Humanitarian Award: Rescue Pals, Christine Schaeken & Susan Dawson

Humanitarian Award: Rescue Pals, Christine Schaeken & Susan Dawson, 2019 Inductee Rescue Pals started ten years ago when three friends decided to participate in the Susan G. Komen 3-day breast cancer walk. Susan Dawson, Christine Schaeken and Maureen Glunz prepared for the 60-mile event by training daily. The women heard that Pal’s Inn in Fountain […]

Read More

Legacy Award: Juan Gonzalez of Senor Taco

Juan Gonzalez of Senor Taco, 2019 Legacy Award Winner As co-owner and manager of two Senor Taco restaurants in town, Juan is being recognized for leaving a long-lasting legacy in the Town of Fountain Hills. The Chamber of Commerce honored him as the 2013 Business Person of the Year. In 2018, he was given the […]

Read More

Harrison,Mike

Mike Harrison, 2019 Inductee, (1886-1983) Mike Harrison was inducted in 2019 as a Fort McDowell resident. Mike was a bold, strong Yavapai leader, a driving force for his tribe. He never went to school. When it came time for him to go to the government boarding school, his father, Oskannya, a spiritual leader at Maycr […]

Read More

Derby, Mary

Mary Derby, 2019 Inductee Mary Derby was inducted in 2019 as a Rio Verde resident. Since arriving in Rio Verde in 2008, Mary has proven to be a “can do”person. She organizes and participates in numerous social and educational events at the Rio Verde Community Center. She has co-chaired the annual Verdes Christmas Project, which […]

Read More

Pistelli, Tony

Tony Pistelli, 2019 Inductee After completing a 35-year career in aviation, Tony Pistilli retired to Fountain Hills in 2007. In a search to find a barbershop quartet to sing tenor and play guitar, he joined the OK Chorale in 2008. The group performed 250 shows in 10 years, selling 1,000 CDs and performing Western music […]

Read More

Kern, Phyllis

Phyllis Kern, 2019 Inductee Phyllis has been a visibly prolific volunteer in Fountain Hills since she moved here in 1983, putting a lot of time, effort, and money into bettering the community. In her professional life, she has been one of the most successful realtors in the Arizona real estate market for over 35 years, […]

Read More

Fisher, Debbie

Debbie Fisher, 2019 Inductee Debbie moved to Arizona in the mid-1980s and began teaching music to K-8 students around the Valley of the Sun, eventually ending up in Fountain Hills. She has been teaching music locally for over 16 years to over 200 children a week and currently teaches music at the Fountain Hills Charter […]

Read More

Colbert, Gerry

Gerry Colbert, 2019 Inductee In his nomination, his friend Gerard Bisceglia said of him: “It has been my pleasure to have known Gerry almost since the day I moved here in 1992. I would repeatedly see Gerry at various town and church functions working booths, selling tickets, serving food, and doing just about any job […]

Read More

Appeldorn, Gail

Gail Appeldorn, 2019 Inductee Gail considers herself a professional volunteer, having been exposed to volunteering by the Junior League in Toledo, Ohio and Chicago, Illinois. After moving to Fountain Hills, Gail was exposed to Fountain Hills volunteerism by Eleanor Bentsen and Evelyn Breting. She was the founder of the Compassion Ministry at the Shepherd of […]

Read More

Aister, Pam

  Pam Aister, 2010 Inductee Since starting her position as a teacher in the Fountain Hills School District, she has initiated numerous fundraising projects totaling more than $50,000 for McDowell Mountain and Four Peaks elementary schools. These efforts include many food, books, peanut butter and school supplies drives. In her 18 plus years with the […]

Read More