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2018 HERO Awards

March 10, 2018 @ 6:00 pm

Saturday, March 10, 2018 at 6 pm
Omni Montelucia Resort & Spa
Alhambra Ballroom

With special guest:
Jackson Galaxy
Appearance sponsored by Fizzion

What do you get when you put 450 of the Valley’s most passionate animal lovers together in one room, at the Montelucia Resort?

The 15th Annual HERO Awards!

We invite you to join The Arizona Pet Project (formerly Friends of Animal Care & Control) at the 15th Annual HERO Awards for an evening of celebration and fundraising to save even more lives through shelter prevention programs (like spay & neuter) in Maricopa County.

The mission of The Arizona Pet Project is to support families and save pets. Though our name has changed, our purpose hasn’t, and that includes honoring the Valley’s most heroic dogs, cats and pets at our annual event, the HERO Awards! Their heartwarming stories will leave you inspired by acts of bravery, compassion and selflessness.

Do you know an amazing pet that deserves this prestigious award? No matter the species, we want to hear their “tails”!

Download the 15th Annual HERO Nomination Packet to share a pet’s story with us! Nominations are due by November 10th, 2017. 

Unleash your impact and donate or purchase your tickets today!

The 2018 HERO Awards is possible thanks to the support of some special people and organizations:

Jackson Galaxy HERO Awards Special Guest

Jackson Galaxy – Honorary Chair

Jackson Galaxy is a prominent cat behaviorist, published author and the host of Animal Planet’s hit show My Cat from Hell.

Click Here for Jackson Galaxy’s full bio.

Lindsay Benjamin – HERO Chair

Lindsay Benjamin – HERO Chair

Lindsay is on the Board of Directors for People Saving Pets, a non-profit which provides financial funding for organizations aimed at decreasing the number of euthanized animals in shelters and supporting legislation to help protect animals nation-wide. She practices family law and currently serves Of Counsel at the Tyler Allen Law Firm in Phoenix, Arizona. Lindsay is an Arizona native and lives with her husband, two children and four rescue animals.

Ian Schwartz

Ian Schwartz, CBS 5 Meteorologist – Emcee

Ian Schwartz is a Phoenix native happy to be back working in his hometown! He’s worked around the country as a reporter prior to his current role. Ian has covered many stories showing the horrors of animal abuse and the benefits animals of all sizes bring into our lives. Follow him on Instagram for weather updates and Arizona beauty told through pictures. @SchwartzTV

Take a look at some highlights from last year’s event.

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March 10, 2018
6:00 pm
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Omni Scottsdale Resort & Spa at Montelucia
4949 E Lincoln Dr
Scottsdale, AZ 85253
(480) 627-3200


The Arizona Pet Project