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Thrill-seekers will rappel CityScape office tower

In an unconventional fundraising effort for Special Olympics Arizona, 160 thrill-seekers will rappel 27 stories in downtown Phoenix on Saturday, Dec. 13 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. This year’s event is sure to soar to new heights with supporters such as Dallas Cowboys Announcer Kevin Ray.

Sponsors CityScape Phoenix and RED Development host the event at its offices, where participants who have raised more than $1,000 have the opportunity to experience Phoenix from new heights. Spectators, friends and family are encouraged to experience the launch for themselves at the Dec. 13 event.

“It’s fantastic to host something that pulls the community together and builds awareness in a nontraditional way,” Tim Martin, CEO of Special Olympics Arizona, said. “The increased interest we receive every year is a true testament to Phoenix’s dedication to helping Special Olympics Arizona and our athletes.”

Each participant, with the $1,000 fundraising goal, will be able to support two Special Olympics Arizona Athletes throughout 2015. Participants must meet the weight requirement between 100 and 300 pounds in order to rappel off CityScape. Those under the age of 18 will need a parent signed waiver. All proceeds will benefit Special Olympics Arizona.

“We’re honored to share our building for such a great cause,” said Jeff Moloznik, vice president of development at RED Development. “‘Over the Edge’ has grown into a signature event that our team looks forward to, and each year we’re exceedingly inspired by the participants who not only come out to rappel down the building, but also raise invaluable awareness for Special Olympics Arizona.”

Special Olympics Arizona provides every person with intellectual disabilities a place of welcome, acceptance and the chance to be their best. The organization’s mission is to empower over 180,000 Arizonans with intellectual disabilities to be healthy, productive and respected members of society through sports training, competitions and support programs.

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Recycling provides economic incentives for businesses

While first associated with environmentalism and the green movement, recycling can help turn a profit too. For some companies, using recycled materials may be the most economically viable option.

“There’s an increasing interest in buying recycled products,” said Will Herzog. “We’re always looking for local options, and I know that it’s an initiative that the city of Phoenix is looking to draw potential buyers of recycled materials to the market.”

Herzog is the director of marketing for ReCommunity, an organization that operates recycling facilities across the country, including in Phoenix.

According to Herzog, right now a majority of the materials processed in Phoenix and Arizona are exported out of state. That being said, between the two Phoenix recycling facilities ReCommunity operates, there is a high volume of recyclables processed.

“With the city of Phoenix, we handle all the city’s recyclables, and that works out to about 105,000 tons to 110,000 tons of recyclables per year,” Herzog said.

Any given inbound ton of recycled material can be worth about $100, not including operating costs. The materials consist of paper products, cardboard and cardboard-like materials, paper-cardboard combinations called fibers, metals, plastics and glass.

“Across the entire city of Phoenix program, we’re probably recovering between 70 and 80% of the stream,” Herzog said. “90% of the revenue generated goes directly back to the city.”

“Most of our buyers are major national and global manufacturers of products that we recycle,” Herzog said.

One of their buyers is Strategic Materials, which further processes recycled glass to be resold to manufactures.

Strategic Materials has a facility in downtown Phoenix where they take glass shipments from Phoenix transfer stations. These are then resold to manufacturers.

“We process glass,” said Strategic Materials Vice President Paul Faherty. “We basically take glass from recycling operations, clean it, color sort it, size it and sell it to people who make new bottles and fiber glass.”

Buyers vary from container manufacturers to general fiber manufacturers. At the small plant in Phoenix, glass from Phoenix and Tucson is processed and sold to companies primarily in California and Texas.

Faherty explained that for glass manufacturers, using recycled material have become the most economically sound approach to their operations.

“Recycled glass has a lower melt point than making virgin glass,” Faherty explained. “It’s an energy save. You’re burning less gas and getting the same amount of material.”

Burning at a lower temperature also reduces maintenance costs, making it more affordable to maintain a furnace. Additionally, because of emission caps, companies using recycled glass can produce more while staying under the emissions limit.

Although many manufacturers are using up to 80% recycled glass in their products, this does not happen as much locally.

“The problem with Phoenix is that nobody is making glass in Phoenix,” Faherty said. “It’s going to get shipped somewhere…that costs money. It does make the relative cost of shipping recycled glass higher…there’s an economic calculation these guys go through.”

Despite this, Faherty said that glass is one of the most widely reused materials.

Locally, many businesses will use recycled material both out of social responsibility and as a way to make the recyclable movement more viable.

The Arizona Diamondbacks, for example, are part of the Green Sports Alliance, an information sharing organization built to promote green venue operation.

