2018 Thunderbirds Charities Newsletter

Another year, another record broken as The Thunderbirds – hosts of the Waste Management Phoenix Open Presented by the Ak-Chin Indian Community – raised a record $12.2 million ($12,263,207) for local charities through proceeds from the 2018 tournament. This is the highest single-year charitable donation in tournament history, breaking last year’s record total of $10.1 million and the first time eclipsing $12 million in tournament history. It also marks the fourth-consecutive year breaking the tournament record of charitable dollars raised in a single year.

“Each and every year is special when we make this announcement, but this year is extra special and truly a proud moment for The Thunderbirds,” said Carlos Sugich, President of Thunderbirds Charities. “We knew the number would be high, but to reach a new milestone by breaking our own single-year record and in doing so joining only a handful of tournaments in the history of the PGA TOUR to break the $12 million barrier is spectacular. Thanks to our title sponsor Waste Management and to great community and corporate support, we were able to achieve our goals and help out so many children and families in need in the Valley.”

The Thunderbirds and the Waste Management Phoenix Open have raised more than $68 million ($68,417,890) for local charities since 2010 when Waste Management became title sponsor. In its history, dating back to 1932, the Phoenix Open has raised more than $134 million ($134,464,456) for charities in Arizona.

“Waste Management is proud of the positive impact this incredible event continues to have on the community,” said John Morris, Senior Vice President of Field Operations for Waste Management. “Hats off to The Thunderbirds for breaking another tournament record and for making a difference in the lives of so many. The Waste Management Phoenix Open remains a shining example of what is possible when everyone invests in making a difference for the benefit of our environment and community.”

Special Olympics Arizona

http://www.SpecialOlympicsArizona.org

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A record-breaking $1 million donation to Special Olympics Arizona helped create a new Distribution and Training Center which allows SOAZ the opportunity to serve even more individuals with disabilities across the state, ultimately expanding the number of athletes reached while creating more teams and enhanced competitions for SOAZ athletes.

“We are thrilled to receive this momentous donation from Thunderbirds Charities for the new Special Olympics Arizona Distribution Center,” said Jamie Heckerman, Chief Executive Officer of Special Olympics Arizona. “The money donated will allow us to build a state-of-the-art facility, which is a necessary component to our rapid growth as an organization and will be instrumental in allowing Special Olympics Arizona to better serve the community.”

The building will help meet the increased demand for SOAZ’s programs while serving as a home, distribution, uniform production and equipment center, and an efficient facility for youth and inclusive sports in the state of Arizona.

St. Mary’s Food Bank

https://www.firstfoodbank.org

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Thunderbirds Charities recently donated $300,000 to St. Mary’s Food Bank in an effort to bolster their Kids Café Program, which will help purchase two new refrigerated trucks and additional food to help reach more of Arizona’s hungry children.

The expansion of the Kids Café Program will allow St. Mary’s Food Bank to serve more than 8,000 after-school meals at more than 140 locations to at-risk children who may not receive balanced nutritional meals at home.

Many meals are served at after school programs that provide a safe environment for kids not only to eat but work on homework and participate in sports and other activities. But the Thunderbirds are helping St. Mary’s reach even more kids in 2018 by providing food for the new “Grab and Go” program where students receive a meal at the end of the school day before they walk home or get on the bus.

In total, Thunderbirds Charities has given more than $1.5 million to St. Mary’s Food Bank in Arizona, helping to feed thousands of young children who need balanced nutrition to learn and grow.


Child Crisis Arizona

http://www.childcrisisaz.org

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Thunderbirds Charities recently donated $200,000 to Child Crisis Arizona – an organization dedicated to providing Arizona children a safe environment free from abuse and neglect. The funds will be used to renovate two Head-Start Classrooms and a playground which will allow Child Crisis Arizona to serve 40 additional children in their program.

In total, Thunderbirds Charities has given more than $1 million to Child Crisis Arizona and collaborating partners. In addition to the new classrooms and playgrounds, Thunderbirds Charities donated funds to renovate Child Crisis Arizona’s kitchen – now named Thunderbird Kitchen – where they serve more than 45,000 healthy meals each year to children in their program from infants to 10-year-olds.

