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Break the Chain Foundation

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

As the owner of a martial arts studio in Sandy, Brett Lechtenberg felt it was important to teach his students to give back to the community. He required students to do a certain amount of charity work to earn their black belts.

Each year the studio held a number of different events to raise money for charity. These not only helped community organizations, but also provided students a way to acquire their charity hours. However, the events kept growing in popularity and getting bigger until in 2006, Brett decided to formalize the work he and his students were doing by turning it into a non-profit organization called Break the Chain Foundation.

Break the Chain Foundation, headquartered in Sandy, focuses on children's safety training and awareness, with an emphasis on victims of abuse and neglect. To accomplish its purposes, the foundation sponsors a number of events to raise money for local organizations that aid victims of domestic abuse or neglect. One of the largest events is the Break-a-thon, where participants raise donations for how many bricks or boards they can break in a 30-minute time period.

The foundation also provides outreach activities such as holiday safety training and enrichment programs at local schools. Every Halloween, Break the Chain Foundation hosts a costume ball and dinner at La Caille restaurant in Sandy to raise funds for Thanksgiving and Christmas supplies for domestic violence shelters. Some of the groups the foundation serves include South Valley Sanctuary, the Sandy Police Department, West Ridge Academy, the Boys and Girls Club and the Boy Scouts.

Brett says the work Break the Chain Foundation provides is important because not only does it provide relief for local organizations, but it's also children helping children. He feels his students' involvement is significant because it raises their awareness of things that are happening in their community and gives them a way to help.

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

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