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Fry’s raises $68K for Special Olympics Arizona

In an April campaign hosted by all 119 locations of Fry’s Food Stores in Arizona, residents were encouraged to round up their totals to the nearest dollar in support of Special Olympics Arizona (SOAZ). Through this effort, Fry’s was able to raise more than $65,000, showing not only Fry’s continued support, but also Arizona’s immense generosity and patronage for the organization.

SOAZ hosts a variety of programs that continually sees support from Fry’s Food Stores. Whether it’s their company’s participation in Unified Relay Across America, providing in-kind food and beverages during SOAZ competitions or volunteering at programs, Fry’s Food Stores has been a consistent force behind all that SOAZ is able to accomplish.

The donations raised help SOAZ continue to provide year-round sports training, athletic competition and various support programs for nearly 16,000 athletes. SOAZ’s goal is to empower over 180,000 Arizonans with intellectual disabilities to be healthy, productive and respected members, and with the recent donation, will be able to realize these goals much easier.

These programs include “Healthy Athletes,” a free health-screening initiative which provides on-site medical aid for everything from podiatry to dentistry, “Project UNIFY,” a program that promotes social inclusion for individuals with and without intellectual disabilities through sports, and many more.

“With their support in not only SOAZ events, but also in hosting their own events like Fry’s Fuel of Dreams, Fry’s Food Stores has been an amazing philanthropic presence for our organization,” Special Olympics Arizona CEO Tim Martin said. “Their yearly support on and off the field is something for which we’re immensely grateful.”


Legends district partners with Southwestern Eye Center

The Legends Entertainment District, a first-of-its-kind joint venture between the Arizona Diamondbacks and Phoenix Suns, announced a new partnership with Southwestern Eye Center that features the District’s first static super graphic with a 3-D embellishment. The announcement was made by Legends Entertainment District General Manager Judd Norris.

“The Legends Entertainment District continues to break the mold of traditional ‘billboard’ advertising by bringing to life its first three-dimensional concept,” said Norris. “Southwestern Eye Centers challenged us to do something unique and memorable. Taking that into account, we were able to bring their already recognizable glasses campaign to life on a 36’ x 42’ super graphic. The glasses are so unique that the creator of the image, BlueMedia, has submitted the design into several marketing concept competitions.”

The first-of-its-kind graphic is located on the Phoenix Convention Center Garage at the corner of 5th Street and Jefferson, across from Chase Field. It is one of 36 static signs in the District that also features four LED signs, six window graphics and five custom signs.

“As a locally based company celebrating 30 years in business, we are excited to be part of something that hasn’t been done before,” said Southwestern Eye Center Vice President and General Counsel Shane Armstrong. “We value the opportunity to work with Legends on this advanced project and to be part of the revitalization efforts downtown.”

Celebrating 30 years in business this year, Southwestern Eye Center, founded in 1982, is dedicated to providing the best possible care for patients seeking or in need of LASIK, cataract surgery, retinal surgery, cosmetic surgery or glaucoma evaluations and treatment throughout the Metro Phoenix area and rural communities of Arizona. With several accomplished specialists in the areas of LASIK, cataracts, retina, glaucoma and cosmetics, Southwestern Eye Center is able to provide patients in Arizona and New Mexico with improved vision by using some of the most advanced and sophisticated techniques and technologies available today. There are 23 Southwestern Eye Center locations in Arizona and three in New Mexico. For more information, visit www.sweye.com.

Southwestern Eye Center joins a growing list of partners for the Legends Entertainment District, including APS, Anheuser-Busch, Chevrolet, Fox Sports Arizona, Fry’s Food Stores, Gila River Casinos, AZ Family, MillerCoors, AZ Pain Centers, Cox Communications, Dodge and the Arizona Rattlers, among others.

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

In addition to the corporate partnership signage, the Legends Entertainment District provides digital informational programming in the form of LED news tickers and other relevant content that can change on a moment’s notice.

Nearly two billion individual LED lights are used to illuminate the Legends Entertainment District, which includes 13 screens for a total of 6,819 square feet of LED and over 50,000 square feet of static signage. The fiber optic cable laid end to end is 228 miles in length, which is equal to the distance driving from Phoenix to the Grand Canyon. The Legends Entertainment District includes nearly 100,000 pounds (50 tons) of steel and more than 140,000 feet of electrical wire.

Downtown Phoenix attracts more than eight million visitors annually at over 700 events, while 57,000 office workers are based out of the area. For more information about the Legends Entertainment District, visit www.legendsentertainmentdistrict.com.

20th Susan G. Komen Phoenix Race For The Cure Registration Opens

This year marks two decades of racing for a cure in Phoenix. And, beginning today, online registration for the 20th Annual Susan G. Komen Phoenix Race for the Cure taking place on Sunday, Oct. 14 in the State Capitol District is now open at www.komenphoenix.org.

This year’s theme “Together, We Promise” is a reminder to the affiliate, its partners and participants that the impact the Race can make is greatest when the community works together.

“In celebration of our 20th year, we as an affiliate are challenging ourselves to make this the best race ever,” said Heather Roberts, Race and Special Events Director. “We’re asking the community to do the same by challenging participants to ask 20 friends to join them and/or to raise an additional $20 in donations for the cause.”

Last year, more than 25,000 participants helped raise nearly $1.8 million towards education, screening and treatment for the medically underserved throughout central and northern Arizona and international research efforts. These efforts are what keep the Komen promise – to save lives and end breast cancer forever by empowering people, ensuring quality care for all and energizing science to find the cures – alive.

“We’ve got to keep our momentum going,” said Roberts. “The Race for the Cure is the single-biggest fundraiser supporting our mission, which is critical to the uninsured and underinsured women and men throughout central and northern Arizona. Quite simply, any reduction in participation or funds raised will result in a reduction of services provided through our community grants.”

With donations 100 percent committed to the promise, a full 75 percent of all funds raised stay in the community and 25 percent goes to support international research into the causes and cures for breast cancer. Since its inception, Komen Phoenix has granted more than $17 million to support life saving breast cancer education, screening and treatment programs and $5 million to international research efforts.

Key to the Affiliate’s fundraising efforts is sponsor support, which allows Komen’s dollars to go even farther. Komen Phoenix is ever grateful to welcome back Fry’s Food Stores as its VIP Partner for the 2012 Race. This will mark the eighth year in a row that Fry’s has participated as VIP Partner, contributing more than $1.7 million in cash and in-kind contributions through the years.

For more information on the 20th Annual Susan G. Komen Phoenix Race for the Cure and to register both individually or as a team, please visit www.komenphoenix.org.