Midwestern University and community leaders will join together on Saturday, October 19 at the annual Bright Lights, Shining Stars gala to recognize and honor individuals for their commitment to helping others. The event will be held at Midwestern University's Glendale campus at 19555 North 59th Avenue.
Steven R. Chanen will be the recipient of the 2013 COMET (Community Outreach: Motivating Excellence for Tomorrow) Award, which recognizes outstanding individuals who have shown exemplary commitment to the community. Mr. Chanen is President and Chief Executive Officer of Chanen Construction Company, Inc., one of the five largest builders in the Southwest United States and the company that has built all 35 buildings at Midwestern University's Glendale campus and five on the Downers Grove campus. Mr. Chanen's philanthropic ideals have led him and his company to contribute to many local organizations, including the Heard Museum, the Arizona Science Center, the Arizona Humane Society, and the United Way of Phoenix, as well as Midwestern University's own Scholarship Fund. He is a previous winner of the Arizona Humane Society's Herberger Humanitarian of the Year Award.
The COMET Award will be presented to Mr. Chanen by Kathleen H. Goeppinger, Ph.D., President and Chief Executive Officer of Midwestern University. "I am very pleased to recognize the service to Midwestern University and the community by Mr. Steven Chanen," said Dr. Goeppinger. "He has contributed greatly to the continued success of the University through his commitment to quality work and superior delivery. He and his family are very important partners with Midwestern and Steve is most deserving of this honor."
In addition to the COMET Award, Dr. Goeppinger will present the 2013 Shooting Star Award, which recognizes a community leader for outstanding contributions to healthcare and education, to Billie Eggleston, past president of Executive Women International (EWI) of Phoenix. Ms. Eggleston's volunteer service includes tenures as President of the Arizona Osteopathic Medical Association (AOMA) Auxiliary and the Kansas City College of Osteopathy and Surgery Auxiliary, as well as service with Midwestern University's Events Planning Committee. She has also served on the boards of the Glendale Family Development Center, the Glendale Ambassadors Club, and Upward for Children and Families.
A special Student Hero Award will also be bestowed upon Sherry Bhowra of the Arizona College of Osteopathic Medicine's Class of 2015. Ms. Bhowra earned the award because of her actions this past January, when, on her way to a midterm exam, she helped save a woman from drowning near campus. Her quick thinking and immediate impulse to provide aid and assistance is in the best tradition of Midwestern University.
The black-tie-optional event, which raises over $100,000 annually in scholarship funds for students in all of Midwestern University's colleges, also features an outdoor reception, formal dinner, live entertainment, and a silent auction.