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Berkshire Hathaway donates 105,000 bottles of water

Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Arizona Properties donated 105,568 bottles of water to the Phoenix Rescue Mission this week. The company’s annual Code Red Water Drive provided nearly 9,000 more bottles of water over its 97,000 bottle donation in 2014.

“This is the fourth year we have held a summer water drive for the Phoenix Rescue Mission, and we’ve increased our donations every year,” said Susie Yee, organizer of the event on behalf of Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Arizona Properties. “The Mission does great work on behalf of the homeless and those with substance abuse problems. During the extreme heat we experience in the summer, the water goes a long way in keeping people alive and hydrated.”

Yee said Costco at 33rd Avenue and Indian School Road also helped with the donations this year by offering special pricing on the water and free delivery to the Phoenix Rescue Mission. “We were able to purchase the bottles at a much better price than we could at our individual offices last year,” said Yee. “Our offices really worked together to provide this much-needed water to the Mission.”

Eight Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices office in the greater Phoenix area collected donations and water for the annual Code Red drive. The company’s Scottsdale office raised more than any other with 34,004 bottles donated to the Mission.

“We are happy to offer any help in reducing the number of heat-related fatalities in Arizona, and having water during the extreme heat is a big part of that,” said Yee. According to the Phoenix Rescue Mission, heat related deaths in Arizona have gone from 110 recorded in 2012 to just 26 in 2014. “That is a significant decrease and we are happy to do anything we can to help reduce heat related deaths in the Valley.”

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Phoenix Rescue Mission Names New Board Members

Phoenix Rescue Mission announced its new board chair and board of directors for 2014 during its most recent board meeting held on Jan. 16. Mary O’Hanlon will serve as board chair alongside the 14-member board, including three newly elected members.

Since 1952, Phoenix Rescue Mission has been providing Christ-centered, life-transforming solutions to persons facing hunger and homelessness. O’Hanlon and the new board will work to increase public support of the Mission’s many programs designed to save lives, including Hope Coach Street Outreach, Homeless Emergency Services, Men’s Addiction Recovery Program and the Changing Lives Center for Women and Children.

O’Hanlon, a Paradise Valley resident, previously served as the Mission’s 2013 board vice chair and she has been an active member of the nonprofit’s board for six years. She spent nearly 30 years as founder and president of Barclay Communications, a full-service public relations firm, representing clients on a local, regional and national basis.  The agency’s Feature Film and Entertainment division managed more than 10 motion picture studios and other high profile accounts for several Southwestern states. Under her leadership, Barclay Communications grew to be one of Phoenix’s top agencies, with a client roster that included Walt Disney Studios, Universal Pictures, Cirque du Soleil; WWE, Connections Academy, KSLX-FM, KUPD-FM, KDKB-FM, Arizona Broadcasters Association and more.

O’Hanlon’s work as a mentor and community leader is as impressive as her business building. In addition to her work with Phoenix Rescue Mission, she served as a member of Charter 100, Executive Women’s Roundtable and Commercial One. She has also served on the boards of the Greater Phoenix Chamber of Commerce, AWEE (Arizona Women for Education and Employment) and ASU’s Walter Cronkite School of Journalism. Additionally, she is the co-founder of Bosom Buddies, a nonprofit group offering peer counseling to women with breast disease.

Additional Phoenix Rescue Mission Board Members

In addition to O’Hanlon, Phoenix Rescue Mission’s 2014 board-member roster also includes:

·         David Sanderson, professor of Medicine, Emeritus, Mayo Clinic of Arizona, was elected as board vice chair
·         Ron Eriksson, retired vice president of The Dial Corporation, was re-elected as board vice chair and treasurer of the board
·         Kevin Biesty, government relations director for AZ DOT, was re-elected as secretary of the board
·         Rick Cohen, general contractor and developer, was elected to the board
·         Carl Johnson, past board chair and retired president of Mattrix
·         Paul Reichert, president and CEO of PJ Brands
·         Kathleen Hall, community leader
·         Dennis Pickering, president and CEO of Behcon, Inc.
·         Mike Kuzara, operations manager for DS Waters
·         Paul Senseman, principal of Policy Development Group
·         Nancy Witherall, community leader
·         Brad Richardson, owner of The Legacy Gallery
·         Dan Saban, executive director of Trident Security Systems

For more information, call (602) 233-3000 or visit www.phoenixrescuemission.org.

