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The Thunderbirds visit Mentor Kids

Carlos Sugich and Omar Alvarez take a trip to Mentor Kids in South Phoenix. The Thunderbirds tour the facilities and spend some time reading with the children before heading to God’s Garden Park with Mentor Kids Executive Director, Aaron Parrott. More
 

Blessings in a Backpack

The Thunderbirds, Kids Need to Read, PGA Tour Wives’ Angie Oberholser & her husband, PGA Tour Veteran, Aaron Oberholser all help Blessings in a Backpack deliver nourishment and knowledge. More
 

Blessings in a Backpack

 

St. Joseph the Worker III

 

Fall 2016

 

2016 Waste Management Phoenix Open And The Thunderbirds Raise Record-Breaking $9,369,873 For Local Charities

The Thunderbirds, hosts of the Waste Management Phoenix Open Presented by Ak-Chin Indian Community, raised a record $9,369,873 for local charities through proceeds raised from the 2016 tournament, Thunderbirds Big Chief Dan Mahoney announced today. This is the highest single-year charitable donation in tournament history, breaking last year’s total of $9,060,731, and marks the second consecutive year that The Thunderbirds have eclipsed $9 million in charitable dollars raised in a single year. The Thunderbirds and the Waste Management Phoenix Open have raised more than $45 million ($45,742,241) for charities since 2010 when Waste Management became title sponsor. In its history, dating back to 1932, the Phoenix Open has raised more than $111 million ($111,788,807) for charities in Arizona. “We are proud of our history of giving back to the community and excited that once again we were able to break the single-year record for charitable dollars earned through the Waste Management Phoenix Open Presented by The Ak-Chin Indian Community,” Mahoney said. “Each year we receive outstanding support from Waste Management, as well as from corporate sponsors, volunteers and of course the fans, and we can’t do this without them.” The 2016 Waste Management Phoenix Open was another record-setting event, as […] More
 

Thunderbirds Giving 2016

 

SWHD Program VI

 

Circle The City

 

Thunderbirds Charities 2016 Fall Funding Cycle Now Open

Thunderbirds Charities – the charitable giving arm of The Thunderbirds, hosts of The Waste Management Phoenix Open Presented by The Ak-Chin Indian Community, announced that its 2016 Fall funding cycle is now open. The deadline to apply is September 1, 2016, at 5 p.m. MST. Only proposals submitted through its website, www.thunderbirdscharities.org, will be accepted. To submit a proposal, charity organizations will need a valid email address and IRS tax ID number. All required documents must be stored electronically and uploaded to the website during the online proposal process. Proposals will be accepted on or before the due date. Due to the amount of proposals submitted, Thunderbirds Charities appreciates those organizations that submit prior to the deadline. Thunderbirds Charities is a non-profit organization formed in 1986 to distribute monies raised through the Waste Management Phoenix Open golf tournament. The Thunderbirds Charities Board consists of 15 board members from varying professional backgrounds. The mission of Thunderbirds Charities is to assist children and families, help people in need and improve the quality of life in our communities. The organization’s giving is directed toward organizations based or with a significant presence in Arizona. The Thunderbirds were founded in 1937 with the mission of […] More
 

Circle The City Celebrates New Transportation Van Funded By Thunderbirds Charities

Thanks to a $50,000 grant from Thunderbird Charities, Circle the City has a new van to transport patients experiencing homelessness between its two facilities — the Medical Respite Center and The Parsons Family Health Center — as well as to off-site appointments and to and from Circle the City’s mobile medical clinic. The van is wheelchair-accessible and has seating for up to six patients, including two wheelchairs. Circle the City works to improve healthcare accessibility for people experiencing homelessness and decrease their reliance on emergency services including 911 calls. Furnishing transportation to this under-served population will assist in establishing integrated primary care, case management, behavioral health, and substance abuse treatment services. The Ford Transit van is the latest addition to the organization’s transportation program. Circle the City celebrated the new van with a ribbon-cutting ceremony with representatives from The Thunderbirds, followed by a “Blue Velvet Tunic” inaugural ride-along with a patient utilizing the wheelchair lift. Circle the City is a rapidly growing 501(c)(3) non-profit community health organization dedicated to providing high quality, holistic healthcare to men, women, and children facing homelessness in Maricopa County. The organization’s homeless continuum of care is one-of-a-kind in the state of Arizona and one of […] More
 

