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L’Don Sawyer Delivers Fast Pitch

L’Don Sawyer Delivers Fast Pitch

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L'Don Sawyer, CEO at St. Luke's Home, was one of seven finalists pitching their organizations in the recent 2017 Fast Pitch Tucson. The evening program was the culmination of a free two-month communication skills training program for nonprofits created by Social Ventures Partners. Fast Pitch Tucson trains nonprofit leaders to powerfully communicate their story, and connects them with leaders in the business, philanthropic and nonprofit communities. SVP Tucson began offering the Fast Pitch program in 2015. Over the past two years, over $344,000 has been awarded and granted to Fast Pitch participating organizations. You can watch L'Don's pitch below or see all seven finalists on the SVP website.
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December 2017 Newsletter

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  St. Luke's Home December Newsletter       SAHBA Golf Tournament Proceeds Provide Big Boost to St. Luke's Home Representatives from the Southern Arizona Home Builders Association (SAHBA) visited St. Luke's recently to present a $15,000 check to Russell Burns, President of St. Luke's Board of Trustees and L'Don Sawyer, CEO. The total represented the proceeds from  SAHBA's  Charity Classic Golf at Omni Tucson National Resort  which took place on September 8th. David Godlewski, President of SAHBA, led the delegation to present the check. As he stated, "SAHBA is proud to support St. Luke’s Home through our 2017 Charity Golf Classic. Each year our organization picks an organization that fills an unmet need in housing or workforce development. St. Luke’s Home does an exceptional job and is an asset to…
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Kids are the future? So are older adults!

Kids are the future? So are older adults!

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In college—Washington University in St. Louis. Yeah, go Bears!…If that’s still relevant!—I volunteered with the Campus Y and led a program called SAGE (Service Across GEnerations). We students would wake up early on Saturdays, hop on the school shuttle, and visit seniors at a nursing home. We played checkers and cards and talked to the seniors. There was Joyce, who enjoyed drawing penguins and who always called me Lou. And Mrs. Mosbey, a 90-year-old blind woman who listened to the radio and kept up with current affairs, who constantly ribbed me for being vegan. “You need to eat some meat,” she would say, “it’ll put some hair on your chest.” As delightful as the visits were, it was extremely difficult to get other students to participate. Whereas the program where…
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November 2017 Newsletter

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  St. Luke's Home November Newsletter       St. Luke's Selected as Finalist in Fast Pitch Tucson  St. Luke's Home's CEO L'Don Sawyer was selected as one of seven finalists from a field of 17 area non-profits competing in Social Venture Partner's Fast Pitch Tucson. L'Don, pictured above at the third practice session, and six others will compete on November 9 at the Leo Rich Theater in front of a panel of judges and an expected standing-room-only audience to present their three minute “pitch” that best describes their non-profit organizations. Over the past two months, L’Don  has worked closely with her assigned mentors: Jan Knight, Bancroft Information Services  and Beth Miller of Beth L. Miller Communications. Other finalists are: Jennifer Moore, Abbie School; Liz Hernandez, Project Safe Place, Jewish Family…
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Save the Date: 99th Annual Baile de las Flores on April 21, 2018

Save the Date: 99th Annual Baile de las Flores on April 21, 2018

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Mark Your Calendars! The 99th Annual Baile de las Flores will take place Saturday, 21 April 2018, 5:30 pm, at the Mountain Oyster Club.  Tickets are $150.00 per person ($90.00 allowable tax deduction per reservation).  To purchase tickets, CLICK HERE. Since 1919, the St. Luke’s Board of Visitors has organized and presented the oldest ongoing charity event in Tucson to support St. Luke’s Home.  The Board of Visitors Committee continues this annual celebration with the 99th Annual Baile de las Flores.  We invite you to this year’s celebration in support of the Elders who live at St. Luke’s Home.  Since 1987 a renowned artist from the Tucson area has been invited to donate an original painting to the raffled at the Baile de las Flores.  Barry Sapp has graciously accepted…
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Feldman Neighbors at St. Luke’s Home

Feldman Neighbors at St. Luke’s Home

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The Feldman Neighborhood Association turned out at St. Luke's Home to provide Neighbors' Night Out, which featured a dessert buffet, great music by DJ David Squires, better known as Kid Squid, and plenty of time to share food, conversation and fun. Neighbors from the surrounding area mingled with St. Luke's Elders. The event took place on October 19 from 6- 8 pm in St. Luke's East Courtyard. Representatives from Tucson's local law enforcement and fire houses were there . Also attending were the Honorable Olivia Cajero Bedford who represents District 3 in the Arizona Senate, and the Honorable Richard Elias, Pima County Board of Supervisors representing District 5. 
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October 2017 Newsletter

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  St. Luke's Home October Newsletter       St. Luke's Competes in Fast Pitch Tucson  St. Luke's Home was selected as one of 17 area non-profits to compete in Social Venture Partner's Fast Pitch Tucson. The competition is modeled like a typical venture-capital pitch. Participants work with mentors to boil down to three minutes a descriptive appeal to "sell" their nonprofits to donors and investors. Mentors Jan Knight, Bancroft Information Services (far left above) and Beth Miller of Beth L. Miller Communications (center) are pictured with St. Luke's CEO L'Don Sawyer during a recent practice session. Seven finalists will be announced the week of October 30th. The finalists will present their pitches in front of judges and the public on November 9 at the Leo Rich Teacher. A range…
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St. Luke Elders Visit Salpointe Catholic High School

St. Luke Elders Visit Salpointe Catholic High School

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Elders Learn Social Media Skills at Salpointe A group of St. Luke's Elders visited Salpointe Catholic High School on October 5 for a special training, The Power of Social Media to Serve Social Justice.  The morning-long training by the Salpointe Morality class (pictured above). Elders learned the power of a wide range of platforms that can be used to further social justice in the country. 
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Friends and Family Night at St. Luke’s

Friends and Family Night at St. Luke’s

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Elders' Family and Friends Share Dinner at St. Luke's Nearly 100 people, including Elders and their family and friends, shared a delicious spaghetti dinner at St. Luke's Home on Sunday evening, September 24. The evening offered the opportunity for Elders' to invite those closest to them to share a meal, meet their friends in the St. Luke's community, enjoy great food and a beautiful evening of socializing and fun. Elders relished the opportunity to play host to those they loved. Several invited six or more of their friends and families and proudly introduced them to all. The spaghetti was delicious, conversation flowed, and Elders beamed. "It felt so special," one of them shared, "like hosting my family at a restaurant, a great night out!"  
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I-PEP Back at St. Luke’s Home

I-PEP Back at St. Luke’s Home

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I-PEP Returns to St. Luke's Home The Geriatric Inter-Professional Education and Practice Program (I-PEP) Screening Clinic launched its 2017-2018 programs on September 9th with a clinic on Healthy Eating. I-PEP was created in partnership with the Arizona Health Sciences Center and the Arizona Center on Aging. It brings students from UA's nursing, pharmacy, public health and medical colleges to St. Luke's for monthly clinics and educational presentations.  
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