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Dedication of Verrado's Giant Oak Kicks Off Relay for Life


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Oak Tree Represents Community’s Spirit Of Philanthropy

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. – The dedication of the Giving Tree, a 35-foot-high southern oak tree, in the community of Verrado on Tuesday, Oct 16, will kick off Relay For Life, the American Cancer Society’s signature event in Buckeye.

The American Cancer Society is the first organization to benefit from the Giving Tree, a philanthropic program created by Verrado Leadership, a community leadership program. The giant oak symbolizes the community’s spirit of philanthropy, serving as a catalyst for volunteerism and community involvement. It also serves as a landmark in Verrado’s new Heritage District. Buckeye’s Inaugural Relay For Life event will take place October 19 – 20 at Verrado High School.

During the dedication, the Giving Tree will be lit in purple light, the color representing Relay For Life. Guests of the event will have the opportunity to make donations in support of Relay For Life by purchasing purple ribbons that will be tied to a decorative wrought iron fence surrounding the oak. Community members and representatives of the American Cancer Society will be attendance.

“Verrado is a special place where people care for one another, giving their time and resources to those in need,” said Todd Hornback, Verrado’s executive director of the Assembly. “The Giving Tree is a dramatic reflection of the philanthropic spirit of our residents. This giving spirit is part of what makes our community special.”

Verrado Leadership, a group of community residents, will identify and develop fundraising activities for the Giving Tree program. A key role of Verrado Leadership members in cultivating a leadership community is stewardship of philanthropic and charitable endeavors by organizing and promoting volunteer opportunities in Buckeye and the West Valley.

Verrado is a modern community located in Buckeye, Arizona.

WHAT: Dedication of the Giving Tree and kick-off event for Relay For Life

WHERE: I-10 west to Verrado Way, exit 120. North to Thomas Road, left on Thomas Road to the Giving Tree

WHEN: Oct. 16, 2007, beginning at 6:30 p.m