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15 May 2014
A Big City Celebration! New York, New York Theme
This gala marked the 10th anniversary of the Davis Conference Center... and everything it stands for. Featuring entertainment by the incredibly talented pianist Jim Brickman, incredible cuisine, and an amazing cause... it was an unforgettable evening! All net proceeds will benefit Utah Foster Care. Thank you to all those involved! Click HERE to see photos of the event.
Entertainment by Jim Brickman
Jim Brickman has revolutionized the sound of solo piano with his pop-style instrumentals and star-studded vocal collaborations. His best-known compositions include the chart-toppers “Valentine,” “The Gift,” “Love of My Life,” “Simple Things” and “Peace.”
He has established a reputation for his collaborations with many musical artists including Martina McBride, Lady Antebellum, Johnny Mathis, Michael W. Smith, Kenny Loggins, Carly Simon, Collin Raye, Michael Bolton, Donny Osmond, Wayne Brady, Olivia Newton-John and Herb Alpert.
A native of Cleveland, Ohio, Brickman began playing piano at the age of five, studying at the prestigious Cleveland Institute of Music where he was honored with a scholarship in his name in 2012.
Jim Brickman would become the most commercially successful instrumental pop pianist of the last three decades. Four of his albums have been certified gold by the Recording Industry Association of America – 1995’s By Heart, 1997’s Picture This and The Gift, and 1999’s Destiny – for sales of more than 500,000 copies. Overall, he’s sold more than 7 million albums.
He’s amassed 27 Top 40 singles on the adult contemporary charts, including 14 Top 10 smashes. His collaboration with soaring country songstress Martina McBride, the beautiful paean to love titled “Valentine,” scored at mainstream country radio in 1998, peaking at No. 9.
Other Brickman staples include “Simple Things” with Rebecca Lynn Howard, “Peace” and “The Gift,” both with Collin Raye and Susan Ashton, “Never Alone” with Lady Antebellum, and “Love of My Life” with Michael W. Smith. Most recently in 2013, Brickman's The Magic of Christmas featuring the 2003 remake of "Sending You A Little Christmas" with Johnny Mathis landed at #1 on Billboard New Age and took the #58 spot on Billboard Top 200.
2014 Heart of Davis Award Recipient
Each year, the Davis County Commissioners carefully select a worthy recipient for the Heart of Davis Award. The Heart of Davis Award is given annually to an individual or group the has made a significant impact to the betterment of Davis County. The Commissioners are pleased to announce that this year's award recipient will be South Davis Community Hospital (SDCH).
For the individuals and their families who arrive at SDCH after a life-changing accident, an unexpected illness, or when faced with a serious medical condition, this specialty hospital plays a crucial role in their critical care and recovery process.
The dedicated SDCH team serves patients and their families who require ongoing and complex care and rehabilitation due to life altering medical conditions, illness and accidents. SDCH is the ONLY specilaty care hospital of its kind in Utah, and an independent nonprofit organization.
CJ Benson, the Community Relations Director at SDCH stated the following:"We are honored to have this opportunity. Currently, South Davis Community Hospital is crossing an exciting threshold with a capital fundraising endeavor called Love, Wish, Build. Love, Wish, Build will seek to raise the funds required to begin construction of a new hospital to serve Utah and the intermountain area in place of the existing 53 year old facility. The project will shape lives with a focus on quality for generations to come."
Charity: Utah Foster Care
Statewide there are 2600 children in the foster care system. In the Northern Region there are 365 families to meet the needs of the 677 children in care. One might think that is sufficient if every family took in two children, but unfortunately, when you factor in the families’ preferences for ages and gender... we have an ongoing and compelling need for more families to step forward to meet the needs of every child newborn to age 18. Specifically, in Davis County, there are 165 families caring for 177 children, so the need is even more significant. Proceeds and donations will directly impact Davis County’s children in foster care, and their foster families.