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Yealimi Noh Goes Wire to Wire to Capture the Joanne Winter Arizona Silver Belle Championship in An Exciting Final Day Competition

The final round of the Joanne Winter Arizona Silver Belle Championship proved to be a tight race right to the end. The top three players went back and forth throughout the round making for an exciting end to the last day of the championship. More
 

Thanksgiving Blessings at Nevitt Elementary

PGA TOUR Wives and Blessings in a Backpack helped make a special Thanksgiving for the students at Nevitt Elementary School.  The groups hosted a special Blessings in a Backpack Thanksgiving event, offering up Thanksgiving meals for the children and their families. More
 

The Thunderbirds Address Childhood Hunger As Part Of “Blessings In A Backpack Day”

PHOENIX, Ariz. – Phoenix Mayor Greg Stanton today joined The Thunderbirds, hosts of the Waste Management Phoenix Open Presented by Ak-Chin Indian Community and the PGA TOUR Wives Association to pack bags full of food for students at Nevitt Elementary School as part of the fourth annual “Blessings in a Backpack Day” – a nationwide effort to combat childhood hunger that was declared by the United States Conference of Mayors. Over the past three years, more than 100 cities have participated in Blessings in a Backpack Day in partnership with Blessings in a Backpack – a national nonprofit that mobilizes communities, individuals and resources to provide food on the weekends for elementary school children across America who might otherwise go hungry. Mayor Stanton was one of 60 mayors across the country that participated in this fourth annual event. “Childhood hunger is a serious issue impacting too many kids in communities and cities across the country,” said Mayor Stanton. “I am committed to helping raise awareness and support the programs and people that are helping feed the future of America, which is why I helped create and support Blessings in a Backpack Day.” Since 2009, the PGA TOUR Wives Association and […] More
 

2017 WASTE MANAGEMENT PHOENIX OPEN ECLIPSES RECORD-BREAKING $10 MILLION MARK FOR LOCAL CHARITIES

The Thunderbirds, hosts of the Waste Management Phoenix Open Presented by Ak-Chin Indian Community, raised a record $10,147,441 for local charities through proceeds raised from the 2017 tournament, Thunderbirds Big Chief Andy Markham announced at Phoenix Children’s Hospital. This is the highest single-year charitable donation in tournament history, breaking last year’s record total 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. More
 

Thunderbirds Charity Spotlight – Phoenix Art Museum Teen Engagement Initiative

There have been a number of changes at the Phoenix Art Museum under the leadership of Amanda Cruz and her team, starting with the Teen Engagement Initiative, a program that offers a community alternative  for safe programming for teenagers and a place to hang out and express themselves.  Thunderbirds Charities has been instrumental in this program from the beginning, and are proud to see all of the great things happening at the Phoenix Art Museum. More
 

Thunderbirds Charities Awards $50,000 to One Step Beyond, Inc for Catering Expansion

Thunderbird Charities, the charitable giving arm of the Thunderbirds – hosts of the Waste Management Phoenix Open presented by Ak-Chin Indian Community recently awarded One Step Beyond, Inc. $50,000 grant to support the expansion of their Catering Program, allowing for an increase in employment opportunities for its participants. More
 

Thunderbirds Charities Donates $80,000 to Desert Voices Toddler Room

Thunderbirds Charities, the charitable giving arm of the Thunderbirds - hosts of the Waste Management Phoenix Open - recently donated $80,000 to Desert Voices in support of The Toddler Room.   More
 

THUNDERBIRD CHARITY SPOTLIGHT – GIRLS ON THE RUN

This month’s Charity spotlight focuses on Girls on the Run, a program for girls in grades 3rd - 8th that helps to inspire participants to recognize their inner strength and celebrate what makes them one of a kind.  Trained coaches lead small teams through the research-based curricula which includes dynamic discussions, activities and running games.   More
 

Thunderbirds Charities Gives Valley of the Sun YMCA Coolest Summer Ever with $250,000 Grant

Thunderbirds Charities, the charitable giving arm of The Thunderbirds – hosts of the Waste Management Phoenix Open Presented by The Ak-Chin Indian Community – announced a $250,000 contribution to the Valley of the Sun YMCA to support the Y’s Water Safety, Day Camp, Afterschool and Resident Camp Quality Improvement and Outreach Enhancements. More
 

Thunderbirds Charities Wraps Up Spring Funding Cycle, Awards More Than $2.9 Million to 55 Valley Charities

Thunderbirds Charities, the charitable giving arm of the Thunderbirds – hosts of the Waste Management Phoenix– awarded more than $2.9 million in grants to 55 Valley charities during its spring funding cycle. Most notably, Thunderbirds Charities granted $300,000 to UMOM New Day Centers, $250,000 to VOS YMCA, $150,000 to Special Olympics Arizona (SOAZ) and $80,000 to Desert Voices Oral Learning Center. More
 

THUNDERBIRDS CHARITIES DONATES $125,000 TO GIRL SCOUTS — ARIZONA CACTUS-PINE

The Thunderbirds have had a long-lasting partnership with Girl Scouts — Arizona Cactus-Pine (GSACPC) and have supported many of the organization’s wonderful projects and initiatives.  Most recently, The Thunderbirds and Thunderbirds Charities donated $125,000 to support Family Engagement Efforts in the South Phoenix community at the Leadership Center for Girls and Women at South Mountain. More
 

