Eide Bailly, TrueCloud Joining to Create One of the Largest NetSuite Practices in the World

Two of the major players in NetSuite consulting, sales, and implementations are coming together to offer businesses flexible, comprehensive technology solutions that will grow with their evolving needs.

Award-winning NetSuite Solutions Provider TrueCloud of Tempe, Ariz., will become part of accounting and business advisory firm Eide Bailly on May 1. Once combined, Eide Bailly will be one of the world’s largest providers of NetSuite, the leading cloud enterprise resource planning (ERP) solution.

“Our goal as a firm is to continue to expand our services and resources to help our clients succeed and reach their goals,” said Eide Bailly CEO Dave Stende. “The demands of a constantly evolving business world make the right technology an essential part of that success. The addition of TrueCloud will be a tremendous boost for our Technology group and shows our clients we’re ready to help them tackle whatever challenges they face.”

TrueCloud has long been a leader in NetSuite license sales and implementations. In 2015 it won the NetSuite Worldwide Solution Provider Partner of the Year. Joining Eide Bailly will bring expanded resources and expertise to both TrueCloud’s and Eide Bailly’s clients, said CEO Mark Wenig.

“Our two practices share a culture of dedication to client service,” said Mark Wenig. “The combined team will have unmatched breadth and depth of NetSuite talent and geographic reach. As a result, we will provide unparalleled service to our clients and their businesses.”

“Our goal is to be the best NetSuite Solutions Provider, and adding TrueCloud puts us right at the top,” said Scott Kost, director of Eide Bailly Technology. “TrueCloud has built an incredible practice, and adding their expertise will make Eide Bailly the first choice for NetSuite implementations of any size.”

Eide Bailly took home the NetSuite Americas Solution Provider Partner of the Year in 2017. There’s no limit to the possibilities that can come with adding TrueCloud to the firm, said Stuart Tholen, the head of Eide Bailly’s ERP practice.

“Our strength at Eide Bailly is in exceeding our client’s expectations and delivering expertise that covers the whole scope of how an ERP can transform your business,” said Tholen. “With TrueCloud on board, we’re increasing that powerful skillset to a level unheard of in this industry. It makes me truly excited to think about what we can accomplish together for our clients.”

About Eide Bailly LLP

We’re a business advisory and accounting firm, helping our clients to embrace the opportunity that change and innovation can bring to an evolving business landscape and personal financial decisions. We offer our clients inspired ideas and solutions to tackle risk and spur growth.

 

 

About Eide Bailly Technology

At Eide Bailly Technology, we trust there is a better way; a better way to do business and to realize      the extraordinary potential in the marketplace today. We bring our knowledge, passion, and  experience to transform the way organizations are doing business, through collaboration with our clients and the leveraging of technology to drive business forward. Our strategic technology services and solutions, from relationship management and enterprise resource planning (ERP) to infrastructure support and application development, turn business challenges into opportunities for growth.

Snap Selfies with a Disney Star While Shopping at the Outlets at Traverse Mountain Saturday, April 14.

Ready for some scream-filled fun this weekend?

Saturday afternoon the air surrounding the Outlets at Traverse Mountain is sure to be filled with the delighted squeals of thousands of Disney-loving tweens as they get the chance to meet the star of one of the channel’s most popular shows! And the parents of those tweens will be rejoicing in some good, kid-free shopping time, too!

Ethan Wacker, “Bernie” from Disney Channel’s “Bizaardvark,” will be greeting fans and signing autographs from 1-3 p.m. Saturday as the highlight of an afternoon gaming party at the outlets. The day’s festivities run noon-5 p.m. and feature an array of activities sure to delight those tweens including selfie booths, virtual reality tours, gaming trucks, live entertainment and even some superhero appearances.

For more information, visit outletsattraversemountain.com.

Ethan Wacker

Ethan Waker

Provo-based FileShadow Archiving Protection Service Supports Drobo Network Attached Storage

New FileShadow Service for Cloud File Assurance will Include Support of Drobo Network Attached Storage Devices

March 19, 2018 Las Vegas, Nevada, IBM Think Conference—In a move that signals a significant expansion of the Provo-based FileShadow Cloud File Assurance Service, hosted on the IBM Cloud, FileShadow today announced support for Network Attached Storage (NAS) from Drobo, Inc. In addition to support for all popular cloud file systems, FileShadow’s file archiving protection service will support archiving of files on local Drobo models 5N, 5N2, and B810N, to the IBM Cloud with IBM Cloud Object Services (COS). The FileShadow Service delivers “11 Nines” of durability for the Drobo files, providing the assurance that files stored on Drobo are “available for a lifetime” company executives said.

Tyrone Pike, president and CEO of FileShadow, remarked, “Our team has had great success in our work with Drobo to make our Cloud File Assurance Service to the Drobo NAS platform available immediately after our launch. With this support, we can deliver complete on-site and cloud file protection for creative professionals, prosumers and the SMB Market.”

Pike noted that by using IBM Cloud Object Storage, the FileShadow vault spans three U.S. regions, including the East Coast (Virginia), Central (Texas) and West Coast (California), to eliminate the vulnerability of a single data center and deliver “11 Nines” of durability.

“This level of durability is unmatched, allowing Drobo NAS customers to rest assured their data is instantly accessible and also fully protected off-site,” Pike said.

FileShadow’s file assurance service for Drobo is fully integrated with customers’ cloud storage on Dropbox, Google Drive, OneDrive, OneDrive for Business and Adobe Creative Cloud, providing a single cloud application for access to a consolidated catalog of files from on-site Drobo storage and cloud storage services.

FileShadow does not replace Drobo or Cloud storage vendors. Instead, it assures immediate searchability, availability, and protection of the files stored within all of these sources by archiving each generation of every file. The service creates extensive searchable metadata on each file, its content and location (GPS) as well as optical character recognition (OCR), and vision tags for scanned images.

Rod Harrison, CTO of Drobo, revealed that the two companies have been working together for the past nine months to develop the FileShadow – Drobo app. “We are excited that FileShadow has built a Drobo app that archives Drobo content to FileShadow’s File Assurance Services hosted on the IBM Cloud, which delivers ‘11 nines’ of durability, and is a great complement to Drobo’s patented and proven BeyondRAIDTM architecture.”

