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GPE Philanthropy Provides Critical Supplies to Valley Nonprofits

Twenty-thirteen marked GPE Companies’ 40th anniversary, and to celebrate, the company mounted a yearlong campaign of giving, called 40 for 40. The effort resulted in a cornucopia of critical supplies delivered to multiple Valley charities.

“The community has supported us wholeheartedly throughout GPE Companies’ 40 years, and we’re grateful for the opportunity to give back,” said company President David M. Genovese. “With so many deserving charities in the Valley, selecting ones to support was difficult.”

Each month, employees set a goal of collecting 40 items particular to the chosen organization. They exceeded the goal every time.

For St. Mary’s Food Bank, an array of food items will satisfy the hunger of needy families. AnySoldier.com received boxes of everyday essentials to send to troops in Afghanistan. The rescue pets waiting for adoption at HALO and Friends for Life now have refreshed supplies.

Children participating in Salvation Army’s Kinder Ready program will have new backpacks to carry their books. Mentally and physically disabled residents of Ozanam Manor, a temporary home, received 40 cases of bottled water. Central Arizona Shelter Services received blankets to keep residents warm. Children with an incarcerated parent touched by Angel Tree, a Christian-based program that spreads religion to inmates and their families, received new toys.

“GPE values being a part of and contributing to the community in which we live and work,” said Genovese. “We hope in small way the donated items will make a difference.”

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St. Mary’s Girls Basketball Ranks As No. 1 Team In Nation

The St. Mary’s (Phoenix) high school girls basketball team has accomplished a first in the history of girls basketball in Arizona.

After closing out the 2011-2012 season undefeated at 30-0, the St. Mary’s Knights is ranked the No. 1 team in the nation, according to ESPN’s Powerade Fab 50 rankings. They repeated as Arizona state champions with a 65-40 win over Chandler Hamilton.

With less than five victories by less than 10 points, the Knights practically breezed through the season. The closest game was against Windward High School (Los Angeles), who is ranked No. 6 nationally, and the Knights won by four points.

Led by Coach Curtis Ekmark, this team is poised to make another run at being one of the nation’s elite again in the 2012-2013 season — despite the team’s graduating seniors Shilpa Tummala, No. 68 prospect signed to Harvard, and Courtnee Walton, No. 58 prospect signed to Louisville.

With returning players to the AAU U9 National Championship team — Chantel Osahor and twin sisters Danielle and Dominique Williams, plus Courtney Ekmark, one of the top prospects in the nation for the 2014 class — the Knights are in good shape.

On top of that, the core of this basketball team has been playing together since they were nine to 11 years old; and the on-court chemistry is proof.

The Knights started the 2012 season by winning the biggest high school girls basketball tournament in the nation, the Nike Tournament of Champions, hosted in Phoenix, Ariz.