Tempe Mayor's Disability Awards

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31st Annual Mayor's Disability Awards

Tuesday, Mar. 26, 2019

Tempe Center for the Arts
700 W. Rio Salado Parkway

Since 1988, the City of Tempe has proudly supported and sponsored the Tempe Mayor’s Disability Awards. These awards honor achievements of exceptional individuals with disabilities, employers who have demonstrated a strong commitment to employing people with disabilities, and others who have shown dedication for improving the quality of life for all Tempe residents.

2019 Award Winners

Education: Outstanding High School Student
Madison Knowles, Tempe High School
Anthony Mendoza, Tempe High School
Emmanuel Navia, Tempe High School
Rafael Penate, Tempe High School
Nimo Guhad, Tempe High School
Mary Catherine Haynes, Believe I Can Academy
Sophie Stern, McClintock High School

Madison KnowlesAnthony MendozaManny NaviaRafael PenateNimo GuhadMary Catherine HaynesSophie Stern

Education: Outstanding Youth
William Chapnek, Believe I Can Academy

William Chapnek

Exceptional Educator
Michael Warner, Tempe High School

Michael Warner

Business & Employment: Tom Ringhofer Architectural Award
Jeffrey Sherman, Sherman Design Studios –Tempe Town Lake Parcourse

Jeffrey Sherman

Business & Employment: Employee of the Year
Joseph C. Steele III, City of Tempe Special Olympics / LEAP

Joseph C. Steele III

Community Support & Volunteering: Community Service 
Jay Whipple, Tempe’s GRIC ADA Wayfinding Pilot     

Jay Whipple

Community Support & Volunteering: Pride of the City                  
Paul C. Bennewitz Sr.

Paul C. Bennewitz Sr.

Thank you to our Sponsors!

Title Sponsors

2017 Tempe Diablos Logo 

Advocacy Sponsors

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2018 Believe I Can Academy 

Stephanie Miller & Nancy Calfee
Irene, Amy, and Lynn Mochel

Honorary Sponsors

A Caring Heart of Arizona, LLC

Friend Sponsors

 2017 Bobbies Logo 

Schmidt Family


2019 Mayor's Disability Awards PowerPoint & Photographs:

Link to PowerPointhttps://cityoftempe.shutterfly.com

The disability awards ceremony video can be accessed at the City's YouTube channel, https://youtu.be/0VgnKbwroOc

 2018 Mayor's Disability Awards Photographs:


The disability awards ceremony video can be accessed at the City's YouTube channel, www.youtube.com/tempe11video.

2017 Mayor's Disability Awards Photographs: