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Cushman & Wakefield of Arizona staffers (l to r) Blaine Black, Bonnie Machen, Greg Valladao and Patrick Devine flip burgers on the grills at the Human Services Campus in Phoenix.

NAIOP Arizona reports philanthropic efforts, achievements

As part of its philanthropic efforts, NAIOP Arizona has fed almost 13,000 homeless people at the Human Service Campus near Downtown Phoenix and has raised thousands of dollars for Ryan House.

In 2013 NAIOP Arizona fed more than 10,000 homeless people as member firms volunteered on 12 Friday afternoons. Given the name “Dream Teams,” NAIOP Arizona members this year have fed almost 3,000 homeless people.

“One of our clients said, ‘It makes me feel like a Sunday BBQ at home with
my friends. I get to forget for an afternoon where I am and I am so thankful for the folks who give us that chance,’ ” said Margaret Kilman, Assistant Managing Director for HSC-Lodestar Day Resource Center.
“One of our staff members said the volunteers are always so excited to be here and it reminds us all why we do what we do every day. The folks we serve are so happy, too, and it is contagious,” Kilman said.

In 2010, NAIOP Arizona Chairman Todd Holzer said he felt it was necessary to make philanthropy a part of the group’s programming efforts. The board of directors approved the plan. In 2011, Chairman Mike Haenel continued the tradition with the help of the Developing Leaders.

“NAIOP Arizona created the ‘Dream Teams’ in 2013 to expand upon their feeding the homeless efforts,” said board member and 2013 Chairman Keaton Merrell. “Under (2014 Chairman) Megan Creecy-Herman’s leadership, the ‘Dream Teams’ continue with the goal of feeding another 10,000 homeless people.”

Another NAIOP Arizona philanthropic event is the Crawfish Boil. Formed by Chairman John DiVall in 2012, it raises money for Ryan House, which provides respite and palliative care to children with life-threatening conditions and, as needed, end-of-life care. The Crawfish Boil raised an estimated $10,000 this year.

NAIOP Arizona “Dream Team” members that have participated the past two years: Algodon Center, Atwell, Audio Video Resources, Butler Design Group, Capital Asset Management, Cassidy Turley, CBRE, American Realty Capital Properties, Inc., Colliers International, Corgan Associates; Cushman & Wakefield of Arizona, Deutsch Architecture Group, DIRTT Environmental Solutions, DLR Group, Erickson & Meeks Engineering, Hines, Balfour Beatty Construction, HSB, John F. Long Properties, JLL, Kraemer Consulting Engineers; Lawyers Title, LBA Realty, Legacy Capital Advisors, Liberty Property Trust, McCarthy Nordburg, McGrew Consulting Engineers, MW Real Estate, NAI Horizon, Phoenix Design One, PK Associates, Ryan Companies US, Security Title, Skanska, Small Business Finance; Small Giants, Smart Builders, Spectra Contract Flooring, Sperry Van Ness, The Alter Group, Transwestern, Tratt Properties, ViaWest Group, Ware Malcomb, Wells Fargo Bank, Whiting-Turner Contracting, and Willmeng Construction.


Jaburg Wilk Celebration Benefits 3 Valley Charities

In celebration of 30 years, Jaburg Wilk is holding a charity carnival and silent auction. All proceeds will go to local charities Ryan House, Devin’s Gift and St. Joseph the Worker.

The event takes place Wednesday, June 18 from 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at the Great American Tower, 3200 N. Central Ave., Phoenix.

Aioli Burger food truck will be selling lunch and will be donating a portion of their profits to the charities. There will be a silent auction consisting of prizes donated by local businesses and St. Joseph the Worker’s revamped mobile unit will be onsite for touring. Popcorn, cotton candy and snow cones will be provided.

Ryan House provides respite and palliative care to children with life-threatening conditions and, as needed, end-of-life care. Devin’s Gift provides shower kits to Phoenix Children’s Hospital and Cardon’s Children’s Hospital. St. Joseph the Worker helps individuals return to the workforce and become self-sufficient, productive members of society.

