Contributors to education in Marana are being honored Nov. 13, when the Marana Foundation for Educational Excellence holds its 11th annual Heroes Recognition Dinner /Dance at the Stardance Center at Lazy K Bar Ranch.

The foundation is also celebrating nine businesses within the community that have contributed more than $500 in support of the foundation over the past year.

"The Heroes Dinner provides a wonderful opportunity for the Foundation to recognize and appreciate those exceptional individuals who go above-and-beyond in their service to the staff and students of MUSD," said Lynnette Brunderman, president Marana Foundation. The evening includes dinner, presentations and recognitions followed by dancing.

Tickets are $49 per person. Individuals can purchase tickets by calling 682-4774 by Monday, Nov. 9.

Hero honorees for 2009 are Pamela Alley, Michael Barney, Elizabeth Bayer, Barbara Bork, Jack Bullard, Sheila Callahan, Jill Craghead, Tamara Crawley, Hank Eichorn, Peggy Ellis, Robert Emmerick, Dena Engel, Peter Fimbres, LaVae Goodin, Holly Hade, Amy Hamrick, Teresa Horton, Beth Kelley, Theresa Kennedy, Sharon Martin, Michelle Medina, John Mertz, Kathleen Neighbors, Leah Nelson, Linda Nunez, Sue Reavis, Karen Michelle Schnee, Kara Shaffer, Tina Verville, Becky Woodhead and Laura Woolbright.

Recognized business partners are Comcast, Breakers Water Park, Climatec, Durrant Architects, Gary Nicholl/State Farm Insurance, the Marana Chamber of Commerce, the Marana Health Center, Red Point Development and Angie Ziegler.

Business and community members are invited to contact the Marana Foundation at 520-730-8811 to learn about volunteering, becoming a business partner, or to make a contribution.

The Marana Foundation for Educational Excellence is 501(c)(3) non-profit organization dedicated to supporting the Marana Unified School District through recognitions, service, fundraising, and distribution of grants to teachers on an annual basis. To date, the Marana Foundation has recognized more than 460 heroes and donated more than $100,000 to fund educational programs and projects within the Marana district. Its web site is

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