Catholic charity honors Mormon trio, former Jazz coach and a schoolgirl

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A former Utah Jazz coach, a trio of Mormon leaders and a dedicated 10-year-old fundraiser were among those to be honored Thursday evening by Catholic Community Services.

It was the Catholic charity's annual Humanitarian Awards Dinner, held at Little America Hotel in downtown Salt Lake City.

Former Jazz coach and general manager Frank Layden and his wife, Barbara, were named Humanitarians of the Year "for 30-plus years of working to make the Salt Lake City community a better place," said Danielle Stamos, public-affairs coordinator for the charity.

The LDS Church Presiding Bishopric, which oversees the Utah-based faith's financial and temporal affairs, earned another humanitarian award, Stamos said, "for their work both locally and internationally helping those in need."

Two of three members of the bishopric — Gary E. Stevenson, presiding bishop, and Dean M. Davies, second counselor — were expected to accept the award. Gérald Caussé, the first counselor, is traveling in Africa, Stamos said. Dieter F. Uchtdorf, second counselor in the LDS Church's governing First Presidency, also was expected to be on hand for the dinner.

The University of Utah's Lowell Bennion Community Service Center also received an award for its help in feeding the homeless at St. Vincent de Paul Dining Hall and on behalf of refugees.

Finally, young Armani McFarland, from the Ogden area, earned the Unsung Hero Award for conducting more than eight donation drives, gathering backpacks, food and teddy bears, among other items. She also raised more than $14,000 on her own, Stamos said.