Matthew Helmeid is the director of special projects and brand development for the Diamondbacks, and spoke to some of their efforts at Chase Field.

“If you walk through the ballpark, we’ve got over 200 recycling containers that are matched up with all our trash receptacles,” Helmeid said. “Everything they prepare for concessions…that they don’t sell, they freeze, and overnight, a local group, Church on the Street, comes to the ballpark…and then they distribute it to people in need.”

Helmeid said that they would love to begin composting at Chase Field, but Phoenix does not have the infrastructure for it. Until it becomes economically viable, some reuse projects have to wait.

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D-backs Announce 2 Upcoming Concerts

The Arizona Diamondbacks (@Dbacks and @LosDbacks) have announced two second-half concerts featuring Christian-rock band Third Day for Faith & Family Night on Aug. 23 and Mexican-pop artist Cristian Castro for Hispanic Heritage Day on Sept. 27.

Four-time Grammy Award winner Third Day will perform on the field after the D-backs vs. Padres game on Aug. 23 to headline Faith & Family Night. Third Day has sold more than 10 million albums in the United States and has received 24 Dove Awards from the Gospel Music Awards. The band has one RIAA Platinum album and eight RIAA Gold albums and was inducted into the Georgia Music Hall of Fame in 2009. A portion of ticket sales from Faith & Family Night ticket packages will benefit Hopefest and their mission to help the local homeless community. For more information, visit www.dbacks.com/faith.

Grammy Award-nominated Mexican pop star Cristian Castro will perform after the D-backs vs. Cardinals game on Sept. 27 at Chase Field in celebration of Hispanic Heritage Day, presented by Budweiser. Castro has been nominated multiple times for Latin Grammy Awards and has won countless awards, including being named the Best Male Pop Artist in 2012 (Premios Oye). Prior to the game, fans can enjoy a Hispanic Heritage Street Festival, presented by APS, and 20,000 fans will receive a Los D-backs T-shirt, courtesy of Gila River Casinos. For more information and to purchase tickets, visit www.dbacks.com.

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Hall joins CTCA’s Board of Directors

Cancer Treatment Centers of America® (CTCA) at Western Regional Medical Center announced Arizona Diamondbacks President and CEO Derrick Hall will be joining its Board of Directors.

“As a prostate cancer survivor, this is a cause very close to my heart,” said Diamondbacks President and CEO Derrick Hall, who recently launched his own non-profit organization, the Pro-State Foundation. “I’m looking forward to being a part of the Board of Directors for Cancer Treatment Centers of America and seeing how I can help further their mission of ‘Winning the Fight Against Cancer, Every Day®.’”

“We are incredibly fortunate to welcome Derrick to our Board leadership,” said Matt McGuire, President and CEO, CTCA® at Western. “Derrick’s business savvy and commitment to community leadership, coupled with his own journey of cancer survivorship, will greatly enhance our ability to provide our patients the best possible cancer care.”

Hall joins a list of distinguished leaders and respected professionals currently serving on the Board of Directors: Richard J Stephenson (Chairman), James J. Grogan, Esq. (President); Kenneth Bennett (Treasurer); Stephen B. Bonner, Esq.; Ernest Calderón, Esq.; Michael L. Gallagher, Esq.; Carrie Martz; Robert Mayo; Christa Severns; Dr. Christopher Stephenson and Candace Hunter Wiest (Secretary).

“As President of the Western Board, I know I am speaking for all of our members in expressing our sincere welcome to Derrick and our gratitude to him for committing his time and energy to our important mission,” said James Grogan, President, CTCA Western Board of Directors. “Derrick will bring a wealth of community knowledge and business experience to our patient-focused efforts as we work to help families fight this horrible disease. His personal fight with cancer has inspired many in our community and we are thrilled that he will be helping Western deliver the best possible, personal, integrative, cancer care to all of our patients.”

Former Baywatch star Gena Lee Nolin will serve as an honorary lifeguard at the Diamondbacks' Beach Night on Friday.

D-backs Host Beach Night This Friday

The Arizona Diamondbacks (@Dbacks) encourage fans to escape the heat and enjoy Beach Night at the D-backs vs. Braves game this Friday at 6:40 PM at Chase Field. Limited Beach Night packages are still available and feature a reversible D-backs Bucket Hat.

Former Baywatch star Gena Lee Nolin will serve as an honorary lifeguard in the RAMTRUCKS.COM Pool for a couple of innings and will sign autographs for fans from 5:00-6:00PM along the main concourse in front of section 131.

