Philanthropist Dedicates $5M to Health-Care Education

Following a longstanding family tradition of investing in health care and health-sciences education benefiting the Phoenix community, local philanthropist Doris Norton has donated $5 million to Dignity Health St. Joseph’s Hospital and Medical Center and Creighton University. The gift will expand much-needed health-sciences education in Phoenix, creating a pipeline of physicians, nurses and other health-care professionals at a time when the Valley, state and nation are facing an imminent shortage of health-care professionals.

“I’m delighted to support this expanding partnership between St. Joseph’s and Creighton University,” Norton says. “We’ve always believed St. Joseph’s is the leading hospital in the Valley. Knowing that Creighton mirrors the same commitment to educating outstanding health-care professionals makes this the perfect union.”

Norton’s gift designates $3 million to support development of a new Creighton University Health Sciences – Phoenix Campus adjacent to St. Joseph’s Hospital and Medical Center in midtown Phoenix. Phase one of the project—a 180,000-square-foot building with capacity for more than 800 students—is currently under construction at Park Central Mall. It is expected to be completed in spring 2021. Norton has allocated $2 million toward St. Joseph’s endowment scholarships for students entering the nursing field, reflecting a commitment to health-care education that she has supported during her family’s decades-long relationship with St. Joseph’s Hospital and Medical Center.

Creighton’s Phoenix campus will enroll students in nursing, pharmacy, physical and occupational therapy, and physician-assistant programs, as well as students in a four-year medical program. The new campus further strengthens a longstanding partnership between St. Joseph’s and Omaha-based Creighton established in 2005, when Creighton medical students began month-long rotations at the Phoenix hospital. That relationship expanded in 2009 when Creighton and St. Joseph’s established the Phoenix Regional Campus for third- and fourth-year medical students. In 2018, St. Joseph’s welcomed the inaugural cohort of students in Creighton’s Accelerated Bachelor of Science in Nursing Program, putting students who hold undergraduate degrees on a 12-month trajectory to a new nursing career.

The $5 million gift underscores the passion and commitment to Arizona, St. Joseph’s and education shared by Doris and her husband, John, who died in 2016. John was born at the hospital, as were the couple’s three children. Together, John and Doris generously funded campus renovations to support the initial partnership between St. Joseph’s and Creighton University School of Medicine, and they established the Doris Norton Scholars program to endow scholarships for Creighton medical students.

The late John Norton and Doris Norton with Creighton scholars

In 2014, the Nortons made a transformational gift to St. Joseph’s in the amount of $19 million—the largest donation in Arizona history at that time—to establish the John and Doris Norton Cardiothoracic and Transplantation Institute at St. Joseph’s Hospital and Medical Center. Three years later, the Institute’s lung transplant program soared to No. 1 in the nation, recognized for saving more lives than any other facility in the country while still maintaining the highest quality outcomes and shortest wait times.

Recently, Creighton University, Dignity Health St. Joseph’s Hospital and Medical Center, Valleywise Health (formerly Maricopa Integrated Health System) and District Medical Group entered into a strategic partnership known as the Creighton University Arizona Health Education Alliance. The partnership’s goal—to strengthen and expand graduate medical education programming to new generations of physicians, nurses and allied health professionals—will improve the health outcomes for the community, state and nation. Arizona currently ranks in the bottom third of all states in the number of residents and practicing physicians per 100,000 people. This alliance aims to attract health-care students to undergo expertise training, degrees and careers in Phoenix for the benefit of patients throughout Arizona.

PHOTOS COURTESY ST. JOSEPH’S FOUNDATION

 

Dorrance Family Foundation Gives $300K Matching Grant

The Dorrance Family Foundation of Scottsdale has issued a $300,000 matching funds grant to Rancho Feliz for the construction of its new La Hacienda Feliz volunteer dormitory in Agua Prieta, Sonora, on the U.S./Mexico border, 230 miles south of Phoenix. By supporting the $300,000 matching grant challenge, donors will enable U.S. and Mexican volunteers to be housed together as they build homes, distribute food and care for children and seniors in the area’s slums, fostering cross-cultural service experiences.

“Rancho Feliz is honored The Dorrance Family Foundation is investing in our vision of changing the world by changing consciousness,” says Gil Gillenwater, Rancho Feliz founder and president. “In today’s political climate, we believe it is critical to foster cross-cultural service experiences, helping us to better understand each other. In our new dorm, American and Mexican volunteers will live and serve the community together. This exchange experience will break down the walls of thought that separate us.”

In April 2018, Rancho Feliz, a volunteer-based Scottsdale nonprofit, broke ground on La Hacienda Feliz. The $1.35 million, 20-roomed, 10,215-square-foot dorm will house up to 70 volunteers at a time. To date, the organization has raised $750,000 of its $1.35 million goal. When the $300,000 Dorrance grant has been matched, the project will be funded in full.

A rendering of the new dorm

“The Dorrance Family Foundation has been involved with Rancho Feliz for over 20 years. Their unique reciprocal giving philosophy resonates with our own. Serving others imbues our lives with purpose, making us better people. Empowering and connecting the human family on both sides of the U.S./Mexican border is an effort we whole-heartedly support,” Jacquie Dorrance says.

Rancho Feliz has worked in Agua Prieta, Mexico, for 31 years. Early on, the organization recognized two very real types of poverty.

The obvious: The material poverty of a border town foundering under the weight of a weakening peso and bloated barrios. Here the average wage is $8 per day, yet the cost of goods is 80 percent of that in Scottsdale.

The not so obvious but equally insidious: A spiritual poverty. The privileged in America live in unprecedented affluence. For children and young adults, this presents a unique challenge. With no relevancy, their opportunity-laden lives are often taken for granted.

Rancho Feliz realized that often the privileged and the underprivileged were – paradoxically – dealing with the same negative symptoms, just on opposite ends of the socio-economic spectrum. In response, in 1998 Rancho Feliz created an innovative volunteer program that addresses these circumstances and works for the benefit of all. It is an interactive program that allows both groups to simultaneously be donors and recipients, thereby feeding and thriving off of one another. Rancho Feliz calls this “reciprocal giving.” Givers become receivers and receivers become givers.

St. Joseph’s Inaugural Signature Event

More than 600 guests attended St. Joseph’s Inaugural Signature Event on Nov. 1. The admitting circle was transformed into a festive auditorium under the stars for the occasion, during which attendees enjoyed cocktails and dinner with St. Joseph’s leaders, donors and patients who’ve benefited from services offered by the medical facility. The evening celebrated the hospital’s 123-year-long legacy of providing compassionate care to the Phoenix community and beyond.

Doris Norton and Michael Norton

Numerous forms of lifesaving, state-of-the-art technologies utilized by the hospital were spotlighted, including the Lung-in-a-Box system for transporting lungs safely to St. Joseph’s for transplantation. Attendees were also able to test their skills on the da Vinci Robotic System, advanced technology used by surgeons to improve precision in the operating room. Other interactive technologies included an exoskeleton used to enable paralyzed patients to walk again and St. Joseph’s MOMobile, a maternity-off-on-wheels that has been providing prenatal care to women-in-need throughout the Valley for more than 20 years.

In addition to recognizing the Sisters of Mercy and providing interactive medical technology demonstrations, the event raised hundreds of thousands of dollars from local philanthropists to continue the tradition and mission of St. Joseph’s. Among the attendees were Doris Norton, Pat and Earl Petznick, Michelle and Michael O’Connor, Dr. Ross Bremner and Kathy Bremner, Betty Bool and many other generous donors. All funds will support patient care, medical education and research at the hospital, ensuring all patients at St. Joseph’s have access to the most advanced care available.

PHOTOS COURTESY ST. JOSEPH’S HOSPITAL FOUNDATION

 

 

 

Easton, Michael, Grayson and Lauren Reuscher; Katherine Medeiros, Tom Reuscher and Michael Smith, M.D.

Christine and John Augustine

Jean Stevenson with Susan and Shawn Byrne

Kathy and Michael Norton

Kelly and Todd Komaromy

Ross Bremner, M.D., and Michael Hibner, M.D.

Sally and Carl Nelson, Patty White and Dwight Todd

Dominick’s Steakhouse Raises Money for Make-A-Wish

Dominick’s Steakhouse presented a check for $33,550 to Make-A-Wish Arizona. The funds were raised after holding its annual fundraiser for Arizona wish kids on Oct. 17. Guests enjoyed dinner at the restaurant in the Scottsdale Quarter, with 100 percent of funds raised that evening, except taxes and tips to the servers, went directly to the nonprofit to grant wishes for kids dealing with critical illnesses.

“This event allows us to share the impact of a wish with a new audience while also encouraging our donors to enjoy a special night out to benefit future wish kids,” says Elizabeth Reich, president and CEO of Make-A-Wish Arizona. “We could not do what we do without community support from organizations like Dominick’s Steakhouse. They help us continue to reach more and more Arizona children dealing with critical illnesses every year.”

In 2017, Dominick’s Steakhouse raised $21,397 for Make-A-Wish Arizona through this special night.

Art Heals Gala

Free Arts for Abused Children of Arizona kicked off its 25th Anniversary celebration with a gala on Oct. 20. The event at the JW Marriott Camelback Inn Resort & Spa drew 300 supporters, and honored Renee and Bob Parsons for their many years of transformative gifts to the organization.

“Children are the world’s most precious gift and deserve to be shown love, support and guidance to grow into thriving adults. Unfortunately, not every child gets to know what it’s like to be loved or cared for by a parent,” Bob Parsons said. “Free Arts uses art to create moments in time that have a lasting impact, helping these children gain confidence and realize they are valuable.”

Presented by APS, Free Arts’ 25th Anniversary Gala raised a total of $1,358,066 to support programs that use art and mentorship to transform children’s trauma into resilience. During the evening, the Parsons surprised Free Arts with a $1.1 million donation, $1 million to go toward renovation of the new Free Arts building and $100,000 to support Free Arts’ programs.

