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The Arizona Builders’ Alliance (ABA), a statewide construction trade association, formed as an alliance of the Associated Builders & Contractors (ABC) and the Associated General Contractors (AGC) welcomed Mike Specht as a newly elected board member in September.
Boxer Luv Rescue and Melinda’s Pampered Pets are hosting a charity dog wash from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 9, at 4302 E. Ray Road, Phoenix (near Jamba Juice). Attendees can choose between a wash-and-dry only for $20, or the $30 package, which includes wash and dry, nails clipped and ears cleaned. There’s an additional $5 charge for long hair. All breeds are welcome; all dogs must be on a leash. Dog treats and homemade baked goods will be for sale. Cash, Visa, Discover and MasterCard are all accepted for payment; no checks. All proceeds benefit Boxer Luv Rescue, a nonprofit organization that rescues over 600 dogs a year and depends solely on donations. For more information , visit Boxer Luv Rescue’s Facebook page at www.facebook.com/BoxerLuvRescue.
Jennifer Gage, a Phoenix mother of four, announced that plans are in motion to open the first GiGi’s Playhouse Down Syndrome Achievement Center in Phoenix early next year.
A family of four entered a local shelter with tattered clothes and tired eyes, carrying three old garbage bags holding their only belongings. A wave of relief washed over the family as they cautiously walked into the shelter, greeted by barking dogs, a clean playground and an onslaught of accommodating volunteers.
Desert Garden Montessori in Ahwatukee recently received the 2014 Golden Carrot Award from The Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine for the excellence of its lunch menu for students.
WWE goes pink with Susan G. Komen
Adrienne Howell of Southwest Gas Corp and Board of Directors’ president for Community Information and Referral Services (CIR) was awarded the 2014 Tomooka Award for her years of dedication and outstanding service to CIR. The award is named for the brother and sister team of Fred and Ayako Tomooka who volunteered with CIR for over 30 years.
The Ahwatukee Foothills Chamber of Commerce has announced the nominees for the 2014 Palo Verde Women in Business Award.
The Ahwatukee Chamber Community Foundation (ACCF) board of directors is hosting an informational get-together to better inform residents about the organization and its goal to support the community.
Michele Rubino says Ahwatukee Children’s Theater started somewhat accidentally, but today, more than 14 years later, she’s willing to do whatever it takes to keep their programs and performances going for years to come.
Our community has seen its fair share of monsoon storms over the years, but when the remnants of Hurricane Norbert rolled through the Valley on Sept. 8, Phoenix neighborhoods saw record-breaking rainfall and historic flooding.
Corporations are not people. Our elections are not auctions up to the highest dark-money bidder. I don’t see how anyone can disagree with these statements. But apparently some do. Namely, our U.S. senators and some Arizona Republican candidates running for election, like Doug Ducey.
I was giving a short tour to a colleague from California recently. We drove down Rio Salado Parkway and Apache Boulevard, went past Arizona State University and the Biodesign Institute, stopped at Tempe Town Lake and strolled down Mill Avenue. I showed him the projects under way and described those planned. At the end of an hour he turned to me and said, “Wow! You really like your community.”
Well-known Valley philanthropists Bob and Renee Parsons supported the Arizona Humane Society’s 18th Annual Pet Telethon with a major gift. The couple donated $25,000 on behalf of each of their “fur kids” — Max, Chief, Ninety-nine, and Eighty-eight — for a total donation of $100,000.
Wells Fargo will contribute $38,000 to 12 nonprofits to recognize the valuable contributions the company’s Arizona team members have made to the groups. The contributions are made through Wells Fargo’s Volunteer Service Award program.
Fresh Start Women’s Foundation was recently awarded the prestigious four-star rating by Charity Navigator, America’s largest and most-utilized independent evaluator of charities. The rating signifies good governance, sound fiscal management and commitment to accountability and transparency. Fresh Start Women’s Foundation is one of only 29 Arizona non-profit organizations will such a high rating.
On Saturday, Oct. 11, the parking lot of ReThinc Advertising will be filled with clean canines during the agency’s fifth annual Rescue Rinse. Valley residents are invited to bring their pups in from 9 a.m. to noon to get squeaky clean and showered with affection for charity. This year’s beneficiary will be Lucky Dog Rescue, an all-volunteer, non-profit animal rescue organization base in Scottsdale.
Knocking an item off her bucket list is exciting enough, but the chance to do it with her husband while helping a good cause was the trifecta for Ahwatukee Foothills resident Suzanne Nissen.
Fresh Start Women’s Foundation was recently awarded a four-star rating by Charity Navigator. The rating signifies good governance, sound fiscal management and commitment to accountability and transparency. Fresh Start Women’s Foundation is one of 29 Arizona non-profit organizations with the highest rating assigned by Charity Navigator.
South Mountain Community College Ahwatukee Center closed during the summer, but a nearby campus in Guadalupe is hosting classes for Ahwatukee residents.
The Kids In Need Foundation, a national, nonprofit organization dedicated to providing free school supplies to economically disadvantaged school children and underfunded teachers, has launched a teacher grant program sponsored by writing instrument manufacturer Bic USA Inc.
A camp for seriously ill kids has a new permanent home in Arizona, giving the organization the ability to host even more free events for kids who may not get to experience camp otherwise.
Ahwatukee resident Morgan Smith has always shown a desire for humanitarian work, and throughout the summer, she fueled that desire by spending two weeks helping the poor in Peru.
A potential life-threatening complication a few years ago led Ahwatukee resident and diabetic Ryan Molyneaux to create Betic One, a resource for individuals struggling with Type 1 diabetes.