SALT LAKE CITY — (KUTV) - The Jon M. Hunstman family has pledged to match $1.2 million in community donations to The Road Home in Salt Lake City.
It's all a part of The Road Home's Holiday Media-a-thon, December 20-21, 2017.
"It is the largest fundraiser for the non-profit social services agency and provides critical funding support for essential programs and services to help Utahns overcome homelessness. In a show of gratitude for community support, The Jon M. Huntsman Family Foundation will match $1.2 million that the community donates," Alicia Gleed, of The Road Homes said.
“The Jon M. Huntsman Community Shelter Trust, during the past 25 years, has donated $5.26 million for operations and upkeep to the shelter, and currently has an existing balance of $9 million. This includes the Huntsmans’ most recent matching gift of $1.2 million,” said Christena Huntsman Durham, Trustee for The Road Home. Durham stresses the importance of her father’s gift through encouraging others to match funds.
The Road Home's goal is to raise $3.5 million during the Media-a-thon, which will help the nearly 11,000 people they serve.
Matt Minkevitch, executive director of The Road Home, said, “Words cannot express my profound gratitude for the generosity of Mr. Huntsman and his family. Our team appreciates the way in which the Huntsman family and all our sponsors help to support our broad base of generous supporters. This support combines to help us to serve all who turn to us in their moment of need. We are fortunate to have Broadway Media Group, Bonneville International radio stations, and KUTV2 join us once again for the 23rd annual Media-Thon. We would ask the public to be generous in making donations. Each dollar donated directly funds the needs of the homeless, beyond local government and other assistance. We are particularly grateful to our thousands of donors each year who participate with the Huntsmans in this critical year-end fund drive.”