2018 “Making A World of Difference” Awards and Banquet

Tempe Sister Cities 12th Annual

“Making A World Of Difference”

Awards and Banquet

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 “Making A World of Difference” 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.

The 2018 Honorees include:

Kenton Lee-The Shoe That Grows

Connie Sunday-E3 Africa

Michael & Michelle Tessendorf-Orchard Africa

Charlotte Gould-Stitches By Charlotte

See more information about each of these outstanding honorees below!

We invite you to join us as we salute them…to support their charities…and let light shine on the humanitarian spirit that dwells in all of us.

You’re Invited!

Tempe Sister Cities 12th Annual  “Making A World Of Difference”

Awards and Banquet Honoring Global Humanitarians-Stories of Inspiring Service

When: Thursday, October 11, 2018

Where: Tempe Center for the Arts, 700 West Rio Salado Parkway  Tempe, AZ 85281

Details:  Meet and Greet 6:00 p.m.  Dinner to Follow.  Dressy or Business Attire.

CLICK HERE to Register online

or you can reserve by calling Tempe Sister Cities/Hackett House (480) 350-8181.  Anyone wishing to sponsor a table for the banquet may call Jane Nueheisel (480) 838-0437.

Please RSVP by October 3, 2018.

MEET the 2018 “Making A World Of Difference Honorees!”

Kenton Lee – saw a little girl in Kenya trying to walk in shoes that were much too small for her… she had cut the front of the shoes off and her toes were hanging out. He learned that shoes were precious… needed to protect feet from parasites and disease… and in many cases were a requirement to attend school. Some 300 million children in the world do not have shoes, and children who do have shoes quickly outgrow them….and so he thought about a shoe that grows as the child grows. That was in 2007. After approaching several manufacturers and finding no interest he assembled his own team and after five years produced a prototype that would work. Today some 184,163 pairs of “the shoe that grows” have been distributed in 100 countries.. and there is more on the horizon…



Connie Sunday of Tempe, Arizona, is Chairman of the local
arm of E3Africa, a faith-based organization dedicated to helping the orphaned, impoverished and often forgotten children of Africa. E3 is translated to Educate, Enrich and Empower and is reaching out
to Uganda with an education program that now has 197 students
enrolled with 100 others graduated and now contributing to Ugandan
growth and sustainability. In 2016 Connie’s team began building a secondary education boarding school, the St. Thomas Aquinas College.  When completed the school will have four classrooms, a dormitory, a multipurpose hall, a chapel and restrooms. It will have the capacity to educate some 800 students and will also help nearby villages by providing food from the college farm, education programs about disease prevention and treatment (Aids, Malaria) and clean water from the school well.
Michael & Michelle Tessendorf- of Chandler, Arizona, founded Orchard: Africa more than 25 years ago in Mafikeng, South Africa, as a way to feed hungry children seen rummaging through the city garbage dump searching for food. Over the years they have expanded the program from a church-led feeding project for 30 children to a network of some 600 community churches and 100 funded programs that reach across sub-Saharan Africa. The program works through the local churches by training local pastors and staff with ways to provide education for children of all ages; to develop gardening and agricultural programs for growing food; and to provide compassionate care for orphans, the sick and the elderly. These programs address the many challenges brought about by extreme poverty and today are providing a channel of hope and sustainable change for thousands of families.
Charlotte Gouldis a darling 10-year-old who makes dolls for children facing surgery or other
medical challenges. She is creating dolls which will soon be on their way to Tempe’s eleven sister cities
where they will be given to a child in need. Come hear her inspiring story.

CLICK HERE to Register online

or you can reserve by calling Tempe Sister Cities/Hackett House (480) 350-8181.  Anyone wishing to sponsor a table for the banquet may call Jane Nueheisel (480) 838-0437.

Please RSVP by October 3, 2018.

Tempe Sister Cities