Bentley receives statewide honor for community service
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Leticia Bentley, of the Moab Valley Multicultural Center, is congratulated by Lauren Singer Katz, operations manager for the Community Foundation of Utah, after Bentley was named one of the Enlightened 50 during a Community Foundation awards ceremony on June 6. Courtesy photo
Leticia Bentley, of the Moab Valley Multicultural Center, is congratulated by Lauren Singer Katz, operations manager for the Community Foundation of Utah, after Bentley was named one of the Enlightened 50 during a Community Foundation awards ceremony on June 6. Courtesy photo
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Leticia Bentley, outreach director for the Moab Valley Multicultural Center, was recently named one of the “Enlightened 50” – the top 50 people in the state who are “making a measureable – but often unsung – difference in the lives of Utahns, through innovation, collaboration and commitment to common good.” Bentley received the award from the Community Foundation of Utah in a private ceremony in Salt Lake City on June 6.

The Community Foundation polled a wide group of civic, government, business and community leaders throughout the state, asking for input on individuals who make a difference in the state.

“We ask them who is pioneering innovative and sustainable approaches to Utah’s critical issues, who shares our commitment to community engagement, and whose work demonstrates collaboration, entrepreneurship and creativity,” Community Foundation officials said in a news release.

The process turned up 137 nominees who were then asked to vote on the final 50. Bentley said she was “very surprised” to find herself among the 137 nominees and felt her chances for being included in the Enlightened 50 were limited as “almost all of the other nominees work in the Wasatch Front area. They all know each other and network with each other regularly,” according to the news release from the Moab Valley Multicultural Center. Being from Moab, Bentley said she did not think many of the other nominees had ever heard of her.

Officials with the Multicultural Center said they are “honored to have one of Utah’s ‘Enlightened Fifty’ as a part of our staff.”

For more information about the Multicultural Center and its community advocacy work, call 435-259-5444 or visit www.moabvalleymulticulturalcenter.org or email Rhiana Medina, executive director, at rhianamedina@yahoo.com.

The complete list of Enlightened 50 recipients is available online at utahcf.org/the-e-5-0/item/1362-congratulations-to-the-2013-e-50. For more information about the Community Foundation of Utah, visit www.utahcf.org.

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