Public service awards named after late Giffords’ aide

The Center for the Future of Arizona has announced the establishment of the Gabe Zimmerman Public Service Awards, named in honor of Congresswoman Gabielle Giffords’ director of community outreach who lost his life during the Jan. 8 mass shootings while serving the citizens of Arizona.

“His dedication represents exactly what public service is all about – integrity, devotion to duty, genuinely caring about others and placing their interests above his own,” said Lattie F. Coor, the organization’s president and CEO, in a press release. “With the support of his family, we are deeply pleased to name the Public Service Awards program in Gabe’s honor.”

The awards will be conferred in three categories: leadership, innovation and civic engagement. The inaugural honorees will be recognized at the 2011 National Conference on Citizenship, to be held in Phoenix on Sept. 22-23.

The deadline for nominations is July 22.

Visit for details about award criteria, the selection process and nomination materials.

Marana QuikTrip to host grand opening in July

The new QuikTrip convenience store on West Cortaro Farms Road and North Cerius Stravenue in Marana has scheduled a grand opening starting at 8:15 a.m. on July 14. Work on the 14,500-square-foot lot began Jan. 17. The store is expected to open by the end of this month, according to a representative for Lang Wyatt Construction.

Athey to lead Mountain View marketing efforts

Mountain View Retirement Village has named Vivian Athey its new sales and marketing director. She brings several years of expertise in those fields to the community.

“Mountain View Retirement Village is well known as the premier senior living community in Tucson and I feel so privileged to become a part of it,” said Athey.

The community is celebrating 10 years of serving the Tucson community. Athey and her team are offering daily community tours throughout the summer.

Mountain View Retirement Village, 7900 N. La Cañada Drive, is one of three retirement and assisted living campuses in Arizona operated or managed by Century Park Associates.

It is part of a continuum-of-care campus that also includes skilled nursing and rehab facilities Mountain View Care Center and La Cañada Care Center.

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