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Honoring Utah's Hidden Hero

Jon Absey is in a class all his own. Dating back to his first season in Utah, he has performed at over 900 NBA games, has donated 16,000-plus hours of assistance in the community for more than 300 community organizations, and raised more than one million dollars for charity in the process. Jon has taken home more than 40 community and national awards, including eight mascot leadership awards, keys to two cities, been honored by three individual governors with his very own "Day in Utah", been named Mascot of the Year in the NBA five times and Best Mascot out of all sports nationwide twice, and, just recently, was given an award for the best video by a mascot out of all sports nationwide. He has been inducted into the YMCA Hall of Fame, the Utah Summer Games Hall of Fame, and the Mascot Hall of Fame in 2006. "The reason the character grew to be such a big part of the community was because of all the help I had from everyone around me. Without the help from people who cared, it wouldn't have been as successful." Jon is so ever grateful for the understanding of his wife and children and the fact that they let him build this character even though it took him away from home way too much. Behind the suit has always been a supportive and proud family. Without them he would have just been an ordinary ole bear.

Special Guests

  • BIG BUDHA

    Film and News Personality

    BIG BUDHA

    Film and News Personality

    He is an award winning feature reporter for KSTU-FOX13 News during the morning news show "Good Day Utah" and co-hosts the afternoon lifestyle show on FOX13 "The Place". He has been on radio and TV for 23 years between working in California and here in Utah. He spends most of his free time coaching girls basketball at East High School and Varsity football at Jordan High School.

  • RANDY RIGBY

    Former Jazz President

    RANDY RIGBY

    Former Jazz President

    Randy Rigby is the former president and CEO of the Utah Jazz and the LHM Sports & Entertainment Group of Companies. Rigby's career for the Jazz spanned a 30 year period of which 10 of those years as the President and CEO. Mr Rigby was responsible for the strategic direction of the Jazz and the sports group which included the Salt Lake Bees, The Zone Radio stations, Vivint Arena, KJZZ TV, All-Star Catering, Fanzz stores (120 locations in 20 plus states), Megaplex Theatres, and Miller Sports Park. The Utah Jazz is one of the most respected teams in the NBA for their performance both on and off the court. Mr. Rigby was responsible for the hiring of key personnel, General Manager Dennis Lindsey, Coach Quin Snyder, acquiring the D-League Salt Lake Stars, bringing back the NBA Summer League and providing the largest cable contract in Jazz history. Mr. Rigby currently owns several small businesses, developing real estate in Utah, public speaking, consulting various businesses and serves on various profit and non profit boards. He graduated in business management from BYU with an emphasis in finance and marketing. Rigby is married to his wife of 40 years, Sandra, and they are the parents to 5 children and 14 grandchildren. In his free time he enjoys fly fishing, golf and travel.

  • GRANT HARRISON

    Former Jazz Vice President

    GRANT HARRISON

    Former Jazz Vice President

    Grant Harrison is the godfather of pro hoops in Utah. Nobody else comes close. Every basketball franchise that has called Salt Lake City home, he's been a part of. He has served as the vice president of operations and promotions for the Utah Jazz, worked in the front office of the short-lived Salt Lake City Prospectors, and before that, when the Utah Stars of the American Basketball Association moved from Los Angeles in 1970 to give the state its first pro basketball team, Grant was one of the first local hires and stayed with the franchise until it expired five and a half seasons later.

  • CHARLEY JENKINS

    Country Music Singer

    CHARLEY JENKINS

    Country Music Singer

    Born and raised on a Farm in Eastern Utah, Charley Jenkin's life has revolved around cows, horses, rodeo, and country music. Charley lives and breathes the country. In 2001, the aspiring singer moved to Nashville. He worked on Music Row for a song writing publishing company. In 2004, Charley came back home to help with the farm and to be with his father who was battling cancer. The "Round Here" album is a tribute to Charley's father, and he wrote the song "Hero At Home" for him. In August of 2007, Charley released the album "Ridin' followed by the popular album "Hold On" released in the Summer of 2008 when NBC Television's Nashville Star introduced Charley to millions of Americans. He was one of 12 finalist among hundreds of thousands applicants. Charley's success landed him on the Today Show. The rising star continues to share the stage with many of the top Country headliners like; LeAnn Rimes, Lonestar, Montgomery Gentry, Kellie Pickler, Taylor Swift, Josh Turner and many others.

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SHERATON HOTEL
150 West 500 South, Salt Lake City, UT 84101

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150 West 500 South, Salt Lake City, UT 84101

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March 9th

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  1. Charley Jenkins Performs, Registration Opens, Silent Auction
  2. Mystery Boxes
  3. Dinner & Honoree Presentation
  4. FTK Alumni - Racheal Thomas, Games, Live Auction
  5. Live DJ & Dancing

FOR THE KIDS BLACK & WHITE GALA

HELP FEED UTAH'S CHILDREN

HONORING UTAH'S HIDDEN HERO, JON ABSEY

HALL OF FAME NBA MASCOT OF 25 YEARS