Fans can expect several beach-themed events throughout the night, including:

> Performance by the Caribbean Cruisers that features a mix of Calypso, Soca, Junkanoo and Reggae beginning at 4:30PM at Game Seven Grill
> As fans enter the stadium, Polynesian dancers will entertain and pass out leis
> Boardwalk theme throughout the park, including photo ops with beach-themed cutouts
> Ride the mechanical shark, located in the Upper Right Field Deck
> Text BEACH to 76925 for a chance to win a full-sized D-backs autographed surfboard
> Beach-themed player headshots on dbTV
> Postgame fireworks show set to beach music, presented by Gila River Casinos

Currently, the D-backs are hosting an Instagram (@Dbacks) contest encouraging fans to submit their best “Go D-backs” image using D-backs and/or beach-themed items for a chance to win a trip to see the D-backs play the Padres in San Diego. For more information on the Instagram contest, please visit www.dbacks.com/beach.

A limited amount of Beach Night packages remain and can be purchased by calling 602.514.8400 or online at www.dbacks.com/events.

Things to do this weekend

Who’s looking to unwind this weekend? From dancing “All Night Long” to five-time Grammy winner, Lionel Richie, dressing up like your favorite comic book character, participating in the recording of Kevin Smith and Jason Mewes’ podcast show, or celebrating Philippine’s independence from Spain, there are plenty of opportunities to let loose this weekend!

Lionel Richie w/Cee-Lo Green

Grab your “Endless Love” and relive some of Lionel Richie’s greatest hits. The five-time grammy winner is performing with Cee-Lo Green as part of his All the Hits All Night Long tour. Richie plans to release a new album in 2015, so you may even hear a new song!
Ak-Chin Pavilion, 2121 N. 83rd Ave., Phoenix, livenation.com. 7:30 p.m. Sunday, June 8. $25-$135

Phoenix Comicon
photo-boothReady to experience pop culture in the flesh and let out your inner geek? Phoenix Comicon and its many visiting exhibitors and cosplaying patrons is taking over Phoenix. From meet-and-greet opportunities with your favorite actor or comic book artist to cutting a rug at the geek prom, this event has fun for the whole family — and the adults. You don’t have to dress up, but we guarantee it’s more fun if you do!
Phoenix Convention Center, 100 N. Third St., Phoenix, phoenixcomicon.com, June 5 to 8, Thursday; 10:30 a.m. to 11:30 p.m. Friday; 10:30 a.m. to 11:30 p.m. Saturday and Sunday; 10:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. $15 to $85 per day; free for ages 12 or younger with a paying adult

Diamondbacks vs. Atlanta Braves Beach Night
baseballLooking for the beach in Phoenix? Chase Field may just be the next best thing. The baseball field is hosting a beach themed party to cheer on the D-backs as they take on the Braves. After the game, there will be a fireworks show featuring classic surf tunes. Each Beach Night ticket package includes a reversible D-back bucket hat.
Chase Field, 401 E. Jefferson St., Phoenix, arizona.diamondbacks.mlb.com. Friday, June 6. 6:30 p.m., $15 to $160

Kevin Smith and Jason Mewes

Jay and Silent Bob are joining forces for the Jay and Silent Bob Get Old tour. The comedic duo of the 1994 cult-classic, Clerks plan to record each show then release the audio as a free podcast. The show illustrates the life of two individuals growing up in the Hollywood limelight.
Stand Up Live, 50 E. Jefferson St., Phoenix, standuplive.com, Saturday, June 7, 7 p.m., $40, 21+

Philippine Independence Day Celebration
96624108Celebrate Philippine heritage and history! The Annual Philippine Independence Day celebrates the date when Filipino’s gained independence after three decades of Spanish rule. The event will include a business expo, poster making contest for kids, a culture show and the Little Ms. Philippine AZ beauty pageant.
ASU West Campus, , 4701 W. Thunderbird Rd., Glendale, pidcaz.com, Saturday, June 7, 9:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m, free

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D-backs Announce 2014 Promotional Schedule

The Arizona Diamondbacks announced today the 2014 promotional schedule, which includes six bobbleheads and more than a dozen additional promotional items and special theme nights throughout the season. The D-backs will also launch mini-plan sales at SUBWAY® D-backs FanFest today and includes options for a 10-Game Mini-Plan and Prime Seat 6-Pack.

The D-backs will give away six bobbleheads in 2014 featuring Patrick Corbin (April 26), Gerardo Parra (May 17), Martin Prado (June 7), Bob Brenly (Aug. 30) and Paul Goldschmidt (Sept. 13). More new and exciting giveaway items include D-backs slippers (May 18), D-backs Camouflage Jersey (May 26), D-backs Cereal Bowl (June 22), D-backs Duffel Bag (June 21), All-Star T-shirt (July 19), D-backs Zombie (Aug. 2) and a Gerardo Parra Los D-backs T-shirt (Sept. 27).

