As part of this year’s series of events to commemorate its 100th Anniversary, United Way of Tucson and Southern Arizona selected and honored its 18th Annual Circle of Excellence Awards winners. The event, held in-person this year at the JW Marriott Starr Pass Resort and Spa, included a “Black and White” theme to mark the centennial celebration and to match corresponding artwork designed for the organization by local artist Danny Martin.
United Way’s own Jeff Petrovic, VP and chief development officer, and Cory Rees, associate VP the annual campaign, co-emceed the event.
The annual celebration of workplace philanthropy honors all of the hard-working campaign teams, generous companies, and talented individuals behind them who give of their time, talent, and treasure to build a thriving community.
This year’s Circle of Excellence Award winners included:
- Best of the Best ECL of the Year: TMC Team
- Rookie of the Year: Nick Hilton, University of Arizona
- LIVE UNITED Award: Child & Family Resources
- Building a Better Community Award: TMC HealthCare
- Cornerstone Award: R.E. Darling Co., Inc.
- Time, Talent, Treasure Award: Lillian Brantley-Thompson
- Champions of Caring Award: Caterpillar Inc.
- Partnership Award: Teamster Local 104
- All American Award: Allison Duffy, Silverado Technologies
- Best Small Company: Rick Engineering
- Best Medium Company: QuikTrip
- Best Large Company: Freeport-McMoRan
The Michael J. Harris Spirit of Tucson Award, given to the company that demonstrates excellence in corporate involvement and community leadership, went to GEICO. Michael J. Harris was one of the community’s most dedicated citizens, as well as a great friend and champion of United Way of Tucson and Southern Arizona. Last year’s Michael J. Harris Award winner was AGM Container Controls.
“We were blessed to be able to gather together again, and in-person this year, to celebrate our dedicated United Way champions,” said Tony Penn, president and CEO of United Way of Tucson and Southern Arizona. “In being together we were able to honor our generous award recipients, both individuals and companies, and add that human touch of seeing smiles and hearing laughter and applause to the ceremony, thanking those who do so much for so many in Tucson and Southern Arizona.”