The Herozona Foundation recently returned from its 17th annual, invitation-only Arizona Delegation National Update Brunch during the 51st Congressional Black Caucus from Sept. 28 through Oct. 2, brought new guests and performers to the momentous event. From 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Georgia Brown’s in Washington D.C. on Saturday, Oct. 1, expert speakers covered important topics related to Arizona, including the diversification of the state, economic impact, business development, the housing market and more. Aaron Bare, the co-founder of the Herozona Foundation, was excited about the outcome of this year’s event.
“It was great to see local and national leaders come together to talk about the future of our communities, and how we can come together to create meaningful change,” Bare said. “Ultimately, AP (Alan “AP” Powell) and the rest of the delegation facilitated strategic alliances and partnerships that will be useful in the future as these leaders continue to architect what the future holds for Arizona, and our nation.”
The event featured several memorable performances, including:
- Invocation by Pilgrim Rest Baptist Church First Lady Lynn Mackey
- Performance of the National Anthem and “Lift Every Voice & Sing” by the world’s strongest violinist Evan Pittman
- Pledge of Allegiance by actor and recording artist Bentley Green
- Welcome message by Ronnie R Williams, CEO of the Herozona Foundation
- Local Update on City of Tempe progress by Mayor Corey Woods
- State Update on Arizona Congressional victories by Arizona Representative Reginald Bolding
- National Update from Arizona Senators Krysten Sinema and Mark Kelly
- Keynote by National Newspaper Publishers Association Black Press USA President and CEO Dr. Benjamin F. Chavis Jr.
- Closing remarks by Alan “AP” Powell, Chairman of AP & Associates – Strategic Alliances, U.S. Army Desert-Storm Veteran, and founder of Herozona
This year, the Herozona Foundation also sponsored the attendance of ten local university students from the Greater Phoenix Urban League Young Professionals’ YP CoNEXT program. In addition to receiving an invitation to the brunch and attending sessions at the Congressional Black Caucus, the students also got tours of the Capitol, the Pentagon and the National Museum of African American History and Culture.
The event was supported by the Phoenix Suns Legacy Partners, APS, SRP, the Arizona Diamondbacks, Andrew & Amy Cohn, Sonoran Technology, Visit Phoenix, Equality Health Foundation, the Greater Phoenix Urban League, the Art Hamilton Group, KDL Services, the VIBE Phoenix, the Arizona Informant Foundation and more.
Herozona Foundation has launched various community programs including Phoenix Tools 4 School, The Bridge Forum, Holiday Bike Giveaways, MLK Celebrating the Dream, Play It Forward: Engaging Our Youth Through the Arts, Veterans Reach to Teach, the Herozona Forgotten Heroes Breakfast, the first Nielsen consumer report on veterans, the largest COVID-19 testing site for minorities and most recently, the Blue Zones Activate initiative, an effort to help make the Greater South Phoenix area a healthier and happier place to live, work, and thrive.
For more information about the foundation’s community program partnerships visit herozona.org or follow on Facebook.com/HerozonaOrg.
About the Herozona Foundation
The Herozona Foundation is a non-profit organization that empowers Heroes in the community through entrepreneurship, employment, and education. The group works with veterans, first responders and those that bring social good to future generations and under-served communities. The foundation’s mission is to create opportunities for the brave men and women who serve their country, and community, every day. For more information, please visit Herozona.org.