Teach for America Dinner Raises $544K

Nita and Phil Francis are honored at Celebration Dinner.

Teach for America – Phoenix hosted its annual Celebration Dinner on March 29 at the Omni Scottsdale Resort & Spa at Montelucia. The evening honored Nita and Phil Francis, who have championed the organization’s cause since 2009.

More than 450 guests attended the event, which included a cocktail reception, dinner and program. Kari Dozer served as emcee for the evening that raised $544,000 for Teach for America. Wendy Briggs and Jay Kaprosy were recognized for their pro-bono lobbying services through Veridus, LLC to Teach for America – Phoenix since 2007. Their efforts in securing state funding for the region have helped bring promising leaders to Phoenix and enlist passionate individuals in the movement for educational equity.


Colleen and Jim Edwards

John and Colleen Lomax with Kate Baker, Teach For America – Phoenix board chair

Katie Tennessen Hooten, executive director, Teach For America – Phoenix; Jay Kaprosy, director, Veridus LLC; Kate Baker, Teach For America – Phoenix board chair

Rich Dozer, Kelly Barr and Peter Hayes

Rodney and Sasha Glassman

Steve Erickson, vice president, Public Affairs and Community Engagement, Teach For America – Phoenix, and Gov. Doug Ducey

Steve Whitworth, Jim Swanson and Jerry Barnier

Susan Drescher-Mulzet and Mark Mulzet

Vianne Kucera, Penny Papadopoulos and Christy Burton

Becky Burnham and Denise Resnick

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