Non-profit vows to plan more diverse events following recent criticism

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Salt Lake City, Utah- (News4Utah) – A local non-profit is readjusting the lineup for an upcoming event. The move comes after backlash from Democratic lawmakers.

Better Days 2020 is a local 501(c)(3). The organization is dedicated to shining the spotlight on women’s history in Utah, ahead of the 100th anniversary of the 19th Amendment.

The group has raised some eyebrows over an upcoming event to raise money to help get the Martha Hughes Cannon statue to Washington D.C.

“It was a result of fast and poor planning on our part. And, we absolutely admit a mistake just due to lack of sensitivity and shoddy planning,” said CEO Neylan McBain.

The lineup for the event includes Ann Romney, First Lady Jeanette Herbert, Congresswoman Mia Love, Senator Deidre Henderson and Representative Becky Edwards. All Republicans.

Representative Rebecca Chavez-Houck and other Democratic lawmakers who supported $700,000 in state funding for the non-profit say that’s not right.

“The events you have should reflect the diversity of, both partisan wise, the political landscape and also diversity of perspective. That was my main concern, that this seemed very partisan for a non-partisan organization,” said Chavez-Houck, (D) Salt Lake City.

Better Days 2020 is now backtracking, and adding democrats to the lineup. Representative Carol Spackman Moss, CD2 candidate Shireen Ghorbani and Salt Lake County Deputy Mayor Karen Hale will also participate.

Chavez-Houck says it’s a good step.

“I’m appreciative for the recognition going forward. I was a bit baffled that we had to raise that concern,” she said.

McBain admits it would have been better to secure a bipartisan lineup to begin with, but lesson learned moving forward.

“They’ve explained their point of view, and we’ve listened, and understood and have committed to do better in the future,” McBain said.

The event is set for May 29, 2018 and it’s already sold out.

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