Beautiful Setting, Touching Tributes and Community Inclusion

Each yeDSC00350ar the Community Foundation hosts an event to recognize donors, supporters and community friends.

Four individuals were recognized and applauded at the Community Foundation for Southern Arizona’s Annual Event on April 27, 2016 attended by over 250 individuals at the beautiful Hacienda del Sol.

Harlan Capin astute business man and philanthropist received a much deserved donor recognition and video tribute to start off the evening. Capin worked in Nogales, AZ on both sides of the border. Following the family tradition of giving back, he supports education for Nogales high school students with four year renewable scholarship to enable them to pursue higher education. “Philanthropy is in my blood,” commented Harlan when telling his story.

The Civic Leadership Awards were new this year and reflect the Foundation’s ongoing commitment to diversity and inclusion. The Civic Leadership Awards honor individuals who have helped others by giving of themselves to make Southern Arizona a more inclusive and welcoming place to live.

Two individuals who embody the spirit of the Civic Leadership Award are Noel Matkin and Martha Ortiz.  Noel’s decades of leadership in the LGBTQ&S community has led to greater collaboration within the LGBTQ&S community. As well, Noel has fostered greater inclusion with the broader Tucson community. Martha Ortiz along with her husband Augusto pioneered providing health services to poor and rural communities in Arizona,  impacting the lives of countless families in our region.

The Buddy Amos Founders Award honors individuals, couples or families that helped found a nonprofit organization and have demonstrated inspirational leadership in the areas of community service, philanthropy, mentoring, collaboration and/or systemic community change on behalf of the organization, its mission AND beyond the organization itself.  It was a competitive process and came as no surprise when Marian Lupu, Pima Council on Aging Founder (PCOA) was named the 2016 Buddy Amos Founders Award recipient.

Pima Council on Aging (PCOA) has led the way on behalf of older adults in our community for nearly 50 years. As the Area Agency on Aging for Pima County, we coordinate home and community-based services to support older adults in living healthy, independent lives. We partner with community organizations to provide critical services that help older adults remain in their homes and enjoy the greatest quality of life possible, including personal care, housekeeping, shopping and care coordination. Our Pima Meals on Wheels and congregate meals programs will provide our community’s older adults nearly 300,000 meals this year.  Since 1967, Pima Council on Aging has served generations of older adults and those who care for them in our community.