The Dream Center and Phoenix Children’s Hospital Foundation awarded $100,000 Playmaker Award grants;
More than 120 charitable organizations received grants
PHOENIX – Phoenix Suns Charities today announced its 2014-15 grant recipients during a special reception at US Airways Center. This year, the charity granted more than $900,000 to over 120 non-profit 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. “This year we are able to support two Playmaker Award Grants in addition to increasing our giving to Central High School for the SunsCentral program. Our goal is to continue increasing the money we raise to help even more charitable organizations receive grants in the future.”
Phoenix Suns Charities’ largest grant, the Playmaker Award grant, was awarded to two organizations, The Dream Center and Phoenix Children’s Hospital Foundation. As recipients of the Playmaker Award grant, each organization will receive $100,000 to use towards their efforts to better the lives of Arizona’s children.
The Dream Center is an organization that rescues and rehabilitates girls who have been victims of sex trafficking. The Playmaker Award grant will aid in building a classroom and technology center to help the girls graduate from high school and attend college.
In addition, Phoenix Children’s Hospital Foundation will use the Playmaker Award grant to expand the Emergency Room to offer Level 1 Trauma services. As part of the expansion, the state-of-the-art facility will feature Phoenix Suns décor in one treatment room in an effort to uplift and encourage patients and their families.
As a special treat, all grant recipients will receive tickets to the Suns-Sacramento Kings game on Friday, November 7. 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 which runs from January 15 to May 15 each year. Program grants ranged from $1,000 to $100,000.CLICK HERE TO WATCH!
Note: A complete list of the Phoenix Suns Charities 2014-15 grant recipients is below.
ABT Performing Arts Association, Inc.
Against Abuse, Inc.
Aid to Adoption of Special Kids - AASK
American Red Cross Grand Canyon Chapter
Angels on Patrol, Inc.
Anthony Bates Foundation
Arizona Animal Welfare League
Arizona Autism United
Arizona Bridge to Independent Living
Arizona Friends of Foster Children Foundation
Arizona Lions Vision Center, Inc.
Arizona Recreation Center for the Handicapped
Arizona Science Center
Arizona Theater Company
Arizona Women’s Golf Association
Assistance League of Phoenix
Assistance League of Tucson, Inc.
ASU Foundation iTeach AZ
Back to School Clothing Drive Association
Banner Health Foundation
Be A Leader Foundation
Best Buddies International (Best Buddies Arizona)
Better To Give
Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central Arizona
Boys and Girls Clubs of Metropolitan Phoenix
Camp Kesem National
Cancer Support Community Arizona
Career Concepts for Youth, Inc.
Casa de los Niños, Inc.
Center Dance Ensemble
Central Arizona Shelter Services, Inc.
Chandler Education Foundation
Chandler Service Club
Child Crisis Center
Children’s Museum of Phoenix
Crisis Nursery, Inc.
Desert Botanical Garden
Detour Company Theater, Inc.
Dignity Health Foundation East Valley
The Dream Center
Educare of Arizona
El Rio Health Center Foundation
Fans Across America Charitable Foundation
Faye Evans Learning Center
Feeding Matters, Inc.
Fencing For All Foundation
Flagstaff Family Food Center Food Bank and Kitchen
Flagstaff National Junior Basketball
Foundation for Blind Children
Free Arts for Abused Children of Arizona
Fresh Start Women’s Foundation
Gene Lewis Boxing Club and Youth Center
Genesis Center for Recovery (dba Pitch 4 Kids)
Genesis Program, Inc. (dba Genesis City)
Girl Scouts Arizona Cactus-Pine Council, Inc.
Great Arizona Puppet Theater
Hope & A Future
Hospice of the Valley
Isabelle Hunt Memorial Public Library, Inc.
Jazz in AZ
Joe Foss Institute
Kiwanis Club of Camp Verde
Los Niños Hospital, Inc.
Maggie’s Place, Inc.
Maricopa County Historical Society (dba Desert Caballeros Western Museum)
Maricopa County National Adoption Day Foundation
Maryvale Revitalization Corporation
Mended Hearts, Inc.
Mission of Mercy
Musical Instrument Museum
Neighborhood Ministries, Inc.
New Pathways for Youth, Inc.
Not My Kid, Inc.
OCJ Kids (Opportunity, Community and Justice for Kids)
Phoenix Children’s Hospital Foundation
Phoenix Community ToolBank
Phoenix Conservatory of Music
Phoenix Wheelchair Suns Chapter of Arizona Spinal Cord Injury Association
Positive Coaching Alliance
Rim Country Literacy Program
Ronald McDonald House Charities of Phoenix, Inc.
Rosson House-Heritage Square Foundation and Guild
SaddleBrooke Community Outreach
Save the Family Foundation of Arizona
Severson Sisters Foundation
Shoebox Ministry, Inc.
Southern Arizona Association for the Visually Impaired (SAAVI)
Southwest Autism Research & Resource Center
Southwest Center for HIV/AIDS
Southwest Human Development, Inc.
Special Olympics Arizona
St. Andrew’s Children’s Clinic
St. Mary’s Food Bank Alliance
Teen Lifeline, Inc.
The Be Kind People Project
The Melonhead Foundation
The Salvation Army
The Society of St. Vincent de Paul
Tucson Symphony Society
UMOM New Day Centers, Inc.
United Food Bank
United Services Organizations Arizona – USO Arizona
University of Arizona Foundation on behalf of Arizona 4-H Youth Development
Valley of the Sun YMCA
Veterans Heritage Project
Waste Not, Inc.
Wesley Community Center
West Valley Child Crisis Center
Young Arts Arizona Ltd
ABOUT PHOENIX SUNS CHARITIES:
Suns Charities has been focused on making our community a better place since 1988. Since its inception, Phoenix Suns Charities has invested roughly $15 million in our community. The Suns philanthropic arm enjoyed another strong year in 2013, raising more than $1.2 million for Arizona non-profits.