Schoolhouse Soiree

AWC Foundation announces Hall of Fame inductees

July 19, 2023

Tom Tyree and John Stratton to be recognized during AWC Foundation Schoolhouse Soiree on October 6

Yuma, AZ (July 19, 2023) – Tom Tyree and John Stratton have been selected as the 2023 AWC Hall of Fame inductees. 

Established in 2011, the AWC Hall of Fame honors alumni, faculty, and community leaders from Yuma and La Paz counties who have made a significant contribution to the mission and goals of the college or distinguished themselves in service to the community and beyond. 

A native of Arizona, Tom Tyree has served in public education for 50 years in various capacities as a teacher, coach, and Yuma County School Superintendent. John Stratton was the AWC Head Baseball Coach for over 27 years making a positive impact on hundreds of young men throughout his tenure. 

The AWC Foundation will recognize Tyree and Stratton during the Schoolhouse Soiree in October. Last year’s inaugural celebration merged two longtime AWC Foundation events, the Hall of Fame and the Celebration of Scholars, to commemorate Yuma and La Paz community members who make a difference in education, generous donors, and students who have earned scholarships. The AWC Foundation raised close to $42,000 during the event last year to establish the Gold Heart Endowment for scholarships. This year’s goal is to raise $60,000 for 60 years of service to the community.

“Join us at our second annual Schoolhouse Soiree as we recognize the past, present and future,” said Gladys Anaya, AWC Foundation Development Manager. “We will be celebrating our AWC Hall of Fame inductees who have positively impacted AWC and our community. We will also be recognizing scholarship recipients and the generosity of donors who have made those opportunities possible. This year is even more exciting as we celebrate 60 years of serving Yuma and La Paz Counties.”

The Schoolhouse Soiree will be held from 6-10 p.m. on Friday, October 6, at the AWC Schoening Conference Center, 2020 S. Ave 8E.

Tickets for the event are $100. Remaining sponsorship opportunities include one Excellence in Education Sponsor ($4,000), Make a Difference Sponsors ($2,500), Knowledge is Power Sponsors ($1,000), and Key to Success Sponsors ($500). More sponsorship details can be found here:

For more information, contact the AWC Foundation at or (928) 344-1720.

Arizona Western College Foundation
The Arizona Western College Foundation seeks to make education universally accessible by removing economic barriers for students and building capacity for scholarships, programs, and creating the college of tomorrow. Since its establishment in 1963 as a supporting organization to Arizona Western College, the Foundation has set the pace for scholarship development and distribution in Yuma and La Paz counties. The team currently manages over 200 scholarship and programmatic funds, and distributed over $370,000 in 2022 to provide over 190 students with scholarships and to help countless students from across the entire college district with program support. The Foundation and AWC are primed to lead the way in regional and economic growth and development that will impact families for generations to come.

Gladys Anaya
Development Manager 
Arizona Western College Foundation
(928) 317-7620

Laura Knaresboro
Chief Operating Officer
Arizona Western College Foundation
(928) 344-1723