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Phoenix Final Four Seeks 3,600 VolunteersPhoenix Final Four Seeks 3,600 Volunteers/pdf/Final%20Four%20Volunteer%20News%20Release.pdf<font color="#373737" face="Helvetica-Bold" size="3"><font color="#373737" face="Helvetica-Bold" size="3"><font color="#373737" face="Helvetica-Bold" size="3"></font></font></font><p>PHOENIX - The Phoenix Local Organizing Committee seeks 3,600 volunteers to assist with the 2017 NCAA Men's Final Four.<br><br> The PLOC is recruiting volunteers for the numerous community and ancillary events before and during the Final Four, set for April 1 and 3. Duties include hospitality areas, operations, information centers and transportation.<br><br> "We could not possibly execute this event without the time and talents of thousands of volunteers," PLOC Executive Director and CEO Dawn Rogers said. "The volunteers are the backbone of every successful major event. Volunteering for the 2017 Final Four is a great way to show your pride in Arizona - and it will be a blast for everyone who pitches in." </p><p>Volunteers may register at Beginning Dec. 7, registered volunteers may begin signing up for shifts.</p><p><br> Here are requirements for Final Four volunteers:</p><ul dir="ltr" style="margin-right:0px;"><li>Must be at least 18 years or older by march 1, 2017.</li><li>Must volunteer for a minimum of three shifts over the course of the event (shifts range from three to five hours).</li><li>Must complete Samaritan registration application with accurate information.</li><li>Must undergo a background check before the Men's Final Four, per NCAA requirements.</li><li>Out-of-town volunteers must be able to find their own accommodations.</li></ul><p dir="ltr">Final Four Volunteers will receive the following:</p><ul dir="ltr"><li><div>Official 2017 NCAA Men's Final Four polo shirt.</div></li><li><div> Final Four hat.</div></li><li><div>Final Four drawstring bag.</div></li><li><div>A special invitation to the post-Final Four Volunteer Appreciation Party.</div></li></ul>12/9/2016 3:03:19 PM
Phoenix Convention Center Recognized for Performance ExcellencePhoenix Convention Center Recognized for Performance Excellence/pdf/SWAE%20PCC%20News%20Release.pdf<font class="ms-rteThemeFontFace-1 ms-rteFontSize-3 ms-rteStyle-Normal"><p><strong>(Phoenix, Dec. 7, 2016) </strong>− The Southwest Alliance for Excellence (SWAE) has recognized the Phoenix Convention Center (PCC) as one of six recipients of SWAE’s 2016 Performance Excellence Program. The program honors organizations in different industries for excellence in quality, performance and results, and is modeled after the Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award Program.</p> <p>PCC completed a comprehensive organizational profile and mid-level application, answering questions assessing seven different criteria: Leadership, Strategy, Customers, Measurement, Workforce, Operations and Results. A team of expert SWAE examiners met with Convention Center staff for a multi-day site visit to verify and clarify information in the application.</p> <p>“The Phoenix Convention Center is honored and excited about SWAE recognizing our ongoing commitment to excellence,” said PCC Director John Chan. “We look forward to working with SWAE, guiding our team to pursue continuous improvement, employee engagement, customer satisfaction and performance outcomes.</p><p>”The SWAE process is the latest step in PCC’s organizational evolution, which includes a “Guest Service Promise” to enhance customer experience and “Pillars of Excellence” setting high standards for employees.</p> <p>“SWAE is proud to continue empowering organizations to pursue performance excellence, improve outcomes and contribute to the economic strength of their community and state,” said SWAE Executive Director Karen Shepard. “This evaluation process and feedback is one of the best methodologies available to help develop a higher level of organizational performance.”</p> <p>Other organizations that SWAE is recognizing with Performance Excellence Awards this year are the Nathan Adelson Hospice, Las Vegas (Achievement Award). Along with PCC, the following organizations are Commitment Award recipients: Montevista Hospital, Las Vegas; Bristol Global Mobility in Phoenix; Scottsdale Medical Imaging and the Yuma Regional Medical Center.</p></font>12/8/2016 5:55:45 PM
Orpheum Ghost ToursOrpheum Ghost Tours<p>​<strong>PHOENIX (Oct. 21, 2016) </strong>– Landing between fall and winter, Halloween ignites curiosity about life and death; ghouls and goblins.  We invite you to have your pre-Halloween celebration with us!  The Orpheum Theatre was built in 1929, we know it's historic yet some say it's haunted, what better way to find out by joining us for the Orpheum Theatre Ghost Tours.  </p><p>Tours scheduled from Oct. 22 – 23 and Oct. 30, beginning at 6 pm.  The Friends of the Orpheum Theatre will share shocking tales that prompted the West Coast Ghost and Paranormal Society to host a ghost hunting investigation at the historic theater. </p><p>Come out and stroll around the historic theater, hear the spooky sounds from the Wurlitzer Organ and learn about supernatural encounters that have occurred throughout the Orpheum's history.  Enjoy the ghost stories and maybe even meet one of the spirits that some believe may reside in the venue and possibly leave with your own tales to share.  </p><p>Real life evidence and photographs that hint at the existence of paranormal activity in action will be available for viewing. Tours begin at 6 p.m. under the marquee at the Orpheum Theatre, 203 W. Adams St. Tickets can be purchased online at for $25.00.  </p><p>Proceeds benefit the Orpheum Theatre's restoration fund.  For more information, call 480.684.4437.</p>10/21/2016 7:55:26 PM