Thank you to our guests, sponsors, donors, and volunteers of the 2019 Dignity through Work event!
The breakfast did not fail to uplift, inspire and move the audience. From government and business leaders to workplace heroes and Santa Claus, this event was filled with encouragement and the spirit of achievement.
Bob Evans, Fox 13 News Co-anchor, emceed the event. Columbus CEO, Kristy Chambers, and Board President, Mike Willhard kicked off the event with exciting news about the future of Columbus and the transformation towards more community employment opportunities.
Special guest Bryan Miller, Board of Directors and Executive Director of Culture of the Larry H. Miller Group of Companies, shared a touching story of his son Leo, who also has disabilities. He spoke of the family giving philosophy in which the Miller grandchildren are given money each year to give to a charitable cause of their choice. As a result, Leo’s sister Elizabeth has donated $5,000 to Columbus to establish the Leo Miller Dignity Fund.
More surprises as a member of the Columbus family for over 30 years emerged—the one and only— Santa Claus. Dressed in red, beard and hair of white and jingling all the way to the stage, Santa Claus accepted the Legacy Service Award on behalf of Kelly Bertoch.
After all of the honorees had been recognized, guests contributed over $11,000 towards the Leo Miller Dignity Fund.
Our 2019 honorees were as follows: (learn more about the award recipients here)
Visionary Leadership Award:
Kristen Cox, Executive Director, Governor’s Office of Management and Budget.
Legislative Champion Award:
Senator Daniel Hemmert, Majority Whip, Utah State Senate, District 14
Social Enterprise Award:
Salt Lake City Housing and Neighborhood Development
Business Partner of the Year Award:
Legacy Service Award:
Kelly (Santa Claus) Bertoch
- Alexis Cruz, Jared Jewelers
- Mike Krebbs, Columbus Secure Shredding
- Cierra Smith, WinCO Foods