Each year the Tempe Community Action Agency (TCAA) gives the Barbara Norton Service in Action Award to one outstanding individual who gives with his or her heart and goes above and beyond the call of duty to address the needs of others in our community. Here at Artisan by Santa Barbara Catering, we are honored that our owner, Pat Christofolo received this year’s award.

The TCAA has formed many programs to assist low-income and fixed-income families in the community.  They have recognized Pat for her continual advocacy and contribution to the programs, people and areas of need in the city of Tempe.

Every year, TCAA hosts a fundraiser called the First Crush Charity Gala with gourmet food stations for guests, live music and silent auction. Pat graciously donates the food, linens, and decor every year for the fundraiser.  She also assists with event coordination, securing a full donation of tables, chairs, lighting and other rentals for the event. Additionally, Artisan by Santa Barbara Catering donates food each year to the I-HELP (Interfaith Homeless Emergency Lodging Program) program through TCAA for the homeless.  This program strives to provide lodging and comfort for those without shelter and supplies this to an average of 30 homeless people a night, seven nights a week. Pat has been a major contributor to this program.

In addition to donating food to TCAA, Pat was president of the board of the Tempe Community Action Agency. Her efforts have been an integral part of the TCAA, as well as the Tempe community in general.

Please join us in congratulating Pat.  It is an honor to work with her. She is truly deserving of such a special award.