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.  


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

Ballet Arizona

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

Childsplay, Inc.

Crisis Nursery, Inc.

Desert Botanical Garden

Desert Mission

Detour Company Theater, Inc.

Dignity Health Foundation East Valley

The Dream Center

Educare of Arizona

El Rio Health Center Foundation

Elevate Phoenix

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

Florence Crittenton

Foundation for Blind Children

Free Arts for Abused Children of Arizona

Fresh Start Women’s Foundation

Gabriel’s Angels

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

Homeward Bound

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 Day

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

Ryan House

SaddleBrooke Community Outreach

Save the Family Foundation of Arizona

Seed Spot

Severson Sisters Foundation

Shoebox Ministry, Inc.

Singleton Moms

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


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.


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