4th Annual Experience Matters Luncheon

550 attend event to honor former Arizona Governor Janet Napolitano

Former Arizona governor (2003–2009), Secretary of Homeland Security and University of California President Janet Napolitano received the Change Maker Award at the fourth annual Experience Matters Luncheon on March 6 at the JW Marriott Scottsdale Camelback Inn and Spa. The award recognizes an individual who has made a major impact on the community and the state of Arizona.

Project C.U.R.E., a Tempe-based volunteer-driven nonprofit that delivers 40-foot containers of donated medical supplies to countries around the world, received the organization’s Encore Impact Award.

The former governor also delivered the keynote. Following her remarks, Arizona Congressman Greg Stanton moderated a question-and-answer session.

The event was hosted by CBS5 anchor Sean McLaughlin. Marion Rhoades chaired the luncheon, which raised $133,000 for Experience Matters.

MARION RHOADES PHOTOGRAPHY, COURTESY EXPERIENCE MATTERS

Arizona Congressman Greg Stanton moderates a question-and-answer session with Janet Napolitano

Laurie Buczek, Wendy Cohen and Nora Hannah, former Experience Matters CEO

Wendy Cohen and Travis Gibson, Project C.U.R.E. director of operations, who accepted the Encore Impact Award on behalf of the organization

Marion Rhoades, Gail Knight, Clayton Hopkins, Janet Napolitano, Wendy Cohen, Nancy Stern, Maria Hesse and Laurie Buczek

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