The first Utah Pride community service award was created by Donny Eastepp, Emperor XII of the Royal Court of the Golden Spike Empire, while serving as Gay Pride Day chair in 1987. The award was established to recognize outstanding service to the gay community.
It was presented to Dr. Kristen Ries, M.D., for her humanitarian efforts in dealing with the AIDS crisis. The community service award was afterward named in her honor. It is the highest honor our community can bestow.
The Kristen Ries Community Service Award recipients, while seemingly diverse, have the love of community in common. They have, in their own unique ways, given time, money, service and commitment to building or supporting the gay and lesbian community. They are positive role models, and as with Dr. Kristen Ries, “exemplified everything that the award has stood for: compassion, leadership and courage.”
1987-Dr. Kristen Ries, M.D.
1988-Rev. Bruce Barton
1989-KUTV Channel 2
1991-Nikki Boyer, Becky Moss, Ben Williams
1992-The College of Monarchs of the Royal Court of the Golden Spike Empire, Craig Miller
1993-Ben Barr, Val Mansfield, Kathy Worthington
1996-Clariss Cartier (Doug Tollstrup), Charlene Orchard, Barb Barnhart
1997-Rev. Kelly Byrnes, Jeff Freedman, Maggie Snyder
1999-Dr. Patty Reagan, Ph.D.
2001-Laura Milliken Gray
2005-Jane & Tami Marquardt
2013-Brandie Balken and Charles Lynn Frost