Thank you for your interest in nominating an awardee for the 2023 Kristen Ries Community Service Award!
The Kristen Ries Community Service Award was first called the Utah Pride Community Service award, and it was created by Donny Eastepp, while serving as Gay Pride Day chair in 1987. The award was established to recognize outstanding service to the LGBTQ+ community. The first awardee was Dr. Kristen Ries, M.D., (she/her), and since then, the community service award was named in her honor. Dr. Kristen Ries was recognized with the award for her humanitarian efforts in dealing with the AIDS crisis. The Kristen Ries Community Service Award is the highest honor our community can bestow, and recipients represent and exemplify compassion, leadership and courage.
Nominations for the 2023 Kristen Ries Community Service Award will be open from April 28 to May 12, 2023, and the awardee will be announced during Pride week (June 1 - 4).
- the nominee shows dedicated love of the LGBTQ+ community
- the nominee has, in their own unique ways, given time, money, service and commitment to building or supporting the LGBTQ+ community
- the nominee is a positive role model for the LGBTQ+ community members
- the nominee represents and exemplifies compassion, leadership and courage.
The Dr. Ries Selection Committee shall consist of every living person who has received the award, and one representative of each organization that has received the award. In the case of representatives of organizations, it shall be at the sole discretion of the organization as to who shall be their representative, and that representative may change from year to year, but may not change once the nomination and selection process has begun, until after that year's award recipient(s).
1987- Dr. Kristen Ries, M.D.
1988- Rev. Bruce Barton
1989- KUTV Channel 2
1990- Chuck Whyte
1991- Nikki Boyer, Becky Moss, Ben Williams
1992- The College of Monarchs of the Royal Court of the Golden Spike Empire, Craig Miller
1993- Ben Barr, Val Mansfield, Kathy Worthington
1994- Kim Russo
1995- Bruce Harmon
1996- Clariss Cartier (Doug Tollstrup), Charlene Orchard, Barb Barnhart
1997- Rev. Kelly Byrnes, Jeff Freedman, Maggie Snyder
1998- LaDonna Moore
1999- Dr. Patty Reagan, Ph.D.
2000- Marlin Criddle
2000- Brenda Voisard
2001-Laura Milliken Gray
2001- Brook Heart-Song
2002- Kevin Hillman
2003- Doug Wortham
2004- Luci Malin
2005- Jane & Tami Marquardt
2006- Jackie Biskupski
2007- Doug Fadel
2008- Stan Penfold
2009- Walt Larabee
2010- Mark Swonson
2011- Michael Aaron
2012- Valerie Larabee
2013- Brandie Balken and Charles Lynn Frost
2014- Fran Pruyn and Mark Lawrence
2015- Courtney Moser
2016- Peggy Tomsic
2017- Todd Bennett
2018- Alan Anderson
2019- Sue Robbins and Pepper Prespentt
2020- Karrie Galloway
2021- Chris Wharton
2022- Suzanne Stott and Arlyn Bradshaw