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Celebrate Cultural Diversity & Discovery at the 2016 Mayor's International GalaCelebrate Cultural Diversity & Discovery at the 2016 Mayor's International Gala<div class="ExternalClass453EBA58828F499DA674D3368720DA8B"><p>​<strong><em>Annual Fundraiser Supports Phoenix Sister Cities' </em></strong><strong><em>Business and Youth Exchange Programs</em></strong></p><p>Phoenix Mayor Greg Stanton and <a href="http://www.phoenixsistercities.org/"><span style="text-decoration:underline;">Phoenix Sister Cities, Inc.,</span></a> a nonprofit organization dedicated to creating and enhancing global connections, will host the third annual Mayor's International Gala on Thursday, April 7, at the Sheraton Grand Phoenix Hotel, 340 N. Third St. A reception will be held from 6 – 7 p.m. with dinner immediately following. Mayor Stanton will present the 2016 Phoenix Global Citizen award during the event.</p><p>Title sponsors, Arizona State University and Thunderbird School of Global Management, present the 2016 celebration of cultural diversity with an Italian flair in honor of Phoenix Sister City Catania, Italy. Attendees will enjoy Italian cuisine and discover a world of exciting and diverse entertainment. Live performances include Carlos Montufar, renowned flamenco dancer and producer of <em>WorldDance; </em>Monte Procopio, a world-class jazz and swing vocalist;<em> </em>Pietro Rainone, vocalist/guitarist from Sorrento, Italy; Ciro Giorgio, singer/actor/magician from Naples, Italy; Shahrazad, an international performing artist of raqs sharqi; and Mariachi Juvenil de Mi Tierra<em>, </em>Phoenix's own youth mariachi troupe. Impressionist and comedian, Nick Tarr will emcee the event.</p><p>The event also features a raffle with a first prize of two economy round-trip airline tickets to any one of Phoenix's 10 sister cities and $3,000 cash, a second prize of $2,500 cash, and a third prize of a piece of custom-designed jewelry by G. Darrell Olson valued at $1,500.  </p><p>Raffle tickets are available for $20 each or six for $100; winners need not be present to win.  Individual gala tickets are $130 each. Sponsored tables of 10 are available for $1,300 and include tabletop signage and program recognition. Business or traditional international attire suggested. Gala and drawing tickets may be purchased at <a href="http://www.phoenixsistercities.org/"><span style="text-decoration:underline;">www.phoenixsistercities.org</span></a> or by telephone at 602-534-3751. Proceeds from the event will benefit Phoenix Sister Cities' programs, which include international business relations and youth exchanges with the City's 10 sister cities. </p><p>"The Mayor's Gala brings people together to celebrate the City's cultural diversity and the personal and professional connections made between the residents of Phoenix and those of our sister cities. These relationships cross physical borders, remove cultural barriers, and foster greater awareness, empathy and understanding that sustain long-term partnerships and mutually beneficial exchanges and outcomes – they are vital to the well being of our City and our world," said Paula West, president and CEO, Phoenix Sister Cities, Inc. "We are honored by the response the Mayor's Gala receives from Phoenix citizens – each year the event gets bigger and better! Last year 500 attendees joined our celebration, supported our programs and contributed to our mission of connecting hearts and minds. We look forward to hosting another sold-out crowd this year."</p><p>In addition to Title Sponsors Arizona State University and Thunderbird School of Global Management, gala supporters include Presidential Sponsors: Copperpoint Mutual Insurance Company, Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport; and Ambassador Sponsor: Transdev, a world leader in public transport.</p><p><strong><em>About Phoenix Sister Cities, Inc.</em></strong></p><p>Created in 1972, Phoenix Sister Cities, Inc. is an award-winning nonprofit organization focused on cultural and business opportunities, resources and education. The organization facilitates a powerful global network via formal city-to-city agreements with 10 sister cities which are strategically positioned throughout the world.  Phoenix's sister cities are:  Grenoble, France; Prague, Czech Republic; Calgary, Canada; Catania, Italy; Ramat-Gan, Israel; Hermosillo, Mexico; Himeji, Japan; Taipei, Taiwan; Chengdu, China; and Ennis, Ireland. These invaluable partnerships offer a forum for fostering and encouraging mutual understanding, friendship and peace through cultural, social, educational, and economic exchanges between the people of Phoenix and the citizens of our sister cities.</p><p>Phoenix Sister Cities provides opportunities to join or welcome international delegations, serve on nation-specific committees, experience cultural programs, and participate in a variety of business and educational exchanges including the Youth Ambassador Exchange Program. Phoenix Sister Cities has a public-private partnership with the City of Phoenix and all programs and exchanges are privately funded. For more information and a calendar of upcoming events, visit www.phoenixsistercities.org. </p></div>2/29/2016 7:00:00 AMCynthia Weaver - 602-568-8126Tracy McDargh - 602-524-0836