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Envision Utah Honors Philanthropic Services

Sarah Cutler

November 1, 2012

Envision Utah held its 17th annual Common Good Awards luncheon yesterday to celebrate the philanthropic and community service efforts of the Junior League of Salt Lake City (JLSLC) and Harmons Grocery.

Envision Utah was originally formed to create and sustain communities for current and future residents. The Common Good Awards enable local companies and organizations to contribute to the continued development of a “beautiful, prosperous and neighborly” Utah.

“For more than 80 years, the women of the Junior League of Salt Lake City have met the immediate needs of thousands of individuals, while also encouraging them in their quest to become more self-reliant,” said Dan Lofgren, Envision Utah board chair.

JLSLC currently has four programs that are benefiting Utah and promoting the Envision Utah goals:

  1. The Community Assistance and Resource Event (CARE) Fair is a two-day event that provides free medical services and information on community assistance.
  2. Women Helping Women is a project that collects, prepares and distributes donated professional women's clothing to women entering the workforce who are in transition towards self-sufficiency.
  3. The EPIC project, in partnership with CAP Head Start at Palmer Court, is a three-year initiative to improve the lives of children and families as they transition out of homelessness.
  4. Kids in the Kitchen is an initiative to address childhood obesity and poor nutrition. JLSLC helps to educate children in grades 3–5 at local schools on proper nutrition, eating habits and exercise.

Harmons has raised approximately $2 million for local charities and nonprofit organizations. Among the charities that Harmons has provided services to is Utah Lions Club, Special Olympics Utah, Crossroads Urban Center and MS Society of Utah.

Spencer P. Eccles, executive director of the Utah Governor's Office of Economic Development (GOED), noted that preparation, collaboration and teamwork are a few of the keys to success of Envision Utah, JLSLC and Harmons Grocery.

“Consider the leadership and efforts over the past 15 years by Envision Utah and those involved who wanted to ensure that we were prepared for the future, while not knowing exactly what that future held. Now consider where we are today,” said Eccles. “Our employment is at pre-recession levels…Growth is here. Why is Utah growing? Gratefully, 15 years ago leaders like Robert Grow and others stepped forward to form Envision Utah and to plan for the future.”

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