Ribbon cutting, garden sprouts at neighborhood center

Shown at the garden are Stephen Flora, Charles Silver, Chuck Cady, Aimee Sulit, Denise Hamilton, Pedro Covarrubias, Jody Pierce, Frances Inestroza, Lynn Whitman, Tomas Frodis, Raoul Zubia, Sue Gifford, Ana Valdez, (in back) Skyler Badenoch, Mike Metz. (Submitted photo)

The public is invited to a ribbon cutting celebration 3-4 p.m., Monday, April 8 at the Piaute Neighborhood Center, 6535 E. Osborn Road.

Scottsdale Leadership’s Class 33 members announce the renovation of a memorial garden located in south Scottsdale, according to a press release, recognizing the work of students and volunteers.

Scottsdale Mayor Jim Lane, other city officials, and Scottsdale Leadership Board members will cut the ribbon, the release noted. A happy hour at Fogo de Caio in Scottsdale will follow.

The new garden will include fresh landscaping, interactive musical instruments, a small library, new benches, and an artistic pathway that has art from the children who attend before and after school programs at the center, according to the release.

Each year, teams from Scottsdale Leadership’s flagship class do “Pay it Forward Projects” throughout the community.

“This year, our team chose to collaborate with the Piaute Neighborhood Center to renovate the Allie Ortega Memorial Garden,” said Sue Gifford, a member of Scottsdale Leadership’s Class 33, in a prepared statement.

The team was inspired to honor Allie Ortega’s legacy of service and youth mentorship while collaborating with the Piaute Center community, she added.

“The beauty of this project really is captured by the ability of several people representing multiple organizations to work together in order to accomplish a shared goal,” said Tomas Frodis, member of Scottsdale Leadership’s Class 33in a prepared statement.

He thanked city employees, the Piaute Center team, Scottsdale Leadership, local artists and citizens who helped with the project.

“It’s been an incredible honor to be able to be part of this project. The teamwork that went into making the garden a success serves as lesson to us all about the importance of collaboration, shared values, and servant leadership,” said Raoul Zubia, a Partners for Piaute and Scottsdale Leadership Class 22 alumni and board member, in a prepared statement.

“I know that the entire community at the Piaute Neighborhood Center is thrilled to have this beautiful space to enjoy every day.”

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