Vicinity + Don Carlos Awards: Celebrating Community Strides

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As summer ends and there is a slight hint of cool air, the City really comes alive. Needed or not, out come the scarves and UGG boots along with the desire to celebrate! The same holds true for Tempe’s nonprofits that serve vulnerable populations of the community. This month we are spotlighting Tempe Community Action Agency (TCAA) and Tempe Community Council (TCC)


TCAA strives to improve the quality of life by helping clients out of crisis mode and transitioning to greater economic independence. This is done through emergency rent, mortgage, and utility assistance, I-HELP emergency shelter, hunger relief, senior Independence programs, and pre and post-natal services for healthy families.  Obviously, this is quite an undertaking, so each October TCAA holds its largest fundraiser of the year called Vicinity (formerly known as First Crush). This event is unlike your typical buffet or sit down dinner. Instead, they have curated some of Tempe’s best restaurants to give you a ‘taste of Tempe’. You get to try multiple items from 10 restaurants and talk to them about their passion for food. There is also a live auction and entertainment. And the best part? It’s at Big Surf-IN the pool! No, you don’t have to wear your swimsuit, as the pool will be drained, but this unique location elevates the already fun atmosphere.

Buy your tickets here. Early bird pricing is $85

Event Details:
Friday, October 25th, 2019
Big Surf Waterpark
1500 N McClintock Drive


Don Carlos Awards

TCC, among many other things, celebrates the amazing philanthropists in Tempe with the Don Carlos Humanitarian Award.

Tempe is a community full of generous people that are ready to help others. Leadership, volunteerism, and philanthropy are valued attributes that don’t go unnoticed. 36 years ago, the Tempe Community Council started recognizing these passionate people with the Don Carlos Humanitarian Awards.

Who is Don Carlos? His real name was Charles Trumbull Hayden and he was the founder of Tempe. The Spanish pioneers in the area affectionately gave him that name as he spent his life working to help those in need. The Don Carlos Humanitarian Award symbolizes Hayden’s legacy and is one of Tempe’s most prestigious honors. Those nominated are individuals who have made Tempe a better place through their deep and lasting work addressing a human service need or the health, welfare and safety of others, especially the disenfranchised and vulnerable Tempeans.

The 2019 recipient, Christine, Hoddy Busch, Superintendent of Tempe Elementary School District #3, joins these prestigious ranks as the 36th Don Carlos Humanitarian. Ms. Bush has served as superintendent for the past eight years and has a long history of advocating for education and community involvement.

While the night focuses mainly on the Don Carlos Humanitarian, there are other philanthropists in our community that are recognized. This year’s Impact Award will go to Bernadette Coggins and the Young Humanitarian Scholar is Brooke Schmidt.

If you were unable to attend this year's award ceremony you can see a recap of the event here. Announcements on the 37th Annual Don Carlos Award Ceremony will be made in early 2020.

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