2013 Making A World of Difference

Making a World of DifferenceYou’re Invited to Tempe Sister Cities Seventh Annual

“Making A World Of Difference”

Awards Ceremony and Banquet

Presented by…Wells Fargo

The 2013 honorees have been chosen.  Plan now to attend the  Awards Ceremony and Banquet to hear their amazing stories on Thursday, October 10, Tempe Center for the Arts, 700 West Rio Salado Parkway, Tempe, Arizona.

Call Jane Neuheisel (480) 838-0437 for details or Click Here to Register ONLINE!

The 2013 honorees this year include:

Janine Skinner – is the Arizona development advisor for Feed My Starving Children, a Minnesota-based non-profit organization that works in more than 70 countries. She annually organizes some 115,000 volunteers to pack and ship the nutrient-filled MannaPac- Rice meals that cost less than 22 cents per meal to produce. These meals are saving lives and can quickly reverse and prevent malnutrition. She recently organized the 24-hour all-volunteer “Change the

World from Phoenix”campaign…packing one million meals in 24 hours with volunteers working in two-hour shifts! She is now leading a campaign to raise $1,000,000 to purchase a larger facility where more volunteers can pack even more meals. Inasmuch as some 6,200 children around the world die each day from hunger Janine and her volunteers are truly, Making a World of Difference.


Dr. John Gillan – Mesa-based Endodontist, has conducted and personally financed some 26 dental missions abroad… helping the forgotten and underserved. He brings his own supplies, including books, to share with professors and local dentists. He goes where he is most needed and treats patients “in the bush.” Dr. Gillan has made two trips to Romania, 16 trips to Kosovo and six trips to Cameroon. He is helped and supported by his wife Cindy and children who have accompanied him on most of these missions. In 2009 he received the Medal of Gratitude from the President of Albania for his help educating Albanian dentists. He also received the Spirit of Service Lifetime Award from the American Association of Endodontists. The Gillan family treasures the many friendships they have made over the years as they continue Making a World of Difference.


Dr. Brian and Keri deGuzman – traveled to Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, where they saw children begging on the streets and families living in deplorable conditions. They knew they had to help. They have adopted four Ethiopian children and created the 4Mati Foundation that supports and develops programs targeting education, health care and orphan support. In order to care for hundreds of orphans (UNICEF reports there are some six million orphaned children in

Ethiopia) they are working to create self-sustaining projects and teach the communities how to care for their own people. Last year they completed construction of a small food production facility that produces MITTEN, a highly nutritious product made of 12 drought-resistant Ethiopian seeds and grains. In addition they are raising money to build a school which will open next year, and will serve some 2,000 children including girls. Their efforts are changing the destiny of children in Ethiopia and Making a World of Difference.



Festivities to honor these outstanding people will begin at 6:00 p.m.

Anyone wishing to attend this banquet may call Jane Neuheisel (480) 838-0437 for details. Please RSVP by Thursday, October 3, 2013 or

click here to register online.


What can one person do…to help the disadvantaged, the sick, the people trapped in grinding poverty all around the globe? The very idea seems overwhelming. The Tempe Sister City organization created this event to honor individuals who have truly brought aid and comfort and hope to the less fortunate…whose achievements inspire us…and whose ongoing efforts have reached the world stage. We invite you to salute them…to support their charities..and let light shine on the humanitarian spirit that dwells in all of us.

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