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40th Dinner of Champions 2018


September 19, 2018
6:00 PM - 9:00 PM

In Person

Rice-Eccles Stadium
451 1400 East
Salt Lake City, UT 84112
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The Dinner of Champions is the National MS Society's premier gala event and pays tribute to the vast network of generous corporations, organizations and volunteer leaders who are dedicated to making a difference in the lives of people living with MS.

2018 Honorees

Join us on September 19, 2018 to honor these individuals that help inspire action and serve as champions in sports, champions in our community, and champions living with MS.

2018 Champions

Lane Beattie – T.K. McCarthey Silver Hope Award​
Former President, Salt Lake Chamber of Commerce
R. Lane Beattie recently retired as president and CEO of the Salt Lake Chamber, a position he has held since 2003. Under his direction, the chamber has embraced a new era of business leadership that blends the best of a traditional chamber with top-notch and powerful business advocacy. 
During his tenure at Utah's largest and longest standing statewide business association, the chamber has strengthened Utah's economy by investing in transportation, reforming the health system, improving education, and expanding international business. The chamber was the driving force behind “Downtown Rising," a movement that supported unprecedented investment in Salt Lake City's central business district.

A real estate professional for more than 25 years, Beattie was elected to the Utah State Senate in 1988. He became majority whip in 1991, majority leader in 1992, and in 1994 was elected senate president, a position he held until he left the Legislature in 2000. During his Senate career, Beattie proposed and implemented some of the most sweeping changes in the legislative process in several decades, including utilizing the Internet to increase citizen involvement and making the legislative process significantly more efficient and transparent. 

Lane enjoys golf, skiing, and raises quarter horses. He and his wife, Joy, have three children, and nine grandchildren.

Danelle Umstead – Living With Hope

In 2000, Umstead's father first introduced her to adaptive skiing in their home state of New Mexico when she was 29. She fell in love with the sport right away. Skiing not only gave her a new passion for life, but it also led her to her husband Rob while she was skiing in New Mexico. After he landed a job in Park City, Utah, and the couple moved, Umstead struggled to find a consistent guide until Rob took the job in 2008. The husband and wife duo also founded team Vision4Gold. "Vision,” Umstead says, "is to have sight, an idea, or a dream.” Umstead has an eye disease called retinitis pigmentosa and early onset macular degeneration, meaning she has no central vision and is losing her peripheral vision. In 2010, shortly after winning two bronze medals at the Paralympic Winter Games Vancouver, she found out that she also has multiple sclerosis. That did not slow her down. She went on to make her second Paralympic Team in 2014, grabbing bronze and quickly became the one to beat...Has two sisters, Nicole and Michele...Married her husband, Rob Umstead, in 2008...Has one son, Brocton...Hobbies include hiking, paddle boarding, camping, cooking, shopping, composting, going on road trips with her family, entertaining guests and remodeling the family property...Passionate about giving back and inspiring others...She mentors junior disabled athletes by sharing her story and offering encouragement...Her motto is "Living the impossible every day"...Favorite singer is Michael Franti and listens to his music before every race...Has two dogs, Betty Lynn (retired guide dog) and Aziza (current guide dog)...Camps in Oregon for one month every summer...Her father was her first guide on the mountain...Named Adaptive Athlete of the Year in 2011 by the United States Ski and Snowboard Association...Named Athlete of the Year in 2010 by the National Sports Center for the Disabled.

She is an American alpine skier and Paralympian. She is part of the US Paralympics team

  • Three-time Paralympian (2010, 2014, 2018); Three-time medalist (3 bronze)
  • PyeongChang 2018 Paralympic Winter Games, 6th (super-G), 8th (super combined, giant slalom)
  • Sochi 2014 Paralympic Winter Games, bronze (super combined), 4th (super-G, slalom), 5th (downhill)
  • Vancouver 2010 Paralympic Winter Games, bronze (downhill, super combined), 4th (super-G), 8th (giant slalom)

World Championship Experience

  • Most recent: 2017 – bronze (super-G), 4th (downhill), 7th (giant slalom), 8th (slalom)
  • Years of Participation: 2011, 2013, 2015, 2017Medals: 4 (2 silver, 2 bronze)
  • Silver: 2015 (downhill, super-G)
  • Bronze: 2017 (super-G), 2015 (super combined

Utah Jazz – Team Of The Year
The 2017–18 Utah Jazz season was the 44th season of the franchise in the NBA, and the 39th season of the franchise in Salt Lake City. They finished the regular season with 48–34, which clinched the 5th seed. In the playoffs, the Jazz faced the 4th seeded Oklahoma City Thunder in the First Round, winning in six games and advancing to the Semifinals for the second consecutive season, where they faced theHouston Rockets, losing in five games.

Dick Fosbury – Lifetime Achievement
is an American retired high jumper, who is considered one of the most influential and inspirational athletes in the history of track and field. Besides winning a gold medal at the 1968 Olympics, he revolutionized the high jump event, with a unique "back-first" technique, now known as the Fosbury Flop, adopted by almost all high jumpers today. His method was to sprint diagonally towards the bar, then curve and leap backwards over the bar, which gave him a much lower center of mass in flight (it was actually below his body) than traditional techniques. He continues to be involved in athletics and serves on the executive board of the World Olympians Association.

