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*Header artwork by Darby Hunter, created for United Way of Tucson and Southern Arizona.

Introducing Toast To Tucson’s official DJ, Walters The Don! Alexis Walters is a seasoned entertainment professional with 10 years of industry expertise. With a background in digital marketing at iHeartMedia and a passion for music, Alexis became the youngest executive producer for America’s largest Latin-owned syndicated radio show, TCR, running over 64 radio stations at the age of 25. After establishing himself as a young pioneer in the producer world, he was hired by Apple Music New York, to build their esteemed radio station, Apple Music Hits. Aside from his professional background, Alexis shares his passion for music with the Tucson community. With roots in Southside Tucson, he is recognized as a skilled DJ and a strong pillar in the Downtown Community. As a skilled event planner and entertainment management guru, he and his team, Yes Good Pony and Ape House lighting, will be putting on a show to remember at this year’s Toast to Tucson!

The Drop Dance Studio is Tucson’s only nonprofit street dance studio focusing on Hip Hop, Whacking, Breaking and other street dance forms. With the support from donations, grants and sponsors, our mission is to make professional level dance training accessible for our underserved community while also providing a safe space for all dancers to learn, share and create their passion for street dance.

Our amazing venue and host, Proper Shops, is a collective of local merchants and artists that brings together the best products and talents in a social lounge atmosphere that’s perfect for mingling and exploring.

The main event for Toast to Tucson will take place in the courtyard patio, where you’ll be surrounded by the vibrant energy of downtown Tucson. Be sure to explore the shops and discover unique treasures from local artists and merchants while enjoying the festivities!

Inaugural Toast to Tucson
presented by Young Leaders United

Friday, May 17th, 2024 | 5:00 – 8:00pm
Proper Shops Downtown

Join YLU’s inaugural fundraising event as we merge casual networking, interactive experiences, and the vibrant spirit of our incredible city. Celebrate the next generation of philanthropists who have a passion for making a positive impact!

Throughout the event, you will explore a diverse mix of local creatives, enjoy the rich flavors of Tucson’s culinary scene, and raise funds to further the United Way’s mission of building a thriving community.

Music & Entertainment by DJ Walters the Don
Performances by The Drop Dance Studio
Award Presentations: The Howard Stewart Emerging Philanthropist Award and The Rising Star Award & Scholarship

Cafe 54
Popcorn Country
Janet & Ray’s Caribbean

– One complimentary item from each food vendor
– Access to mystery bottle pull (21+) and exciting raffle prizes from over 30 local businesses
– Support the awardees & nominees of The Howard Stewart Emerging Philanthropist Award and The Rising Star Award & Scholarship
– Swag Bag filled with goodies from our amazing sponsors
– The opportunity to “Party with Purpose” and build a more thriving community!


Exclusive early access tickets will be available for YLU Members and Tucson Foodie Insiders starting Friday, March 15th!

Not a YLU Member yet? Join today! ⇒

$40: Member Pricing for YLU Members & TucsonFoodie Insiders
March 15 – May 17

$50: Standard tickets
April 12 – May 9

$60: Last-Minute tickets
May 10 – May 17

Contact us at for questions.


Rising Star Award & Scholarship:

The Rising Star Award & Scholarship is granted to a local Opportunity Youth that has shown resilience and determination to rise above the barriers they’ve faced as well as being a role model to their peers.

The Howard Stewart Emerging Philanthropist Award:

The Howard Stewart Emerging Philanthropist Award identifies an up-and-coming leader in our community who is dedicated to volunteering and working towards a better Tucson and Southern Arizona with their peers.

The Awardees will be recognized at the Toast to Tucson celebration on May 17th!










Thanks to our generous sponsors:

The Howard Stewart Emerging Philanthropist Sponsor

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Community Advocate Sponsors