Sutherland Awarded with Best of …

Salt Lake City, UT – The Best of State organization ( named the Sutherland Institute as Utah’s top Education/Advocacy organization for its innovative program, theTranscend Series. This is the second year in a row the Series has won top honors in this category.

“We are gratified to be recognized again for our work with Transcend,” said Stan Rasmussen, Sutherland’s manager of public affairs and director of the Transcend Series. “It is our hope that this recognition will encourage even more elected officials and community leaders to participate in the Transcend Series and take advantage of the unique opportunity for the understanding and growth it provides.”

Sutherland created the Transcend Series after the Institute identified a growing need for civic leaders to become better informed, equipped and skilled to serve in their respective roles. More than 300 public officials and citizens across the social-political spectrum have benefited from their participation in this ground-breaking program, now in its fourth year. The experience enables them to transcend politics as usual in the service of their communities and colleagues.

“This is the third year I’ve participated in the Transcend Series,” said Chris Wadsworth, a city council member in Spanish Fork. “I’ve realized the intrinsic value of the Transcend Series in my own public service as a city councilman. I know of no better way for elected officials and community leaders to become more principled in their leadership, and equip themselves to do the right thing, than by participating in these sessions.”

Sutherland will be recognized at the Best of State Awards Gala, to be held Saturday, May 19th at 6:30 p.m. in the Salt Palace Grand Ballroom.

The Best of State Awards were founded to recognize outstanding achievement in the community and bring together the best in business, education, government, and the arts. By raising public awareness of high achievers in all walks of life, Best of State seeks to inspire us all to excel in our various fields of endeavor, to encourage economic development within our state, and to encourage personal and corporate charitable behavior.