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Mayor Stanton & Phoenix Sister Cities Celebrate Taipei, Taiwan at 2017 Mayor's International GalaMayor Stanton & Phoenix Sister Cities Celebrate Taipei, Taiwan at 2017 Mayor's International Gala<div class="ExternalClassDD8A73BB8FCB40C6A27B0735D5276DDE"><p>​Phoenix Mayor Greg Stanton and Phoenix Sister Cities, Inc. a non-profit organization dedicated to creating and enhancing global connections in business and youth exchange is hosting the 4<sup>th</sup> Annual Mayor's International Gala on Thursday, April 27, 2017, at the Sheraton Downtown Phoenix, 340 N. Third St. Reception will be held from 6 - 7 p.m. with dinner following from 7 - 9 p.m. Mayor Stanton will present the 2017 Global Citizen Award during the event.</p><p style="text-align:justify;">This year's event celebrates Taipei, Taiwan and honors its 37-year history as a Sister City to Phoenix.  The event will feature delicious cuisine of Taiwan and festive Asian cultural entertainment by Arizona Art Academy.  Heidi Foglesong is the emcee for this incredible evening of culture, diversity and warmth.</p><p style="text-align:justify;">Recently, Mayor Stanton visited Taipei with a delegation from the City of Phoenix to reaffirm the City's partnership and met with both Taipei Mayor Ko and Taiwan President Tsai. It was an exciting moment for all involved as the reaffirmation signing took place with great enthusiasm.</p><p style="text-align:justify;">Each year the Mayor's International Gala recognizes one of the Sister Cities supported by the City of Phoenix. These relationships cross physical borders, remove cultural barriers and foster greater awareness of long-term partnerships and mutually beneficial business and personal exchanges and outcomes.</p><p style="text-align:justify;">"The Mayor's Gala brings people together to support cultural diversity and recognize the amazing partnerships the Phoenix Sister Cities has established around the world," said Paula West, President and CEO, Phoenix Sister Cities, Inc. "This is where people come to learn and celebrate personal and professional connections made between our local residents and those of our Sister Cities."</p><p style="text-align:justify;">Title sponsors of the 2017 Gala are: ASU and Thunderbird School of Global Management. In addition, gala supporters include Presidential Sponsors: Copperpoint Mutual Insurance and Transdev; Global Sponsor: Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport and Ambassador Sponsors: Talking Stick Resort Arena, Arizona Diamondbacks, U-Haul and SRP.</p><p style="text-align:justify;">The event features an amazing drawing sponsored by Snell & Wilmer, with first prize of two economy round-trip tickets to any one of Phoenix's 10 sister cities and $3,000 cash. Second prize is $2,500 cash and third prize is $1,000 gift certificate for Tumi luggage (courtesy of Custom Financial Design). Tickets for the drawing are $20 each and six for $100. Winners need not be present to win. </p><p style="text-align:justify;">Tickets for the Gala are $150 each or $1,500 for a table of ten.  Gala tickets and drawing tickets can both be purchased online at <a href="http://www.phoenixsistercities.org/"><span style="text-decoration:underline;">www.phoenixsistercities.org</span></a> or by calling 602-534-3751. Proceeds from the event benefit the programs of the Phoenix Sister Cities including the Youth Ambassador Program. <strong><em> </em></strong></p><p style="text-align:justify;"><strong><em>About Phoenix Sister Cities, Inc.</em></strong></p><p style="text-align:justify;">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. The Phoenix 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 style="text-align:justify;">Phoenix Sister Cities provides opportunities to join or welcome international delegations, serve on city-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, including a calendar of events, visit <a href="http://www.phoenixsistercities.org/"><span style="text-decoration:underline;">www.phoenixsistercities.org</span></a>.</p><p style="text-align:center;">###</p></div>4/4/2017 7:00:00 AMCynthia Weaver - 602-568-8126Paula West602-534-2200