Wednesday, November 25, 2009

11th Annual "Alumni History Makers" Hall of Fame a "Royal" Success

With "royalty" as the backdrop for this year's theme, the Hilton Garden Inn served as the host site for the fourth consecutive year of one of Phoenix College's premiere events, the Phoenix College Alumni Association's "Phoenix College History Makers Alumni Hall of Fame Scholarship Dinner and Auction" held on November 19.  Among the noble women and men who received the coveted hall of fame medallion this year included:

Tom '50 and Marianne '91 Fannin, John Driggs '47, Dick Houser '51, Agnes Philips '55, Joyce Geller '77, Fred Amador '89, the late David Dalby, Master Chef Scott Robinson, Garry Walters '71, Catherine Eden '70, Jack Harris '73, Don Jensen-Bobadilla '85 and Elizabeth Fike '94.  This year's Exemplary Partnership honorees included Arizona Professional Land Surveyors (APLS), Price Kong and Company, and the Law Offices of Robert Wisniewski.

Highlights of the evening included a touching acceptance speech by David Fike on behalf of his late wife, Elizabeth Fike, honoree, which received a stading ovation; a special appearance by past hall of fame honoree and former Arizona Governor Rose Mofford; an appearance by Mary Price, widow of Ron Price, PC faculty member, who along with alumnus Sam Winheim, Principal of Price Kong, accepted the Exemplary Partnership Award for Price Kong and Company; and a compelling, heartfelt presentation by Linda Cantley, event chair, about the impact scholarships made on her ability to overcome adversity and obtain a college education.

Some of the ideas being considered for next year's theme are:  "Vintage Hollywood," "Broadway Bound." and "Masquarade."  If you would like to join the planning committee for next year's event, contact Alexis Walker at or Frank Luna at frank.luna@pcmail.

article submitted by Alexis Walker & Frank Luna

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