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Phoenix Suns Charities' "Suns Charities 88" Raises $125,000 for Arizona Children

Posted: Aug. 2, 2013

PHOENIX – Phoenix Suns Charities announced today that “Suns Charities 88,” a network of emerging and established community leaders, raised $125,000 in its inaugural season. The funds will benefit local non-profit organizations that focus on aiding Arizona children in need.

“Phoenix Suns Charities is extremely proud of this group of community minded professionals,” said Robin Milne, Executive Director of Phoenix Suns Charities. “Hundreds of children throughout the Valley will be helped due to the commitment and collaboration of these individuals. I am excited to see all of the great things that will be accomplished in the upcoming year.”

“Suns Charities 88,” named after Phoenix Suns Charities’ inaugural year, 1988, is a partnership with presenting donor Wells Fargo Bank and focuses on three main principles: professional development, collaborative partnerships and philanthropy. In addition to offering its members the opportunity to network and grow as professionals, the group raises funds for Phoenix Suns Charities, which has granted more than $13 million to Arizona youth and their families since 1988.

For more information about Suns Charities 88, please contact Phoenix Suns Charities Director, Sarah Krahenbuhl, at or 602-379-7559.

Note: A current list of “Suns Charities 88” board members is below.

Irene Agustin, Central Arizona Shelter Services, Director of Fund Development
Matt Audibert, Phoenix Suns, Manager, Group Sales
Julie Bank, Ryan House, Executive Director
Alison Bailin Batz, HMA Public Relations, Senior Account Executive
Brannon Bartley, Citywide Home Loans, Branch Manager
Josh Belkoff, Phoenix Suns, Account Executive, Season Sales
Eve Bilotas, Southwest College of Naturopathic Medicine & Health Sciences, Director of Admissions
Aaron Blocher-Rubin, Arizona Autism United, Executive Director
Shannon Blood, Best IT, Director of Marketing
Ken Bonham, Lucid Agency, VP of Business Development
Staci Brown, SLB Consulting, Principal
Amy Buchan, Corporate Citizen, VP Strategic Alignment
Tom Buckner, Viking Bond Service, Inc., Executive Vice President, Owner/Director
Geoff Budoff, Phoenix Suns, VP, Premier Client Services
Marisa Calderon, Republic Media, Digital Media Account Manager
Tom Capaldi, Tri-Signal Integration, Inc., Group Vice President - Automation
Laura Capello, Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central Arizona, President and CEO
James Christian, Tiffany & Bosco, Attorney - Shareholder
Ben Cilek, Apollo Group, Inc., Assistant Controller - Financial Reporting
Kim Cofer, BROCADE, Territory Account Manager
Stacey Cohen, BDA, National Account Manager
Melissa Doyle Collins, St. Joseph's Foundation and Barrow Neurological Foundation, Development Officer
Dan Costello, Phoenix Suns, VP, Sales and Activation
Vallerie Dallago, Grant Thornton LLP, Managing Director, National Tax Strategic Solutions
Brad Davis, Corner of Sunset Media Group, President/Founder
Bryant De Piazza, Mediant Health Resources, Sr. Director, Client Services
David Dobrusin, David J. Dobrusin CPA, PLLC, Managing Member
Marion Donaldson, Free Arts for Abused Children of Arizona, Development Manager
Diane Eichler, Decibel Blue Creative Marketing & PR, Agency Director/Founder
Theresa Esparza, Spirit Realty Capital, Vice President of Tax
Andrea Tyler Evans, Events by Andrea, Event Consultant
Whitney Evenchik, Mass Mutual, AZ, Recruiting Director
Marcy Fileccia, Coyotes Ice, LLC, Director of Marketing & Community Relations
Alex Fischer, Feeding Matters, Development Director
John Fisher, Stand for Children, Executive Director