Ramin Rouzbeh, Alliance Integration Architect and Manager for Cleversafe, an IBM Company, said, “Working with the FileShadow team has been rewarding for IBM. They bring a deep understanding of NAS and public cloud storage offerings such as Dropbox, Google Drive, Box, One Drive and Creative Cloud, coupled with a long-term knowledge of the Cleversafe Cloud Object Storage architecture. The result is an innovative archiving service that supports NAS and cloud storage in a single model, which creates a single interface and source of protection for files, stored on-site and on popular cloud storage services.”

Steven Gluckstern, executive chairman of TeacherCraft LLC also noted, “We use the FileShadow file assurance service to manage on-site Drobo files and multiple cloud storage accounts supporting our academic research partners, curriculum writers, distributors and the service providers. With FileShadow, I can find the specific document, research paper, contract or studies I need in seconds, regardless of the Drobo or cloud service, from my Mac, iPad or iPhone. It makes my job much easier, and gives me the assurance that our files will be available for a lifetime.”

Howard Marks, a long time storage commentator and Chief Scientist at DeepStorage, LLC remarked: “File services have long been at the heart of many SMB, and SME workflows. While vendors like Drobo have delivered NAS systems that meet their cost, performance and ease of use requirements these smaller organizations have had a limited set of bad options for data protection and archiving.  FileShadow fills that gap by connecting the Drobo NAS to the cloud to archive, protect and provide access to their valuable data.”

FileShadow is available free of charge through the beta testing period.

About FileShadow

FileShadow instantly finds and connects the disparate cloud files for prosumers and small/medium-sized organizations to protect, catalog and archive them into a secure, reliable and searchable single location. The Cloud Assurance Service provides “11 nines” of durability, meaning files are secured and protected from data loss. FileShadow works with online and offline storage sources, including Dropbox, Google Drive, OneDrive, OneDrive for Business and Adobe Creative Cloud, along with Drobo network attached storage. With FileShadow, users can quickly find any file with advanced search features such as file content, OCR of scanned images, GPS location and image searches. Visit FileShadow.com for more information.

About Drobo

Drobo makes award-winning storage solutions that provide an unprecedented combination of data protection, expandability, and ease of use. Based on the patented and proven BeyondRAIDTM technology, Drobo delivers the best storage experience ever for hundreds of thousands of consumers, professionals, and businesses. For more information, visit our site and you can download our press kit.

Drobo, BeyondRAID, and the Drobo logo are trademarks of Drobo, Inc., which may be registered in some jurisdictions. All other trademarks used belong to their respective owners.

CONTACT:

Jennifer Durrant

jennifer@snappconner.com

(801) 717-6756

 

Utah County Business Leaders Open First ‘Hyper Wellness’ Center

Utah County Business Leaders Open First ‘Hyper Wellness’ Center

—Restore Cryotherapy is a Leading Provider of Cutting-Edge Treatments for Wellness, Chronic Pain and Injury Recovery, Anti-Aging and Optimal Health—

SALT LAKE CITY–Restore Cryotherapy Mountain West, a regional franchise for Restore Cryotherapy of Austin, Texas, is coming to Utah. The company’s first Utah center will open in the Sugar House area of Salt Lake at 1202 East Wilmington Ave., #130. With a theme of “Restore. Do more,” the company is a leading provider of spa-based cryotherapy and cutting-edge treatments for hyper-wellness, chronic pain and injury recovery, anti-aging and optimal health.

The center will open for business on Saturday, March 17, 2018.

As a business, Restore is making advanced modalities formerly only available to professional or collegiate athletes or physical therapy patients accessible to all. Services include full-body or facial cryotherapy, IV drip and compression therapy, hyperbaric oxygen treatment, micro-nutrient testing, 3D body imaging, far infrared sauna and other advanced wellness services.

“We are excited to provide our clients with more energy, lower pain and to improve the lives of everyone who comes to see us by showing them just how good their bodies are able to feel,” said Brody King, cofounder and CEO.

Those who benefit from Restore’s services include:

  • Exercisers and semi-professional and non-professional athletes
  • “Boomers” seeking anti-aging and optimal health
  • Wellness and aesthetics enthusiasts interested in discovering the next great advances in appearance and well-being
  • Anyone interested in hyper-wellness
  • Companies that encourage wellness
  • Anyone suffering from pain due to lifestyle or occupational duress, recovering from surgeries or injuries, or who suffers from conditions such as fibromyalgia, backaches, headaches or other neurological conditions that cause discomfort or pain

“Restore is an ideal complement to other healing or therapy programs,” said David K. Williams, cofounder and Chairman. “But it’s also ideal for anyone interested in looking and feeling as energized and healthy as they possibly can.”

For VIP pricing or information about private events leading to the March 17 opening, email SaltLakeCity@restorecryotherapy.com.

 

Restore

Pictured left to right: David Williams (former CEO of Fishbowl Inventory), Brody King (former DOMO and Vivint sales wonder, now CEO and cofounder with David) and Magdalena Fox (General Manager).

About Restore Cryotherapy Mountain West

Restore Cryotherapy Mountain West, in Salt Lake City, is a regional franchise for Restore Cryotherapy, the leading U.S. provider of spa-based cryotherapy and cutting-edge treatments for hyper-wellness, chronic pain and injury recovery, anti-aging and optimal health. Through easy in-and-out visits, Restore delivers full-body or facial cryotherapy, IV drip and compression therapy, hyperbaric oxygen, micro-nutrient testing, 3D body imaging, far infrared sauna and other advanced wellness services.

Restore Cryotherapy improves energy, reduces pain and recovery and improves the lives of its community of clients and members by showing them just how good their bodies are able to feel. For more information, visit Restore Cryotherapy here.

Utah Scouts Hope to Hit 20 Million Meals Collected

For Immediate Release

 

Media Contact:

Community Action and Food Bank Tabitha’s Way Local Food Pantry

Dave Smith, Food Bank Manager Wendy Osborne, Founder

801-691- 5201 801-830- 3951

DSmith@communityactionuc.org Wendy@tabithasway.org

 

Utah Scouts Hope to Hit 20 Million Meals Collected

Statewide food drive March 17 will benefit neighbors facing hunger

 

Utah County, Utah – March 7, 2018 – Community Action Services and Food Bank and Tabitha’s Way Local Food Pantry, together with the Utah Food Bank, are working with the Boy Scouts of America to help Fight Hunger Statewide during the 32nd annual Scouting for Food, scheduled for Saturday, March 17. This food drive comes at a critical time when supplies at Community Action Services and Tabitha’s Way are beginning to thin following the holiday season. This effort has provided the equivalent of over 18 million meals statewide since 1997 alone, and scouts hope to hit the 20 million meal mark with this year’s efforts.

