Mobile Meals of Southern Arizona

     PHOENIX, ARIZ. (Nov. 1, 2022) — The 2nd Annual Ellen Kirton Memorial Charity Fundraiser, presented by the Arizona Association for Economic Development (AAED) Southern Committee, is scheduled for Nov. 9 at the Lodge on the Desert, 306 N. Alvernon Way in Tucson.

The event raises money for Mobile Meals of Southern Arizona. Representatives of the organization will be present to talk about their charity. Proceeds from a raffle will benefit Mobile Meals as well.

Mobile Meals delivers nutritious meals to people in Southern Arizona through a network of caring individuals.

The fundraiser is named after Ellen Kirton, the longtime director of the Pima Community College Small Business Development Center who passed away last year. After a long career in banking, Kirton became director of the Pima County SBDC in 2012.      The SBDC joined Pima Community College’s Workforce Development Division in 2016.

The AAED Southern Committee leadership includes Chair Margie Adler, AZED Pro, Economic Development Specialist, Town of Oro Valley; Vice Chair Chase Farnsworth, Senior Project Development Manager, Mortenson; and 2nd Vice Chair, Narda Flores, Economic Development Specialist – Business Navigator, City of Tucson.

Raffle items include a Wine Down basket, family fun-themed basket, Stacks Book Club basket, $200 in gift cards from Oro Valley restaurants, a home improvement basket, Tucson Roadrunners hockey tickets, and a one-night stay at The Ritz Carlton.

Registration fee is $50 for AAED members; $60 for non-members. Register here.

About AAED

The Arizona Association for Economic Development (AAED) was founded in 1974 with a mission to serve as Arizona’s unified voice for responsible economic development through professional education, public policy, and collaboration. The Association works to promote economic development in the State of Arizona through an exchange of information and educational opportunities among its members, to act as a liaison with outside groups, to influence legislation affecting economic development, and to empower members to create relationships to improve the economic outlook for Arizona. For more information on AAED, visit or call (602) 240-2233.