Utah Philanthropy Day | 2022

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November 15, 2022 Hale Centre Theatre Celebrating Utah’s outstanding philanthropists, foundations, corporations, and volunteers
Part of Your World”
by Sophia Marie Guerrero
Tingey Governor’s Career Humanitarian Leadership Award Laura “Pepe” Grimaldo Governor’s Career Humanitarian Leadership Award Mayor Jeff Silvestrini Lt. Governor’s Public Service Award Robert H. and Kathi B. Garff Philanthropic Leadership Award Campbell Companies Corporate Spirit of Giving Award The Kahlert Foundation Foundation Spirit of Giving Award Andelin Mbaki Outstanding Young Volunteer Award Katie Bunnell Outstanding Volunteer Award Kristin Andrus & Emily Bell McCormick Labor & Honor Award

Jeanette Bennett

2022 Utah Philanthropy Day Chair

Jeanette is a long-time supporter of Utah Philanthropy Day and is currently enjoying her second year serving as the Event Chair. Jeanette is founder and editor-in-chief at Bennett Communications, where she focuses her pen on Utah Valley Magazine, BusinessQ Magazine and Prosper Magazine. Jeanette earned bachelor’s and master’s degrees in journalism from BYU, and she was awarded an Honorary Doctorate in Business by Utah Valley University in 2019. Jeanette was named Top Woman Entrepreneur in Media in 2018 in an awards luncheon hosted by Folio in New York City. Jeanette has presented on faith and family at the Commission on the Status of Women in New York. Since 2008, Jeanette has been compiling the UV50, which names the top 50 businesses in Utah Valley in both a magazine and at an awards ceremony. Jeanette is a popular emcee, podcast guest, TV/radio personality and enjoys mentoring teenagers and young adults. As a cancer survivor, Jeanette values every day and celebrates the stories of every person she interviews or works with on various community boards and initiatives. Jeanette was a candidate for a Utah state senate seat in 2020. Jeanette and her husband, Matt, have five children and live in Pleasant Grove.

Sophia Marie Guerrero

The Little Mermaid Cast

Sophia Marie Guerrero is a California native but has performed internationally in places such as Germany, Switzerland, London, China, Mexi co, and across the United States. Sophia received a BFA in Musical Theatre from BYU. During her time there was able to be a part of both the Living Legends and Young Ambassadors, where she was able to represent her love for the performing arts but also for her cultures. She is a proud half Native American (coming from the Navajo and Tohono O’odham tribes) and half Mexican.

She is thrilled to be playing Ariel at the Hale Cen tre Theatre and for the beautiful opportunity to represent her Indigenous and Latino people in the world of theater. Her recent credits include working at Tuacahn in St. George in The Buddy Holly Story, West Side Story at The Marriott Theater in Chicago, Pirates of Penzance & The Greenshow at the Utah Shakespeare Festival in Cedar City, and other favorite roles such as Jane Porter in Tarzan at the Hale Centre Theatre Sandy and Miss Doro thy in Thoroughly Modern Millie at the Hale Cen tre Theatre in Orem. She is thankful to be here with you all today and hopes you can make it to come see the show.


Dale Tingey

Dale Tingey, now 98 years young, has devoted his life and career to serv ing the Native American community. Dale’s vision was and still is to help as many Native American/Alaskan Native students pursue their dreams through education. In their 41 years of service, American Indian Services has provided over $30 million in scholarships (recorded since 2005) and have provided close to 40,000 scholarships.

Dale’s life of service has allowed for many members of the Native American community to pursue their dreams.

2022 Governor’s Career Humanitarian Leadership Award


Utah Philanthropy Day thanks this year’s Lead Sponsors for their generous support.

*in kind sponsor

*in kind sponsor


2022 Governor’s Career Humanitarian Leadership Award

Pepe is a compassionate, fierce advocate for families and individuals affected by domestic abuse and sexual assault. She has supported hundreds of survivors as she provides education on victims’ rights, information, and increased safety and support through the civil relief process including protective orders and civil immigration relief. She provides a place of safety and trust. Pepe has been a steadfast advocate for the Latinx community as a founding partner in establishing a coalition of service providers, PC Unidos, to better understand the needs of the Spanish speaking community and to expand conversations, networks and solutions to assist families and individuals with culturally and linguistically relevant services and support.


Jeff Silvestrini is Millcreek’s first mayor and has shared his vision for selfless service with the entire city. One of Jeff’s proudest accomplishments was the formation of the Millcreek Promise Program in January 2018. The mission and vision of Millcreek Promise is to mobilize and support Millcreek residents to build community, bridge divides, and lift all boats. He is truly a public servant in every sense of the word--he has served his community long before he became Mayor, and will serve long after.

2022 Lieutenant Governor’s Public Service Award
Congratulations to the 2022 UTAH PHILANTHROPY DAY HONOREES and HEART & HANDS AWARD WINNERS for your generosity and service to our state! UTAH PHILANTHROPY DAY NOVEMBER 15, 2022


2022 Philanthropic Leadership Award

Robert and Kathi are the perfect examples of philanthropists as they not only give of their resources, but also their time and talent. The Garffs see a need, and find ways to either support currently existing programs and organizations, or create pathways to help fill those needs in the community. They are extremely generous and not only write the check, but they work with their partners to ensure the funding is maximized to its potential to help fulfill the organization’s mission.

