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Left to Right: Cristina Baena, Anita Rubio, Beverley Tidwell, Beth Justice Cole and Adiba Nelson

It takes a special kind of woman to be a mom, and Tu Nidito Children and Family Services is proud to honor five Remarkable Moms on Saturday, May 7, at their annual gala, The Remarkable Celebration. “For 20 years The Remarkable Celebration has raised significant funds to support Tu Nidito’s free programs for children, teens, young adults and families impacted by the diagnosis of a serious medical condition or the death of a loved one,” says Tu Nidito’s Executive Director Liz McCusker. Event attendees will enjoy a beautiful evening under the stars at Tucson Country Club, including a program recognizing 2022 Remarkable Mom honorees, dinner, cocktails, silent auction, dancing, and entertainment by critically acclaimed singer and recording artist Tony Kishman and his band, performing a full musical experience celebrating the music of Paul McCartney.

Cristina Baena

Born and raised in Colombia, Cristina came to the United States at the age of 17 to learn English and eventually played collegiate golf for the University of Arizona. Today she and her two children — Benjamin, 12 and Daniela, 9 — are proud to call Tucson home.

Cristina places exceptional value on giving back to our community through dedicated volunteer work. Motherhood is the most rewarding job of her life, but Cristina balances it with a very successful career as a Partner and President of Employee Benefits division at Crest Insurance. Her team of 65 professionals benefits from Cristina’s passion to mentor, support and advocate on behalf of mothers who are pursuing careers.

Anita Rubio

It’s always been in Anita’s heart to find gratitude in every day. She finds joy in watching her children Carys (15), Daniel (13) and Kyndra (10) grow into unique individuals.

Her biggest challenge of motherhood came in 2019, as her children endured the heartbreak of their father’s death by suicide. Seeking out support, the Rubio family found Tu Nidito’s bereavement support groups where Anita has become a dedicated participant, receiving support during their darkest times. She has become a beacon of hope to all those who have walked through Tu Nidito’s doors. Anita knows that life can be brutally hard, but she and her children continue to find many things to be grateful for — most notably, each other.

Beverley Tidwell

Stephen and Beverley are proud parents of Amy, William, Kevina, Brendan and Alana.

As a young family, they encountered heartache when their four-year-old son William was diagnosed with a brain tumor. William endured a seven-year battle with cancer, until he died at the age of 11. Beverley and her family found support at Tu Nidito throughout their grief journey. She has since made it her mission to improve life for families whose children have cancer as Executive Director of Candlelighters Childhood Cancer Foundation of Southern Arizona. To this day, there are very few children in our region who have been diagnosed with cancer whose lives have not been touched by Beverley.

Beth Justice Cole

Together, Beth and her husband John have raised their blended family of six sons: Shawn, Dustin, Ben, Wes, Kyle and David.

Loving and embracing every messy, noisy second of motherhood, Beth cites no greater joy in life than being a mom. After their children grew up, Beth began volunteering with Tu Nidito where she credits learning great lessons about humanity, humility and grace; lessons that served as a catalyst for her obtaining degrees in social work. Beth credits Tu Nidito for shaping her career as a social worker, which has provided her with the opportunity to support many in our community. Recently retired, Beth now enjoys her full-time role as Nana to 15 grandchildren.

Adiba Nelson

Adiba is a community advocate, published author and writer, performer, and mother to daughter Emory. Full of sass, spunk, beauty and humor, 12-year-old Emory has a rare form of cerebral palsy. Every day Adiba shows up determined to make the world a better place for Emory and others with disabilities. After realizing there weren’t any children’s books where Emory could see herself in the stories, Adiba wrote and published her first book, Meet Clarabelle Blue, and her second, Ain’t That A Mother will be released this month. Adiba is an amazing mother and advocate for Emory, as well as for all children in our community who need to be seen and heard.