Leticia Bentley (left) was recognized as one of the “Enlightened 50” for her work with the Moab Valley Multicultural Center by Laura Singer Katz of the Community Foundation of Utah. [Courtesy photo]

Leticia Bentley, the outreach director of the Moab Valley Multicultural Center, was honored by the Community Foundation of Utah in a private ceremony June 6 in Salt Lake City.

The Community Foundation of Utah has, for the fourth year, recognized fifty individuals who are making a measureable difference in the lives of Utahns through innovation, collaboration and commitment to the common good. Those individuals are called the ‘Enlightened 50’, or E-50.

The Community Foundation polled a wide group of civic, government, business and community leaders throughout the state to determine who was making a difference in Utah by using pioneering and innovative approaches to critical issues. They also looked for a commitment to community engagement, collaboration, entrepreneurship and creativity.

This process turned up 137 nominees, who were then asked to vote on the final 50. Bentley was very surprised to find herself among the 137 nominees. She didn’t think she had much of a chance to be voted in to the final 50 as most of the other nominees work in the Wasatch Front area and work with each other regularly.

“Being from Moab, I didn’t think that many of the other nominees had ever heard of me,” Bentley said.