They’re back.

After last year’s pandemic-driven hiatus, the Scottsdale Fire Fighters Association has scheduled its 21st annual Behind the Flames Scottsdale Firefighter Charities Dinner at Dominick’s Steakhouse Sept. 26.

The event will honor several dignitaries, including Arizona 2021 Teacher of the Year Sara Wyffels, former Mayor Jim Lane and Professional Fire Fighters Association of Arizona President Bryan Jeffries.

All three will receive the associations C.A.R.E award, an acronym for “Contributing to Achievement and Redefining Excellence.”

Previous recipients of the C.A.R.E. Award include Randy Johnson, Misty Hyman, Tom Hatten, Isiah Acosta, Shane Doan, Dan Harkins, Linda Pauling, Amy Van Dyken, and Craig Jackson.

Following a rooftop cocktail reception, dinner will include the prime steaks, seafood and signature dishes that have made Dominick’s Steakhouse in the Scottsdale Quarter a legendary restaurant.

Wyffels, the 2021 Arizona Teacher of the Year, is a Spanish teacher at Chandler High School. “Since earning her national board certification, Wyffels has embarked on a journey for equity and access in her class, school, district and now the state of Arizona,” the association noted.

Lane retired at the end of last year after three four-year terms as mayor and another term as a City Council member.

Jeffries has been in the Fire/EMS service since 1991, and currently serves as a captain/paramedic for the Mesa Fire Department. He also is a former Phoenix City Council member.

Charities benefiting from the dinner include Vista Del Camino Food Bank, Scottsdale Community Partners, the Paiute Community Center, Scottsdale Human Services and Partners for Paiute.

Tickets are $150 each and there are four sponsorship opportunities ranging from $2,000 to $10,000, including seating for four to 10 people.

People also can sponsor a firefighter’s attendance at the event for $500.

This event will comply with all current CDC and state guidelines for restaurants that will be in effect at the time. 

Checks to United Scottsdale Fire Fighters Charities, PO Box 14935, Scottsdale AZ 85267. To confirm your donation, contact Pete Tocco at 602-799-9543 or

Information: Jennifer Sturgeon at 480-495-3806 or