Proceeds from the event will support Free Arts’ goal to serve even more children in foster care group homes, homeless shelters, domestic violence shelters, residential treatment facilities, schools and unaccompanied minor shelters through art, a trauma-informed curriculum and mentoring.

The Parsons have been longtime supporters of Free Arts and through The Bob & Renee Parsons Foundation have granted more than $4 million to the organization over the past six years, including this most recent gift.

Boys & Girls Clubs Dedicate Ziegler Teen Center

Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Scottsdale dedicated the newly refreshed the Ellie and Michael Ziegler Teen Center at its Vestar Branch in Desert Ridge on Oct. 22. The renovations included new paint, flooring, a wall mural, new furniture, technology and safety updates, plus the addition of a half gym to the existing Vestar facility built in 2007.

The dedication ceremony marked the culmination of the 2017-18 One in a Millino community matching challenge to fund new construction and revitalize the teen centers at Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Scottsdale’ Thunderbirds and Vestar Branches. The Zieglers provided $1 million in matching funds, igniting community support and donations for the teen projects in the Grayhawk and Desert Ridge communities.

 

Dorrance Family Foundation Awards $1 Million Grant

The Dorrance Family Foundation has awarded a two-year, $1 million grant to Feeding Matters. The grant launches the organization’s three-year, $3 million Power of a Name campaign supporting the widespread acceptance and awareness of pediatric feeding disorders. Feeding Matters is the first organization in the world dedicated to advancing the research, identification and collaborative care of pediatric feeding disorders.

Since 2014, Feeding Matters has leveraged its medical professional council and relationships with internationally renowned pediatric feeding experts to facilitate a groundbreaking consensus paper. Recently accepted for publication by the Journal of Pediatric Gastroenterology and Nutrition, the paper declares a unifying name and stand-alone diagnosis for the broad spectrum of pediatric feeding struggles now treated as a symptom to more than 300 other conditions, such as autism, cerebral palsy and cystic fibrosis. The adoption of a unifying name and stand-alone diagnosis will be a catalyst to needed systemic change, including earlier identification, qualification for early intervention, opportunities for longitudinal research on best practices, accurate classifications, pediatric feeding disorders curriculum resulting in a larger pool of trained specialists and the potential for comprehensive insurance reimbursement.

To date, Feeding Matters has raised more than $1.65 million toward its $3 million Power of a Name goal.

Fiesta Bowl Charities Awards Grant to Gabriel’s Angels

Fiesta Bowl Charities has awarded Gabriel’s Angels a $35,000 grant. Gabriel’s Angels is an Arizona nonprofit organization committed to inspire confidence, compassion and best behaviors in at-risk children through pet therapy.

“This grant will really make an impact for the children participating in our ABC (Animals, Books and Children) program. ABC utilizes Animal-Assisted Reading Activities to both increase literacy competencies and work to improve the core behaviors such as confidence, self-regulation and respect that Gabriel’s Angels has always focused upon,” says Michele Shipitofsky, Gabriel’s Angels chief development officer.

Gabriel’s Angels’ ABC program will continue to service schools that serve at-risk children and provide literacy testing. School staff will identify children that would most benefit from individual reading practice in a safe and nonjudgmental environment. Pet therapy teams will visit the school weekly, seeing children individually during a one-hour session – focusing on improving reading skills, comprehension and speed, as well as developing core social behaviors. The series will last an average of one semester.

Thunderbird Charities Gives $20K Grant to Scottsdale Arts

Thunderbird Charities has given a $20,000 grant to Scottsdale Arts Education & Outreach to support Arizona Wolf Trap, an arts-integrated early childhood development program. The partnership will enable the program to reach more Head Start and preschool classrooms, according to Natalie Marsh, director of Scottsdale Arts Education & Outreach.

Marsh says the years before a child reaches kindergarten are critical when it comes to influencing learning. Wolf Trap uses performing arts to help young learners master a variety of skills, including language development, gross and fine motor coordination, concentration, memory, verbalization and positive self-image.

The Wolf Trap program, which is affiliated with the Virginia-based Wolf Trap Institute for Early Learning Through the Arts, combines teacher workshops, in-classroom residencies, field trips and other resources to engage children in classrooms for seven weeks at a time, while field trips bring children to arts centers to experience the magic of a live performance.

Dr. Gerd Wuestemann, president and CEO of Scottsdale Arts, says the donation will allow Scottsdale Arts to better serve a diverse range of children throughout the Valley.

Dorrance Foundation for Education Awards Scholarships

The Dorrance Foundation for Education, based in Tempe, helps first-generation college students chart a path to success through the Dorrance Scholarship Programs. Through the foundation, a total of 36 graduates from 31 high schools across Arizona will have the opportunity to attend Arizona State University, Northern Arizona University and the University of Arizona. This year, 22 Dorrance Scholars graduated from one of these three schools.

The Dorrance Merit Scholarships was established by Jacquie and Bennett Dorrance at the Arizona Community Foundation in 1999 with 10 awards. What is now the Dorrance Scholarship Programs at the Dorrance Foundation for Education has awarded more than 500 scholarships, representing an investment of more than $40 million by the Dorrances.

“From the program’s inception, we have wanted to focus on good students who strove to be the first in their families to go to college; students in whom we saw great potential to grow; students we thought could benefit greatly from exposure to a program, one-on-one mentoring, and the rewarding gift of camaraderie and character building with peers,” Jacquie Dorrance says.

The programs are available annually to up to 36 high school graduates who meet precise eligibility requirements that include first generation to attend college, demonstrated financial need, meeting  minimum GPA and test scores, admission to ASU, NAU or UA, and proven leadership and volunteer service. The scholarship offers $12,000 per year for a total of eight semesters of full-time undergraduate study and is maintained based on academic standing, program participation and volunteerism. The total educational and programmatic value of each scholarship is estimated at more than $100,000.

The comprehensive nature of the program goes beyond simply funding a college education. Through small, on-campus cohorts of students, their peers, faculty and Dorrance Program staff, the foundation offers benefits that include cultural enrichment, community outreach, tutoring and mentoring, internship opportunities, and international study and travel. Dorrance deems such experiences as essential to competitive post-graduate study and employment, and effective community connection and personal development.

Ninety-eight percent of students who complete the Dorrance program graduate, compared with 11 percent of first-generation, low-income students nationally. Four of five students complete the program.

PHOTOS COURTESY THE DORRANCE FOUNDATION FOR EDUCATION

Stonewall Foundation Commits $200K Matching Grant to ATC

Arizona Theatre Company has received a commitment for a two-year, $200,000 matching grant from The Stonewall Foundation to spur a campaign of support for ATC’s new artistic vision, the continuation of its legacy and to provide ongoing financial stability for the organization.

Incorporated in 1977, The Stonewall Foundation has been providing annual support to nonprofit organizations in Tucson, donating more than $20 million to 21 organizations including Arizona Theatre Company.

Billy Russo, ATC managing director, says 50 percent of the matching grant must be contributed by new donors to ATC, donors who have not made a gift in the past 18 months or current donors who increase their contribution over the last fiscal year. The ATC Board of Trustees has committed the first 50 percent.

To make a gift of support for this matching grant, contact Julia Waterfall-Kanter, ATC development director, at jwkanter@aztc.org or 520-884-8210, Ext. 7301.

Arizona Opera Receives $2M Gift

Kay and Ron McDougall have given Arizona Opera a $2 million gift in support of the opera’s new RED Series, which will now bear their name. The McDougall gift will be used to support the annual presentation of two intimate, innovative and brand-defining artistic offerings that comprise the company’s new fall season.

The McDougall Arizona Opera RED Series launches in fall 2018 with Maria de Buenos Aires, by Astor Piazzolla and Horacio Ferrer, and Charlie Parker’s Yardbird, by Daniel Schnyder and Bridgette A. Wimberly. The creation of the RED Series was announced in fall 2017 as part of a shift in Arizona Opera’s season model, which will deepen the company’s investment in adventurous, theatrical and curiosity-inspiring new works, alongside productions of classic operas, all supported by international-caliber casts. The McDougall RED Series will be presented in Phoenix at the Herberger Theater and in Tucson at the Temple of Music and Art.

“We are excited by Arizona Opera’s expansive vision and leadership, and believe in the potential of the RED Series to help build stronger, more connected communities through the art form of opera,” says Ron McDougall, former chairman and CEO of Brinker International Inc. McDougall previously served on the Dallas Opera board.

Kay McDougall currently sits on the Arizona Opera Board.

PHOTO COURTESY ARIZONA OPERA

15 Charities Receive Board of Visitors Grants

The Board of Visitors has given $965,000 in grants to local charities to help provide health-care services to women, children and the elderly.

“Our grant recipients improve the lives of scores of individuals in our community,” says Karen Kotalik, chairman of The Board of Visitors. “We are grateful for the success of our Care Card program, Fashion Show Luncheon and Annual Charity Ball. Our generous benefactors and dedicated BOV members allow us to continue our enduring 110-year legacy of philanthropy.”

The organization is now accepting grant applications of 2019. MORE INFORMATION

2018 GRANT RECIPIENTS

Kemper and Ethel Marley Foundation Awards $75K Grant to Duet

Duet: Partners In Health & Aging has received a $75,000 grant from The Kemper and Ethel Marley Foundation. The grant will go toward supporting Duet’s health and well-being services for homebound adults, family caregivers, grandparents raising grandchildren and faith communities.

Volunteer Maria with Wynelle

“This grant from The Kemper and Ethel Marley Foundation will help duet to provide free-of-charge health and aging services to those in our local community who need it most,” says Gordon Sims, director of development for Duet. “Through grants like this one, Duet is able to connect homebound adults with volunteers who provide rides to the grocery store and doctor’s appointments, provide support groups for caregivers and grandparents raising grandchildren, and help to foster health programs in faith communities.”

