About The Tovrea Carraro Society
Due to budget reductions in the Spring of 2010, all plans to open the Castle to the public had to be put on hold. That same year, a small group of community volunteers recognized the need to make this landmark available to the public and formed the Tovrea Carraro Society, a non-profit 501(c)(3) corporation in September of 2010 and was granted 501(c)(3) non-profit status by the IRS in May of 2011.
The Society’s Mission Statement:
To partner with the City of Phoenix to preserve, maintain and restore the historic structures, gardens and grounds comprising Tovrea Castle at Carraro Heights and to provide access to visitors.
On November 17, 2011, the City of Phoenix Parks and Recreation Board approved a five year Operating Agreement with the Tovrea Carraro Society to operate the Castle on behalf of the City. The Society is responsible for handling all aspects of the daily operation of the Castle including all fundraising efforts, docent volunteer recruitment, public tour schedule, special event bookings, sales/marketing efforts and community outreach programs.