Scottsdale Firefighters Charities honors 3 for achievement, excellence

The 18th annual Behind the Flames Scottsdale Firefighters Charities Dinner will take place Sunday, Sept. 30, at Dominick’s Steakhouse, 15169 N. Scottsdale Road.

Pastor Warren Stewart

As part of the evening the Scottsdale Firefighters Association will present the Scottsdale Firefighter of the Year Award and honor C.A.R.E. Award recipients Grant Woods, Pastor Warren Stewart and Jerry Colangelo. The award is to recognize individuals for “contributing to achievement and redefining excellence,” according to a release announcing the event.

Cocktail hour begins at 5 p.m., followed by dinner at 6.

As the former attorney general of Arizona, Mr. Woods successfully argued Lewis v. Casey before the U.S. Supreme Court and “was one of the architects of the states’ lawsuits against the tobacco companies and was a key negotiator in the resulting largest civil settlement in history,” the release stated.

“Since his time as attorney general, tobacco use in Arizona has plummeted. Woods also served as John McCain’s chief of staff and was recently featured in an HBO special about McCain’s life.”

Dr. Stewart has been senior pastor of the First Institutional Baptist Church of Phoenix since 1977.

“Called one of the most influential religious leaders in Arizona and the nation, Stewart has been recognized by others as ‘a man of conscience’ with a commitment and dedication to the cause of moral leadership, human rights and a soldier of justice and equality,” according to the release.

Stewart served as the first general chairperson for an organization that  “contributed significantly to the passage of Arizona’s Martin Luther King, Jr. holiday.”

Mr. Colangelo is a special adviser to the Philadelphia 76ers. He became the youngest general manager in professional sports in 1968 after being hired in that role for the Phoenix Suns. Colangelo is the former owner of Phoenix Suns, Phoenix Mercury, Arizona Sandsharks, Arizona Rattlers and the Arizona Diamondbacks.

In 1992, Mr. Colangelo founded the Arena Football League’s Arizona Rattlers and owned them until 2005

Grand Canyon University renamed its Christian-based school of business after Mr. Colangelo.

Charities benefiting from the dinner include Vista Del Camino Food Bank, Scottsdale Prevention Institute, Scottsdale Gateway Alliance, Scottsdale Foothills Animal Rescue, City of Scottsdale Youth Deployment and the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer 3-Day Walk.

Single tickets are available for $150, and there are three sponsorship donations available for purchase as well.

Send checks to United Scottsdale Firefighters Charities, PO Box 14935, Scottsdale AZ 85267.  To confirm a donation, contact Pete Tocco at 602-799-9543 or

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