Scouts will be going door-to-door across the state to distribute reminders to Utah residents during the week of March 12th. Utah residents are encouraged to fill any bag or box with non-perishable food items to leave on their doorstep by 9 a.m. on Saturday, March 17, when scouts will return to pick up the food donations. All donations will be delivered to Community Action Services and Food Bank at 815 S. Freedom Blvd., in Provo, or at Tabitha’s Way Local Food Pantry at 920 E. State Rd, Suite C, American Fork. Alternatively, donations can be dropped off at either location.

“The food these scouts will be collecting will have a great impact on our neighbors and friends, many of whom may very well be classmates or friends of these scouts,” said Karen McCandless of Community Action Services and Food Bank.

“It is so rewarding to see these youth and their leaders all working together to help fight hunger within their own communities. You can’t tell if someone is hungry just by looking at them — they look a lot like you and me, and they need our help,” said Al Switzler of Tabitha’s Way.

Donated food should be commercially packaged (non-glass), non-perishable and nutritious items (ideally low-sodium and low-sugar items). Most needed food items include rice, pasta, cereal, chili, peanut butter, boxed meals, canned meats and canned fruits, and even non-food items including diapers, toilet paper and hygiene items. For more information about Scouting for Food, or to find a local food pantry, visit www.utahfoodbank.org/scouting or www.communityactionprovo.org, or www.tabithasway.org

About Community Action Services and Food Bank

Community Action Services and Food Bank has been serving Utah, Wasatch and Summit counties since 1967. Its mission is to foster self-reliance in individuals, families and the community. Last year, Community Action helped thousands of families with food, housing, utility and other assistance, and provided community gardens, a commercial kitchen, financial literacy and homebuyer education. For more information, visit www.communityactionuc.org.   Find us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/communityaction/

About Tabitha’s Way Local Food Pantry

Founded in 2010, Tabitha’s Way Local Food Pantry in Spanish Fork and American Fork provide emergency food assistance to almost 6,000 individuals each month in north and south Utah County. The mission of Tabitha’s Way Local Food Pantry is to help individuals and families through tough times by providing temporary food assistance, recommending resources for self-reliance and helping neighbors help neighbors. www.tabithasway.org

About Utah Food Bank

Founded in 1904, Utah Food Bank has operated under various names, but remains true to its mission of Fighting Hunger Statewide by providing food to a statewide network of 149 emergency food pantries and agencies. Last fiscal year, Utah Food Bank distributed 39.2 million pounds of food and goods, the equivalent of approximately 32.7 million meals, to families and individuals in need. For more information about Utah Food Bank, visit www.utahfoodbank.org. Find us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/UtahFoodBank and Twitter at www.twitter.com/UtahFoodBank.

Provo Elks Lodge continues long-standing History of championing charitable causes

For generations, the Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks #849, or simply the Provo Elks Lodge, has served the Utah Valley community in a number of amazing, generous charitable ways.

Established in 1903, the Provo Lodge has continually focused on raising funds for student scholarships, serving meals for the less fortunate, hosting clothing drives and much, much more.

Brenda Shaw, who is currently serving at the Exalted Ruler (president), listed just a few of the community-focused, service-related activities the Elks hosts every year. For example, the Lodge hosts an annual dinner the night before Thanksgiving where they serve delicious meals to hundreds of needy families in conjunction with Community Action Services and the Food & Care Coalition.

“We feed 500 to 600 people in the community,” Shaw said. “We feed them a full turkey dinner with all the trimmings.” After their dinner, the guests are then invited to “shop” for needed toiletries and clothing the lodge members have worked throughout the year to gather. “They are able to pick out just what they need,” she said.

The Women and Children’s Crisis Center and the Women’s Justice Center are also the regular recipients of donations gathered by the Elks members, as is Project Read and the local K-9 police units in the county.

Speaking of police units, every other year the Elks Lodge hosts a gratitude dinner honoring the Utah County Sheriffs, Orem and Provo City police officers. The dinner is funded through a grant from the Grand Lodge Elks National Fund. “We host a huge dinner party for them,” she said. “We really love highlighting our first responders.

The Elks Lodge also works closely with the Utah County Health Department and Intermountain Health to sponsor free flu shots for those residents who don’t have access to healthcare.

Lodge members also regularly host fundraiser events, the proceeds of which go toward scholarship funds for local, Utah Valley students. In fact, as a national organization, the Grand Lodge Elks National Fund gives out several million dollars a year in scholarship funds nationwide, second in the nation to the U.S. government.

In addition to all the charitable events, the Elks members also host youth events like the annual Hoop Shoot where students ages 8-13 from nearly 50 local schools participate in a free-throw contest. This fun event is designed to help build self-esteem and a sense of camaraderie as youth learn how to succeed as a team.

Members of the Provo Elks Lodge come from every walk of life, Shaw said. With members ranging in age, most of the 426 active members are between 40-50 years old. And, as of 2000, women are now allowed to be active members. That was a big transformation, Shaw said.

Many of the members, like Shaw, are considered legacy members -— their parents were once Elks and now they are members. And, as Shaw pointed out, many are watching their own children become members, too.

For anyone who is interested in learning about the Provo Elks Lodge and membership opportunities, visit www.provoelks.org or call 801-373-0849 ext. 10 or ext. 16 between the hours of 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday-Friday.

Utah Valley Chamber Business of the Month: Weaver Business Coaching

PROVO, UT- January 31, 2018 The Utah Valley Chamber Ambassadors, the welcoming arm of the chamber, are proud to announce their February Business of the Month recipient; Weaver Business Coaching. The Chamber Ambassadors will be awarding Weaver Business Coaching at the Utah Valley Chamber office located on 111 S University Avenue at 10 a.m. Press, media, and public are welcome to attend.

 

Keith Weaver (Weaver Business Coaching’s CEO and Founder) has helped many new chamber members navigate their first year within the organization successfully,” said Utah Valley Chamber Business Development Executive, Kate Bowcut. “In fact, he has mentored chamber members for over two years!”

 

“Keith is consistent and engaged,” said Habitat for Humanity Director, Kena Mathews, “He is a fun person to work with and you can count on him to get things done. That is why we asked him to be our Chamber Ambassador Mentor Chair! He does a great job.”

