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Mary Jane Grove, of Provo, works on a painting at the Timpanogos Storytelling Festival at Ashton Gardens at Thanksgiving Point on Friday, Sept. 7, 2018, in Lehi. Grove conducts plain air art class in St. George and in Provo.

Sprouts holding national hiring event Tuesday

Sprouts Farmers Market is looking to add thousands of team members across the country to fulfill its mission to make healthy living affordable. More than 300 Sprouts stores in 19 states will hold open interviews from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Tuesday, Dec. 18 to fill nonseasonal, full- and part-time positions. The minimum age to work is 16 years old.

“You don’t have to be a healthy living expert to apply because we focus on team member training and product education to make sure every team member has the opportunity to learn about healthy living and grow their career in natural foods,” said Dan Sanders, Sprouts chief operations officer.

Interested candidates can visit to view openings by store.

Sprouts was featured on Fortune’s 2018 list of the World’s Most Admired Companies. Employment opportunities include department managers and assistant department managers, cashiers and clerk positions.

Eccles Foundation celebrates 60 years of services

The George S. and Dolores Dore Eccles Foundation commemorated 60 years and more than $600 million in philanthropy Tuesday with a new 90-page report looking back on the impact the foundation has had on Utah and its communities.

In addition to some of the largest state-wide conservation, community, arts and health care initiatives, Utah County has been specifically impacted by the Eccles Foundation over the last six decades. As detailed in the report, the foundation has been an important part of the Lehi Historical Preservation Commission, the Timpanogos Storytelling Institute, the Utah Valley Symphony Orchestra and the Provo City Library at Academy Square.

George and Dolores “Lolie” Eccles established the foundation in 1958 to ensure that their desire to “enrich the quality of life for their fellow Utahns” would continue to serve the state for generations to come.

“Beginning with my grandfather, David Eccles, our family has always believed in the importance of giving back,” said Spencer F. Eccles, Eccles Foundation chairman and CEO, in a press release. “With foresight and generosity, my Uncle George and Aunt Lolie created a foundation to continue to help others, and then entrusted us to build on their legacy of generosity. It has been rewarding to be part of projects that we believe strengthen our communities and touch lives of individuals and families in every corner of our state.”

Since 1982, the foundation has contributed $187.6 million to enhance educational opportunities and college scholarships grants, given $144.7 million to community organizations, $130.4 million to enrich arts and culture through the small community venues and larger ones like the new George S. and Dolores Doré Eccles Theater, the Utah Symphony and Utah Opera, Ballet West, and Cedar City’s Utah Shakespeare Festival.

The foundation has also contributed $78.2 million to improve the health and wellness of Utahns through health care grants, and $61 million towards preserving and protecting millions of acres in Utah’s vast natural lands, historic landmarks and resources.

“The impact of what Uncle George and Aunt Lolie created more than a half-century ago has grown out of the ‘joy of giving’ that were hallmarks of their personal community involvement,” said Lisa Eccles, the foundation’s president and COO, in a release. “It’s an honor for me to represent my generation in ensuring that their tradition of giving continues throughout the future. We extend our heartfelt thanks to all those who have partnered with us in achieving shared goals as we reach this milestone in our history.”

Karissa Neely reports on Business and North County events, and can be reached at 801-344-2537 or Follow her on Twitter: @DHKarissaNeely

Karissa Neely reports on Business & Community events, and loves telling people’s stories.

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