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D-backs Announce Most Valuable Partner Awards

The Arizona Diamondbacks (@Dbacks) announced the winners of last week’s Most Valuable Partner Awards, the unique award show designed to honor the best D-backs’ partners in a variety of categories. The awards ceremony was held at Gila River Casinos’ Wild Horse Pass Hotel & Casino – Ovations Live! Showroom.

Several D-backs players were on hand to take part in the red carpet Oscar-style awards show, including Paul Goldschmidt, Aaron Hill, J.J. Putz, A.J. Pollock and Josh Collmenter. The quintet competed in Family Feud against several D-backs partners and comedic results can be viewed here: http://atmlb.com/1aJPQGZ

D-backs President & CEO Derrick Hall emceed the annual event and was featured throughout the night in several commercial spoofs, including the following parodies of a popular AT&T commercial: http://atmlb.com/1dNRpJR and http://atmlb.com/1ap2WPd

The winners of the awards were as follows:

Luis Gonzalez Community Champion – Western Refining
Brand Integration – Subway
D-backs Ambassador – Safelite
Marketing Activation – Anheuser-Busch and Pepsi
Rookie of the Year (first-year partnership) – Safelite
Lifetime Achievement – APS
Fans’ Choice Award – Taco Bell
Most Valuable Partner – Sanderson Ford (Silver Slugger) and Gila River Casinos (Gold Glove)

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D-backs announce 2013 promotional schedule

The Arizona Diamondbacks have announced the 2013 promotional schedule, which includes three bobbleheads, a Wade Miley Garden Gnome and more than a dozen additional promotional items throughout the season. Individual tickets for each of these games, including Opening Day on April 1 vs. the St. Louis Cardinals, will go on sale on Mar. 4. Tickets can be purchased in person at the Chase Field Ticket Office, online at dbacks.com or by calling 602.514.8400. Fans can also access exclusive presale opportunities by becoming a D-backs Insider at dbacks.com.

The first of the three bobbleheads is the Aaron Hill #BiCycle Bobblehead that will honor Hill for his two cycles last season (June 8). The other two bobbleheads will feature fan favorites Paul Goldschmidt (Aug. 10) and Miguel Montero (Sept. 14). The Montero bobblehead will be given away on Hispanic Heritage Day.

New this year, the D-backs will host a street festival prior to three games throughout the season (Apr. 1, Apr. 13, May 11, Sept. 14) that will feature food trucks, D-backs inflatables and several activities before fans enter the stadium.

Also on the promotional schedule are several $5 College Nights, School Family Nights, Choir Nights and Senior Days as well as Stitch & Pitch (April 13), four educational field trip days (April 29-May 2) and events for the Girl Scouts (May 11), a Camp Day (June 19), Cheer Night (August 31) and a Band Night (September 28). Three Mystery Ball events are also planned for April 27, June 8 and August 10. The club will host post-game fireworks shows, presented by Gila River Casinos, following 10 Friday night home games.

The D-backs 2013 promotional dates are available at dbacks.com/giveaways, with highlights below:

