Message from the CEO August 2017

School is back in session for most school districts in our area. We participated with the Operation Back to School that reached over 3,000 area students to help them prepare for a successful start in school.  With students returning to school many children now will have lunch included as part of the daily routine of school but many families are still struggling at home to feed everyone. Please share with people in your community that we have food for families and an extra supplemental food day on Fridays.

We are preparing for our Annual Gala. Mark your calendar and plan to join us for this celebratory evening.  It will be October 14 at The Falls located on Baseline and Greenfield at 6:00 pm. This year we will begin a heartfelt tradition with an award in honor of Tracey Washington who worked at AZCEND for 14 years. Tracey dedicated time and energy to those in our community had a tremendous respect of people needing support and showed a strong commitment to serve people, he acted as a positive role model in all that he did.

I encourage you to make a nomination for the Tracey Washington Spirit Award by August 18, the form is available here.

The evening will include dinner, a silent auction, shared story by 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 being the spark of change.

There are several opportunities for you to support our Spirit of AZCEND Gala: become a sponsor, buy a ticket to attend, and we are seeking to donate auction items. For more information on how you can be a part of the Gala please contact Dara Gibson our Development Director at 480-963-1423 ext 108 or

It will be an exceptional evening to celebrate the work we do at AZCEND for the people we serve in our communities and raise funds to continue all of our programs. Plan to join us.

We are thankful for your support and so are the people we are able to serve because of your belief in our programs and services.