Clipper Staff Writer
LAYTON — Kids were the focus as Lagoon was honored with the Heart of Davis Award at this year’s Davis County Gala.
The first business to receive the award, Lagoon was recognized not only for bringing families together and building tourism in Davis County, but for the employment opportunities it provides youth.
“A place where fun is serious business,” was the motto that ended a video presentation outlining the history of the 127-year-old theme park.
In presenting the award, County Commission Chair John Petroff, Jr. asked audience members to stand if they’d started their working career at Lagoon. Commissioner Louenda Downs also indicated she once worked at the Farmington park.
“It’s the place where kids learn to work,” said Petroff.
“We’re able to hire lots of kids in a healthy, wholesome environment,” said Terry Capener, general manager of Lagoon, after accepting the award for the organization. “We’re able to give them valuable leadership experience, leadership that they’ve taken into the world.”
Kids were also the beneficiaries of the evening event. Funds raised partially through ticket sales, a silent and live auction, and outright donations will be used to help finance a permanent home for the Boys & Girls Club of Weber and Davis counties.