Over 250 Friends came to listen to good music, eat rich desserts and honor both long-time leaders and retirees Episcopal priest Paul Buckwalter, Methodist Pastor David Wilkinson, PCIC/AIN Lead Organizer Frank Pierson, former Diocesan CCHD rep. Joanne Welter, and deceased former Tucson Mayor and PCIC leader George Miller. Bishop Gerald Kicanas was the Master of Ceremonies and 6 young leaders shared their stories as well. Congressman Raúl Grijalva, Mayor Jonathan Rothschild, former State Rep. Ethan Orr and Southern Arizona Leadership Council Chair Lisa Lovallo from Cox Communications were among the speakers. Roughly $20,000 was raised and a good time was had by all!
Los Changuitos Feos launched PCIC's 25th Anniversary Celebration yesterday... and escorted the honorees & dignitaries into the hall.
Bishop Gerald Kicanas welcomed everyone, Rev. Canon John Kitagawa of St. Philip's delivered the opening prayer, and Pueblo High School student, Jorge Lopez, led the Pledge of Allegiance.
Mike Peel, PCC student & Government Relations Liaison, delivered the frame to 250+ people. KOLD TucsonNewsNow filmed the entire event.
Bishop Kicanas delivers the focus and Fr. Tom Tureman of Most Holy Trinity Parish introduces the first Champion of Justice honorees, Rev. Paul Buckwalter and Rev. David Wilkinson.
PCC student, Mike Peel, ScholarshipsAZ student, Ana Hernandez, and former State Rep. Ethan Orr told their stories and spoke with passion.
Entre Peruanos serenaded the crowd with lively South American tunes, while PCIC leaders served up dessert delights.
Susan Prescott-Smith of St Philip's introduces the next Champions of Justice honorees, Joanne Welter of the Diocese of Tucson and Roz Miller accepting on behalf of her husband, the late George Miller, Former Mayor of Tucson.
Lisa Lovallo & Bishop Kicanas join forces to present the "Working Together" - Cox Communications challenge grant.
One of PCIC's original leaders, Sr. Paulette Shaw, tells a humorous story about Frank Pierson - the next Champion of Justice honoree, and gets chuckles from the Bishop and others. Frank Pierson speaks!
The emerging power of PCIC in the 21st Century lies with young leaders like Ana Chavarin, Andrew Stocker, and Guillermo Huerta.
Mayor Jonathan Rothschild and Congressman Raúl Grijalva join in congratulating PCIC and speak of the ever-increasing need for broad based citizen power to face today's economic & political challenges.
Last but not least - the Trinity Missionary Baptist Choir raised the roof with their powerful voices and incredible harmonies. Rev. Elwood McDowell of Trinity MBC delivered a closing prayer.
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