Fans can expect several new specialized theme nights throughout the season, including Zombie Night (April 25), Elvis Night (May 16), Beach Night (June 6), Classic TV Night (Aug. 29) and Oktoberfest (Sept. 26). The D-backs will also host several returning fan favorites, including: APS Green Series (April 11-13), Outdoor Recreation Night (April 26), Military Appreciation Day (May 26), Baxter’s Birthday (June 1), Native American Recognition Day (June 21), Bark in the Park (June 22 & Sept. 14), Star Wars Day (July 20), Faith & Family Night (Aug. 22), Alumni Night (Aug. 30), Hispanic Heritage Night (Sept. 27) and Fan Appreciation Day (Sept. 28).

Also on the promotional schedule are two $5 College Nights, eight Matinee games and Senior Days and four Street Festivals. The club will host post-game fireworks shows, presented by Gila River Casinos, following 10 Friday night home games.

The D-backs 2014 promotional dates are available at dbacks.com/giveaways, with highlights below:

* 2014 Magnet Schedule, courtesy of Pepsi (50,000 fans on March 31 vs. Giants)
* Opening Day Street Festival (March 31 vs. Giants)
* APS Green Series (April 11-13 vs. Dodgers)
* D-backs Street Festival (April 12 vs. Dodgers)
* Recycled Shopping Bag, courtesy of MLB Network (25,000 fans on April 12 vs. Dodgers)
* Jackie Robinson Day (April 15 vs. Mets)
* Zombie Night (April 25 vs. Phillies)
* Patrick Corbin Bobblehead, courtesy of Arizona Sports 98.7FM (20,000 fans on April 26)
* D-backs Outdoor Recreation Night & Street Festival (April 26 vs. Phillies)
* D-backs Mystery Ball (April 26 vs. Phillies)
* Elvis Night (May 16 vs. Dodgers)
* Baxter Fans, courtesy of CenturyLink (5,000 fans on May 16 vs. Dodgers)
* Gerardo Parra Bobblehead (20,000 fans May 17 vs. Dodgers)
* D-backs Slippers (10,000 moms on May 18 vs. Dodgers)
* D-backs Camouflage Jersey, courtesy of Budweiser (15,000 fans on May 26 vs. Padres)
* Military Appreciation Day (May 26 vs. Padres)
* Baxter-Ears Baseball Cap (5,000 kids on June 1 vs. Reds)
* Baxter’s Birthday (June 1 vs. Reds)
* Beach Night (June 6 vs. Braves)
* Martin Prado Bobblehead (20,000 fans on June 7 vs. Braves)
* D-backs Mystery Ball (June 7 vs. Braves)
* D-backs Duffle Bag, courtesy of Gila River Casinos (20,000 fans on June 21 vs. Giants)
* Native American Recognition Day, presented by Gila River Casinos (June 21 vs. Giants)
* D-backs Cereal Bowl, courtesy of Arizona Milk Producers (5,000 kids on June 22 vs. Giants)
* Bark in the Park (June 22 vs. Giants)
* D-backs All-Star T-shirt, courtesy of Arizona Sports 98.7FM (20,000 fans on July 19 vs. Cubs)
* Star Wars Day (July 20 vs. Cubs)
* D-backs Back-To-School Backpack, courtesy of Cox Communications (5,000 kids on July 20 vs. Cubs)
* D-backs Zombie (20,000 fans on Aug. 2 vs. Pirates)
* Faith & Family Night (Aug. 22 vs. Padres)
* Classic TV Night (Aug. 29 vs. Rockies)
* Bob Brenly Bobblehead, courtesy of Sanderson Ford (20,000 fans on Aug. 30 vs. Rockies)
* Alumni Night, presented by Sanderson Ford (Aug. 30 vs. Rockies)
* D-backs Mystery Ball (Aug. 30 vs. Rockies)
* Paul Goldschmidt Bobblehead, courtesy of Chevrolet (25,000 fans on Sept. 13 vs. Padres)
* Bark in the Park (Sept. 14  vs. Padres)
* Roberto Clemente Day (Sept. 17 vs. Giants)
* Oktoberfest (Sept. 26 vs. Cardinals)
* Gerardo Parra Los D-backs T-shirt, courtesy of Gila River Casinos (20,000 fans on Sept. 27 vs. Cardinals)
* Hispanic Heritage Day, presented by Budweiser (Sept. 27 vs. Cardinals)
* D-backs Hispanic Heritage Street Festival, presented by APS (Sept. 27 vs. Cardinals)
* Fan Appreciation Day (Sept. 28 vs. Cardinals)

The D-backs 10-Game Mini-Plan allows fans to choose any 10 games throughout the season. The Prime Seat 6-Pack allows fans to experience three games right behind the dugout and three games from right behind home plate. Both mini-plans will go on sale first at SUBWAY® D-backs FanFest today. Individual tickets will go on sale March 3. For more information on ticket packages, visit www.dbacks.com/tickets or call 602.514.8400.

