Kerry Fetherston Selected as 2013 Don Carlos Humanitarian of the Year

Tempe Community Council (TCC) is pleased to announce that Kerry Fetherston of Tempe will receive the 2013 Don Carlos Humanitarian Award on Wednesday, October 16, 2013. Kerry was selected out of nine impressive nominees for her community impact, behind-the scenes efforts and impressive resume at such a young age.  Additional honors will be presented to local philanthropists and volunteers who work every day to provide a high quality of life for all in Tempe. The public is welcome to attend this community event. Reservations are required and tickets are $50 per person, $80 for two tickets or $400 for a table of ten. More information is available from the TCC website or by calling 480.858.2300.

Produced annually by TCC, the Don Carlos Humanitarian Award is considered one of Tempe’s most prestigious distinctions, and honors those individuals who give back selflessly to our community. Kerry will be recognized for her can-do attitude, her contagious spirit and for inspiring others to commit to positive change. Kerry is past president of Kiwanis Club of Tempe, where she actively supported efforts like the Annual Fourth of July Fireworks Spectacular, back to school shopping with Boys & Girls Club kids and the Fantasy of Lights Parade. For several years, she was the machine behind the Mayor’s Run and helped that event raised about $1.2 million for local charities. Kerry worked for Mill Avenue Merchant’s Association, Tempe Family Y, Fresh Start and Alzheimer’s Association.

Tragically, Kerry suffered a debilitating stroke in December of 2011. Her spirit and positive attitude through her rehabilitation have inspired a whole new group of people, and have reenergized her friends and colleagues to take up her torch. 2007 Don Carlos winner, Linda Spears, notes, “Kerry truly exemplifies all that is great about living in Tempe. An ordinary person, doing extraordinary things by joining with neighbors and friends to make life a little easier for others is the essence of the humanitarian effort”.

Don Carlos is a signature Tempe event that brings together the entire community to celebrate those who have dedicated their lives to giving back and serving people.  The award is named for Tempe’s pioneer founder Charles Trumbull Hayden who spent his life looking for ways to improve the lives of others.  The Don Carlos Humanitarian Award is special because it embodies Hayden’s legacy and spirit.  Kerry Fetherston joins an illustrious list of other Don Carlos Humanitarian recipients including: Dr. William Payne, Leonard Monti, Sr., Margaret & William Kajikawa, Jinnett B. Kirk, Peggy Bryant, Eliza Carney, Naomi Harward, Mimi & Mac Bohlman, Virginia Tinsley, Betty & John Waters, Pat Hatton, Lawn Griffiths, Rudy Campbell, Bobbie & George Overby, Sue & Bob Lofgren, Carol E. Smith, Sue Searcy, Zita Johnson, Bobbie & Don Cassano, David B. Cutty, Joseph Spracale, Jane & Dick Neuheisel, Gail Fisher & Mel Kessler, Linda Spears, Pen Johnson, Sue Ringler, Catherine May & Dan Abbott, Alice & Ralph Goitia and Harry E. Mitchell.

Special Villa Prices for those visiting Costa Rica

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The Villa Costa Grande condos in Costa Rica were again the big silent auction item at the Tempe Leadership Alumni reception in November. If you are bummed that you didn’t win your dream vacation, don’t despair—contact Tempe Leadership alumnus Freda Rothermal, who manages three of the four rental units on the compound.

Many Tempe Leadership alumni have enjoyed Freda’s incredible Costa Rica condos, located within walking distance of the beach and close to the fun town of Tamarindo. Find more information, and incredible photos, at or on Facebook.

Or contact Freda’s direct at  or by phone in Costa Rica at 011 506 2653 2922

Tempe’s Past and Future Mayors come together for a Conversation in Leadership

Tempe, AZ – See history in the making at the 5th Annual Conversations in Leadership as, for the first time in eight years, the incoming and outgoing Mayor of Tempe will come together to talk about the City of Tempe—past, present and future—and their roles in leadership. 

Tempe Leadership sponsors this one-time event, from 5:30 to 8 p.m. May 22 at the Tempe Mission Palms. The night will feature both Hugh Hallman, Tempe Mayor for the past eight years, and the new Mayor-elect—Mark Mitchell or Michael Monti—one week after the May 15 Mayoral election. Attendees will hear first-hand accounts of life in leadership, while enjoying drinks, appetizers and networking amongst attendees and presenters.

Conversations in Leadership will allow our mayoral panelists to honestly discuss leadership lessons learned, while providing insight into the future of Tempe.  Each panelist provides a unique perspective, from Michael Monti’s role as a business leader in Tempe, to Mark Mitchell’s time on the City Council, and including Hugh Hallman’s evaluation of his past eight years as the Mayor of the City of Tempe.

Reserve your seat today for Conversations in Leadership, a once-in-a-lifetime event. Sponsorship opportunities are available for the evening. Ticket prices are $50 per person.   All event proceeds support Tempe Leadership –a 501(c)(3) organization. This includes Tempe Cares and scholarship support for both Tempe Leadership and Tempe Youth Leadership programs.

