NORTH SALT LAKE – The entire community is coming together to help give the Utrilla family back what they lost in the recent landslide.
Sky Properties, the Bountiful business that manages EaglePoint Estates, is already doing preparatory work on the new lot as they continue working on plans for the Utrilla’s new home. They’re also coordinating a fundraising effort that has not only raised $160,000 at last official count, but also includes the promise of goods and services from a variety of local companies. Even North Salt Lake City has pitched in, offering the use of Eaglewood Golf Course for a fundraising tournament scheduled for Sept. 26.
“We’re very gratified by the response we’ve had,” said Scott Kjar, vice president of Sky Properties.
Though plans for the home will have to get approved by the city before construction can begin, crews are already on the property for the new home to check soil stability and do other work to get the site ready. Sky Properties donated the lot, which is near their original home at the request of the Utrillas.
“It’s just a few blocks from where they used to live,” said David Utrilla, a spokesman for the family.
Some members of the household, currently living in condos donated by Sky Properties, started school this past Monday along with the rest of the county.
“From what I understand, it went well,” said Utrilla. “They’re adjusting to their new environment, and looking to move back into a permanent home.”
Donations can be made online at utrillafamily.com, a website managed by Sky Properties. The site welcomes donations of either money or goods and services, and several local companies have stepped in to help in the latter category.
Brighton Homes is volunteering their services to oversee construction, while Shamrock Plumbing and Tom Stuart Construction are handling the plumbing and concrete work, respectively. Best Buy has already agreed to donate appliances for the new home, while R.C. Willey will replace the bedding for all 12 residents. Kjar said that landscaping groups have also contacted them, looking to help.
The donation count on the site is updated weekly, and Kjar said that a list of businesses who are donating to the Utrillas will also be added to the site.
“It shows they’re good businesses that have a consideration for the community,” he said.
North Salt Lake City also donated use of Eaglewood for the upcoming fundraising tournament, which will be Sept. 26 starting at 8 a.m. To sign up, call either Aaron or Brent at 801-299-0088. Donations are also still being accepted through the utrillafamily.com website.
“We’ve had a pretty good response so far,” said Kjar. “We’d like to encourage everyone to help as much as they can.”