The Thunderbirds, Rebuilding Together Team Up to Help Community

Tempe, AZ – January 5, 2018: Thunderbirds Charities will help Rebuilding Together Valley of the Sun build a bridge to freedom for area low-income veterans, seniors, and disabled individuals with a generous donation of proceeds from the group’s annual Waste Management Phoenix Open.

“We’re thrilled to help Rebuilding Together prevent in-home accidents and improve the life of people in our community,” said Thunderbirds Charities President Andy Markham. “Their Safe at Home Program ensures people in need can feel comfortable in their homes without worry, and that’s very important to us.”

“We help low-income seniors, veterans, and families lead safe, independent, comfortable lives by making free critical home repairs, building ramps, and installing safety equipment to prevent falls,” explained Kelly Watson, executive director of the Tempe-based non-profit. “The Thunderbirds’ generosity means even more Valley residents can remain in their homes.”

In 2017, Rebuilding Together Valley of the Sun has utilized the efforts of approximately 2,400 volunteers who have contributed close to 10,000 hours keeping Maricopa County residents safe. For more information about the organization, visit


About Rebuilding Together Valley of the Sun

Mission: Our Mission is to engage community partners and volunteers in the revitalization of neighborhoods. Through home repair, modifications and improvements, we provide low-income seniors, veterans, families and disabled individuals with a safer, more independent, and comfortable life.

About The Thunderbirds/Thunderbirds Charities:

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 promoting the Valley of the Sun through sports. The Thunderbirds consist of 55 “active” members and more than 250 “life” members. For more information on the Thunderbirds or the 2018 Waste Management Phoenix Open, visit For more information on the Thunderbirds Charities, visit