For more information on the 5th Annual Conversations in Leadership event or to RSVP, call (480) 967-7891 or visit

Fast Facts:

5th Annual Conversations in Leadership

5:30 to 8 p.m.

May 22

Tempe Mission Palms


Past Conversations in Leadership speakers include: Neil Giuliano, former Mayor of Tempe; Rep. Harry Mitchell, former Arizona Congressman; Frank Kush, former Arizona State University head football coach; and many more.

Tempe Cares March 3,2012 “Neighbors, and individuals together as team to improve our community”

Tempe Cares is a one-day work event that brings families, social and service groups, neighbors, and individuals together as teams to improve our community. Coordinated by Tempe Leadership, this annual event is a fun way to enhance the quality of life for the citizens of Tempe.

Help Tempe help others by participating in Tempe Cares

On Saturday, March 3, Tempe Leadership will host Tempe Cares, an annual one-day, workday event that brings together volunteers from families, social and service groups, neighbors, businesses and individuals together as teams to improve Tempe neighborhoods..

This year, more than 300 volunteers are expected to participate in this 22nd annual workday event.

Volunteers will help paint buildings throughout the Wood Elementary and Getz School campuses, a community building at Clark Park and walls surrounding Celaya and Svob parks. The Tempe Fire Department and volunteers from the Community Emergency Response Team will also be on hand to install or replace smoke detectors throughout the surrounding neighborhood near Getz and Wood Elementary Schools.

How you can help

Tempe Cares is a fun way to get involved and make a difference in our community. Consider volunteering with friends, neighbors, co-workers or family members.


David Felix
Tempe Cares Program Chair
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(602) 481-2592

Tanya Chavez
Tempe Cares Volunteer Coordinator
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(480) 250-5181

Schedule of the event

Mayor Hugh Hallman along with the Tempe City Council will greet early morning volunteers as they register for the event at Wood Elementary School at 7a.m.

Volunteers will then report to the different site locations they are assigned to.  Volunteers will be organized by group at different locations to best cover the five projects for this day:

Wood Elementary School

Getz Elementary School

Saturday, March 03, 2012
7:00 AM – 2:00 PM

Beth Fiorenza Wins Outstanding Community Leadership Award

Tempe Leadership will award its highest honor, the Outstanding Community

Beth Fiorenza

Leadership Award, to Beth Fiorenza at the Tempe Chamber of Commerce’s Breakfast for Chamber Champions event on Feb. 21 at the Fiesta Resort Conference Center.

Fiorenza is the executive director of Tempe Community Action Agency (TCAA), which has been serving the working poor and disadvantaged for over 40 years in Tempe. She has led the organization since 2004, in which the Tempe community has seen a dramatic increase in the need for services. Under her leadership, TCAA remains the premier safety net for low-income, at-risk families, with a variety of outreach programs like home-delivered meals, the Interfaith Homeless Emergency Lodging Program (I-HELP), Shower Power mobile shower trailer for the homeless, emergency food pantry services, the Escalante Community Garden, senior center services at the North Tempe and Escalante community centers and basic emergency services to keep residents in their homes and ready to succeed.


Fiorenza is a past president of Tempe Leadership, graduate of Class XVI, and is still a dedicated volunteer of the program. She was awarded Kiwanian of the Year in 2001 and has served as the Kiwanis Club of Tempe’s treasurer and vice president. In addition, she serves on the Board of the Arizona Community Action Association and is an active member of the East Valley Women’s League. In 2010, she received the Executive Director of the Year Award from the Organization for Nonprofit Executives (ONE).


The Outstanding Community Leadership Award is an annual distinction, which is awarded to Tempe Leadership graduates that have displayed outstanding leadership in the Tempe community. The annual Breakfast for Chamber Champions event will be held at the Fiesta Resort Conference Center on Feb. 21, 7 to 9 a.m. Tickets to the event can be purchased by visiting


About Tempe Leadership

Tempe Leadership, a private nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization, is a program of the Tempe Chamber of Commerce. For nearly three decades, Tempe Leadership has played a key role in bringing active, engaged community members together to affect positive and lasting change in the Tempe community. Since 1985, more than 700 diverse, dedicated individuals have participated in the Tempe Leadership program. Its focus is to bring together like-minded individuals in the community to engage and challenge one another, learn more about the ins and outs of Tempe and, most importantly, make a real difference in our community. Learn more at





About Tempe Leadership

Since 1985, more than 700 diverse, dedicated individuals have participated in the Tempe Leadership Program. As a program of and in partnership with the Tempe Chamber of CommerceFoundation, our focus is to bring together like-minded individuals in the community to engage and challenge one another, learn more about the ins and outs of Tempe and, most importantly, make a real difference in our community. Tempe Leadership alumni are well represented on local boards and commissions, routinely serve elected office, and volunteer time and energy to the community – together creating lasting legacies. Tempe Leadership strives to:

  • Create a strong, resilient web of community leaders
  • Develop and mentor individuals to fulfill formal community leadership roles
  • Seek positive solutions to real community problems
  • Strengthen our community for now and in future generations
  • Support the development of youth leaders
  • Involve others in our community in volunteer, charitable, and civic efforts
  • Build an inclusive, connected, and vital hometown