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.

Kiwanis Club of Tempe 4th of July Festival

There is no better way to have fun this summer than celebrating Independence Day. In Tempe, Ariz., there is no better way to celebrate Independence Day than watching the fireworks show over Tempe Town Lake. There are several ways to view the spectacular, patriotic show in Tempe. The Tempe Tourism Office is the best resource for this signature event, as well as all other summer events and activities.

The July 4th Tempe Town Lake Festival presented by FOX 10 and produced by the Kiwanis Club of Tempe is the perfect way to enjoy this summer holiday. Gates will open at 5 p.m. at Tempe Beach Park. All ages can enjoy live local music, a food court and rock climbing walls. Kids can cool off in the Splash Playground, in addition to other kid’s activities and games. The largest annual fireworks display in Arizona will be launched from the Mill Avenue bridge and will be choreographed to patriotic and classical musical. Fireworks will begin at approximately 9:15 p.m. Tickets for the Tempe 4th celebration are now available for purchase at Fry’s and Fry’s Marketplace stores. General admission tickets are $5 plus any applicable charges at all Valley Fry’s stores. General admission tickets can also be purchased at the City of Tempe for $5 until July 3rd or by visiting Additional service rates and charges may apply. Tickets are $8 at the gate or $15 for two tickets. The show is expected to be 35 minutes long. Children 12 and under and active military with their military ID card receive free general admission.

Tickets can also be purchased for the Sally’s BBQ and Pepsi VIP Garden. VIP ticket holders get a special view of the fireworks from a misted area, barbecue dinner and two drinks. VIP tickets are $60 for adults and $30 for children 5-12 years old. Children under five are free. Net proceeds from the fireworks show and celebration will benefit the Kiwanis Club of Tempe Children’s Charities.

Families can also watch the amazing Tempe Town Lake fireworks and enjoy fun activities at the 4th of Zoo-ly at the Phoenix Zoo from 7-10 p.m. There will be a catered barbecue dinner at the Lakeside Lawn, carousel rides and access to Stingray Bay from 7:00 – 8:30 p.m. Kids will be entertained with face painting, airbrushed tattoos, bounce houses, animal discoveries and other activities. The VIP view of the Tempe Town Lake fireworks show will begin at 9:00 p.m., including a cool treat for all guests. Tickets are $45.00 for adults (13 & up), $35.00 for children (3-12) and children two years or younger are free. Call (602) 914-4333 to make a reservation.

Residents and visitors can also see the Tempe Town Lake fireworks from Rolling Hills Golf Course, 1415 N. Mill Ave. Guests can enjoy a backyard barbecue, including hamburgers, hot dogs, beans, corn-on-the-cob, coleslaw and chips for $8.99 for adults and $5.99 for kids. Before the fireworks show at 9:15 p.m., there will be putting contests and other family fun. Golfers can also practice their swing on the driving range until 7:30 p.m. Golf reservations can be made by calling 480-350-5275. Parking is $5 and is first come, first served.

A great holiday staycation on July 4th is possible at one of Tempe’s fantastic hotels. Many Tempe properties are conveniently close to the stellar fireworks at Tempe Town Lake. For more information about planning your holiday in Tempe, including dining options, activities and hotel special offers, visit or call 800-283-6734.

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Star-Spangled Idol auditions announced for Tempe’s Fourth of July celebration

Local singer sought to perform national anthem for Arizona’s largest fireworks show

TEMPE, Ariz. – For the fifth year, amateur singers of all ages are invited to compete in the Star Spangled Idol contest sponsored by Cox Communications and hosted by Dave & Buster’s for a chance to become Tempe’s 4th of July Star-Spangled Idol. Contestants will be judged through auditions held at Dave & Buster’s at Tempe Marketplace to identify up to 10 finalists. Judges will then choose one winner to sing the “Star-Spangled Banner” center stage at the CBS 5 July 4th Tempe Town Lake Festival produced by the Kiwanis Club of Tempe.

With a range of one-and-a-half octaves, the “Star-Spangled Banner” is recognized as one of the most difficult national anthems to sing. The Star-Spangled Idol will have the honor of singing the national anthem accompanied by a flyover by jets from Luke Air Force Base, for a live audience of more than 45,000 people. He or she will also be awarded a prize package that includes VIP passes to the July 4th festival.

Applications for the Star Spangled Idol contest sponsored by Cox Communications are available online at Interested singers must submit an application no later than Wednesday, June 13, 2012. Applications can be submitted by:
Fax: 480-753-5080
Mail: Star Spangled Idol, 4071 W. Linda Lane, Chandler, AZ 85226

Auditions –
Saturday, June 16, 9 a.m. at Dave & Buster’s at Tempe Marketplace, McClintock Drive and Rio Salado Parkway
Finals – Saturday, June 23, 9 a.m. at Dave & Buster’s at Tempe Marketplace, McClintock Drive and Rio Salado Parkway
Winning Performance at July 4th Festival – 5 to 11 p.m., Wednesday, July 4 at Tempe Beach Park, Rio Salado Parkway and Mill Avenue

Complete event details – attractions, ticket outlets, parking, etc. – are available at