PHOTOS COURTESY DUET

Free Arts for Abused Children to Renovate New Building

The Bob & Renee Parsons Foundation awarded Free Arts for Abused Children of Arizona a $2.5 million grant in August 2017 to purchase a new building, allowing the nonprofit to double its physical space and provide funding for two of its signature programs. Free Arts has selected architecture and environmental design firm Studio Ma to design and oversee the renovation of the new building at 352 E. Camelback Road in Phoenix. The new building will be named The Bob & Renee Parsons Center for Hope & Healing.

The 10,500-square-foot building will be renovated to accommodate onsite programming, staff and volunteer growth and create a community center that can be utilized for training, workshops and events. The goal of the multi-phased project is to transform the building into a highly functional and iconic location. Studio Ma says construction on the first phase will begin in the summer of 2018 and the entire renovation will be completed by mid to late 2020.

Bob and Renee Parsons have been longtime supporters of Free Arts, and through The Bob & Renee Parsons Foundation have granted more than $3 million to the organization over the past six years.

PHOTO COURTESY FREE ARTS FOR ABUSED CHILDREN OF ARIZONA

$1 Million Donation Kicks Off Lost Our Home Capital Campaign

Lost Our Home Pet Rescue has received an anonymous $1 million donation to purchase the building they currently occupy in Tempe. A $250,000 donation from the Rachael Ray Foundation will help the organization make improvements to the building. Both of these donations will jump start the nonprofit’s Home At Last campaign to raise an additional $500,000 to make improvements and renovations to the 8,400 square-foot building that houses approximately 80 cats and dogs.

Jodi Polanski, Lost Our Home Pet Rescue founder and executive director, says the organization will create a new medical room to treat sick pets and administer vaccinations, improve safety features, increase capacity and enhance overall quality and comfort for the animals.

Paradise Valley residents Sharla and Thom Blischok, longtime Lost Our Home supporters, are chairing the Home At Last campaign. They are life-long animal welfare supporters and have created their own foundation called Wings & Wags. Naming rights, commemorative bricks and other recognition opportunities will be available starting at $250.

RENDERINGS COURTESY LOST OUR HOME PET RESCUE

2017 WM Open Surpasses $10M Mark

The Thunderbirds, hosts of the Waste Management Phoenix Open Presented by The Ak-Chin Indian Community, raised a record $10,147,441 for local charities through proceeds raised from the 2017 tournament. This is the highest single-year charitable donation in tournament history, breaking last year’s record of $9.3 million and the first time eclipsing $10 million in tournament history. It also marks the third consecutive year breaking the tournament record for charitable dollars raised in a single year.

The Thunderbirds and the Waste Management Phoenix Open have raised more than $56 million for charities since 2010 when Waste Management became the title sponsor. In its history, dating back to 1932, the Phoenix Open has raised $122,201,249 million for charities in Arizona.

“Each year our goal is not only to put on the best golf tournament in the world, but to raise millions of dollars for charity,” says Thunderbirds Big Chief Andy Markham. “The Thunderbirds are proud of our history of giving back to the community and excited to break our single-year record for the third straight year, reaching $10 million for the first time. We have a great support group that helps us achieve this goal, form our outstanding title sponsor Waste Management, as well as our corporate sponsors, volunteers and our great fans.”

The 2017 Waste Management Phoenix Open was another record-setting event, as a total of four attendance records were broken. For the week, 655,434 fans attended “The People’s Open,” breaking the 2015 record of 618,365, marking the second consecutive year that more than 600,000 fans attended the tournament. Additionally, single-day attendance records were broken on Wednesday (77,906), Friday (169,004) and Saturday (204,906).

The 2018 Waste Management Phoenix Open will be held at TPC Scottsdale Jan. 29 – Feb. 4, 2018. The tournament is the best-attended golf tournament in the world and has gained legendary status for being the most unique stop on the PGA Tour. The 2018 edition will mark the 83rd playing of the event (one of the five oldest events on the PGA Tour) and the ninth as the Waste Management Phoenix Open.

PHOTO COURTESY THE THUNDERBIRDS

Cox Charities Awards $530K to Arizona Nonprofits

Cox Charities has selected 80 Arizona nonprofit organizations to receive almost $530,000 in grant funding. UMOM New Days Centers and New Pathways for Youth are among those in metropolitan Phoenix. The majority of the funds came from the donations of Cox’s 3,200 Arizona employees.

Since the program’s inception in 1996, Cox Charities has awarded more than $7 million to local Arizona nonprofits that support youth and education.

 

UMOM New Day Centers
Each night, 600 to 800 homeless and runaway youth do not have a safe place to sleep in Phoenix. Cox Charities is supporting UMOM New Day Centers to help end homelessness and create brighter futures for Maricopa County’s homeless youth. These vulnerable members of the community deserve the same stability and opportunities that other youth enjoy, but they face challenges that threaten their potential.

“Without intervention, homeless children and youth face a downward spiral of instability that threatens their potential to develop as healthy, vibrant members of our community,” says Melissa Steimer, chief development officer of UMOM New Day Centers. “The Cox Charities grant will help UMOM meet the increased need present through our operation of Tumbleweed’s programs. Grant funds will cover program expenses related to education and outings, youth residential support and staff training, and travel not covered by other funders.”

 

New Pathways for Youth
Arizona’s reading levels, graduation rates and young adult employment rates are among the lowest in the nation. Research indicates that youth living in high-risk situations who are exposed to new, constructive opportunities through mentoring are more able to set positive goals.

New Pathways for Youth’s Transformative Mentoring Program seals off the school-to-prison pipeline, developing the social, emotional and academic skills in youth needed to reach their full potential.

“This Cox Charities grant will support an evidence-based social emotional learning model for youth in our mentoring program,” says Marlo Apple, corporation and foundation grants manager for New Pathways for Youth. “The funds will be used to provide the supplies and materials to facilitate 36 life-skill-development workshops that will serve up to 500 youth in the coming year.”

PHOTO COURTESY COX CHARITIES

Parsons Foundation Supports Transformation Campaign

The Bob & Renee Parsons Foundation has granted $500,000 to Circle the City to help sustain and expand its mission of providing compassionate, high-quality health care to men, women and children facing homelessness. The gift kicks off Circle the City’s Year of Transformation campaign, which is aimed at driving growth in a rapidly changing health-care environment. The campaign will provide funding for the organization’s existing array of services as well as new initiatives.

The Parsons Foundation has a history of backing Circle the City’s efforts to fill critical gaps in health care for individuals experiencing homelessness. This grant brings the foundation’s total support to $3 million. A 2015 gift helped fund construction and launch of The Parsons Family Health Center, an innovative family health clinic that provides primary care, integrative behavioral health services, case management and substance-abuse intervention to homeless individuals. The program also hosts a two exam-room mobile medical clinic that carries Circle the City’s outreach efforts throughout Maricopa County.

Circle the City’s continuum of care includes a 50-bed medical respite center that opened in 2012 to provide a time and place for adults facing homelessness to heal from illnesses and injuries.

In addition to providing financial support for the organization’s existing array of innovative programs, Circle the City’s Year of Transformation campaign aims to raise $5 million to launch a second freestanding medical respite facility, a new site of primary health care for the homeless and an innovative embedded health-care pilot project in the greater Mesa area, and to enhance administrative capacity to support these initiatives. Once implemented, this growth will enable Circle the City to serve more than 10,000 men, women and children experiencing homelessness each year.

PHOTO COURTESY CIRCLE THE CITY

Thunderbirds Charities Award $80K to Desert Voices

Thunderbird Charities, the charitable giving arm of the Thunderbirds recently donated $80,000 to Desert Voices. For the past 17 years, Thunderbirds Charities has been a supporter of Desert Voices, Arizona’s only nonprofit listening and spoken language program for children born deaf and hard of hearing.

Desert Voices offers two programs: Early Intervention for children birth to age 3, where a child learns to hear and speak one sound at a time; and Early Education, which takes children from age 3 to age 5 or 6 when they mainstream to traditional schools. By this time, the children speak about 3,000 words and have experienced a pre-school environment where they learn to read and write.

The grant from Thunderbird Charities will support Desert Voices’ Toddler Room, a two-to-three times weekly half-day program for children age 2 to 3. It moves the children from Parent-Child Therapy, where babies learns sounds, into a language-rich environment where they learn about 250 words. The beginning vocabulary is the foundation for teaching complex language in a pre-school program where children learn to speak, have conversations, read and write. It prepares them for traditional kindergarten or the first grade of their parents’ choice.

“We are pleased to support Desert Voices and help them continue to achieve their mission to teach children born deaf to develop to their maximum potential through listening and spoken language,” says Andy Markham, president of Thunderbirds Charities.

Thunderbirds Charities Award $10K to Duet Program

More than 100,000 children in Arizona are being raised by their grandparents or other relatives, according to the U.S. Census. Duet: Partners in Health & Aging helps grandparents raising grandkids through Valley-wide support groups, workshops, family activities, respite care, and information and referrals. Recently Thunderbirds Charities provided the nonprofit organization a $10,000 grant to support its one-of-a-kind Grandparents Raising Grandchildren program.

“The grant from Thunderbird Charities will make such a huge impact to grandfamilies [grandparents and the children they are raising] facing numerous challenges,” says Patricia Dominguez, MSW, director of kinship care services for Duet. “Many of the families are in distress. Emotions are high, and they’re confused as to what’s happening. Duet is that lifeline to making sense of their situation and providing hope.”

Duet provides families with the tools they need to navigate an often unexpected transition and helps to keep children out of foster care. The funds from the Thunderbirds Charities grant will support group family activities, respite care and more. These social and cultural outings such as family picnics, visits to local attractions and more allow grandparents and grandchildren to know they are not alone in their journeys.

