WAA: Tucson Chapter Founders’ Day Celebration

February 26 - 6:00PM - 8:30PM
The Lodge at Ventana Canyon, 6200 N. Clubhouse Lane, Tucson, AZ 85750

Forward is our driving spirit …”“On, Wisconsin” lyrics by Carl Beck

Since the UW was founded, it has been changing lives and moving the world forward. Join us for an exciting Founders’ Day gathering to celebrate everything we love about our university. When Badgers connect, great things happen!

About the Program

Enjoy a special presentation:

“Eat a Rock!” And Other Lessons from the Past 50 years


  • Michael Leckrone — director emeritus of the UW Marching Band

Mike served for 50 years as director of the UW Marching Band and is beloved by everyone whose lives he touched. A talented composer, he wrote or arranged more than 200 songs for UW–Madison’s marching and concert bands. Join us to hear about his extraordinary life and accomplishments during his tenure at the UW.

Cost and Inclusions

$40 per person
RSVP by February 21.

The event will feature hors d’oeuvres, including a cheese board with dried fruit and mixed nuts, a grilled vegetable platter, artichoke-and-spinach dip with tricolor tortilla chips and sliced baguettes, southwest chicken flatbread, beef tenderloin sliders, and assorted cookies for dessert. A cash bar will be available.


We are pleased to honor Badger of the Year Award recipient Tom Philabaum MA’73.

Tom studied glassblowing at UW–Madison under Harvey Littleton, who is considered the father of the American studio glass art movement. After graduation, Tom moved to Tucson, and his art can be found in museums and collections around the world. He reminds us of his incredible talent and commitment by saying, “After 40 years of making art, I continue to be inspired.”

Badger of the Year honorees are selected based on leadership in their professions, service in their communities, and/or contributions to volunteer organizations.


6 p.m. Check-in and reception begins
6:45 p.m. Program
8:30 p.m. Event concludes

Additional Information

Parking at The Lodge is complimentary.

If you have questions regarding directions, accessibility, or other event details, contact Allan Koritzinsky ’63, JD’66 at allankoritzinsky@gmail.com. You may also contact Jim Maluta ’70 at jmaluta@uwalumni.com.

Organized by WAA: Tucson Chapter.

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