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Fry’s raises $68K for Special Olympics Arizona

In an April campaign hosted by all 119 locations of Fry’s Food Stores in Arizona, residents were encouraged to round up their totals to the nearest dollar in support of Special Olympics Arizona (SOAZ). Through this effort, Fry’s was able to raise more than $65,000, showing not only Fry’s continued support, but also Arizona’s immense generosity and patronage for the organization.

SOAZ hosts a variety of programs that continually sees support from Fry’s Food Stores. Whether it’s their company’s participation in Unified Relay Across America, providing in-kind food and beverages during SOAZ competitions or volunteering at programs, Fry’s Food Stores has been a consistent force behind all that SOAZ is able to accomplish.

The donations raised help SOAZ continue to provide year-round sports training, athletic competition and various support programs for nearly 16,000 athletes. SOAZ’s goal is to empower over 180,000 Arizonans with intellectual disabilities to be healthy, productive and respected members, and with the recent donation, will be able to realize these goals much easier.

These programs include “Healthy Athletes,” a free health-screening initiative which provides on-site medical aid for everything from podiatry to dentistry, “Project UNIFY,” a program that promotes social inclusion for individuals with and without intellectual disabilities through sports, and many more.

“With their support in not only SOAZ events, but also in hosting their own events like Fry’s Fuel of Dreams, Fry’s Food Stores has been an amazing philanthropic presence for our organization,” Special Olympics Arizona CEO Tim Martin said. “Their yearly support on and off the field is something for which we’re immensely grateful.”

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Quarles & Brady attorney helps lead Special Olympics

The national law firm of Quarles & Brady LLP announced that David E. Funkhouser III, a partner in the firm’s Phoenix office, has been appointed Chair of the Grants, Corporate Sponsorships and In-Kind Donations Committee for the Special Olympics Arizona (SOAZ) Development Team.

In this role, Funkhouser will focus on cultivating current relationships, as well as developing new partnerships between the business community in Arizona and SOAZ. The objective is to enhance the organization’s ability to provide year-round sports training and athletic competition in a variety of Olympic-type sports for all children and adults with intellectual disabilities. Funkhouser also serves as a member of the Leadership Council for the Special Olympics Advocacy Resource program.

Funkhouser handles complex commercial litigation matters, where he focuses his practice on trust, estate, and probate litigation and other business disputes. He also routinely represents financial institutions and servicers in all aspects of litigation. 

Funkhouser is also heavily involved in the local community, just recently being named to the Greater Phoenix Economic Council (GPEC) Ambassador Steering Committee, which is focused on ensuring GPEC’s Ambassador Program aligns with the organization’s key objectives and mission. Funkhouser is also a Past-President of the Maricopa County Bar Association and a Fellow of the American Bar Foundation. He was selected for inclusion in the 2014 and 2015 Southwest Super Lawyers magazines and named to both the Phoenix Business Journal’s “40 under 40” and Richman Media’s “Leaders under 40” lists, respectively. Funkhouser is a founding member of Suns 88 Charities and a certified ambassador for the Greater Phoenix Economic Council. He also served in the Arizona House of Representatives from 2008–2009. Funkhouser earned both his law degree and undergraduate degree from the University of Iowa, and received the 2013 Recent Alumni Award from the College of Law in 2013.

SOAZ Athletes at Subway

Subway Restaurants join forces for fundraising campaign

Special Olympics Arizona (SOAZ) announced it has partnered with Subway Restaurants of Arizona – including every single local restaurant and local owner – on “You Share, We Share,” a campaign that encourages the community to get out and share their weekends with Subway restaurants, and the locally owned restaurants will share right back by donating a percentage of weekend sales, up to $58,000, directly to Special Olympics Arizona.  The program kicks off this weekend and goes every Saturday and Sunday through the end of August. 

“We want to make it as easy as possible for our franchisees, sandwich artists and customers to support Special Olympics,” says franchisee Chad Barnett, who serves as chair of the local Subway Advertising Fund Trust. “We aren’t asking for donations at the counter. We aren’t encouraging customers to visit a website and make a pledge. We are simply inviting them to visit any of our locations in Arizona on Saturday or Sunday for breakfast, lunch or dinner. Every visit will make a difference.”

The local franchisees set a goal of raising more than $50,000 – in part – to honor Subway 50th anniversary, taking place throughout 2015. In addition to supporting SOAZ in its restaurants during the campaign, the sandwich-making pioneers have also signed on to take an active role in SOAZ’s spring and summer events through food and raffle donations as well as hands-on volunteering opportunities, including a May donation of more than 1,300 lunches for athletes and volunteers at the 2015 Special Olympics Summer Games. 

Special Olympics Arizona provides every person with intellectual disabilities a place of welcome, acceptance and the chance to be their best. The practices learned in Special Olympics Arizona also impact their life skills. Sports’ training enhances focus and gives participants a structure for learning important lessons about perseverance, endurance and setting goals. The organization’s mission is to empower over 180,000 Arizonans with intellectual disabilities to be healthy, productive and respected members of society.

“For our athletes, Special Olympics sports provide a gateway to empowerment, competence, acceptance and joy. Every dollar raised through this campaign will impact these amazing athletes and their families at a hyper-local level,” says Tim Martin, President and CEO of SOAZ. “Changing the lives of athletes across Arizona is a group effort, so having a prominent community partner like Subway on our side will be monumental to raise support and awareness.”

