ICAN held its annual fundraiser at the Omni Scottsdale Resort & Spa at Montelucia on Nov. 18.
As part of the celebration, the nonprofit honored the Arizona Cardinals and Shannon Clark with the 2022 Henry Salinas Society Hero Award, a press release stated.
The award exists to honor the legacy of the organization’s founder, Henry Salinas. It’s given to members of the Henry Salinas Society to recognize an individual and business that has gone above and beyond to support the mission of ICAN.
The 2022 Business Recipient was the Arizona Cardinals, who have been an incredible partner to ICAN, according to the release.
Team members have invested their time to connect with ICAN youth, the release continued. They facilitated meaningful and structured life lesson activities for the teens to help them see new possibilities in their lives.
The Cardinals have also supported youth and families during the holidays. This has included taking youth on a holiday shopping spree and hosting the families in a suite for the Christmas Cardinals game last year.
Additionally, members of the organization have supported ICAN by bringing awareness to the mission all throughout Arizona. The Cardinals also have supported ICAN through a significant and transformational gift to support the ongoing growth of ICAN.
The 2022 Individual Recipient of the award was Shannon Clark, an attorney with Gallagher & Kennedy who has served on the ICAN Board of Directors for three years and chairs the 2022-2023 Henry Ambassador group.
However, Clark continues to find creative ways to support the organization beyond his board and ambassador service, according to the release. He has developed several creative fundraisers to personally engage his community in supporting the mission of ICAN.
He brings energy and leadership to his service and introduces amazing new partners to the organization, the release stated. Clark also personally invests in the work being done at ICAN to support the organization.
“I’m humbled to receive ICAN’s HSS Hero award,” said Clark in the release. “Being a small part of ICAN’s amazing community during a time when they are expanding is a real privilege. I love that we can continue to provide free programming and services to families and are reaching more kids each year. I can’t wait to watch ICAN grow in the coming years.”
This year’s gala had 500 attendees and raised over a quarter of its annual budget.