Arizona Town Hall honored retired Congresswoman Gabrielle Gifford as well as celebrated its 50th birthday yesterday at the Talking Stick Resort outside of Scottsdale. Giffords was honored with the Shirley Agnos Legacy Award.
The inspiring ceremony featured Native American dancers. It was sponsored by Bank of America and the Salt River Pima-Maricopa Indian Community.
Nearly 130 hand-selected delegates focused on “Civic Leadership for Arizona’s Future” at the 101st Arizona Town Hall, which ran from Sunday evening, November 25 through Wednesday, November 28. Arizona Governor, Jan Brewer, delivered remarks at Monday’s luncheon. The luncheon also featured a keynote address by Cleve Stevens, founder and president of Owl Sight Intentions.
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. He is the author of “The Parties Versus the People: How to Turn Republicans and Democrats into Americans.”
The awards event was a rare public appearance for Giffords, who was not accompanied by her husband, Mark Kelly. Kelly could not attend because of a schedule conflict.
The “Shirley Agnos Legacy Award” was established to highlight individuals “who have a record of superlative civic engagement.” This award is given annually to individuals based on the following criteria:
• a long and dedicated record of working to improve our state and the lives of our citizens;
• a proven record of creating consensus positions from differing points of view;
• an active advocate on behalf of statewide issues;
• highly respected and of the highest integrity.