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Arizona is the 5th least charitable state, study says

America is obsessed with being No. 1. It dominates in military power, economic prosperity, high technology, even movie blockbusters. Recently, its glorious résumé was freshened up with yet another impressive credential: The world’s most benevolent country of 2014, a title it shares with Myanmar.

With 30 percent of annual giving taking place in December, the leading personal finance social network WalletHub conducted an in-depth analysis of 2014’s Most & Least Charitable States. Unfortunately, Arizona ranked No. 46 out of the 50 states. Utah was ranked as the most charitable state.

Here is how Arizona ranked among states in generosity:

40th – Volunteer Rate
23rd – Percentage of Donated Income
46th – Percentage of Population Who Claim to Have Donated Time
35th – Percentage of Population Who Claim to Have Donated Money
19th – Percentage of Taxpayers Who Donated to Charity
29th – Median Contribution to Charity
47th – Number of Charities per Capita

As the Charities Aid Foundation reported in this year’s World Giving Index, the U.S. was the only nation to rank in the top 10 for each of the three charitable giving behaviors that are measured. It leads in “helping strangers,” jointly ranks fifth with three other countries in “volunteering time” and places ninth in “donating money.”

Just how generous are Americans? According to the National Philanthropic Trust, 95.4 percent of households donate to charities, with each contributing an annual average of $2,974. In 2013 alone, Americans gave more than $335 billion, 72 percent of which came directly from individuals. Of course, being charitable isn’t all about donating money to the needy. Earlier this year, the Bureau of Labor Statistics reported that nearly 63 million people volunteered with an organization at least once between September 2012 and September 2013.

In the spirit of inspiring more Americans to increase their charitable giving this holiday season, WalletHub aimed the spotlight at the most generous of the 50 states. It analyzed a total of eight key metrics, among which are volunteer rate, the percentage of the population who donated time and money, and the median contribution to charity. The finding can be seen here.

From left: Dr. Mark Slater, Chris Suppes, Barb Swift, Elyse Newton and Dr. Daniel Von Hoff.

Mirabel donates $260K for cancer research

Mirabel recently completed its Sixth Annual Hope for the Cause Charity Classic and presented Scottsdale Healthcare Research Institute with a check for $260,000. The two week-long series of events included a 5k, men’s and women’s golf tournaments, a ladies’ tennis match, and bridge. The event began with a panel of Scottsdale Healthcare Research Institute physicians who shared their most recent advances. The closing event was a reception with a live and silent auction. In the past six years, Hope for the Cause has donated more than $930,000 to benefit the Scottsdale Healthcare Research Institute at the Virginia G. Piper Cancer Center, Scottsdale Healthcare.

The donated funds are dedicated to supporting patients in the Cancer Clinical Trials program. These trials are the first steps for receiving drug approval from the Food and Drug Administration.

The event also represents a significant commitment both in time and resources from the Mirabel membership, staff, friends and community.It reflects the overall dedication of the Mirabel community to help those in need.

In honor of their tremendous support throughout the years, the Patient Treatment/Infusion Suite at the Virginia G. Piper Cancer Center at Scottsdale Healthcare was dedicated and officially named The Mirabel Clinical Trials Infusion Suite. The Virginia G. Piper Cancer Center at Scottsdale Healthcare opened in 2001 as the first major cancer center in greater Phoenix, offering comprehensive cancer care and research through Phase I clinical trials, diagnosis, treatment, prevention and support services in collaboration with leading researchers and community oncologists.

Virginia G. Piper Cancer Center Clinical Trials at Scottsdale Healthcare is known worldwide for its expertise in studying new treatments for pancreatic cancer. It is a co-lead site with Dr. Von Hoff as the principal investigator for Stand Up to Cancer’s Pancreatic Cancer Dream Team comprised of scientists working to develop new treatments for pancreatic cancer. An affiliate of the Scottsdale Lincoln Health Network, the Virginia G. Piper Cancer Center at Scottsdale Healthcare, is designated by the Association of Community Cancer Centers as a Community Resource Center for Pancreatic Cancer and holds Accreditation with Commendation from the Commission on Cancer of the American College of Surgeons.