First Place Arizona

http://firstplaceaz.org

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First Place is a residential property for people with Autism and other neurodiversities. The property contains 55 apartments housing 79 people and represents a new wave of thinking behind community life for people with autism. First Place’s big idea is to ensure housing and community options are as available for people with autism or with different abilities as they are for everyone else.

Recently, Thunderbirds Charities donated funds to build a brand-new activity pool where residents can swim, play volleyball, attend aquatics classes or simply hang out.

“We greatly appreciate Thunderbirds Charities for donating our sports pool,” said Denise Resnik, Founder and CEO of First Place AZ. “It encourages residents to get out of their room and connect in a space which is good for themselves, good for their hearts and good for building relationships and friendships.”


Maricopa Health Foundation

http://www.maricopahealthfoundation.org

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Thunderbirds Charities awarded the Maricopa Health Foundation a $50,000 grant to benefit both the Mariposa: Wings to Safety Domestic Violence program and Refugee Women’s Health Clinic at Maricopa Integrated Health System (MIHS). The grant supports a health provider cross-training bridge program designed to expand the effectiveness and reach of two critical programs for women and children.

The MIHS Refugee Women’s Health Clinic provides access to comprehensive, culturally sensitive care for refugee women in and around Phoenix. The only program of its kind nationwide, the clinic’s mission is to support refugee resettlement and promote self-sufficiency. Approximately half of Arizona’s resettled refugees are women and girls. Since opening in 2008, the clinic has provided access to culturally skilled women’s health care for 5,500 patients from 53 countries, speaking more than 49 different languages.

Wings to Safety is a hospital-based family violence advocacy program raising awareness and providing support to families affected by domestic violence, including child abuse and neglect. The unique program provides crisis intervention, patient education and prevention programs to families throughout Maricopa County. Mariposa: Wings to Safety Advocates are available 365 days-a-year to provide screenings and assistance. During the program’s 12 years, it has served more than 4,800 women and families affected by domestic violence and educated more than 50,000.

Big Brothers Big Sisters

http://www.bbbsaz.org

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Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central Arizona has been awarded $20,000 by Thunderbirds Charities to support the origination’s STARS Mentoring Program which serves children who have a parent who has been incarcerated.

“Having a mom or dad in prison can make growing up difficult,” said Susan Wiltfong, vice president of programs at Big Brothers Big Sisters. “Children with an incarcerated parent often need additional support and guidance.”

This gift from Thunderbirds Charities will enable Big Brothers Big Sisters to sustain the STARS program and continue to match children who, through no fault of their own, are dealing with circumstances that can impact their self-confidence, academic performance and future endeavors. In addition to having a parent who has been incarcerated, 77% are of an ethnic minority, 74% live in a single parent home, 19% live with grandparents or another relative, 63% have a household income under $30,000, 33% have been exposed to abuse or domestic violence, and 27% have a disability.


ICAN

http://www.icanaz.org

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A recent grant awarded to ICAN: Positive Programs for Youth from Thunderbirds Charities will support the organization’s Youth Development Program. Over 80% of ICAN families report poverty-level incomes and 90% of youth qualify for free/reduced meals. ICAN’s Youth Development Program seeks to accomplish five goals: improve life skills; increase resilience to avoid involvement in risky behaviors; improve academic achievement; prepare teens for college/careers; and increase community attachment through regular service work.

“ICAN is honored to have been chosen by Thunderbirds Charities for support of our Youth Development Program. This program is ICAN’s core focus, providing life skills training to youth with the goal of breaking the cycle of poverty and providing them with a brighter future,” stated ICAN’s Chief Executive Officer, Shelby Pedersen.

ICAN welcomes over 500 youth a year with free programs, including meals and transportation. ICAN youth live in low income neighborhoods and face a number of daily risk factors, including chronic poverty, hunger and food insecurity, poor performance in school, and exposure to substance abuse and violence.

Save the Family

http://www.savethefamily.org

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Thunderbirds Charities awarded Save the Family $200,000 for its Homeless Families Intervention Project (HFIP) to provide homeless, veteran and working poor families with housing, case coordination services and access to an array of programs and classes to help address and overcome homelessness and poverty.

