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2021 Thrive Gala

May 22 @ 6:00 pm - 11:00 pm

As we continue to monitor the impact of the coronavirus (COVID-19) our highest priority remains caring for our staff, Coalition members, victims, survivors, and communities that rely on our work.  This is an unprecedented situation with circumstances changing by the hour. Given the uncertainty at this time, we have made the difficult but necessary decision to reschedule our Thrive Gala scheduled for May 9, 2020 at the Hyatt Regency Scottsdale to May 22, 2021. We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause, and we hope that you will support us by coming together this this summer to honor sexual and domestic violence survivors, advocates, and allies. 

For 40 years, the Arizona Coalition to End Sexual and Domestic Violence (ACESDV) has been working to eliminate violence in Arizona communities. ACESDV fulfills our mission by providing coordination, training and expert consultation to more than 40 sexual and domestic violence programs, as well as advocating for victim safety and offender accountability throughout the state.

On Saturday, May 22, 2021 at The Hyatt Regency Scottsdale ACESDV will present the tenth annual Thrive Gala and Awards Dinner. The only one of its kind in Arizona, the Thrive Gala is designed to honor and celebrate sexual and domestic violence survivors, advocates, and allies. The evening includes a cocktail reception with a unique silent auction and raffle experience, dinner, live entertainment, and presentation of the state’s only awards for survivors and those working to address sexual and domestic violence.

2020/2021 Thrive Honorees:

Leah MeyersArizona Rural Women’s Health Network, will receive the Saguaro Award in honor of a lifetime dedicated to ending sexual and domestic violence.

Kristen Kiernan, Community Member, has been selected as one of the Three Heart Award honorees, which honors a domestic violence survivor who has turned adversity into triumph by creating positive change in the community.

Raquel Balcazar, Sojourner Center, will receive the Cliff Rose Award, which honors an advocate’s outstanding efforts in providing direct services to victims of sexual and/or domestic violence in Arizona

Christine Groninger, Arizona Foundation For Legal Services, will be the recipient of the Desert Sunflower Award, which honors a person’s non-traditional involvement in the movement to end sexual and/or domestic violence.

Contact us at thrive@acesdv.org for further information. 



May 22
6:00 pm - 11:00 pm


Arizona Coalition to End Sexual and Domestic Violence


Hyatt Regency Scottsdale
7500 E Doubletree Ranch Rd
Scottsdale, AZ 85258 United States
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