Emerging leaders give community advocacy new wheels

Tucson, Ariz. – Philanthropy and community engagement came together for the 2018 Greater Tucson Leadership class, which raised more than $15,000 to build specialized tricycles for children with special needs who are receiving care at Children’s Clinics.

The class will be celebrating the importance of play and recreation for kids of all abilities on Sunday, April 29 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Salpointe Catholic High School Alumni Hall.

“It has been so heartwarming to see this group of leaders in our community come together to support the families served at the clinic,” said Gemma Thomas, chief administrative officer of Children’s Clinics. “The parents and children are so grateful.”

The funding will also provide sponsorship dollars to allow Children’s Clinics’ patients to enter El Tour de Tucson. The class project also established a legacy effort to continue raising funds for the more than 30 children who are waiting to receive a specialized tricycle.

Kasey Hill, executive director of Greater Tucson Leadership, said the project epitomizes the goals of the program. 

“Leadership is about identifying a need and motivating our community to take action,” she said. “We are grateful for the community’s response and support – we have come together to make a difference.”

More information on Sunday’s event can be found here:

How you can help

Community members can keep the trikes rolling in by donating to the Greater Tucson Leadership/Children’s Clinics’ crowdrise page. All donations qualify for the Arizona charitable tax credit – up to $800 per couple.

For more information about this effort or supporting Children’s Clinics, contact Gemma Thomas at (520) 324-3026 or


About Children’s Clinics

Children’s Clinics offers Southern Arizona’s families a unique environment to meet the health care needs of their children with more than 25 medical and dental specialty clinics, primary care and therapy services under one roof. In addition to general pediatrics, many of their children have complex medical conditions such as cerebral palsy, spina bifida, muscular dystrophy, cardiac conditions, cleft lip and palate, sickle cell, and metabolic disorders. Located in the Square & Compass Building on the Tucson Medical Center (TMC) campus, Children’s Clinics is a non-profit organization providing family-centered, comprehensive outpatient medical and therapy services in a comfortable and engaging atmosphere.


About Greater Tucson Leadership

Founded in 1980, Greater Tucson Leadership (GTL) is a non-profit, non-partisan leadership organization dedicated to providing leadership education, community development and civic engagement for the overall care of and commitment to our Tucson community for over 30 years. GTL hosts an annual leadership class in which class participants expand their knowledge of our region and become strong community leaders.  We provide a platform to create understanding of community and critical issues, encourage discussion and problem-solving, cultivate appreciation for differing perspectives and inspire leadership at all levels of our community. We also offer professional development activities and leadership opportunities for our alumni