Subway has a long history of supporting SOAZ. For more than a decade, Subway Kids & Sports of Arizona, a local non-profit organization founded by Arizona franchisees focused on raising funds to support children’s access to sports and other wellness programs, has funded annual grants to the organization, most recently with a $5,000 award in 2014.  As locally owned and operated franchises, Subway restaurants is excited to be able to further its commitment to the local community.


Thrill-seekers will rappel CityScape office tower

In an unconventional fundraising effort for Special Olympics Arizona, 160 thrill-seekers will rappel 27 stories in downtown Phoenix on Saturday, Dec. 13 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. This year’s event is sure to soar to new heights with supporters such as Dallas Cowboys Announcer Kevin Ray.

Sponsors CityScape Phoenix and RED Development host the event at its offices, where participants who have raised more than $1,000 have the opportunity to experience Phoenix from new heights. Spectators, friends and family are encouraged to experience the launch for themselves at the Dec. 13 event.

“It’s fantastic to host something that pulls the community together and builds awareness in a nontraditional way,” Tim Martin, CEO of Special Olympics Arizona, said. “The increased interest we receive every year is a true testament to Phoenix’s dedication to helping Special Olympics Arizona and our athletes.”

Each participant, with the $1,000 fundraising goal, will be able to support two Special Olympics Arizona Athletes throughout 2015. Participants must meet the weight requirement between 100 and 300 pounds in order to rappel off CityScape. Those under the age of 18 will need a parent signed waiver. All proceeds will benefit Special Olympics Arizona.

“We’re honored to share our building for such a great cause,” said Jeff Moloznik, vice president of development at RED Development. “‘Over the Edge’ has grown into a signature event that our team looks forward to, and each year we’re exceedingly inspired by the participants who not only come out to rappel down the building, but also raise invaluable awareness for Special Olympics Arizona.”

Special Olympics Arizona provides every person with intellectual disabilities a place of welcome, acceptance and the chance to be their best. The organization’s mission is to empower over 180,000 Arizonans with intellectual disabilities to be healthy, productive and respected members of society through sports training, competitions and support programs.

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Larry H. Miller Dealerships Announce Acquisitions

Larry H. Miller Dealerships Announces

Avondale Store Acquisitions

Three additions further solidify group’s commitment

to Valley community.

PHOENIX (April 1, 2013)- Larry H. Miller Dealerships has announced the acquisition of three Avondale stores: Avondale Chrysler, Jeep; Avondale Dodge, Ram; and Avondale Fiat, bringing the group’s commitment to providing increased options to customers in the Greater Phoenix Area to nine locations. The acquisition is by far the largest in the company’s history, further affirming the group’s dedication to the Arizona market and its communities.

“Larry H. Miller Dealerships has been an active member of this community for more than 30 years,” said Dean Fitzpatrick, president. “In addition to providing our guests with options to suit various price points and style, we are also committed to giving back to the community by assisting local nonprofit organizations. The addition of these dealership locations will expand our footprint in the Avondale area and allow us to provide even more support.”

The dealerships were purchased from two partners; John Grant and Doug Moreland.

Larry H. Miller Dealerships opened its first Valley location, Larry H. Miller Toyota Peoria, in 1980. The automotive group added a Dodge dealership to the site in 1995 and Hyundai in 2000. Larry H. Miller Volkswagen was opened in 2004 in Avondale, and its Nissan dealership was opened in Scottsdale in 2006, and then moved to Mesa in 2008. As well, the group opened a brand new Chrysler, Dodge, Jeep, Ram dealership in Surprise in late 2012.

Larry H. Miller Dealerships will retain the existing employees of the three newly-acquired dealerships bringing the total number of Arizona-based personnel to more than 1,000. These employees are located throughout the state with nine stores in the Valley and an additional four that were also acquired from Moreland and Grant in Tucson.

“An important part of the purchase value of these dealerships is the employees,” stated Fitzpatrick. “We are impressed with the corporate culture at these stores and the high-caliber, experienced people who work there. We feel that they will be a great fit for our organization.”

John Grant added, “It is always a difficult decision to make when selling our dealerships to a new group.  It is important to both me and Doug that we select a company that values its customers and employees. Our decision was made easier knowing how Larry H. Miller Dealerships conducts business and the benefits they offer their workers.”

Outside of the latest acquisition, Larry H. Miller Dealerships currently operates six stores in the Phoenix market; three of which are part of a $30 million West Valley reconstruction project. The Larry H. Miller Toyota, Hyundai and Dodge Ram stores on Bell Road in Peoria are anticipated for completion in summer 2013.

Larry H. Miller Dealerships has a strong legacy of giving back to communities where they do business. Through its charitable foundation, Larry H. Miller Charities, approximately $500,000 has been donated to nearly 150 qualified nonprofit organizations throughout the greater Phoenix area. Beneficiaries include the Phoenix Children’s Hospital, Ronald McDonald House, The Maricopa Pediatric Foundation, Special Olympics Arizona, the Peoria School District Foundation and Sharing Down Syndrome Arizona.

With these new acquisitions, Larry H. Miller Dealerships will remain 10th on the Automotive News list of top 125 dealership groups in the country, now operating 19 different automotive brands at 55 locations in seven Western states.  The company is privately owned by the Larry H. and Gail Miller family.

For more information about Larry H. Miller dealerships, visit www.lhmauto.com.