Extreme sports, rock music and the Bible took center stage but it was the sense of community that united more than 110,000 people for an interfaith celebration in Tempe this past weekend.

The Arizona CityFest and Season of Service at Tempe Town Lake was a celebration of more than six months of community-service projects across the state.

“This was an unforgettable celebration,” internationally-known evangelist Luis Palau said in a news release Monday. “More than 550 churches, dozens of businesses and thousands of volunteers worked tirelessly to make this happen.”

Palau has taken his Season of Service projects across the world. Organizers say the free festivals have drawn more than 8 million people since 1999. In Fort Lauderdale, the crowd swelled to 300,000. The Lima, Peru, festival attracted 650,000 people and 90,000 attended the Nashville celebration.

This past year, Palau asked the countless organizations and faith groups in Arizona supporting the needy to join the Arizona Season of Service, a six-month alliance aimed at boosting volunteers and making it easier to sustain community-service projects.

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