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solari hospice foundation

Solari Hospice Foundation Names Board Of Directors

Solari Hospice Foundation, a non-profit organization that provides vital bereavement assistance to grieving children and families, is pleased to announce the appointment of its first Board of Directors.

“We’re excited to have the combined talents of so many outstanding community leaders, who are each experts in their respective business fields,” says Jamie Muth, executive director, Solari Hospice Foundation. “Our Board of Directors will oversee the strategic direction of the Foundation as we expand the number of grief camps, programs and services we provide, and also spearhead our fundraising efforts to private and corporate donors. With the Board’s guidance, I feel confident that we can reach out and help even more young people who are desperately struggling to deal with loss.”

Gary W. Polsky, founder of Solari Hospice Foundation, serves as president of the Board. Currently, Polsky is also president and chief executive officer of Solari Hospice Care, which is headquartered in Scottsdale, Ariz., and provides trusted, compassionate care to hospice patients and families in Houston, Tex., and Las Vegas, Nev. Polsky’s diverse healthcare leadership experience includes executive positions with Critical Care America, Summit Health and Humana, Inc.

Ralph Fern, owner of Homewatch Caregivers, spent 25 years in sales and marketing for Levi Strauss & Co. as a national account executive selling to major retailers domestically. He was part of a strategic team that forecasted short- and long-term integrated sales and marketing plans. For the past eight years, Fern and his brother have partnered to operate Homewatch Caregivers and establish their business as Arizona’s premiere provider in homecare services. Fern also currently serves on the Banner Community Advisory Board.

Steve Glucksman has more than three decades of experience in providing employers with employee benefit packages to meet their needs. His experience encompasses alternative funded programs, advanced underwriting and solid carrier negotiations. Prior to forming Glucksman Group, Inc., he was an account executive for a major brokerage firm and an insurance carrier representative for an international company. Glucksman is also past president of the Arizona Association of Health Underwriters (AAHU); past president of GPAHU (Greater Phoenix); 1993 National Association of Health Underwriters (NAHU) Merit Award recipient; a member of National Association of Life Underwriters; a member of Association of Health Insurance Agents; Life Underwriter Training Council Fellow (LUTCF); Life Fiesta Bowl committee member; and Board of Director’s member for Phoenix Girls Chorus 2004-2010.

Rick Katz is vice president of Statewide Insurance Corp., where he specializes in finance marketing, new product development and technology vendor relations. Katz has been heavily involved in the community through his volunteer work with Happily Ever After League, Project Graduation and numerous school fundraisers over the years.

Bill Loutos is founder of Loutos Consulting, PC. He spent nine years as a senior tax manager at Deloitte & Touche. Bill specializes in tax planning for closely held entities and their owners and employee benefits. He also has experience in tax planning for individuals, closely held corporations and partnerships, trusts and estates. Bill’s professional accolades include membership in both the Arizona and Illinois Bar Association and serving as former president of the Phoenix Chapter of University of Illinois Alumni Association.

For more information on Solari Hospice Foundation, visit Solari Hospice Foundation’s website at solarihospicefoundation.org.

West Valley Child Crisis Center - Thomas Littler

Littler Elected To Board Of Directors For West Valley Child Crisis Center

Thomas E. Littler, senior shareholder at the Gordon Silver Attorneys and Counselors at Law Arizona office, has been elected to serve as one of eight Board of Directors for the West Valley Child Crisis Center.

The West Valley Child Crisis Center (WVCCC) is a proactive, nonprofit organization aimed at ending the cycle of abuse and family violence through education, prevention programs and safe placement services. The organization helps find caring homes for children who have been removed from their homes by Child Protective Services because of domestic violence, abuse or abandonment, as well as providing training and support for adults who want to become foster families and adoptive parents.

Littler looks forward to making a positive impact within the organization in his role as a member of the Board of Directors. He says, “There is a strong need for foster and adoptive families in Arizona and, as a director, I hope to help fill this void and help the many children in need of safe homes in our community.”

Littler is the senior shareholder in the Arizona office and a member of the firm’s Litigation Department and the Business Restructuring & Bankruptcy Department. He has extensive experience in business restructuring and complex litigation. The focus of his practice is representing debtors and creditors, trustees, official committees, and secured creditors in reorganizations throughout a wide range of industries including construction, real estate, and technology.

