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Attend best-selling historian-writer event to support student education

May 06, 2024 04:29PM ● By Julie Slama

British historian, broadcaster and author Dan Jones will speak in May to help raise funds for school children sponsored by Jordan Education Foundation. (Photo courtesy Jordan Education Foundation)

He is a British historian, broadcaster and award-wining journalist. He is New York Times bestselling author of “Powers and Thrones,” “Crusaders,” “Wars of the Roses,” “Magna Carta,” “Essex Dogs” and more. He is coming to Utah.

Dan Jones will speak on May 16 at the Hilton Salt Lake City Center, 255 S. West Temple St., as part of a Jordan Education Foundation fundraiser to provide more opportunities to students in Jordan School District.

“Dan has a huge global following, and he hasn’t been to the U.S. since way before COVID, so we’re excited to have this opportunity to bring him here,” Mike Haynes said, Jordan Education Foundation executive director. 

There are three levels of support. One is a $300 ticket for an individual or $3,000 for a table of 10 that includes the 6 p.m. dinner and program as well as a signed copy of “Powers and Thrones,” or another option is a $500 individual or $5,000 table that also includes a 5:30 meet and greet with the writer.

The third option is event partner, who pay $10,000 and will be recognized during the event.

“I have more than 100 Jordan District teachers who would like to attend this event and I’d love to have companies sponsor them so the companies can go along with the teachers for this experience,” Haynes said.

As capacity is limited to about 325, Haynes is looking into a virtual experience that will have a fee to access.

“We’re looking at more ways to allow people to hear him speak and it also will help our students and teachers in our
district,” he said.

To register, go to

Through its vision and mission, the Jordan Education Foundation supports nearly 58,000 students who attend 69 schools in South Jordan, West Jordan, Riverton, Bluffdale, Herriman and Copperton by engaging the community to provide resources and enhance educational experiences, improve education outcomes and assist students in the classroom. λ