What began seven years ago as an off-season scrimmage between a few lacrosse teams has turned into a full blown jamboree with more than 35 teams coming together to play and also raise money for local kids diagnosed with cancer.
While 2014 brought us a ton of tremendous blockbusters about superheroes, LEGOS, and talking raccoons, it was also a banner year for smaller movies about life itself. No matter what the budget, this year had no shortage of great films. Today we’ll be taking a look at my 10 personal favorites.
T.W. Lewis Foundation announced a partnership with Teach For America-Phoenix. The non-profit organization has been actively involved in education in the Valley for more than 20 years, working alongside veteran teachers, school and community leaders, and parents to help ensure an excellent education for all children across the metro area. In support of their mission, T.W. Lewis Foundation is sponsoring a challenge grant, which will gift $150,000 over a three-year period to Teach For America. When the challenge is met, the total amount garnered for Teach For America in 2016 will be $300,000.
The Boys and Girls Clubs of the East Valley is the first organization in Arizona to be awarded a free after-school sports-based youth development program created by the U.S. Soccer Foundation that uses soccer as a tool to improve the health and behavioral outcomes for children in underserved, urban communities.
Running is what helped Ahwatukee Foothills resident Angela Cochran cope when her son began having seizures at just 2 years old. And now, with the seizures under control, it’s running that is helping her pay it forward to Phoenix Children’s Hospital.
On Jan. 9 we encouraged Arizonans to support National Law Enforcement Appreciation Day (L.E.A.D.). In light of recent negativity directed toward police nationally, there is a need to show law enforcement officers that our citizens recognize the difficult and sometimes impossible career they have chosen, in public service to us all.
Bear is an 8-week-old Beagle mix puppy. His mother, Sonora, was rescued from the shelter by Arizona Beagle Rescue. Bear is one of three puppies up for adoption. Arizona Beagle Rescue is not quite sure of the mix of these puppies, but some think they may be a Beagle/Terrier mix. They get along well with other dogs and children, but will need lots of puppy training.
On Dec. 17 the students of Phoenix Job Corps provided Christmas gifts to the student’s children so they could share the magic of the holidays. The Phoenix Job Corps Center serves more than 350 students between the ages of 16 and 24 years.
The students of Ahwatukee Foothills Montessori brought in their change for the school’s Love Light Banks in each classroom. The school used this money and matched the amount to buy toys during the holidays. They donated 90 toys to the Salvation Army for children whose families needed help for the holidays.
The Ladies Foothills Golf Club, which plays every Tuesday at the Foothills, hosted its annual Christmas golf party and charity giving. They collected more than 500 pairs of women’s and children’s new socks and undies for My Sister’s Place, a woman’s shelter.
Why is it that the gluten-free food industry has grown at a compounded annual rate of almost 30 percent? Probably because 1 in 133 persons is now being diagnosed with a condition known as Celiac Disease. Patients with Celiac Disease are unable to digest a protein called gluten, which is found in certain grains, namely wheat, barley and rye.