Sarah Sellers – Female Sportsperson Of The Year
Sellers ran at Weber State University from 2009-2012 where she was a nine-time Big Sky Conference champion. Her primary collegiate events were the 5K and 10K, while also competing in cross-country. In her marathon debut, she won the Huntsville Marathon in Utah to qualify for the 2018 Boston Marathon. At the 2018 Boston Marathon, she surprised the nation as she came in second place. Her coach is Paul Pilkington, who continues to coach at Weber State. Sellers' full-time job is as a certified registered nurse anesthetist (CRNA) in a Tucson based hospital. Her husband is a resident orthopedic surgeon. They live in Tucson, Arizona.

Amy Droubay – Above And Beyond
Former Pro Ballerina,Ballet Director Hi-Light Dance,Tennis Player, Bakes Disney cakes to help fund research for MS.

Matt Gay – Male Collegiate Athlete Of The Year
Former college soccer player walked on with the Utes in the 2017 preseason camp and went on to become Utah’s first Lou Groza Award winner and a consensus All-American in his first NCAA football season. 2017–Consensus All-American won the Lou Groza Award as the nation’s top kicker … of the teams calculated for consensus All-American, he was first team Associated Press, FWAA and Sporting News and second team Walter Camp and AFCA … also a first-team All-American by Sports IllustratedUSA Today,, SB Nation, Bleacher Report and College Football News … first-team All-Pac-12 … won the Vlade Award as the nation’s most accurate kicker … leads the nation in field goals made (27), field goals made per game (2.25), 50+ yard field goals (5, tie) and field goals attempted (31) … leads the Pac-12 and 11th in the nation in field goal percentage (.871, 27-of-31)

Mitch Wishnowsky - Male Collegiate Athlete Of The Year
Ray Guy Award finalist … leads the NCAA in punt average (48.6) and punts of 50+ yards (26) and Utah leads the nation in net punting (45.20) … named to the CBS Sports,,,, Sporting News and Midseason All-America teams  … leads the nation in punts inside the 10-yard line (14) and has six punts at or inside the 5-yard line (1 at the 1-yard line, 1 at the 2-yard line, 2 at the 3-yard line and 2 at the 5-yard line)

Libby Sugg: Female Collegiate Athlete Of The Year:

As a junior, BYU’s Libby Sugg was a standout player for the BYU softball team during the 2018 season, being named a 2018 NFCA Division I Third Team All-American. The Tennessee native has led the BYU softball team in homeruns and RBI since her freshman year.

Named a team captain as a junior, she led the team in several categories: batting average (.414), RBI (67), hits (65), doubles (13), home runs (11), slugging percentage (.707) and on-base percentage (.500). Named 2018 All-West Coast Conference First Team, she went a perfect 5-for-5 in two games on the same day against No. 25 Georgia and Nebraska. Among all juniors in BYU program history, Sugg finished the season ranked No. 1 in RBI, No. 3 in slugging percentage and on-base percentage, as well as No. 5 in hits, batting average and doubles. In addition to her standout junior season stats, Sugg moved up in the BYU all-time record books, reaching No. 2 in on-base percentage (.455) and No. 3 in career slugging percentage (.700).

Named WCC Player of the Week three times, Sugg started all 58 games during her 2018 campaign and was named to the WCC All-Academic Team. After BYU made a run in the 2018 NCAA Division I Softball Tournament, Sugg was named to the Eugene All-Region Team and the
WCC Commissioner’s Bronze Honor Roll.

Honorary Guest – Returning Honorees

 Jerry Sloan. 1990, Sportsperson Of The Year, 2017 – Person Of The Year Award

 Frank Layden. 1984, Sports Professional Of The Year, 2001, Person Of The Year


Frank & Barbara Layden. 2015, Lifetime Achievement Award
Barbara Layden. 1998, T.K. McCarthey Silver Hope Award Honoree

Ron McBride. 1993, Sportsperson Of The Year, 2012 - Ron & Vicky McBride – Person Of The Year

Philip McCarthey. 2002, T.K. McCarthey Silver Hope Award

Ed Eyestone. 1985, Male Collegiate Athlete Of The Year

Bob Harmon. 2013, T.K. McCarthey Silver Hope Award


Darleen Harmon. 2013, T.K. McCarthey Silver Hope Award

 Utah Jazz Bear. 2010, Sportsperson Of The Year

  Bill Schuffenhauer, 2016, Lifetime Achievement Award

  Bill Marcoft. 2005, T.K. McCarthey Silver Hope Award

Martin Frey. 2017, Lifetime Achievement Award

Dr. John Rose. 2011, T.K. McCarthey Silver Hope Award

 Dr. Foley. 2011, T.K. McCarthey Silver Hope Award

Bruce Summerhays: Utah Golf Hall of Fame, 1996, Professional of the YearBruce Summerhays: Utah Golf Hall of Fame, 1996, Professional of the Year

Join us on September 19, 2018 to honor these individuals that help inspire action and serve as champions in sports, champions in our community, and champions living with MS.

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