Longtime Tempe resident and retired SRP employee, Kathy Stevens, has been named the 34th recipient of the Don Carlos Humanitarian Award by Tempe Community Council (TCC). Stevens, along with other community awardees, will be recognized at a special ceremony and dinner on Wednesday, Sept. 27, at the PERA Club in Tempe.
Presented in partnership with SRP, the Don Carlos Humanitarian Award, honors individuals who have given outstanding service to Tempe, benefitting the less fortunate in lasting ways and making Tempe a better place to live.
“For 34 years, TCC has had the privilege of calling attention to the great works of people like Kathy Stevens who serve tirelessly and gracefully to make our community better, stronger and healthier. She is an unassuming Tempean who has been a pillar for a variety of nonprofit agencies, providing leadership and countless volunteer hours to address many of our city’s human service needs, especially those involving youth,” said TCC Board President Elizabeth Cling. “We’re delighted to be honoring Kathy as the 2017 Don Carlos Humanitarian of the Year.”
The award is named after Tempe’s founder, Charles Trumbull Hayden, who was known affectionately by Spanish-speaking pioneers as “Don Carlos.” The award embodies Hayden’s legacy and spirit and is Tempe’s most prestigious distinction. Recipients exemplify true humanitarianism and have made Tempe a better place. Past honorees include: Raveen Arora, Neil G. Giuliano, Harry E. Mitchell, Pat Hatton, Rudy Campbell, Joseph Spracale, Bobbie & Don Cassano, Jane & Richard Neuheisel and Leonard Monti, Sr.
In addition to Stevens, TCC will honor other outstanding citizens and community organizations at the Sept. 27 ceremony:
APS – Guiding Light Lifetime Achievement in Philanthropy
Arizona Public Service, a 131-year-old Arizona company, contributed $9.8 million to Arizona charities in 2016 and provided 125,000 in volunteer hours to organizations in Tempe and throughout the state.
Jerry Tong – Spirit of Tempe Karma Volunteer Award
A volunteer of Maggie’s Place since 2001, Tong has been an invaluable support to The Elizabeth House, in Tempe, and Magdalena House, in Phoenix, sharing his skills and talent weekly to oversee the needs of the facilities and be a caring resource and support to both staff members and women and children at these locations.
Rida Imtiaz – Young Humanitarian Scholar Award and Scholarship
Imtiaz’ volunteer efforts at a young age have touched many lives through her work assisting a variety of local nonprofits, including the Refugee, Integration, Stability and Education program at ASU, while attending Marcos de Niza High School. In addition to the award, Imtiaz will also receive a scholarship provided by Jenny Norton and Bob Ramsey of the Ramsey Social Justice Foundation.
The dinner and ceremony are scheduled for 5:30 p.m. Sept. 27. Tickets and sponsorships can be purchased at www.tempecommunitycouncil.org/don-carlos or by calling 480-858-2300 by Sept. 20.
About Tempe Community Council
Tempe Community Council (TCC) is a community-based nonprofit with a 44-year history of encouraging resident interaction and commitment to human services in Tempe. TCC brings our community together – including government, nonprofits, faith groups and residents – to provide support to Tempeans in need, plan for present and future needs, and build an enduring foundation.
For more information on the awards and on TCC, visit www.tempecommunitycouncil.org.