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El Tour, Banner – University Medicine to present Pima JTED a $50,000 check on Tuesday

El Tour de Tucson and Banner – University Medicine will present a check to Pima JTED, El Tour’s primary beneficiary on Tuesday, Jan. 10.

The $50,000 check presentation will be held at Banner – University Medical Center’s Diamond Children’s Medical Center lobby (1625 N. Campbell Ave).

“We, at Banner – University Medicine, a non-profit hospital, each year contribute $800 million dollars to the health and wellness of the Tucson community and are thankful for the opportunity to serve as the official title sponsor of the El Tour de Tucson,” said Sarah Frost, CEO Banner – University Medical Center Tucson and Banner – University Medical Center South. “Partnering to support and see other non-profit entities in our community be rewarded for their participation in the El Tour effort, has been thoroughly rewarding. In naming JTED the El Tour primary beneficiary in 2022, we know that the impact on the health and wellness of our community will be felt for years to come.”

Pima JTED is a public Career and Technical Education District which works with business and industry and 14-member public school districts to provide premier CTE programs to approximately 25,000 sophomore, junior, and senior level high school students each year. The award-winning programs are proven to increase student success, significantly contribute to our local economy, and afford students the chance to jumpstart their careers and do what they love in high school.

“On behalf of the over 25,000 students enrolled in Pima JTED satellite and central career and technical education programs, as well as our Pima JTED Governing Board, faculty and staff, we are very grateful to the El Tour de Tucson organizers and riders and Banner University Medicine to have been designated as the primary beneficiary of the 2022 El Tour de Tucson and commend both organizations for recognizing the benefit of investing in the education of our youth and the positive impact this will have on the health and well-being of our community for many years to come” said Kathy Prather, superintendent and CEO of Pima JTED.”

More than 7,500 riders – at least one from every state – participated in the Banner – University Medicine 2022 El Tour de Tucson making it another great success. More than 50 charities participated in this year’s event, where they collectively raised more than $5 million for their respective charities. In the 39 years of El Tour events, more than $105 million has been raised for more than 100 national and local charities.

“At its core, El Tour has been about raising money for charities,” said TJ Juskiewicz, El Tour’s Executive Director. “With Banner’s tremendous support their primary beneficiary Pima JTED will see great use from their donation through El Tour. Indeed, healthcare in Southern Arizona looks bright.”