This article was first published in the Liberty Reporter: 2014 Summer Newsletter >>
The 2014 Bill of Rights Breakfast 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.
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. He also 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 v. 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 graduating seniors who are already leaving a positive mark on the world. You can find out more about these incredible young activists on the back page.
We are grateful for all the support we received for this event and the important work that we do! We could not do it without our sponsors, and donors. Because of everyone’s generosity we were able to raise enough funds to get our $15,000 matching gift making this event a smashing success! We hope that you can join us for the Celebration next year.
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, Barry Gomberg
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, Pat Christensen, Holland & Hart.