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Victory Acres Sidewalk Ceremony (1995) Commemorative Trowel

Object Name: Trowel, Smoothing
Date: 1995
3 x 3 3/4 in. (7.6 x 9.5 cm)
Medium: Metal, wood
Catalog number: 2004.56.10
DescriptionThe steel smoothing trowel with wooden handle has curly red ribbon on handle and a small plaque with Tempe City "T" and sun logo: "Victory Acres Sidewalk Ceremony, Saturday 23, 1995, Mayor Neil G. Giuliano."
ProvenanceFrom a collection of items formerly owned by Tempe Mayor Niel Giuliano. Giuliano was mayor from 1994 - 2004. This collection came to the museum in 2004, and includes items that he kept in his office at City Hall.

We think....
"In early 1970s the City was involved in beautification and redevelopment for downtown. Through the efforts of Gil Montanez, Victory Acres neighborhood was included. May 1971 the City opened Escalante Community Center to house Tempe Community Action Program, Escalante Senior Center, Youth Assistance, etc...They met in 1995 to assess the facility needs. In 1997 the new facility was completed. -from Tempe website "Escalante Community Center"

From Wikipedia:
Neil G. Giuliano is an American gay rights activist. Giuliano was the former four-term Republican mayor (1994-2004) of Tempe, Arizona. He chaired the commission in charge of hosting the third debate of the 2004 United States presidential elections. He served as President of the Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation (GLAAD) since September 2005, and announced his resignation from the organization in January 2009.[1]

Education and work at ASU
Giuliano graduated with a BA degree from what is now the Hugh Downs School of Communication at Arizona State University in 1979, and received a Master's Degree in Education there in 1983. While a student there, he served as Student Body President and also as the 1977-78 International President of Circle K International (CKI), the world's largest collegiate service organization. Giuliano had a 25 year career with ASU as a university administrator and faculty associate. His posts with ASU included directing student leadership development, alumni relations, federal government relations and community relations. As a Faculty Associate in ASU’s College of Liberal Arts and Science, Giuliano created and then taught a course in Personal Leadership Development for twenty years. He also served as lead organizer and co-chair for the final 2004 Presidential Debate held at ASU, which was viewed by over 57 million people nationwide and around the world.

Community service
He was an active member of the Kiwanis Club of Tempe, serving as advisor to the Arizona State University chapter of Circle K International and later as President of the club.

Political career
Giuliano began his political career as a councilmember and Vice-Mayor of Tempe, Arizona. He was elected as mayor of Tempe four times, serving from 1994-2004; the first three terms were two years each, the fourth was for four years. In 2009, Giuliano changed his affiliation from the Republican Party to the Democratic Party, and The Arizona Republic has reported that he is considering running for governor of Arizona as a Democrat.[2]

Giuliano served as President of the Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation (GLAAD), a large national LGBT organization dedicated to ensuring fair, accurate and inclusive representation of LGBT people and events in the media.

Giuliano has appeared on CNN, ABC World News Tonight, Showbiz Tonight, and Access Hollywood and has been quoted in Newsweek and USA Today and numerous state and regional media outlets discussing LGBT images in the media and issues. [3]

Awards and recognition
Giuliano was named one of the Top 25 of 2005 by Instinct Magazine. In 2004, he received the Individual Achievement Award from the Arizona Human Rights Fund and for three years was recognized for Distinguished Service of the Year by readers of the largest LGBT publication serving Arizona.

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