Mitt Romney Honors Elder Robert Gay for Utah Youth Village and SmarterParenting

Mitt Romney and A. Scott Anderson Honor Elder Robert Gay at the 2016 Helping Hand Gala, Benefitting Utah Youth Village and SmarterParenting. The Helping Hand Award, Utah Youth Village’s Highest Honor, Recognizes Members of the Community Who Have Exhibited Exceptional Commitment to Utah youth.

Utah Youth Village announced that it will present Elder Robert Gay with its highest honor, the 2016 Helping Hand Award. The annual award, presented to members of the community who have demonstrated “extraordinary love and support for Utah’s most vulnerable children,” will be presented to Elder Gay on Thursday, February 4, at Utah Youth Village’s annual Helping Hand Gala. Mitt Romney, Elder Gay’s friend and former business partner, will serve as Honorary Chair. A. Scott Anderson is the Event Chair.

“We are honored to present the 2016 Helping Hand award to an extraordinary leader and an exceptional human being,” said Gary Crocker, Chairman of the Board for Utah Youth Village and Merrimack Pharmaceuticals and President of Crocker Ventures. “Elder Gay exemplifies many of the qualities we hope to instill into the children in our care, including ambition, selflessness, and charitable service.”

Elder Robert Gay, of the First Quorum of the Seventy of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, is the former Chief Executive Officer and Managing Partner of Huntsman Gay Global Capital. Previously, he was the Chairman of the Management Committee and a Managing Director at Bain Capital. He has also worked for GE Capital, McKinsey & Company, and as an instructor in economics at Harvard University.

Elder Gay is also the co-founder of two humanitarian organizations, Unitus and Engage Now Africa and worked closely with many global organizations that have collectively helped uplift millions of poor and needy individuals, families and children at risk around the globe.

Utah Youth Village

Utah Youth Village is a leading private non-profit provider of residential treatment for very troubled children. Many of these children are wards of the state, have been victims of physical or sexual abuse, are far behind in school and struggle with basic life skills. By employing the effective, proven Teaching-Family Model that teaches children how normal, supportive families operate, Utah Youth Village is able to instill trust, respect and empathy in children who might otherwise be in detention or psychiatric hospitals.

The program provides shelter and a variety of treatments for more than 300 children annually, in 10 Family Homes and over 50 Treatment Foster Homes throughout Utah. Utah Youth Village also reaches out to the community through its unique Families First in-home program for families with troubled children, and through Smarter Parenting which provides free online parenting classes and resources for the general public. The program positively impacts thousands of lives annually through its national outreach. Please visit for more information.

The Helping Hand Gala will be held Thursday, February 4 at 6:00 p.m. at the Little America Hotel. For more information about the gala, to purchase tickets or to make a donation, call (801) 308-1053 or visit

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