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D-Backs CEO earns Goldwater award

Arizona Diamondbacks President & CEO Derrick Hall has been named the 2012 recipient of the Goldwater Community Service Award and will be honored at the 29th Noche de Gourmet Friday, Nov. 9, 2012, at the Wrigley Mansion. The Goldwater Community Service Awards, presented by the Active 20-30 Club of Phoenix, honors a community leader with a strong record of philanthropic involvement, professional success in their field of work, and a desire to give back to the Phoenix area through serving on charitable and corporate boards and through public service.

“I am honored to be the first recipient of this prestigious award in a category where every nominee is truly deserving,” said Hall. “The Active 20-30 Club is a distinguished philanthropic club that works hard to improve the lives of children across the Valley, and I am proud to represent and be recognized by such an illustrious group of individuals.”

Hall was chosen among five nominees, including Arizona Treasurer and former Founder & CEO of Cold Stone Doug Ducey, Phoenix City Councilmember and Attorney for PING William Gates, Founder of Beyond the Flames Jason Schechterle and Executive Director of The First Tee of Phoenix Hugh Smith, Jr. The annual award is given to an individual who shows high moral and ethical character and will set the standard for the men of the Active 20-30 Club of Phoenix to achieve as they continue to grow and develop in their profession and in their community.

A proven leader in the Arizona community, Hall currently serves as Chairman of the Board for Valley of the Sun United Way and leads the Hunger-Free Communities Plan Steering Committee, and is an active member of the Thunderbirds and Young President’s Organization. He serves on 27 boards, including the Arizona Mexico Commission, Great Hearts Academies, Arizona Chamber of Commerce, Greater Phoenix Chamber of Commerce, Greater Phoenix Convention & Visitors Bureau, Muscular Dystrophy Association, National Advisory Council for Pancreatic Cancer, US Airways Education Foundation, St. Vincent de Paul and Florence Crittendon. He has also raised money by serving as an event chairman for the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation (JDRF), Southwest Autism Research & Resource Center (SARRC) and the Foundation for Blind Children.

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D-Backs announce alumni game details

The Arizona Diamondbacks will host the first-ever D-backs Alumni Day baseball game on Sept. 15 featuring D-backs alumni such as Luis Gonzalez, Matt Williams, Brandon Webb, Steve Finley and many more. They will take the field shortly after the conclusion of the D-backs-Giants game at 5:10 p.m. and will play four innings.

The D-backs will offer a selection of throwback merchandise, including Justin Upton and Paul Goldschmidt purple replica jerseys, New Era fitted purple game caps and Nike “Cooperstown Collection” T-shirts available for purchase at the Chase Field main concourse Team Shop. Fans that follow the D-backs on Facebook (facebook.com/dbacks) and Twitter (@Dbacks) will have the opportunity to win throwback memorabilia and in-game experiences, including the chance to help the managers create that night’s alumni batting lineup

The Alumni Day festivities will begin with an on-field pregame ceremony to introduce the following D-backs alumni expected to attend: Joel Adamson, Scott Brow, Bobby Chouinard, Alex Cintron, Midre Cummings, David Dellucci, Elmer Dessens, Chris Donnels, Erubiel Durazo, Mike Fetters, Bernard Gilkey, Andrew Good, Robby Hammock, Mike Hampton, Ken Huckaby, Eric Knott, Travis Lee, Mark Little, Albie Lopez, Matt Mantei, Quinton McCracken, Mike Morgan, Vladimir Nunez, Armando Reynoso, Reggie Sanders, Junior Spivey, Andy Stankiewicz, Kelly Stinnett and Greg Swindell. Players are subject to change and some may not participate in the game.

Current D-backs players and coaches will wear the purple alternate jersey worn from 1998-2002 that features the “Arizona” word mark. The jersey was voted on by fans through an online voting contest that ran just prior to Opening Day.

