Fiesta Bowl Makes $1 Million Charitable Contribution


August 4, 2011
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SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. – At the recommendation of the Bowl Championship Series group, the Fiesta Bowl today awarded a total of $1 million to 34 Arizona youth-related charities.

The BCS made its recommendations after receiving evaluations from the Fiesta Bowl’s Community Relations and Charitable Giving Committee, which reviewed applications from more than 700 charities seeking over $15 million.

The contribution was a part of a series of sanctions imposed by the BCS group in the spring that were designed to create stronger oversight and better management of the Fiesta Bowl.

Gifts were restricted to 501 (c) (3) organizations that serve Arizona youth.  Applications were divided into six categories: Capital Projects, Youth Programs, Medical/Health Services, Educational, Sports/Fitness and Arts/Culture.

“We are pleased that the Fiesta Bowl is providing this assistance to the young people of the state of Arizona,” BCS Executive Director Bill Hancock said.  “This is another step in the bowl’s journey toward re-establishing trust and meeting the high expectations of the people in the Phoenix area and college football fans nationally.” 

Awards ranged from $5,000 for Flight 33, a youth-support organization in Guadalupe, Ariz., to $170,000 for the Arizona Alliance of Girls & Boys Clubs, which serves more than 100,000 youth statewide.

Attached is a list of the charities selected for grants and the amounts they received. Charities that did not receive grants were notified by mail.

The Fiesta Bowl is committed to providing more support to charities across Arizona. Fiesta Bowl Charities has two funding cycles per fiscal year, with deadlines for each. For information, go to

About the Bowl Championship Series

The BCS is a five-game arrangement for post-season college football that is managed by the 11 Bowl Subdivision conferences and Notre Dame.  Its purpose is to match the two top-ranked teams in a national championship game and to create competitive match-ups in the four other BCS bowl games.  For more information, visit  

About the Fiesta Bowl

The Fiesta Bowl is a non-profit organization founded by Arizona community leaders in 1971. Through the creation of the Festival of College Football, including more than 40 statewide events, the annual Tostitos Fiesta Bowl and the Buffalo Wild Wings Bowl, the organization continues to promote volunteerism, athletic achievement and higher education. Its mission is to remain a source of pride for all Arizonans by contributing strongly to the state’s economic development, tourism and community causes. For more information about the Fiesta Bowl, please visit

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Award Winners

Agua Fria Food and Clothing Bank

Angel Charity for Children, Inc.

Arizona Alliance of Boys & Girls Clubs

Arizona  Blind & Deaf Children’s Foundation

A.T. Still University – Concussion Program

Back to School Clothing Drive

Central Arizona Shelter Services, Inc.

Challenger Space Center

Chances for Children Arizona

Childsplay, Inc.

Crisis Nursery

Drowning Prevention Coalition of Arizona

Flight 33, Inc.

Florence Crittenton

Foundation for Blind Children

Free Arts for Abused Children

Gabriel’s Angels

Greater Phoenix Youth at Risk, Inc.

Homeward Bound

Kitchen on the Street

Make-A-Wish Foundation of Arizona

Make Way For Books – Tucson/Southern AZ

Miracle League of Arizona


Scottsdale Railroad & Mechanical Society

Special Olympics

Starlight Childrens Foundation

The Salvation Army (Phoenix)

The First Tee of Phoenix

UMOM New Day Centers, Inc.

Valley of the Sun Jewish Community Center

Valley of the Sun YMCA

Valley Youth Theatre

YMCA of Southern Arizona