 

“We can’t thank Keith enough for the time and energy he has contributed to our chamber,” said Bowcut. “He truly deserves this award and we are excited to recognize him and celebrate his accomplishments.”

 

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About the Business of the Month Award:

 

The Business of the Month award recipient is chosen by the Utah Valley Chamber Ambassadors. Businesses who earn the award, are given a large Business of the Month sign to display in front of their business. They are also awarded a certificate at a Utah Valley Chamber event. To get involved with the Utah Valley Chamber, visit www.thechamber.org

 

About the Utah Valley Chamber:

The Chamber is a group of member businesses working to build the communities we serve. We are established as a 501(c)(6) non-profit organization. Our governing body is the Board of Directors made up of volunteer business leaders from throughout Utah Valley.

 

For more information contact:

Amandi Heperi

801-851-2555

amandi@thechamber.org

Nine Star Award Winners To Be Honored at 13th Annual Evening of Stars Gala at SCERA Center for the Arts

 (Orem, Utah) – Those who have made significant contributions to the arts in a variety of categories will be recognized for their achievements in enriching the communities and citizens of Utah at the 13th Annual Star Awards held Saturday, March 10, 2018 at the SCERA Center for the Arts in Orem.

                Violinist and entertainer Lindsey Stirling will receive the night’s biggest award — The 2018 Star Award.  Bill and Marilyn Brown will receive the Lifetime Achievement honor.  Awards will also be given to Grassroots Shakespeare Company for theatre, Angela Johnson for visual arts, Ryan Shupe for music, Utah Hispanic Dance Alliance for dance, James and Andrea Clarke as Friend of the Arts, Heber Valley Western Music & Cowboy Poetry Gathering for Advocate of the Arts, and Bonnie Busco for volunteerism.

                “We recognize that the scope of talent and commitment to the arts in Utah is tremendous, and the Star Awards are a way of calling attention to their achievements and applaud their talent and dedication,” says Adam J. Robertson, SCERA President & CEO. “The challenge of the nominating committee is in choosing from an amazing array of people, which is the kind of challenge every arts organization should have.”

                Host of ABC Channel 4’s “Good Things Utah,” Nicea DeGering, will emcee the awards.  The awards are interspersed with live entertainment, and will follow an elegant dinner by the UVU Culinary Arts and a silent and live auction. 100% of the proceeds from the evening will support SCERA’s non-profit charitable Endowment for the Arts.

                Each honoree will be given a plaque and make a short acceptance speech. A video tribute for each will be shown at the award ceremony, featuring friends, family and associates speaking on the attributes of each honoree and their contributions to the arts.

                The general public is invited to attend the Gala and Star Awards, and the following options are available:  1)  Dinner, silent and live auctions, and VIP seating for awards and entertainment is $95/person or a table of ten for $950  2)  Awards and entertainment only for $10.  Reservations are required, and may be made by calling SCERA at (801) 225-ARTS or online at www.scera.org.

                Bios on each award recipient follow:

LINDSEY STIRLING

2018 Star Award

An acclaimed violinist from Gilbert, Arizona, and a 2015 graduate of Brigham Young University, Lindsey entered a futuristic world of electronic beats, leaping her way through the music industry with 10.5 million YouTube subscribers, over 2 billion views on her YouTube channel, 2 Billboard Music Awards, and chart-topping hits. She’s created a world where modern classical meets the infectious energy of dance and electronica.

At the age of six, Lindsey begged her parents for violin lessons, and was classically trained until the age of 17 when her teacher told her to never come back…she had spent more time playing with her rock band Stomp On Melvin than practicing her classical music!

When Lindsey began her career eight years ago, she was told by industry professionals that she was too different. After a devastating experience on America’s Got Talent, multiple rejections from record labels and fruitless open mic nights, she was introduced to a new online platform that seemed to be the watering hole for entertainment “rejects”…YouTube. It was the perfect fit for Lindsey, and in 2016 Forbes 30 under 30 placed Lindsey at #4 on its YouTube artists list, making her the highest-ranked female.

Stirling has been awarded 2 Billboard Music Awards for Top Dance/Electronic Album, and her sophomore opus Shatter Me would not only garner an RIAA Gold certification, but rank as the #2 Electronic Album and #1 Classical Album on Billboard’s 2015 year-end charts. Lindsey has worked with some of her idols including Celine Dion, Josh Groban, The Muppets, John Legend, Evanescence, Rivers Cuomo (weezer), Christina Perry and more. Her Christmas album Warmer in the Winter was the best-selling holiday album of 2017.

In 2016, Lindsey released her first book, a memoir called “The Only Pirate at the Party” which she co-wrote with her sister, Brook S. Passey. The New York Times Bestseller shares stories of Lindsey’s humble yet charmed childhood, humorous adolescence, life as a struggling musician, personal struggles with anorexia and depression, and finally, success as a world-class entertainer.

Lindsey’s critically praised concerts have sold out venues across the globe, spanning the U.S., Europe and South America. Stirling has played to packed crowds at Red Rocks Amphitheater, Chicago Theater, New York’s Central Park and the Greek Theater in Los Angeles and to date, Lindsey’s tours have sold over 800,000 headline tickets worldwide.

Smack dab in the midst of a national tour, Lindsey was found in an audience of graduates at BYU, earning a degree in Recreational Therapy three years ago, something she calls “a life goal.” She loved her time in Provo, describing the “incredibly uplifting, positive spirit that resides on the campus,” and the humble superstar is proud to be a BYU alum. In 2017, Lindsey gained a legion of new fans by making it to the final two on ABC’s “Dancing With The Stars.” The model of a modern independent recording artist and a motivational speaker who strives to uplift and inspire through her art, Stirling uses her own story to show that you’ve got to have confidence in the very thing that makes you unique – then wait for the world to catch up.

BILL & MARILYN BROWN

Lifetime Achievement

Marilyn Brown considers most of her artistic work to lie in her novels. Though she enjoyed art classes in college, after achieving the MA from BYU and MFA from the University of Utah in creative writing, she has published more than twenty books, some winning prestigious awards:  First Place and Honorable Mention in the Utah State Fine Arts Awards, the first Mayhew Prize at BYU, First Novel Award for the Association of Mormon Letters, First Place in both poetry and short story from Utah Writers, a Whitney nomination and Whitney Lifetime Achievement Award. She also won the Smith-Petit Award for her outstanding contribution to Mormon literature.