PHOTO COURTESY DUET

Save the Family Receives 2 Grants Totaling $200K

Save the Family Foundation has received two grants totaling $200,000 to support its mission to help homeless families.

A $50,000 grant from the BHHS Legacy Foundation will fund a new Save the Family program to help homeless families transition into stable and permanent housing and address physical and mental health needs by helping individuals navigate the lengthy Social Security Administration disability application process.

In collaboration with Experience Matters, Save the Family will design a sustainable volunteer-driven model for the Helping Homeless Families SOAR project “that has tremendous potential to be replicated locally and nationally,” says Jacki Taylor, Save the Family CEO.

Save the Family has hired Tom McLaughlin from the Experience Matters Encore Fellows Program to manage Helping Homeless Families SOAR and guide development and implementation of the business model alongside Nicky Stevens, Save the Family chief programs officer.

Experience Matters matches experienced professionals with the diverse needs of nonprofit organizations. McLaughlin has more than 40 years’ senior-level experience in strategic planning and management in public and private-sector organizations.

The Nina Mason Pulliam Charitable Trust has awarded a $150,000 grant to Save the Family Foundation to assist 100 additional homeless families with housing and services to help alleviate the regional backlog of families waiting in shelters to access services. The program helps homeless families quickly stabilize by moving them from shelters or emergency situations into housing, and then providing wraparound supportive services.

Taylor says the grant will be used for the organization’s Rapid Re-Housing program, a model that has successfully worked to reduce family homelessness in the Valley community and across the country. Through Rapid Re-Housing, Save the Family provides homeless families with help locating an affordable apartment in the community and provides assistance with move-in fees, utility set-ups and rental stipends that are stepped-down over time as the family increases their ability to pay for their own housing.

PHOTO COURTESY SAVE THE FAMILY

Bob & Renee Parsons Foundation Grants $2.5M to Arts Organization

The Bob & Renee Parsons Foundation has awarded Free Arts for Abused Children of Arizona a $2.5 million grant. The funds will enable the organization to double its physical space and provide funding for two of its signature programs. The grant will establish The Bob & Renee Parsons Center for Hope & Healing, expand programming and reach children Free Arts has previously been unable to serve.

Free Arts harnesses the healing powers of art to help abused and homeless children build resiliency and learn to trust and heal. All of the children in Free Arts programs have experienced combinations of family trauma, homelessness and violence. To begin the healing process, Free Arts provides mentoring, a caring community and an opportunity to learn new skills and express themselves.

As part of the funding, Free Arts will be able to purchase the building in which they currently rent space and conduct major renovations to accommodate onsite programming, staff and volunteer growth and create a community center that can be utilized for training, workshops and events. Historically, programs have been limited to children living in foster-care group homes and homeless shelters. This grant will allow the organization to open its doors to children living with foster families.

Artist Frank Thompson with children, Free Arts Camp, 2015
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Bob and Renee Parsons have been longtime supporters of Free Arts and through The Bob & Renee Parsons Foundation have granted more than $3 million to the organization over the past six years. The two programs specifically supported by this grant are the Free Arts Camp and Professional Artist Series. The organization hopes this gift will inspire others to support Free Arts as they work to raise an additional $700,000 to complete the capital campaign.

PHOTOS COURTESY FREE ARTS FOR ABUSED CHILDREN

Flinn Foundation Gives $100K to Scottsdale Arts

The Flinn Foundation has given $100,000 to the nonprofit Scottsdale Arts to support its new Scottsdale Arts Presents initiative. The award follows a $25,000 planning grant awarded by the Flinn Foundation to Scottsdale Arts in 2016.

David Sedaris PHOTO BY ANNE FISHBEIN

Scottsdale Arts Presents enables the organization to expand its reach, brand awareness and service to the community by presenting artists and programs at venues beyond its downtown Scottsdale campus. The most recent grant will be used to provide a strong financial foundation to develop future off-site performances and collaborations for this initiative.

Scottsdale Arts Presents was developed as part of the organization’s 2015 strategic plan and launched during the 2016-2017 season, laying the groundwork for a distinct array of artistic and venue partnerships.

For the 2017-2018 season, Scottsdale Arts Presents will showcase five artists at venues around the Valley: a sold-out concert with world-renowned cellist Yo-Yo Ma and pianist Kathryn Stott on Nov. 10 at the Orpheum Theatre in downtown Phoenix; a reading and book signing with best-selling author David Sedaris on Nov. 18 at the Orpheum Theatre; an evening of storytelling with Ira Glass, the host and creator of public radio’s This American Life, on Jan. 20 at the Orpheum Theatre; a concert with the acclaimed vocal ensemble The Manhattan Transfer on Jan. 31 at the Celebrity Theatre; and two performances of Rob Kapilow’s What Makes it Great? Series on Jan. 16 and Feb. 20 at the Musical Instrument Museum.

PHOTOS COURTESY SCOTTSDALE ARTS

Thunderbirds Charities Gives YMCA Coolest Summer Ever

Thunderbirds Charities has made a $250,000 contribution to the Valley of the Sun YMCA in support of the Y’s water safety, day camp, afterschool and resident camp quality improvement and outreach enhancements.

“We are pleased to support the work of the Y as they teach youth and families lifesaving information about water safety and how to swim, and serve children and teens through summer resident and day camp programs throughout this community,” says Andy Markham, president of Thunderbirds Charities.

Additionally, the YMCA received a special gift of $25,000 from Thunderbirds Charities in honor of past Thunderbirds Big Chief Len Huck, a community leader who had been involved with the Y for many years.

Ronald McDonald House Room Becomes Valley Ho Cool

Hotel Valley Ho recently partnered with Ronald McDonald House Charities of Phoenix to update an outdated guest room. Ronald McDonald House Charities provides a home away from home for children and their families who travel to Phoenix to receive treatment for serious illnesses and injuries.

The room had some wear and tear and a Mickey Mouse theme. Adult guests generally spend much more time in the rooms than children, so the Hotel Valley Ho team wanted to update the style to something more fitting for adults, yet still colorful and welcoming to children. After some demolition and ceiling repair, a new paint job was completed and new tile added throughout the room. New décor, including a wall-mounted TV, completed the mid-century modern look. The finished room is similar to the guest rooms found at the downtown Scottsdale hotel.

Hotel Valley Ho employees also provided donated items to the Ronald McDonald House, and visit the house four times per year to cook dinner for all the residents as part of the “Meals That Heal” program.

Piper Trust Grants $106K to Chandler Center for the Arts

The Virginia G. Piper Charitable Trust has awarded a one-year $106,000 grant to the Chandler Center for the Arts. The money will allow the center to engage consultant services for planning and implementing marketing research and a comprehensive marketing plan.

The grant funding will help the Chandler Cultural Foundation’s and Chandler Center for the Arts’ efforts to test and identify specific opportunities for audience identification and increase both non-paid and paid attendance to the arts center. Currently, more than 300,000 guests visit the center. In addition to its season series of visual arts and performances, Chandler Center for the Arts offers free engagement opportunities through its Connecting Kidz program, Summer Concert Series symphony concerts and community events. This season the center served more than 19,000 patrons with free activities and its youth programs saw more than 5,400 young people with low- or no-cost arts experiences.

The funding will also support a comprehensive marketing plan, using audience research and feedback, to enhance the communication of its programs in a way that resonates with new visitors, attendees and supporters. The center is approaching its 30th year as a presenter in the Valley.

PHOTO COURTESY CHANDLER CENTER FOR THE ARTS

Arizona Community Foundation Funds Camp Scholarship

The Summer Youth Program Fund, a component of the Arizona Community Foundation, has awarded a grant to the Children’s Museum of Phoenix. The grant will fund the museum’s Summer Camp Scholarship program, providing a week of camp experiences to more than 25 underserved children in the community.

The Children’s Museum of Phoenix offers eight weeks of summer camp experiences June 5 through July 28. Four themed weeks are offered in June, which are repeated in july. This year’s themes include Pawsome Pets, Little Authors, Culinary Kids and Moonwalkers. This is the third year the museum is offering a summer camp program. Each week of camp holds 40 campers. Currently the first week of camp, June 5 through June 9, is sold out.

Summer camps at the Children’s Museum of Phoenix have a goal to offer unique opportunities for children to take risks, grow outside of their comfort zone, improve self-confidence, independence and self-esteem, and practice social skills.

Established in 1978, the Arizona Community Foundation is a statewide philanthropic entity supported by thousands of Arizonans. Last year, ACF and its affiliates awarded more than $40 million in grants and scholarships, funding projects of some 3,000 nonprofit organizations, schools and government agencies.

PHOTO COURTESY CHILDREN’S MUSEUM OF PHOENIX

 

Today’s Kids, Tomorrow’s Stars Nets $3.1 million

The 17th annual Today’s Kids, Tomorrow’s Stars gala March 11 at the Arizona Biltmore honored Diane and Bruce Halle and the Diane & Bruce Halle Foundation with a Champions for Collective Change Award. The event is the signature fundraising event for the Boys & Girls Clubs of Metro Phoenix. The Halles were recognized as a collaborative charitable resource for the BGCMP and the greater community.

Through the Halle’s support, along with hundreds of donors, the evening raised record-breaking net proceeds of $3.1 million to maintain after-school and summer programs for more than 27,000 youth and teens at 13 clubs in Phoenix and the West Valley.

In addition to the Halles, the stars of the evening were the 13 Club Youth of Year candidates who have been on a 16-week journey of team building, relationship and leadership development and Toastmasters training. The accomplished young people shared their personal challenges, accomplishments and vision for the future. Each was worthy of winning, but ultimately the Ed Robson Family Branch’s Leonel Cano Leon took home the title of BGCMP Youth of the Year.

