June 30
6:30 pm

Freedom Awards Gala

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


  • $50
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Focusing on the blessing we call freedom
Freedom is a rare and precious commodity. Our lives are blessed and filled with opportunity when it is present. Without it, life is often void of hope and happiness. How it is specifically defined and honored differs with each person. It can be cherished through one’s vision and drive to help create a community where freedom is treasured and celebrated. For another, it can be experienced in being transplanted to a place where they can overcome seemingly insurmountable challenges. Freedom for some comes in finally finding their way back home and the desire to share their blessings with those whom they have found. And others only find joy in freedom as they are able to provide it for others. This year’s Freedom Awards will honor individuals who may define freedom differently, but who all find it deeply embedded in their heart.
Vicki Garbutt -
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2017 Honorees

GABRIEL ADAMS—Born without arms, legs, or hope for a normal life, Gabe was taken to an orphanage in his native Brazil.  Hearts were touched on the other side of the world, and he came to find the difference that the miracles of ‘family’ and love could—and have—made in his life.


DR. RAYMOND BECKHAM—Ray’s love of freedom and country created a passion in him to share it with others.  His legacy in the Provo area is grounded in his involvement in the endless service, planning, support, and development of entities which will bless lives for generations.


TAJ KHYBER ROWLAND—(“The Orphan Keeper”) Kidnapped as a child from his village in India and sold to a Christian orphanage.  Taj’s American adoptive parents were shocked to learn he still had a family there.  Miracles guided him back, and now he works to help bless their lives.


ADAM STEED—After a humanitarian trip to aid Syrian refugees arriving in Greece, Adam felt compelled to act.  Upon later receiving electronic images of further atrocities being committed, he used social media to share those images with international news agencies, saving hundreds.


Ticket Information
  • Tickets will be $50/person and may be ordered starting Thursday, 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 Thursday, 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.


*Cranberry, Walnut, Beet Salad with Citrus Dijon Dressing

Rolls & Butter 


 *Cranberry Balsamic Glazed Chicken &

Potato-encrusted Salmon with a Light Lemon and Red Pepper Cream Sauce

*Parsley and Buttered Creamer Potatoes with Garlic and Parmesan

*Oven Roasted Herb Vegetables with Baby Carrots, Zucchini,

Yellow Squash and Button Mushrooms 


Hazelnut Caramel Cheese Cake Parfait with Candied Toasted Walnuts

Served with Water and Raspberry Lemonade. 

VEGETARIAN OPTION ENTRÉE (must be requested when ordering tickets)

*Roasted Acorn Squash ~ Seasoned Wedge of Oven Baked Acorn Squash

Stuffed with Wild Rice and Vegetables and served with a Zesty Tomato Sauce 

GLUTEN FREE DESSERT (must be requested when ordering tickets)

*Pineapple Boat ~ Pineapple, Raspberries, Blueberries, and Strawberries

Topped with Whipped Cream

*Gluten Free Items

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