After raising six children, and enjoying sixteen grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren with her husband Bill, she joined him in developing 96 live plays at Springville’s Villa Playhouse. After his health problems, she helped establish their small gallery on Springville’s Main Street -The Brown House of Fine Arts. Although a fire destroyed more than thirty percent of their work, they agree that the joy of creating art is so satisfying, they are ready to do more. The creative couple live in Hobble Creek Canyon with three cats, visiting raccoons, wild turkeys, and mountainsides spotted with deer.

 

Bill Brown’s love of the arts began at Provo High School, when theater teacher Ray Jones asked him to play the role of Jonathan in “Arsenic and Old Lace.” He won the Actor of the Year Award for the performance and was hooked. Bill went to BYU to become a drama teacher, and finally graduated with a degree in Theater in 2002 – some 40 years later – as the oldest graduate in his class!

During that time, Bill was a successful real estate broker for 52 years. But theater was his passion. He and Marilyn founded two community theaters in Springville, the Villa Playhouse and the Little Brown Theater. They put money, time and talents into those ventures and produced nearly 100 productions in ten years. Hundreds of children and youth gained confidence and experience in their youth theater programs. They closed the theaters after Bill had a serious heart attack.

While recuperating, he started painting with Marilyn in 2006, and they opened The Brown House of Fine Arts Gallery and Studio in 2008. It has been open continuously until a fire destroyed it on October 19thlast year. The couple are planning to rebuild and reopen sometime this year, but until then, their garage is their studio. Bill and Marilyn love to paint together and have won several awards. Bill considers his greatest achievement to be marrying Marilyn 42 years ago, and their entire extended family.

GRASSROOTS SHAKESPEARE COMPANY

Theatre

Grassroots Shakespeare Company is a collaborative touring ensemble of multidisciplinary artists who create joyous, vibrant productions inspired by Shakespeare’s original staging techniques. Through open-air performances, interactive workshops, and scholarly events, they produce and promote genuinely engaging, popular and relevant theatre.

In their ten years as a company, GSC has strived to bring accessible Shakespeare to audiences everywhere. The troupe perform free, mostly in public parks, and pride themselves on attracting crowds who might have just been out for a leisurely stroll, but find themselves drawn in through the magnetism of the actor’s performances. Men, women and children all stop, sit on the grass, and become engaged and connected to Shakespeare.

Grassroots Shakespeare is what is called an Original Practice company, meaning they explore the theatrical techniques and circumstances of Shakespeare’s day. Shakespeare’s company, The King’s Men, had no director. In that same spirit, GSC productions are collaboratively staged by each member of the cast. There are no designers – all the costuming and props you see in their shows were created by each individual actor for their part. Shakespeare’s actors took to the stage with little or no rehearsal time, sometimes meeting only the morning of the show to learn the fights and the dances. GSC honors that tradition by spending just three days in rehearsal – unheard of the live theatre world! Shakespeare’s actors performed on a large wooden platform unadorned by fixed sets or scenery–with only the occasional chair, table, or rock to suggest a setting, thus allowing the audience to fill in the blanks with their imaginations. Grassroots has a portable wooden stage held up by barrels, a curtain for entrances and exits, and minimal pieces.

Perhaps the most important element of Elizabethan theatre was the audience! The Globe Theatre held over 3,000 wild, crazy spectators, and, for those audience members, Shakespeare’s theatre was entertainment, sporting event, rock concert, and social outing all rolled into one.  Grassroots Shakespeare Company’s approach calls for direct audience interaction…a departure from conventional theater. They players encourage audiences to cheer, boo, yell, and talk to the actors. This allows patrons to experience shows, not just with their eyes and ears, but also with their voices and hands. It’s one of the many reasons GSC has a following of fans that make it an annual tradition to attend their unique live performances.

As a non-profit charity, Grassroots Shakespeare Company relies on volunteer work from a dedicated staff, but pride themselves on being able to pay their actors competitively. Starting three years ago, nearly 70% of their budgeted spending goes to the high quality talent who bring Shakespeare to vibrant life. The Bard himself would be proud.

 

ANGELA JOHNSON

Visual Arts

Angela is the founder and sculptor of The Light of the World at Ashton Gardens in Lehi. There are 35 monumental statues that comprise fifteen scenes in the garden, and it was 13 years of epic intensity from receiving the concept to completion. Her story as a self-taught artist is a personal and inspiring journey of using art to testify of Jesus Christ.

Before Angela started sculpting in her late thirties, she had devoted her life to raising her children and pursuing a career as an operatic soprano. She was a faculty member at BYU’s Education Week for eight years, where she taught the power of music and the development of gifts and talents. Angela performed dramatic presentations portraying woman of courage, including Golda Meier, Corrie Ten Boom, Mary Fielding Smith, Lucy Mack Smith and Helen Keller.

She describes her path from soprano to sculptor as “a divine commission.” One day, as Angela sat down to begin 4-5 hours of vocal work, she received a strong impression that she would never accomplish her ultimate vocal goals. She was completely devastated.

She immediately went to the art supply store, bought a block of clay, one tool and four hours later there was a bust of a little girl on her kitchen table. She describes the experience eloquently: “When I pulled the plastic off and dove into the clay, I felt all the devastation leave my heart. It was as though I already knew what to do and my hands moved like a beautifully choreographed dance.”

Angela met Karen Ashton at a women’s retreat where she was asked to be a guest artist. After giving a presentation on statues, Karen pulled her aside and said “We need to talk.” That was 2008, and the beginning of what would become the Light of the World Garden.

Angela explains, “I was not chosen, in the traditional sense of a commission, to create the Light of the World Garden. I was given the concept as an answer to prayer when I asked God what He wanted me to do with the gift of sculpting He gave me.”

When a significant donation was given with the stipulation to finish the Garden, she had to sculpt two scenes a month and Adonis Bronze had to cast two scenes a month to meet the timeline. That never happens in the bronze industry!

Angela is passionate about developing gifts and talents: “We participate with God in a dynamic, fierce learning process about ourselves. We also learn about the need to give to each other, and to learn from other’s perspectives as they create. We learn to face and overcome fear, and feel God’s personal interest in us.”

Singing will always be part of her life, and Angela still uses her musical talents when she gives presentations about the statues. She received a Merit Award from the LDS Church for her life-sized statue “Come Unto Me.”

Angela has written a book, No Way Forward, that is sold at Ashton Gardens. It is her story of finding her path and sharing her joy through art.

