Dr. Lowell L. Bennion, director of the Community Services Council and well-known educator, community and church leader, will be honored during an awards presentation and reception Saturday afternoon at Snowbird.
He will be presented the Richard D. Bass Achievement Award, a $5,000 unrestricted grant.The award was initially established in 1986 by Gov. Norm Bangerter to recognize the accomplishments of Bass, owner of Snowbird and the first Utahn to climb the highest peak on each of the world's seven continents. At the age of 55 he was the oldest person to climb Mount Everest.
Bass wanted to perpetuate the award, which last year was presented to Maestro Maurice Abravanel, former conductor of the Utah Symphony and promoter of the fine arts.
Bennion, who will be honored at a reception from 4 to 5 p.m. at Cliff Lodge and Spa, has been director of the council for many years. He was the first director of the LDS Institute of Religion at the University of Utah, was dean of students and professor of sociology at the U. He was co-founder of Utah Boys Ranch and for 24 years operated his own non-profit ranch for boys in the Teton Valley of Idaho.
He is well-known for his work with the elderly and the handicapped and for directing the work of the Salt Lake Food Bank for the needy at Salt Lake area food pantries. For many years he led former students and others in painting the houses of elderly and handicapped people. In recent years the council has undertaken projects such as water development and friendshipping people in the Ouelessebougou region of Mali in Africa.
A former bishop in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, Bennion is author of many articles and books, including "The Things That Matter Most." Friends and associates say Bennion has placed most of his emphasis on serving people.
He has been a member of numerous state, county and private agency boards and committees and has received many awards and honors, including the U.'s Distinguished Alumnus Award and a doctorate of humane letters degree.