On Sept. 15, the first 20,000 fans will receive a Matt Williams alumni bobblehead, courtesy of Chase, that will feature the current D-backs third base coach and five-time All-Star third baseman who was a member of the 2001 World Championship team.

Currently, fans are encouraged to vote for the next D-backs legend to be featured in the Legends Entertainment District. Fans can vote online at foxsportsarizona.com. The newest D-backs legend will be unveiled during the FOX Sports Arizona pregame show on Saturday, Sept. 15 at 4:30 p.m. on a 42-foot tall super graphic across from Chase Field located at the intersection of Jefferson and 5th Street in the Legends Entertainment District.

Tickets for the Sept. 15 Alumni Day game start at just $14 and can be purchased by calling a D-backs representative at 602.514.8400 or online at dbacks.com/alumni.

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Which D-backs legend should be honored?

The Arizona Diamondbacks and FOX Sports Arizona are teaming up to select the next D-backs legend to be honored in the Legends Entertainment District in downtown Phoenix, presented by APS.

Fans are encouraged to log on to foxsportsarizona.com to vote for the D-backs legend they feel deserves to be featured in the District. The nominees are: Mark Grace, Randy Johnson, Curt Schilling, and Matt Williams. Fan voting runs through Sunday, September 9.

Grace is a three-time All-Star and four-time winner of the Rawlings Gold Glove Award. He played first base for the D-backs from 2001-03 and was part of the World Series Championship team in 2001. Currently, he serves as the D-backs’ analyst on FOX Sports Arizona

Johnson is a 10-time All-Star and five-time Cy Young Award Winner. He is the franchise leader in nearly every pitching category during his tenure with the D-backs (1999-2004 and 2007-08), including wins (118), strikeouts (2,077), complete games (38), innings pitched (1,630.1), games started (232), ERA (2.83) and shutouts (14). He shared World Series MVP and Sports Illustrated “Sportsmen of the Year” honors with Curt Schilling following the D-backs’ World Championship season in 2001.

Schilling is a six-time All-Star and three-time World Series Champion, sharing the World Series MVP Award with Johnson in 2001. He pitched for the D-backs from 2000-03 recording a 22-6 record with a 2.98 ERA in 2001 to lead the majors in wins and innings pitched. He led the D-backs to a World Series Championship going 4-0 with a 1.12 ERA throughout the 2001 playoffs.

Williams is a five-time All-Star, four-time Gold Glove Award Winner and four-time Silver Slugger Award Winner. Currently he serves as the D-backs’ third base coach after a 17-year playing career as a third baseman. He was a member of the 2001 World Series Championship team and played six seasons with the D-backs (1998-2003).

Arizona Diamondbacks legend and special assistant to the president, Luis Gonzalez, was the first D-backs player to be featured in the Legends District in September 2011.

FOX Sports Arizona will unveil the newest D-backs legend during its D-backs-Giants pregame show on Saturday, September 15 (4:30 p.m.). First pitch is scheduled for 5:10 p.m. on Alumni Day that will feature a game highlighting D-backs alumni at Chase Field after the D-backs game. The player who receives the most votes will be featured on a 42-foot tall super graphic across from Chase Field located at the intersection of Jefferson and 5th Street in the Legends Entertainment District.

Legends Entertainment District offers customized, larger than life out-of-home signage opportunities that run 18 hours a day, 365 days a year. The project is designed to encompass landmark downtown facilities, extending from 1st Avenue to 7th Street and Washington to Jackson Street.

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D-Backs To Sponsor Sports Career Speaker Series

The Arizona Diamondbacks announced that they will host a Speaker Series throughout the season featuring D-backs executives and Phoenix-area business leaders as they field questions about their line of work in the sports industry.

The Speaker Series is open to fans of all ages and will be held on the first base side of the Insight Diamond Level prior to select Tuesday home games covering topics such as legal, marketing, communications, community affairs, finance, sponsorship, branding and trends in sports sales, and human resources. Each topic will be covered by a moderator and a team of panelists with expertise in the category featured.

The first Speaker Series was held on April 24 with D-backs Senior Director of Legal Affairs and Associate General Counsel Caleb Jay heading the panel, covering legal topics in the sports industry. They were joined by legal executives from the D-backs, Phoenix Suns, Arizona Cardinals and Arizona State University.

