2006 Ray Davies Lifetime Achievement Award Recipients

HELAINE LEVY: whose primary focus is to provide philanthropic support to a variety of Tucson's nonprofit organizations.

Her career began in the cable television industry working for TCI in the early 1980's, followed by a brief stint in real estate development with DRD Associates. Helaine then began a long commitment to Old Tucson Company, eventually becoming President and part owner of the western theme park/movie studio.

Ms. Levy is a member of the board of directors of the Tucson Jewish Community Center and the Jewish Funders Network and is currently chair of the Women's Foundation of Southern Arizona's Advisory Council. She is also a member of Southern Arizona Grantmakers and Women Investors of Tucson, which she co-founded. Helaine is married to Yoram Levy, and they have three children.

JOAN B. DIAMOND: Since returning to Tucson in 1965, Joan and her husband, Donald have been generous and loyal supporters of many local charities.

Joan's support of our community, through her personal finances and her time, and through the Joan B. Diamond Charitable Lead Trust, includes serving on the boards of Steele Memorial Children's Research Center, the Tucson Jewish Community Center, Angel Charity for Children, the Women's Division of the Jewish Federation of Southern Arizona and the Tucson Symphony Orchestra.

The Diamond Foundation continues to be an ongoing supporter of EEF's programs for TUSD.

EILEEN STARR: Eileen Starr is a retired TUSD teacher and currently serves on the Board of Directors of the Educational Enrichment Foundation (EEF). She has always made the education of our community's children a top priority. During her career, Eileen taught at Corbett, Robison and Rogers Elementary Schools. For the last 15 years of her teaching career, Eileen guided the young minds of her 6th grade students enrolled in TUSD's GATE Program (gifted and talented).

Currently, as a member of the EEF Allocations Committee, Eileen is part of the selection process, awarding Mini Grants to teachers for special classroom projects and college scholarships to TUSD seniors each year.

M. LEE STARR: Dr. M. Lee Starr passed away on July 2, 1999 in Tucson, Arizona. Dr. Starr was a teacher, counselor, principal and administrator in the Tucson Unified School District. He served as TUSD Assistant Superintendent from 1971-1974 and Associate Superintendent from 1974-1978. Upon retiring from the district, Dr. Starr entered private practice as a psychologist.

Dr. Starr's public and community service contributions included membership in many, many organizations and boards including the Mayor's Commission on Human Relations, Arizona State Anti Defamation League, Mobile Meals of Tucson, Pima County Board of Health, Amigos de los Americanos, Junior Achievement, United Way, CODAC, Planned Parenthood, National Education Association, American Association of School Administrators, Phi Epsilon Pi and Phi Delta Kappa.

Throughout his career as a teacher, principal and administrator, Lee always put the children first.

THE TUCSON CONQUISTADORES: Over 40 Years of Service to Southern Arizona Youth
The late Roy P. Drachman was the founding father of the Tucson Conquistadores. In 1966, the Conquistadores adopted the Tucson Open golf tournament. Over $15 million has been raised for charity though the success of this event.

Beginning in February 2007, the Conquistadores will serve as the host volunteer organization for the WGC Accenture Match Play Championship at The Gallery Golf Club at Dove Mountain. This prestigious tournament, which features the top 64 golfers in the world, presents an unprecedented opportunity for the Conquistadores to raise record levels of funds for Southern Arizona youth.

The Conquistadores have an active membership of up to 55 business and professional men, and a total membership of 190 who represent a cross-section of the Tucson community. True to its charter, the Conquistadores remain a working organization. In addition to its professional golf activities, the group has established The Tucson Conquistadores Foundation.

The Conquistadores have made a difference in thousands of individual lives. At its monthly funding request meetings, a committee reviews requests and grants funds to individuals and to organizations.