Tempe Community Council’s Don Carlos awards recipients announced

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Longtime community advocate Harold “Woody” Wilson has been named the 37th recipient of the Don Carlos Humanitarian Award by Tempe Community Council (TCC).

Wilson and four other award recipients will be recognized during the 2020 Don Carlos Humanitarian Awards ceremony Oct. 14. The ceremony is being held virtually due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

The Don Carlos Humanitarian Awards, sponsored by Salt River Project, honor individuals who have made Tempe a better place to live through impactful and lasting work that addresses human services needs. The award is Tempe’s most prestigious distinction.

“Woody Wilson absolutely embodies the humanitarian spirit of the Don Carlos Awards,” said TCC’s Board Chair Tamara Reed. “From helping ensure that our seniors can age in place to promoting arts and culture in our community to working to preserve Tempe history, Woody is a tireless advocate and consensus builder who always knows how to get things done.”

“TCC is proud to recognize Woody as the 2020 Don Carlos Humanitarian of the Year,” Reed said.

Wilson is being honored for his wide-ranging impact in Tempe that has collectively enriched, improved and advanced the community.  Among his many accomplishments is his work co-founding Tempe Neighbors Helping Neighbors (TNHN) to assist older adults in the community.

Activism in his own neighborhood led Wilson to serve on the city’s Neighborhood Advisory Commission, work that highlighted the need to help elderly and disabled adults maintain their properties.  Wilson and a handful of like-minded volunteers formed TNHN and the grassroots effort eventually became a vital nonprofit in the city serving those in need.

In addition, Wilson has advanced human services in the community through his role as past president of TCC and advisory board member of Tempe Community Foundation.

As founder of the nonprofit Lakeshore Music, Wilson has been a leading voice in the arts and culture community, organizing special events, educational opportunities and cultural exchanges to enhance residents’ quality of life.  Wilson also has been a strong advocate for preserving Tempe history, including helping to save the Rose Eisendrath House and furthering the work of the Tempe Historic Preservation Society.

The Don Carlos Humanitarian of the Year 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.

TCC will honor four additional community members with signature awards. They are:

·       Tempe Empty Bowls, TCC Impact Award recipient

·       Amela Duric, Volunteer of the Year Award recipient

·       Karla Daniela Salazar Chavira, Tempe High School graduate, Young Humanitarian Scholarship and Award recipient

·       Nathaniel Thompson, Corona del Sol High School graduate, Young Humanitarian Scholarship and Award recipient

Details about how to purchase tickets and watch the virtual Don Carlos Humanitarian Awards ceremony will be forthcoming at tempecommunitycouncil.org/don-carlos. For sponsorship opportunities, call 480-858-2300 or visit TCC’s website.

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