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Education visionary awards hosted by Peoria Education Foundation

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  • Erin Dunsey/ Peoria Unified School District

Peoria Education Foundation Will Honor Former Peoria Unified Governing Board Member, Retired Assistant Attorney General And Long-time Education Supporter, Julia Smock As The Recipient Of The 2018 Visionary Award On March 5, 2018 At The Education Visionary Awards Dinner. Photo Courtesy Peoria Unified School District

The 13th Annual Education Visionary Awards Dinner, presented by McCarthy Building Companies, will be held at 5:30 p.m. on Monday, March 5, 2018 at Arizona Broadway Theatre, 7701 West Paradise Lane, Peoria.

Individuals, businesses and corporate philanthropists from across the Valley will join together as the Peoria Education Foundation honors former Peoria Unified Governing Board member, retired Assistant Attorney General and long-time education supporter, Julia Smock as the recipient of the 2018 Visionary Award.

In addition to the presentation of the Visionary Award, the Foundation will celebrate other local organizations for their past and continuing support of education in the Peoria Unified School District. This year’s honorees include: Midstate Energy receiving the Business Leader Award, School Connect receiving the Community Partner Award and Special Olympics of Arizona receiving the Non-profit Collaboration Award.

The event includes a silent auction and proceeds from the auction will benefit programs that the Peoria Education Foundation supports in the Peoria Unified School District such as literacy, science and math, technology, special needs, character building, fine arts and staff development. The funds go directly into the classrooms in the form of grants for teachers and scholarship programs for individual students.

To reserve tickets for the event, view sponsorship options or donate silent auction items, visit

Since 1987, the Peoria Education Foundation has offered grants to teachers in the Peoria Unified School District to enhance the educational experience of students.  The Foundation is an IRS designated 501(c)(3) which provides scholarships to students and grants to teachers within the district.