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Long-time Cox leader Rizley announces retirement

Cox Communications Senior Vice President and General Manager Steve Rizley will retire at the end of the year. During his 34-year career at Cox in Phoenix, Rizley motivated and galvanized those around him, and created unique relationships with his employees, customers and the Southwest community through his many years of service to area non-profits. Rizley announced his retirement to employees last month.

In announcing Rizley’s decision to retire, Paul Cronin, Sr. Vice President of Operations, Cox Communications said “It’s never easy to say good-bye to a friend and colleague, especially one that has been a part of the Cox Family and the cable industry for more than 30 years. As general manager, Steve worked tirelessly on his employees’ behalf each day, and made sure Arizona was at the forefront of new product launches for our customers, including brining the company’s first gigabit residential product offering to the Valley and the latest Internet speed increases to customers statewide.”

Rizley has long been a community advocate for organizations including the American Red Cross, Greater Phoenix Leadership, Arizona Historical Advisory Commission, and Cox Charities to name a few, and is a past-chair of the Greater Phoenix Chamber of Commerce and campaign cabinet co-chair for the Banner/M.D. Anderson Cancer Center capital campaign. He has also received several prestigious business and industry awards and honors including the National Cable & Telecommunications Vanguard Award and the “Man of the Year” from the American Cancer Society, as well as the Cable Television Advertising Bureau’s President’s Award.

“Steve’s well-deserved reputation was built on much more than his professional excellence serving Cox’s Southwest Region. During his time as Chairman of our Board of Directors, he left his mark on our Chamber and the business community with strong, visionary servant leadership that has helped shape our organization and our state. We are all indebted to Steve for his dedication and service, and I, personally, am proud to call him my friend.” said Todd Sanders, president and CEO of the Greater Phoenix Chamber of

”It has been a great pleasure and inspiration having a leader like Steve at the helm for Cox for so many years. While the company has enjoyed great success in Arizona and Nevada under Steve’s leadership, he has also made our communities stronger with his commitment to local service and business leadership,” said Susan Anable, Vice President of Public Affairs, Cox Communications Southwest Region.

The company said it plans to announce Rizley’s replacement in the coming weeks.


Cox Charities seeks grant applicants

Cox Charities is asking Valley non-profits that focus on K-12 youth and education programs to submit proposals for grants valued at $10,000 or less. This year’s grant cycle will open April 30th and close May 28th.

To better inform the non-profit community about the process for submitting applications and to answer questions, Cox Charities will host a grant application orientation session on Tuesday, April 29 and Wednesday, April 30.

During the orientation session, non-profits will learn about what Cox Charities is looking for in grant proposals. Additionally they will learn what grant funding can be applied for. For example, Cox Charities cannot be used for capital expenditures or general operations, or for the provision of healthcare/therapy services, basic needs, entertainment, or socialization/recreation programs.

Orientation sessions concerning the process are scheduled on April 29 and April 30 in Phoenix at The Arizona Community Foundation.

In 2013, Cox Charities distributed $569,000 to 59 non-profits throughout metro Phoenix. Cox Charities funds are raised through employee-driven fundraisers and personal contributions throughout the year, as well as community fundraising partnerships. Since its inception in 1996, Cox has awarded nearly $5 million in grants to non-profit organizations for youth education programs that help build our next generation of community leaders.

Over the past eighteen years, Cox Charities has funded local non-profits that focus on science and technology, arts and culture, safe and healthy lifestyles, overcoming disabilities, mentoring, literacy, leadership development, social skills development, and other areas benefiting youth in the Valley.

Additional support is given to these communities through volunteerism by Cox employees. In an effort to be the most trusted provider of communication and entertainment services, Cox supports Cox Charities grant recipients by encouraging Cox employees to volunteer time in support of past recipients. Past grant recipients who have hosted Cox volunteer employees include the Phoenix Zoo, Boys & Girls Clubs, Childhelp, HandsOn Greater Phoenix, the Make a Wish Foundation, Homeward Bound and many more.

Cox Charities Grant Application Orientation Session:
Date: Tuesday, April 29th, 2014
Time: 3:00 PM- 4:00 PM
Where: The Arizona Community Foundation
2201 E. Camelback Rd. STE. 405B
Phoenix, AZ 85016


Cox Charities Grant Application Orientation Session:
Date: Wednesday, April 30th, 2014
Time: 10:00 AM- 11:00 AM
Where: The Arizona Community Foundation
2201 E. Camelback Rd. STE. 405B
Phoenix, AZ 85016

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Cox Charities Contributes nearly $600,000

Cox Charities has announced its selection of 91 non-profit organizations to receive grant funding totaling nearly $600,000 across the state—thanks in part to Cox’s internal sustainability program, Turning Waste Into Growth (TWIG), which contributes thousands of dollars to the nonprofit grant program. In the Phoenix-area, $484,000 was awarded to 58 non-profits. This year’s donation was the largest donation since the program’s inception in 1996. Over the past 17 years, Cox Charities has awarded more than $4 million to local Arizona nonprofits that support youth and education.

TWIG is Cox Arizona’s internal sustainability effort designed to raise funds for Cox Charities, provide employees with convenient recycling options, divert waste from landfills and reduce waste disposal costs. All recycling revenue directly benefits Cox Charities.