All three charities will be on site to talk about their cause.


Ryan House announces new leadership

Ryan House, a Phoenix-based nonprofit that provides respite and palliative care to Arizona children facing life-threatening conditions and, as needed, end-of-life care, is pleased to announce a new Executive Director and Chairman of their Board of Directors.   The nonprofit recently selected Julie Bank as their new Executive Director and Matthew Winter has been appointed as the Chairman of the Board.

Bank comes to Ryan House with more than 25 years of experience in program planning, administration, communications and marketing experience in the nonprofit sector on both the national and local level.  She brings strong qualifications that will enhance Ryan House’s fundraising, program development, and donor relations. Bank will be responsible for a budget of $2million while overseeing the staff and work in collaboration with severalcommunity partners.

“I look forward to furthering the mission of Ryan House and to bring awareness to the good work being done through our respite, palliative and end-of-life care program,” said Bank.  “I have a passion to want to help children and will look forward to bringing my nonprofit expertise to help serve the children and families of Ryan House.”

Bank has previously worked for American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals as the Director of Education, at Maricopa County Animal Care & Control and most recently was the Executive Director at Animal Care & Control of NYC, running the largest animal welfare organization in the North East.  Bank also has spent more than eight years as a CASA volunteer helping children in the foster care system in Calif., New York and Ariz.

In addition, the Board of Directors recently elected Matthew Winter as the Chairman of the Board. He is currently the managing member ofWinter Law Group, P.L.C., founded by Winter in 2008.  He focuses his practice in the areas of commercial transactions and litigation, and has been practicing law for 20 years.

Winter is committed to serving youth through various community organizations and sports, coaching youth football and baseball and serving as an instructor at various youth sports clinics.  He joined the Board of Directors of Ryan House in 2011 to further his personal commitment to helping youth in the community.

“Ryan House truly is a unique nonprofit in our community and in the country,” said Winter.  “ I am honored to be a part of their leadership and look forward to making great strides to bring awareness to such a needed program.”

Winter currently also serves as Secretary of the Board of Directors of the Fiesta Bowl and Buffalo Wild Wings Bowl, after having served as a member of the Fiesta Bowl Committee since 1997.

Palavela Home - Scottsdale Living March/April 2011

Former Olympic Skater Finds Success With Palavela Home

Palavela Home, an interior design business run by the mother-and-son team of Ryan and Sue O’Meara, has become a “must-see” along the art walk in Old Town Scottsdale.

A former Olympian, Ryan O’Meara had always wanted to pursue a career in interior design, but succeeding in ice dancing came first.

He describes competing in the 2006 Winter Olympics in Torino, Italy, as a “whirlwind” and an “overwhelming experience.” O’Meara and his partner, Jamie Silverstein, placed 16th at the Games.

“If there weren’t pictures, I don’t think I’d remember it because it went by so quickly,” he jokes.

O’Meara’s Olympic experience has deeply influenced his interior design business. In fact, the name of the firm — Palavela — is also the name of the venue where he competed in Torino.

And this past winter, Palavela Home built its own ice rink, called Winter Enchantment, in its front patio. During the month of December, 15 percent of the skate rental profits and 15 percent of the store profits were split between four charities: Homeward Bound, Southwest Center for HIV/AIDS, Ryan House and the ALS Association Arizona Chapter.

O’Meara, who is the principal designer at Palavela, says business is booming now, but that wasn’t always the case.

“My mom and I started a business at the worst possible time,” he says. “Beginning in the recession was tough, but we’ve been going strong for five years now.”

O’Meara believes Palavela Home’s success is the result of the great team he and his mother make.

“She handles the majority of the office and showroom work and I handle our clientele and going out to work on jobs,” O’Meara says. “We really balance each other out.”

The arrangement is good for O’Meara, because his favorite part of the business is working with the customer.

Palavela Home also sells furniture, lighting, accessories, gifts and fabrics. If by chance Palavela doesn’t have exactly what a customer wants, special orders are available from more than 300 sources.

For more information about Palavela Home, visit www.palavelahome.com.