Utah Valley Convention Center
KYLE FOX—The founder of the ‘Follow the Flag’ organization. Their vision is to “Honor, Heal, and Inspire this great nation and beyond. The flag, as the symbol of the sacred principle that we are ‘one nation under God, indivisible, with liberty and justice for all,’ can become a gathering place where we celebrate our shared values and find ways to use those values to lift all our brothers and sisters.” Anyone who has seen “Big Betsy” waving in the breeze in Grove Creek Canyon can attest to the impact of their efforts.
PAUL “BUD” HAEDIKE—A 97-year-old veteran of WWII who served in the U.S. Air Force as a togglier bombardier in the nose of a B-17 bomber. The experiences of his group are related in a documentary entitled, “The Cold Blue.” A little-known fact is that the temperature inside of the B-17 was between -20°F and -30°F. Bud has noted that the average number of missions completed for a member of the Air Force during the war was between ten and twelve. His crew completed 23 combat missions and three humanitarian food drops.
STACEY & CORY HOFMAN—After learning about the plight of orphaned children in Ghana who were being used as slave labor in dangerous fishing operations, the Hofmans were moved to action and “Ghana Make A Difference” (GMAD) was organized. Many of the children were orphaned or had been abandoned because of their special needs. GMAD has pooled resources to provide rehabilitative medical care, a school, love, and hope for these children. The goal is to either return them to their families or to place them with a new Ghanaian family. The Hofmans are definitely Making A Difference.
CARLOS & VÂNIA MARTINS—The Martins had accepted a church service mission in their home country of Brazil. There they encountered thousands of refugees crossing over the border from Venezuela. Vânia’s compassion and Carlos’ business connections became key elements in developing plans to help with relocation efforts to less overwhelmed areas of the country where a better chance for employment and acclimation could be found. Working tirelessly, the Martins tackled logistic, housing, and transportation issues. With the support of many organizations, businesses, and partners, they witnessed countless miracles as some 20,000 refugees have been able to start rebuilding their lives.
CHARLES & ESTHER MULLY—Mully grew up in an abusive home in a poor area of Kenya. Abandoned at age six, he lived on the streets for years before being taken in by a family and given work to do in their fields. As an adult, he worked hard and became very successful. One day he felt inspired to quit his job and sell everything. He started bringing street children home to provide them with food, an education, and love—all with his wife, Esther, by his side. The faith and love they share has blessed the lives of thousands of children.
Our talented, current Miss Provo Royalty will perform the National Anthem
John Sargeant—the Gala’s Piano Man!—will provide the pre-show, dinner, and post-show entertainment. He is an established musician and recording artist. This will be his seventh year performing for the Freedom Awards Gala.
A Crisp Romaine Wedge Salad with Fire Roasted Tomatoes, Smokey Chopped Bacon, and Feta Cheese, served with a choice of the House Vinaigrette or Ranch Dressing Dinner Rolls and Butter
Dual Entrée of a Tender Chicken Breast glazed with an Apricot Chutney and a Choice Flank Steak with a Chimichurri Sauce, served with Sautéed Seasoned Green Beans and Mascarpone Mashed Potatoes
Choice of Tuxedo Sponge Cake with a Fresh Berry Garnish or Creamy New York Cheesecake with a Blackberry Compote
Salad as above without Dinner Roll
Entrée as above
Dessert—Flourless Chocolate Torte
Salad as above without Bacon
Entrée—Roasted Portobello Mushroom Cap Stuffed with Sautéed Vegetables on a Bed of Wild Rice
Dessert—Flourless Chocolate Torte