We celebrated our first annual Be the Impact fundraiser event on Thursday, Nov. 2, 2023. More than 150 supporters filled the rooftop patio of The Grove in Phoenix, raising over $200,000 in support of our mission to assist unhoused, low-income and other disadvantaged individuals in their efforts to become self-sufficient through quality employment.

BTI’s Keynote Speaker: Susan Connelly

During the event, guests enjoyed appetizers, drinks and the breathtaking sunset views of Camelback Mountain while connecting and listening to live music. The evening also featured a raffle and state-of-the-art golf simulator competition for a chance to win Taylor Made Stealth Irons, a Callaway Paradym driver, an Apple Watch and a two-night resort stay at the Arizona Grand Resort and Spa.

Clayco’s Executive Vice President, Residential Business Unit Leader, Eric Jaegers, served as the event chair and welcomed keynote speaker, Susan Connelly. Connelly, a former SJW client and now regional director of student services at Refrigeration School Inc. (RSI), delivered an inspiring account of her resilient journey, from overcoming addiction and housing insecurity to achieving quality employment, eventually earning her master’s degree and finding success both professionally and personally.

Additionally, a highlight of the evening was when two founding members, each contributing $25,000 in matching donations, enabled SJW to surpass its $150,000 fundraising goal. Through their generosity, SJW will be able to extend its reach, providing free employment services through its Employment Without Barriers program and transitional housing through its Workforce Villages program.

“We are thrilled by the incredible support we received at our first annual Be the Impact Happy Hour,” said St. Joseph the Worker CEO Carrie Masters. “The generosity of our community and the dedication of our supporters are vital in furthering our mission to empower individuals towards financial independence through employment opportunities. Donations from the event will have a lasting impact on the lives of those we serve, and we look forward to continued collaboration with our compassionate community in the years to come.”

Carrie Masters, Eric Jaegers

Employees of SJW

Jerry Barnier, Kelly Geary, and Julie Johnson

Ritta Fagain, Carrie Masters, Daren Strunk

Walter Clarke, DawnRae and Tiffany Milliman

Juana Hernandez, Farrah Fiegener, Kelly Geary

Thank You to Our Sponsors

Impact Sponsor and Host:

Changemaker Sponsors

Trendsetter Sponsors

Visionary Sponsors

Strategizer Sponsors

Innovator Sponsors