Downtown Tempeâ€™s State of Downtown has gone virtual this year, as with most of its events.
The State of Downtown is an annual event, usually held at an iconic downtown Tempe destination and hosted by the Downtown Tempe Authority. While they hope to plan this event in-person next year, they decided to edit together a video of our dedicated staff as they share last yearâ€™s accomplishments and vision for the future.
â€œWe have a fantastic team who works very hard to make our downtown like nowhere else,â€ Kate Borders, Executive Director of the Downtown Tempe Authority, said. â€œThis virtual State of Downtown showcases the work we have done and the work we will continue to do moving forward.â€
The video is currently on the Downtown Tempe Authorityâ€™s Youtube page for those who are curious to know what they have been up to and what they have in store for the future.
In the summer of 2016, the Downtown Tempe Authority launched the Tempe Mission Campaign with the goal to increase awareness and raise at least $100,000 for the service providers that aid our unsheltered downtown community members.
This month, the four-year campaign ended and a total of $106,206.85 was raised for this campaign, in both cash and in-kind donations. Contributions came from local businesses, community partners, the City of Tempe and corporate entities who shared in its mission to help those less fortunate.
The funds were distributed to the Tempe Community Action Agency, Care 7, Community Bridges, Salvation Army, City of Tempe HOPE team, ASUâ€™s EPICS program, and the Aris Foundation.
â€œWe are excited to announce that we have reached our fundraising goal for this important campaign,â€ Borders said. â€œNot only did we want to raise money, we wanted to increase donations that went directly to those entities, increase volunteer time with those organizations, and make connections between our merchants and the service providers.â€