Funding will also support services Save the Family is providing at Valor on Eighth, a 50-unit first-of-its-kind affordable housing community targeting low income and formerly homeless female veterans with children. Now under construction, and in partnership with Gorman & Company, the City of Tempe and many others, Valor on Eighth is expected to open early in 2018. Several naming opportunities to support Valor on Eighth services and other Save the Family programs are available, and the Early Head Start program at Valor on Eighth will be named for Thunderbirds Charities.

“With the number of homeless veterans rising, there is no more critical time for the community to come together to support the men and women who have served our country,” said Save the Family CEO Jacki Taylor. “Thunderbirds Charities’ support for our focus on female veterans and their families will offer hope and guidance for a highly underserved population. On their behalf, I am deeply grateful to the Thunderbirds.”


At-Risk Youth & Families

Fostering Success for Children in Foster Care thru extracurricular actitivites.
$20,000
Provide beds for Foster Kids.
$40,000
Arizona Kinship Support Services.
$40,000
In support of a visitation center coordinator to schedule supervised visits for foster children and their non-custodial parents and family.
$25,000
Operation School Bell
$20,000
Chandler Food Bank program support.
$10,000
STARS: Mentoring Program for Children of Prisoners.
$20,000
To expand sports and teen programs at the Thunderbirds Branch.
$75,000
Grandparents Raising Grandchildren program.
$10,000
Health Literacy Programs for At-Risk, Low-Income Latino Children and Adults.
$25,000
Free Arts Programs for Children
$25,000
Occupational Training Workforce Readiness for youth ages 16-24 who are currently out of school or unemployed.
$100,000
Providing life planning, college readiness and WorkLink services to high-risk youth ages 14-21.
$50,000
Life Skills Program for teenage foster children.
$25,000
Covered Riding Arena for Hunkapi Farms
$25,000
ICAN’s Youth Development Program
$25,000
Career and College Readiness Program.
$15,000
HomeBase Youth Services Emergency Housing for youth ages 18-24 experiencing homelessness.
$100,000
Transformative Mentoring Program for Homeless Youth.
$30,000
Amplif(i) Prevention Education Program for Maricopa County Boys and Girls Clubs
$30,000
Transition Success Centers program, providing basic needs and other items for children after they are removed from an abusive home.
$25,000
Transforming Low-Income Schools by promoting healthy behaviors, increase social/emotional learning, and positively improve the school climate.
$50,000
Audio-Visual equipment upgrade for the Children’s Developmental Center Clinic and the Good Fit Counseling Center’s playrooms
$50,000
Program: Hotline/Textline: a free, confidential peer-supported hotline available to troubled teens 365 days a year to receive support, counseling and resources.
$25,000
Driving Hunger out of our Valley--purchase refriderated truck.
$30,000
The Art of Healing - Creation and Exhibition of Art by Hospitalized Children.
$10,000

 

Community Outreach / Quality of Life

Volunteer Management Program Expansion to serve additional homebound, disabled seniors with basic needs.
$25,000
H.O.P.E. (Helping Others, Promoting Empowerment) Client Care Services.
$50,000
Volunteer Home Services program to help elderly and/or disabled individuals with assistance to enable them to remain living independently.
$25,000
CanSurround, an innovative digital health platform for cancer patients, survivors and caregivers allowing them immediate 24/7 web & mobile access to supportive services.
$60,000
Chandler Children's Dental Clinic, providing free preventative dental care for low-income children.
$37,000
Wellness Center pool lift & equipment.
$10,000
Glendale Adult Day Health Services new facility.
$100,000
JDRF Community Outreach Program.
$25,000
Community Gardens program expansion.
$15,000
Local Travel Assistance Program for patients and/or families in need.
$10,000
Emergency basic life needs support for Veterans in need, transitioning into civilian life.
$50,000
B-Sharp Music Wellness: A W.O.N.D.E.R. Project
$15,000
Partners That Heal, a performing arts based intervention to help increase the trust/communication between pediatric patients/families and their medical staff at PCH.
$10,000
The Pride Campaign, to build an educational ampitheatre.
$250,000
Mobile unite providing free prostate cancer screenings.
$10,000
Rural Arizona School Pantry Program Expansion.
$300,000
Assist low income seniors with a financial crisis, i.e. medical equipment or services, basic needs.
$10,000
Summer Youth Program Fund
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$50,000

