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LGE Design Build plans 20,000 acts of kindness

LGE’s 20 x 20,000 year-long campaign launched in January and will provide backpacks, socks, soap, crayons, healthy snacks, diapers and other needed items for babies and kids in the Valley. In total, LGE will donate 20,000 items during 2015. Each month a different nonprofit dedicated to children will benefit from LGE’s fundraising efforts.

“Since my father started LGE Design Build 20 years ago, we have focused on building and creating a better community. It’s what we’ll continue doing for the next 20 years,” said David Sellers, president of LGE Design Build.

Many of the organizations LGE is assisting serve a low-income and homeless population. Inspired by her own experience with homelessness as a child, Carrie Garcia, LGE’s executive assistant who is helping to lead the organization’s 20 x 20,000 campaign, enjoys giving back to these organizations.

“Assisting nonprofit organizations that improve the lives of children from low-income and homeless backgrounds is very rewarding,” Garcia said. “As a company, we want LGE Design Build’s 20th anniversary to make a community-wide impact.”

In January, LGE presented Childhelp, a non-profit charity aiding victims of child abuse, with a $3,000 grant to help train its service dogs. LGE also is designing and building a new dog run at no cost.

“Childhelp is honored and grateful to be one of the recipients of LGE Design Build’s 20,000 Acts of Kindness campaign. By contributing to our animal therapy program in such a significant way, LGE is impacting countless children who have suffered severe abuse by ensuring they are nurtured and loved by our four-legged heroes,” said Sara O’Meara, Childhelp’s founder, CEO & chairman. “Childhelp therapy dogs are responsible for so many breakthroughs and so much healing. LGE’s kindness will create 20,000 miracles for the children we love.”

Childhelp’s service dogs play an important role in supporting abused children.

“When a child is brave enough to tell of their deepest secret, having experienced abuse, we count on the unconditional affection of a dog to provide comfort,” said Maureen Basenberg, Childhelp’s director of Arizona child advocacy programs who oversees the organization’s Facility Dog Program. “The availability of trained facility dogs provides abused children with an abundance of reassurance and affection.”

LGE has completed more than 750 projects, representing more than 18 million square feet, during the last 20 years. Select projects include Adelante Healthcare’s built to suit in Mesa, Crescent Crown’s 345,000-square-foot office and distribution facility in Mesa, Garmin International’s 60,000-square-foot regional office in Chandler and FedEx’s North Phoenix build to suit.

LGE created the David R. Sellers Foundation to fund its 20 x 20,000 campaign. Named after the founder of LGE Design Build, the foundation is a tribute to the late David R. Sellers who placed family and community at the top of his priorities.

Girls on the Run (1)

Support Local on Arizona Gives Day

Every single resident in Scottsdale and beyond (this means you!) is being asked to do one simple thing today – give.


Musical Instrument Museum (MIM)

Musical Instrument Museum (MIM)

“On March 20, all Arizonans will be asked to participate in the first-ever Arizona Gives Day,” said Patrick McWhortor, president and CEO of the Alliance of Arizona Nonprofits, who helped to develop the initiative in partnership with the Arizona Grantmakers Forum and a team of statewide leaders.

Beginning at midnight on March 20 and continuing until 11:59 p.m., Arizonans can go online at www.AZGives.org to support a local nonprofit in their community, or pledge their financial support to one of the hundreds of participating nonprofits across the state. A day dedicated to communities that care, Arizona Gives Day, presented by First Bank, will focus on giving back to the organizations whose invaluable efforts have helped empower communities and provide services, products and more to those in need.

Anne Rita Monahan Foundation

Anne Rita Monahan Foundation

The Gives Day movement began in Minnesota four years ago as a way to increase individual giving and help nonprofits raise awareness about their cause. Each year since, these initiatives have seen increased success and have helped countless organizations continue to provide the services and programs their communities need.

Today, Gives Days are becoming increasingly more popular, leading many other states like Colorado, Georgia, Alabama and now Arizona to expand the “flash-mob type” movement into their own states. Organizers of the Arizona Gives Day hope to see the same successful response during the 24-hour statewide online giving initiative on March 20.

“For as little as $10, nonprofits in Arizona can and do make a difference,” said McWhortor. “Together, we hope to raise more than $2 million on this single day.”

