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Sundt golf tournament raises $18,000 for MDA

The Sundt Foundation, a charitable organization funded by Sundt Construction, Inc. and its employees, hosted its annual Mike Gaines Charity Golf Tournament last month at La Paloma Country Club in Tucson, Ariz. More than 100 golfers attended the tournament, raising $18,000 for the Muscular Dystrophy Association (MDA) in honor of long-time Sundt employee Mike Gaines, who passed away in 2002 from Amytrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS), also known as Lou Gherig’s Disease.

Originally launched in 2001 shortly after Gaines’ diagnosis, the tournament continues to raise money each year benefiting MDA in support of its research to find a cure for ALS. Although Gaines died in 2002, his legacy lives on through the Mike Gaines Charitable Fundraising Events held in Tucson and Phoenix, Sacramento, San Diego and San Antonio. Sundt and the Sundt Foundation have hosted nearly 40 events in the past 14 years, raising more than $1 million in donations for ALS research programs.

“It’s an honor to be a part of these ongoing events benefiting research and other advances toward a cure for ALS. We greatly appreciate the continued support of the construction industry,” said Sundt administrator and tournament organizer Aly Gartin. “This tournament not only offers a means to give back but increases awareness of such a terrible disease.”

The Sundt Foundation has been raising funds for Tucson-based non-profit organizations since 1999. The Foundation is funded primarily by contributions from Sundt employees and company matching. To date, the organization has awarded more than $5 million in donations to organizations throughout Arizona, California, Texas and beyond.

CPI Team Captain, Chad Neppl, Trent Rustan, Jason Price, Tiffany Armenta-Birdwell, Brian Ruddle

Valley Brokers and Agents Get Competitive for Charity

If real estate professionals know how to do something well, it’s handle competition. For the last 16 years, hundreds of local brokers worked year-round to raise donations for charity. Then, they set aside five hours of from their busy schedules to really tough it out in bouts of jumbo Jenga and bocce ball.

On Feb. 7, 600 brokers, agents and industry supporters competed in a picnic game Olympiad at Tempe Beach Park. This year’s event, hosted by Active 20-30 Club of Scottsdale, included bocce ball, football toss, basketball shootouts, jumbo Jenga and corn hole. Finalists in the commercial and residential divisions squared off in a dodgeball tournament, with the winners taking home bragging rights until next year.

The real estate community is resilient. Even amidst the financial meltdown, when many teams were downsizing, going bankrupt or couldn’t afford to participate, and charity was among the least of their concerns, Brokers for Kids participants managed to raise $100,000. For the first time since the event was founded 16 years ago, the annual Olympiad has included residential agents (whose similar annual fundraiser, Agents Benefiting Children, has rolled over into BFK). Event chairman Mike Coy said the idea occurred to organizers about two hours after the 2013 event wrapped up.

“We immediately started talking about next year’s event,” Coy said. “Operationally, [Agents Benefiting Children] is very similar to what we’re already doing. It was a natural evolution.”

The economy has picked up, and it’s evident in the finally tallies. Teams raised $366,000. Fifty commercial teams competed, and 10 company teams represented the residential side of the business.

Commercial fundraising benefited Boys Hope Girls Hope, which places intelligent kids in less fortunate family situations into supervised homes and enrolls them in preparatory schools. Residential fundraising benefited The Care Fund, which will use 100 percent of the event donations to grant mortgage or rent to Arizona families with children with extended illnesses or injury.

The Care Fund reported DPR’s Kyle Keller’s team raised more than $10,000 this year, which also saw 80 new competitors from residential real estate brokerages. A spirit award for Agents Benefiting Children was awarded to Ty Lusk of Keller Williams, who raised more than $4,000 in a raffle mixer and auction. On the commercial side, Caretaker Landscape’s Dena Jones and Mischelle White took home the award for raising $9,147 by hosting an “all in for kids” charity poker tournament.

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Renegade by MOD Hosts Fundraiser for Arizona's 19 Fallen Heroes

Just two days after the names of 19 fallen firefighters were released to the public in the wake of the still-burning Yarnell Fire in Central Ariz., community members from all over the Valley are stepping in to help families of the victims and Scottsdale chef Michael O’Dowd and business partner Ed Leclere are no exception.

This Friday and Saturday, Renegade by MOD restaurant in Scottsdale will hold fundraising events for the Yarnell Hill Fire relief effort. On both days, Renegade by MOD will donate five percent of the entire day’s sales to a fund set up through the 100 Club of Arizona, a nonprofit organization dedicated to providing funds and other services to families and victims of public safety officers.

Additionally, the restaurant will host a “Fill The Boot” party on both evenings inside the MOD bar, which will feature live entertainment from The New Brothers Band on Friday and Jared Blackstone on Saturday. Leclere and O’Dowd will ask that a minimum five dollar donation be placed inside the giant firefighter boots on display before entering the fundraising event in the lounge. Additional boots will be placed on the bar for guests who wish to give a little extra throughout the evening. One hundred percent of all donations will go to the 100 Club fund, providing relief to the families of the fallen firemen.

