About The Centurions

2015 begins a new chapter in The Centurions 45 year history of charitable giving in Tucson.

The Centurions are now an independent 501(c)3 charitable organization, which supports a wide range of worthwhile charitable organizations and projects in Southern Arizona.

The Centurions have an active membership of 100 of some of the community’s most prominent business and civic leaders. Originally founded in 1969 as an associate support group of St. Mary’s Hospital, our name was chosen to honor the one hundred years of service given Southern Arizona by Carondelet St. Mary’s Hospital and to reflect the members’ business and civic leadership in the community by the historical reference to the Roman Centurion (a leader of 100 soldiers).

The group’s first fundraising effort all those years ago was to help raise money for St. Mary’s Burn Center which, at that time, was in dire need of support. Through the efforts of the Centurions and the generosity of the Tucson community, the Burn Center gradually became the preeminent burn rehabilitation facility in the Southwest.

In the 45 years that followed The Centurions directed their fund raising efforts to a wide variety of projects including St. Mary’s Hospice, Carondelet Rehabilitation Services, computers for Speech Therapy and the new St. Mary’s Hospital Emergency Department. Most recently The Centurions completed a 2 million dollar pledge for the “Fulfilling the Promise” Capital Campaign.

Since our inception, the Centurions have raised almost seven million dollars for these and other worthy projects.



Ron Teaney


Tony Poe


Britt Simmons


Steve Shepherd


Toby Allen


Joe Dhuey-2016 Event Chairman

Mike Furrier

Mike Gillooly

Bill Hussey

Lamonte Hunley

Stan Spackeen

Chip Yetzer

The Centurions Giving History


2015 Tu Nidito    TBD
2013-2014 Carondelet Health Network Capital Campaign    $300,000
2008-2012 ″Fulfilling The Promise” Capital Campaign $2,000,000
2007 Campaign for Quality, Diabetes Outreach    $250,000
2006 Campaign for Quality, Diabetes Outreach    $250,000
2003 Emergency Department, St. Mary’s    $950,000
2001 St Mary’s Emergency Services    $400,000
1999 Infant Immunization Endowment    $200,000
1998 Infant Immunization/Community Trust    $25,000
1998 8 Cardiac Monitors/Chest Pain Area    $100,000
1996-97 Urgent Care Center-St. Mary’s    $100,000
1996 Glenn Koepke Urgent Care Center    $25,000
1992-2000 Comprehensive Outpatient Rehab    $1,000,000
1987-1992 St.Mary’s Hospital General Fund    $500,000
1986 Physical Medicine & Rehab    $25,000
1984 Speech Therapy Computer Equipment    $12,000
1982-92 St. Mary’s Hospice Care    $753,000
1974-81 St. Mary’s Burn Center    $42,000
1975-76 Post Critical Care Sound System    $7,300
1970-73 Behavioral Health/room furnishings    $8,000

Total paid to date $6,947,300

Nonprofit Status

The Centurions are a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization that exists solely for the purpose of raising charitable funds to benefit worthy organizations and projects in Southern Arizona.
The annual theme event is the major means of raising funds by the Centurions. Other fundraising related activities may occur through The Centurions on occasion.

The Centurion Event

Each year THE CENTURIONS host an annual “Event” attended by over 6,000 people. Every year the event takes on a different theme and is unquestionably one of Southern Arizona’s most popular charitable events. To stage a party of this size takes a tremendous amount of volunteer time. Each year thousands of man-hours go into the construction, food preparation and ticket sales for this event.

Planning for the May party begins in November with the selection of a party site and a theme often chosen to match the site selected. The group has become skilled at taking a novel site and turning it into a unique party such as the El Presidio parking garage in downtown Tucson where the Dragons and Flagons party was held (a medieval fantasy party held in a dungeon) or the Woodstock party at Tucson Eclectic Park. After the site and theme selection, the event chairman organizes his various committees to begin work in December to plan the logistics of acquiring, delivering and setting up the decorations and entertainment, site maintenance and food and beverage necessary to feed and entertain over 6,000 people.