“We are proud to include new, innovative ways to raise funds to continue to make Cox Charities’ impact on the community larger each year through programs like TWIG,” said Steve Rizley, Senior Vice President and General Manager of Cox Arizona.”

The TWIG Program encompasses three major initiatives:

•The Cardboard Recycling Program recycles cardboard from Cox offices and stores and recycled at fulfillment centers in Phoenix.

•The Office Waste Recycling Program includes secure document shredding and general office waste recycling in partnership with local vendors. Paper, cans, plastic and cardboard are recycled then collected in bins placed throughout all Cox locations.

•The ASC Scrap Cable Recycling Program collects coaxial cable, small fittings, scrap plastics and dry cell batteries from Cox installations.

Since its inception in 2008, TWIG has raised nearly $60,000 statewide for Cox Charities. Funds raised through TWIG are combined with donations from Cox customers, employees and corporate partners to benefit statewide youth and education causes throughout the state. This year, more than 3,000 Cox Arizona employees personally contributed to the foundation through donations and fundraisers.

Phoenix organizations that were awarded grant funds this year include:

AASK- AZ- $7,500
American Red Cross Grand Canyon Chapter- $10,000
Arizona Opera Company- $4,000
Arizona Recreation Center for the Handicapped- $7,500
Arizona Science Center- $7,500
Arizona Theatre Company- $5,000
Arizona Town Hall- $10,000
Arizona Zoological Society- $5,000
Arizonans for Children, Inc.- $10,000
Arizona’s Children Association- $7,000
Back to School Clothing Drive- $10,000
Banner Health Foundation of Arizona- $5,000
Be A Leader Foundation- $5,000
Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central AZ- $7,500
Boys & Girls Club of Scottsdale- $5,000
Boys & Girls Clubs of Metropolitan Phoenix- $10,000
Boys & Girls Clubs of the Casa Grande Valley- $5,000
Boys & Girls Clubs of the East Valley- $10,000
Boys Hope Girls Hope of Arizona- $5,000
Challenger Space Center Arizona- $10,000
Civitan Foundation, Inc.- $10,000
Del E. Webb Center for the Performing Arts- $7,500
Desert Caballeros Western Museum- $5,000.00
Dignity Health Foundation- East Valley- $10,000
East Valley Children’s Theatre- $7,135
Elevate Phoenix               – $7,500
Fresh Start Women’s Foundation- $10,000
Friendly House- $10,000
Gabriels Angels- $5,000
HandsOn Greater Phoenix (formerly Make A Difference) – $10,000
Hope and A Future- $10,000
Junior Achievement of Arizona- $10,000
Make-A-Wish Arizona- $10,000
National Engineers Week Future City Competition- $5,000
New Pathways for Youth, Inc.- $10,000
Oddessy of the Mind After School- $2,865
one n ten- $10,000
Phoenix Children’s Hospital Foundation- $10,000
Phoenix Film Foundation- $6,000
Phoenix Indian Center- $10,000
Phoenix Theatre, Inc.- $5,000
Save the Family Foundation of Arizona- $5,000
Scottsdale Training and Rehabilitation Services (STARS)- $5,000
Si Se Puede- $5,000
Southwest Autism Research & Resource Center- $7,000
Southwest Center for HIV/AIDS- $10,000
Teen Addiction Anonymous- $5,000
Tempe Community Council- $5,000
The Phoenix Symphony- $10,000.00
Treasures 4 Teachers, Inc.- $10,000
Tumbleweed Center for Youth Development- $10,000
UMOM New Day Centers- $7,500
United Cerebral Palsy of Central Arizona- $10,000
Valle del Sol, Inc.- $10,000
Valley Leadership- $10,000
Valley Youth Theatre- $7,500
World Hunger Ecumenical Arizona Task Force- $5,000
Total=   $484,000


Cox and Swift Charities maximize community impact

Cox Communications and Swift Charities are using their communications expertise and business relationship to serve local charitable interests. The two companies have put together a creative partnership agreement which utilizes the Cox array of communications tools–Cox Media, Cox Business and Cox Creative Services, to promote Swift Charities’ 2nd Annual 5K FUNRUN and 2.5K Walk. In return, Swift Charities will share a portion of the proceeds from the FunRun/Walk to support Cox Charities grant recipients.

The idea to support each other’s charitable interests came as a result of a thriving business relationship. Cox Business provides Swift Transportation with a 10G Cox Metro Ethernet circuit between Swift’s headquarters and its datacenter and 100M Optical Internet at each location.

“Cox and Swift have a world-class business relationship and similar values. We saw an opportunity to bring our respective families of companies together to help each other give back to the communities we serve,” said Cox Business Vice President, Hyman Sukiennik.

Specifically, on December 8 at Indian Steele Park, Swift Charities will host its 2nd Annual 5K FUNRUN and 2.5K walk benefitting Chances for Children. For more information or to register for the event visit http://swiftcharities.org and stay tuned for promotions produced by Cox to run across the channel lineup.  Cox will also be on hand to film event highlights and promote the 5K FUNRUN/Walk through customer and employee newsletters and the Cox Arizona Facebook page.

“The joint philanthropic venture between Swift Charities and Cox Communications is a win-win situation for both parties and the charities they support.  Swift and Cox Communications are committed to bettering the lives of the children in our communities and helping ensure their future is bright and secure,” said Swift Transportation Director of Marketing, Trent Broberg