Phoenix Suns Charities Community Giving Tops $1 Million

Posted: June 11, 2008

On the heels of announcing its annual $100,000 Playmaker Award to Valley of the Sun YMCA, Phoenix Suns Charities announces its program grant recipients for 2008, awarding $590,900 to 76 different charitable organizations throughout Arizona.

The announcement marks the most successful season in Phoenix Suns Charities 20-year history of funding community projects for children and families. After record breaking fundraising events throughout the season, the organization has donated more than one million dollars in grants, program support and scholarships to various charities throughout the Valley during the 2007-08 season. Funds are distributed through a variety of programs in addition to the annual grant process including SunStudent Scholarships, Suns Nite Hoops and directed donations.

“I am very excited that we topped the one million dollar mark in community support during the 2007-08 season,” said Tom Ambrose, executive director of Phoenix Suns Charities. “Making these grants each year is incredibly rewarding.”

Non-profit organizations applied for funding through the foundation’s grant application process. This year, program grants ranged from $1,000 to $25,000 with an average disbursement of $7,775.

In addition, the annual $100,000 Playmaker Award grant, which is funded by Phoenix Suns Charities 40 Playmaker sponsors, will go to the Valley of the Sun YMCA. The grant will go towards the Chris-Town YMCA’s $4.3 million expansion project, adding 16,000 square feet to the facility, which opened in 1956. Construction is expected to begin in April 2009 and will include an expanded fitness center, teen center, community health clinic and the addition of a 10,000 square foot gymnasium.

Phoenix Suns Charities utilizes the unique resources of the Suns organization to raise funds which benefit non-profit organizations that assist the needs of children and families. Since its inception in 1988, Phoenix Suns Charities and the Phoenix Suns have donated more than eight million dollars to Arizona organizations, helping children and families across our state.

Phoenix Suns Charities 2008 Grant Recipients:
A & A Cottages
A Stepping Stone Foundation
A.C.C.E.L.
Arizona Blind and Deaf Children's Foundation, Inc.
Arizona Project ChalleNGe Foundation
Arizona Science Center
Assistance League of East Valley
Assistance League of Phoenix
Back to School Clothing Drive
Ballet Arizona
BHHS Legacy Foundation
Boys & Girls Clubs of Metropolitan Phoenix
Boys Hope Girls Hope of Arizona, Inc.
Career Concepts for Youth
C.C.C.C. - Chandler Christian Community Center
Childsplay, Inc.
Civitan Foundation, Inc.
Coalition for Compassion & Justice
Communities In Schools of Arizona
Crisis Nursery, Inc.
Desert Botanical Garden
Florence Crittenton
Foothills Community Foundation
Free Arts of Arizona
Gabriel's Angels
Glendale Family Development Center
Grand Canyon State Games
Great Arizona Puppet Theater
Helping Hands for Single Moms
Helping Hands Housing Services
HomeBase Youth Services
Homeward Bound
Hope & A Future
Interfaith Cooperative Ministries
JFCS (Jewish Family and Children's Service)
Junior Achievement of Arizona, Southern District
Liberty Wildlife
Mission of Mercy
Movement Source
Nana's Children Mental Health Foundation
New Way Learning Academy
Partnership for a Drug-Free America, Arizona Affiliate
Phoenix Art Museum
Phoenix Rescue Mission
Phoenix Theatre
PREHAB of Arizona - A New Leaf
Providence Place
Ronald McDonald House Charities of Phoenix
SaddleBrooke Community Outreach, Inc.
Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts
Society of St. Vincent de Paul
Sojourner Center
Soul Sanctuary in the Desert
Special Olympics Arizona
Starlight Starbright Children's Foundation
Sunnyslope After School, Inc
Suns Nite Hoops
Teach For America
Teen Challenge of Arizona, Inc.
Teen Lifeline
Teen OutReach Academy
The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society
The Melonhead Foundation
The Phoenix Zoo - Arizona Zoological Society
The Southwest Autism Research & Resource Center
The Wellness Community
Time Out, Inc.
Tucson Urban League
UMOM New Day Centers
United Food Bank
University Medical Center Foundation
Unlimited Potential
Valley Youth Theatre
Verde Valley Sanctuary
Yavapai Big Brothers Big Sisters
YWCA Maricopa County

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