Dedication Ceremony at The Michael R. Zent Healthcare Center

Recently, Thunderbirds Charities donated $163,491 to Jewish Family & Children’s Services, in honor of Thunderbird Jerry Lewkowitz. The funding was in support of the medical wing expansion at the recently opened integrated medical and behavioral health center in the underserved Maryvale neighborhood of Phoenix. Over its 17 years of operation, the former clinic in Maryvale had reached a crisis due to overcrowding and inadequate space. The new Michael R. Zent Healthcare Center, named in honor JFCS CEO who passed away earlier this year, will be able to serve a growing number of children and families with complex physical, mental health and substance abuse issues. “We are happy to support Jewish Family & Children’s Service in their effort to expand the medical wing at the Michael R. Zent Healthcare Center, making way for more families in the Maryvale area to be served by this state-of-the-art facility.” — Danny Calihan, President, Thunderbirds Charities More
 

Thunderbirds Charities Awards $100,000 To Mission Of Mercy

Thunderbirds Charities, the charitable giving arm of the Thunderbirds – hosts of the Waste Management Phoenix Open Presented by The Ak-Chin Indian Community – recently donated $100,000 to Mission of MERCY (MOM) to bring health care for the indigent to the East Valley. Over the next three years, MOM will be expanding services into new East Valley communities that are high on the health care needs index. MOM’s anchor location will be in Gilbert at a new multi-service Wellness and Resource Center slated to open in late Fall of 2017. The Thunderbirds Charities $100,000 grant will support MOM’s expansion into the East Valley with the purchase of a third fully-equipped mobile medical unit. “We are beyond grateful to Thunderbirds Charities for all they do in our community, including their commitment to ensuring that our medically indigent brothers and sisters receive the medical care they need,” said Executive Director Catherine Amiot. “During my 12-year tenure as Executive Director, Thunderbirds Charities have answered our call many times, helping us to purchase our first two mobile medical units, to fund vital health programs and to be our committed partner on this journey.” MOM’s medical team is on the road Monday-Friday, serving more than […] More
 

Make-A-Wish Arizona

Amelia is one of many children who have been blessed by Make A Wish Arizona – See more here in our latest Thunderbird Charity Spotlight More
 

Special Olympics Arizona Summer Games

More than 1,300 athletes competed in the Special Olympics Arizona Summer Games in early May at Raymond S. Hellis in Glendale, with the competitors participating in events ranging from Track and Field, Tennis, Powerlifting, Volleyball and Kayaking. This annual event is the largest on the Special Olympics calendar each year and includes an Olympic-style opening ceremony, torch run, parade of athletes and victory dance. The Thunderbirds, hosts of the Waste Management Phoenix Open, are strong supporters of Special Olympics of Arizona, and have donated more than $3 million to this outstanding organization since 1979. Each year, The Thunderbirds help to run this yearly event and are proud to award to medals to these amazing athletes. Congratulations to all of the athletes who competed and represented the Valley of the Sun! More
 

Thunderbirds Charities Awarded Most Outstanding Foundation

Thunderbirds Charities was honored by the Association of Fundraising Professionals Great Arizona Chapter on Wednesday, Nov. 11 as part of National Philanthropy Day. Thunderbirds Charities earned the award of Most Outstanding Foundation/Corporation. Thanks to the AFP for this prestigious honor! More
 

2015 WM Phoenix Open And The Thunderbirds Raise Record-Breaking $9,060,731 For Local Charities

Waste Management Phoenix Open hosts, The Thunderbirds, will hand out $9,060,731 to local charities through proceeds raised from the 2015 tournament, Thunderbirds Big Chief Danny Calihan announced today at the Foundation for Blind Children. This is the highest single-year charitable donation in tournament history, helping to reach a historic milestone of more than $100 million that The Thunderbirds have raised in the history of the organization, dating back to 1932. This marks the first time that The Thunderbirds have eclipsed the $9 million mark in money raised in a single year, surpassing the previous record of $8.8 million that was raised in 2008. “Congratulations to The Thunderbirds on setting a record with more than $9 million raised for charity from this year’s Waste Management Phoenix Open,” said PGA TOUR Commissioner Tim Finchem. “This is an incredible achievement that will have a profound effect on the lives of many. The tournament is annually one of the leaders on the PGA TOUR in terms of the impact it is having in the community and that is due to the selfless efforts of The Thunderbirds, Waste Management, the tournament staff and all of those involved in the event.” The Thunderbirds and the Waste […] More
 

Fall 2015

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