Bruce Halle congratulates the 2017 Youth of the Year winner Leonel Cano Leon

Cano Leon has been a dedicated member to the Ed Robson Family Branch since it first opened in 2008. He participates in all opportunities offered at his club and inspires younger members by teaching art and dance, as well as coaching soccer. Cano Leon plans to attend Grand Canyon University and aspires to be a visual artist for Disney or Marvel Studios.

Following the presentations, dinner and live auction, guests adjourned to the post party at Frank & Albert’s for cocktails, small bites and dancing to the Chris Jácome Flamenco Trio.

Jim Stabilito chaired the event. Universal Technical Institute was the evening’s title sponsor, and Wells Fargo was the core area sponsor.

PHOTOS COURTESY BOYS & GIRLS CLUBS OF METRO PHOENIX

The Frank Lloyd Wright Ballroom decked out in red, white and black for the evening

Bill Gruwell from Courtesy Chevrolet places a bid during a fast-paced live auction

2016 BGCMP Youth of the Year winner Arianna Williams, left, talks with Glenn and Felicia Pahnke and Terry and Lisa McDaniel during the VIP reception.

Charmie Bove, left, and Bob Bove, right, with 2017 Youth of the Year candidate Leonel Cano Leon at the VIP reception

Darius Green from Keyser bids in the live auction

Glynis Bryan, Insight chief financial officer, with 2017 Youth of the Year finalist Isaac Fort at the VIP reception

Kim Stabilito with Kevin McHolland, BGCMP board chair (right), and her husband, Jim Stabilito, chair of Today’s Kids, Tomorrow’s Stars (left).

BGCMP’s CEO Marcia Mintz with Julian, a member of the Ed Robson Family Branch, who sang the National Anthem and is currently employed at Discount Tire

Fast Pitch Raises $100K for Valley Nonprofits

Social Venture Partners Arizona dares to ask: “How can you change the world in three minutes?” That’s the question competitors at the seventh annual Fast Pitch stepped up to answer on March 28.

SVPAZ shone a spotlight on philanthropy at the occasion, attracting a record crowd of 720. At the event, social entrepreneurs competed in front of a live audience with just a stage and their stories, shared in 180 seconds or less.

The evening at Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts showcased nine innovators: seven nonprofit leaders, one ASU student and a for-profit entrepreneur with a social mission, each competing for cash awards and grants. Community leaders, business executives and philanthropists donated to the cause to invest in impactful Valley ventures. SVPAZ awarded more than $60,000 while audience members donated an additional $15,000 after hearing the inspired pitches.

One memorable moment came when the Kiita Foundation gave an on-the-spot award of $2,500 to Skate After School, after giving $7,500 to Northbridge College Success Program.

The live event is a culmination of an eight-week program in which 25 innovators received coaching and technical expertise from business and philanthropic leaders to help hone their message and build a foundation for future success. The finalists each had three minutes to pitch a panel of judges.

Labor’s Community Service Agency and Stephen Sparks won the $25,000 top prize after pitching a project to provide reliable transportation for working-poor families. Kelsey Pinckney, program coordinator at Read Better Be Better, received the $10,000 Judges’ Choice Award. The organization seeks to improve third-graders’ reading ability. Pinckney also received the Jaburg Wilk Making Tomorrow Better Today Award of $5,000.

The S. Rex and Joan T. Lewis Foundation offered a $10,000 donation match the day of the event. Any of the 23 Fast Pitch innovators received dollar-for-dollar matching up to a $10,000 combined total. Seed Spot offers additional training, valued at $15,000, to any of the 25 finalists and semi-finalists, bringing the total contribution to more than $100,000.

PHOTOS COURTESY SOCIAL VENTURE PARTNERS ARIZONA

The Board of Visitors Gives $755K to Local Charities

The Board of Visitors has granted $755,000 in funding to help provide health-care services to women, children and the elderly. The 2017 grant recipients are Alzheimer’s Association, Barrow Neurological Foundation, The Board of Visitors Ryan House, Boys & Girls Clubs of Metro Phoenix, Circle the City, Hacienda Children’s Hospital, Homeless Youth Connection, Hospice of the Valley, Maggie’s Place, Phoenix Children’s Hospital, Phoenix Rescue Mission, Southwest Human Development, TGen and VisionQuest 20/20.

“The needs for funding in the greater Phoenix community are vast,” says Cindy Good, chairman of The Board of Visitors. “We are grateful for the support and dedication of the generous families who attend our Fashion Show Luncheon and Charity Ball and those who sponsor and support our Care Card Program. They are the reason that we have been able to make an impact in our community for the past 109 years.”

The Board of Visitors is now accepting grant applications for 2018. For more information, CLICK HERE.

Flinn Foundation Awards $100K to Arizona Center for Nature Conservancy

The Arizona Center for Nature Conservation has received a $100,000 grant from the Flinn Foundation. The funds will support a project to increase awareness of the South Mountain Environmental Education Center and promote its offerings. The ACNC operates Phoenix Zoo as well as the South Mountain Environmental Education Center. Its mission is to advance the stewardship and conservation of animals and their habitats while providing experiences that inspire people and motivate them to care for the natural world.

In February 2016, ACNC entered a five-year agreement with the City of Phoenix to operate SMEEC, located in South Mountain Park, one of the largest municipal preserves in the country.

“Operating SMEEC reinforces our commitment to conservation education in our community and is aligned well with our institutional mission,” says Bert Castro, president and CEO of the Arizona Center for Nature Conservation.

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SMEEC promotes science-education opportunities in a fun environment.

“Over the year, our programming at SMEEC reached guests from around the world, including students from neighboring schools providing much-needed science learning opportunities in a fun and engaging setting. While we are encouraged by the reception we’ve received by the community, we envision a broadened scope that will reach expanded audiences and highlight our role as a conservation organization.”

“The Flinn Foundation has an abiding interest in a thriving arts-and-culture sector in our state, and the Arizona Center for Nature Conservation’s strategic initiatives to develop its role in the community are exciting,” says Jack B. Jewett, president and CEO of the Flinn Foundaiton. “This project at SMEEC holds promise to reach new and diverse patrons while further strengthening ACNC’s financial position.”

A marketing campaign is underway to boost recognition of the center through online, print and outdoor advertising, as well as enhanced signage within the park area. Local outreach efforts and open houses are also planned to connect with businesses, including Realtors, event planners and concierges, to showcase the SMEEC as a convenient and valuable venue space in which to hold meetings and events. Technology needs have been identified and will be addressed along with enhanced furnishings.

A public event will be held at SMEEC on Sat., Feb. 18, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. to celebrate the one-year anniversary of its opening. Animal ambassadors, guided hikes, activities and more will be available for the public to enjoy as they explore the center and park.

Thunderbirds Provide $75K to Help Homeless Families

In an effort to address the backlog of homeless families in need of housing and services, Thunderbirds Charities has awarded a $75,000 grant to Save the Family, a Mesa-based nonprofit. The funds will support the organization’s Homeless Families Intervention Project and be directed toward case coordination and programs for children including drop-in childcare, Little KidsWorks and Youth Enrichment and Achievement.

Thunderbirds Charities, a nonprofit organization formed in 1986 to distribute monies raised through the Waste Management Phoenix Open golf tournament, raised more than $9.3 million from the 2016 tournament to benefit Arizona charities.

“We are deeply grateful for this incredibly generous support form Thunderbirds Charities,” says Jacki Taylor, Save the Family CEO. “This funding will make a big difference in achieving our goal to serve more than 650 families this year, including over 1,200 children.”

Despite a significant loss of federal funding over the past four years, Save the Family has been able to increase the number of families served by more than 30 percent. Taylor credits community-focused organizations such as Thunderbirds Charities with the increase.

PHOTO COURTESY SAVE THE FAMILY

Foundation for Senior Living Receives $100K Grant

The Foundation for Senior Living has received 10 $10,000 grants from The Sunny Plumber. The money will be given monthly December 2016 through September 2017 in support of local senior home safety and improvement efforts. The purpose is to help FSL service seniors in the community by providing essential repairs to their homes.

“As we experience our own parents aging, we became more aware of the needs many seniors, who live on limited fixed incomes, have to fix severe problems in their homes,” says Gary Eisenhauer, general manager at The Sunny Plumber.

FSL supports qualifying seniors whose homes are in need of repairs and renovations. FSL manages the full cycle repair to include funding, contracting and permitting. These improvements enable seniors to continue to live safely and with dignity in their homes.

The first donation from The Sunny Plumber took place Dec. 5, 2016, and has already been put to use laying a new pipe and water meter for an FSL client. FSL will administer the funds directly.

PHOTO COURTESY FOUNDATION FOR SENIOR LIVING

 

MIM Receives Grant from Piper Trust

The Musical Instrument Museum was recently awarded a $150,000 grant by Virginia G. Piper Charitable Trust to build additional museum space for young children to explore and interact with musical instruments.

Girl Playing Guitar cropMIM’s current Experience Gallery occupies 2,500 square feet of space and invites guests of all ages to touch, play and hear a changing array of musical instruments form many different cultures. The gallery is often a favorite among guests as it allows them to interact with similar instruments on display in the other galleries.

The Experience Gallery Annex will allow children from kindergarten to second grade to have a space of their own with age-appropriate instruments and physical design. This new gallery space will accommodate increasing numbers of students as MIM strives to reach its goal of 100,000 school and youth tour participants by 2020. In the 2015-2016 school year alone, MIM welcomed more than 52,000 school and youth field-trip participants.

The 1,400-square-foot annex will be repurposed from an existing space adjacent to the current Experience Gallery. MIM will use the grant’s funds to create a developmentally appropriate space that better supports the learning and basic needs of young children, from birth to age 8. The annex will continue to encourage the exploration of musical sounds, individual and collective composition of music and expressive movement.

During field trips, the space will be used for musical story-time activities and guided drum circles. In the absence of field trips, the annex will offer geographically themed groupings of authentic musical instruments, regalia and video clips of instruments being played in their cultural contexts, making the additional space accessible and interactive for guests of any age.

