Each autumn, Midwestern University and the City of Glendale recognize outstanding individuals who have shown exemplary commitment to community service by presenting them with the COMET (Community Outreach: Motivating Excellence for Tomorrow) Award at Midwestern's annual Bright Lights, Shining Stars gala.
Midwestern University is honoring the Honorable Mayor Elaine M. Scruggs of the City of Glendale with the 2011 COMET Award. Mayor Scruggs has served in her current capacity since February 1993 and has lived in Arizona for forty years. During her tenure, the City of Glendale was named the first Kids at Hope city in the United States. In 1997, Mayor Scruggs established the Glendale University program to foster civic participation and a sense of ownership of local government, which has resulted in over 750 Glendale residents becoming active members of non-profit organizations, municipal commissions, and the Glendale City Council. Mayor Scruggs holds leadership positions on numerous regional organizations and committees, including the Valley Metro Regional Public Transportation Authority (RPTA), the League of Arizona Cities and Towns, and the Maricopa Association of Governments (MAG) Regional Council. She was honored as Woman of the Year in 2003 by Today's Arizona Woman magazine.
Mayor Scruggs will be presented the 2011 COMET Award by Kathleen H. Goeppinger, Ph.D., President and CEO of Midwestern University, for the Mayor's role in attracting the University to Glendale in 1995. Through her support of Midwestern University's mission, Mayor Scruggs has influenced the growth of healthcare education in Glendale and the State of Arizona.The Bright Lights, Shining Stars gala, which will take place on Saturday, October 15th, 2011 at Midwestern University's Glendale Campus at 19555 North 59th Avenue, is a black-tie-optional event that raises over $100,000 in scholarship funds for students in all of Midwestern University's colleges. The evening features an outdoor reception, formal dinner, live entertainment, and a silent auction.