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2011 Leaders of the Year winners announced

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 bobby.blatchley@azcapitolitmes.com, call 602-889-7127 or visit http://www.regonline.com/LOTY.

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