ST. GEORGE — United We Pledge, a nonpartisan educational organization dedicated to promoting freedom, family and faith across the United States, hosted its Heritage Gala last week. The event featured a silent auction, dinner, entertainment and a live auction, drawing a crowd of over 300 attendees.

A woman is depicted on the side of United We Pledge’s new bus, date and location not specified | Photo courtesy of United We Pledge, St. George News

The gala, which was held at the Grafton Building in Washington County Legacy Park in Hurricane on Feb. 27, served as the platform for the announcement of United We Pledge’s newest venture: a mobile educational program designed to bring educational resources directly to students. This initiative was developed in partnership with the Sons of the American Revolution, Daughters of the American Revolution, Children of the American Revolution, and the Junior American Citizens.

Dennis Leavitt, the president of United We Pledge, expressed his enthusiasm for the diverse turnout and the support shown by the community.

“We are pleased that there were so many people there with so many different interests and backgrounds,” Leavitt told St. George News.

Leavitt said he hopes the success of the auction will help in making the gala an annual tradition.

“All funds from the auction are going to the youth,” he said.

The mobile educational program represents a new approach to learning, designed to make a meaningful impact by directly engaging with the community. 

“It’s invigorating,” Leavitt said. “People want to do good things and make a difference. It’s fun to see that it’s going to work.”

Founded in 2021, United We Pledge is committed to listening to the communities it serves to ensure the effectiveness of its programs.

Dennis Leavitt, president of United We Pledge, speaks to the Washington County Commission about Liberty Week, St. George, Utah, March 7, 2023 | Photo by Mori Kessler, St. George News

United We Pledge offers other experiences as a part of their Give Me Liberty program, including the reenactment of prominent figures including Phyllis Wheatley, Martha Washington, and Abigail Adams, as well as the upcoming Liberty Village, a 32-acre development in Hurricane dedicated to recreating iconic American historical buildings.

“In our Liberty Village educational videos, we deliberately showcase youth from diverse cultural backgrounds to effectively convey the multifaceted immigration experiences and opportunities of countless Americans,” Leavitt said.

He added that Liberty Village will serve as another avenue for youth education, offering a more comprehensive approach and helping expose visitors to the core values of the United States and its founding documents.

They collect feedback on their program, hoping to refine and improve it over time.

“We want to continue to hear from the people who are being impacted by what we’re creating and who we’re creating this program for,” he said. “We want to hear their voices and their acknowledgment that it’s working.”

He said their initial objectives were focusing on establishing a solid foundation within Washington County, followed by a statewide expansion.

Looking to the future, the long-term goal is to have Liberty Village and United We Pledge operate as distinct entities.

We are currently in the process of dividing assets, fundraising efforts, leadership roles and other operational aspects,” said Lisa Hunt, marketing director at United We Pledge.

Give Me Liberty’s goal is to become synonymous with liberty celebrations worldwide.

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