The Peoria-based Arizona Motorcycle Safety & Awareness Foundation handed out its Visionary Awards to community partners at its Share the Road/Riding for the Long Haul event in May.
Governor’s Office of Highway Safety Director Alberto Gutier was given the 2020 award for supporting the foundation with multiple grants for motorcycle training and helmet assistance.
Gutier has also been instrumental in reducing crashes and fatalities in Arizona. He took the lead in helping to reduce or eliminate distracted driving, too.
The 2021 prizes went to Law Tigers, Dignity Health and nurse Wendy Otten, the Husband & Wife Law Team, Rosenbluth Family Charitable Foundation and Michelle Arndt/Arizona Community Foundation. Ray Croghan and Glendale Mayor Jerry Weiers were also honored.
The Law Tigers’ Warren Levenbaum, founder and chief executive officer, and Ari Levenbaum, chief marketing and operations officer, were given the award. Warren started the company and created the Arizona Motorcycle Safety & Awareness Foundation 20 years ago.
The Levenbaums are committed to assisting injured rides, or those needing legal assistance or looking for community support. Law Tigers has given back to the community through charitable contributions, insurance education and safety and awareness initiatives. Ari is president of AMSAF.
Chandler Regional Medical Center of Dignity Health and Otten, Trauma Services and Emergency Preparedness director, were honored.
Dignity Health is one of the nation’s largest health care systems and operates more than 400 care centers, including hospitals, urgent and occupational care, imaging and surgery centers, and home health and primary care clinics through a network of more than 10,000 physicians and 60,000 employees.
Otten and her organization have worked closely with AMSAF and the distracted driving effort for several years due to the health care outcomes they see daily.
The Husband & Wife Law Team and owners Mark and Alexis Breyer were given a visionary award. The pair, who founded their business 25 years ago, saw the sufferings of their clients and wanted to do more than just achieve legal outcomes. They yearned to find ways to help people avoid getting hurt and to recognize those who are not fully appreciated. The Breyers have committed many years to AMSAF, with Mark having served as chairman and on the AMSAF executive board for nine years.
Rosenbluth Family Charitable Foundation and Arndt, of Arizona Community Foundation, were honored. Jerry Rosenbluth established the Rosenbluth Family Charitable Foundation, a supporting organization of Arizona Community Foundation, as a vehicle to support his philanthropic endeavors and investing in the community. Rosenbluth dedicated the last 40 years of his life to improving the safety of motorcycles, all-terrain vehicles, automobiles and the lives of the operators and those that share the road with them.
RideNow Powersports and Mike Pfab, metric marketing director, took home awards. RideNow Powersports is the largest and most professionally operated powersports dealer group in the Unites States and prides itself on bringing quality vehicles, service and experience to the communities it serves. RideNow plays a pivotal role with AMSAF in advancing the use of high-quality helmets for a discount statewide.
Croghan assisted AMSAF with its scholarship program by helping more people get into motorcycle training. He has been involved with various charities in lending a hand to the homeless, veterans, motorcycle groups and others in the community.
Weiers is a founding member of AMSAF. He was involved with safety bills aimed to reduce motorcycle crashes and fatalities. As mayor, he continues to promote motorcycle safety and awareness.
AMSAF’s mission is to promote safety and awareness and reduce crashes and fatalities.
AMSAF Executive Director Mick Degn said the visionary award is given based on the following criteria:
• Leadership in the Arizona community.
• Positive influence in the Arizona motorcycle community.
• Individual, business or organization that has had an overall impact in Arizona.
• Individual, business or organization that has worked positively to influence and promote safety and awareness and to help reduce crashes, injuries and fatalities in Arizona.