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History

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The Centurions is a 501(c)3 charitable organization, that supports a wide range of charitable organizations and projects in Southern Arizona. The Centurions maintain a membership of 100 active members that are among Southern Arizona’s most prominent business and civic leaders.Originally founded in 1968 as an associate support group of St. Mary’s Hospital, the Centurion name was chosen to honor the one hundred years of service given to Southern Arizona by Carondelet St. Mary’s Hospital. The name further reflects the members’ focus on business and civic leadership in the community by the historical reference to the Roman Centurion, a leader of 100 soldiers.

In 1970 the group organized its first fundraising effort 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 St Mary’s and Carondelet’s projects culminating in a 2 million dollar gift for the “Fulfilling the Promise” Capital Campaign.

In 2014, the Centurions reorganized and expanded its gift giving to include other organizations in the community including Tu Nidito, Big Brothers and Big Sisters, and Tucson Medical Center. The Centurions plan to continue supporting a wide range of charitable organizations and projects in southern Arizona.

Past Events

2017
An Oz-some experience! A Ding-Dong Doozie of a Do

An Oz-some experience! A Ding-Dong Doozie of a Do

An Oz-some experience! A Ding-Dong Doozie of a Do
2017 Chairman: LaMonte Hunley Theme: Location: Kino Sports Complex
2016
Comic Con Caper

Comic Con Caper

Comic Con Caper
Chairman: Joe Duhey Theme: Comic Con Location: Downtown Tucson
2015
The Great Disco Ball

The Great Disco Ball

The Great Disco Ball
2015 Chairman: Tony Poe Theme: The Great Disco Ball Location: Rillito Race Track
2014
The Great Neanderthal Bash, a Stone Age Rampage

The Great Neanderthal Bash, a Stone Age Rampage

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

The Great Outlaw Brouhaha, The Good, The Bad and the Centurions

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 !

The Great Masquerade Escapade, The Ball to End All !

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!

The Great Prohibition Exposition, A Bootlegger off Broadway!

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!

The Great Pajama-Rama, A Nightie to Remember!

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!

Centurion Saturday Night, No More Blues, Brother!

Centurion Saturday Night, No More Blues, Brother!
Chairman: Mike Furrier Theme: Saturday Night Live Location: Tucson Electric Park
2008
The Great Parrothead Ball

The Great Parrothead Ball

The Great Parrothead Ball
Chairman: Jan Fiakas Theme: Same Latitude New Attitude Location: Tucson Electric Park
2007
The 007 Event, A Bond Voyage with a License to Chill

The 007 Event, A Bond Voyage with a License to Chill

The 007 Event, A Bond Voyage with a License to Chill
Chairman: Michael Osborne Theme: James Bond 007 Location: Tucson Electric Park
2006
Viva Las Vegas

Viva Las Vegas

Viva Las Vegas
Chairman: Scott Carnes Theme: Its Vegas Baby Location: Tucson Electric Park
2005
Pirates of the Catalinas

Pirates of the Catalinas

Pirates of the Catalinas
Chairman: Jack Harris Theme: Buccaneers, Wenches & Grog Location: Tucson Electric Park
2004
West of the Pecos Fracas

West of the Pecos Fracas

West of the Pecos Fracas
Chairman: Chris Kemmerly Theme: Old West Location: Rillito Downs Race Track
2003
The Great Reggae Melee! Jamaica Me Crazy Mon!

The Great Reggae Melee! Jamaica Me Crazy Mon!

The Great Reggae Melee! Jamaica Me Crazy Mon!
Chairman: Neal Preimesberger Theme: Reggae Location: Pima County Fairgrounds
2002
Heroes & Heroines, An Unbridled Idol Revival!

Heroes & Heroines, An Unbridled Idol Revival!

Heroes & Heroines, An Unbridled Idol Revival!
Chairman: Peter Backus Theme: Heros & Heroines Location: Tucson Electric Park
2001
Mardi Gras 2001 A Ragin Cajun Occasion

Mardi Gras 2001 A Ragin Cajun Occasion

Mardi Gras 2001 A Ragin Cajun Occasion
Chairman: Bob Kline Theme: Mardi Gras Location: Tucson Electric Park
2000
Toga 2000

Toga 2000

Toga 2000
Chairman: Bill Assenmacher Theme: Toga Party for the New Millenium Location: Tucson Electric Park
1999
Rock at Woodstock

Rock at Woodstock

Rock at Woodstock
Chairman: Alan Michaels Theme: Woodstock Nation for the New Generation Location: Tucson Electric Park
1998
The Great Base Ball, A Diamond Theme on a Field of Dreams…

