Scottsdale Leadership Inducts Community Leaders at Annual Ceremony

Scottsdale Leadership held its 23rd Annual Spirit of Community Awards Luncheon on Dec. 8, 2023, at the Fairmont Scottsdale Princess to recognize and celebrate the accomplishments of influential community leaders, both young and established.

Presenting Sponsor: Nationwide

Event Chair: Alleson Dunaway | Event Vice Chair: Stephanie Tippett

2023 Drinkwater Leadership Award Recipient: Christine Irish

2023 Hodges Alumni Achievement Award Recipient: Kevin Maxwell

2023 Jenkins Youth Leadership Award Recipient: Alex Stephenson

Notable Moments: This prestigious ceremony honored three local community members, including a Scottsdale Leadership alum and youth, for their outstanding community-mindedness and service. Highlights included a silent auction filled with local treasures and inspiring videos featuring the powerful, positive stories of each honoree’s tireless dedication and advocacy in the Scottsdale community. The touching tribute to Drinkwater honoree Christine Irish highlighted her commitment to Keep Scottsdale Beautiful and years of implementing and supporting public art projects.

Photos courtesy of Photos by Elena & Jim

Suzanne Waldon-Wells, Eileen Rogers & Melinda Gulick
Doug Sydnor, Don Carson, Executive Director Lee Ann Witt, Jim Bruner & Dennis Robbins
Rick Kostopoulos & Jeannette Laluk 
Chair Alleson Dunaway & Vice Chair Stephanie Tippett
Honoree Kevin Maxwell, Sarah Kearney & Donn Fry
David Wilson of Nationwide
Scottsdale Leadership Board President Michael Wills
Jim Kollenda & Jolynn Clarke 
Past recipients of the Hodges and Drinkwater Awards

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