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2018 Visionary Dinner

The 13th Annual Education Visionary Awards Dinner, presented by McCarthy Building Companies, was held on March 5, 2018 at Arizona Broadway Theatre. Individuals, businesses and corporate philanthropists from across the Valley joined together as the Peoria Education Foundation honored former Peoria Unified Governing Board member, retired Assistant Attorney General and long-time education supporter, Julia Smock as the recipient of the 2018 Visionary Award. 


In addition to the presentation of the Visionary Award, the Foundation celebrated other local organizations for their past and continuing support of education in the Peoria Unified School District. This year’s honorees included: Midstate Energy receiving the Business Leader Award, School Connect receiving the Community Partner Award and Special Olympics of Arizona receiving the Non-profit Collaboration Award.


The event included a successful silent auction and proceeds from the auction benefitted programs that the Peoria Education Foundation supports in the Peoria Unified School District such as literacy, science and math, technology, special needs, character building, fine arts and staff development. The funds go directly into the classrooms in the form of grants for teachers and scholarship programs for individual students.


Since 1987, the Peoria Education Foundation has offered grants to teachers in the Peoria Unified School District to enhance the educational experience of students.  The Foundation is an IRS designated 501(c)(3) which provides scholarships to students and grants to teachers within the district.