Sway Swagger Awards 2014

Sway Events honors 2014 SWAGGER Award winners

Super SWAGGER Award Winners

Fabulous Philanthropist: Katy June

Having lived in The Valley for most of her life, Katy June appreciates that Phoenix is a city that is always evolving and reinventing itself. She is especially proud of the ‘localist’ energy that many Phoenicians believe in and adhere to.

When asked what volunteerism means to her, June said, it means “making your community the place you want to live! It’s giving back to make your space, your people and your world more enjoyable. I have made lifelong friends by engaging in volunteer activities because they are supported by groups of likeminded people working toward a common goal.”

Community Cultivator: Kenny Barrett

Valley native Kenny Barrett is Phoenix’s celebrated champion of urban agriculture and farming, local food, sustainable living, healthy eating and edible landscaping. Co-founder of Roosevelt Growhouse, Barrett currently works with HandsOn Greater Phoenix and plans their annual volunteer service events, including Make a Difference Day and Serve-a-Thon. He is an activist, artist and community organizer that has already made a huge difference in Phoenix.

“I hope we continue creating and adding to our sustainability plan and develop a workforce development program for young aspiring urban farmers so they can find sustainable ways to grow the abundance of food we’ll need in the future,” he said.

Creative Genius: Ruben Gonzales

Designer and pioneer Ruben Gonzales is a metro Phoenix native who grew up as a b-boy in Tolleson and has since made a significant impact on The Valley’s urban art scene and cultural transformation.

“It’s been amazing watching this city become the fifth largest in the country and seeing the resurgence of local shops and restaurants in Downtown and other Valley urban areas,” he said. “To be a part of that movement has been priceless.”

His company, 11th Monk3y, spotlights his original yet affordable apparel. He also builds bicycles, metal furnishings, artwork and anything else he can imagine. He hopes to host an LGBTQ printing class one day.

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National Margarita Day

A lot of us have really picked up an interest in tequila and it's no wonder. Its popularity is soaring in the U.S. and doesn't look like it'll be slowing down any time soon. The only contender would probably be whiskey. Meh, but they have their own day. Now, it's National Margarita Day and we put together some of the best margarita recipes around so you can pick one or maybe even all of them to try.

We have a few surprises in there too. Maybe it's not all about tequila but it certainly has a theme going on. Take a look at some of these great tequila brands and start making some amazing margaritas today!

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Gender-Inclusive Universities and Student Privacy

For many students, attending university is a profound, often life-changing, transition. It is often the student’s first time living on their own without parental supervision. This lifestyle is also accompanied by a period of self-discovery, of defining and redefining a sense of personal identity largely independent of the influence of family and friends from home.

For students who are members of the LGBTQ+ community, this rite of passage can also be a deeply empowering one. Indeed, attending university may be the student’s first real opportunity to explore their gender identity in a safe, comfortable, and accepting college.

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José Cuervo's Reserva de la Familia agave fields

Disclaimer: My trip was provided courtesy of a press trip but all opinions about the trip and events are my own. Please note there are affiliate links and at no additional cost to you, I may earn a commission if you make a purchase.

I had the opportunity to visit Mexico for an event José Cuervo was putting on, the unveiling of their premium tequila brand, Reserva de la Familia. The trip was all about tequila, how to drink it properly, how to pair it with food, and of course, visiting various points of interest in Guadalajara while tasting tequila along the way.

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