June 29
6:30 pm

Freedom Awards Gala

  • June 29
  • 6:30 pm
  • Utah Valley Convention Center


  • $50
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Focusing on the blessing we call freedom
We can celebrate freedom in so many fun and exciting ways. But to understand freedom, we must see it through the eyes and lives of real people. Whether defending it from the bench of the highest court in the United States or on the streets of our own neighborhoods, we can see the passion of those who protect it. And whether from being imprisoned for trying to escape a Communist regime or for trying to secure freedom for others in a foreign land, we can see the price some are willing to pay for it. The price paid for that passion and commitment only has value beyond their own personal benefit, however, if their story is shared and passed along to future generations. This year’s recipients will join an impressive list of previous honorees who have each demonstrated a unique contribution to the cause of the freedoms guaranteed in the U.S. Constitution and the cherished American values of God, family, freedom, and country.
Vicki Garbutt -
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2016 Honorees

JUSTICE ANTONIN SCALIA—As a member of the Supreme Court of the United States, Judge Scalia was unwavering in his defense of the Constitution and religious freedom.  His influence will be missed.

FFAR Scalia photo SCOTUS 2016

AMIR HEKMATI—On a visit to Iran to see his dying grandmother, Amir, a former Marine, was thrown in prison for suspected espionage.  It took four and half years to secure his release.


ANNA TANG—When she was six years old, Anna and her family began their efforts to escape Communist Vietnam.  Success would take three tries, with imprisonment after the first two.


TYLER BEDDOES—An officer in the Spanish Fork Police Department, Tyler’s involvement in the rescue of Baby Lily in March 2015 provides a good example of the dedication of our first responders.

FFAR Beddoes pic 2016

Ticket Information
  • Tickets will be $50/person and may be ordered starting Wednesday, June 1.
  • Seating is open (no table assignments except for program participants and their guests).
  • Reservations are required.  Tickets will not be available at the door.
  • Orders may be placed by phone (801-818-1776) or by going to the Festival office (4626 N. 300 W., Suite 300, Provo).  No online ordering is available.
  • There will be a $5.00 fee per order for tickets that are mailed out.
  • Deadline for ordering tickets is Wednesday, June 22 @ 5:00 p.m.
  • Payment by cash or check preferred.  Credit cards also accepted.
  • Requests to meet special dietary needs must be made at the time of ticket purchase.

Assorted Dinner Rolls and Butter


Deconstructed Wedge Salad with Bacon, Bleu Cheese Crumbles, Shaved Shallots, and Tomato Coulis served with Bleu Cheese Dressing or Raspberry Vinaigrette

Dual Entrée

Marinated Shoulder Steak served with a Wild Mushroom Beef Demi-glace paired with Chicken Breast Stuffed with Savory Apple Chutney and Goat Cheese, topped with a Brown Sugar Butter Glaze

Roasted Corn Mashed Potatoes

Sauteed Julienned Carrots and Zucchini and Spaghetti Squash

Vegetarian Entrée*

(Please request upon ticket purchase)

Roasted Vegetable Stack

Wild Rice

Served with a Marinara Sauce


Brownie Parfait with Chocolate Caramel Hazelnut Cream and Pecans

Gluten Free Dessert*

(Please request upon ticket purchase)

Papaya Boat with Raspberry Cream and Raspberry Coulis

*Gluten Free Menu Item



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