The Utah Jazz will host a dinner and celebrity roast for team President Frank Layden on Monday, Jan. 12, at the Red Lion Hotel, with proceeds from the evening benefitting the Utah Opportunities Industrialization Center, a non-profit employment training program in Salt Lake City.
Participants will include Jazz players John Stockton and Karl Malone; former Denver Nuggets coach Doug Moe, Deseret News sports editor Lee Benson; University of Utah head basketball coach Rick Majerus; KTVX sports anchor Steve Brown; KALL Radio morning personality Tom Barberi and JazzTalk host Dave Blackwell.The Jazz have been involved with UOIC for the past five years, but recent budget cuts in state and federal funding have brought about the need to secure additional funding for the organization. The Layden roast will meet that need, as well as honor the NBA's resident humorist.
Opportunities Industrialization Center is a network of comprehensive employment training programs located across the nation. The first OIC was founded in Philadelphia in 1964. From its beginnings in an abandoned jailhouse, OIC has grown into an organization that serves disadvantaged and under-skilled Americans of all races
The Utah center was founded in 1973 and has focused through the years on the special needs and cultural conditions of the Western region it serves. The Utah OIC is a community-based center serving the needs of special populations including minorities, single heads of households, the homeless, young and adult jobless, high school dropouts, veterans, handicapped and correctional referrals.
UOIC provides assistance through job skills training and partnerships between business and industry. Lenoris Bush manages the local OIC office, which is located at 1776 S. West Temple.
Tickets for the event are on sale through the UOIC offices or by calling UOIC at 486-4351. They are $100 per person or $1,000 per table.