On Tuesday, October 20, the Surprise City Council recognized Eric Bennett, a long-time Surprise resident and teacher at Shadow Ridge High School, who won a gold medal in the Men’s Open Recurve Division at the World Archery Para Championships in Donaueschingen, Germany this past August. The victory guarantees Eric’s participation in the 2016 Para Olympics in Rio next summer. He also captured the silver medal at the Para Pan Games in Toronto.
The Surprise City Council issued a proclamation recognizing October as Domestic Violence Awareness Month at Tuesday night’s City Council meeting.
Vice Mayor John Williams presented the proclamation to Laura Horsely, Program Director at local domestic violence shelter Eve’s Place.
Domestic violence affects millions of Americans each year. A survey by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention shows that, on average, nearly 20 people per minute are physically abused by an intimate partner in the United States. During one year, this equates to more than 10 million women and men.
Residents are encouraged to help raise awareness by joining City of Surprise employees in wearing purple clothing or a purple ribbon throughout the month of October.
If you or someone you know is a victim of domestic violence, you are encouraged to call the National Domestic Violence Hotline at 1-800-799-SAFE or visit www.TheHotline.org.
Vice Mayor Williams helped to coordinate a Veterans Panel at Willow Canyon High School in honor of Constitution Day on September 17. Councilmembers (and veterans) Skip Hall and Jim Biundo participated in the panel and shared with the students their experience in the service and how it related to the constitution.
Vice Mayor Williams gave the opening remarks at the American Cancer Society’s Relay for Life event on May 2 at Valley Vista High School in Surprise. Relay For Life is a fundraising event to help end cancer.
Mayor Sharon Wolcott and Vice Mayor John Williams recognize and congratulate Therese Tipton, Principal of Sonoran Heights Elementary School, for achieving the A+ School of Excellence designation, at the May 5 City Council meeting.
During the April 21 City Council Meeting, City Manager Bob Wingenroth and the Surprise City Council recognized Athena Wireless, the city’s first AZ Techcelerator client, for its success! The company, which develops high capacity wireless connectivity systems, was acquired by Google Inc. this year.
While in Washington D.C. for the National League of Cities’ Congressional City Conference, Vice Mayor Williams and other members of Council met with Arizona Congressman Ruben Gallego to discuss the city’s legislative agenda.
Super Bowl weekend brought excitement to Surprise with the Celebrity Flag Football Challenge taking over the field at Surprise Stadium. Vice Mayor Williams enjoyed the game and the opportunity to spread the word about Surprise! The game benefited the Wounded Warrior project.