· 2013 Magnet Schedule, courtesy of Pepsi (First 50,000 fans on April 1 vs. Cardinals)
· APS Green Series (April 12-14 vs. Dodgers)
· Beat LA T-shirt, courtesy of Gila River Casinos (First 20,000 fans on April 13 vs. Dodgers)
· Jackie Robinson Day (April 25 vs. Rockies)
· D-backs Outdoor Recreation Night (April 27 vs. Rockies)
· Wade Miley Garden Gnome, courtesy of Sanderson Ford (First 20,000 fans on April 27 vs. Rockies)
· Faith & Family Night Concert, presented by Grand Canyon University (May 10 vs. Phillies)
· Mother’s Day Tote Bag, courtesy of Pepsi (First 5,000 moms on May 12 vs. Phillies)
· Boy Scout Night Sleepover (May 24 vs. Padres)
· D. Baxter Fan, courtesy of CenturyLink (First 10,000 fans on May 25 vs. Padres)
· D-backs Memorial Day Doubleheader (May 27 vs. Rangers)
D-backs Snapback Cap, courtesy of Budweiser (First 5,000 fans 21 and older at the 12:40 p.m. game on May 27 vs. Rangers)
· Aaron Hill #BiCycle Bobblehead, courtesy of Arizona Sports 620 (First 20,000 fans on June 8 vs. Giants)
· Bark in the Park, presented by Pet Club (June 9 vs. Giants)
· MLB Network Drawstring Bag (First 20,000 fans June 22 vs. Reds)
· D-backs Stars and Stripes T-shirt, courtesy of Ram Trucks (First 15,000 fans on July 5 vs. Rockies)
· D-backs Playing Cards, courtesy of Gila River Casinos (First 5,000 fans 21 and older on July 12 vs. Brewers)
· Native American Recognition Day (July 13 vs. Brewers)
· D-backs Beach Towel, courtesy of Gila River Casinos (First 20,000 fans on July 13 vs. Brewers)
· Back-To-School Backpack, courtesy of Cox Communications (First 5,000 kids on July 14 vs. Brewers)
· D-backs Luchador Mask (First 20,000 fans on July 27 vs. Padres)
· Paul Goldschmidt Bobblehead (First 20,000 fans on August 10 vs. Mets)
· Miguel Montero Growth Chart, courtesy of Arizona Milk Producers (First 5,000 kids on August 11 vs. Mets)
· D-backs Alumni Night (August 31 vs. Giants)
· Labor Day Game (September 2 vs. Blue Jays)
· Faith & Family Night Concert, presented by Grand Canyon University (September 13 vs. Rockies)
· D-backs Hispanic Heritage Day, presented by Budweiser (September 14 vs. Rockies)
· Miguel Montero Bobblehead, courtesy of Subway (First 20,000 fans on September 14 vs. Rockies)
· D-backs Luchador Cape, courtesy of Circle K (First 5,000 kids on September 15 vs. Rockies)
· Bark in the Park, presented by Pet Club (September 15 vs. Rockies)
· Roberto Clemente Day (September 18 vs. Dodgers)
· D-backs Car Show Street Festival (September 29 vs. Nationals)
· 2014 Magnet Schedule (First 20,000 fans on September 30 vs. Nationals)

The D-backs 4-Pack will be available starting March 4 and will allow fans to choose any four games with affordable seating options in all levels at Chase Field. Also on March 4, the D-backs Value Pack will be available for single-game purchase.  For $21, fans will receive a game ticket in the bleachers, a regular size hot dog, a 24 ounce drink, and a special offer from Subway®. For more information on ticket packages, visit www.dbacks.com/tickets.

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Veolia, Subway partner to help those in need

Veolia Transportation, provider of quality bus service to the City of Phoenix, and Subway Restaurants of Arizona, are asking residents from across the Valley to join them in “stuffing a bus” for those in need this holiday season. On three consecutive Fridays, Veolia Transportation and the City of Phoenix will park a festive holiday-themed bus at one Subway location across the Valley, and are asking members of the community to come donate toys, clothing and other household items to benefit families and children in need this Winter.

To thank each member of our community for the donation, Subway will present each person who gives with a special coupon entitling him/her to buy any six-inch sandwich and get a second six-inch sandwich for free. In addition, Subway has teamed up with Otis Spunkmeyer and Shamrock Farms to offer all those who come out to support the events free cookies and milk.

The first of the three community events will take place at Subway Restaurant located at 4326 E. Cactus Road in Phoenix – just west of Tatum on Cactus – from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Everyone in the community is invited to join in the festive giving opportunity.

“Members of our organization will also be on hand to graciously accept any type of cash donation, which will go directly to helping the many children in this community who need us this holiday season,” said Laura Capello of Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central Arizona.

“Veolia Transportation has a long history of serving the Phoenix community. This Stuff A Bus project is a great way for us to support the community and to say thank you to community residents,” said Barrick Neill, of Veolia Transportation.

For more information, visit www.stuff-a-bus.com.

The Be Kind People Project

The Be Kind People Project, Cycle For Success Combat Bullying

What started out as a small gathering of women who shared a commitment to learning, creating, helping and supporting others in meaningful ways may very well help the state of Arizona combat bullying in its schools.

