M&I Bank hosting school supply drive
Across Arizona, schools are facing record budget cuts. Even in the best financial years, it is estimated that a teacher will spend between $400 and $700 of their own money on supplies for their classroom. This includes writing and creative tools, motivational materials, audio/visual aids and books, among other things.
M&I Bank Arizona is helping support these valuable community members by hosting a school supply drive during the month of July. Each branch has partnered with a neighborhood school to help teachers provide the most enriching educational experience possible. The M&I branch at 4835 E. Warner Road (at 48th Street) has partnered with Ahwatukee Foothills Prep, and community members are invited to stop in and donate school supply items. All supplies are appreciated; the most requested items are Kleenex, hand sanitizer and pencils.
“Teachers are some of the most valuable and impactful people in each of our lives, which is why every community should value and support them,” said Stephen Johnson, M&I Bank Arizona president. “At M&I Bank, we enjoy taking an active role in aiding local educators and encouraging residents to do the same. This year, most school requests include items as simple as pencils, copy paper, Kleenex, and hand sanitizer.”
Shuey, Babcock have new roles at Spooner Physical Therapy
Matt Shuey is the new clinical director at the Ahwatukee Spooner Physical Therapy Clinic. He has been a therapist for Spooner since receiving his doctorate from Northern Arizona University in 2002. He earned his undergraduate degree in health science from the University of Arizona.
Shuey, a certified strength and conditioning specialist and an orthopaedic certified specialist, treats a variety of athletes and general orthopedic patients. His clinical interests involve the cervical spine and neck as well as the foot/ankle complex, although he has extensive training in all areas of orthopedic rehabilitation. He promotes wellness through exercise specific to individual needs.
Michelle Babcock, the Ahwatukee Foothills director for the last four years, has been promoted as Spooner Physical Therapy’s director of strategic programs.
Arizona Cheesecake Bakery opens
After a year of selling hand-made cheesecakes at local farmers markets, Arizona Cheesecake Bakery, a family-owned and operated bakery has opened a retail location at 1305 W. Guadalupe Road, Suite E3, Mesa (southwest corner at Alma School Road). The new bakery specializes in more than 48 flavors of hand-made, gourmet cheesecakes crafted exclusively from local Arizona-grown/produced ingredients.
For more information, call Nick Pitarys at (480) 444-2524, visit www.AZCheesecakeCO.com or follow the bakery on Twitter @AZCheesecakeCO.
Chandler chamber needs golfers
The Chandler Chamber of Commerce is looking for people who want to have a fun day of golfing while helping raise funds at the annual Chandler Chamber Golf Challenge. The event will begin at 7:30 a.m. Tuesday, Sept. 14, at Ocotillo Golf Resort in Chandler and features breakfast, goodie bags for golfers, raffles, a silent auction, team photos, golfer gift and awards luncheon.
Tournament fees are $175 for an individual player or $700 for a foursome. Corporate sponsorship foursomes are available. Raffle and auctions donations are also requested. Registration forms are available at www.chandlerchamber.com or by calling the Chamber.
Proceeds will be returned to the community through many programs and events presented by the Chandler Chamber of Commerce.
To reserve your foursome or to advertise your business by donating a raffle item, call Karen Hall at (480) 963-4571.
Nominations open for annual Business in the Arts Awards
Nominations are being accepted in six categories for the 20th annual Business in the Arts Awards. Winners will be announced at the Business in the Arts Awards Breakfast, presented by Wells Fargo, taking place from 7 to 9:30 a.m. Wednesday, Aug. 18, at The Sheraton Phoenix Downtown Hotel.
The categories are Large Business Partner of the Year, Mid-Size Business Partner of the Year, Small Business Partner of the Year, Arts Organization of the Year, Arts Advocate of the Year and Arts Board Member of the Year.
The deadline for submission is 5 p.m. Monday, July 5.
Nomination forms and guidelines are available at www.abcannualawardsbreakfast.org or by calling (602) 234-4711.
Foothills Floral Gallery hosts weekly flower happy hours
Foothills Floral Gallery at 4910 E. Ray Road hosts flower happy hours from noon to 5 p.m. every Friday featuring half price on select loose stems and 30% off all gift items (through July 31).
For information, call (480) 496-0202 or visit www.foothillsfloral.com.
Ahwatukee Chamber events
July 13, noon, Social Media Toolkit, Chamber offices. Group meets second Tuesdays. Bring your laptop if you have one.
The Chamber offices are at 10235 S. 51st St., Suite 185. For more information, call (480) 753-7676 or visit www.ahwatukeechamber.com.
Promote your business, cater Chamber breakfast
Are you a new business? Or, maybe an existing one that would like to donate your culinary selections to let people in the community get a taste of what you are all about? Then the Ahwatukee Foothills Chamber of Commerce’s monthly Get to Know Your Chamber breakfast is the place for you! The breakfasts are generally attended by about 30 people that you would need to cater for.
If this is something you are interested in, contact Christine Hamel at (480) 753-7676.
East Valley Business Breakfast Group
The East Valley Business Breakfast Group meets on the third Thursdays of each month from 7:30 to 8:30 a.m. in the Community Room at the Chandler Police Department, 251 N. Desert Breeze Blvd., Chandler.
The EVBBG is a not-for-profit volunteer organization promoting growth of small, minority, women and diverse business owners. No membership is required, and services are provided by experts and professional mentors.
For more information, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
LeadZSmart business meetings on Wednesdays at chamber
A LeadZSmart Leads Group meets every Wednesday at the Ahwatukee Chamber of Commerce, 10235 S. 51st Street, Suite 185. A meet and greet starts at 7:30 a.m. and the meeting is from 8 to 9 a.m.
All who attend will have a 60-second intro at the beginning of the meeting, followed by a 10-minute member presentation. The meeting will also include a helpful lead referral lesson and group discussion.
Interested in hosting a chamber event?
Hosting an event for the Ahwatukee Foothills Chamber of Commerce is a way to get your business noticed.
Tuesday morning mixers are from 8 to 9 a.m. on the second Tuesday of each month at a local business. Dates needing hosts are Aug. 10, Sept. 14, Oct. 12, Nov. 9 and Dec. 14. Wednesday evening mixers are from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. on the third Wednesday of each month, also at local businesses. Open dates are July 21, Aug. 18, Oct. 20 and Nov. 17.
For detailed hosting information, contact Christine at (480) 753-7676.
Organizations come together to advance civic engagement and civil dialogue
Five of Arizona’s premier organizations have joined forces as a collective catalyst for civic action to help advance the important interests of Arizona. The organizations involved in this special collaboration will host a unique event, It’s Up to Me AZ: A Day of Civic Action, from 7:30 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 23, at the Wyndham Phoenix Downtown, 50 E. Adams St.
All concerned Arizonans are invited to attend either half or full day. Individual full day tickets are $225, the luncheon only is $125 and dinner only is $150. Corporate tables and sponsorship packages are also available. Please contact Tara at (602) 252-9600 or Mary Lee at (602) 452-7000, ext. 7043. A special online portal has been established for this collaboration and event day registration at www.itsuptomeaz.org.