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This is Fred Ball for Zions Bank, speaking on business.

"When wealth is lost, nothing is lost; When health is lost, something is lost; When character is lost, all is lost!"

The new McGillis School is a great lesson on wealth and character. Joanne and Richard McGillis have been blessed with wealth greater than they perceive they need. They have the character and generosity to use their surplus to benefit children and education.

The McGillis School has now purchased and renovated the old Douglas Elementary School on 1300 East in Salt Lake City. The school is a private institution, serving children from grades one through eight. The curriculum focuses on social, emotional, physical and intellectual growth. Faculty members are passionate educators. They center their efforts on developing strong learners who can solve problems, work collaboratively, and understand respect, dependability and integrity.

The school's mission statement is to embrace the universality of Jewish values. However, children of all religions and races are welcome and encouraged to enroll.

I am proud to have been friends of Joanne and Dick McGillis for many years. They truly are a great husband and wife success story. Dick began his business career after returning from the service after World War II. He borrowed $1,200 from his parents and that investment eventually grew into Sunset Sporting Goods, which became the largest privately-held sporting goods chain then in the United States with 27 stores in four states. Dick also owned UDISCO, a large sporting goods wholesaler.

Joanne and Dick are great corporate citizens, serving in a large variety of organizations in the state. Their goal has always been to make the community a better place to work and raise a family.

"If you don't have charity in your heart, you have the worst kind of heart trouble." The McGillis's have great hearts.

For Zion Bank, I'm Fred Ball. I'm speaking on business.

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