Tempe Community Action Agency

Don't wait until it's too late! 
October 2015

This year's First Crush, our annual Tempe Community Action Agency gala, promises to be a fun-filled evening! If you haven't already noticed, this year's offers some new twists we think you'll enjoy: a new location at the Four Peaks Brewing Company Tasting Room on S. Wilson, a delicious menu that includes tastes from several local Tempe restauranteurs and live music by Walt Richardson, just to name a few. And, of course, we'll have one of the best silent auctions around. 

But, at the end of the evening, First Crush is about supporting the most vulnerable members of our Tempe community. It's a chance to gather together with other like-minded folks to raise funds for TCAA programs that provide a vital safety net, including Tempe's only homeless shelter program, senior centers, meals for the homebound, a food pantry for the hungry, advocates for the unemployed and the working poor, and so much more. 

Please join us on Friday, Oct. 23 as we support an organization that positively impacts the lives of one out of every six Tempe residents. I look forward to seeing you! 

Bill Epps 
Executive Director

Here's all the latest news on what you can look forward to at First Crush!
Enjoy a luxurious night at the Arizona Biltmore
Start Thinking About Your Silent Auction Wish-List!

From wine tastings and stay-cations, to brewery baskets and balloons stuffed with gift cards, this year's First Crush silent auction will be one to remember!  Below are just some of the many items you can expect to be able to bid on during the event:
  • Private wine tasting party for 20 at a Total Wines near you
  • One-night stay at the Arizona Biltmore
  • 4 Lower Premium Tickets to the Cactus Bowl and Oasis Pregame Party
  • Two tickets to Cardinals vs. Bengals game on Nov. 22 with parking, food and beverage included
  • Four-course, chef-prepared dinner for 10 at the Pedal Haus Brewery
  • Infuse Coffee and Tea barista training class for 2
  • Two all-week passes for the Barrett-Jackson Auto Show/Auction in Scottsdale Jan 23-31st
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Enjoy the Music of
Walt Richardson

First Crush attendees will enjoy the upbeat reggae and world music stylings of Walt Richardson.  Check out some of him latest music here

First Crush Commemorative Poster 

You may already have spotted this unique commemorative illustration posted at your favorite watering hole!  

This year, in a First Crush "first", attendees will be able to purchase copies of this one-of-a-kind graphic poster for $10 each. Proceeds will support the purchase of a dependable truck to transport Shower Power, which allows many of our clients access to proper hygiene. Limited quantities are available, so look for it when you arrive at First Crush!
In Other News ...
Clark Park Farmers Market 
Grand Opening

Don't miss the opening day of the Clark Park Farmers Market!  The market will take place on Saturday, October 10th from  8:00AM-noon and will host a variety of vendors with fresh produce and kitchen staples for the week!  From 8:00AM-9:00AM, the market will host a free yoga class which will take place every second Saturday of the month at the market.

The Market will be open every Saturday morning for your shopping convenience. For announcements about vendors and other Market news, like it on Facebook!  

Visit the Clark Park Farmers Market Webpage for more information about the Clark Park and becoming a vendor at the farmers market.
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This year's First Crush Raffle features a trip for 2 to Boston for a private, behind-the-scenes tour of the Sam Adams Brewery! 

The raffle package also includes round-trip airfare, a 3-night stay at the Fairmont Boston, and dinner at McCormick & Schmick's with beer pairing.

Tickets are $100 each.  Only 100 tickets will be sold, don't miss your chance to win! 

First Crush Sponsors
Homeless Champion
Jenny Norton & Bob Ramsey