The program – The Be Kind People Project.

“We actually got our start in my home,” said Marcia Meyer, founder of The Be Kind People Project™. “Each year, a few of us would gather around the holidays to try our hand at creativity. This eventually evolved into a fabulous event with women age nine to 90 who last November worked together to create 10,000 teacher appreciation gifts in one great evening.”

This annual holiday event, called Holiday Crafts, Cheers & Laughs® and attended by more than 400 women across the country in 2011, was a start, but Meyer wanted to do more.

“We wanted to make an even bigger positive impact on schools and the community  — and the only way to do that was by visiting one school, and one wonderful teacher, at a time,” said Meyer.

Therefore, Meyer’s Be Kind People Project found its mission —  recognizing teachers and inspiring kindness in students throughout America.

“Our focus is simply to reach teachers across America, starting here in Arizona, with an intentional gesture of  appreciation for the great work teachers do,” said Meyer. “We also seek to inspire kindness in grade school students with the BEE Kind Kid Pledge and instructional aids.”

Since November 2011, The Be Kind People Project has had contact with gifts of recognition to teachers over 20,000 times and has initiated over 500,000 students contacts with items to continue the chain of kindness in their schools and communities.

SubwayEnter Subway.

“Back in 1999, a bunch of local Subway franchisees got together to launch Subway Kids & Sports of Arizona, a nonprofit focused on providing sports equipment, uniforms, registration fees and access to major sporting events for kids who might not otherwise be able to participate,” said Mark Roden, a multi-unit Subway franchisee and executive director of Subway Kids & Sports of Arizona.

Subway Restaurants of Arizona supports kids in sports because it believes basic sports skills — teamwork, commitment and accountability — help kids throughout their lives.  Subway Kids & Sports of Arizona has reached more than 14,000 Arizona children since its inception in 1999.

Cycle for SuccessAmong the organization’s most successful programs since its inception is Cycle for Success, which focuses on increasing children’s self-esteem, encouraging the community to become involved in the lives of at-risk children and promoting kindness in local schools.

For many years, the organization partnered with other nonprofits to provide free bikes, helmets and locks as well as Subway and Shamrock Farms-catered lunches to schools statewide.

“As we moved into 2012, we didn’t have a partner to help us reach out to the schools,” said Roden. “So when we heard about the good works the Be Kind People Project had been doing with teachers and school districts, we were intrigued.”

A natural partnership, the organizations are now committed to spread the word of kindness in the classroom — both for one’s teachers and fellow students — through Cycle for Success and other proactive outreach activities.

“Our May event was something very special,” said Roden. “In honor of the end of the school year, we presented three students bikes and three classes a catered lunch, but we also stepped up along with The Be Kind People Project to provide the entire school a ‘Kindness Rally’ of sorts in the school cafeteria.”

The event featured the BE KIND CREW, a street fusion dance team that travels with The Be Kind People Project to schools across the country.

The BE KIND CREW is comprised of dancers from the Arizona-based EPIK Dance Company, which is a non-profit organization dedicated to uniting and uplifting people by sharing their love of music, movement and the arts. There was recognition of the three Cycle for Success winners and another dozen honorable mentions, a surprise appearance by Arizona Diamondbacks legend Luis Gonzales, and cookies and milk for the entire school — from Subway and Shamrock, of course.

In addition to Cycle for Success, The Be Kind People Project is working to bring its positive message to schools and teachers in Arizona via school assemblies, giveaways and other special events.

Similarly, Subway Kids & Sports is gearing up for its 2012 grant nominations process, which will be announced this summer and will include the opportunity to apply for monetary grants from the organization to support local child-focused sports programs. They will also work with Jared Fogle, Subway’s national spokesperson, and his Jared’s Foundation to sponsor nutritional programs in several Arizona schools.

For more information on how to get involved with Cycle for Success or the Be Kind People Project, please visit thebekindpeopleproject.org.
For more information about Subway Kids & Sports of Arizona, please visit subwaykidsandsports.org.