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Summer Heat Relief Campaign Kicks off May 1

Scorching temperatures are a health hazard to the Valley’s homeless and elderly shut-ins, and one non-profit organization is mobilizing to prevent heat-related deaths and illnesses among this vulnerable, growing population.

Phoenix Rescue Mission is partnering with several municipalities and businesses to launch its new “Code Red: Summer Heat Relief Campaign” on Wed., May 1. While the Mission has conducted annual summer water drives for several years, “Code Red” elevates the urgency of the call to action with a public plea for water, white socks, toiletries, cool snack packs, hats, light-colored T-shirts, sunglasses, sunscreen, chapstick, chilly neck coolers and more. Volunteers are needed to help with distribution efforts and other tasks. Monetary donations are also requested, particularly in May when the Mission qualifies for a matching grant made possible by several friends of the Phoenix Rescue Mission that ends May 31.

“The majority of homeless people on the streets are battling addiction challenges, which means many of them are already severely dehydrated because of their substance abuse. Combine that with extreme heat and it can be fatal,” said Jay Cory, Phoenix Rescue Mission president and CEO.

Arizona ranks as the 4th worst state in the nation for homelessness. A startling 13,248 men, women and children are homeless in Maricopa County, according to the most recent Maricopa Association of Governments street count and point-in-time shelter data. In addition, Phoenix was recently identified in a national HUD survey as one of the few places in the U.S. where the homeless street population has actually grown by 11 percent in 2012 as compared to 2011.

Public drop-off sites for water, socks, sunscreen, hats, toiletries and other heat relief items are located throughout the Valley. For a complete list of items needed and drop-off locations, visit www.phoenixrescuemission.org.

Phoenix Rescue Mission provides Christ-centered, life-transforming solutions to persons facing hunger and homelessness. The non-profit Mission, which has been operating since 1952, is asking the public for support of its many programs designed to save lives, including Hope Coach Street Outreach, Homeless Emergency Services, Men’s Addiction Recovery Program and the new Changing Lives Center for Women and Children. For more information, call (602) 346-3342 or visit www.phoenixrescuemission.org.

Make-A-Wish Foundation of Arizona

Make-A-Wish Expects To Grant 300 Wishes In 2012

The Make-A-Wish Foundation of Arizona is expected to grant nearly 300 wishes next year for children with life-threatening medical conditions with the help of its new talent.

Karen Mankoski, the new talent, has more than 13 years of experience in creating sustainability and raising more than $25 million for multiple Valley non-profit organizations such as Mothers Against Drunk Driving, UCP of Central Arizona, Mercy Housing, Make-A-Wish Foundation of America, Phoenix Rescue Mission, Saint Mary’s Catholic High School, and the AZ Lost Boys Center.Make-A-Wish Foundation of Arizona

Make-A-Wish President and CEO Elizabeth Reich is  “excited about Karen’s level of experience” and confident in her abilities to “grant more wishes” through meeting fundraising goals. Mankoski’s is responsible for producing more than $3 million annually for funding.

Mankoski has a passion for the mission of the Make-A-Wish Foundation, which is evident with her new goal to grant more wishes by reducing the amount of time a child waits for his or her wish to be granted. Wishes usually take 12 to 18 months to grant, and Mankoski has “set a goal to grant wishes within 6 to 9 months.”

“The more money we can raise, the faster we can grant wishes and create the most memorable experience for children,” Mankoski said.

When a wish of a child is granted, he or she feels stronger, more energetic, and gains more willpower to battle their life-threatening medical condition. For many, it marks a turning point to recovery. Not only the children are affected, the families gain hope, strength and joy through this program.

The Make-A-Wish Foundation of Arizona is the founding chapter of the world’s largest wish granting organization. The foundation grants wishes with the help of generous donors and will grant its 4,000th wish this fall.

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About the Make-A-Wish Foundation of Arizona

The Make-A-Wish Foundation of Arizona, the founding chapter of the world’s largest wish granting organization, grants the wishes of children with life-threatening medical conditions to enrich the human experience with hope, strength and joy.
For more information, visit wishaz.org.