Nonprofit Participation

Among the nearly 850 nonprofits participating in this event are several from around the Scottsdale and surrounding area, including:

Cave Creek Museum, Desert Foothills Land Trust, Desert Foothills Library, Foothills Food Bank, HopeKids, Wild At Heart, Yes You Have A Choice/Sofia’s House, Project Linus, Bucket List Foundation, Go Green Now Foundation, Inc., Anne Rita Monahan Foundation, Arizona Helping Hands, Inc., Arizona Music and Entertainment Hall of Fame, Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Scottsdale, Camelot Therapeutic Horsemanship, Inc., Childhelp, Cortney’s Place, Devereux Arizona, Family Promise of Greater Phoenix, Feeding Matters, Foothills Animal Rescue, Four Seasons Orchestra, Musical Instrument Museum, Greater Arizona Chapter of Association of Fundraising Professionals, Hope Village, ICAN, International Cancer Advocacy Network, Jewish Community Foundation of Greater Phoenix, MASK (Mothers Awareness on School-age Kids), McDowell Sonoran Conservancy, New Way Academy, notMYkid, Oasis Sanctuary Foundation LTD, Partners In Action, Phoenix Herpetological Society, Pinnacle Presbyterian Preschool, Power Paws Assistance Dogs, Inc, Reigning Grace Ranch, Scottsdale, Preparatory Academy, Scottsdale Training and Rehabilitation Services, Singleton Moms, Square One Inc., The Berceli Foundation, The New Foundation, The Purple Society, The Welcome to America Project, Tourette Syndrome Association of Arizona, Inc., Tumbleweed, Valley of the Sun Jewish Community Center, Waste Not, Inc., Safe Haven for Animals

How to Participate

Businesses, schools and communities are encouraged to rally friends, family, classmates and co-workers leading up to the big day. Donors can learn more about the nonprofits participating in their community by logging on to the www.AZGives.org. Then help spread the word by joining the movement on Facebook and Twitter.

Giving is as easy is 1-2-3!

1. On March 20, visit www.AZGives.org

2. Click on “Donate”

3. Choose your nonprofit of choice and give away

Whether you give a little or give a lot, every donation will help the more than 20,000 deserving organizations statewide!

Fiesta Bowl Invitational

The Fiesta Bowl Invitational: NYE Dinner, Dancing For A Great Cause

Fiesta Bowl Invitational logoLooking for a New Year’s Eve event that will not only ring in the new year in class, but will also support a great cause? Look no further than the annual Fiesta Bowl Invitational, which will take place at The Phoenician Resort on December 31 at 7 p.m.

This elegant evening will consist of live entertainment, five-star dining at The Phoenician Resort and a silent auction, including travel and entertainment packages, sports memorabilia and find jewelry. Proceeds from the silent auction will benefit Childhelp, a leading national nonprofit organization dedicated to helping victims of child abuse and neglect.

Contributions to the silent auction are welcomed. To contribute, submit a donation form and item before December 1, 2012. Contributions of $350 or more will be acknowledged in the official Tostitos Fiesta Bowl game program, Buffalo Wild Wings Bowl game program, the Invitational auction program and on a commemorative scoreboard photograph taken during the Tostitos Fiesta Bowl.

Considered one of Arizona’s most prestigious holiday affairs, the Fiesta Bowl Invitational welcomes Tostitos Fiesta Bowl fans, distinguished guests traveling with the teams, Valley business leaders, philanthropists and Fiesta Bowl Board of Directors. The Fiesta Bowl Invitational began in 1973, known then as the Fiesta Bowl Ball, a coronation gala for the Fiesta Bowl Queen & Court. It wasn’t until 1981 when the Queen’s Coronation was separated from the Ball, and the event eventually became an annual New Year’s Eve celebration in 1993.

The Fiesta Bowl Invitational Schedule:

  • 7 p.m.: Cocktail and hors d’oeuvres/silent auction
  • 8:30 p.m.: Dinner and program
  • 9:30 p.m.: Live entertainment and dancing
  • Midnight: Toast to the new year

For more information about the Fiesta Bowl Invitational and to purchase tickets, visit invitational.fiestabowl.org.