One of the most time-consuming aspects of planning the party is the solicitation of donations of not only money but also the food and beverage and materials necessary to stage the party. Obviously, the more items that are donated the more successful the fund raising effort becomes, as the money from ticket sales and activities at the Event may then go directly to the charities.

Past Centurion Events

2014 “The Great Neanderthal Bash, a Stone Age Rampage”
Chairman: Ron Teaney
Theme: Fred Flintstone meets Jurassic Park
Location: Rillito Downs Race Track

2013 “The Great Outlaw Brouhaha, The Good, The Bad and the Centurions”
Chairman: Toby Allen
Theme: Western
Location: Tucson Rodeo Grounds, Irvington and 3rd Avenue

2012 “The Great Masquerade Escapade, The Ball to End All !”
Chairman: Bill Hussey
Theme: Masquerade Party
Location: Downtown Tucson, 5th Av & Congress

2011 “The Great Prohibition Exposition, A Bootlegger off Broadway!”
Chairman: Stan Spackeen
Theme: The Roaring 20s & Prohibition
Location: Downtown Tucson, 5th Av & Congress

2010 “The Great Pajama-Rama, A Nightie to Remember!”
Chairman: Chip Yetzer
Theme: A Pajama Party
Location: Tucson Electric Park

2009 “Centurion Saturday Night, No More Blues, Brother!”
Chairman: Mike Furrier
Theme: Saturday Night Live
Location: Tucson Electric Park
Operating: $215,000
Net Proceeds: $295,000

2008 “The Great Parrothead Ball”
Chairman: Jan Fiakas
Theme: Same Latitude New Attitude
Location: Tucson Electric Park
Operating: $273,000
Net Proceeds: $363,100

2007 “The 007 Event, A Bond Voyage with a License to Chill”
Chairman: Michael Osborne
Theme: James Bond 007
Location: Tucson Electric Park
Operating: $226,061
Net Proceeds: $495,000

2006 “Viva Las Vegas”
Chairman: Scott Carnes
Theme: Its Vegas Baby
Location: Tucson Electric Park
Operating: $237,000
Net Proceeds: $430,500

2005 “Pirates of the Catalinas”
Chairman: Jack Harris
Theme: Buccaneers, Wenches & Grog
Location: Tucson Electric Park
Operating: $199,000
Net Proceeds: $374,500

2004 “West of the Pecos Fracas”
Chairman: Chris Kemmerly
Theme: Old West
Location: Rillito Downs Race Track
Operating: $220,000
Net Proceeds: $324,000

2003 “The Great Reggae Melee! Jamaica Me Crazy Mon!”
Chairman: Neal Preimesberger
Theme: Reggae
Location: Pima County Fairgrounds
Operating: $219,000
Net Proceeds: $185,000

2002 “Heroes & Heroines, An Unbridled Idol Revival!”
Chairman: Peter Backus
Theme: Heros & Heroines
Location: Tucson Electric Park
Operating: $196,000
Net Proceeds: $217,000

2001 “Mardi Gras 2001 A Ragin Cajun Occasion”
Chairman: Bob Kline
Theme: Mardi Gras
Location: Tucson Electric Park
Operating: $174,000
Net Proceeds: $245,000

2000 “Toga 2000”
Chairman: Bill Assenmacher
Theme: Toga Party for the New Millenium
Location: Tucson Electric Park
Operating: $180,000
Net Proceeds: $236,000

1999 “Rock at Woodstock”
Chairman: Alan Michaels
Theme: Woodstock Nation for the New Generation
Location: Tucson Electric Park
Operating: $178,000
Net Proceeds: $200,000

1998 “The Great Base Ball, A Diamond Theme on a Field of Dreams…”
Chairman: Jim Rohen
Theme: Baseball
Location: Tucson Electric Park
Operating: $134,000
Net Proceeds: $200,000