 

Domestic Violence / Homeless / Poverty

Domestic Violence Services: Faith House & DV STOP.
$155,000
Veterans Furniture Project - Safer Equipment
$5,000
To provide healthcare and respite services to people experiencing homelessness, located at the Human service Campus.
$200,000
Mobile Career Center for Unemployed/Underemployed Women
$10,000
Trauma Healing Services – Therapy/Advocacy
$55,000
Capacity-Building Year for Fresh Start Women's Foundation - Director of Operations & Fresh Fridays
$100,000
Essential Home Furnishings for those in need.
$10,000
Fees to obtain documentation/ID's for individuals struggling with homelessness.
$80,000
Empowering Youth For The Future: case management for homeless high school youth to help them graduate and beyond.
$50,000
Empowering Homeless Families with Children
$150,000
Family Resource Center Services for Homeless, Pregnant Women and Children at Maggie's Place
$40,000
Interpersonal Violence Advocacy: Bridging the Mariposa Wings to Safety and the Refugee Women’s Health Clinic Programs
$50,000
Basic need services for individuals living in poverty or are homelessness.
$25,000
Valor on Eighth - An affordable housing community for formerly homeless and impoverished Veteran families.
$200,000
Child Development Center Pre-Kindergarten Classroom
$25,000
Comprehensive employment support services to homeless or at-risk job seekers to overcome significant obstacles to get and keep meaningful jobs.
$150,000
Providing free furniture and household goods to formerly homeless Veterans transitioning to permanent housing.
$10,000
WHEAT's Management Training Program: Training REAL PEOPLE for REAL JOBS.
$25,000

 

Education

"Operation Tone-up" an evidence-based nutrition and exercise program, combating childhood obesity for youth ages 9-12.
$40,000
Economics for Everyday Living II curriculum for K-12 teachers.
$35,000
Service Learning Project for at-risk youth, ages 14-17.
$10,000
CREATE on Wheels.
$80,000
Operation School Bell®
$50,000
PIPELINE of College-Going Programs & Matriculation Services
$50,000
Head Start Expansion - Renovation Project
$200,000
In-School performances touring program at Title 1 Schools.
$25,000
"Sonoran Desert Adventure" STEM Field Trip Program for preK-8th Grades Students.
$5,000
Early Education Extended Day Program
$20,000
Additonal vans for at-risk youth in Discover Youth Success program.
$50,000
Jumpstart AZ Workforce Development Program.
$15,000
Investing in New Computers for JA BizTown
$15,000
The Page Coach, a unique mobile program delivering books, interactive literacy events and educational materials to local schools and communities.
$5,000
Inspiring disadvantaged youth to love STEM in the indoor and outdoor classroom program.
$15,000
Student Success Program, an after-school program servicing low-income children in South Phoenix.
$10,000
A World of Musical Journeys field trip program for Title I schools and community organziations serving disadvantage children.
$50,000
College Prep Program utilizing the Berklee PULSE online music program.
$10,000
Wolf Trap Program arts program for preschool and Head Start children, ages 3-5.
$5,000
Creating a Positive Sports Culture For Middle Schools In Maricopa County.
$50,000
At-risk youth reading program, mentoring 8th graders with 3rd graders.
$10,000
Propel Piano Project providing underserved youth free afterschool music programs.
$5,000
Camp O'Connor: Civics Education and Leadership Program for 7th & 8th grade students.
$50,000
Arizona Wolf Trap: An Arts-Integrated Early Childhood Development Program
$20,000
Family Engagement program for families & youth in need.
$15,000
Phoenix College Prep Workshops
$15,000
Education and Engagement program at the Escalante Community Garden.
$15,000
T4T on Wheels: free school supplies to Title 1 schools.
$30,000
Literacy in the Arts Program to students in Title 1 Schools.
$10,000
Arts Education Partnership.
$5,000