RYAN SHUPE

Music

Fifth-generation fiddler Ryan Shupe has been playing almost since he could walk, starting with a group of youngsters his father assembled called the PeeWee Pickers! Nowadays, Shupe puts his top-notch musicianship and witty creative songwriting to good use with four equally talented friends in the wildly popular group, Ryan Shupe & The RubberBand.

Accomplished on electric guitar, acoustic guitar and mandolin, Shupe has been touring extensively across the United States since he was 10 years old.  He is no stranger to the national stage and he and his band have appeared on Good Morning America, E!, CNN, National Public Radio, Mountain Stage, Woodsongs, 2002 Winter Olympics, Great American Country and CMT.

Hard to explain. Undeniably entertaining. That’s Ryan Shupe & The Rubberband, who often describe their music as “Post Hee Haw Funkadelic Hip Hop New Grass.” Ryan’s joyful spontaneity and original compositions punctuate what Shupe calls an “organic approach to music.” He was nominated for Songwriter of the Year by the Colorado Bluegrass Music Association and the band won the prestigious Telluride, Colorado National Band Competition.

Audiences can expect bluegrass, but also get a good dose of rock, hip hop, hillbilly, pop and funk. RubberBand is a perfect name for Ryan Shupe and his band of amazing artists. The group is known for its ability to stretch out musically in all directions, pinging back and forth with a natural talent for entertaining that most bands could barely imagine, let alone achieve. Each member possesses years of experience on his respective instrument and when the band comes together, their collective rapid-fire vocals, tight harmonies and daring musicianship is an explosive forced to be reckoned with. That explosion is backed up with national rankings for their abilities on the fiddle, mandolin, guitar, bass, banjo, bouzouki and drums.

RubberBand formed serendipitously in the mid ’90s when Shupe developed the idea that he could have an outlet for his songwriting and play with musicians who would be able to come in and out of the band at will—much like a rubber band.  The rotation worked for a while but when several of his friends stayed, a more permanent Ryan Shupe & The RubberBand emerged.

Ryan and his band of bluegrass hybrid enthusiasts have opened for Creed, Marc Anthony, 10,000 Maniacs, Bob Dylan, Nitty Gritty Dirt Band, Chris LeDoux, Nickel Creek, John McEuen and many more.

Shupe and his bandmates’s virtuosic jamming with acoustic instruments has made them one of the most successful musical groups to come out of Utah, and they received nationwide attention when they signed with Capitol Records and produced the hit single “Dream Big,” which as used as the theme song for NBC’s show “Three Wishes” hosted by Amy Grant. But the band’s live shows are their artistic bread and butter, and the quirky quintet continue to tour regularly with stops at festivals, concert series, special events and packed venues. They’ll be pickin’…and audiences will be grinnin’!

 

UTAH HISPANIC DANCE ALLIANCE

Dance

Utah Hispanic Dance Alliance (UHDA) was formed in 2000 and is made up of folk dancers from throughout Utah who want to preserve the ethnic dance traditions of Latin America and promote community inclusion as they showcase the excellence of Hispanic culture through dance. The UHDA’s performances are unique in that they showcase the folk dances and culture of all of Latin America. Not only does the audience experience the sounds and flavors of Mexico, but they may also witness the traditions of Bolivia, Chile, Puerto Rico, Colombia, and many others. Colorful costumes, vibrant music, and native performers all serve to produce a truly authentic cultural experience.

The highlight of UHDA’s season is the annual “Latin American Dance Spectacular.” Held since 2000 in downtown Salt Lake City, it is an event which has been recognized by respected dance critics as “a gem,”  “wonderful addition to Utah’s diverse arts scene,” and “one of the most acclaimed cultural endeavors that Utah has to offer.”

UHDA also participates at various smaller presentations including educational school events and assemblies, community cultural celebrations, as well as private events. They have performed for an audience in excess of 15,000 at the LDS Conference Center and for inmates at the Central Utah Correctional Facility.

One of their highest profile accomplishments occurred in January of 2013, when UHDA was invited to represent the State of Utah at President Obama’s 2nd Inaugural Parade in Washington, D.C.  The group was selected from among thousands of organizations who competed for this great honor, in large part due to their ability to represent the highest caliber of traditional Hispanic art and culture. UHDA has presented dance shows throughout Utah, the western United States, Europe, and even in South America. It speaks highly of UHDA that its members are exporting Hispanic folk dance to – of all places – South America!

The force behind UHDA is artistic director Jessica Salazar, who founded the alliance. A native of Sonora, Mexico, Jessica received her Masters Degree in Dance from Brigham Young University where she also choreographed and performed with the acclaimed Lamanite Generation. While living in the Midwest, Jessica served as a board member with the Ethnic Dance Theater of Minneapolis, taught as a guest choreographer at St. Olaf College, and served as an artist in residence for the Minneapolis School District. Currently, Jessica resides in Salt Lake City, where she also serves as a panelist on the Utah Arts Council Dance Board and is a certified Arts Administrator through the Utah Arts Council’s Front Porch Institute Program. Jessica was recognized for her unique contribution to art in Utah and profiled by Artes de Mexico in their New Chapters oral history project. This exhibit, funded by the Utah Humanities Council and the Utah State Office of History, “recognized the unique histories of Utah artists who have added new chapters to Utah’s history – chapters necessary to fully understand our State’s past and the richness its diversity brings.”

 

JAMES & ANDREA CLARKE

Friend of the Arts

Andrea & James Clarke operate Clarke Capital Partners, a Global Growth Equity and Alternatives Firm.  In 2001, James founded and led Utah-based CLEARLINK—named by combining Clarke + Earl, as a tribute to his fiancé—which now has over 2,000 employees.

James is an alumnus of BYU, Harvard University and holds a Master’s Degree in Major Programme Management from the University of Oxford, where he returns to lecture on occasion.  Andrea excelled in Marketing in her early career and received a Bachelor’s Degree from the Eccles School at the U of U.

While living in SLC, James’s served on boards for Kingsbury Hall, Utah Symphony and Utah Opera, and Deer Valley Music Festival. James and fellow board members worked tirelessly to save those organizations during a time of particular economic hardship.

Serving alongside UVU President, Matt Holland, and Foundation CEO, Scott Cooksey, they helped raise more than $20 million for the Noorda Center for the Performing Arts, which will be completed in early 2019.  The UVU Foundation has more than doubled in asset size during Clarke’s first tenure as chair.

