Utah Jazz and Mountain America Credit Union ‘Pass It Along’ to Utah Youth Village
Program to Award $5,000 to Utah Youth Village
SALT LAKE CITY (February 7, 2014) – The Utah Jazz and Mountain America Credit Union today announced Utah Youth Village as the third recipient of ‘Pass It Along,’ a new program featuring fan nomination opportunities that will award a total of $25,000 to five local charitable organizations. The program is part of Mountain America and the Utah Jazz’s shared commitment to community outreach.
In recognition of its significant and ongoing contributions to local boys and girls, Utah Youth Village will be presented with a $5,000 donation during the Jazz home game on Saturday, Feb. 8. Utah Jazz forward/center Derrick Favors and Mountain America Executive Vice President Marshall Paepke will help present the check to the organization. Earlier this week, Paepke and Utah Jazz President Randy Rigby visited Utah Youth Village’s Sorenson Home for Little Boys to learn first-hand about the non-profit’s efforts. A longtime supporter of the organization, Mountain America Credit Union has helped to bring holiday cheer to the children of Utah Youth Village by providing monetary gifts to the boys and girls every Christmas for the past 10 years. “Utah Youth Village kids are mostly wards of the State and have experienced significant abuse and neglect,” said Utah Youth Village president and CEO Eric Bjorklund. “They work hard in our homes to learn to be normal, happy kids. Anytime the community reaches out to help them, like the Utah Jazz and Mountain America Credit Union have done, they feel safer. They feel they have a place in the world. Thank you for doing this for our kids.” Established in 1969, Utah Youth Village is one of the largest non-profit providers of residential treatment for children who are wards of the state. The organization shelters and treats more than 300 children each year in 10 group homes and 50 foster treatment homes throughout Utah. The non-profit also offers an in-home program for families with troubled children, as well as in-person and online parenting classes that are open to the public. The mission of Utah Youth Village is to change and improve the lives of troubled, neglected and abused children and youth, without regard to race, color, national origin or religious preference. To learn more, please visit www.youthvillage.org/. Jazz fans are being asked to help select the remaining two organizations via an online nomination process. By logging on to www.utahjazz.com/passitalong, fans may nominate the local charitable organization that they feel goes above and beyond to give back to the community. One winner will be announced each month for the remainder of the regular season. In addition to the $5,000 donation, each organization selected will receive a special visit from the Utah Jazz, tickets to an upcoming game and in-arena recognition.