AWC Foundation announces Hall of Fame inductees


YUMA — 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.