Giffords honored at Arizona Town Hall

Submitted by Suzanne McCormick, of Inspired Connections, Inc., a Phoenix-based marketing consultant



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Arizona Town Hall may be celebrating its 50th birthday this year but the organization, which offers a forum for business, civic and academic leaders to focus on state issues and find consensus, is experiencing some firsts.

For the first time in the organization’s history, the Fall Town Hall was held in the metro Phoenix area on Nov. 25 to Nov. 28.

Former U.S. Rep. Gabrielle Giffords and her husband, Captain Mark Kelly, were honored with the Shirley Agnos Legacy Award at this inspiring ceremony that will feature special remarks from a number of their colleagues from the Tucson area.

This special event was sponsored by Bank of America and the Salt River Pima-Maricopa Indian Community.

What hasn’t changed is the non-profit’s original mission: to bring together residents using civil discourse and consensus dialogue to advance solutions dealing with the state’s critical issues.

Nearly 130 hand-selected delegates focused on “Civic Leadership for Arizona’s Future” at the 101st Arizona Town Hall. Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer delivered brief remarks at the Nov. 25 luncheon. e Remaking of Modern Leadership.”

Monday’s dinner featured Marvin Henry “Mickey” Edwards, former congressman from Oklahoma (1977-1993), vice president of the Aspen Institute and director of its Rodel Fellowships in Public Leadership. Edwards is also the author of “The Parties Versus the People: How to Turn Republicans and Democrats into Americans.”

The 101st Arizona Town Hall is supported by: Arizona Commerce AuthorityThe Flinn FoundationFreeport-McMoRan Copper & Gold FoundationSnell & WilmerCox CommunicationsVirginia G. Piper Charitable Trust and SCF Arizona.