Linda Kavanagh, 2009 Inductee
Since moving to Fountain Hills with her family in 1993, Linda Kavanagh has contributed countless hours to a variety of organizations in the community. She served the Fountain Hills Parks and Recreation Department as a coach and worked on both the Fall Festival and the Eggstravaganza for years. She was named Parks and Rec Volunteer of the Year in 2001. From 1993 to 2000, she volunteered at McDowell Mountain School, Four Peaks School and the high school as an early childhood reader, trip assistant, sports assistant and served on the calendar committee. Also active at the Community Center, she was a front desk volunteer from the opening in 2001 through 2006, served as volunteer coordinator from 2001 through 2007 and was named the facility’s Volunteer of the Year in 2001. With the Fountain Hills & Lower Verde Valley Historical Society, she has been a board member and chaired the Fort McDowell Casino bingo and poker fund-raisers for the L. Alan Cruikshank River of Time Museum for several years. She has been a member of the Chamber of Commerce for many years. She has been active as a Chamber of Commerce Ambassador including being the chairperson from 2003 to 2006. She has also volunteered for a number of Chamber activities as a “Friend of the Chamber” and was named the Chamber’s Advocate of the Year in 2006. She became a member of the Chamber Board in 2007. While volunteering with the Public Art Committee, she created a docent guided tour of the town’s public art collection. She was elected Mayor of Fountain Hills in 2011.