Saturday, May 21 · 9:00am – 12:00pm
University of Arizona Mall
Created By Greater Tucson Leadership
The Greater Tucson Leadership (GTL) organization invites Tucsonans to grab a picnic blanket, pack their favorite breakfast and come to the University of Arizona Mall on Saturday, May 21 from 9 am – Noon for Tucson’s largest community picnic, Together Tucson.
The event, hosted by GTL, has been created to tap into the community spirit and kindness that followed the January 8 shooting tragedy when strangers assembled together at the UMC memorial. Attendees can renew feelings of togetherness, and their intentions to make Tucson a better place by eating and conversing together, listening to speakers and enjoying music and entertainment.
There will be a variety of activities for children and adults, including a volunteer festival to promote community service opportunities for families and individuals. Attendees can make their own mark on Tucson with the creation of a tile to be included in a public art mosaic installation as part of a future Tucson road improvement project. The mosaic theme is “Commit to Kindness” and is a project from the Ben’s Bells organization.
The event will feature speaker, Ron Barber, Congresswoman Giffords’ staff member who was injured in the shooting. Mr. Barber will provide an update on the status of the Fund for Civility, Respect and Understanding, the fund he established, as well as the other memorial funds that have been created.
Dr. Peter Rhee, the UMC trauma surgeon that treated Congresswoman Giffords, will also speak about the needs and benefits of community volunteerism and leadership.
In addition to fostering community, the event will also entertain with fun for people of all ages. There will be music from Jovert, the Tucson High Steel Drum band, raffle prizes and activities for children. Attendees should plan to bring their own picnic meal and a blanket or chairs for seating.
RSVP via Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/#!/event.php?eid=185002324879147
Greater Tucson Leadership
E Broadway Blvd, Suite 1600
Tucson, AZ 85711
Phone: (520) 512-5485
Fax: (520) 884-7071