Jewish Family & Children’s Service Brighter Tomorrow Event

The Jewish Family and Children’s Service (JFCS) Brighter Tomorrow Event is the nonprofit organization’s annual signature event showcasing JFCS’ impact on the wellbeing of more than 40,000 people in the Valley.

Robert Sarver, owner of the Phoenix Suns and executive chairman of Western Alliance Bancorporation, will deliver the keynote address. Sarver is a dedicated philanthropist who is committed to supporting Arizona’s local community, both through Phoenix Suns Charities and his and his wife’s own personal contributions. Under Sarver’s leadership, Phoenix Suns Charities has granted more than $21 million to Arizona nonprofits in the areas of education, healthcare and sports

In keeping with current social distancing guidelines, the Brighter TomorrowEvent will be held online. Individuals interested in participating must register to receive the required login information:

McDowell Mountain Music Festival

Bon Iver and Rufus Du Sol have been tapped to headline this year’s McDowell Mountain Music Festival at Margaret T. Hance Park. The yearly festival is a nonprofit festival and donates some of its proceeds to local charities and organization. Other acts on the music lineup include Stick Figure, The Growlers, Lany, and Local Natives. The festival also has live artists creating works throughout the festival, a marketplace, food and drink vendors, yoga, a drum circle, and a silent disco. Daily passes start at $80 and weekend passes are $150. VIP tickets are also available. Kids 10 and younger are free. More information.

Esperança Presents: The Visionaries Preview on PBS

Esperança will be featured on The Visionaries, to be aired on PBS in Spring of 2020 and we invite YOU to attend the exclusive sneak peek of the feature before the general public. Following the film, Esperança will be hosting a Q&A panel with the film director and stars.

To attend, you must RSVP online here or by calling Esperança’s office at 602-252-7772.

Mayo Clinic – Waugh Auditorium | 5779 E Mayo Blvd, Phoenix, AZ 85054
Thursday, February 27th | 6-8PM

Panel speakers:

Anna Ortiz – International Program Director

Maria Valenzuela – Domestic Program Director

Jeri Royce – President % CEO

Jody Santos – Film Director

Dr. and Mrs. Robert & Pam Brems – Volunteer Ophthalmologists

Mountain Artists Guilds 69th Annual Summer Festival of Fine Art & Crafts

This juried festival showcases a select group of artisans and crafters under the tall trees that shade the Historic Courthouse Plaza in downtown Prescott.

The Mountain Artists Guild, a non-profit group of artists, has been supporting art and art education in the Prescott area since its founding by Mabel Laurence and famous Cowboy Artist George Phippen in 1949.

Resting at 5,300 feet elevation and surrounded by the scenic mountains of Central Arizona, the Prescott Courthouse Square is an exceptionally attractive venue, a joy to exhibitors and visitors alike.

Located along Montezuma Street and Prescott’s infamous Whiskey Row, one-time haunt of the Earp brothers and Doc Holliday, the Festival site is within easy walking distance of fine restaurants, wonderful and unique shops, art galleries, modern and historic hotels and more than a few places where you can wet your whistle.

Parking is easy at the city’s Granite Street Parking Garage, one-half block from the Festival site. This event attracts people from all over the country who enjoy fine art and crafts, music, and a day under the shade of the big trees of Prescott’s Courthouse Square.

For more information or questions please contact: OR call 928.445.2510

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Sen. Goldwater’s granddaughter launches Barry & Peggy Goldwater Foundation

Goldwater Foundation

Arizona Sen. Barry M. Goldwater’s granddaughter, Alison Goldwater Ross, has launched the Barry & Peggy Goldwater Foundation to curate, restore and preserve her grandfather’s work through the digitizing of more than 15,000 negatives and 25 miles of film taken by the late senator, a gifted photographer.

Goldwater Ross has curated the exhibition, titled “Photographs by Barry M. Goldwater: The Arizona Highways Collection” presented by SRP at the Western Spirit: Scottsdale’s Museum of the West. The exhibition features the largest collection of the senator’s photographs of Arizona’s native people and landscapes. It also includes intimate family photos and many personal items.

