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Special Events

Events are a great way to celebrate new initiatives, accomplishments and to gain public and news media attention. Traditional events are even better when they contain the unexpected.


Demolition Day

Pima Community College was clearing an abandoned hotel property that had become a neighborhood nuisance. We were making way for an Automotive Technology and Innovation Center.  Because it marked a significant transformation for the college and the neighborhood, we developed "Demolition Day."  After few remarks, participants posed for photos with hard hats and golden sledgehammers.  Before long, heavy equipment took down the first piece of the motel and the participants rocked their social media pages. #goldensledgehammer



Certainly, the people with important titles got to toss some dirt, but so did our students and faculty in this special groundbreaking ceremony. We also invited numerous staff to take a turn turning soil.


Beam signing - An event in a pandemic

The biggest beam in the building was about to be placed.  It was an opportunity during a pandemic to have an event.  Invited guests, partners, affiliates, faculty and students, were invited -- a few at a time -- to come sign the beam. The beam now sits high in the building, with a few dozen secrets attached.


Governor's Partnership Announcement

Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey was on campus to announce a new training partnership with Pima Community College. The event included a tour and visits with students. It's always an event when the governor comes.

Signature Luncheon

Signature Luncheon is Tidewell Foundation's largest event of the year, drawing more than 600 guests. The 2023 event honored veterans and highlighted a hospice program, Tidewell Honors Veterans. It also featured special guest speaker Dr. Sudip Bose, Army Bronze Star Recipient, emergency room physician and entrpreneur.


Tidewell Trot

Tidewell Trot was a health-based fund-raiser for Tidewell Hospice. A 5K run/walk and a 1-mile walk, the event encouraged all to participate but has a heart for those who experienced hospice care.

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