their families. At the CLC, Keri coordinates community partners to provide integrated services to promote strengthening of youth and their families and to help them achieve increased stability in their daily lives. Keri’s vision is to sustain the diversity of the local community and support its citizenry to gain opportunities for personal, educational, and professional growth.

For 30 years now, Voices for Utah Children has called on our state, federal and local leaders to put children’s needs first. But the work is not done. The children of 30 years ago now have children of their own. Too many of these children are growing up in poverty, without access to healthcare or quality educational opportunities.

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We look forward to the future of Voices for Utah Children and we hope you will be a part of our next 30 years.

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