Donation will help support duet’s grandparents raising grandchildren program

PHOENIX, Ariz. 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.

“The grant from Thunderbirds Charities will make such a huge impact on grandfamilies (grandparents and the children they are raising) facing numerous challenges,” said 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 life-line to making sense of their situation and providing hope.”

Duet helps grandparents raising grandkids through Valley-wide support groups, workshops, family activities, respite care, and information and referrals; and provides families with the tools they need to navigate an often unexpected transition while helping 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 that they aren’t alone in their journeys.

“Duet is making a true difference in the lives of these special families with grandparents raising their grandchildren,” said Andy Markham, President of Thunderbirds Charities. “We are more than happy to assist in their efforts to serve the grandfamilies in our community.”

Duet is a nonprofit, interfaith organization that promotes health and well-being through a broad range of services to homebound adults, family caregivers, faith communities and grandparents raising grandchildren. Duet’s free-of-charge services are available in the greater Phoenix area. To volunteer, donate or ask for help, go to or call (602) 274-5022.


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 Presented by The Ak-Chin Indian Community, visit For more information on Thunderbirds Charities, visit