PHOENIX, Ariz. - In a world where achieving "100" in anything, let alone 100 years, is perhaps a wistful dream, the Arizona Centenarian Brunch presented by BNSF Railway, on Arizona's 100th Statehood Day, Feb. 14, aims to celebrate those Arizona people, companies and nonprofit organizations that have, indeed, attained that status in Arizona - as the state itself turns 100 years young.
An Arizona Centennial Signature Event, the Centenarian Brunch, will be held 11 a.m.-1 p.m. on Feb. 14 at the Sheraton Phoenix Downtown Hotel, is presented by BNSF Railway which, through its predecessors, has been operating in Arizona since 1881. The event will be emceed by none other than Arizona iconic personality Pat McMahon, with Gov. Jan Brewer, Secretary of State Ken Bennett, and former U.S. Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O'Connor, amidst a host of other dignitaries attending. The brunch program will feature a rousing review of song and dance of the last 10 decades, produced by Desert Stages Theatre Artistic Director Terry Helland, a nonprofit community playhouse.
However, perhaps undeniably most compelling of all will be the wealth of Arizona-history-in-the-flesh gathered in one room, creating an event for the history books that celebrates Arizona's 100 Years.
"We anticipate this being one of the crown jewels of Arizona's 100th Statehood Day celebrations," said Karen Churchard, executive director of the Arizona Centennial Commission and 2012 Foundation.
"It will be a room filled with living history with our 100-year-old guests, and stalwart 100-year-old Arizona companies and nonprofit institutions that have surely enriched Arizona, have witnessed its evolution, and have literally withstood the test of time. Such an honor for us to gather all of them together on Feb. 14," said Churchard. "If anyone has reached this rare milestone, we certainly don't want them to miss this event. We're asking everyone to spread the word to people, companies and nonprofits that are or will be 100-years-old in 2012 to attend this historic event."
To register for the brunch, 100-year-old individuals, companies and nonprofit institutions are urged to submit their contact information at www.AZ100Years.org in order to receive an "e-vite" to attend the Centenarian Brunch.
Each centenarian and a guest can enjoy the occasion at no charge; however, they must register in advance to receive an invitation. Additional family members and friends are welcome and encouraged to purchase tickets for $40 per person.
Similarly, one representative and a guest of a 100-year-old company or nonprofit entity also are invited to register online. Additional staff and associates are welcome at $40 per person.
"We ask these very special super achievers to register online to receive that invitation and the process to attend will be clearly outlined there as well," said Churchard.