The Arizona Capitol Times has announced the recipients of its fifth annual Leaders of the Year in Public Policy awards, which recognize outstanding individuals and organizations for advancing public policy to positively impact the state and the lives of Arizonans.
The 16 individuals and groups listed below will be honored for their contributions in categories including arts & humanities, business, education, environment, government, healthcare, legislative, public safety, social services, transportation and volunteerism. The awards will be presented during a luncheon at the Wyndham Phoenix on Sept. 27. As is tradition, LOTY honorees will also each cast one vote to honor an overall Leader of the Year, whose name will be unveiled during the awards ceremony.
Arizona’s Official State Balladeer, Dolan Ellis, will kick off this year’s pre-centennial Leaders of the Year event with a performance to honor the past four years of LOTY winners.
The 2011 Leaders of the Year honorees:
Arts & Humanities – Horizon
Business – Freeport McMoRan Copper & Gold
Education – Fred DuVal, chairman, Arizona Board of Regents
Environmental – Sandy Bahr, director, Sierra Club Grand Canyon Chapter
Government – Paul Matson, executive director, Arizona State Retirement System
Healthcare – Robert Meyer, president & CEO, Phoenix Children’s Hospital
Government Transparency –Sen. Steve Gallardo, D-Phoenix; Rep. Ruben Gallego, D-Phoenix; Sen. Ron Gould, R-Lake Havasu City; Rep. Kimberly Yee, R-Phoenix
Lifetime Achievement – John Driggs, former mayor of Phoenix
Public Safety – Paul Babeu, sheriff, Pinal County
Social Services – Darrel Christenson, vice president/director of community integration, Arizona Bridge to Independent Living (ABIL)
Transportation – David Martin, president, Associated General Contractors, Arizona Chapter
Volunteerism – Rep. Kate Brophy McGee, R-Phoenix
Unsung Hero – Hay Relief Donors
Tickets are available for $75 each; $750 for a table of 10 of $1,750 for a VIP table. For more information or to purchase tickets, contact Bobby Blatchley at email@example.com, call 602-889-7127 or visit //www.regonline.com/LOTY.