President Gordon B. Hinckley accepted an award for the Church Oct. 11 during an annual luncheon sponsored by Envision Utah, a nonprofit organization of business and community leaders dedicated to preserving and improving the quality of life for Utahns.
Envision Utah formed more than 15 years ago to address public concerns ranging from safe neighborhoods and streets to artistic and cultural issues as well as continued access to public lands every year honors agencies that lead in such efforts.
This year, they honored LDS Foundation and O.C. Tanner Co. for their efforts in funneling contributions toward the underprivileged and the poor, toward environmental, educational and artistic causes and medical aid for the needy.
Speaking on behalf of the LDS Foundation, President Hinckley told several hundred Envision Utah guests that the money collected "goes wherever there is distress, wherever there is trouble, wherever there is disaster . . . and without fanfare or recognition of any kind.
"We feel it is the responsibility of businesses in this community to assist those in distress or need or to those that promote a good cause," he added.
Most Rev. George H. Niederauer, the eighth bishop of the Catholic Diocese of Salt Lake City, offered the keynote address during the luncheon.
He talked about the benefits of diversity, of overcoming adversity. He spoke of the struggles Americans face daily, whether it be the tragedies of Sept. 11, 2001, at the World Trade Center and the nation's capital, or the recent district court ruling that challenges the right of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints to restrict certain behaviors and sentiments expressed on the Main Street Plaza property it bought from Salt Lake City three years ago.
"A city or state has many citizens with an astonishing variety of gifts, traits, beliefs, convictions, interests, quirks and limitations," he said. "Nevertheless, the many are challenged to come together and work together for the good of their common home, their community.
"At this luncheon today, we honor special people who have worked together in just that way. Such work will not succeed unless the many make sacrifices for their life together as the one, nor will it succeed unless the power of the one respects the dignity and the rights of each person among the many."