Four people were honored with "Once in 100" awards Sunday at the Living Traditions festival for their efforts on behalf of Salt Lake County's ethnic community.
Salt Lake County Commission Chairman Brent Overson presented the awards to Donna Lee Maldonado; Te Van Phan; and Margaret H.K. and Bin C. Yee. The recognition is given to individuals or groups who have worked to build and enhance the quality of community life.Maldonado is a member of the Northern Ute tribe and is program director at Community Radio KRCL. She has helped Utahns from many cultural communities find their voice and gain public visibility for different cultures and traditions.
Van Phan has worked tirelessly to help Vietnamese refugees make the transition to Utah society. He has also created the Vietnamese Volunteer Youth group to assist refugees in setting up households in Utah.
The Yees are cultural and business leaders of Salt Lake's Chinese community and have helped to build the annual Asian Festival. They have also arranged exchanges of art and culture between China and Utah.
Fifteen individual and group "Once in 100" community award recipients were also recently recognized by Salt Lake County officials.
These included: Pat Davis, Salt Lake City; Neighborhood House, Salt Lake City; S. Joseph Quinney, Alta; G. Carlos and Lavon P. Smith, Holladay; Harold O. Smith and Minerva A. Smith, Draper; Mayors of Midvale, 1909 to pres-ent;
Joseph S. Bennion, Taylorsville; Louise C. Green, Union; Ted Loosli, West Valley City; Peterson's Market, Bruce and Donna Peterson, Riverton; Edy Wright, Cottonwood Heights; Paul Walker, Kearns; Gene Fullmer, West Jordan; William F. Robinson, Murray; and Noal Bateman, Sandy.