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Nov. 4, 2021


Colin Waite here, director of the Cooper Center. I hope this email finds you well.

As you probably know, we are hosting our Campfire Celebration on November 20th. I am meeting with the caterer today and I have to give them our final event head count tomorrow (Friday 11/5). Once our head count is set, we may have to limit admission to this free event. So I'm asking all of our friends and fans to get your tickets today!

Take just 1 minute and RSVP

Thank you! 

With that out of the way, let me tell you why this event is unlike any event we've ever hosted.

Every year in November, The Cooper Center hosts a dinner event to thank our supporters and donors. In recent years we have selected a handful of amazing teachers to honor. As a parent, the spouse of a TUSD teacher, and as director of an education non-profit, I know as well as anyone how challenging the last 18 months have been for Tucson teachers.

With that in mind, honoring just a few teachers this year felt simply insufficient. That's why I was inspired to recognize many more teachers...and the number that I kept coming back to was 100. Yep, 100 teachers.

Am I crazy? 

Perhaps, but always in service of a good cause ;)

To make this possible, we need your help. Don't worry, I'm not asking for any money. I'm just asking for you to join us at the event, and to nominate a teacher to be honored.

And to show our gratitude to Tucson's teachers, we are pulling out all the stops to make this event bigger and better than ever - with incredible food, entertainment, and gifts for each teacher that attends.


I was fortunate to find myself at an event catered by San Xavier Co-op Farm recently. The food was delicious - I literally couldn't stop talking about that meal for days! San Xavier Co-op Farm grows many of the ingredients they use in their meals, and sources other ingredients from local farmers and ranchers. Honestly, you won't want to miss this meal.


Desert Music Project is an instrumental band made up of Camp Cooper alums with a sound that feels right at home here at Camp Cooper. As night falls, storyteller Ron Lancaster will bring us back to our campout days with stories told around the campfire. Afterwards, stargaze with volunteers from Tucson Amateur Astronomers.


To make good on my promise to honor 100 outstanding teachers, you are invited to nominate one or more teachers. The nomination process is quick and easy. We will invite these teachers to come, and then shower them with gifts from our Board members, local businesses and thanks to the generous support of the Educational Enrichment Foundation

Teacher gifts include:


  • A $50 gift card that can be used at over 50 downtown Tucson businesses, including many restaurants and the Fox Theater.
  • Smaller gift cards and/or coupons from local businesses like Fleet Feet, The Cutting Edge Salon, Bubbe's Bagels, Sydney’s Sweet Shoppe, Culver's & more!
  • Personal gifts from our Advisory Board members and from Camp Cooper staff.
All told, the value of this gift bag is $100 or greater. Of course, this is merely a token of our deep appreciation and respect for Tucson teachers.

How you can help:

1. Please come to this free event! I need your RSVP today! And bring a friend! 

2. Nominate a teacher! We currently have 28 nominations - help us reach our goal of 100.

3. Spread the word. Simply forward this email around to your circles.

I hope you'll come and celebrate with us, and thank you for being a part of our Camp Cooper community.