Kicking off the Holiday season, Mesa Leadership returned to the intimate Brown Sculpture Courtyard at Mesa Arts Center on November 28 for a party, complete with great food, great entertainment and great company. Themed “An Evening with the Stars,” the event allowed alumni to meet the current class, to learn how they can support their project. In turn, the class got to network with previous graduates to learn where their experiences have taken them.
While (name of musicians) played, guests enjoyed dishes with an Italian flair from (name of caterer) and improv comedy from National Comedy Theater. The evening was a great opportunity for everyone to catch up and connect. Our thanks to Alumni and Community Events Chair Shannon Heinze for putting together another fantastic evening.
View the video from our Evening With the Stars, and have a Happy Holiday!
Mesa Leadership celebrated the holidays with a little hula on November 30, as they gathered for the annual Holiday Party.
This year’s event was held at the Mesa Arts Center in the Brown Sculpture Courtyard, and the food as well as the entertainment was provided by Royal Islanders, which is a Mesa business that has been in the area for about 30 years. The group served up dinner, then served up authentic Polynesian dancing, featuring performers from Tongo, Hawaii and Tahiti.
Tia Tuinei and wife Melekai own Royal Islanders and their daughter and granddaughter are featured dancers in the troupe as well. As shown in the image in the lower right quarter above, they also believe in teaching and engaging their audience to learn native dances.
Tia strums and sings authentic tunes from the islands while dancers move to the beat.
Mesa Leadership to Celebrate the Holidays with Hawaiian Flair
There’s so much to celebrate in Mesa Leadership…our current class represents the 32nd to come through the program, and is promising to continue the legacy of learning and contributing to the community with a great class project. In addition, our alumni contributions and achievements have made Mesa a great place to do business and grow.
So in that spirit we’re inviting all of our alumni, members and current class participants to join us on Thursday, November 30 for our annual Holiday party.
This year’s event takes place at Mesa Arts Center in the Brown Sculpture Courtyard, from 6 to 8 pm. You’re invited to bring one guest, and given our “Holiday Hawaiian Luau” theme, we’d love to see everyone in Hawaiian shirts! The evening promises dinner, entertainment, laughter, meeting new friends and catching up with others.
On Saturday April 9, the Mesa Leadership Class of 2016 participated in the Relay for Life raising over $2,000 for the American Cancer Society and had a lot of fun doing it. They were awarded a Track sign. Track signs are awarded to teams who raise more than $1,000 and are color coded so teams can move up as they raise more money each year. Some of the longer serving teams at the Relay proudly display 6 or 7 Track signs. Congratulations Class and Lyn Gorton, the class member who led the team.
Next year they plan to invite alumni to be involved so be looking for information about this very fun and worthy event in the Spring of 2017.
Mesa Leadership Alumni and Members of the Current Class had a blast at our Annual Holiday get-together on Thursday, December 3 at the Mesa Arts Center (MAC) in the beautiful Brown Sculpture Courtyard. We collected 29 gift cards worth $345 for Helen’s Hope Chest. We also raised $115 for the Scholarship Fund through our raffle activities. MAC Artist Kyllan Maney made sure we were able to express our creative side. We made Shrinky Dinks–google it if you are furrowing your brow in confusion. We also created a Mesa Dream Share Cloud where we shared our dreams for Mesa in the magical balloon cloud tent. All while we learned about the MAC’s Creative Catalysts initiative to get young people, especially those under 40 to get involved in leadership in their community. We enjoyed delicious food from Zappone’s Italian Bistro and grooved to the music of Guitarras Latinas. Special Thanks to the i.d.e.a. Museum, Zappone’s and the MAC for their generous donations to our raffle.