Research today provides strong evidence that music – either in the form of education, practice or exposure – has a significant impact on the cognitive and social-emotional development of all children, including those with disabilities.

PHOTOS COURTESY MUSICAL INSTRUMENT MUSEUM

 

Esperança Receives Thunderbird Charities $10K Grant

Esperança has received a $10,000 grant from the Thunderbirds Charities to support the organization’s Salud con Sabor Latino (Health with a Latin Flavor) program. The support will allow Esperança in 2017 to provide nutrition and physical-activity education to 60 uninsured/underinsured children and 60 parents living in poverty within the Phoenix metropolitan area and advanced education on physical activity with an introduction to urban patio garden to 30 parents who have already participated in the nutrition and physical-activity course.

“We are so appreciative of the grant from Thunderbirds Charities,” says James Hoyt, Experança president and CEO. “In Arizona, 33.9 percent of Latino adults and 30.6 percent of children 2 to 5 whose families participate in WIC are obese. The rate for families living at less than 100 percent of the Federal Poverty Level is an astounding 53.3 percent, and Esperança’s Salud con Sabor Latino program is directly benefiting those families and providing much-needed support and education.”

Salud con Sabor Latino participants are primarily Spanish-speaking Latinos. The long-term health consequences of individuals living with lack of health education and resources will impact a child’s ability to learn and attend school, a mother’s ability to work and provide income, and a family’s ability to thrive.

Thunderbird Charities is the charitable arm of the Phoenix Thunderbirds. Its purpose is to grant funds raised by the Waste Management Phoenix Open. Thunderbird Charities’ mission is to assist children and families, help people in need and improve the quality of life in our communities.

T.W. Lewis Foundation Pledges $2M for New Melanoma Center

The T.W. Lewis Foundation has committed a $2 million matching gift to establish a first-of-its-kind Melanoma Center of Excellence at Banner MD Anderson Cancer Center. With this gift, donor gifts will be matched dollar for dollar for a total of $3.5 million.

The gift is highly personal for Tom Lewis, founder and CEO of the Phoenix-based real estate investment company T.W. Lewis Company and the T.W. Lewis Foundation. Lewis lost his father at age 66, after a 10-year battle with melanoma. “T.W. Lewis Foundation is honored to partner with Banner MD Anderson to create a Melanoma Center of Excellence for all Arizonans,” Lewis said.

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Located on the Banner Gateway campus, Banner MD Anderson Cancer Center delivers cancer care to patients in Arizona through the collaboration of Banner Health and The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center. Banner MD Anderson Cancer Center represents MD Anderson’s most comprehensive extension of its disease-specific, patient-centered and coordinated treatment protocols outside of Houston.

The Melanoma Center of Excellence will be a fully comprehensive center with program leadership, patient registry and database; prevention, outreach and education; survivorship care and support; and clinical research.

The sunniest state, Arizona has the highest melanoma death rate in the country, making it the ideal location from which to wage war on this killer. Nearly 90 percent of melanoma cases are related to UV exposure, according to the Skin Cancer Foundation.

Formed in 2000 by Jan and Tom Lewis, the T.W. Lewis Foundation has provided leadership and financial support to dozens of nonprofits that help children and families in need. The foundation has also provided college scholarships to more than 200 future leaders and supported youth education organizations that build character and encourage civic engagement.

Learn how to give HERE.

BHHS Legacy Grants $50K to Foundation for Senior Living

The BHHS Legacy Foundation has awarded a $50,000 grant for the Foundation for Senior Living Aging in Place educational program. The funds have been used to hire and train a community engagement specialist who is responsible for creating and conducting presentations to Valley employers, community groups, churches and other organizations. The goal is to provide education about FSL’s services and other community resources for aging in place.

Aging in place describes one’s ability to remain living in his or her own home for as long as possible, often with the support of a family caregiver. Family caregivers often do not identify as such, and rarely ask for help primarily because they do not know what help is available.

“FSL provides many services that can directly help caregivers; additionally, we can connect them to other resources they may need,” explains Bevin Page, FSL’s community engagement specialist. “With support from BHHS Legacy, we’re going to be able to expand our services, reach more people and lessen the burden of caregiving. We’re so grateful for their commitment to our mission.”

Employers interested in this program can request one or more 60-minute presentations in their location which could be provided over their employees’ lunch hour.  Presentation topics include: Self-Care Tips for Caregivers, Caregiving Techniques and Demonstrations, How to Pay for Care and Avoiding Scams, Fraud and Abuse.

For more information, call 602-285-0505, Ext. 167.

ATC Marks 50th Anniversary by Honoring Pioneering Philanthropist

Alfie Norville, who was among the founders of Arizona Theatre Company, will be honored posthumously with the 2016 Georgy Award at ATC’s Gala 2016: Celebrating 50 years. The fundraising event will be held Oct. 1 at the Temple of Music and Art in Tucson. Norville’s husband of 49 years, Allan, will accept the award on her behalf. Their daughter, Patti Norville Spector, is the gala chair.

Georgy Award honoree Norville, who passed away in 2015, moved to Arizona more than 50 years ago and became a passionate UA Wildcat fan. Raised in Koontz Lake, Ind., she owned a farm in Walkerton and later worked as a contractor in Chicago, which led to an appearance in 1960 on the television show What’s My Line?

In 2011, Allan told Tucson Lifestyle magazine that when the couple first moved to Tucson, they didn’t have any money, so they gave their time and effort. “Alfie sewed costumes for Arizona Theatre Company, and I was an usher and the treasurer.”

Alfie, Tucson’s first licensed woman stockbroker, was an incredible community volunteer, serving on the boards of directors of the University of Arizona, Sarver Heart Center and Arizona Astronomy Board, and as the president of Altrusa International, Inc.

She was also the inspiration and founder of the Gem and Jewelry Exchange gem show in Tucson. “She had the idea and tried for three years to convince me before I took her advice,” Allan told Tucson Lifestyle of his wife.

Her philanthropic efforts resulted in the Philanthropist of the Year Award from the Steven M. Gootter Foundation and the Diamond Community Award from Catholic Community Services. The Association of Fundraising Professionals named Norville the Outstanding Philanthropist of the Year in 2011. In 2006, she was named a Remarkable Mom by Tu Nidito Children and Family Services of Tucson.

The Norvilles have funded the Allan and Alfie Norville Endowed Chair for Heart Disease in Women Research at the University of Arizona Sarver Heart Center, and they are charter members of the University of Arizona Foundation’s 1885 Society, a donor leadership group.

For more information about Gala 2016: Celebrating 50 Years, CLICK HERE.

 


ATC celebrates its 50th anniversary during the 2016-17 season with performances in Phoenix and Tucson of King Charles III, An Act of God,  Fiddler on the Roof, The River BrideRing of Fire and Holmes and Watson, a new play by Jeffrey Hatcher commissioned by ATC.

For a schedule of performances, CLICK HERE.

Karl Eller: Handprints On Arizona

Newspaper-Boy higher resIf you live in Arizona and look closely, you will see the handprints of Karl Eller.

From the time he was 14 and pitched newspapers from his bicycle in Tucson, he has developed and demonstrated his work ethic and passion for business. Along the way, his success, community mindedness and generosity have impacted the entire state.

On March 18, the Arizona Chamber of Commerce will present Eller with the 2016 Heritage Award, in celebration of his accomplishments and commitment to Arizona.

 

Eller graced the program cover for the Arizona vs. Utah game in 1951.

The Arizona vs. Utah program in 1951

THE ELLER STORY
Eller’s story is the stuff of legends.

He played football for Tucson High in the ’40s, graduated and joined the Army. When he returned, the GI Bill enabled him to attend the University of Arizona, where he played football for the Wildcats.

After graduating, Eller married his college sweetheart, Joan “Stevie” Stevens, became successful in a national billboard company and then managed to raise the $50 million necessary to buy his company’s Phoenix, Tucson and Bakersfield and Fresno, Calif. operations. Eller Outdoor Advertising flourished, and in 1968 merged with KTAR Radio and Television stations to become Combined Communications.

During this time, he was making his mark in other ways. Eller became integral in luring professional sports to Arizona. In 1967, he was the lead investor in a group from Phoenix that brought the original Phoenix Roadrunners hockey team to the Valley. In 1968, he was one of the founding investors in the Phoenix Suns. In 1971, he was one of the original founders of the Fiesta Bowl. In 1978 he was instrumental in getting Arizona State University and the University of Arizona accepted into the Pac 8, which was renamed the Pac 10. In 1988, Eller and a group of Phoenix businessmen were responsible for bringing the St. Louis Cardinals to Arizona.

Circle KBut along about this time, the road got rough. That’s an understatement.

After Gannett acquired Combined Communications in 1988, Eller left the company to join Circle K, which underwent huge expansion under his short tenure as CEO – and then went bust. In 1990, Eller resigned. No job. No company. $100 million in personal debt. Most people would have filed for bankruptcy. Not Eller. To backers who stayed with him, he eventually paid back his debts.

And started again.

He made the rounds to raise money to buy another advertising company. This time he needed only $20 million. He secured it, and founded Eller Media in 1992. Five years later, he sold Eller Media to Clear Channel Communications for $1.15 billion.

 

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The Stevie Eller Dance Theater

THE ELLER LEGACY
It would be easy to say Karl Eller’s legacy is tied to the Karl Eller Center for the Study of the Free Enterprise Economy he funded at the University of Arizona in 1983 or the UA’s Eller MBA Programs, named for him in 1987. Or the UA Eller College of Business and Public Administration named for him in 1999 (later renamed the Eller College of Management). Or the Stevie Eller Dance Theater completed in 2003 on the UA campus. Or for chairing the fundraising effort for the Arizona Centennial in 2004. Or the significant monetary contributions he and Stevie have made to Barrow Neurological Foundation over the years.

But that would oversimplify the impact Eller has made on Arizona.