Stefanie Francis, Navigate Research, Co-Founder and Managing Director
David Funkhouser, Quarles & Brady, Partner
Chris Gales, Zoom Communications, LLC, VP of Operations
Eric Gere, Jennings & Strouss, Partner
Jacki Grainger, Bank of Arizona, VP, Community Relations Manager
Dan Gridley, M.D., Maricopa Medical Center Department of Radiology, Chair of Radiology
Bridgette Haley, Scottsdale Healthcare Foundation, Development Associate
Kim Halloran, Brain Injury Alliance of Arizona, Executive Director
Iain Hamp, Wells Fargo, Assistant VP, Community Affairs Representative
Joyce Medina Harper, Arizona Community Foundation, Associate Director of the Arizona Venture Fund for Quality Education & Director of Scholarships
Travis Helm, X Watch, CEO
Carlissa Henry, Phoenix Suns, VP, Sales and Operations
David Johnson, MedGroupUS, Founder/President
Stefani Lawrence, Make-A-Wish America, Director of Development
Mallory Savan Lebovitz, John C. Lincoln Health Foundation, Development Manager
Jennifer Lindley, Downtown Chandler Community Partnership, Executive Director
Nicole Maas, Kitchell, Director of Marketing
Jim Manley, Manley Films, Owner/Director
Maraka Mason, American Cancer Society, Senior Manager, Distinguished Events
Jayson Matthews, United Food Bank, Chief Development Officer
Julie Maurer, Snell & Wilmer, LLP, Attorney
Christy McClendon, New Pathways for Youth, VP of Programs
Kelli Case Medina, Pandora, Sales Executive
Christy Moore, Valley Leadership, Executive Director
Justin Oliver, NOVA Home Loans, Senior Loan Officer - Oliver/Whalen Team
Desirae Outcalt, The Biltmore Bank of Arizona, Operations Officer
Kristin Paiva, Fennemore Craig, P.C., Attorney
Paige Pataky, Kunz Plitt Hyland & Demlong, Attorney
Shelby Pedersen, ICAN: Positive Programs for Youth, Chief Development & Strategy Officer
Ben Pijawka, Shamrock Foods, Supply Chain Manager
Monique Porras, JBN & Associates, LLC, Vice President of Business Development
Jeff Porter, Snell & Wilmer, LLP, Associate Attorney
Michael Pullen, ASML Holding NV, Senior Communications Specialist
Maura Quigley, Roshka DeWulf & Patten, PLC, Associate
Angie Ramage, Blue Cross Blue Shield of Arizona, Manager of Strategic Programs and Events
Nick Reed, Wells Fargo, Vice President
Laura Rolfe, Arthritis Foundation, Development Director
Kristin Romaine, Capitol Consulting, Consultant
Ann Seiden, Southwest Gas Corporation, Manager/Corporate Public Affairs
Melissa Shapiro, Fidelity National Title Agency Maricopa, Vice President of Sales and Marketing
Lisa Shevy, Non-profit/Business Development Executive and Community Volunteer
Travis Shumake, Palomar Hotel-Cityscape, Catering/Events Manager
Josh Simon, SimonCRE, President
Ashley Slechta, 100 Club of Arizona, Program and Events Manager
Amanda Smith, Swift Charities, Vice President of Community Relations & Marketing
Derek Stapinski, Salt River Fields at Talking Stick, Event Coordinator
Jamie Swirtz, CBRE, Office Properties
Tracy Turner, ON Media, Account Executive
Todd Vigil, Phoenix Symphony, Director of Marketing
Heather Walsh, Steele Children's Research Center, Associate Director of Development
Ryan Whalen, NOVA Loans, Senior Loan Officer - Oliver/Whalen Team
Brian Wilder, Lovitt & Touché, Inc., Producer
Anati Zubia, Logicalis, Inc., Sr. Marketing & Event Coordinator

Founded in 1988, Phoenix Suns Charities is the non-profit organization and philanthropic cornerstone of the Phoenix Suns. It was formed with the mission to enhance the lives of Arizona’s children and their families by actively creating and supporting programs in the areas of education, health, human services, the arts, rehabilitation and sports and recreation. Throughout the past 25 years, more than $13 million has been contributed to more than 200 charitable organizations in Arizona.