(from L to R): Rob Martensen, Christine Nagle, Paul Sieczkowski, Mary Beth Campbell, all with Colliers International

Commercial Real Estate Firms Gets Charitable for Holidays

Arizona Builders Alliance:

Members of the Arizona Builders Alliance, a construction industry association, has collected thousands of toys that will be wrapped and delivered to approximately 300 children in CPS custody (residents of Sunshine Group Homes) and approximately 100 children who live at Sunshine Acres Children’s Home in Mesa. A major toy-wrapping effort will take place on Thursday, Dec. 19, when Santa’s helpers from the construction industry are overtaking Corbins Electric facilities and turning it into gift-wrapping workshop, in preparation for the toy deliveries.
Four companies within the construction industry locally – McCarthy Building Companies, Corbins Electric, Sundt and Wilson Electric – are leading the effort on behalf of the Arizona Builders Alliance to collect, wrap and distribute the toys. More than 100 construction companies are participating in the general toy drive benefiting CPS children in need this year.
“This is my third year serving as chair of our holiday toy drive event, which is very important to me,” said Joshua Marriott, an estimator at McCarthy Building Companies. “The amount of joy that the gifts and party bring to the kids is priceless. The toy-wrapping effort takes a lot of work, but it’s definitely worth it.”
Volunteer elves will be wrapping hundreds of toys at Corbins Electric on Thurs., Dec. 19, and delivering them on Fri., Dec. 20, to Sunshine Acres and Sunshine Group Homes. Members of the media are welcome to attend the wrapping festivities where tons of toys are wrapped and loaded into a box truck for delivery to the children on Dec. 20 where volunteers will pass out gifts to children at Sunshine Acres Children’s Home and they will also get a special visit from Santa. The Sunshine Acres Party is from 6-8 p.m. Friday, Dec. 20.

Colliers/Hines:

Throughout the year, Hines and Colliers International in Greater Phoenix are busy developing and brokering projects.
But each December, they are as busy as Santa’s elves ensuring that needy Phoenix families have a holiday to celebrate.
John Orsak, director of Hines property management, started “Santa’s Sak” in 2011. The program provides the abused, neglected and troubled youngsters involved with All My Children, Inc., with electronics, games, books, sporting equipment and passes for movies and activities.
Hines has helped 100 kids in the last two years and expects to deliver presents to another 100 this year on Dec. 21. The experience touches Orsak, especially Hines’ impact on a teenage girl who said she wouldn’t have had anything to celebrate on Christmas without Santa’s Sak.
Colliers International in Greater Phoenix has been adopting families during the holidays for more than 15 years and also makes time for employees to feed the homeless.
Started by Paul Sieczkowski, senior vice president, about 30 to 50 Colliers employees participate in the adopt-a-family program each year. A former Colliers employee even dresses like Santa and the employees surprise the family.
One year, Colliers delivered presents to a family that lived in a house with a dirt floor. The family cried when Colliers presented the gifts and food.
Colliers will deliver more presents and cheer this year on Dec. 23.
Colliers also helps hungry families. About 30 Colliers employees served lunch at St. Vincent de Paul on Dec. 6.

McCarthy Building Companies: McCarthy Building Companies builds and renovates schools throughout the Southwest, with many projects right here in metro Phoenix. As a result, the education services team hears about many needs within local school districts. Over the years, there has been a consistent request from schools for books that students can take with them to read at home in order to develop reading skills. To meet this need, the members of McCarthy’s education team have worked in tandem with the company’s Heart Hats committee for the past seven years to create an annual Santa Book Delivery.
On Dec. 20, McCarthy Heart Hats volunteers will join Santa, Mrs. Claus & the Jolly Elf (played by McCarthy employees) for the delivery of new wrapped books to every student at Heatherbrae Elementary in Maryvale, a Title I school that serves kindergarten through 5th grade students in the Cartwright Elementary School District. Santa & Mrs. Claus will visit with each child individually, giving away 750 books to students at the school.
McCarthy’s goal is to have a gift for everyone at the school, so gift cards are given to each teacher along with a donation of school supplies from Office Essentials, assisting teachers who are reaching into their own pockets these days simply to provide supplies for their classrooms.
Books and gift cards are provided by McCarthy’s Heart Hats. The new books are chosen based on reading and grade level, with the help ofeducators’ recommendations. Two or three titles are chosen per grade based on popular or suggested reading titles for the age group. The books are not gender specific so they are appropriate for either boys or girls.

