Celebration of Kindness
SATURDAY, APRIL 23, 2022 at 6:00pm
The 3100 Building at Gadabout Headquarters
3100 N. First Ave., Tucson, AZ 85719
Join us to celebrate 20 years of Ben’s Bells at the 2022 Celebration of Kindness!
Enjoy a night of great music, local food, drinks, and friends supporting kindness in our community. The celebration will include a silent auction, live auction, words from our Founder, a visit from our partners at Kind Stitches, music by Mariachi Estrellas de Tucson and Sharkk Heartt, and more!
To commemorate our 20th anniversary, attendees will have the opportunity to experience the magic of creating a live mosaic bench that will be auctioned off at the end of the night. We are delighted to be a part of such a kind community and hope to see you there.
Early Bird Discount January 1st – January 31st
$80 per person
Regular Priced Tickets February 1st – April 23rd
$100 per person
Tickets include 2 drink tickets. Additional drink tickets are available for $5 each at the event.
ASL Interpreters Provided
*Face coverings are optional.
Can’t make it to this year’s event but still want to show your support? Purchase a ticket for a volunteer, teacher, or Ben’s Bells supporter who can’t afford to go. Simply add DONATION to the comments section of the ticket purchase. Looking for other ways to give back? Make a donation here.
J. Maré Annual Founder’s Award
“Kindness is being in solidarity with human need.” –Phillips & Taylor, 2009
After the death of her son Ben in 2002, Jeannette Maré learned how a small act of kindness could make such a difference in a person’s life, no matter their background. She created the Ben’s Bells Project as a way to spread kindness in the community and teach others about the impact of intentional kindness. Jeannette and her family and friends made four hundred Bells and randomly distributed them in the Tucson community on the first anniversary of Ben’s death. This started a powerful ripple effect, and since 2003 Ben’s Bells has been operating as a nonprofit, growing kindness education programs and continuing to distribute thousands of Bells every year. In 2019, Jeannette transitioned from the role of Executive Director to Chief Kindness Officer. This award was established in 2022 during our 20th year of service to honor kind individuals in the community for making a difference through their outstanding kindness.
NOMINATIONS: We are seeking nominations of people in the Tucson area who embody kindness through their behavior, choices, and actions, and through their service to the community. These kind individuals understand that kindness is a powerful skill and ongoing practice that begins inwardly and extends to other individuals, groups, and entire communities. Kindness is often misunderstood to mean behavior that keeps order, or makes people comfortable (what we call ‘niceness’). A Ben’s Bells Founder’s Award honoree will be someone who actively works for community equity and inclusiveness. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. expressed the danger of niceness when he wrote that the greatest stumbling block to freedom is the person “…who is more devoted to ‘order’ than to justice; who prefers a negative peace which is the absence of tension to a positive peace which is the presence of justice.”
Nominate a kind individual today! Submissions due by Friday, April 1st.