An avid supporter of the work that firefighters do all across the state, this isn’t the first time Leclere has held a “Fill The Boot” campaign.

“In March, we held a St. Patty’s Day party to raise funds for the families of fallen firefighters from Chandler, Mesa and Surprise and netted $1,100 in donations in one night. We’re hoping to crush that number this weekend – there are 19 families who need our support up north,” said Leclere.

Both Harley enthusiasts and riders, Leclere and O’Dowd have spent countless hours cruising through Central and Northern Arizona and are stunned by the fire’s destruction.

“Ed and I have spent many days driving up Highway 89 and winding through some of the most amazing scenery and charming towns we’ve ever seen,” said O’Dowd. “We are not only saddened at the unexpected loss of homes and businesses in Yarnell Hill, but at the astonishing loss of life caused by the fire. We proudly honor the fallen 19 firefighters of the Granite Mountain Hotshots and through the help of the 100 Club, intend to send aid to the families who mourn their loss.”

Patrons wishing to support the relief effort at Renegade by MOD can visit the restaurant from 2 to 11 p.m. Friday, July 5 and Saturday, July 6. Live entertainment will kick off the “Fill The Boot” party both evenings at 7 p.m. inside the MOD Bar. Renegade by MOD is located at 9343 E Shea Boulevard in Scottsdale. For more information, guests may call Renegade by MOD at (480) 614-9400.

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Sanctuary Receives 2013 'Stars of the Industry' Award

Sanctuary on Camelback Mountain, the country’s premier luxury resort, was recognized by the American Hotel & Lodging Association (AH&LA) with a 2013 “Stars of the Industry” award during its Summer Summit in Denver, Colo. Sanctuary’s 2012 “Escape for GOOD” fundraiser, which raised $10 million benefiting Athletes for Hope and UGIVE, two nonprofits dedicated to inspiring and enabling voluntary service nationwide, was honored in the “Special Events, One-Time Only, Small-Property” category.

The invitation-only weekend event at Sanctuary, limited to 75 couples at a minimum donation of $50,000 each, offered once-in-a-lifetime experiences with sports industry celebrities such as Andre Agassi, Muhammad Ali, Cris Collinsworth, Mia Hamm, Tony Hawk, Jackie Joyner-Kersee, Alonzo Mourning, Anthony Muñoz, Paul O’Neill and Annika Sorenstam. Activities included tennis with Andre Agassi on Sanctuary’s championship tennis courts, a morning run through Paradise Valley with track and field star Jackie Joyner-Kersee, and a cook-off with culinary masters Todd English, Sanctuary’s own Executive Chef Beau MacMillan, and Phoenix’s Mark Tarbell. The weekend concluded with an extravagant private dinner for Muhammad Ali’s 70th birthday.

Sanctuary’s scenic and tranquil atmosphere provided a perfect backdrop for discussions on social issues and education for America’s youth. The weekend sparked conversations that forged new partnerships between Google and the Gates Foundation, Andre Agassi and Unicef, as well as a new Sports for Development program in South Africa and Ethiopia.

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Sanctuary Receives 2013 ‘Stars of the Industry’ Award

Sanctuary on Camelback Mountain, the country’s premier luxury resort, was recognized by the American Hotel & Lodging Association (AH&LA) with a 2013 “Stars of the Industry” award during its Summer Summit in Denver, Colo. Sanctuary’s 2012 “Escape for GOOD” fundraiser, which raised $10 million benefiting Athletes for Hope and UGIVE, two nonprofits dedicated to inspiring and enabling voluntary service nationwide, was honored in the “Special Events, One-Time Only, Small-Property” category.

The invitation-only weekend event at Sanctuary, limited to 75 couples at a minimum donation of $50,000 each, offered once-in-a-lifetime experiences with sports industry celebrities such as Andre Agassi, Muhammad Ali, Cris Collinsworth, Mia Hamm, Tony Hawk, Jackie Joyner-Kersee, Alonzo Mourning, Anthony Muñoz, Paul O’Neill and Annika Sorenstam. Activities included tennis with Andre Agassi on Sanctuary’s championship tennis courts, a morning run through Paradise Valley with track and field star Jackie Joyner-Kersee, and a cook-off with culinary masters Todd English, Sanctuary’s own Executive Chef Beau MacMillan, and Phoenix’s Mark Tarbell. The weekend concluded with an extravagant private dinner for Muhammad Ali’s 70th birthday.

Sanctuary’s scenic and tranquil atmosphere provided a perfect backdrop for discussions on social issues and education for America’s youth. The weekend sparked conversations that forged new partnerships between Google and the Gates Foundation, Andre Agassi and Unicef, as well as a new Sports for Development program in South Africa and Ethiopia.