Phoenix Community Alliance honors TGen’s Dr. Jeffrey Trent & Dr. Eugene Giovannini, GateWay

‘Center City Starr Award’ presented for enhancing Arizonans’ quality of life

“It is one thing to admire a city where the character of its urban core has long been determined and the contours of its skyline and substance of its neighborhoods offer the comfort of a clear identity. It is quite another thing to share in the day to day struggles that precipitate the metamorphosis from an ordinary city to a great city.” – Barry Starr

The Phoenix Community Alliance (PCA) will honor Dr. Jeffrey Trent, President of the Translational Genomics Research Institute (TGen), and Dr. Eugene Giovannini, president of GateWay Community College, with its most prestigious award.

Dr. Trent, Ph.D., F.A.C.M.G., will receive PCA’s Center City Starr Award for his work in improving the lives of countless Arizonans through TGen’s biomedical advances in studying diseases such as Alzheimer’s, diabetes and many types of cancer.

Dr. Giovannini will receive PCA’s Center City Starr Award for his work in improving education for many in the City ofPhoenixand the throughout the Valley.

The Center City Starr Award is named for the late Phoenix City Councilman and PCA President Barry Starr. It is presented annually to individuals from the public and private sectors that have made outstanding contributions toPhoenix’s Central City.

 The Center City Starr Award honors individuals who:

  • Consistently lead and challenge the community to continued quality growth and development.
  • Unfailingly support the commitment and efforts of business, government, educational, cultural, civic and religious organizations, neighborhood groups, property owners and individuals to revitalizePhoenix’s Central City and surrounding neighborhoods.
  • Tirelessly devote their time, talent and resources to the betterment ofPhoenix’s Central City.

The awards will be presented to both Dr. Trent and Dr. Giovannini at a special reception from 4-6 p.m. April 4 atSteeleIndianSchoolPark,Third StreetandIndian School Road.  Presenting the awards will be Mike Ebert, Red Development and Richard Mallery, Snell & Wilmer.   

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