Circle of Excellence

The 2019 Circle of Excellence Awards winners pose for a photo. 

United Way of Tucson and Southern Arizona held its 15th Annual Circle of Excellence Awards Luncheon last month at the JW Marriott Starr Pass Resort and Spa, where more than 300 people turned out to honor and recognize the workplace campaigns and generous companies and individuals who help build a thriving community. 

This year’s Circle of Excellence Award winners included:

Best of the Best ECL (Employee Campaign Leader) of the Year: Karla Morales (University of Arizona); LIVE UNITED Award: The David and Lura Lovell Foundation; Building a Better Community Award: Jim Click Automotive Team; Cornerstone Award: AGM Container Controls, Inc.; Young Leaders Society Company of the Year: University of Arizona; Champions of Caring Award: Freeport-McMoRan, Inc.; Partnership Award: Tucson Electric Power & IBEW #1116; All American Award: Linda Drake (United Way Board Member and Trailblazer Advisors Founder); Best Small Company: W.E. O’Neil Construction Co. of Arizona ; Best Medium Company: Enterprise Holdings; and Best Large Company: GEICO.

The Michael J. Harris Spirit of Tucson Award went to Caterpillar and is given to the company that demonstrates excellence in corporate involvement and community leadership. Michael J. Harris was one of the community’s most dedicated citizens, as well as a great friend and champion of United Way of Tucson and Southern Arizona. Last year’s Michael J. Harris Award winner was GEICO. 

The top 25 Employee Campaign Leaders also earned recognition at the event for leading their company’s’ internal fundraising and volunteer efforts and contributing to the success of important community programs, partnerships, and initiatives

“It’s my great privilege to join the community-wide chorus of congratulations for this year’s Circle of Excellence honorees,” said Tony Penn, president and CEO of United Way of Tucson and Southern Arizona.  “These awards are based on the spirit of a circle, with no beginning, middle or end, and this is powerfully symbolic of the commitment that these individuals and companies are making to build a thriving community.”