This month on The Hub, we are excited to do a weekly feature on the honorees for the upcoming Celebration of Service event on Tuesday, May 20! This yearly event is when United Way of Salt Lake has the great privilege to honor outstanding individuals and organizations in our neighborhoods and communities. These people and organizations are truly making a difference, proving every day what it means to LIVE UNITED. We hope you will join us in celebration of their contributions at this fun and inspiring event (to RSVP and find out more info, click the link above).
This week, we are thrilled to announce the President’s Award for Excellence: Representative Greg Hughes, Utah House of Representatives.
This award recognizes individuals or organizations that champion United Way of Salt Lake’s efforts to create lasting change in our community through their collaboration, leadership, commitment, resources, and time spent working to solve community problems. The award demonstrates outstanding commitment to the mission of United Way of Salt Lake.
To truly solve complex social problems, United Way of Salt Lake works with state leaders to influence public policy decisions. There is no greater example of that collaboration than the work led by Representative Greg Hughes, who sponsored and helped pass HB96, the Utah School Readiness Initiative. In collaboration with UWSL and many community partners, Representative Hughes championed the country’s first piece of legislation that creates a pay-for-success model for high-quality preschool. The $3 million secured by Representative Hughes for this initiative will ensure more of Utah’s at-risk, low-income kids start school ready to learn. This innovative post-performance model ensures taxpayer dollars are only spent on programs that get results. Representative Hughes poured his heart and soul into ensuring the passage of HB96 and had tremendous success working with and encouraging his colleagues to pass this important legislation!