Pride in the Desert 2020 - Dates TBA


This year, our Pride community said farewell to two extraordinary lives. In recognition of these two community-minded individuals, the Board of Directors voted to extend posthumous recognition to Stephanie Anne Donoghue and Janette Bunge as this year’s Grand Marshals

Stephanie Anne Donoghue

Stephanie Anne Donoghue

Stephanie lived an eventful life in which she served both her country and her community. Stephanie is a veteran of the United States Air Force. After separating from the Air Force, she went on to a career in the aerospace and defense industries, where she worked as a software developer. Following her retirement, Stephanie occupied her time by volunteering with numerous LGBTQ organizations.

Most notably, Stephanie logged hundreds of volunteer hours at the Southern Arizona VA Health Care System. Throughout her tenure at the VA, Stephanie personified the VA’s motto of “serving all who served” by advocating for the inclusion of transgender veterans in VA programming and services. Stephanie facilitated the creation of a first-of-its-kind program serving transitioning transgender veterans. Stephanie’s work on policy guidance and educational resources has played a nationwide role in enhancing understanding of the needs of transgender veterans while concurrently reducing stigma. There are currently only four such programs across the entirety of the national VA Health Care system.

Apart from her work at the VA, Stephanie made an impact with several community organizations including Wingspan, Tucson Pride, The Southern Arizona Gender Alliance, the Colby Olsen Foundation, and as a contributing writer and photographer for Echo Magazine. Stephanie’s contributions range from strategic planning and grant writing to serving as the long-time, volunteer photographer of Tucson Pride festivals and events throughout the year.

An avid motorcycle enthusiast, Stephanie will be represented by her closest friend, Sue McConnell of the Chrome Angelz “Desert Roses” Chapter followed by members of Stephanie’s family including her ex-wife Anne Donoghue, her daughter Kelly Donoghue, and Kelly’s close friend Brittany Rothacker.

Stephanie passed away on March 31, 2018 merely days after compiling Tucson Pride’s 2018-19 Strategic Plan.

Janette Bunge, CPA

Janette Bunge, CPA

Children’s author Judy Blume once observed that “our fingerprints do not fade from the lives we touch.” Janette personifies this reality in many respects throughout our community. She has been described as a “tremendous force for good” who was known for her good humor and her dedication to our community. Her contributions to our community cannot be understated. Serving as a long-time Treasurer for Tucson Pride, Janette served on the Board of Directors for more than 10 years. Her tenure dates back to the mid 1990’s when Tucson Pride Inc obtained its status as an IRS 501(c)3 Non-profit organization.

A community-minded business owner, she owned and operated her own accounting firm for more than two decades. Janette often sponsored various organizations and events including the Tucson Interfaith HIV/AIDS Network’s annual Turnabout for TIHAN fundraiser as well as various Tucson Pride festivals. Her skills and contributions also positively impacted Wingspan and the Tucson GLBT Chamber of Commerce.

In addition to her contributions to the LGBTQ community, Janet also served on the Board for the Friends of Cardiac Rehab, an organization associated with the Tucson Medical Center Foundation. Janette was instrumental in facilitating fundraising efforts to extend financial assistance to cardiac patients participating in life-saving cardiac rehabilitation programs.

Janette will be represented by friends Clare Lazar and Kate Ridings.

Janette passed away on April 5, 2018. She is fondly remembered by the community and many of her close friends.