Grants totaling more than $700,000

Phoenix Suns Charities Announces Largest Annual Donation to Local Charities

Posted: June 11, 2007

Phoenix Suns Charities, the philanthropic arm of the Phoenix Suns, has announced its grant recipients for 2007, awarding $760,900 to 103 different charitable organizations throughout Arizona. This marks an increase of more than $200,000 from last year and the largest donation amount in one year since its formation in 1989.

Non-profit organizations applied for funding through the foundation’s grant application process. This year, program grants ranged from $1,000 to $100,000 with an average disbursement of $6,170.

“Phoenix Suns Charities is proud to support both well-known and grass-roots organizations throughout Arizona that assist in the needs of children. Due to the generosity of our fans and sponsors we have continued to grow and expand our funding,” said Tom Ambrose, executive director of Phoenix Suns Charities. “Making these grants each year is the most rewarding part of the season.”

The total includes a $100,000 Playmaker Award grant, which is funded by Phoenix Suns Charities 28 Playmaker sponsors and will go to the United Food Bank. The grant will be used to enhance the organization’s Kids L.I.F.E. program as well as purchase a vehicle which will deliver food to agencies involved in the Kids Café and Food for Thought programs, both of which provide supplemental food and educational enrichment for low-income, at-risk youth.

“Nourishment and the ability to learn go hand in hand,” said Bob Evans, CEO of United Food Bank. “We are honored to receive the Playmaker grant and are excited to have Phoenix Suns Charities as a partner in our Kids’ L.I.F.E. program. On behalf of our staff, Board of Directors, and all the kids whose lives will be improved, I thank them for this very generous gift and their continued support of Arizona’s children.”

United Food Bank is a community-based, private nonprofit organization that provides hunger relief/food assistance by collecting, acquiring, storing and distributing food and related commodities through a network of partner social services agencies in eastern Maricopa County, Gila and Pinal Counties and southern Apache and Navajo Counties.

Phoenix Suns Charities utilizes the resources of the Suns to raise funds which benefit non-profit organizations that assist the needs of children. Since its inception in 1989, Phoenix Suns Charities and the Phoenix Suns have donated more than $7 million to Arizona organizations, helping children and families across our state.

Phoenix Suns Charities 2007 Grant Recipients:

    A & A Cottages, Inc.
    Junior Achievement of Southern Arizona

    Liberty Wildlife

    Advocates for the Disabled
    Lions Camp Tatiyee

    Ahwatukee Children's Theatres (A.C.T.)
    Lions Vision Center, Inc.

    Aid to Adoption of Special Kids
    Literacy Volunteers of Arizona

    Alhambra Education Partnership
    Maggie's Place

    Anytown Arizona, Inc
    Marine League Charities

    Mission of Mercy

    Arizona Academic Decathlon
    Moencopi Day School

    Arizona Blind & Deaf Children's Foundation, Inc.
    Nana's Children MHF, Inc

    Arizona Coalition for Tomorrow Charitable Fund
    Neighborhood Ministries

    Arizona for Children's Inc (Formerly Foster Angels of Arizona)
    New Beginnings Community Development

    Arizona Jewish Theatre Company
    New Song Center for Grieving Children and Those Who Love Them

    Arizona Project ChalleNGe Program
    Peer Solutions

    Arizona Science Center
    Phoenix After School Sports, Inc.

    Arthritis Foundation - Greater Southwest Chapter
    Phoenix Children's Hospital Foundation

    Assistance League of East Valley
    Phoenix Day

    Assistance League of Phoenix
    Phoenix Rescue Mission

    Assistance League of Tucson
    Phoenix Theatre

    Association of Arizona Food Banks
    PREHAB of Arizona

    Back to School Clothing Drive Associations
    Ronald McDonald House

    Ballet Arizona Rosie's House: A Music Academy for Children

    BHHS Legacy Foundation
    SaddleBrooke Community Outreach

    Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central Arizona
    San Miguel High School

    Bothands, Inc
    Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts

    Boy Scouts of America - Grand Canyon Council
    Sojourner Center

    Boys and Girls Club of Greater Scottsdale
    Special Olympics Arizona

    Boys and Girls Club of Metropolitan Phoenix
    St. Mary's Food Bank Alliance

    Boys Hope Girls Hope of Arizona
    St. Paul's Preparatory Academy

    Brewster Center Domestic Violence Services
    St. Vincent de Paul

    Casa Center for Prevention of Abuse & Violence
    String Sounds

    Child Crisis Center - East Valley, Inc.
    Sun Health Foundation

    Children's Center for Neurodevelopmental Studies & Temple Grandin School
    Suns Nite Hoops

    Teen Lifeline

    Christian Family Care
    The Children's Advocacy Center

    Civitan Foundation, Inc.
    The Collaboration for a New Century

    Coalition for Compassion and Justice
    The Melonhead Foundation

    Communities in Schools of Arizona
    The Neighborhood Christian Clinic

    Crisis Nursery
    The Partnership, Arizona Chapter

    Deer Valley Education Foundation
    The Phoenix Zoo

    Delta Dental of Arizona Foundation
    The Wellness Community

    Florence Crittenton
    Time Out Inc

    Free Arts of Arizona
    Town of Guadalupe - Youth Programs

    Gabriel's Angels
    UMOM New Day Centers

    Greater Phoenix Youth at Risk Foundation
    United Food Bank

    Helping Hands Housing Services
    Valley Youth Theatre

    Homebase Youth Services
    Volunteer Center for Maricopa County

    Homeward Bound
    Waste Not, Inc

    Hope and A Future
    Wesely Community Center

    House of Refuge East
    West Valley Child Crisis Center, Inc.

    Intermountain Centers For Human Development
    Youth Re:Action Corps

    Junior Achievement of Arizona - Central District

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