1997 “Safari So Goodie – It’s a Jungle Out There”
Chairman: T. K. Warfield
Theme: Jungle Adventure
Location: Hi Corbett Field
Operating: $123,426
Net Proceeds: $172,683

1996 “An Olympic Tribute 1996 – The Great Marathon Decathlon”
Chairman: Tony Mellor
Theme: Olympics
Location: Sportspark
Operating: $115,382
Net Proceeds: $148,135

1995 “The Great Silver Screen Movie Character Scene”
Chairman: Ken Sarnoski
Theme: Movie Characters
Location: Hi Corbett Field
Operating: $105,637
Net Proceeds: $159,712

1994 “The Great Silver Anniversary Event”
Chairman: Gale Bundrick
Theme: Still Alive After 25
Location: Hi Corbett Field
Operating: $93,440
Net Proceeds: $100,000

1993 “The Great Outer Space Disgrace”
Chairman: Bruce Beach
Theme: Intergalactic Gaiety
Location: Gates Learjet Hangar
Operating: $84,756
Net Proceeds: $100,000

1992 “The Great South Pacific Ocean Commotion!”
Chairman: Guy Bittner
Theme: Polynesia
Location: Hi Corbett Field
Operating: $68,049
Net Proceeds: $100,000

1991 “The Great Raucous Caucus Debaucous – An Unconventional Political Convention”
Chairman: Mike Leverenz
Theme: Political
Location: Tucson Convention Center
Operating: $62,870
Net Proceeds: $100,000

1990 “The Late Great Rock N Roll Estate”
Chairman: Glenn Luglan
Theme: Rock & Roll Music
Location: Hi Corbett Field

1989 “The Great Wild and Wooly Western Wound Up”
Chairman: Bill Kordsiemon, Sr.
Theme: Old West
Location: Old Tucson

1988 “The Great Times Square Affair”
Chairman: Dave Henry
Theme: The Big Apple
Location: Williams Center

1987 “The Great White Hat and Dirty Rat Format”
Chairman: Brian Harpel
Theme: Good Guys & Bad Guys
Location: Pima County Fairgrounds

1986 “The Great Downtown Clown Around”
Chairman: Mike Dehen
Theme: A Circus Party
Location: Tucson Community Center

1985 “The Great Funny Paper Caper”
Chairman: Jim Ronstadt
Theme: Comic Characters
Location: Hi Corbett Field

1984 “The Great Flying Machine Scene”
Chairman: Bill Hanson
Theme: Wright Brothers to The Right Stuff
Location: Gates LearJet Hangar

1983 “Dragons and Flagons”
Chairman: Charlie ODowd
Theme: A Medieval Fantasy Party
Location: Downtown Underground Parking Garage

1982 “Its The Real Sting”
Chairman: Loring Green
Theme: The Sting
Location: Rillito Racetrack

1981 “The Great Daisy Mae Melee”
Chairman: Rod Freeman
Theme: Ma & Pa Kettle on The Farm
Location: Tucson Rodeo Grounds

1980 “The Great Caesars Seizure Celebration”
Chairman: Wally Burg
Theme: Government & Political Life
Location: Hi Corbett Field

1979 “The Great Mash Bash”
Chairman: Lynn Marvel
Theme: M.A.S.H
Location: Pima Air Museum

1978 “The Great Train Junction Function”
Chairman: Joe Hernandez
Theme: Butch Cassidy & The Sundance Kid
Location: Tucson Train Station

1977 “The Great King Kong Caper”
Chairman: Tim Rooker
Location: Great Western Bank Garage

1976 “The Great Wing Ding Airport Party”
Chairman: Mel Robbins
Location: Tucson International Airport

1975 “The Great Depression Party of 1975”
Chairman: Mel Robbins
Location: Tucson Community Center

1974 “The Great Gatsby”
Chairman: Paul Baker
Location: El Dorado Movie Theater

1971 “Premier Showing of Cabaret / A Theatre Party”
Location: The Catalina Theater

1970 “Professional Bowling Tournament”
Location: Cactus Lanes

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