– Bridget Argana-Hope, Barry & Peggy Goldwater Foundation

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Payson Senior Center wins Sanford Institute pitch contest

Sanford Institute

The Sanford Institute of Philanthropy at Maricopa Community Colleges has named Payson Senior Center its 2019 Fundraising Academy Pitch Contest champion.

The Contest is part of the Institute’s Fundraising Academy, an 80-hour training program designed to provide nonprofit professionals with the skills they need to make a larger impact in their communities. Pitch participants included board members, development professionals and executive directors from nine Arizona nonprofits.

The Payson Senior Center’s pitch presentation focused on the organization’s new building, which will allow the staff to exponentially extend their programs and services beyond what they can provide in their current space.

– Sanford Institute of Philanthropy at Maricopa Community Colleges

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Personalized programs help adults with developmental disabilities

One Step Beyond

Comprehensive programs designed to enhance the quality of life for adults in Arizona with developmental disabilities are having a positive impact across the state.

Programs, such as those available at One Step Beyond, include employment development, culinary training, life skills training, performing and fine arts and sports and fitness programs. The programs help improve the quality of life for adults with autism, Down syndrome, traumatic brain injuries and other intellectual disabilities.

The successes are demonstrated through participants who are receiving employment opportunities from community vocational partners, have started attending college classes and have experienced multi-day trips to theme parks.

– Jeff Swanson, One Step Beyond, Inc.

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Girl Scout Cookie Dessert Challenge begins Feb. 1

Girl Scout Cookie Dessert Challenge

Girl Scouts–Arizona Cactus-Pine Council (GSACPC) is pleased to announce the return of its award-winning Girl Scout Cookie Dessert Challenge. For the sixth year in a row, chefs from some of the state’s most popular restaurants will use their culinary prowess to reimagine one of the beloved flavors of Girl Scout Cookies into a custom dessert item.

Each restaurant will feature its dessert on the menu from Feb. 1-28, with a portion of the proceeds from each dessert sold directly supporting Girl Scouting in Arizona. This year, the Council is hosting a poll to choose a winner.

– Heather Thornton, Girl Scouts–Arizona Cactus-Pine Council

In years past, the Dessert Challenge Champion was decided by dessert sales.

Participating restaurants are: Aioli Gourmet Burgers, 32 Shea, Babbo Italian Eatery (eight Valley-wide locations), Jake’s Unlimited, Lovecraft, Ocean Prime, Original Gravity, PNPK Craft Slider + Wine Bar, Rusconi’s American Kitchen, Silver Pine Restaurant at Little America Hotel Flagstaff, The Herb Box, The Phoenix Ale Brewery Central Kitchen, The Thumb and ZuZu at Hotel Valley Ho.

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Subway Kids & Sports of Arizona donates millionth dollar

Subway Kids & Sports of Arizona

Subway Kids & Sports of Arizona (SKS), a nonprofit formed by local Subway franchisees to help at-risk children gain access to sports, announced its 2018 grant recipients, including Arizona Friends of Foster Children, Mentally Ill Kids in Distress, Lions Camp Tatiyee, Child Crisis Arizona, Southwest Kids’ Cancer Foundation, Arizona Burn Foundation and more.

With these donations, SKS has raised $1 million for Arizona-based nonprofits since its 1999 inception.

In October, SKS will host its 19th annual Subway Kids & Sports of Arizona Golf Tournament and Top Golf Takeover, presented by West Liberty Foods, to raise funds toward 2019 donations.

– Mark Roden, Subway Kids & Sports of Arizona

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CBS highlights NDSS’ ‘Lilly in the swamp’

Kayla McKeon

CBS’ Steve Hartman goes On the Road with Kayla McKeon, Manager of Grassroots Advocacy for the National Down Syndrome Society (NDSS) and the first registered lobbyist with Down syndrome. Kayla lobbies U.S. Congress advocating for the passage of laws that would give individuals with disabilities the opportunity to earn fair and equal wages.

“Kayla’s an incredible asset to this organization,” NDSS President and CEO Sara Hart Weir said.

Down syndrome has never held Kayla back. Kayla meets with elected officials at the Capitol and educates them on ways Congress can improve the lives of those who are differently abled.

Kristen Giroux, The Oklahoma 100