For more information about West Valley Child Crisis Center, visit West Valley Child Crisis Center’s website at wvccc.org

valley forward receives grant

Valley Forward Receives $80K Grant

A coalition to foster a statewide sustainability agenda for Arizona has been propelled by a major grant, two new high-level prominent Charter members, its first public sector recruit and two more utilities joining the diverse business-based group.

Valley Forward Association recently received an $80,000 grant from the Nina Mason Pulliam Charitable Trust with the opportunity to renew funding for an additional two years to grow its Arizona Forward initiative, launched last year to promote a healthy environment while encouraging economic vitality. As part of its annual grant program, the Trust awarded more than $1.8 million to 22 Arizona nonprofit organizations.

The University of Arizona and Cox Communications are the newest Charter members, joining nine other high-level entities represented on the Arizona Forward Advisory Board. Other new recruits include Pima County, Unisource Energy Corporation and Southwest Gas Corp., bringing the total roster to 41.

“This generous financial support from the Trust will allow us to continue our education, outreach and advocacy aimed at enhancing the livability and sustainability of communities throughout Arizona,” said Diane Brossart, acting director for Arizona Forward. “Our ultimate goal is to encourage more coordinated regional efforts through an exchange of ideas and information statewide that bolster our overall economic growth and environmental quality.”

Arizona Forward is leveraging the resources of the 43-year-old Valley Forward to bring business and civic leaders together to convene thoughtful public dialogue on statewide sustainability issues. The group’s basic agenda focuses on land use and open space planning, protecting public lands, parks and monuments, as well as transportation, air quality, water and energy.

“We have experienced impressive growth of public and private sector members in a relatively short time, coupled with an initial grant from a private foundation in 2011 and the one we just received from the Trust,” said Kurt Wadlington, Tucson building group leader for Sundt Construction and chairman of Arizona Forward. “It demonstrates the need for what we are providing and encourages corporate stewardship.


Since the Trust began its grant making in 1998, it has awarded more than $99.2 million to 422 Arizona nonprofit organizations. The Trust also makes grants in Indiana and as of March 31, 2012, had assets of approximately $350 million. Visit ninapulliamtrust.org for more information about the Trust and its programs.


Arizona Forward is an initiative that brings business and civic leaders together to convene thoughtful public dialogue and advocacy on statewide sustainability issues. Charter Members include: Arizona Community Foundation, Cox Communications, First Solar, Freeport McMoran Copper and Gold, National Bank of Arizona, Solon Corporation, Sundt Construction, The Nature Conservancy, Total Transit, University of Arizona and Wells Fargo.

For more information on Valley Forward and the Arizona Forward initiative, visit arizonaforward.org or call (602) 240-2408.

United Food Bank, Annual Holiday Season Food Drive

United Food Bank In Need Of Food Donations For Holiday Season

United Food Bank in need of food donations for holiday season

United Food Bank holds an annual holiday season food drive to help feed tens of thousands of people in need. However, United Food Bank was not able to supply enough turkeys and other holiday food last year.

“We did not come close to meeting the demand we had last year,” says Bob Evans, CEO and president of United Food Bank.

In order to further donations, United Food Bank is extending its hours at its Mesa facility. Preferred donations include frozen turkeys, traditional holiday food such as canned vegetables, boxed stuffing and mashed potatoes or cash donations.

Donations will also be accepted at the Dana Park Village Square shopping center on Nov. 12 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. A refrigerated truck will be on site to collect perishable donations.

“We’re hoping to improve…this year and we’re stepping up our efforts to make it easier for people to make a donation,” Evans says.

Offices, school groups, clubs and retail locations are also encouraged to participate in the food drive. They are able to do so by hosting their own food drive to collect money and non-perishable food items.

To encourage the groups, United Food Bank published a list of ideas on unitedfoodbank.org that details ideas for contests and “gobble grams” to give to those who make a donation.

United Food Bank is a nonprofit organization that provides hunger relief and food assistance throughout Maricopa County and Eastern Arizona.

Donations can be made at:
United Food Bank’s Mesa facility
245 S. Nina Dr.
Nov. 12, 8 a.m. to noon
Nov. 14, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Nov. 19, 8 a.m. to noon
Nov. 23, 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.

[stextbox id=”grey”]Information about organizing food drives can be found on United Food Bank’s website, www.unitedfoodbank.org.[/stextbox]


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