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Tempe recognizes 10 honorees at 35th Annual Mayor's All-Abilities Awards

Posted 4/5/24

The city of Tempe celebrated the 35th Annual Mayor's All-Abilities Awards on April 2, at the Tempe Center for the Arts. 

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Tempe recognizes 10 honorees at 35th Annual Mayor's All-Abilities Awards


The city of Tempe celebrated the 35th Annual Mayor's All-Abilities Awards on April 2, at the Tempe Center for the Arts. 

A city release explained that the awards champion personal accomplishments and also honor the people and businesses that make Tempe a better place for people of all abilities.

"Today is not just about recognizing achievements; it's about celebrating the spirit of inclusivity that defines our city," Tempe Mayor Corey Woods stated in the releae. "It's about acknowledging the triumphs of those who have turned obstacles into stepping stones. It’s about embracing possibility."

The city’s Commission on Disability Concerns and the Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Office produce the annual awards, which were sponsored by Tempe Diablos and Jasmine Jo Coffee/Rowan Tree Flowers.

Jaime Arredondo, founder of the Suzy Foundation, was the event’s keynote speaker. Over the past 14 years, the Suzy Foundation has helped about 200 families with the purchase of assistive devices, according to the release. 

This kind of equipment ranges from $150 to $6,000 and can include items such as eyeglasses, specialized strollers, iPads & talkers, specialized bikes, adaptive wheelchair equipment and more.

Watch a video about the organization here.

Honorees at the 35th Annual Mayor's All-Abilities Awards were: 

Pride of the City Award

The Arc of Tempe 

For more than 50 years, The Arc of Tempe, a local nonprofit, has been dedicated to supporting adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities.

Tempe Mayor’s Disability Commission Award of Merit

Tempe Tourism

Tempe Tourism's dedication to fostering adaptive sports has not only attracted a vibrant community of athletes with disabilities in Tempe it has also sustained it. It's also worked to ensure that local businesses are equipped to provide optimal experiences for athletes and their families.

Exceptional Educator Awards

Amy Dill

Exceptional Student Services Facilitator at Kyrene School District

Chris Skaggs 

Transition Coordinator at Success University within Tempe Union High School District

Outstanding Youth 

Mia Dey 

Dey possesses a natural talent for connecting with preschool-aged children, demonstrating empathy, compassion and patience. Her active involvement in the Best Buddies Club showcases her positive mentorship and friendship qualities, while her participation in the Early Childhood program highlights her support for the preschool community on campus.

Outstanding High School Students

Johnny Bartlett

This year, Bartlett honed his career skills through interactions with various employers facilitated by Success University, recently securing his first job in February. 

Savanna Coopwood

Coopwood’s commitment to education is steadfast, actively seeking support from her teachers and utilizes resources such as Vocational Rehab to overcome obstacles. 

Ramon Gonzalez

With a perfect 100% average, Gonzalez is not just a model student; he's a shining example of dedication, kindness and excellence at McClintock High School. 

Joshua Jarvis

Jarvis is a senior at Desert Vista High School with a straight-A record, active in many clubs and athletic programs and lettered in choir and cross country. He aspires to become a sound engineer.

Daphney Flores Mendez

Flores Mendez has learned how to incorporate technology and creativity to highlight her knowledge and show the wonders of the dyslexic brain. Her unwavering determination and positive attitude are exemplary for both her peers and teachers alike.