Father's Day Council Tucson was founded in 1994 with a two-fold mission: to support family values by honoring men in the community who have been exemplary fathers, and to raise money for type 1 diabetes research.
Every spring, nearly 500 individuals attend the annual Fathers of the Year Awards Ceremony. Proceeds from this event have helped the Steele Children's Research Center establish a comprehensive program in Type 1 Diabetes offering the best clinical care available in Arizona, as well as a state-of-the art research center to develop new treatments for type 1diabetes. In 2008, the Father’s Day Council Tucson Endowed Chair in Type 1 Diabetes was established to ensure the continued impact of their efforts.
Since its inception, Father's Day Council Tucson has raised over $4 million to support type 1 diabetes research and programs at the Steele Children's Research Center.