Morris & Stewart Udall dinner & Spirit of Arizona awards


    We are pleased to announce that Mr. Tom Steyer will be the 2018 Udall Dinner Keynote Speaker.

    Mr. Steyer is a dynamic Democratic activist who has been called a “Democratic threat to the Koch Brothers.”
    Mr. Steyer is the founder of NextGen America, a national organization fighting for climate justice, immigrant rights, and affordable health care.

    Tickets WILL sell out quickly for this popular event, so purchase yours today!

    More info:

    7th Annual Udall Dinner & Spirit of Arizona Awards
    Keynote Speaker – Mr. Tom Steyer

    Saturday, May 19, 2018

    5:00 VIP Reception / 5:30-6:30 Registration

    Desert Diamond Casino & Resort

    7350 S. Nogales Highway, Tucson, AZ 85756

    Table Sponsorship available at

    **This event is almost sold out.**
    For individual ticket inquiries please contact Heath Butrum at

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    Carolyn Classen
    Carolyn Sugiyama Classen, a life long Democrat, was born & raised in the State of Hawaii, was a Legislative Aide for U.S. Senator Daniel K. Inouye on Capitol Hill, and practiced law for a while. In Tucson she worked as a tribal staff attorney for the Pascua Yaqui Tribe and later was the Interim Executive Director of the now defunct Domestic Violence Commission. In 2008 she became a “My Tucson” guest columnist for the Tucson Citizen newspaper, then continued blogging for for over four and a half years. Her blogsite was entitled “Carolyn’s Community” about community events and some political news, until Gannett Publishing shut down the site on January 31, 2014. She started with Blog for Arizona on Feb. 11, 2014. Part time she has been sitting as a Hearing Officer in Pima County Consolidated Justice Courts Small Claims Division since April, 2005. She is married to University of Arizona Distinguished Professor Albrecht Classen, a native of Germany. They have one son, who lives in Seattle, WA with his wife and daughter. She is also the Editor of the Southern Arizona Japanese Cultural Coalition website, (since Jan. 2013).


    1. Yes, both Congressmen Morris and brother Stewart Udall were amazing men. What I most like to remember them for, however, was as young UA college students who stood up for an African American friend who was denied entrance to the Student Union cafeteria. Both Congressmen were also great environmentalists.

    2. Bravo the Udalls, pioneers in all that’s enviro-related….Also memorable teachers of today’s environmentalists,

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