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Paul Reimer, Founder Jeanette Maré, Jackie Bee and Desmond Reece at a previous Celebration of Kindness.

In 2002, Jeanette Maré and her husband lost their son Ben when he died suddenly before his third birthday. The outpouring of kindness they experienced following the tragedy led to a movement! For 20 years, the Ben’s Bells Project has been teaching individuals and communities about the positive impacts of intentional kindness and inspiring people to practice kindness as a way of life. The ceramic Bells and iconic green flower with the Be Kind message are deeply rooted in the fabric of Tucson history. What better way to mark this milestone achievement than by coming together for the first time since before the pandemic for their annual event, A Celebration of Kindness, on April 23 at the 3100 Building at Gadabout Headquarters (3100 N. 1st Ave.). The event kicks off a year-long celebration showcasing the history of the organization, while looking ahead to the next 20 years.

Guests will enjoy a night of great music, local food, drinks, and friends. The event will include a silent auction, live auction, words from the organization’s founder, the presentation of the inaugural J. Maré Annual Founder’s Award, a visit from Kind Stitches, and more. 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.