Eller’s story is part Horatio Algier, part Rocky Balboa and uniquely Karl Eller. All Eller College students know this “must-read”: Integrity is All You’ve Got. In this autobiographical book of business principles, Eller writes about learning from failures, economic timing, coming back from defeat, having a strong sales pitch, thinking big – lessons all managers and entrepreneurs can appreciate. He also shares the importance of integrity.

This message, he says, is how he would like to be remembered:

“Without integrity, motivation is dangerous; without motivation, capacity is impotent; without capacity, understanding is limited; without understanding, knowledge is meaningless; without knowledge, experience is blind.

“Experience is easy to provide and quickly put to good use by people with the other qualities. Make absolute integrity the compass that guides you in everything you do. And surround yourself only with people of flawless integrity.”

 

THE HERITAGE AWARD
The Heritage Award is presented by the Arizona Chamber of Commerce to an individual who whose accomplishments and commitment to Arizona are recognized not only in Arizona but also nationally and internationally. In 1991, The Honorable Barry Goldwater was the first recipient. Those honored have come from from many walks of life – humorist Erma Bombeck; broadcast journalist Hugh Downs; cartoonist Bil Keane; UA basketball coach Lute Olson; and the “Godfather of Shock Rock” Alice Cooper are among them. The March 18 event is sold-out.

 

Joe Niekro Foundation Grants $160K to Barrow to Study Rare Brain Condition

The Joe Niekro Foundation premiered its Knuckle Ball event in Phoenix, raising money to support potentially lifesaving cerebrovascular research and honoring a lead investigator at Barrow Neurological Institute with a prestigious award.

During the event, Barrow Neurological Foundation was awarded a $160,000 grant from the Joe Niekro Foundation to support research aimed at discovering how certain cerebrovascular abnormalities – specifically arteriovenous malformations – affect the blood vessels of the brain, oftentimes with devastating consequences.

This is the second gift, totaling $210,000, made by the foundation to support a study currently under investigation by Joseph Zabramski, M.D., and Yashar Kalani, M.D., at Barrow Neurological Institute. Research results could enable doctors to identify at-risk patients more effectively, offering them treatment before the condition becomes life-threatening.

The Joe Niekro Foundation was established in 2008 by Natalie Niekro, who lost her father suddenly from a cerebral brain aneurysm in October 2006. In the months following her father’s death, she discovered there were no support services for families affected by brain aneurysms or similar conditions, nor was funding available to advance medical research to defeat them.

Untitled-1 sidebar“I was so confused because I couldn’t understand how my healthy father, who had jogged five miles that morning, could be gone just hours later,” said Niekro. “I wanted answers . . . and the comfort of knowing others had been through this before. When I couldn’t find what I needed, I decided to create it myself. I don’t want others to feel as alone as I did.”

Her father, Joe Niekro, was a professional pitcher who played for seven Major League Baseball teams during his 22-year career, primarily the Houston Astros. His signature pitch was the knuckleball – a pitch with an unpredictable flight path that is extremely difficult to hit. To date, Niekro is still recognized as one of the top 10 knuckleball pitchers of all time.

In addition to receiving the research grant, Zabramski was recognized at the Knuckle Ball gala as the Joe Niekro Medical Humanitarian of the Year for his contributions to the field. The award was designed to recognize a neurological medical professional for ongoing research advancements and treatment studies of cerebral aneurysms, AVMs and hemorrhagic strokes.

“Much of what we do at the Joe Niekro Foundation is at the core of Dr. Zabramski’s research and practice,” Niekro says. “We are honored to support his efforts as well as recognize him as our Medical Humanitarian of the Year. It is certainly well deserved.”

“It was an extraordinary privilege to be named the Joe Niekro Medical Humanitarian of the Year,” Zabramski says. “I am humbled to receive it, and I am also incredibly grateful to have the continued support of the foundation to help us unravel the mysteries of AVMs through our ongoing research.”

Ivy Foundation Donates $550K to Brain Tumor Research at Barrow Neurological Institute

The Ben and Catherine Ivy Foundation has given Barrow Neurological Foundation two gifts totaling $558,000 to fund groundbreaking brain tumor research at Barrow Neurological Institute at Dignity Health St. Joseph’s Hospital and Medical Center.

Brain tumor research has been the focus of funding for the Ben and Catherine Ivy Foundation since 2005, the same year Ben Ivy passed away from a glioblastoma multiforme brain tumor.

“During the last months of my husband’s life, his quality of life was severely compromised,” says Catherine Ivy. “My goal for this gift is to fund research that leads to better treatments, less suffering . . . and longer, happier lives for patients diagnosed with brain tumors.”

Nader Sanai, M.D“I am extraordinarily grateful to have the support of the Ivy Foundation to put brain tumor research on the fast track,” says Nader Sanai, M.D. (left), director of the Barrow Brain Tumor Research Center. Sanai is leading early-phase clinical trials to enable brain tumor patients to receive experimental drugs that could potentially extend their lives beyond the typical prognosis of 12 to 16 months.

Surgery, radiation and chemotherapy are the only known forms of treatment for these fast-growing brain tumors, which almost always recur and unrelentingly result in patient death. Brain tumors are listed as one of the top 10 causes of cancer-related deaths in the United States. Despite decades of research, little progress has been made to defeat them. The Phase 0 study streamlines the drug-approval timeline from an average of five years to six months, saving time, money and, potentially, lives.

“Because of the disappointing track record of traditional brain tumor trials, researchers are trying to think outside of the box and take new approaches to medicine for brain tumor patients,” adds Sanai. “This Phase 0 approach for malignant brain tumors is a game changer in cancer research, the first of its kind in the world.”

Barrow Neurological Institute is home to the highest-volume operative brain tumor program in the United States, making it ideally suited to conduct multiple trials while developing and testing new drugs. Patients participating in the BBTRC clinical trials funded by the Ivy Foundation are administered an experimental drug that has already been FDA approved for treating other types of cancer. Within hours, neurosurgeons remove the patient’s tumor and investigate whether it was penetrated by the drug and, if so, whether the drug is having the desired effect on the tumor. If the drug proves effective, the study moves into Phase II clinical trials for patients.

Untitled-1 sidebarOver the last decade, the Ivy Foundation has committed more than $60 million to brain tumor research, including several generous gifts to Barrow. In 2014, the foundation awarded a $3-million three-way grant to Barrow, Translational Genomics Research Institute (TGen) and Nemucore Medical Innovations Inc. to identify new medications that could be safely transported across the blood-brain barrier to reach targeted tumors. TGen and the Karmanos Cancer Institute have partnered with Barrow and the Ivy Foundation on the current Phase 0 study.

“Our foundation’s long-term, ultimate goal is to cure brain cancer,” adds Ivy. “We are dedicated to this effort because funding leads to answers, and answers lead to hope. My hope is that this research will lead us to the day when no one has to go through what Ben did.”

TW Lewis Foundation Awards Grant to Children’s Museum of Phoenix

The TW Lewis Foundation has given a $10,000 gift to the Children’s Museum of Phoenix in support of the museum’s Every Child Program, which provides free or reduced admission to low-income, at-risk children and their families. The gift provides free museum access for 1,500 individuals involved in the WIC program to experience the museum.

WIC is available to Arizona’s pregnant, breastfeeding and postpartum women, infants and children under age 5 who are at nutritional risk and who are at or below the 185 percent of the federal poverty guideline.

Last summer, the Children’s Museum of Phoenix began a partnership with Adelante Healthcare, which runs the WIC program, to provide eligible WIC families with museum memberships so that they can utilize its rich and varied learning experiences. Museum membership provides programming opportunities that encourage healthy development of a child’s well-being and are offered to WIC members at no cost. Each membership allows free access to the Children’s Museum of Phoenix for the cardholder plus seven guests and includes the same benefits as with any other membership sold at the Children’s Museum of Phoenix. WIC members will remain museum members as long as they are part of the WIC program. To date, 1,425 memberships have been given out to WIC members.

Ronald McDonald House at Phoenix Children’s Hospital Getting a Makeover

The Ronald McDonald House at Phoenix Children’s Hospital is getting a top-to-bottom makeover.

The four-story Cambridge House and all 18 family bedrooms will be completely renovated at a total cost of about $400,000, including several generous in-kind donations. Seventeen of the 18 bedrooms where families stay while their children are undergoing medical care in the Valley have been adopted by companies, foundations, individuals and organizations, which will purchase and install decorations and furnishings.

The main building’s common rooms, hallways, laundry room and manager’s apartment will be upgraded with new flooring and paint among other improvements. New furniture, donated by LaZBoy Furniture Galleries of Arizona, will be installed throughout the house.

All families that were staying at the Cambridge House have been relocated to the Ronald McDonald House on Roanoke Street.

“The Cambridge House, built in 2008, is very active given its location on the Phoenix Children’s Hospital campus, and we felt it was time to repair, renovate and upgrade,” says Nancy Roach, Ronald McDonald House Charities of Phoenix (RMHC) executive Director. “The Cambridge House recently benefited from the expansion and upgrading of the kitchen thanks to the incredible generosity of an individual donor, and this activity will bring the rest of the house up to where it needs to be for our families.”

In 2015, the Cambridge House averaged 96 percent occupancy throughout the year with 440 family visits representing 5,581 room nights. Since opening in 2008, families have spent more than 31,000 nights at the Cambridge House.

Roach says funds for the renovation are available and have been approved for the work by the RMHC Board of Directors. Each of the entities adopting a room donates funds for the decorations and furnishings. Full renovation work began the week of Feb. 8 with families expected to move back in late spring.

Groups already adopting rooms at the Cambridge House are: Ally’s Apartment, American Technologies, Inc., Ascend at ASU, the Carter family, Children’s Cancer Network, Copper Point, CVS Caremark, Desert Sun Movers, the Jim and Cindy Gossen family, Nate Harat, Jones Lang LaSalle, Ted and Nancy Lewis, the Olmsted family, The Purple Society, The Red Shoe Society, Solara Adjustable Patio Covers and USAA.

