Partnering for Workforce Success

Each Spring, The Heroes of Education Dinner honors those who have a proven personal and professional commitment to supporting students and educational opportunities. Sponsored by the Maricopa Community Colleges and the Maricopa Community Colleges Foundation since 2006, these events have raised over $1.5 million in scholarships for Maricopa Community Colleges students. Also recognized are 10 College Heroes, one from each of the Maricopa Community Colleges, representing individuals, organizations or companies who have distinguished themselves by providing exceptional support and/or service to one of the Colleges.

Honoring our 2020 Heroes of Education

Individual Hero of Education Honoree
David Adame,
President and CEO of Chicanos Por La Causa, Inc.

Recognized for his longtime commitment to education and empowering students.


Corporate Hero of Education Honoree
State Farm

Recognized for their continued generosity in providing numerous scholarships and programs  across the Maricopa Community Colleges District.

JW Marriott Scottsdale Camelback Inn Resort & Spa
5402 East Lincoln Drive | Paradise Valley, AZ
5:00 p.m. Reception | 6:00 p.m. Dinner

Heroes of Education Recognition Dinner Committee

Julie Rees Co-chair

Secretary, Foundation Board of Directors, Triadvocates Public Affairs

Kathleen Winn

Governing Board Member,
Maricopa Community Colleges

Deborah Carstens
Honorary Chair

Carstens Family Funds


Paul Luna
Honorary Chair

President and CEO,
Helios Education Foundation

Gold Sponsors

Silver Sponsors

Copper Sponsors

Bronze Sponsors

Foundation Friend Sponsors

Past Heroes of Education Honorees

Steven G. Seleznow

President and Chief Executive Officer, Arizona Community Foundation

2019 Honoree

Dr. Carolyn Warner

Co-Founder and Chairman, Corporate Education Consulting, Inc.

2018 Honoree

Vince Roig

Founding Chairman, Helios Education Foundation

2014 Honoree

Lisa Budinger

President and CEO, Arizona College Scholarship Foundation

2012 Honoree

Ronnie Lopez

Chairman, Phoenix International Consultants, Inc.

2011 Honoree

Ed Pastor

US Congressman, Arizona 4th District

2007 Honoree

Peter Fine

President & CEO, Banner Health

2006 Honoree