SALT LAKE CITY — Every autumn Catholic Community Services hosts its Humanitarian Awards Dinner, which serves as the organization’s primary fundraiser as well as providing an opportunity to thank the many individuals and companies who donate to CCS as well as the volunteers who give their time and energy to helping those in need.
Daily, more than 1,000 meals are served at the St. Vincent de Paul dining hall, and an average of 450 people are helped at the Weigand Homeless Resource Center in downtown Salt Lake City. In addition, CCS is involved in many other areas that touch lives. Each year CCS distributes more than 3 million pounds of food in northern Utah, provides services to more than 600 refugees, files more than 1,000 applications from immigrants and helps hundreds of refugee children who come to the United States without their parents.
CCS’ Humanitarian Awards dinner recognizes local humanitarians who support CCS, provide help and create hope in the community. This year’s recipients are Lieutenant Governor Spencer J. Cox, Jerry and Shari Seiner, the Salt Lake City Police Department and Faktory.
Lt. Gov. Cox is being recognized as an ardent supporter of CCS. Since 2013, he has worked with Governor Gary Herbert to ensure that Utah leads the nation in jobs creation and economics, but Cox remains committed to providing assistance to the state’s most vulnerable populations, according to CCS.
For the past 37 years, Jerry and Shari Seiner have been leaders in humanitarian efforts, CCS officials say. Well-known in the auto industry, Jerry was a familiar face at the St. Vincent de Paul dining hall. With Jerry’s passing last February, CCS wanted to pay tribute to his great legacy and Shari’s ongoing support of those in need.
For several years, the Salt Lake Police Department has supported CCS in offering assistance to refugee and immigrant families who settle in Utah. The department also helps ensure the safety of clients who access the services provided by St. Vincent de Paul dining hall and the Weigand Resource Center.
Faktory is an advertising and marketing company in Salt Lake City that helps CCS build awareness for its programs.
WHAT: 2017 Humanitarian Awards Dinner
WHEN: Oct. 25, starting with 6 p.m., social hour
WHERE: Little America Hotel, 500 S. Main St. SLC
TICKETS: $175; table sponsorships available
Thanks to a generous donor, all contributions given up to $10,000 will be matched. Register at https://www.ccsutah.org/rsvp. For information, contact Jose Lazaro, 801-428-1230 or firstname.lastname@example.org, or visit http://www.ccsutah.org/.