The Fiesta Bowl Invitational
When: Monday, December 31, 2012, from 7 p.m. to midnight
Where: The Phoenician, 6000 E. Camelback Rd., Scottsdale
Tickets: Single: $300; Table: $3,000
Online: invitational.fiestabowl.org


Barrett-Jackson Announces $92 Million In Sales, Record Attendance

Barrett-Jackson Auction Company announced that its 41st annual Arizona auction generated more than $92 million in sales and attracted a record 270,000 attendees at the WestWorld of Scottsdale from January 15 to 22.

The auction, which showcases and sells rare, high-end collectable vehicles, broke several world records last Saturday. It also experienced a 32 percent improvement in sales and a 16 percent improvement in attendance compared to the 2011 auction.

“The excitement over the high-end classics in the 5000 series and the Salon Offering Collection this year is beyond words,” said Craig Jackson, chairman and CEO of Barrett-Jackson, in a press release.

“I’m humbled to say that we had a record number of cars cross the block and were able to revisit our roots by offering some of the purest classics and concepts on the market with extraordinary results,” he added.

The Salon Offering Collection was composed of 31 highly sought-over vehicles that generated the highest bids. The auction’s top selling vehicle was a 1948 Tucker Torpedo, one of only 51 ever made, which sold for $2.915 million — a world record sale for a Tucker.

Another notable sale was a 1954 Mercedes-Benz 300SL Gullwing with only 4,159 original miles, which is the lowest mileage model known to exist. The sale also broke the world record for the highest-selling price for a steel-bodied 300SL Gullwing model.

The auction gave back to local and national charities as well. $5.8 million was raised through the sale of 22 vehicles and donations to the Barrett-Jackson-sponsored ChildHelp Charity that helps victims of child abuse and neglect.

The action also experienced a large growth in newcomers. New-registered bidders made up more than 50 percent of the total bidders, and almost half of the consigners were also new. The first-ever, DIY lifestyle exhibit made more information available to newcomers with its featured how-to on getting your car on the auction block.

For more information about Barrett-Jackson or the World’s Greatest Collector Car Auctions, visit barrett-jackson.com.

Elizabeth Reich - AZ Business Magazine January/February 2012

Elizabeth Reich, Make-A-Wish Foundation Of Arizona

Elizabeth Reich, president and CEO of Make-A-Wish Foundation of Arizona, discusses how Make-A-Wish was founded, its challenges, how they make wishes happen and more.

Elizabeth Reich

Title: President and CEO
Company: Make-A-Wish Foundation of Arizona

What is something people don’t know about Make-A-Wish?

Most people don’t know that it was founded here in Arizona in 1980 after some DPS officers and a customs agent learned of a boy with leukemia whose one wish was to become a police officer. They decided to help make his dream happen. He got a uniform, was checked out on mini-motorcycle, and the experience was very meaningful to him. When he died, he was buried in the uniform and he was issued. After the officers saw the impact the wish had on the boy and his family, they said , ‘We should do this again,’ and it grew into what it is today. We have 62 chapters in the U.S. and we are in 35 countries worldwide. Make-A-Wish is Arizona’s gift to the world.

Video by Cory Bergquist

What has been your biggest challenge in this struggling economy?

We are 100 percent dependent on dollars from people and corporations to make our wishes come true and those dollars are fewer and farther between. People know that Make-A-Wish does great things, but sometimes they don’t see them as necessary things.

How do you show them that they are a necessity?

Fortunately, a 2010 study of more than 2,000 Make-A-Wish families and volunteers shows the impact of a wish beyond that moment — the impact on the family, the impact on the volunteers and the impact on that child through the rest of his or her life. Many of our Make-A-Wish children live to be adults. That wish experience has impact on their ability to recover from their illness. So as a result of the wish impact study, we can now say our wishes are not a ‘nice to have,’ they are a ‘need to have.’

What is your most rewarding moment at CEO of Make-A-Wish?

It’s always the most recent moment. There was a young lady who graduated early from high school and was No. 3 in her class. Originally, her wish was to go to Italy. But her wish changed. She said, ‘I want to focus on school. I want to focus on becoming a doctor.’ So her wish was for a laptop computer. Not only was her wish for a laptop granted, but she got an iPad, an iPod, and a desk to put the laptop on. She was so gracious and so thankful. It’s something that is going to enrich her life for years to come and it was her one true wish.

