Experience Matters presents 2016 Change Maker Award

Experience Matters will present its 2016 Change Maker Award to Nadine Mathis Basha, founder of Children’s Action Alliance and chair of First Things First, at its third annual luncheon, “Our Route to the Future,” Oct. 31 at the Camelback Inn Resort and Spa, 5402 E. Lincoln Drive.

Last year’s awardee was Dr. Lattie Coor.

Ms. Basha is being recognized for her tireless work on behalf of Arizona’s children. A former educator, small business owner and volunteer, Ms. Basha has spent her adult life advocating for children, particularly with regard to early childhood education in Arizona.

She founded the children’s public policy advocacy group Children’s Action Alliance in 1989; and her work on Proposition 203 in 2006 resulted in the voter-approved ballot initiative that created First Things First, an organization working to improve early childhood education, health and well-being.

“Nadine has positively transformed the lives of countless Arizona children,” said Nora Hannah, CEO of Experience Matters. “Her ardor and dedication is not only inspiring, it is building a stronger, healthier community for all of us.”

Founded in 2009, Experience Matters has matched 800-plus adults with nonprofits in Maricopa County, where their skills have contributed over $20 million in resources.

Registration begins at 11:30 a.m. followed by lunch and the program at noon.

Individual tickets are $150 and sponsorships begin at $1,500.

To purchase tickets, visit experiencemattersaz.org.

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