Fiesta Bowl Awards $410,000 in Charitable Grants

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
Tuesday, July 16, 2013

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Kristen Pflipsen
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SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. – The Fiesta Bowl today awarded a total of $410,000 to 27 charities across Arizona and a fund to support children and family members of the 19 firefighters who lost their lives fighting the Yarnell Hill fire.
 
The grants provide funding for numerous projects, including an environmental science exploration program for inner-city students, dental services to low-income, uninsured children in need and an adapted sports program for blind children. Grants were restricted to 501(c)(3) organizations that serve Arizona, with applications divided into four categories: youth, sports, education and human services.
 
In the past five years, Fiesta Bowl Charities has awarded more than $4 million to organizations across Arizona. 
 
“The grants are made possible by the community’s enthusiastic support of our elite bowl games and related events,” said Rick Horn, chairman of the Fiesta Bowl’s Community Relations and Charitable Giving Committee. “We are pleased we can help support the important work of so many nonprofit organizations throughout the state.”
 
Fiesta Bowl Charities conducts spring and fall awards cycles each year. This cycle’s recipients ranged from the Arizona Zoological Society, owner and operator of the Phoenix Zoo, to Fresh Start Women’s Foundation, which empowers women to transform their lives through engagement and education.
 
The Fiesta Bowl also pledged $10,000 to the Yarnell Memorial Scholarship Endowment to support the children and family members of the 19 firefighters who lost their lives fighting the Yarnell Hill fire.
 
Grant recipients were recognized at a reception on July 17 at the Ziegler Fiesta Bowl Museum, 7135 E. Camelback Road in Scottsdale.
 
The charities selected for grants are:
 
Arizona Academic Decathlon Association
Arizona Academy of the Performing Arts
Arizona Zoological Society – Phoenix Zoo
Arizonans for Children, Inc.
Assistance League of Phoenix
Audubon Arizona
Better To Give
Boys & Girls Clubs of Metropolitan Phoenix
Challenger Space Center Arizona
Childsplay, Inc.
Diaper Bank of Southern Arizona
Educational Enrichment Foundation
Erik Hite Foundation
Feeding Matters
Fresh Start Women's Foundation
Girl Scouts--Arizona Cactus-Pine Council, Inc.
Junior Achievement of Arizona
Laveen Wrestling Club, Inc.
Ronald McDonald House Charities of Phoenix, Inc.
Rosie's House: A Music Academy for Children
Save the Family
Southern Arizona Association for the Visually Impaired
Tempe Diablos
The Mary Lou Fulton Teachers College - ASU
The Welcome to America Project
Time Out, Inc. 
Tucson Festival of Books
 
Fiesta Bowl Charities has two funding cycles per fiscal year. The application for the 2013 fall grant cycle will be available online in September.  For more information, go to charities.fiestabowl.org.
 
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