Stars Around Us Raises $60k

Intermountain Centers held its Stars Around Us fundraising event on May 3, 2018.  More than 125 people attended the event which was held at the UA's Flandrau Planetarium.

The evening featured a presentation by Dr. Dante Lauretta, professor of planetary science and cosmochemistry at the University of Arizona's Lunar and Planetary Laboratory and the principal investigator on NASA's OSIRIS-REx mission.

The evening was capped off with a live auction featuring once-in-a-lifetime experiences:

  1. Behind the scenes tour of Bio Sphere 2
  2. Witness OSIRIS REx milestone
  3. Private star party at Kitt Peak
  4. All expenses paid trip to Cape Canaveral 

Through the generosity of those making direct donations and those that bid on the auction items, we were able to raise just over $60,000 at the event.  

The money raised at the event will become part of our capital campaign aimed at purchasing a new building for the Intermountain Academy.

Donations can be made HERE 

New Building for the Academy is Urgently Needed

With just over 100 students enrolled for next fall and nearly 150 more on a waiting list, there is an evident and urgent need to purchase a larger building to house the Intermountain Academy. 

Intermountain Academy offers the greater Tucson community a positive teaching environment for youth with specialized needs – a school that builds on each individual child’s strengths and interests. The Academy currently supports children with autism (grades K-12) with a provision of measurable academic achievement following an Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) model.

Campaign priorities include securing a permanent home for the Intermountain Academy.  With just over 100 students planned to attend the Academy in the fall of 2018, the school will be at capacity.   


Second Annual Ninja Warrior Days

The end of the school year means two things at Intermountain Academy: Summer is just around the corner and Ninja Warrior Days!  The Academy hosted its second annual event recently which featured three days of fun and competition.

Students participated in an obstacle course based on NBC's American Ninja Warrior show.  John Callie, the Academy's P.E. teacher, said the event is 100-percent inclusive and all students are encouraged to take part in the course.

"It's a really great way for all the kids to practice their different skills, from balancing, to jumping to a little bit of bravery when they go up the warped wall." said Callie. "We are really happy to provide this for the students."

Callie said even though each class has a first, second and third place winner, everyone is recognized for their participation.

The local NBC affiliate, KVOA News, picked up the story and can be seen HERE

Intermountain Centers held its conference on May 3, 2018 at the University Marriott in Tucson.  Staff from around the state took the opportunity to learn about our programming and to engage with fellow staff members.

(Attendees gather at the Intermountain conference)

Intermountain's president and CEO, Rose Lopez, gave the keynote address to open the conference; in it she said, "What is important to understand about our history, is that this organization has demonstrated its ability to overcome any challenge and to create and seize opportunity.  This I attribute to the commitment to a set core of values and to the energy and dedication of our staff."

The conference included a presentation on Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA), an introduction to integrated care, and four breakout sessions:

  1. BCBA Group Discussion
  2. Suicide Prevention / Trauma Informed Care
  3. Let's Talk About Health
  4. Acceptance and Commitment Therapy

Information on each of our programs was set up throughout the venue allowing attendees to interact, learn and to ask questions.

2018 Conference Provides Opportunities to Learn and Engage

A Veritable Vegetable Extravaganza

We are hosting the 3000 Club’s ‘Market on the Move,’ Saturday, June 2nd from 8am-10am. For this, our 3rd season, we are hosting the Market at the 994 South Harrison Offices. Getting the word out about our new location is an important effort.

We are seeking volunteers from the agency to help set up and operate this Farmer’s Market type atmosphere. Here’s the breakdown of the Market volunteer needs:

  • 6am-8am : Market set up. Setting up tables, chairs, produce bins, sorting produce and setting out signs.
  • 8am-10am : Market operations. Helping patrons to their cars with produce. Continuing to stock viable produce in bins. Working the donation table.
  • 10am-12pm : Market breakdown. Putting away chairs, tables, and bins. Sweeping up parking lot. Taking cardboard to recycling etc.

Generous Supporters

As a non-profit organization, Intermountain Centers relies heavily on the generosity of individuals and organizations to support our efforts.  The following list of organizations have played a pivotal role in our development efforts for this fiscal year to date...Thank you to all!

  • Tucson Conquistadores
  • Hudbay Minerals
  • Zuckerman Community Outreach Foundation
  • Roberts Foundation
  • Raytheon
  • Tucson Federal Credit Union
  • Phillips Family Foundation
  • Movement for Life, Inc.
  • Community Foundation of Southern Arizona
  • Grain and Feed Trade Association
  • Cenpatico Integrated Care
  • Hazen Family Foundation
  • Tucson Sunrise Rotary Foundation
  • The Eliot Spalding Foundation
  • Gadabout SalonSpas

If you know of an organization who would find value in partnering with Intermountain Centers, please contact Paul O'Rourke (

Intermountain Centers Company Store

Gear Up For Summer 

Make your summer wardrobe complete with gear from the Intermountain Centers' Company Store. 

Enhance your look with Ts and hats...don't forget your car too...sun shades are in!  

Order from the store HERE  

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