Utah Mom Receives Les Schwab Award
As any parent can tell you, children are often the catalyst for us to extend our commitment to serving others. Brittanie Flint’s 2-year-old son, Lincoln, who has Down syndrome, was her inspiration for bringing a GiGi’s Playhouse to Utah.
Last year, over the course of 11 months, Brittanie and a group of moms raised more than $100,000 in donations to establish a local GiGi’s Playhouse. The Down Syndrome Achievement Centers, which is free to all individuals with DS, now serves approximately 200 families each month with the help of 400 volunteers, and it continues to attract an average of $35,000 a month in donations and sponsorships.
Making a Difference in Utah
Les Schwab is always eager to recognize others who are making a difference in our community, so in January, Mike McCarty, manager of the Odgen, Utah store, and a crew of 12 other Utah Les Schwab managers assembled in the Good Things Utah television studio to present the 2015 Do the Right Thing award. They gave Brittanie a check for $1,500 to help her expand GiGi’s Playhouse.
Les Schwab is honored to present this year’s grand prize award to an outstanding Utah resident who shares our commitment to service and contributing to our communities. Our Do the Right Thing contest is a way for us to recognize people in Utah who have a positive impact on the lives of others.
GiGi’s Playhouse Foundation
The first GiGi’s Playhouse was founded in Illinois in 2003 to empower people with Down syndrome to achieve their greatest potential. Now, 24 GiGi's Playhouses across the country serve children and adults of all ages, offering 30 educational and therapeutic programs at no charge to families. The organization’s global message is acceptance, and its members and volunteers work tirelessly to change society’s outdated perceptions about the amazing potential of individuals with Down syndrome.
Les Schwab in the Utah Community
Les Schwab wants to celebrate people all over Utah who are doing the right thing. Some are saving lives; others are giving their time and effort to help those in need. If you’d like to nominate someone, visit this website: http://www.good4utah.com/gtu/do-the-right-thing. Nominees are announced on Good Things Utah weekly, and monthly winners are featured on the show in recognition of their service. They also receive a gift basket and $100 gift certificate from Les Schwab.