The 2014 Bill of Rights Celebration was a great success! Over 350 guests joined us to celebrate the civil liberties champions in our community and to lend their support to our important work. You can view some photos here >>
We were inspired by the stories of our awardees, all of whom helped to illustrate that, truly, “civil liberties are for everybody.” Our speakers and awardees represented so many of the vital aspects of what the ACLU does and who we protect, no matter a person’s background, race, religion or sexuality. Molly Prince spoke on behalf of the Utah Prisoner Action Network, our Torch of Freedom Awardee, about how much she values the work of the ACLU in helping her family and the other families involved with UPAN to advocate for their incarcerated loved ones. Our Mickey Duncan Awardee, Randy Richards, shared his experiences as the defense attorney for the Ogden Trece gang and Matthew David Stewart, and highlighted the importance of the ACLU’s work in defending those in our community who have been marginalized or ostracized because of society’s stigma. And finally, Tony Milner, one of the plaintiffs in our Evans Vs. Utah case, gave a deeply personal speech about his family and his struggle to legally adopt his son, Jesse, in the wake of the Attorney General’s decision to not recognize the same-sex marriages that took place following Judge Shelby’s ruling.
And, as we do every year, we presented our Youth Activist Scholarship Awards to four exceptional young women who are already leaving a positive mark on the world. You can watch a video introducing these extraordinary youth activists >>
We are grateful to all of the support we received for this event, and of the important work that we do! We hope that you can join us for the Celebration next year.
The 2014 Bill of Rights Breakfast Celebration will be filled with exciting highlights of another amazing year of civil liberties challenges and victories by the ACLU of Utah!
Following up on last year’s wildly successful debut of our new annual celebration breakfast format, we’ll be coming together for a sunrise soiree at the Rice Eccles Stadium Tower, at the University of Utah, to honor Utah’s civil liberties stars and the winners of our Youth Activist Scholarship Awards.
Rice Eccles Stadium Tower at the University of Utah
(Enter the building through the northeast entrance - look for signs)4th floor, Scholarship Room
451 South 1400 East
Salt Lake City, UT
Free Parking available in the Rice Eccles Tower parking lot. You do not need a parking pass or sticker. Directions: Access to the stadium parking lot is off of 500 S/University Blvd. You can also take the Red Line on Trax and get off at the Stadium stop-- which will drop you off right next door.
8:00 SOCIAL TIME, MORNING DRINKS, BREAKFAST
8:30 PROGRAM & PRESENTATION OF AWARDS
- Mary Burnett, Salt Lake Center for Science Education
- Ashley Whimpey, Juab High School, Nephi
- Gloria Hammond, Box Elder High School, Brigham City
- Madison Palmer, Cottonwood High School, Salt Lake City
TORCH OF FREEDOM AWARD
- The Utah Prisoner Advocate Network is a strong ally in our work on Criminal Justice Reform. UPAN provides support for inmates and their friends and family while advocating for better conditions inside Utah jails and prisons.
MICKEY DUNCAN AWARD
- Randy Richards is an Ogden attorney and joined us in successfully fighting an unconstitutional Weber County “gang injunction.” He is also an adjunct professor for Weber State University, teaching a class on the U.S. Constitution.
FEATURED SPEAKER: A PLAINTIFF’S STORY
- Tony Milner is a plaintiff in our marriage equality case Evans v. Utah, demanding that Utah recognize the over 1,200 legal marriages that took place in December & January. He married Matt Barraza in December 2013, and is in the process of adopting their son Jesse.
9:30 SOCIAL TIME
We would like to thank our amazing sponsors for this Celebration.
Founder's Circle: The Bastian Foundation, Steve and Brenda Lowe, Michael and Donna Weinholtz, CHG Healthcare Services, Jane & Tami Marquardt.
Constitutional Champions: Robert Wood & Associates, Bill & Janet Orchow, Planned Parenthood Association of Utah, Amy O'Connor, Rebecca Chavez-Houck & Martin Houck, Parr Brown Gee & Loveless, George & Mary Hall, Elizabeth Conley & Bill Siska, Sue Marquardt, Jill & Richard Sheinberg, KRCL 90.9 Community Listeners' Radio of Utah, Damn These Heels! LGBT Film Festival, The Inclusion Center, Equality Utah, Kanter Family Foundation, Parsons Behle & Latimer.
Liberty Allies: Rev. Claudia & David Seiter, Kent Alderman, Nathan Hult, Angie & Peter Stefaniak, Pam Roberts, John & Catherine Putnam-Netto, Cassie Power, AARP Utah, Perretta & Associates, Utah Civil Rights & Liberties Foundation