The Clarkes have served in organizations dedicated to improving life in our community.  Andrea chairs the UVU Women’s Success Center Advisory Board and is a board member of Bridle Up Hope—The Rachel Covey Foundation, and worked alongside Derryl Yeager on the Odyssey Dance Theatre board.

As a couple, the Clarkes were part of the Young Benefactor organization at the Utah Museum of Fine Arts and were Executive Producers of 8 albums for Broadway artists like James Conlee and local acts like The Strike. During college, James performed with Showtime Company, touring the US/Canada and later won a spot as a backup singer to Donny Osmond, albeit very briefly.

As a family, the Clarkes frequent art museums globally and enjoy collecting original art, particularly Utah artists. The family’s love of the arts was instilled by an oil painting from Grandma Rissa Clarke, whose paintings now hang throughout her descendant’s homes.  Further influencing this love affair was their neighbor and friend, Arnold Friberg, whose paintings now adorn the Clarke offices.

The Clarke Capital team served as special advisors to the CEO of the Global Citizen Festival, now an annual event held in New York’s Central Park, which generates over $1 billion annually to eradicate extreme poverty and has featured artists such as Stevie Wonder, Beyoncé, Sting and Coldplay.

Recently, the Clarkes joined forces with Lord David Rowe-Beddoe and The Prince of Wales at Buckingham Palace, underwriting scholarships for the Royal Welsh College of Music in Wales.

In 2014, the Clarkes commissioned Liz Lemon-Swindle to complete 13 Masterwork paintings, which were donated to BYU-Idaho to create the Marilyn & Jack Clarke Collection, in honor of parents who devoted much of their career at the university.

Andrea and James moved their family to Utah Valley after selling their Salt Lake-based business and love raising their three children in this community.  Today, the Clarkes serve at SCERA where James’s mother performed in her youth, and have made a multi-year commitment to further SCERA’s artistic mission. They are honored to contribute to causes which support the arts, education and poverty elimination.

HEBER VALLEY WESTERN MUSIC & COWBOY POETRY GATHERING

Advocate of the Arts

One fall day in 1994, three friends from Midway, Utah – Tom Whitaker, Ben Quinters and Kim Cutler – began reminiscing about cowboy poems and stories of dusty trails, nights under the sky, bucking broncs and of the old West.  Tom suggested that they pool their talents, invite a few other local musicians and poets and have a “Cowboy Poetry Gathering” to share some of these classic odes to the Western way of life.

The very first Cowboy Poetry Gathering in the Midway Town Hall happened in November of 1994 to a standing room crowd where the entertainment was free, and the Dutch Oven chili was just five bucks.

Out of that first Gathering would grow one of the largest and most respected cowboy music and poetry events in the nation. Today, it has grown to a five-day event around the Heber Valley.  Now, 23 years later, the gathering has hosted hundreds of Western music performers and cowboy poets who have entertained and educated tens of thousands of people.

The mission of the gathering is to promote the cowboy way of life through music, poetry, art, and by giving back to the community through the annual Heber Valley Western Music and Cowboy Poetry Gathering and Buckaroo Fair. Performers from all over the United States travel to Utah to perform in front of audiences that embrace the Western culture. Cowboy poets tell tales of Western life through rhythm and rhyme, through stories that will make you laugh and cry, and leave patrons feeling grateful for the traditional tales of the old time cowboy. Heber Valley’s Cowboy Poetry Gathering and Buckaroo Fair includes western booths with arts, crafts and cowboy gear, a mountain man camp, cowboy church and nonstop cowboy poetry and entertainment.

Over the years, faces have come and gone, but for the past thirteen years event organizers Brent and Mary Kelly have worked with the nine-member executive committee to find and bring new talent, and manage the more than 50 staff members and 200 volunteers who make the event a success each year year.

This year, they invite you to enjoy the talents of more than 40 entertainers on eight different stages, including the harmonies and humor of the Bar J Wranglers. The 2018 Heber Valley Western Music & Cowboy Poetry Gathering will be held October 24 – 28. Ya’ll are invited!

BONNIE BUSCO

Volunteer

Provo’s Freedom Festival has become a collection of many wonderful civic activities celebrating our great country.  Bonnie had the privilege and responsibility to co-create and direct “Cries of Freedom – The Musical,” which has performed as part of the festival’s outreach activities in Orem’s SCERA Park. Along with the historical aspect, the production showcases Bonnie’s choice of music and some of her choreography.

Bonnie has always had a deep love for the performing arts. She received her B.S. degree in elementary and secondary education from Utah State University, but minors in dance and performance brought her where she is today. Bonnie’s career took her to Weber State College, where she taught dance and directed the drill team, cheerleaders, and dance team.

She left teaching for a time to raise her wonderful three children: Steven, Holly, and Kent. But of course she volunteered at their school, and it wasn’t long until Bonnie was offered a teaching position. This experience became a dream come true, as Bonnie has a great love for young people and patriotism. That passion increased as she worked with the young people at Wasatch Elementary, where she created programs that taught them respect for one another as well as love for their country. Each day students were involved in school and civic duties that included membership in a seventy-member flag corp and also participated in a yearly patriotic musical. All these things Bonnie did voluntarily, outside of her teaching responsibilities.

After twenty-five years of teaching, Bonnie was led to Scott Swain and his company, Roots of Freedom.  Another dream come true as she discovered they had the same vision and passion for freedom, liberty, and America. When they created “Cries of Freedom – The Musical,” both Scott and Bonnie were touched by the inspiration of our all-mighty God and the spirit of liberty. Their volunteer efforts were arduous but rewarding. Many of Bonnie’s former students, now in high school or college, joined the cast, and she says the young people involved in the patriotic experience have expressed that it has been life-changing.

Bonnie loves America, and she lives her life by the philosophy that if you listen closely, you might hear the Founding Fathers calling from their graves for all Americans to roll up their sleeves and do everything we can to help keep America the greatest nation in the world. Bonnie is the epitome of one who answers that call.

Bonnie expresses special thanks to Scott Swain, Paul Warner and Adam Robertson. She is also grateful for good parents who taught her to work hard and instilled a desire to serve others. When she was young, Bonnie’s father gave her a book of poems with words that guide her life: “I don’t need a prize to put upon the shelf. It’s just that I like doing things because I please myself.”

