Andrus Family Foundation is Title Sponsor of 2023 Saprea Gala
Kristin and Jeremy Andrus know that child sexual abuse impacts every family, every home, every community – and they want to be part of the solution that ignites change around this issue.
“We have an incredible opportunity to be able to spend time, resources, talent, and money to help create change,” said Kristin Andrus. “With all we have been given, it is our responsibility to do what we can to help families, kids, mothers, schools, and communities.”
Saprea is honored to announce the Andrus Family Foundation as its title sponsor for the 2023 Saprea Gala set for May 16. The gala is Saprea’s annual fundraising event with 100 percent of proceeds going to the nonprofit’s free healing and prevention services and resources.
Jeremy Andrus is president, CEO, and board member of Traeger Grills. Prior to that, he was president and CEO of Skullcandy. Kristin is an advocate, community champion, social media influencer, volunteer, and donor.
Kristin believes a lot of people think philanthropy is simply writing a check. “If that’s what it’s about, you’ve missed the point. So many of us have extra time and resources. We need to use what we have to change the world. Sometimes we overlook the small acts of charity, looking for big, bold ways. It’s the smaller, more intimate ways that show love and ultimately change lives one person at a time.”
Giving back is part of the Andrus family culture. “It’s who we are and what our family is becoming,” she said. “The most meaningful philanthropy is developing relationships. I can read about issues in the world, but until I’m dealing with it on a daily basis with a refugee family, I can never truly understand it. In the end, it’s not about money, it’s about friendship.”
The Andruses hope to put their children in uncomfortable situations to push them outside their bubble. Kristin’s philosophy of giving is “she didn’t have to but she did it anyways.” She is a “boots on the ground” advocate who is showing up not just once, but over and over.
Last year Kristin’s “boots on the ground” endeavor was helping raise $500,000 to get three million period products placed in 25 Utah Food Bank pantries. Through a partnership with the Utah Legislature and private donors, The Utah Period Project led to the passage of House Bill 162, which requires free period products in Utah public and charter schools.
Most recently Kristen received $15 million from the Utah Legislature and privately raised $3 million to fund teen centers in high schools across Utah to help vulnerable teens.
“When we listen to others, really listen, we come to understand what others really need. And that propels us to be better and do better for others,” she said.