Valley Crest Elementary School, Oct. 2010

Foundation Donation to Valley Crest Elementary School.

Glen Rudd presenting donation to Principal of Valley Crest Elementary

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New “Legacy of Charity” begins with kick-off dinner for Glen L. Rudd Foundation

Salt Lake City, Utah—May 21, 2010—Recipients of scholarships to BYU Hawaii and the students of Valley Crest Elementary School will be the first beneficiaries of funds raised by the newly organized public charity, The Glen L. Rudd Foundation, which held its kick-off dinner Friday night, May 21st in the Joseph Smith Memorial Building. More than 100 family members and friends of Elder Rudd, a former General Authority of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, gathered to begin a new “Legacy of Charity” inspired by his life of service. They also celebrated Elder Rudd’s 92nd birthday. He is best remembered for helping to build the Welfare Program of the Church under the direction of President Harold B. Lee.

Attendees were introduced to the experts who have helped in the formation of the Foundation: the law firm of Kirton & McConkie, the CPA firm of Lake, Hill & Myers, Zions Bank, marketing group Jibe Media, LLC, Mark Nelson Productions and others. The Foundation’s logo and seal were unveiled. A DVD focusing on Elder Rudd’s life and “Legacy of Charity” was shown. Charles Rudd, President, introduced the Foundation’s guiding purposes: 1) Preserve Elder Rudd’s legacy, 2) Provide service and 3) Promote charity. Additional Foundation events for the year—a 5K run and a golf tournament—were announced.

Elder Rudd was the concluding speaker. He encouraged Foundation participation by recalling that Matthew Cowley, a former member of The Quorum of the Twelve, taught him how to recognize great opportunity in small things. “I think that some people go through life with their eyes closed. Great things happen and they don’t pay any attention to them. I see great things every day,” Elder Rudd said. “Your contribution doesn’t have to be a monumental thing. It could be small and simple.”

Vice President & Treasurer, David Rudd said, “We are overwhelmed with the positive response to the formation of this Foundation. The family has rallied around and involvement of Dad’s many friends has been excellent. The generous gifts already contributed will allow us to immediately establish several scholarships for Polynesian youth to attend BYU-Hawaii and provide many supplies and educational tools to Valley Crest Elementary School. We express our deepest appreciation to all who have already supported the Foundation and who will do so in the future!”

About the Glen L. Rudd Foundation
The Glen L. Rudd Foundation is a public charity organized and directed by his children. Its guiding purposes are to 1) Preserve his legacy, 2) Provide service and 3) Promote charity. The Rudd family desires to honor their father by carrying on his legacy of service, by reaching out to people who have been or could be influenced by Elder Rudd and by giving all an opportunity to serve and donate funds for worthy causes dear to him. You can learn more about how to contribute to or give service through The Glen L. Rudd Foundation by logging on to www.glenlrudd.org or by emailing a member of the Foundation’s Board, Charles Charlie@glenlrudd.org, President, David Dave@glenlrudd.org, Vice President/Treasurer, or Susan Susan@glenlrudd.org, Secretary.

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A Legacy of Charity holds kick-off dinner May 21st

Salt Lake City, Utah—May 18, 2010—A newly organized public charity, The Glen L. Rudd Foundation, will introduce its guiding purposes and begin its fundraising efforts at a kick-off dinner to be held Friday, May 21, in the Joseph Smith Memorial Building. Elder Rudd, now 92 and a former General Authority of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, is best remembered for helping to build the Welfare Program of the Church under the direction of President Harold B. Lee.

Vice President & Treasurer, David Rudd explained, “We are organizing fundraising groups centered around different areas of service in our father’s life. For example, we are bringing together people he has influenced and worked with through the Church Welfare Department; his service as a General Authority; his presidencies of the Florida, New Zealand and Corpus Christi, Texas missions; the New Zealand Mission Society and others. We are also raising funds for a Glen L. Rudd scholarship that will give financial help to Polynesian youth who qualify to attend BYU-Hawaii. Because of Dad’s strong belief in the value of education, this year we will also partner with Valley Crest Elementary School in West Valley City, Utah, to provide school supplies and teaching tools.”

“We feel inspired, even compelled, to help our family and others keep our father’s spirit of service and charity alive. We are making a concentrated effort to involve his grandchildren and great grandchildren and encourage their contributions, no matter how small.” said Foundation President, Charles Rudd. We’ve defined three main purposes of the Foundation, which will drive our fundraising activities and service opportunities: 1) Preserve his legacy, 2) Provide service and 3) Promote charity.”

Elder Rudd has been somewhat resistant to public recognition, but he is lending his full support to the efforts of his family. “I have a vision for the work. The importance of education in any area of the world is paramount to the opportunities that people have. A small amount of resources or effort can make a huge impact. I’m not anything special. I’m just one person,” Elder Rudd said, “but I can do my best. When I join together with those I know, we can do great things. I invite my descendants and all those who seek and love the opportunity to do good to respond to the awaiting adventure this Foundation will provide.”

About the Glen L. Rudd Foundation
The Glen L. Rudd Foundation is a public charity organized and directed by his children. Its guiding purposes are to 1) Preserve his legacy, 2) Provide service and 3) Promote charity. The Rudd family desires to honor their father by carrying on his legacy of service, by reaching out to people who have been or could be influenced by Elder Rudd and by giving all an opportunity to serve and donate funds for worthy causes dear to him. You can learn more about how to contribute to or give service through The Glen L. Rudd Foundation by logging on to www.glenlrudd.org or by emailing a member of the Foundation’s Board, Charles Charlie@glenlrudd.org, President, David Dave@glenlrudd.org, Vice President/Treasurer, or Susan Susan@glenlrudd.org, Secretary.

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Launching the Glen L. Rudd Foundation

The Rudd family is very excited to announce the official operational launch of the Glen L. Rudd Foundation in conjunction with their father’s 92nd birthday celebration on May 21, 2010. As part of the celebration, the family will be unveiling the foundation’s new website located at www.glenlrudd.com.

“We could not be more excited to honor our father’s legacy in this way,” said Charles A. Rudd, Glen L. Rudd’s son and President of the newly organized Glen L. Rudd Foundation. The event promises to be a magnificent and memorable evening that will have an effect upon generations to come.

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