Press Release: Garffs to be Honored with the Utah Foundation’s 2022 Insight Award

Written by: Peter Reichard

Katharine and Robert Garff to be Honored with the Utah Foundation’s 2022 Insight Award

Annual Luncheon Features Education Innovator Michael Horn as Keynote Speaker

(August 24, 2022) – Katharine Garff and her late husband Robert will be honored with the Insight Award at Utah Foundation’s 2022 Annual Luncheon on November 16 at the Marriott City Creek Hotel.

The purpose of the Insight Award is to recognize civic leaders who, through a career of service or philanthropic support, have worked with integrity to provide insights in the public policy arena with the aim of improving government. Recent honorees have included Gov. Mike Leavitt and Gail Miller.

The 2022 Insight Award will honor the Garffs for the work they have done to improve government, education and community life. Kathi is a former board member for the Utah State board of education and is currently a member of the National Advisory Board for the David Eccles School of Business. Bob’s contributions as former speaker for the House of Representatives and philanthropic work for education and the University of Utah were a display of his dedication to the community.

Together, Kathi and Bob established the Success in Education Foundation to provide Utah students a pathway to college through literacy, technology, mentoring programs, scholarships and internships. The foundation exhibits their belief in the lifelong transformative power of an engaging education.

As Chairwoman of Ken Garff Automotive Group, Kathi has continued the Ken Garff legacy by supporting small business and communities in need. As an extension of Garff’s well-known “We Hear You” campaign, which has run for years, the “We’re Hear for You” initiative began in 2020 to help those in need during the pandemic. To date, Ken Garff has completed over 150 projects throughout the community, providing services to those in need.

The keynote speaker for the event will be the renowned education innovator Michael B. Horn. Mr. Horn is the co-founder of and a distinguished fellow at the Clayton Christensen Institute for Disruptive Innovation, a non-profit think tank. He is the author of a new book, From Reopen to Reinvent: (Re)creating School for Every Child, released in July 2022.

More details, including information on Annual Luncheon tickets and sponsorships, are available at:

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