September CEO Message

We are just around the corner from the Spirit of AZCEND Gala on October 14th. I hope that you have had the chance to buy your tickets before the event sells out.

We are proud to announce Lori Dayton as this year’s recipient of the Tracey Washington Spirit Award. This award honors those who have dedicated the time and energy to serve people in need in our community; being a positive role model and embodying our core values of integrity, compassion, hope, excellence and respect. Lori’s service to AZCEND and the community embody those principles we hold in the highest regard. We are excited to honor Lori with this award named in honor of Tracey Washington, she certainly symbolizes his spirit.

Lori has volunteered with AZCEND for fifteen years and worked directly with Tracey. Her integrity and compassion for the people we serve has always set an excellent example. Lori’s life work has been serving people and our country with twenty one years in the army as a nurse. She is an animal lover and has had several rescue dogs. She treats everyone with respect, and has been a champion for our organization and in her church where she serves as an elder. Lori has given more hours than we could ever imagine. We are so pleased to honor her with this award.

Please join us as we celebrate Lori at our annual Spirit of AZCEND Gala on October 14 at The Falls Event Center, 4635 E. Baseline Road, Gilbert, AZ  85234, 6:00pm with dinner and silent auction, we will also hear a heartfelt testimonial from a person who received services through one of our many programs to assist them from crisis to stability. We are sure you won’t want to miss this celebratory evening.

Mahatma Gandhi  said “The best way to find yourself is in the service of others.” Tracey Washington knew that value of service as does Lori Dayton. If for some reason you are unable to join us at our Gala please consider making a donation to one of the many programs and services we offer.