July 2
6:30 pm

Freedom Awards Gala

  • July 2
  • 6:30 pm
  • Utah Valley Convention Center


  • $60
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Freedom Awards Gala
The true value of freedom is defined by what people are willing to do to gain it…or regain it. Sometimes their stories are on the evening news, and sometimes the fight is so private that even those closest to them are not aware of the struggle. Sometimes they are wearing fatigues and carrying a weapon, sometimes they are found in khakis and a button-down shirt, and sometimes they are dressed in pearls and heels. Regardless of their attire and situation, their determination, sacrifice, faith, and courage were what helped them achieve victory. The 2024 Freedom Award recipients will join an impressive list of previous honorees who have made unique contributions to the cause of defending and promoting the traditional American values of God, family, freedom, and country.
Vicki Garbutt -
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—Joe served as a fighter pilot during World War, flying 48 missions over Europe.  On his 49
th mission he shot down a notorious German ace pilot before having to bail out of his own damaged plane.  Many years later those two pilots met and formed an unlikely but close friendship.  Though now 100 years of age, he still remembers that day. 

ANDREA RANDER—The Vietnam War was a difficult time for our country, but especially for those soldiers being held as prisoners of war and their families.  Andrea was a founding member of the courageous “League of Wives” who were instrumental in working to improve the living conditions and the eventual release of their husbands being held as POW’s.

WALTER LEE ROBINSON—Lee was part of the only regiment of paratroops in the Marine Corp during World War II.  They participated in the bloodiest battle in Marine Corps history, the Battle of Iwo Jima.  At 100 years of age, Lee is likely one of the last living eye witnesses, if not the last, to the iconic raising of the U.S. flag atop Mount Suribachi.

TODD SYLVESTER—Todd’s loss of freedom did not come on a battlefield of war, but through the destructive and relentless chains of addiction and self-hate.  It was a last-minute series of events, fueled by a desperate reach for hope from a Higher Source, that finally unlocked his prison.  His passion is now to fight to help others escape and regain their freedom.

Program Info

This year we are delighted to welcome Jenny Oaks Baker and Family Four as our guest entertainment.  We also welcome accomplished pianist, Hannah Tavaner, who will provide our prelude, dinner, and postlude music.

Ticket Information
  • Tickets will be $60/person and may be ordered starting Monday. June 3.  For those interested, a full table (for ten guests) can be purchased for $600.
  • Program participants, Festival sponsors, and those purchasing a full table will have assigned, reserved seating.   Other guests may select a location in open seating that evening.  Ballroom doors will open at 6:00 p.m.  Program will begin at 6:30 p.m.  
  • Dress is semi-formal, black tie optional.
  • 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 Monday, June 24 @ 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.


Fresh Spring Mix Salad with Shredded Carrots, Cherry Tomatoes, English Cucumbers, and Chef Javier‘s House Pickled Onion.  Served with choice of House Vinaigrette or Ranch Dressing.  Accompanied by Crusty Sourdough Airline Rolls with Butter.

Choice of Entrée

Savory Herb-Encrusted Pork Loin with a Rich Pork Demi-Glace or

Oven Roasted Airline Chicken Breast with Lemon Rosemary Sauce.

Accompanied by Oven Roasted Herb Yukon Wedged Potatoes, and a Steamed Medley of Green and White Beans with Roasted Baby Carrots.


A Three-Layer Sponge Cake with Lemon Cream or Strawberry Cream

Gluten-Free Meal Option

Salad as above without rolls.  Either Entrée listed.  Dessert—Flourless Chocolate Torte.

Vegetarian Meal Option

Salad as listed.  Portobello Mushroom Cap stuffed with Spinach and Cream Cheese, topped with Mozzarella, served with Sauteed Garden Vegetables and Red Pepper Sauce.  Dessert as listed. 

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