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.
[Source: Deborah Dillon, City of Phoenix] — At its May 28, 2008 meeting, the Phoenix City Council approved two small specialty high school grants from the 2006 Capital Improvement Program Bond funding totaling more than $5.7 million. The grants awarded to Phoenix Union High School and Paradise Valley districts will be used to develop a small specialty high school in each school district. “The educational opportunities provided by these grants will build a stronger, more educated workforce that will help Phoenix continue to build its knowledge economy,” said Mayor Phil Gordon.
Phoenix Union will establish a Medical Sciences School on the Bioscience High School campus that will focus on the foundational skills and knowledge to support advanced college course-taking and career development in the medical fields of nursing, veterinary science, epidemiology, and medical practice. The school district plans to use its $2,447,340 grant to renovate the existing historic McKinley building at McKinley and 6th Street and share cafeteria and common spaces with the Bioscience High School…