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Big Names and Great Stories: 19 Years of Celebrating and Honoring Scottsdale’s Heroes
09.22.2019 05.00PM
Dominick’s Steakhouse - Scottsdale
Charity/Benefit Events


Join Scottsdale Firefighters for a Night to Remember at the 19th Annual Behind the Flames Annual Scottsdale Firefighter Charities Dinner at Dominick’s Steakhouse Sunday, September 22nd. 

Hall of Fame Pitcher Randy Johnson, Olympic Gold Medalist Misty Hyman and Inspiring Musician and Rapper Isaiah Acosta will be honored.

Hall of Fame Arizona Diamondbacks pitcher Randy Johnson, Olympic swimming Gold Medalist Misty Hyman and inspirational musical composer and rapper Isaiah Acosta will headline a special night September 22, 2019 celebrating heroic Scottsdale Firefighters and the charities they support at the 19th Annual Behind the Flames Scottsdale Firefighter Charities Dinner at Dominick’s Steakhouse

As part of the evening the Scottsdale Fire Fighters Association will also present the Scottsdale Firefighter of the Year Award and honor C.A.R.E.

Award recipients Randy Johnson, Misty Hyman and Isaiah Acosta. The award recognizes individuals for Contributing to Achievement and Redefining Excellence.    

The cocktail hour begins at 5:00 pm, followed by a luxury dinner from Dominick’s Steakhouse that features prime steaks, seafood and signature dishes at 6:00 pm. Dominick’s Steakhouse is located in the Scottsdale Quarter at 15169 N. Scottsdale Road in Scottsdale.

The Scottsdale Fire Fighters Association is honored to welcome Johnson, Hyman and Acosta as featured speakers and guests of honor.

Randy Johnson, ‘The Big Unit’, is one of the greatest pitchers in Major League Baseball history. The Hall of Famer pitched for 22 seasons including on the Diamondbacks 2001 World Series championship team.

Johnson had 303 career wins, 4,875 strikeouts and won the Cy Young Award five times (including four straight seasons). He is among only three pitchers to win the Cy Young in both the American and National leagues. Johnson is second all-time for strikeouts, behind only Nolan Ryan. Johnson has the most strikeouts ever by a left-handed pitcher. Johnson also pitched no-hitters in both leagues and is the oldest pitcher to throw a perfect game. He did that at age 40 in 2004.

Misty Hyman won the Olympic Gold Medal for swimming for the 200-meter butterfly at the Sydney Games. It was one of the most surprising upsets in Olympic swimming. The Mesa native also won Gold Medals for the same event at the World Championships in 1998 and 1995. 

Hyman graduated from Shadow Mountain High School and twice received the Honda Sports Award as the outstanding college female swimmer while at Stanford University. She returned to Shadow Mountain High School to serve as head swim coach in 2009. Hyman was named assistant coach for Arizona State University’s swimming and diving team in 2015. 

Isaiah Acosta was born without a jaw and was without oxygen for 15 minutes. Doctors did not expect Isaiah to survive. Despite never speaking a word, Acosta, now 19 years old, has thrived and inspired. He released “Oxygen to Fly” his first rap song that speak to his life and challenges of being born without pathways for oxygen to enter his body. The music video for the song premiered at SXSW in Austin in 2017.

Acosta is a leading advocate for Phoenix Children’s Hospital. He is also an ambassador for the Children’s Miracle Network charity. Acosta has 108,000 Instagram followers.

Charities benefiting from the dinner include Vista Del Camino Food Bank, Scottsdale Prevention Institute, Scottsdale Gateway Alliance, City of Scottsdale Youth Deployment, and the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer 3-Day Walk. 

Single tickets for the event are available for $150, and there are three sponsorship donations available for purchase as well. The Title Sponsorship for $10,000 offers a table for ten and all refreshments, the Signature Sponsorship for $5,000 offers a table for eight and all refreshments, and the Partner Sponsorship for $2,500 offers a table for eight and all refreshments. Seats have sold out in the past, so those interested are encouraged to reserve their spots early.

Send checks to United Scottsdale Fire Fighters Charities, PO Box 14935, Scottsdale AZ 85267. To confirm your donation, please contact Pete Tocco at 602.799.9543 or  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it