Bob Garff used to say “Education is the great equalizer.” By offering these programs and supporting students in their higher education journeys, the Garff family is driven to make sure education is accessible and available to all students throughout Utah.


Utah Philanthropy Day thanks this year’s Supporting Sponsors for their generous support.



Utah Philanthropy Day thanks this year’s Supporting Sponsors for their generous support.

Campbell Companies

Campbell Companies is committed to being a valued neighbor in the communities in which their employees live and work. The company routinely donates time, money, and machines to support various community initiatives including youth sports, food drives, rodeos, cleanup efforts, cultural and educational initiatives, and more. Serving the communities in which they live and work is what they’re built to do. Projects supported by Campbell Companies have included revamping Richmond City Park, reshaping baseball fields, benches and pavilions in West Point, building 1,000 foot cedar fence at the Boy Scouts of Southern Utah facility, and their ongoing support of CHOICE Humanitarian. For many years, Campbell Companies has partnered with CHOICE Humanitarian as its flagship charity. They have donated funds, sent employees on humanitarian expeditions with CHOICE, and held or participated in several local fundraising events in which corporations and community members were invited.

2022 Corporate Spirit of Giving Award


2022 Foundation Spirit of Giving Award

The Kahlert Foundation trustees, and particularly Heather Kahlert, care deeply about making a difference in the world. The Foundation firmly believes that when you help other people, you change lives. Heather is a philanthropist, advisor, and mentor. As the vice president of the Kahlert Foundation, she seeks to improve communities in the areas of health care, youth programs, education, veterans’ organizations, and human services. As a result, The Foundation is dedicated to improving the lives of fellow Utahans by partnering with nonprofit organizations, health centers, and institutions of higher education. The Foundation’s impact is farreaching and Heather’s leadership in the philanthropic community will continue for decades to come.

Andelin Mbaki

Andelin Mbaki is a young community builder, already determined to bring people together by finding common ground. Her tireless efforts and positive attitude invite all around her to find their purpose and get involved.

During her tenure as Miss Iron County, Andelin implemented her social impact initiative: Standing Higher in New Environments (S.H.I.N.E). As an immigrant herself, Andelin created this initiative to help others coming to the United States find their voice, place and passion within the community of Iron County. The beauty of Andelin’s platform S.H.I.N.E is all encompassing. Many believe that they need to take up only one issue, but Andelin believes there is beauty in the diversity of culture, age and relationships. And that S.H.I.N.E. can bring all those things together.

2022 Outstanding Young Volunteer Award


2022 Outstanding Volunteer Award

Katie as a young widow formed the Live Your Dream Foundation in 2010 with the purpose of helping single mothers finish their education and improve their employment opportunities. This foundation, with Katie at the helm, is a game-changer in the lives of scholarship recipients. It provides both financial help, but also a boost of self-confidence and a support system that helps these women have the strength and courage to grow and develop after the death or divorce event in their lives. Since 2010, Live Your Dream has awarded 181 scholarships for single mothers, totaling over $307,000.00. Katie runs the foundation as a labor of love, and all funds go to scholarship recipients.


2022 Labor & Honor Award

Kristin and Emily are fighting to end period poverty and to redefine the 21st century bathroom—a bathroom in which period products are as common as toilet paper.

They have traveled all around the state, building support from legislators from both parties, companies, foundations, and communities of women and girls. Their extraordinary efforts paid off in the passage of the legislation requiring every public and charter school in the state to provide access to free period products in every girls’ and all-gender bathroom. They are smashing stigma, and showing the whole state that “Girls are worth it. Period.”

2022 HEART & HANDS HONOREES Gifty Abanbwa GK Folks Foundation Dave Adams Bicycle Collective
Alderman I.J. and Jeanne Wagner Jewish Community Center Steve Alsup Boys and Girls Clubs of Utah County Carolina Barra-Cabal Comunidad Materna en Utah Technical Sergeant Garry Bell Community Nursing Services Kathryn & Drew Bloxham Seager Memorial Clinic Danielle Bowen CHOICE Humanitarian Carol Brown Intermountain Hospice Misti Brunelle Reach Out Today Mike & Burgundy Caldwell-Waller S.J. Quinney College of Law Carl Camp Utah Division of Arts and Museums - Chase Home Museum of Utah Folk Arts Marsha Campbell Girl Scouts of Utah


Lloyd Carr Davis Technical College Foundation
Jennalyn Casady Pretty Tough Ladies
Cindy Castleton Best Seat in the House Brooke Christensen Bicycle Collective Corine Cook The Refuge Utah Colette Cox Southern Utah Museum of Art
John D’Arcy Utah Youth Village Brad Dalton University of Utah - College of Health
Steve Daly Junior Achievement Utah
Mary DeHerrera The Road Home Jackie Detmers Kids Read Foundation Delavan
Children’s Service Society of Utah Priscilla Vloe


