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October 14, 2017

Have any questions please call Dara Gibson at 602-908-6807  Spirit of AZCEND Gala. azcendgala.eventbrite.com 

This year we are thrilled that Lori Dayton is the recipient of the “Tracey Washington Spirit Award.” Lori has served people all of her life between over twenty years with the US Army as a nurse, fifteen years with AZCEND in the food bank and many years as a elder at her church. She serves with excellence and respect and dignity. All the values with hold with esteem. As if Lori has had time for other things she also is a animal rescue advocate that has had a few rescue animals  over the years.

Please join us at our second annual Gala Saturday, October 14, 2017 at The Falls Event Center in Gilbert.  We believe in creating a community where we change lives by nourishing mind and bodies to create a connected, thriving community.


We are excited that Dr. Mathew Whitaker has graciously accepted our request to emcee our Gala. Look at his video and you will see that his energy, passion and affirmation of diversity, speak to the work of AZCEND.  Dr. Matthew C. Whitaker is the Founder and CEO of the Diamond Strategies, LLC (DSC). He is also an award-winning educator, author, community engagement specialist, motivational speaker, and founder the Center for the Study of Race and Democracy, winner of the 2014 Arizona Diversity Leadership Alliance (DLA) Inclusive Workplace Award, at Arizona State University, where was a professor of history for 15 years.  Most recently he was given DLA’s 2016 Diversity and Inclusion Leader Award.



The evening will embrace the ideology of those we serve along with a dinner, a silent auction, testimonial from a client who has received services at AZCEND and how that assisted them from being in crisis to stability. Recognizing an honoree for the “Tracey Washington Spirit Award” and a night of true excellence.


Sponsorship and Silent Auction Donation/Opportunities

Sponsorship opportunities are still available, please contact Dara Gibson at dara@azcend.org of 480-963-1423 ext. 108

Silent Auction Donor Letter and 501c3 letter.

2017 Tracey Washington Spirit Award- recipient is Lori Dayton

50th Anniversary Gala


October 14, 2017
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