The first annual Phoenix Union Scholarship Gala on February 27 (6-9 p.m.) at the Downtown Wyndham Phoenix Hotel is predicted to be “one the most exciting and engaging fundraisers of 2009,” says Mary Peralta, Gala Committee Chair. The purpose of the event is to raise scholarship funds for the growing number of college bound Phoenix Union High School District (PUHSD) students who cannot afford the escalating cost of tuition. The theme of the gala is “Mission Possible: Building a Foundation for Student Success.” An expected 400 attendees will enjoy viewing the accomplishments of over 200 students (also in attendance) in the performing, visual, and culinary arts.
KPHO TV Anchor, Catherine Anaya, is Mistress of Ceremonies. Guest speakers are Arizona Attorney General Terry Goddard and Phoenix Mayor Phil Gordon. The mayor is being honored as the first recipient of the “Friend of Phoenix Union High School District Award.”
Gala Chair Peralta says that “gala committee members all came together with one mission in mind; making higher education a reality for more PUHS District graduates,” and Michael Incorvaia, a member of the committee states, “the best hope for a stronger Phoenix economy lies in the success and graduation of our PUHS District students; businesses and communities understand this, which is why our table and ticket sales have been so strong, in spite of the financial challenges that everyone is confronting.” For more information on individual tickets, table sponsorships, and silent auction donations, or to schedule an interview, contact Mary Peralta at 602-361-2172 or via e-mail.