During the busy fall fundraiser season, TEP is supporting local nonprofit organizations’ creative and safe ways to continue with their events.

In October, TEP is sponsoring a drive-up celebration, an online auction and several virtual activities as part of our ongoing commitment to community investments.

One major effort is El Rio Foundation 50th Anniversary Gala , a weeklong recognition of videos and celebrations, concluding with a virtual gala and house parties on Oct. 23.

Included in our support, TEP gave a $50,000 grant to the El Rio Health organization to for the new El Rio Central Health Center, which will bring accessible, affordable health services to 4,000 community members who lack resources at a one-stop location in central Tucson where services are limited. Mark Mansfield, TEP’s Vice President of Special Projects, is a board member on El Rio’s Foundation.

“As we celebrate El Rio Health’s 50 years in Tucson, we are as committed as we were when we started, to ensuring all people are treated with dignity, respect and compassionate care. TEP’s generous help will bring hope and access to care for many who have unmet health needs in our community,” said Brenda Goldsmith, El Rio Foundation’s Executive Director.

With TEP’s sponsorships, the organizations are able to offset costs that normally would go directly to serve clients.

Other sponsorships include:

Oct. 3Evening of Play for Children’s Museum Tucson and Oro Valley: For the virtual event, patrons will get a play pack with cocktail supplies, food and dessert, photo props, a craft, painting supplies, wine and a bag of candy.

Oct. 9Get Connected with Literacy Connects: The drive-in fundraiser will include dinner, drink tickets and a program on the big, outdoor screen for patrons in cars at Medella Vina Ranch.

Oct. 17Tucson Metro Chamber’s Copper Cactus Awards: The ceremony to honor local businesses, including a TEP-sponsored category for social impact, will be presented virtually.

Oct. 25Friends of Saguaro National Park Annual Dinner and Auction: Instead of an in-person event, an online auction culminating with a live event will be held. With the purchase of a ticket, patrons will receive a Tucson Originals Restaurant gift card to eat dinner at home.

Learn more about TEP’s community support.

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