Scottsdale Unified School District Foundation to honor Lynda Carter and Dr. Jeffrey Trent at inaugural Quest for the Best Gala Sept. 7

New event will highlight successful SUSD alumni as well as students, teachers and principals, inspiring scientific and artistic excellence

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. - Aug. 20, 2013 - He doesn't have a boomerang tiara, a lasso of truth or bullet-proof bracelets, but there are two things TGen President Dr. Jeffrey Trent does have in common with Wonder Woman.

Dr. Trent and Lynda Carter are both graduates of Arcadia High School and both will be inducted into the 2013 Hall of Excellence at the inaugural Scottsdale Unified School District Foundation Quest for the Best Gala, to be held at the Firesky Resort & Spa September 7, 2013, in Scottsdale.

Developed to showcase the great academic, athletic, scientific and artistic achievements of SUSD and its alumni, the new event will each year honor graduates who have excelled in their respective fields and whose achievements reflect admirably upon the District.

A nationally recognized actress, singer and songwriter, Carter is best known for her iconic television role of Wonder Woman. She began her singing career at the age of 16, and in the last six years, hasresumed performing with her all-star band in venues across the country, including The Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C., and Jazz at Lincoln Center in New York. She has released two CD's: "At Last," which dropped at #6 on the Billboard charts and "Crazy Little Things."

Dr. Jeffrey Trent is also the Research Director of the Translational Genomics Research Institute (TGen), a non-profit genomics research institute he established in Phoenix in 2002. Working with collaborators in the scientific and medical communities worldwide, TGen helps patients with cancer, diabetes and neurological disorders by identifying the genetic components of both common and rare complex diseases in adults and children. Prior to TGen, Dr. Trent was the founding Scientific Director of the National Human Genome Research Institute at the National Institutes of Health (NIH), where he directed the laboratory division of the federal agency in charge of coordinating and finalizing the Human Genome Project.

"We are very pleased to be recognizing Lynda Carter and Dr. Trent," said SUSD Foundation Chair Price Nosky. "We will also recognize two students, teachers and principals also excelling in these fields of study. By honoring individuals from different fields, we will accentuate the diverse paths to greatness that can emerge from the educational and extra-curricular activities that make the SUSD a destination school district," said Nosky.

The Scottsdale Unified School District is a top-performing, public school district with more than 25,000 students dispersed over 31 schools in Phoenix, Paradise Valley and Scottsdale, offering grades K-12.

Sponsors for the event include Comerica Bank, Scottsdale Insurance and Scottsdale Healthcare. Additional businesses that would like to support the event with the donation of items for a raffle or the live and silent auctions can get full details by emailing [email protected] or by calling (602) 579-9890.

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About the Scottsdale Unified School District Foundation
The Scottsdale Unified School District (SUSD) Foundation is a non-profit organization based in Scottsdale, Arizona. The Foundation's mission is to help all students within the SUSD achieve educational excellence. For more information about the Scottsdale Unified School District Foundation visit

About TGen
Translational Genomics Research Institute (TGen) is a Phoenix, Arizona-based non-profit organization dedicated to conducting groundbreaking research with life changing results. TGen is focused on helping patients with cancer, neurological disorders and diabetes, through cutting edge translational research (the process of rapidly moving research towards patient benefit). TGen physicians and scientists work to unravel the genetic components of both common and rare complex diseases in adults and children. Working with collaborators in the scientific and medical communities literally worldwide, TGen makes a substantial contribution to help our patients through efficiency and effectiveness of the translational process. For more information,

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