The Barn Party for Prevention

October 22, 2022
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The Barn Party for Prevention was held on October 14, 2022, at Utah State Fair Park. The event raises funds for Prevent Child Abuse Utah’s prevention programs. Dominion Energy was the presenting sponsor for this year’s event.

Games & Fun!

The Barn Party was filled with activities, games, and dancing with Karissa Jardine as the caller. There were prevention stations throughout the venue, where our team members showcased each of our unique programs. Carnival games included spin the wheel, duck pluck, and psychic readings. Mystery bags made a return with prizes that included 4-pack Utah Jazz tickets, botanical LEGO sets, Gabb Wireless Phones, AirPod Pros, and a gorgeous diamond necklace worth $1500. Our door prize was a fantastic Lifetime Grill. Dominion Energy, J. Brooks Jewelers, Blankets by Brian, and Malouf Companies sponsored all of our games and prizes. The event also boasted an impressive array of silent auction items donated by various local businesses. Items like tickets to Lagoon’s Frightmares, Deer Valley, and Color Me Mine, along with Hug-Hes Cafe gift cards, David Habben Art, and Blankets by Brian were popular with attendees.

Guests enjoy the night and the photo booth!

Live Auction

Before the live auction and program, guests were served a delicious dinner from Magleby’s. Food included BBQ brisket, chicken, coleslaw, and Au gratin potatoes, followed by apple tart and chocolate cake for dessert. At the end of the night, the live auction with Auctioneer, Robert Olsen offered some fantastic items including a Traeger grill, a suite for 10 guests for the Utah Jazz, a week’s vacation in St George, Panama, or Antigua, and guest segments on Good Things Utah, Utah’s #1-morning show. 

Child Advocate of the Year

The most important portion of the night honored this year’s recipients of the Anne Freimuth Child Advocate of the Year Award. The award is named after Anne Freimuth, Prevent Child Abuse Utah’s Executive Director from 2003-2012. To be nominated for the award, community members must have demonstrated dedication and active involvement to protect Utah’s children. Past winners include Representative Angela Romero, Senator Aaron Osmond, Senator Daniel Thatcher, Senator Todd Weiler, Deondra Brown of The 5 Browns, and TV Journalist Kim Fischer. The 2021 recipients were Rabbi Avremi Zippel and Krystal Hazlett.

Darren Shepherd and Gabb Wireless were the 2022 recipients of the award. Darren Shepherd is a previous board member of Prevent Child Abuse Utah. He has worked tirelessly with community-service organizations throughout the state dedicating countless hours to protect Utah’s children.. 

Darren Shepherd accepts his award as one of our Child Advocates of the Year

Gabb Wireless is a Utah-based company that strives to keep children safe online. 9 out of 10 kids are unwillingly exposed to explicit content online, so Gabb wireless provides children with safe technology. Gabb Wireless keeps kids safely connected to their families and helps them develop healthy tech habits. 


Prevent Child Abuse Utah appreciates the generosity of all who contributed to the annual event, including, ABC4 Utah, Good Things Utah, America First Credit Union, Tim Dahle Southtowne Mazda, Tim Dhale Mazda Murray, Tony Divino Toyota, Sepio Capital, Zuora, Bank of the West, Build 26, Goldenwest Credit Union, R&O Construction, KSL, The Giveback Program, Weber School Foundation, Wheels of Justice, Primary Children’s Hospital, University of Utah Health and our Hero Sponsors: Roger & Kathy Carter, Exchange Club of Salt Lake City, Laurieann & David Thorpe, and Carrie & Ben Johnson. 

The proceeds of the 2022 Barn Party for Prevention ensure that Utah’s children learn how to recognize, resist and report abuse, empower adults to protect children, and strengthen families. To participate in next year’s Barn Party for Prevention contact If you would like to donate to our prevention efforts click here.