THUNDERBIRDS CHARITIES AWARDS $10,000 TO DUET – PARTNERS IN HEALTH AND AGING

Thunderbirds Charities, the charitable giving arm of The Thunderbirds – hosts of the Waste Management Phoenix Open Presented by The Ak-Chin Indian Community – announced a $10,000 donation to Duet: Partners in Health and Aging to support its one-of-a-kind Grandparents Raising Grandchildren program. More
 

Thunderbirds Donate $375,000 to Barrow Neurological Institute for Mobile Stroke Unit

The Thunderbirds were recently on hand at the Barrow Neurological Institute for the unveiling of the new Barrow Emergency Stroke Treatment Unit, a state-of-the-art mobile emergency room that focuses on treating stroke victims and is the first of its kind in the United States (and only one of 10 in the nation) to operate around the clock in a city with a population greater than 1 million. More
 

Thunderbirds Charities Awards $100,000 Grant to Arizona Science Center to Support Stem in Metro Phoenix Schools

PHOENIX, Ariz. (March 6, 2017) –Arizona Science Center is on a mission to bring an increased focus on science, technology, engineering and mathematics – the subjects commonly referred to as STEM – to teachers, students and families across Arizona through its innovative, signature STEM Extravaganza program. Thunderbirds Charities awarded Arizona Science Center $100,000 in grant funding to help provide customized learning to 3,500 students and 400 teachers from Metro Phoenix schools through the delivery of STEM Extravaganza programs at eight K–5 schools in 2017. More
 

Thunderbirds Charities Grants $280,000 for Fresh Start Women’s Foundation Resource Center Enhancements

Fresh Start Women’s Foundation was recently awarded a $280,000 grant from   Thunderbirds Charities, the charitable giving arm of the Thunderbirds – hosts of the Waste Management Phoenix Open Presented by The Ak-Chin Indian Community, to support and enhance Fresh Start’s Jewell McFarland Lewis Fresh Start Women’s Resource Center. More
 

THUNDERBIRDS CHARITIES GRANT REVAMPS CHICANOS POR LA CAUSA CENTER

PHOENIX – Chicanos Por La Causa Early Childhood Development (CPLC ECD) Program was able to make much needed improvements to their center serving residents in south central Phoenix thanks to a $150,000 grant from Thunderbirds Charities – the civic arm of The Thunderbirds, hosts of the Waste Management Phoenix Open Presented by The Ak-Chin Indian Community. More
 

Brigitte Dunne Captures the 2016 Joanne Winter Arizona Silver Belle Championship in Sudden Death Playoff

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. – The final round of the 46th Joanne Winter Arizona Silver Belle came down to the wire with Brigitte Dunne, 19, of Camarillo Calif., and Haley Moore, 18, of Escondido, Calif. finishing with an exciting sudden death playoff. Dunne birdied the first hole to clinch the championship with a final score of 210 (-6) for the three-day championship to win the Kachina award. Brigitte follows in the footsteps of fellow SMU teammate, Kenzie Wright, who claimed the Championship in 2015. “I played solid all day even with an unplayable lie and hitting into the water. I just kept telling myself to come back fighting. I was able to make 6 birdies so I was putting really well,” said Dunne. Dunne, in her fourth Silver Belle appearance, said she keeps coming back to the Silver Belle because the tournament is at a perfect time between seasons and is an excellent way to say see the results of her practice and she promises to be back again in 2017 when the Silver Belle will be held at Talking Stick again. “The best part of the match was the playoff. Haley was playing such great golf – we both were. To […] More
 

Thunderbirds Charities Donates $25,000 to Miracle League of Arizona

  The Miracle League of Arizona has a mission to provide a fun, safe and successful baseball experience for individuals with special needs. Although the fully accessible stadium has just one location (North Scottsdale), families travel from all across Maricopa county to enjoy a day of fun at the baseball park. Volunteers pair up with athletes and provide friendship and support during the games as an enjoyable and rewarding volunteer service activity. Opening their gates in 2011 with just two teams and a handful of participants, MLAZ now has 18 teams and plays four days a week to accommodate its 250-plus athletes. They recently added a youth competitive league for children between the ages of 5 and 13 that are ready to practice at an improved skill and knowledge level of the game with outs and strikes.  MLAZ takes pride in offering this opportunity free of charge to the families of these special need athletes who have to cover numbers of therapy and medical costs.  Thunderbirds Charities has been supporting MLAZ from the beginning and is honored to donate $25,000 towards the ever expanding program. More
 

Raising the Roof at Phoenix Children’s Hospital

Several Thunderbirds were on hand to help celebrate Phoenix Children’s new emergency department’s “Topping Out” ceremony, a tradition held when the last beam is placed atop a structure during its construction. This was the final steel beam to be hoisted to the top of Arizona’s new Emergency Department, only Level 1 Pediatric Trauma Center and the Center for Cancer and Blood Disorders – a much needed expansion project that was helped by a $500,000 donation from Thunderbirds Charities in June of 2015. Construction workers, hospital staff members and partners within the community gathered as the clinking of iron stopped and the ceremony began. Signatures and well wishes covered the beam as some very official patients joined the construction team and helped guide the very last beam in place. An evergreen tree topped the steel frame, a tradition symbolizing good luck for future occupants and continued growth. The tradition of a Topping Out commemorates not only the completion of a project, but celebrates the process of building. While the grand opening festivities at the end of a building’s construction are meant to introduce the structure to the public, the topping out ceremony honors the accomplishment of the construction crews. Phoenix Children’s […] More
 

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
 

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 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