A few things have changed since the doors opened at the Utah Girls' Village 15 years ago. When Lila Bjorklund spearheaded the drive to provide residential services for troubled girls in 1969, there was no alternative. The Utah Girls' Village so successfully filled this need that two boys' homes have been added to the program, necessitating a name change: Utah Youth Village.
Today the Utah Youth Village is the only facility west of Father Flanagan's Boys' Town to be certified as a Teaching-Family site. With this program, the Youth Village demonstrated an 85 percent success rate in a study by the Utah Division of Family Services in 1989.A Founder's Day Celebration is planned for Thursday, Oct. 25, at the Salt Lake Airport Hilton ballroom. LucyBeth Rampton is honorary chairman of this event, which will honor the contributions of such village supporters as Bjorklund, Beulah Clark, Normand Gibbons, Marjorie Laughlin, Faye Lundquist, Jack Redd, Barbara Tanner and Phyllis Todd.
Marilyn Nielsen of the Salt Lake Airport Hilton is donating a portion of the dinner, which will begin at 6:30 p.m. Entertainment will be provided by the Mountain Jubilee Chorus (formerly the Bountiful Sweet Adelines). There will also be a brief visual program describing the portions of the program.
Key supporters of the Youth Village have been the Marriner Eccles Foundation and George and Delores Dore Eccles. Jon Huntsman has committed to a grant of $50,000 if the village can raise an additional $200,000. A Village Center is on the drawing board that will cost approximately $400,000.
Tickets for the Oct. 25 fund raiser are $20, with proceeds of the dinner. For more information call the village at 262-9904.