Foster Arizona founder earns Woman of the Year honor

Monthly winners gather Jan. 17 at the Beth McDonald Woman of the Year Award event. (Submitted photo)

Shea Homes and 99.9 KEZ radio this month honored Kimberly Vehon of Foster Arizona as their 2018 Woman of the Year.

For the past four years, Shea Homes has partnered with 99.9 KEZ to present the Beth McDonald Woman of the Year Award, “which recognizes extraordinary local women and the immense impact they’ve had on their communities,” according to a release.

On Thursday, Jan. 17, the monthly winners from the past year gathered at the Hyatt Regency at Gainey Ranch for the crowning of Ms. Vehon as Woman of the Year.

The mother of seven children, four of whom are an adopted sibling group from Arizona’s foster care system, Ms. Vehon started Foster Arizona, a nonprofit that seeks to educate, encourage and empower Arizonans to become involved in Arizona’s foster care crisis.

“The Beth McDonald Woman of the Year Program is a celebration of the women that are making the Valley a better place,” stated Ken Peterson, Shea Homes Arizona vice president of sales and marketing.

“Kimberly Vehon is an outstanding example of the difference one person can make. Her compassion and dedication to the children and foster care system in our community is truly inspiring.”

As the winner of the 2018 Woman of the Year Award, she received a $7,500 check, an all-expense-paid weekend at the Hyatt Regency Scottsdale Resort & Spa and a trophy from Tiffany’s.

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