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Cardinals’ Fitzgerald Hosts Charity Dinner at Morton’s

Morton’s The Steakhouse and Arizona Cardinals Wide Receiver Larry Fitzgerald have teamed up to host the 5th Annual Charity Dinner, Fitz’s Supper Club, ‘Celebrities at YOUR Service,’ on Monday, August 26. Fitzgerald, Arizona Cardinal teammates and celebrity friends take the stage in the ‘Speakeasy’ where they pass plates instead of a ball, donning aprons instead of jerseys. The once-a-year-celebration includes a ‘Big Easy’ cocktail reception, silent and live auctions, entertainment, and an exceptional four-course meal paired with fine wines.

For the 5th annual celebration, Fitzgerald and Morton’s have decided to jazz it up with a 1920s speakeasy vibe. In addition to great food, wine and company, the evening will feature an exciting live auction led by ABC15 sportscaster Paul Calvisi and Arizona Sports 620 radio host and former Arizona Cardinals special teams all-pro Ron Wolfley. The event begins at 7 PM with a silent auction followed by dinner and live entertainment. Fitz’s Supper Club is the ultimate event to see and be seen, drawing a host of celebrities that are ‘at YOUR service’.

All event proceeds will benefit The Larry Fitzgerald First Down Fund, which supports youth organizations throughout the country through resources and funding. Last year’s event raised over $200,000 for the foundation! The first ever Morton’s Celebrity Servers Dinner with Fitzgerald was held in 2009 and was such a huge success that it led to the execution of an entire dinner series. Special thanks to the event’s presenting sponsor, The Starkey Hearing Foundation, www.starkeyhearingfoundation.org.

Tickets for the evening are $600 per guest which includes valet, tax and gratuity. Seating is limited. For more information or to make a reservation, please call 480-951-4440. Morton’s The Steakhouse is located at 15233 N. Kierland Boulevard, Scottsdale, AZ 85254.

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Cardinals’ Fitzgerald Hosts Charity Dinner at Morton's

Morton’s The Steakhouse and Arizona Cardinals Wide Receiver Larry Fitzgerald have teamed up to host the 5th Annual Charity Dinner, Fitz’s Supper Club, ‘Celebrities at YOUR Service,’ on Monday, August 26. Fitzgerald, Arizona Cardinal teammates and celebrity friends take the stage in the ‘Speakeasy’ where they pass plates instead of a ball, donning aprons instead of jerseys. The once-a-year-celebration includes a ‘Big Easy’ cocktail reception, silent and live auctions, entertainment, and an exceptional four-course meal paired with fine wines.

For the 5th annual celebration, Fitzgerald and Morton’s have decided to jazz it up with a 1920s speakeasy vibe. In addition to great food, wine and company, the evening will feature an exciting live auction led by ABC15 sportscaster Paul Calvisi and Arizona Sports 620 radio host and former Arizona Cardinals special teams all-pro Ron Wolfley. The event begins at 7 PM with a silent auction followed by dinner and live entertainment. Fitz’s Supper Club is the ultimate event to see and be seen, drawing a host of celebrities that are ‘at YOUR service’.

All event proceeds will benefit The Larry Fitzgerald First Down Fund, which supports youth organizations throughout the country through resources and funding. Last year’s event raised over $200,000 for the foundation! The first ever Morton’s Celebrity Servers Dinner with Fitzgerald was held in 2009 and was such a huge success that it led to the execution of an entire dinner series. Special thanks to the event’s presenting sponsor, The Starkey Hearing Foundation, www.starkeyhearingfoundation.org.

Tickets for the evening are $600 per guest which includes valet, tax and gratuity. Seating is limited. For more information or to make a reservation, please call 480-951-4440. Morton’s The Steakhouse is located at 15233 N. Kierland Boulevard, Scottsdale, AZ 85254.

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Foundation donates $500,000 for TGen research

The Seena Magowitz Foundation has donated $500,000 from two charity golf tournaments dedicated to supporting pancreatic cancer research at the Translational Genomics Research Institute (TGen).

Past donations from the Seena Magowitz Foundation have helped fund significant scientific research that is making a difference in the lives of pancreatic cancer patients and their families.

In January, TGen Physician-In-Chief Dr. Daniel Von Hoff presented study results at a San Francisco cancer symposium, showing that the drug Abraxane (nab-paclitaxel) when combined with gemcitabine, significantly extended the survival of pancreatic cancer patients. The Seena Magowitz Foundation helped fund the clinical trials that led to this advance.