The Great Base Ball, A Diamond Theme on a Field of Dreams…

The Great Base Ball, A Diamond Theme on a Field of Dreams…
Chairman: Jim Rohen Theme: Baseball Location: Tucson Electric Park
1997
Safari So Goodie – It’s a Jungle Out There

Safari So Goodie – It’s a Jungle Out There

Safari So Goodie – It’s a Jungle Out There
Chairman: T. K. Warfield Theme: Jungle Adventure Location: Hi Corbett Field
1996
An Olympic Tribute 1996 – The Great Marathon Decathlon

An Olympic Tribute 1996 – The Great Marathon Decathlon

An Olympic Tribute 1996 – The Great Marathon Decathlon
Chairman: Tony Mellor Theme: Olympics Location: Sportspark
1995
The Great Silver Screen Movie Character Scene

The Great Silver Screen Movie Character Scene

The Great Silver Screen Movie Character Scene
Chairman: Ken Sarnoski Theme: Movie Characters Location: Hi Corbett Field
1994
The Great Silver Anniversary Event

The Great Silver Anniversary Event

The Great Silver Anniversary Event
Chairman: Gale Bundrick Theme: Still Alive After 25 Location: Hi Corbett Field
1993
The Great Outer Space Disgrace

The Great Outer Space Disgrace

The Great Outer Space Disgrace
Chairman: Bruce Beach Theme: Intergalactic Gaiety Location: Gates Learjet Hangar
1992
The Great South Pacific Ocean Commotion!

The Great South Pacific Ocean Commotion!

The Great South Pacific Ocean Commotion!
Chairman: Guy Bittner Theme: Polynesia Location: Hi Corbett Field
1991
The Great Raucous Caucus Debaucous – An Unconventional Political Convention

The Great Raucous Caucus Debaucous – An Unconventional Political Convention

The Great Raucous Caucus Debaucous – An Unconventional Political Convention
Chairman: Mike Leverenz Theme: Political Location: Tucson Convention Center
1990
The Late Great Rock N Roll Estate

The Late Great Rock N Roll Estate

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

The Great Wild and Wooly Western Wound Up

The Great Wild and Wooly Western Wound Up
Chairman: Bill Kordsiemon, Sr. Theme: Old West Location: Old Tucson
1988
The Great Times Square Affair

The Great Times Square Affair

The Great Times Square Affair
Chairman: Dave Henry Theme: The Big Apple Location: Williams Center
1987
The Great White Hat and Dirty Rat Format

The Great White Hat and Dirty Rat Format

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

The Great Downtown Clown Around

The Great Downtown Clown Around
Chairman: Mike Dehen Theme: A Circus Party Location: Tucson Community Center
1985
The Great Funny Paper Caper

The Great Funny Paper Caper

The Great Funny Paper Caper
Chairman: Jim Ronstadt Theme: Comic Characters Location: Hi Corbett Field
1984
The Great Flying Machine Scene

The Great Flying Machine Scene

The Great Flying Machine Scene
Chairman: Bill Hanson Theme: Wright Brothers to The Right Stuff Location: Gates LearJet Hangar
1983
Dragons and Flagons

Dragons and Flagons

Dragons and Flagons
Chairman: Charlie ODowd Theme: A Medieval Fantasy Party Location: Downtown Underground Parking Garage
1982
Its The Real Sting

Its The Real Sting

Its The Real Sting
Chairman: Loring Green Theme: The Sting Location: Rillito Racetrack
1981
The Great Daisy Mae Melee

The Great Daisy Mae Melee

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

The Great Caesars Seizure Celebration

The Great Caesars Seizure Celebration
Chairman: Wally Burg Theme: Government & Political Life Location: Hi Corbett Field
1979
The Great Mash Bash

The Great Mash Bash

The Great Mash Bash
Chairman: Lynn Marvel Theme: M.A.S.H Location: Pima Air Museum
1978
The Great Train Junction Function

The Great Train Junction Function

The Great Train Junction Function
Chairman: Joe Hernandez Theme: Butch Cassidy & The Sundance Kid Location: Tucson Train Station
1977
The Great King Kong Caper

The Great King Kong Caper

The Great King Kong Caper
Chairman: Tim Rooker Location: Great Western Bank Garage
1976
The Great Wing Ding Airport Party

The Great Wing Ding Airport Party

The Great Wing Ding Airport Party
Chairman: Mel Robbins Location: Tucson International Airport
1975
The Great Depression Party of 1975

The Great Depression Party of 1975

The Great Depression Party of 1975
Chairman: Mel Robbins Location: Tucson Community Center
1974
The Great Gatsby

The Great Gatsby

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

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