Spotlight Local Heroes Awards


ONE Community, the coalition of socially responsible businesses, organizations and individuals advancing diversity, inclusion, equity, and equality for all Arizonans, is proud to announce the 2021 Honorees for the eleventh annual Spotlight on Success Local Heroes Awards to be held on Friday October 1st, 2021, at the Sheraton Grand Phoenix.

Presented by PetSmart, this year’s Unity Agent honor is awarded to Mayor John Giles of the City of Mesa.  Mayor Giles has worked tirelessly to advance inclusion and equality efforts in Mesa, bringing together city leaders, faith, business, and community organizations to take actionable steps towards creating a more welcoming city. In March of this year, his visionary leadership resulted in the passage of a non-discrimination ordinance that included protections for LGBTQ people in employment, housing and public accommodations. The ordinance was a major victory for fairness, equality for all, and for LGBTQ+ people and families in Mesa.

Please note for the health and comfort of all our guests we will require attendees to upload proof of vaccination on an app which will be provided.

This year’s Local Heroes honorees come from a diverse cross-section of our community, but what they all have in common is their dedication to ensuring Arizona celebrates, respects and protects all who live and work in our great state through their efforts and actions:

  • Pam Giannonatti - Kroger Corporate Affairs Manager - Fry’s Division

  • The Honorable Daniel Hernandez, Arizona State House of Representatives and Co-founder of the LGBTQ Caucus

  • Leah Huss, Co-owner & Chip Mulala, Minister of Craft Beer, Huss Brewing Company

  • Michael Soto, Executive Director, Equality Arizona

  • Virginia Korte, former Scottsdale City Councilmember

  • Robert Heidt, President & CEO, Glendale Chamber of Commerce

The recognition and special awards will take place at a luncheon scheduled for October 1st from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. with a networking cocktail reception to follow from 1:30 - 3:00pm at the Sheraton Grand Phoenix, 340 N. 3rd Street, Phoenix. 

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Individual tickets are $150 and can be purchased here


October 01, 2021 at 11:00am - 2pm


Sheraton Grand Downtown Phoenix