Are there common threads in the wishes?

Our wishes fall into four categories: I wish to be, I wish to go, I wish to have, or I wish to meet. But more and more, kids today are adding a fifth category: I wish to give. They use their wishes to give back. We are working with one girl whose wish is to have a national forum where she can talk about the importance of being a bone marrow donor. We are working with morning shows right now to arrange a platform for her so she can get her message out.

How do you make the wishes happen?

We have wonderful staff members called wish managers. They have to be part travel agent, part logistician, be multi-skilled, and have to work in concert with our volunteers. When you’re granting 251 wishes, like we did last year, you’re dealing with a lot of logistics and a lot of juggling. I like to say that we cry here every day. We cry for good things and we cry for bad things. But we know what we’re doing makes a difference for that child and for that family and that feels so good.

Vital Stats: Elizabeth Reich

    • Joined Make-A-Wish Foundation of Arizona in 2010
    • Graduated from Whittier College with a degree in political science
    • Previous jobs include vice president of advancement at Childhelp; CEO at VisionQuest 20/20; and vice president of development at Banner Health Foundation
    • From 1998-2003, was executive director of what is now called The Governor’s Office for Children, Youth and Families, consisting of the Governors’ Divisions for Women, Children, Prevention of Family Violence, Drug Policy, Volunteerism, Community Outreach and Character Education
    • Raised money to support Banner Desert Medical Center and Banner Children’s Hospital in Mesa. Led the first stages of a capital campaign, successfully obtaining several seven-figure gifts

Arizona Business Magazine January/February 2012


Davidson & Belluso

Davidson & Belluso Advertising/Design Agency Celebrates 10 Years

Advertising and graphic design agency Davidson & Belluso recently celebrated its 10th anniversary.

Since putting their creative juices together, the husband-and-wife team of Rob Davidson and Michela Belluso have branded entities such as the Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport (whose logo earned the North America’s Excellence in Marketing Award) and the Scottsdale Culinary Festival. Working with the Scottsdale Culinary Festival for five years, the duo received many industry awards and created marketing materials for the popular event, which raised more than $3.5M to support local arts and art education charities.

Although the couple had small beginnings as a duo working from home, their business is now thriving with 11 full-time employees, an array of diverse clientele and a contemporary, 10-room office suite.

“When it was only Rob and I, the company was, for better or worse, a direct reflection of ourselves,” says Belluso, owner and creative director. “I look at the company now and, although the two of us are still very much present in the overall vision, the work and culture is the result of our diverse team. Everyone contributes to the company’s success with unique talents and personalities. I’m proud of what we have all built together.”

Davidson & Belluso graphic design teamWhile in recent years there has been a collaboration of many minds, it was Davidson and Belluso who put the gears in motion 10 years ago.

When working at E.B Lane Marketing Communications, the couple came together and left together to start their own business. At the time, Belluso says, she thought of that first year filled with brainstorms and brilliance as thrilling. “Today, looking back, I think it was more like crazy,” she adds.

Davidson & Belluso has survived two major economic downturns since their arrival on the scene in 2001. “Even in a good economy, most start-ups don’t make it to their third year, so the biggest hurdle we’ve overcome is simply staying in business despite the odds,” Belluso says.

Belluso adds that the key to success is honesty.

“You have to be true to yourself and your values,” she says. “You also have to be honest with the people you work with. With honesty you gain trust which leads to confidence. You can’t have success without confidence.”

Their honest approach to business has presented them with many accolades, such as American Graphic Design Awards, MAME Awards, Medallion Awards, Aster Awards in Healthcare Marketing and North America’s Excellence in Marketing Awards. The company has also worked with Childhelp to develop a national preventative program entitled “Speak Up, Be Safe” that teaches elementary students about child abuse and predators. They’ve also donated their time, money and energy to Phoenix-based charities such the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society and Mountains of Hope, a charity searching for a cure for breast cancer.

Belluso says the duo is focused on satisfying their clients.

“We are listening to our clients and are committed to improving and expanding our services to better serve their needs,” Belluso says. “We have learned a lot in the last 10 years — especially this past year — and we’re ready to start putting what we’ve learned into action.”

For more information about Davidson & Belluso, visit davidsonbelluso.com.