Mercy Jets’ Michelle Doyle Volunteers with Sister Cities for Inaugural Mayor’s International Gala

Mercy Jets' Michelle Doyle Volunteers with Sister Cities for Inaugural Mayor's International Gala

Mercy Jets’ Michelle Doyle Volunteers with Sister Cities for Inaugural Mayor’s International Gala.

Phoenix Sister Cities, Inc., a non-profit organization dedicated to creating and enhancing global connections, and Phoenix Mayor Greg Stanton will host the first ever Mayor’s International Gala on Thursday, April 3, 2014.

The event will celebrate the city’s cultural diversity and support Phoenix Sister Cities’ programs. The evening will feature international cuisine, live entertainment and a silent auction. Stanton will also present the first City of Phoenix Global Citizens Award to a resident for their outstanding contributions to international relations.

Sponsored by Arizona State University, proceeds from the event will benefit Phoenix Sister Cities’ programs, which include international business relations and youth exchanges with the city’s 10 sister cities.

Get tickets now to Mayor's International Gala, April 3, 2014.

Get tickets now to Mayor’s International Gala, April 3, 2014.

“Phoenix Sister Cities is a powerful global network for our city,” said Mayor Greg Stanton. “It opens the doors for international access, opportunities, and resources for both local businesses and our residents. This event celebrates our diversity and helps ensure that Phoenix Sister Cities can continue to bring our city a rich variety of cultural, economic and educational programs in the future.”

In addition to title sponsor ASU, gala sponsors include CopperPoint Mutual Insurance Company, American President Lines (APL), CityScape Phoenix, Seidberg Law Offices, Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport, SRP, Arizona Lottery, Snell & Wilmer and Univision.

“We are pleased to invite the community to support Phoenix Sister Cities and this exciting new gala,” said Paula West, Executive Director, Phoenix Sister Cities and International Relations Division Director of the City of Phoenix Community & Economic Development Department. “As with many of the cultural programs we sponsor, this evening will be an opportunity to make personal connections and discover the resources that Phoenix Sister Cities has to offer.”

Profits will help fund programs like the Young Ambassador Exchange Program, which supports high school exchange students from Phoenix and Sister Cities around the world as they experience education in another culture.

“It’s crucial to recognize the importance of educational exchange programs and business programs that help foster relationships that are mutually beneficial to Phoenix and those in our Sister Cities,” said Michelle Doyle, a case manager at Mercy Jets, a Phoenix-based air ambulance service that works with hospitals, travel services and individuals around the globe.

As an American citizen who grew up in Ireland, Doyle was drawn to Sister Cities’ cause, becoming an active volunteer in 2013.

“One of the best programs we have, I think, is our student exchange,” said Doyle. “It brings bright young people to Phoenix, broadens their minds, and gives them a better perspective of the world and all that’s possible when we work together.”

The program is helping connect Phoenix to communities around the world with Sister’s Cities in Calgary, Canada; Catania, Italy; Chengdu, China; Ennis, Ireland; Grenoble, France; Hermosillo, Mexico; Himeji, Japan; Prague, Czech Republic; Ramat-Gan, Israel and Taipei, Taiwan.

The gala will be held on Thursday, April 3, 2014, at the Sheraton Downtown Phoenix, located at 340 N. 3rd Street in Phoenix. The reception is from 6-7 p.m. and dinner from 7-9 p.m. Business or traditional international attire suggested.

Tickets are $100 each and are available via the Phoenix Sister Cities, Inc. website at www.phoenixsistercities.org or by calling (602) 534-3751.

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