Celebration for Chandler All-America City Award on September 1

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Chandler’s All-America City Community Celebration has been scheduled for Wednesday, September 1, 2010, at the Chandler Center for the Arts. The event starts at 6:30 p.m. with entertainment and refreshments in the lobby, followed by a presentation in the main auditorium at 7 p.m.

The presentation will include a slide show and video highlighting the Chandler delegation’s trip in June to Kansas City, Mo., for the competition. The event will also honor the people, organizations, and corporate sponsors who supported the City’s award application.

The event had originally been scheduled for July 30, but was postponed due to the tragic death that week of Chandler Police Detective Carlos Ledesma.

“Our hearts were heavy that week and our full attention was on the families of the officers who were shot, and the men and women of our Police Department,” said Mayor Dunn. “Yet, even as we mourned, the tremendous outpouring of support from our residents was another measure of how special this community is, and how we come together in a crisis.”

Mayor Dunn once again noted that being named an All-America City during a period of economic struggle for the nation is a validation for how the community deals with challenges and finds solutions through innovation, collaboration and civic engagement.

“The entire community contributed to earning this recognition, and we can revel in this award for years. But it’s also important that we start to build on our success,” Dunn said. “Our event on September 1st is just one of many times in the coming months and years that Chandler residents will gather to celebrate our accomplishments and work toward a brighter future.”

Representatives from the three projects that were highlighted in the All-America City award presentation will have information booths at the celebration. Refreshments and drinks will be available thanks to generous donations from several local restaurants, including Serrano’s, Floridino’s and Shangri-La De Old Cathay. The Chandler Unified School District is donating the drinks and desserts.

For more information on Chandler’s All-America City award go to www.chandleraz.gov/allamericacity.

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