Aug 08 2012
Former Olympic Gold Medalist and Humanitarian Jim Shea and Nationally Acclaimed Singer George Dyer Headline Event
Sen. Orrin Hatch (R-Utah) announced the details today of the 25th annual Utah Conference for Seniors. This year’s conference will feature renowned motivational speakers and entertainers; and will be held on Monday, August 20, 2012 at the Little America in Salt Lake City.
Jim Shea emerged as an American hero during the Salt Lake 2002 Winter Olympics. Shea captured the first Gold Medal ever won by an American in the Olympic sport of Men’s Skeleton; and also became the only American to have the distinction of being a third generation Olympian. After the Olympics, Shea founded the Shea Family Foundation which raises money to help kids compete in sports; and has settled in Park City, Utah. Shea will be the morning keynote speaker.
In addition to Shea, the Senator is pleased to welcome as the afternoon keynote speaker and performer George Dyer, who has entertained audiences with his operatic prowess and gifted performance of musical theater, in top music venues across the country and around the globe. In 2009, “The George Dyer Show” opened in Branson, Missouri at the Dutton Family Theater. In 2010 it was nominated for 11 Show Awards including “Best New Show” and he was awarded the “Male Vocalist of the Year” and “Best Male Vocalist” honors.
“I am thrilled to present such outstanding speakers and performers this year to help us celebrate an important milestone – 25 years of hosting the Utah Seniors Conference,” stated Hatch. “Jim Shea has not only earned the admiration and affection of the public as an Olympic hero, he has also provided an example of someone who has displayed sheer determination and hard work to overcome a number of obstacles he has faced in his personal and competitive life. He will be sharing personal and moving anecdotes sure to inspire our audience. In addition, our seniors will be privileged to hear a performance from one of the most talented tenor musicians today -- George Dyer. This year’s conference should be entertaining and uplifting.”
The Conference will also feature many local workshops on a variety of topics such as health care, financial planning, veteran’s services, senior volunteerism, navigating legal rights, and connecting friends and family through social media. Participants can also benefit from one-on-one discussions with representatives from the Department of Veteran’s Affairs, the Social Security Administration, AARP, and others.
For more information, or to register for the conference, the public can call (801) 413-9133. The Conference will begin at 9:00 a.m. and costs $10.00 that covers materials and lunch.