“A decade of advocacy and fundraising is really paying off with concrete results that are actually helping pancreatic patients survive longer,” said Roger Magowitz, President and Co-Founder of the Seena Magowitz Foundation. “Our supporters deserve to take a bow, because the research behind these advances might not be possible without their help.”

Pancreatic cancer is the fourth-leading cause of cancer death in the U.S. and annually takes the lives of more than 38,000 Americans. A staggering 75 percent of those diagnosed die within the first year, and only 6 percent survive more than five years.

The most recent $500,000 donation to TGen from the Seena Magowitz Foundation represented funds raised during the 10th annual Seena Magowitz Golf Classic on Dec. 8 at the Arizona Biltmore Resort, and also from the 3rd annual Atlanta Golf Classic, organized Oct. 1 by pancreatic cancer survivor Howard Young, President of General Wholesale Beer Company. Young is a TGen Foundation Board Member and Chairman of TGen’s National Advisory Council for Pancreatic Cancer Research.

“TGen could not have made the progress we have against this disease without the unflagging dedication of special people like Roger Magowitz and Howard Young, and the hundreds of supporters they have inspired over the past decade,” said TGen Foundation President Michael Bassoff.

Magowitz informed the TGen Foundation of the $500,000 donation during the March 28 Evening on the Diamond, an annual fundraising event hosted by the Arizona Diamondbacks at Chase Field.

“We are experiencing a remarkable confluence of forces between the Seena Magowitz Foundation, Major League Baseball and TGen in the fight against this most aggressive and deadly of cancers,” Magowitz said. “It is this kind of concerted effort, backed by prominent individuals and organizations, that eventually will lead to a cure for pancreatic cancer.”

Evening on the Diamond included the presentation of the Arizona Diamondbacks Foundation Community Leadership Award, now named in memory of Lee Hanley, the late TGen Foundation Board Member who passed away in 2012 from pancreatic cancer. The newly named Lee T. Hanley Community Leadership Award was presented to former Arizona Sen. Jon Kyl for his 26 years of service in the U.S. Congress. Past winners include TGen Board Chairman Bill Post, TGen Foundation Board Member Karl Eller, and TGen President and Research Director Dr. Jeffrey Trent.

Singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Alyssa Bonagura, who performed Dec. 8 during the 10th annual Seena Magowitz Golf Classic, also performed during Evening on the Diamond.

In March, Brian Cashman, Senior Vice President and General Manager of the New York Yankees, at the invitation of D-backs President and CEO Derrick Hall, joined TGen’s National Advisory Council for Pancreatic Cancer Research. Both MLB officials’ fathers died from the disease, and Hall was master of ceremonies at the Seena Magowitz Golf Classic.

Major sponsors of the golf tournament include: Leggett & Platt, Mattress Firm, Sealy, Mattress Discounters, Sleep Inc., Serta, Comfort Revolution, Ellman Family Vineyards, General Wholesale Beer Company, Morley Company, Simmons, Raymond James, Customatic, and the Arizona Diamondbacks.

Roger Magowitz founded the Seena Magowitz Foundation in honor of his mother, Seena, who died of pancreatic cancer in 2001.

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Podcast: Diamondbacks, Fulton Homes Home Run Program

The Arizona Diamondbacks have partnered up once again with Fulton Homes for another season-long charity.

The Fulton Homes Home Run Program has been a part of the Diamondbacks culture off and on for the last couple of years. With each home run hit by a Dback, Fulton Homes will donate $150 to the Central Arizona Mountain Rescue Association (CAMRA) or the Youth Assistance Foundation.

This week, I had the privilege of speaking with Fulton Home’s CEO Doug Fulton for our weekly podcast. On top of that, Fulton is also a member of CAMRA and was part of the initial setup of the Youth Assistance Foundation with the sheriff’s office.

Last season the Dbacks hit their way to $25,000 worth of donations, and Fulton hopes that they will do the same this year. With no limit on how much the company will donate, Fulton hopes to financially support CAMRA and its “heroes of Arizona” as much as he can.

Click the link below and tune into my interview with CEO of Fulton Home’s Doug Fulton as we talk about the Fulton Homes Home Run Program and the different charities they work with.

Play ball!