UV Seen: Teddy bears, dancing celebrities and pretty poinsettias

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Compiled by Ashley Dickson

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Dancing Starzz

The stars were aligned at the first annual Dancing with the Starzz Gala, a benefit event for Best Buddies Utah. On Nov. 8, Miss USA Crystle Stewart, a vocal advocate for the intellectually disabled, was the honored guest and featured dancer along with her dance partner Brett Banford, a contestant on “So You Think You Can Dance” and a spokesperson for the intellectually disabled in Utah. A nationwide organization, Best Buddies is proud of its Utah support — the BYU chapter is the largest college chapter in the nation, and a UVU chapter will be launched in 2009.

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Project Teddy Bear

For the ninth year, Bank of American Fork collected thousands of teddy bears to share with children and families in crisis. Members of the community donated the stuffed bears to all 11 bank branches across Utah and Salt Lake counties in December to benefit the Family Support and Treatment Center in Orem and the Family Support Center in Midvale. Ken Peck, bank facilities manager, sits among piles of teddy bears with his grandchildren Chase Carter, Hayden Peck and Laney Carter.

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Keeping the Faith

The Faith-Centered Music Association hosted the 10th annual Pearl Awards Nov. 12 at the Gordon B. Hinckley Alumni Center at BYU. Designed to reach, lift and inspire, the Pearl Awards showcases the best of the faith-centered music industry. At the 2008 ceremony, entertainment was provided by the Nashville Tribute Band, winner of the best inspirational or contemporary instrumental recorded song.

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A Festival of Poinsettias

Beautifully decorated Christmas trees and the most exotic cultivars of poinsettias were on display at Highland Gardens’ first annual Poinsettia Festival Nov. 21-22. The festival provided top-notch entertainment from local dance groups, singers and professional performers, plus proceeds of $2,500 for the Huntsman Cancer Foundation. Pictured left to right are Mike Taylor, Debbie Williams, Santa, Jingles the Elf, Shelly Pitts and LuAnn Grazzini, who all helped make this event a success for the community.

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Women in Philanthropy

Nearly 200 guests raised about $35,000 for women and children’s causes at the second annual Women in Philanthropy Gala on Nov. 15. The Gong Auction was the highlight of the night, where bidders had a chance to win a prize if they tossed a “bidding bean” in the bucket. Dinner for the Academy Square event was donated by Culinary Crafts. Kevin Gallagher served as auctioneer for the lively gala, chaired by Kris Hoffman of Hoffman and Company. The Women in Philanthropy is a division of United Way.

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Best in Building

On Dec. 3, homebuilders and associates from the construction industry traded in work boots and hard hats for shiny shoes and ties.

The Prism Awards, sponsored by the Utah Valley Home Builders Association, celebrate the best in local building in a variety of categories, ranging from Best Media Program to Best Custom Homes.

The annual black-tie gala was held at the Riverside Country Club in Provo.

Magleby Companies was the winner of the night, earning six awards. Magleby won four Platinum Awards (Top Construction Superintendent of the Year, Best Remodeling Project, Best Media Room and Best Custom Homes) as well as two Gold Awards (Best Addition or Basement Project and Best Outdoor Living Area).

A four-member judging panel made up of builders, local university professors, architects and interior designers judged the entrants and announced the winners. Local firms entered the contest based on projects completed in 2008.

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2008 Prism Awards celebrate best of the UTAH VALLEY HOME BUILDERS ASSOCIATION

 

Best Media Program

Platinum Winner: BDL Structures

Gold Winner: Jacobsen Construction

 

Best Multi-family Community

Platinum Winner: KB Adamson Construction

Gold Winner: Millcreek Homes

 

Top Construction Project Manager of the Year

Platinum Winner: Brad Bohne, Jacobsen Construction

 

Top Construction Superintendent of the Year

Platinum Winner: Richard Dorius, Magleby Companies

Gold Winner: Matt Silva, Jacobsen Construction

Silver Winner: Layen Atwood, Knight West Construction

 

Best Remodeling Project

Platinum Winner: Magleby Companies

Gold Winner: The Workman Company

Silver Winner: Best Woods

 

Best Commercial Remodeling Project

Platinum Winner: Classic Construction Services

 

Best Addition or Basement Project

Platinum Winner: The Workman Company

Gold Winner: Magleby Companies

Silver Winner: Basement Creations

 

Best Specialty Space

Platinum Winner: Steve Perry Companies

 

Best Kitchen

Platinum Winner: Arthur Lewis Fine Homes

 

Best Outdoor Living Area

Platinum Winner: BDL Structures

Gold Winner: Magleby Companies

 

Best Media Room

Platinum Winner: Magleby Companies

Gold Winner: Reed’s Built-Ins

 

Best Custom Homes

Platinum Winner: Magleby Companies

Gold Winner: BrookWood Construction

Silver Winner: Arthur Lewis Fine Homes

 

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Ashley Dickson is a Virginia native now living in Boston. She graduated from BYU with degrees in journalism and home and family living, then spent three years writing and editing for Utah Valley Magazine. She left the mountain West to earn a master's degree in library science and now splits her time between motherhood, editing for a financial research firm, and keeping a connection to Utah by writing for UtahValley360.

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