Duncan Edwards

Ronald McDonald House Charities of the Intermountain Area

Debbie Ann Fielitz Best Friends Animal Society

Judy Garcia

Welcome Baby - United Way of Northern Utah

Caitlin Gochnour

Utah Division of Arts & Museums

Marina Gomberg

The University of Utah

Nicholas Gonzales Stone Hope of Youth

Ivan Gonzalez

Live Your Dream Foundation

Cathy Gray

Best Friends Animal Society

Allie Hagen

Make-A-Wish Utah

Jarrod Hall

Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Salt Lake

Marilynn Hampton

Best Friends Animal Society

Breydon Hardy

Intermountain Hospice

Amy Dott Harmer Refugee Services Office



Justin Harnish Pathway Associates

Kathy Hill

Volunteers of America, Utah

Lynn Hoffman-Brouse

Planned Parenthood Association of Utah

Kristin Howard The Refuge Utah

Matt Howard The Refuge Utah

Tana Hunter Best Friends Animal Society

James Hunter Street Dawg Crew of Utah

Ron Jensen Kids Read Salt Lake Valley

Merlin Jensen Big Brothers Big Sisters of Utah

Julie Johnson Maliheh Free Clinic

Ryian Johnson YWCA Utah

Lisa Jones

Alzheimer’s Association

Craig Knight

CHOICE Humanitarian

2022 HEART


Debbie Larkins

Ouelessebougou Alliance

Kennedy Madrid

Kids on the Move Respite Care

Rebecca Mann Resiliency Hub

Kate Margolis Peace House

Eric Marx

Utah Nonprofits Association

Debbie McKinstry

Ronald McDonald House Charities of the Intermountain Area

Edgar Mendoza Ogden Nature Center


Lieutenant Colonel Karl Miller Community Nursing Services

Gil Miller

And Justice for All

Tom Mitchell

Ronald McDonald House Charities of the Intermountain Area

Kathleen Moore Girl Scouts of Utah

Michelle Morriss

Alzheimer’s Association



David Muyanja

Kids Read Foundation

Ryan Nelson Columbus Community Center

Peter and Diane Netelbeck Volunteers of America, Utah

Holly Nichols

Big Brothers Big Sisters of Utah

Lieutenant Colonel Scott Nordstrom

Community Nursing Services



Jenny Ostraff

Boys & Girls Clubs of Utah County

Steve Pack

Best Friends Animal Society

Jen Patterson Moab Charter School

Judith Pechmann Girl Scouts of Utah

Brock Pettyjohn

Big Brothers Big Sisters of Utah

Melanie Pierce

Kids on the Move Respite Care

2022 HEART


Marcia Price

Utah Division of Arts & Museums

Kelsi Pughs

Best Friends Animal Society

Emajoy Rains Kids on the Move

Joel Raskin

Big Brothers Big Sisters of Utah

Julia Salcedo Ogden Nature Center Mayra Sanchez

Comunidad Materna en Utah

Evelyn Santos

Comunidad Materna en Utah

Cami Schiel American Cancer Society

Susan Schulman Jewish Family Service

Jackie Skinner Givv Hub

Judy Steiger

Best Friends Animal Society

Brandi Stewart

The Refuge Utah

Heather Stonely

Iron County Care and Share

2022 HEART


Kerry Swenson United Way of Salt Lake

David Timothy Intermountain Hospice

Kathleen Pitcher Tobey The Children’s Center Utah

Collin Toyn The Family Support Center

Sara Turner Neighborhood House

Margie Varela Street Dawg Crew of Utah

Stacie L. Whitford Westminster College

Brenda Whitney Intermountain Hospice

Steve Whittaker CHOICE Humanitarian

Margaret Willis The Refuge Utah

Barb Yamada

Utah Olympic Legacy Foundation at Soldier Hollow

Valerie Yoder Ruff Haven Crisis Sheltering

David York Holding Out HELP

Sue Zirkle

Hale Centre Theatre

NONPROFIT GROUP SPONSORS American Cancer Society And Justice For All Best Friends Animal Society Bicycle Collective Big Brothers Big Sisters of Utah Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Salt Lake Call Foundation Columbus Community Center Community Nursing Services Davis Technical College Girl Scouts of Utah GK FOLKS FOUNDATION Guadalupe School Hale Centre Theatre Holding Out HELP
NONPROFIT GROUP SPONSORS Jewish Family Service Junior Achievement of Utah Kids on the Move Live Your Dream Foundation Make-A-Wish Utah Maliheh Free Clinic Michel Foundation & Seager Memorial Clinic Neighborhood House Northwestern Band of the Shoshone Nation Planned Parenthood Association of Utah RiteCare of Utah Ronald McDonald House Charities of the Intermountain Area Ruff Haven Crisis Sheltering Thanksgiving Heroes
The Children’s Center Utah The Family Support Center The Nature Conservancy The Refuge Utah The Road Home The University of Utah The University of Utah, Advancement Office U Alumni - University of Utah United Way of Salt Lake Utah Division of Arts & Museums Utah Food Bank Utah Youth Village Volunteers of America, Utah Westminster College
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