CCS Humanitarian Awards Dinner to recognize those who help the vulnerable

Friday, September 30, 2022

By Laura Vallejo

Intermountain Catholic

SALT LAKE CITY — The Catholic Community Services of Utah Humanitarian Awards Dinner will be held Nov. 7 this year at the Little America Hotel in Salt Lake City.

“Our annual Humanitarian Awards Dinner serves several purposes,” said Maresha Bosgieter, CCS’s Director of Development.

The dinner honors individuals and organizations that support and help the most vulnerable in the local community. It also gives CCS an opportunity “to express our gratitude to some of these individuals and groups who have certainly gone above and beyond to help us focus on our mission,” she said. “It gives us the opportunity to showcase the incredible work we are currently doing, and it is our biggest fundraiser of the year to support all of our programs and those we serve.”

CCS operates St. Vincent de Paul Dining Hall and Weigand Homeless Resource Center, both in Salt Lake City, and Joyce Hansen Hall Food Bank in Ogden. Additionally, the organization runs programs such as Bridging the Gap, which provides groceries to needy students in Weber and Davis counties; resettlement of refugees; and the new St. Vincent’s Kitchen Academy, which trains cooks.

This year’s Humanitarian Awards Dinner will feature a testimonial from one of the St. Vincent de Paul Kitchen Academy graduates who considers the training to have changed his life. In addition, four community members will be recognized for their outstanding contributions, and one CCS volunteer and employee will be honored.

Judge John Baxter, who sat on the court at the Weigand Homeless Resource Center for years and assisted CCS clients, will be the recipient of this year’s Lifetime Service Award.

Baxter, who recently retired, “started the Salt Lake Homeless Court, which operated at the Weigand Homeless Resource Center twice a month and gave our homeless friends the opportunity to pay the fees by suspense that often prevented them from receiving services to turn their lives around,” Bosgieter said.

Dee Rowland, who served as government liaison for the Diocese of Salt Lake City from 1985 until his retirement in 2011, and also served as director of the diocese’s peace and justice commission, will receive the Humanitarian of the Year award. 2022.

During Rowland’s 25 years of service to the diocese, “she was a strong advocate for those who often have no voice, which included everyone we serve at CCS,” Bosgieter said.

Rowland was one of the founders of the Citizens Council of Utah and “continues her work striving to improve life in our community by serving on UCC and many other boards and volunteering at St. Vincent de Paul Dining Hall,” Bosgieter added.

The United Jewish Federation, this year’s Partner of the Year, has always been involved in the community, but “last year, during the Afghan crisis, they decided to step up that support to help support and welcome our neighbors newly arrived,” Bosgieter said. “They have created a strong and ongoing partnership with our Migration and Refugee Services programs by making a significant cash donation to help CCS provide necessities like housing, phones and case management, raising awareness and s committed to volunteering in many different capacities such as youth and family. mentors, to help these individuals succeed in their new life in Utah.

At the dinner, CCS Board member Robert Fotheringham and his wife, Kathy Fotheringham, will receive special recognition.

“The Fotheringhams have been supporters of CCS in many ways for many years,” Bosgieter said. “Through their strong connections in the community, they have helped us garner support, awareness, funds and friends.”

Bob Fotheringham served several terms on the CCS Board of Directors and “was chair of the community relations committee, which helps our staff with many requests,” she added. “Bob and Kathy recently agreed to serve a mission with The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in California, doing work that closely aligns with our work here.”

The Fotheringhams will not be present at the humanitarian awards dinner, but Bosgieter said they wanted to take the opportunity to express their appreciation.

WHAT: 2022 Humanitarian Awards Dinner

WHEN: Monday, November 7, beginning with a social hour at 6 p.m.

WHERE: Little America Hotel, 500 S. Main St., SLC

COST: $150 per person; sponsorship levels available

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