Top of Utahns to be honored for service to community

Apr 7 2013 - 10:56pm


Charles Trentelman
Armani McFarland
The Sisters of Mount Benedict Monastery (Courtesy photo)
Charles Trentelman
Armani McFarland
The Sisters of Mount Benedict Monastery (Courtesy photo)

OGDEN -- An Ogden event will honor those whose efforts have greatly improved the lives of those most in need in the Top of Utah.

Catholic Community Services has announced plans to honor Armani McFarland, Charles Trentelman, Weber State University and the Sisters of Mount Benedict Monastery at its Dream Builder's Breakfast at 7:30 a.m. May 2 at the Summit Hotel, 247 24th St., in Ogden.

"This gives us the chance to talk about some of the unsung heroes in our community and all the work that they've done," said Andy Robinson, development coordinator for CCS of Utah.

Robinson said the event raises awareness of what Catholic Community Services does to help people in the Top of Utah and highlights how much the agency's success is dependent upon the help it receives from individuals and groups.

Armani is an 11-year-old local girl who learned about those in need in her own community.

Armani was so moved by what she learned that she organized donation drives of food, clothing and backpacks for the CCS Joyce Hansen Hall Food Bank.

"Armani is an inspiration for CCS; people like her make the difference in our community," states a news release from CCS.

Trentelman has recently retired after 35 years as a reporter for the Standard-Examiner.

"He is a great supporter of CCS' mission and advocates for the work we do by the incredible stories he tells to the public about the lives of people in need," the news release states.

Weber State University will be honored for being "an incredible partner" with CCS over the years.

"Their dedication to the work that is being done in Northern Utah is crucial for CCS to maintain its services.

"Most recently Weber State has helped the Joyce Hansen Hall Food Bank implement a new food inventory tracking system. Now, we will be able to be even more efficient, serving more individuals and families than ever before."

The Sisters of Mount Benedict Monastery will be honored for 69 years of nurturing and enriching Northern Utah.

"We will miss their loving spirits, but hope that others will look to them as an example and continue the charitable work they started," states the release.

"It will be hard for us to think about them not being here," said Marcie Valdez, director of CCS of Northern Utah. "Hopefully, their efforts will inspire others."

Making a special appearance at the event will be The Most Rev. John Charles Wester, bishop of Salt Lake City.

CCS of Northern Utah serves more than 2,300 Top of Utah households on a monthly basis, and more than 60 percent of those served are children.

All funds raised at the Dream Builder's Breakfast will stay in the Top of Utah.

Officials say they still are selling tables to the event, which is the only major fundraising event CCS holds in the Top of Utah each year.

A table is $250 and seats 10 people.

To RSVP for tickets, send an email to Robinson at or call him at 801-428-1231.

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