Phoenix Suns Charities to Recognize 2013-14 Grant Recipients During Special Reception

Suns Charities will grant more than $700,000 to a variety of charitable organizations throughout Arizona
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Phoenix Suns Charities will recognize its 2013-14 grant recipients during the foundation’s annual grants reception on Monday, October 28 inside the Casino Arizona Pavilion at US Airways Center, from 3 – 5 p.m. This year, Phoenix Suns Charities will grant more than $700,000 to 72 charitable organizations throughout Arizona.

“We are pleased to have the opportunity to fund these organizations and help Arizona children in need,” said Robin Milne, Executive Director of Phoenix Suns Charities. “Phoenix Suns Charities receives numerous applications each year, and our goal is to increase the money we raise to help even more charitable organizations receive grants for their programs.”

The largest grant, referred to as the Playmaker Award Grant, was awarded to the Boys and Girls Clubs of the East Valley. The $100,000 grant will be used to resurface the basketball courts in eight Boys and Girls Club locations in the East Valley: Chandler, Gilbert, Guadalupe, Komatke (Gila River), Mesa, North Tempe, Tempe and Sacaton (Gila River). More than 74,000 children and their families use these courts on an annual basis for recreational sports leagues, health and wellness programs and events, and various community events across the East Valley. In addition, each resurfaced court will feature the new Suns logo.

“We are overwhelmed with excitement to receive the Playmaker Award grant this year from Phoenix Suns Charities,” said Ramone Elias, President and COO of the Boys and Girls Clubs of the East Valley. “Our members will be very excited to play on freshly redone floors like the Suns play on. We are very thankful to the Phoenix Suns for choosing us.”

As a special treat, all grant recipients will receive tickets to the Suns-Utah Jazz matchup on Friday, November 1. Tipoff is scheduled for 7 p.m. Prior to the game, representatives from each organization will attend a networking event in the US Airways Center Verve Lounge, followed by a halftime ceremony on the main court recognizing each of this year’s grant recipients.
Non-profit organizations applied for funding through the foundation’s grant application process. Program grants ranged from $1,000 to $100,000.

Note: A complete list of the Phoenix Suns Charities 2013-2014 grant recipients is below.

  • Alice Cooper’s Solid Rock Foundation
  • Angels on Patrol, Inc.
  • Anti-Defamation League
  • Arizona Autism United
  • Arizona Blind & Deaf Children’s Foundation, Inc.
  • Arizona Friends of Foster Children Foundation
  • Arizona Helping Hands, Inc.
  • Arizona Multihousing Education, Inc.
  • Arizona Recreation Center for the Handicapped
  • Arizona Science Center
  • Assistance League of Phoenix
  • Back to School Clothing Drive Association
  • Be A Leader Foundation
  • Better To Give
  • Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central Arizona
  • Blankets 4 Kids, Inc.
  • Blue Marble Institute
  • Boys & Girls Clubs of the East Valley
  • Boys & Girls Clubs of Metropolitan Phoenix
  • Career Concepts for Youth, Inc.
  • Children’s Museum of Phoenix
  • Citizenship Counts
  • City Help Inc. of Phoenix
  • Crisis Nursery, Inc.
  • Desert Mission, Inc.
  • Elevate Phoenix
  • Feed My Hungry People, Inc.
  • Foundation for Blind Children
  • Free Arts for Abused Children of Arizona
  • Future for KIDS
  • Gabriel’s Angels
  • Helen’s Hope Chest, a service of Mesa United Way
  • Helping Hands for Single Moms
  • Helping Hands Housing Services
  • Homeward Bound
  • Hope & A Future
  • ICM Food and Clothing Bank
  • Joe Foss Institute
  • Junior Achievement of Arizona, Inc. (Central District)
  • Legacy Connection
  • Maricopa County Historical Society
  • Maricopa County National Adoption Day Foundation
  • Mesa Arts Center Foundation
  • New Pathways for Youth, Inc.
  • notMYkid, Inc.
  • OJC Kids (Opportunity, Community and Justice for Kids)
  • Phoenix Wheelchair Suns Chapter of Arizona Spinal Cord Injury Association
  • Prevent Child Abuse Arizona
  • Ryan House
  • Sojourner Center
  • Southwest Autism Research and Resource Center
  • Southwest Center for HIV/AIDS
  • Southwest Human Development
  • Special Olympics Arizona
  • St. Mary’s Food Bank Alliance
  • Suns Life Family Health Center
  • Suns Nite Hoops
  • Teach For America
  • Teen Lifeline, Inc.
  • The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society, Arizona Chapter
  • The Melonhead Foundation
  • The Salvation Army
  • The Society of St. Vincent de Paul
  • Time Out, Inc.
  • UMOM New Day Center
  • United Food Bank
  • University of Arizona Foundation
  • University of Arizona Foundation, on behalf of the Steele Children’s Research Center
  • Unlimited Potential
  • Valley Leadership Corporation
  • Valley of the Sun YMCA
  • Waste Not, Inc.


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.


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