Valley of the Sun YMCA Receives Arizona Sports Tourism Authority Grant

The Valley of the Sun YMCA was chosen as one of 17 recipients of the 2015 Youth and Amateur Sports Biennial grant from the Arizona Sports and Tourism Authority. The organizations receiving the grants span Maricopa County.

The Valley of the Sun YMCA grant of $42,951 will assist with the purchase of sports and aquatic equipment for 11 of the Y’s branches. This is the second time the Y has received the award in the past 10 years. Grants were awarded based on projects serving youth and amateur sports and promoting physical activity, as well as demonstrating financial need, leveraged funding, community partnerships, and a benefit to a local community in Maricopa County.

The Sam & Betty Kitchell Family Heritage Garden Opens at Desert Botanical Garden

A new exhibit, The Sam & Betty Kitchell Family Heritage Garden at Desert Botanical Garden officially opened Feb. 6 with a dedication ceremony.

The Kitchell Heritage Garden is just north of Webster Center and is home to many of the Garden’s oldest plantings, including the iconic cardones (Pachycereus pringlei), and the first accessioned plant, the creeping devil cactus (Stenocereus eruca). The renovation of this space interprets the Garden’s story and vision for the future and features horticultural displays designed to be as treasured and compelling in 75 years as the giant cardones are today.

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Located within the Kitchell Heritage Garden are two new spaces, the Cardon Plaza and the Fine Family Contemplation Garden. The Heritage Garden features Baja California and riparian zones that begin at the entry gates and lead up through the Cardon Plaza. The landscape builds upon existing plants from the Baja California region collected during early expeditions by the Garden’s first director, George Lindsay, as well as significant plant donations from Garden founders and collectors.

The Heritage Garden plantings include three large Mexican blue palms (Brahea armata) and more than 10 new cardones. Several very small cardones can be seen in cages to protect them from rabbits. These young cardones were grown for three years by members of the Garden’s Research, Conservation and Collections Department from the seed of the historic cardones and were planted in November 2015.

Designed to highlight the historic cardon display, the Cardon Plaza provides Garden guests a place to sit, observe, photograph and enjoy these majestic plants. Even the paving of the Plaza is designed to honor the cactus – the center shape echoes a cross section of the cardon.

The Founders Wall, centered in the Cardon Plaza, is comprised of glass circles that bring light and excitement to the space. The circles, of varying size and color, pay tribute to both the plants and people that have made significant contributions to the Garden’s history and success.

The Fine Family Contemplation Garden provides a quiet refuge where Garden guests may pause for reflection. The space is surrounded by columnar cacti and includes a labyrinth and reflective water feature to inspire meditation.

Generous donors to The Saguaro Initiative funded The Sam & Betty Kitchell Family Heritage Garden, the Cardon Plaza and The Fine Family Contemplation Garden. The Saguaro Initiative is the Garden’s strategic plan to renew and build exhibits, expand education opportunities, provide regional leadership, lay the groundwork for future plans and to continue to solidify the Garden’s financial health. This effort was launched in 2013 by the Garden’s 75th Anniversary Cabinet, chaired by Bennett Dorrance, and is currently led by the TSI Cabinet, chaired by Ardie and Steve Evans.

The Sam and Betty Kitchell family’s relationship with the Desert Botanical Garden spans decades. Betty joined the board of trustees in 1989 and co-chaired the 1990 Dinner on the Desert gala. Their son, Jon, served as a Garden Trustee from 1992 – 1997 and served as co-chair with his sister Ann Denk, of the 1993 Dinner on the Desert gala.

Peter Fine and Rebecca Ailes-Fine made Arizona their home in 2001, and Rebecca quickly became involved with the Desert Botanical Garden to help fulfill her passion for nature and plants and to learn how to adapt to gardening in the desert. Over the years, Rebecca has taken many leadership roles at the Garden – as chair or co-chair of three Dinner on the Desert galas, as a three-term member of the board of trustees, as a cabinet member for two major campaigns, and as a member of the Children and Family Garden Study Committee and the Garden Shop Retail Task Force.

Among the guests at the dedication were Betty and Herb Bool. Herb Bool’s father, Herbert, lived with first director George Lindsay and went on many of the early collecting trips for DBG. He is honored on the Founders Wall, as well as in the Bontanists Garden.

Also present were Phyllis and John Earle. John Earle, who is a volunteer and donor and has been working as a horticulture aide, grew up living in the Archer House. Before his father, Hubert, became the longest serving Garden director, serving from 1958 to 1976, he was a gardener, living with his family in Archer House. He passed away in 1984.

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Back: Fred Edwards, Jon and Leatrice Kitchell, Ann and Greg Denk, and Clay Denk. Front: Suki Edwards, Betty Kitchell, Erin Denk and Kari Denk

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Betty and Herb Bool

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Marilyn Wolfe, and John and Phyllis Earle

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Lauren Svorinic, Mary McCormick, Aaron Genova and Kyle Somer

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Ardie and Steve Evans

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Bob and Shoshana Tancer

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Chuck and Becca Berry

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Mal and Jane Jozoff

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John and Oonagh Boppart

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Walt and Janet Wieder

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David and Elaine McGinn

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Jan Lewis and Tahnia McKeever

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Elva Coor and Tammy McLeod

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Kris Floor and Chris Brown

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Peter Fine, and Jillian and Jeff Heise

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John and Phyllis Earle

Board of Visitors Awards $800K to 18 Local Charities

The Board of Visitors has awarded $800,000 in funding to 18 local nonprofit charities that provide health-care services to women, children and the elderly.

“We see firsthand the overwhelming need for health-care services that are not being met in our community,” says Sidney Fox, chairman of The Board of Visitors. “Our volunteers work tirelessly to raise funds that aid the most underserved in our community. We are thankful for the donors who support our work.”

 

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Piper Trust Awards $1.5 million to Girl Scouts–Arizona Cactus-Pine Council

The Virginia G. Piper Charitable Trust has awarded a $1.5 million gift to Girl Scouts–Arizona Cactus-Pine Council for the Campaign for Girls in Arizona. The grant will support the transformation of Camp Sombrero, one of the Girl Scouts’ historic campsites located in South Phoenix, into a leadership center for girls and women.

“Virginia Piper cared deeply about broadening educational opportunities, civic leadership and lifelong learning. She would be both humbled and thrilled by the Girl Scouts’ new center and its vast offerings for the community,” says Susan Pepin, MD, president and CEO of Virginia G. Piper Charitable Trust.

Construction of this new leadership center is a key component of the Campaign for Girls in Arizona. Built on the existing 14.5 acre site at the base of South Mountain, it will increase the capacity of GSACPC to deliver relevant Girl Scout programing and activities to more of Arizona’s girls, regardless of their ethnicity, physical abilities, circumstances or economic status.

“This extraordinary gift is a wonderful vote of confidence from the board of Virginia G. Piper Charitable Trust,” says Tamara Woodbury, CEO of GSACPC. “We are very honored to have Virginia G. Piper’s name grace the largest gathering space at the center.”

The $1.5 million gift from the Piper Trust adds to the growing list of foundations and community philanthropists whose financial support for the Campaign for Girls in Arizona has reached a total of $14.3 million. Recent gifts have included $5 million from the Bob & Renee Parsons Foundation, $250,000 from The Kemper and Ethel Marley Foundation, $100,000 from Phoenix Suns Charities and $100,000 from the Margaret T. Morris Foundation.  The Piper Trust’s contribution will be recognized by naming the large conference hall located within the Bob and Renee Parsons Leadership Center for Girls and Women.

The site will include meeting spaces for large and small group activities and trainings, classrooms for STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math education) and other focus area programs, a pool, sports field and cabins for overnight camp experiences. The temperature-controlled buildings will allow the center to be used year around by Girl Scouts and adult volunteers.

Construction is expected to be completed in early 2017. The center will provide leadership training for girls and women statewide and serve surrounding community groups, partner organizations and schools.

Rosie’s House Receives $15K Grant from CMA Foundation

Rosie’s House, A Musical Academy for Children, has received a $15,000 grant from the Country Music Awards Foundation to support its free after-school music education program for underserved youth. Rosie’s House is the only Arizona organization to receive grant funding.

The generosity of country artists and fans at CMA Music Festival enabled the CMA Foundation to award $2.68 million in grants to 29 charitable groups. Since 2006, CMA has awarded more than $13.68 million for this cause.

In Arizona, when the average per-pupil expenditure on arts instruction is less than $1, Rosie’s House offer opportunity for youth who need a safe after-school “home.” Overall, Rosie’s House serves 410 students annually through its string, winds, brass, piano, choir and mariachi programs.

Piper Trust Grants $150K to Florence Crittenton

The Virginia G. Piper Charitable Trust has awarded $150,000 to Florence Crittenton. The funds will support the agency’s WINGS (Women Involved in Nurturing Girls’ Self-Esteem) mentoring program, which pairs caring adult female mentors with at-risk and disadvantaged girls who received residential treatment services.

“We are honored to receive support for our mentoring program that has been around since 1999,” says Dr. Kellie M. Warren, CEO. “The mentoring program empowers our girls and young women through healthy adult relationships, and it encourages each of our girls to find their own voice. This generous contribution will help maximize the program’s impact on so many young women.”

The WINGS program targets girls and young women ages 10 to 18 within Maricopa County. Support from Virginia G. Piper Charitable Trust helps increase sustainability and provides critical gap funding for this program. The grant will help enhance mentor recruitment and training and expand the program’s reach to serve more mentees.

Women interested in volunteering as a mentor in the program should contact the agency’s Ashley Faye, the agency’s volunteer services manager, at (602) 288-4502 or afaye@flocrit.org.

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