Fiesta Bowl Awards more than $400,000 in Charitable Grants


Ashley Braun

Scottsdale, Ariz. – The Fiesta Bowl today awarded a total of $406,600 to 25 Arizona charities.

The grants provided funding for numerous projects, including after-school tutoring programs for students, reading and writing interventions for children and intramural sports activities for low-income families. 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 last 12 months, Fiesta Bowl Charities has awarded more than $1.8 million in charitable grants to organizations across Arizona. The Fiesta Bowl is committed to fostering a culture of community involvement and giving. Through its elite bowl games and related events, the Fiesta Bowl is able to make meaningful contributions to society.

“Fiesta Bowl Charities is proud to announce the spring grant cycle recipients and continue our important mission to support organizations that contribute to the success of their communities throughout Arizona.” said Bob Aylesworth, chairman of the Fiesta Bowl’s Community Relations and Charitable Giving Committee.

Recipients ranged from The Wellness Community-Arizona, an organization that provides support, education and hope to people with cancer, to Phoenix Conservatory of Music, an organization providing opportunities for creativity and expression to underserved communities, children and families through music education.

Maricopa County recipients will be recognized at a reception from 4 to 6 p.m. on Thursday, June 28, at the Ziegler Fiesta Bowl Museum (7135 E. Camelback Rd., Scottsdale).  Recipients from Northern and Southern Arizona will be recognized at a later date in their respective areas.

The charities selected for grants are:

Arizona Animal Welfare League and SPCA
Big Brothers Big Sisters of Flagstaff
Big Brothers Big Sisters of Tucson
Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Scottsdale
Catalina Terrace (CT) Athletic Program
Child Crisis Center
Eight/KAET at Arizona State University
Fighter Country Foundation
Girls on the Run serving Maricopa/Pinal Counties
Interfaith Cooperative Ministries, Inc. (ICM Food & Clothing Bank)
Jewish Family & Children’s Service (JFCS)
Literacy Connects
Mission of Mercy
Native American Connections
Phoenix Children’s Hospital
Phoenix Conservatory of Music
San Miguel High School
Scottsdale Prevention Institute
Southern Arizona Community Sports, Inc. (SACS)
Teach For America
The Wellness Community-Arizona
Tu Nidito Children and Family Services
Valley Leadership
Valley of the Sun Chapter, National Football Foundation
Yavapai Big Brothers Big Sisters

The Fiesta Bowl is committed to supporting charities in Arizona. Fiesta Bowl Charities has two funding cycles per fiscal year. The application for the fall cycle will be available online in August. All applications are due September 28, 2012. For more information, go to


About Fiesta Bowl Charities

Fiesta Bowl Charities strives to enhance organizations that contribute to their communities through youth, sports, education and human services. All donations are subject to review and approval by the Fiesta Bowl’s Community Relations and Charitable Giving Committee. Fiesta Bowl Charities has partnered with nearly 100 organizations and promotes volunteerism through projects executed by the Fiesta Bowl Committee. For more information on Fiesta Bowl Charities, visit