Project Lead It Forward Showcase & Graduation Celebration

A Showcase of Community Service & Impact, Served Up with Some Fun!

Join us as we recognize the impact, efforts and achievements of Class 31 as they personally showcase their projects for all guests. Afterward, we will continue the celebration with a Class 31 graduation ceremony and reception.

Friday, May 5, 2017

PLIF Showcase: 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Graduation Celebration: 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.

Drinks will be offered in the lobby and patio areas from 4:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. Food and drinks will be served during the graduation reception.

The Homestead Community Center 
18600 N 98th St, Scottsdale, AZ 85255

Click HERE to view a map of the location.

  • Class 31 members are allowed to bring one complimentary guest.
  • Visionary & Champion level donors are complimentary; RSVP by emailing
  • $40 All other Scottsdale Leadership alumni & guests

Online Registration for this event has closed.  Tickets will be available for purchase at Check-In.

Class 31 Team Projects:

Adaptive Services (Team 1):

Scottsdale Adaptive Services integrates people who live with disabilities into the Scottsdale community.  They provide comprehensive programs and services that meet the expressed needs of Scottsdale’s citizens with disabilities, so as to enhance quality of life and promote inclusive community participation.  In order to further the mission of enhancing the quality of life for people with disabilities, Team Awesome from Class XXXI has transformed Scottsdale Adaptive Services Center’s outdoor area into an oasis inclusive of a therapeutic sensory garden and recreational space that will afford participants therapeutic benefits, sensory stimulation, tranquility, recreation, and full accessibility.  This has included a fully accessible turfed and shaded area for wellness, recreation, life instruction, and socialization opportunities.  Specifically, this has included artificial turf, bocci ball set, a patio of pavers, shade structure, and functional sensory gardens, all ADA accessible.  The proposed garden would provide a unique opportunity for people with disabilities to experience the food chain cycle of growing, cooking, and composting as well as to experience the tranquility and therapeutic benefits of gardening and interacting with nature.  The shaded recreation space will allow participants a safe, structured outdoor space for socialization, exercise, exploration, skill building and wellness instruction.  This was an “extreme makeover” at its best!

 The New Foundation (Team 2):

Team Two Infinity partnered with The New Foundation (TNF), which supports youth (11-17 years old) who are struggling with mental health and behavioral health disorders, to transform an existing dirt lot into a safe place for kids to play. The project encompassed the renovation of an outdoor space providing turf, lighting, sports equipment, a shed, and additional funding for multi-purpose media. Several fundraising events including community awareness of TNF’s programs and services served as the platform to connect and leverage resources. The space “Their Backyard” provides another outlet to relieve stress, an important part of therapeutic behavioral health treatment, and a space to just be a kid.

Operation Fix It (Team 3):

Operation Fix It is a signature program of the City of Scottsdale, but there has been a lack of awareness and a decline in fundraising over the past several years. OFI Manager Michelle Holmes pitched her plea for help to Class 31 and there wasn’t a dry eye in the house. Michelle works with the City’s most vulnerable citizens to assist them in times of crisis on projects that make a huge difference in property values and pride of ownership, but it’s the personal connections that make all the difference. Team 3 felt an immediate passion for this project and dove all-in to support Michelle in raising awareness and funds for OFI. Efforts included public relations, business planning, marketing strategy and tactics, and direct fundraising. OFI gained high visibility at the Mayor’s State of the City luncheon, with new brochures and giving envelopes at each place setting, a tug-on-the-heartstrings video highlighting an OFI client, an information table and raffle and mention in the Mayor’s address.  Already, significant funds have been raised, marketing materials updated and a business plan is in place, all of which will position OFI to grow, excel and continue providing a valuable service to Scottsdale citizens in need.

Fresh Start Women’s Foundation (Team 4):

Team 4’s project will ensure that the Fresh Start Women’s Foundation has a vehicle to educate the community on their great work of helping women with education, resources and support to positively transform their lives.  A professional video was created by securing interviews with Fresh Start clients, resulting in a new marketing video for Fresh Start to use in marketing efforts and future promotions.  Team 4 successfully met the critical need for the organization to have the ability to share these transformational stories with the community, which will in turn build organizational capacity and sustainability.  Team 4 is thrilled to have had the opportunity to help Fresh Start share with the community how the women benefiting from their programs are creating stronger communities and families.