Tully was recognized for his leadership on the board between 2007 and 2013, which helped the non-profit organization re-build from a chapter on probation to a chapter that is now a non-profit leader in the Make-A-Wish® international organization and throughout Arizona.
The Tom & Madena Stewart Lifetime Compassion Award honors in perpetuity those outstanding community members who, through their contributions to the arts, business, education, government, humanities, community service, philanthropy and science, have brought honor to themselves, Make-A-Wish Arizona and the communities where they work and live.
“Mike is a lot like Tom & Madena Stewart in many ways,” said Elizabeth Reich, president and CEO of Make-A-Wish Arizona. “He is a life-long philanthropist, like they were, who supports his own community.
“Make-A-Wish Arizona would not be where it is today without Mike’s enthusiasm for our mission and his commitment to building a diverse and influential board of community leaders equally as dedicated to granting wishes to Arizona kids,” continued Reich.
The ball, which celebrates the mission of Make-A-Wish Arizona by raising funds to grant the wishes of Arizona children with life-threatening medical conditions, has grown dramatically in the past three years, raising more than $2.7 million in one evening. More than 570 people attended the event at The Phoenician.
“Make-A-Wish Arizona could not grant the 300-plus wishes we grant every year without the generosity of our donors who, like Mike, truly believe that every eligible child in Arizona deserves a wish experience,” said Reich. “Honoring Mike, who has done so much to raise awareness about our organization, fit perfectly into our evening.