APRIL BERLIN

Operations Manager/Marketing & Development

SCERA Email: april@scera.org

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OH MY BECK! Vocalist and Recording Artist Daniel Beck at SCERA March 5-6

(Orem, Utah) — Singer Daniel Beck might be living in California, but the performer described by distinguished Utah choral director Craig Jessop as “Utah’s answer to Josh Groban” is returning to his home county to perform two concerts at the SCERA Center for the Arts in March.

The March 5 show sold out so quickly that SCERA added a second concert for Tuesday, March 6. Both shows will begin at 7 p.m. in Showhouse II (745 S. State St., Orem). Reserved-seat tickets at $14 for adults, and $12 for children 3-11 and seniors 65 and older are available at www.scera.org, by calling 801-225-ARTS, or in person at the main office between 10am-6pm weekdays.

 Beck, who is known not only for his polished and powerful voice, but also his appearance in the “Liken the Scriptures” DVD series and Especially for Youth albums, says he wants to bring a warmth to the evening reminiscent of walking into his living room and having him give you a personal performance.

“I’m putting together a concert with a lot of variety in it, with favorites and few guilty pleasures,” he says. “I will highlight songs from my inspirational albums, a generous sampling of musical theater, and will even put in a dance segment highlighting the effects of dancing on my life.  I’m calling it the Daniel Beck Family Evolution of Dance. There will be dancing from the ‘80s at the Gold and Green Balls, dancing at Provo’s Palace in the ‘90s, plus some ballroom and contemporary dance.”

Musical numbers will include “The Impossible Dream” from “Man of La Mancha”; “Bring Him Home” from Les Misérables”; and “Maria” from “West Side Story.” He and his guest artist, Melinda Lockwood deBirk, will perform the duet, “The Prayer.”

 “Melinda is a wonderful vocal performer and actress who has done extensive performing with the LDS Church in such productions as ‘Savior of the World’ and the Nauvoo Pageant,” Beck explains.

“We brought in Daniel Beck a few years ago for a Christmas concert, and the audience reception was spectacular,” says Adam Robertson, SCERA president and CEO. “His charming personality and considerable talent permeated the auditorium.”

“I’m happy to be performing for a hometown crowd,” Beck says.  And when that Utah Valley crowd gets their first taste of his charming personality and vocal prowess, the hometown audience will be happy, too.

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APRIL BERLIN

Operations Manager/Marketing & Development

SCERA Email: april@scera.org

Office Phone:  (801) 225-ARTS ext. 1011

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UTAH COUNTY MOBILIZES 11 HEALTHCARE FACILITIES TO SPEAK OUT ABOUT PRESCRIPTION OPIOIDS

PRESS RELEASE FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Lisa May

February 13, 2018

801.209.5170

 

UTAH COUNTY MOBILIZES 11 HEALTHCARE FACILITIES TO SPEAK OUT ABOUT PRESCRIPTION OPIOIDS

 

Utah County has developed community-wide public/private partnerships to educate its residents about the risks associated with prescription pain medication and to promote a conversation between patient and doctor about effective alternatives.

Salt Lake City, February 13, 2018—Addiction to prescription pain medications, also known as opioids, is an epidemic in Utah and across the nation. For many, addiction began with a legal prescription. To educate the public about this health crisis, Intermountain Healthcare, MountainStar Healthcare, Wasatch Mental Health, Utah County Department of Drug and Alcohol Prevention & Treatment and the state’s prevention campaign, Use Only as Directed, have joined forces to encourage Utah County residents to Speak Out, Opt Out and Throw Out their prescription opioids.

On Thursday, February 15, at 11:00am at Mountain View Hospital—1000 E. 100 N. in Payson—leaders from three participating healthcare organizations will join with local prevention experts and Utah County Commissioner Bill Lee to unveil the widespread public awareness campaign. The gravity of the problem in Utah County, including the particularly hard-hit Payson community, is underscored by Utah Department of Health morbidity (injury) data that reports Utah County is one of the top five hotspots in the state for emergency department visits due to opioid misuse/overdose. These concerning trends have mobilized the county’s public and private healthcare organizations to deliver a unified public health message to their patients. Specifically, the local effort also includes opioid prevention messages in its community mental health clinics—a crucial, underserved audience where 60-70 percent of patients being treated for a mental health disorder also have a substance use disorder.

Large-scale messaging throughout the hospitals and clinics will educate patrons to the fact that 7,000 opioid prescriptions are issued each day in Utah, increasing the chance for misuse or abuse; and will remind Utahns that while prescription pain medications can be a powerful, healing tool, it can take just seven days to develop a physical dependency to opioids. “MountainStar Healthcare is pleased to be part of an educational campaign that supports our commitment to patient safety. It complements and enhances our initiatives to empower our patients and caregivers to work together to make more informed, healthier choices about pain management,” says Janet Zarndt, director of pharmacy services for MountainStar Healthcare.

Partners in the initiative are encouraging Utah County residents to Speak Out, by having a conversation with their doctor about the potential risks of opioids and Opt Out of prescription pain medications in favor of other CDC-recommended, effective alternatives. “Intermountain Healthcare has set a goal to reduce the number of opioid tablets prescribed for acute pain by 40 percent in 2018. We are committed to working with our patients and providers to improve the health and well-being of the communities in which we serve,” stated Kevin Brooks, MHA, administrator of Intermountain Healthcare Utah Valley Hospital. The partnership with five Intermountain hospitals and clinics, two MountainStar hospitals and four Wasatch Mental Health clinics will also feature signage about the Five Questions to Ask Your Doctor About Opioids, and Throw Out messaging directing patrons to use their local medication drop box for safe disposal of leftover opioids.

Residents who have been directly affected by someone struggling with prescription opioid addiction will also be in attendance when the Speak Out, Opt Out, Throw Out campaign is unveiled to show their support for local prevention efforts. “Opioid misuse is a community problem that requires a community solution. That’s why partnerships like these are a crucial part of turning the tide, helping us move upstream to prevent substance use through local outreach and education,” says Heather Lewis, ASUDC, prevention program manager at Utah County Department of Drug and Alcohol Prevention & Treatment.

The Use Only as Directed campaign, a collaboration between federal, state, city, county and private businesses, was launched in 2008 and is dedicated to preventing prescription opioid misuse and abuse. By mobilizing media, community partnerships and local outreach, it seeks to educate Utahns about the risks associated with opioids and other effective pain management alternatives, as well as change behaviors regarding proper use, storage and disposal of prescription opioids. For more information and to find a local medication drop box near you, visit UseOnlyAsDirected.org

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