Dates, topics and moderators include:

  • May 22: Marketing – Karina Bohn, D-backs Senior Director of Marketing
  • June 19: Communications – Josh Rawitch, D-backs Senior Vice President of Communications
  • July 24: Community Affairs – Debbie Castaldo, D-backs Vice President of Community Affairs & Executive Director, Arizona Diamondbacks Foundation
  • Aug. 21: Finance – Tom Harris, D-backs Executive Vice President & Chief Financial Officer
  • Aug. 28: Sponsorship, Branding and Trends in Sports Sales – Cullen Maxey, D-backs Executive Vice President of Business Operations
  • Sept. 18: Human Resources – Marian Rhodes, D-backs Senior Vice President & Chief Human Resources & Diversity Officer

Fans can enjoy the game from the Miller Lite Diamond Club which will serve as a great area for networking with others in the sports industry. Tickets for the Speaker Series are only $20 and include a $5 credit in D-bucks. Fans interested in attending the Speaker Series can call (602) 462.4243.

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Diamondbacks Receive Business Leadership Award

The Arizona Diamondbacks announced today that they will receive the 2012 Arizona Business Leadership Award. The honor salutes the D-backs’ management and leadership culture and will be presented during a special celebration on May 10 at Chase Field. D-backs President and CEO Derrick Hall will accept the award on behalf of the organization.

“We are humbled to be recognized for the culture that has been created here and the leadership team we have in place,” said Hall. “This award belongs to everyone in the D-backs’ organization for their efforts and their passion for making this the best place in the Valley to come to work.”

This is the 16th-annual ABL award. Past winners include the Mayo Clinic, Jobing.com, Harkins Theatres, Go Daddy and Arizona Public Service Co.

“This award spotlights great leadership in our state, and when you think of leaders and a winning culture, you think of the Arizona Diamondbacks,” said Jeff Reichard, Vice President Awards of Arizona Business Leadership.

At the May 10 celebration, Hall will discuss the shared vision with Managing General Partner Ken Kendrick that helped mold a new corporate culture and empower staff, players and fans alike.

A mission and values statement for all employees includes the ‘Circle of Success’ program, which focuses on the organization’s efforts in five key areas. The D-backs created a workplace filled with results, common sense, passion and fun. A ‘One fan at a time’ concept, where management answers every letter, email or phone call from fans, and the ‘Find A Way To Say Yes’ customer service policy are just some of the ways the team connects with its fan base.

The awards ceremony is at 5:30 p.m. on Thursday, May 10, 2012, in the Audi quattro Lounge at Chase Field. Only 300 tickets are available at $65 for ABL members and $75 for non-members. Registration ends after May 4, and the first 250 who register will receive a limited edition souvenir to mark the occasion.

ABL also will present the award to the D-backs during the team’s May 21 game against the Los Angeles Dodgers. The D-backs have donated a game suite to ABL, which will sell suite tickets for $100 with all proceeds going to the Arizona Diamondbacks Foundation.

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Diamondbacks Lead MLB With Lowest Fan Cost Index

The Arizona Diamondbacks announced that their Fan Cost Index of $145.94 is again the lowest in Major League Baseball for the sixth consecutive season by finishing more than $60 below the industry average of $207.34. The Fan Cost Index is a representative look at the costs for a family of four to attend a MLB game. It is computed annually by Team Marketing Report since 1991 and is comprised of four average tickets, two beers, four soft drinks, four hot dogs, parking for one car, two programs and two adult-sized hats.

“The D-backs’ top priority every season, in addition to winning, is to keep games affordable for our fans,” said D-backs’ President and CEO Derrick Hall. “We strive to be the best in everything we do and for the sixth year in a row, we are proud to provide the best value for families in all of Major League Baseball. Our focus is always centered on our fans and we are proud to continually offer the lowest average ticket price among all sports teams in Phoenix.”

The Arizona Diamondbacks average ticket price of $15.74 for the 2012 season ranked second among all Major League clubs, finishing seven cents behind the San Diego Padres atop the list with a $15.67 average. The D-backs, who did not increase average ticket prices this season, are more than $11 below the MLB average ticket price of $26.92 in 2012.

Nearly 75 percent of the 48,635 seats at Chase Field are priced at $25 and under when purchasing season tickets, and 55 percent are priced at $16 and below. The D-backs Pepsi Max Value Pack allows fans to purchase a bleacher or an Infield Reserve ticket, regular-size hot dog and 24-ounce Pepsi while also receiving a coupon for a free 20-ounce Pepsi Max for just $19 to any regular-season game at Chase Field.

All-You-Can-Eat Seats are available starting at $29 and include unlimited access to ballpark traditions such as hot dogs, chips, popcorn, peanuts, water and Pepsi soft drinks in a special section on the Insight Diamond Level. The D-backs also offer Value Item pricing on 12 food items ranging from $1.50-$4 at various concession locations and seven merchandise items priced below $10 are available at Team Shop locations throughout Chase Field. The team’s magazine, D-backs Insider, is also distributed free to all fans in the ballpark during each homestand.

