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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.

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Muscular Dystrophy Association Offices Sell for $9.1M in Tucson

The 82,942 SF Muscular Dystrophy Association offices at 3300 E. Sunrise Dr. in Tucson, Ariz., were sold today to an affiliate of Larsen Baker, LLC.  The purchase price was $9.1M.

MDA will remain as the major tenant in the offices and said it looks forward to working with Larsen Baker as the MDA building transitions into a multi-tenant corporate office complex to be called The Offices at La Paloma.  Last September, MDA announced it was putting the facility up for sale, but would be keeping the vast majority of its employees in Tucson.

Don Baker, co-owner of Larsen Baker, released an architectural rendering of how the former single tenant building will be repurposed to serve as corporate offices for multiple executive users.  Larsen Baker plans to make improvements to the entry drive, landscaping and signage and then work with TREO to implement a nationwide search for corporate headquarters that could relocate to Tucson.

Richard Kleiner, MBA, Principal of Cushman & Wakefield|PICOR, and Eric Sorensen, Senior Director of Cushman & Wakefield, represented the seller.  Larsen Baker LLC and Chapman Lindsey Commercial Real Estate Services represented the buyer.

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Ronald McDonald House Charities hires Diaz

Geronimo “Jerry” Diaz, who spent the past three years handling executive responsibilities with Learning Ally (formerly Recording for the Blind and Dyslexic) and the previous 16 years with the Muscular Dystrophy Association in Phoenix and Pleasanton, CA, has been named Development Director for the Ronald McDonald House Charities of Phoenix (RMHC).

Diaz will manage fund-raising and community outreach for RMHC, which recently announced plans to build a third Ronald McDonald House in the Valley on the campus of Banner Cardon Children’s Medical Center in Mesa.

“Jerry brings an important depth of experience which will be vital in our fund-raising efforts for both the new Ronald McDonald House and for our ongoing mission to serve families whose children are undergoing medical care in the Valley at the two existing Houses in the Valley,” said Ronald McDonald House Executive Director Nancy Roach.  “We’re thrilled to have him on our team.”

Most recently, Diaz, a Tempe resident, was Vice President at Learning Ally where he developed new systems and processes, including a board-relations plan supporting 16 boards across the nation.  Previously, he had been Regional Executive Director for the organization.

At the Muscular Dystrophy Association (MDA), Diaz served as Regional Director from 2005 to 2009.  Among his accomplishments during his tenure was to negotiate more than 10 television telethon contracts.  Before his promotion to Regional Director, Diaz served as Regional Coordinator in both Pleasanton and Phoenix from 1997 to 2005 and he was District Director of the Las Vegas MDA for two years.

Diaz earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Justice Studies from Arizona State University.

For more information about the Ronald McDonald House Charities of Phoenix, visit www.rmhcphoenix.com.

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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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Sundt Foundation Eclipses $1M In Donations For MDA

The Sundt Foundation and Sundt Construction, Inc. employees surpassed the $1M mark in funds raised for the Muscular Dystrophy Association (MDA) during the Annual Mike Gaines Charity Golf Tournament hosted at the Legacy Golf Club in Phoenix.

The golf tournament, which is the second of six MDA charity events scheduled in 2012, collected $48,562 – putting the total funds collected and donated through Mike Gaines Charity Fundraising Events at $1,003,522 since the inaugural tournament was held 11 years ago.

The balance of the more than $1M in funds raised for ALS research through the Mike Gaines Fundraising Events has been contributed by Sundt employees and tournament participants, and most of the monies were given directly to MDA.

Approximately $270,000 in donations has been made through the Sundt Foundation.

Former longtime Sundt Construction, Inc. employee Mike Gaines launched the golf tournament in 2001, shortly after he was diagnosed with Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS), also known as Lou Gehrig’s disease. Gaines passed away in 2002. His legacy lives on through the Mike Gaines Charitable Fundraising Events, which are held every year in Phoenix, Tucson, Sacramento, San Diego and San Antonio. Funds raised through these events benefit the Muscular Dystrophy Association in support of its research to find a cure for ALS. Over the years, the Sundt Foundation has hosted more than 30 of these events nationwide.

“Mike Gaines was an incredible colleague and friend. It has been our privilege to honor Mike’s memory by raising money to help find a cure for ALS by playing the sports he loved during his life,” said Aly Gartin, long-term Sundt employee-owner and administrator for Mike Gaines Charitable Fundraising Events. “We are grateful to all of our employees and supporters who have participated in these events over the years, all of whom have made it possible for us to surpass $1 million in funds raised for MDA to help eradicate this disease.”

The Sundt Foundation, which is funded primarily by Sundt employees and company matching, helps organize and raise awareness for Mike Gaines Charity Fundraising Events held throughout Arizona, California and Texas.