In addition, the D-backs continue to offer the best price for beer in baseball at $4, which is more than $2 below the MLB average beer price at $6.15.

You can find out more about The Diamondbacks at arizona.diamondbacks.mlb.com.

ABC15 and Phoenix Children's Hospital

ABC15 Telethon Raises $156,760 For Phoenix Children’s Hospital

Phoenix Children’s Hospital Foundation teamed up with ABC15 for a one-day telethon. The event ran from 4:30am – 11pm on Wednesday, April 11 and raised a record-breaking $156,760 to support Phoenix Children’s Hospital, Arizona’s only licensed children’s hospital, providing world-class care for kids in more than 40 pediatric specialties.

ABC15 on-air personalities Amy Murphy, Connie Colla, Andi Barness, Kirk Yuhnke, Steve Irvin, Amber Sullins, Rebecca Thomas and Susan Casper broadcasted live throughout the day from the new patient tower on the hospital campus. Donors were asked to give by calling the live phone bank, going online to www.abc15.com or, stopping by any Walgreens. ABC15 coverage in News and programming included interviews with patient families, pediatric experts, community supporters and special guests.

“Not only did ABC15 exceed its ambitious goal of raising $100,000 in one day for Phoenix Children’s Hospital, they did a masterful and heartfelt job of telling our patient family stories,” said Steve Schnall, the hospital’s Senior Vice President and Chief Development Officer. “I want to express our gratitude to the entire ABC15 team as well as our generous community.”

On hand to show their support were Mayor Stanton, the Diamondbacks Luis Gonzalez, fitness trainer and ABC star, Chris Powell, Cardinals players Nick Eason, David Carder and Isaiah Williams as well as Cardinals cheerleaders.

Many local companies stepped up and gave checks on-air while their employees staffed the phone bank, including sponsors Desert Schools Federal Credit Union, Jasper Air, Sanderson Ford and Zerorez Carpet Cleaning; as well as Arizona Central Credit Union, Art of Merlot, Carl’s Jr., First Credit Union, IHOP, McLane Sunwest, Sagicor Life Insurance Company, Scripps, Sleep America, Vemma, and Walgreens.

“Our first telethon benefiting Phoenix Children’s Hospital was a wonderful success,” said Anita Helt, ABC15 Vice President and General Manager. “We couldn’t have achieved our goal without the support of our corporate sponsors and caring community.”

ABC15 Telethon focused on many of the miracle stories happening each day at the hospital; as well as updates about Phoenix Children’s Hospital’s major expansion, which is bringing its special brand of family-centered care to even more patients and families. Every dollar raised will have a direct impact on patient care and critical programs and services, many of which are not covered by medical insurance.

Diamondbacks, Chase Field

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.

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Fulton Homes - Home Run Program

Fulton Homes Steps Up To The Plate For Charities

Diamondback fans are lining up with Opening Day around the corner and Valley homebuilder Fulton Homes is ready to take the baseball league by storm with the Fulton Homes Home Run Program in partnership with the Arizona Diamondbacks.

Every time a Diamondbacks player hits a home run at Chase Field during the 2012 season, the Fulton Homes will donate $150 to the Central Arizona Mountain Rescue Association (CAMRA) or the Youth Assistance Foundation.

Last baseball season, the Fulton Homes Home Run Program scored more than $25,000 in donations. This year Fulton Homes will donate $150 per Chase Field home run to the Central Arizona Mountain Rescue Association or to the Youth Assistance Foundation. Last season the D-Backs were sixth in the league with a total of 172 home runs, 93 of them at Chase Field. D-Back fans hope the home run sweep continues this year with the teams’ strong key hitters.

CAMRA has been saving lives and educating about safety since its establishment in 1969. The team is trained technically to perform search and rescue missions in the backcountry of Arizona. The nonprofit organization is dedicated to saving lives through search and rescue operations and through wilderness emergency medical services.

The Youth Assistance Foundation is a nonprofit organization that supports programs focused on preventing youth violence and encouraging social development while promoting a positive interaction with law enforcement.

“We are proud of our home team to not only be hitting talent and treasure out of the park, but also spreading it around the Valley,” said Fulton Homes CEO Douglas Fulton. “The relationship Fulton Homes has built with the Diamondbacks through this home run program is giving back to the community who builds us.”

Tempe-based Fulton Homes has built a legacy of community involvement, contributing more than $300 million to Arizona communities, schools and children in its 35 years of serving Arizona families.

For more information on Fulton Homes, visit their website at fultonhomes.com.