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Discovery Triangle Launches Healthy Initiative

The Discovery Triangle Development Corporation is launching a fresh food initiative that will bring a mobile produce market to underserved neighborhoods located in the Discovery Triangle. The “Fresh Express by Discovery Triangle” will sell fresh, affordable and high-quality fruits and vegetables out of a donated, retrofitted Valley Metro bus.

A launch event was held on February 25 at the Brunson-Lee Elementary School in Phoenix. Phoenix Mayor Greg Stanton and Tempe Mayor Mark Mitchell jumped off the bus with bags of apples for the kids. The mayors and community partners spoke at the event. The bus, stocked with fresh produce, was available for tours.

“The Fresh Express is another example of Phoenix finding innovative ways to address problems and improve the quality of life of residents,” said Phoenix Mayor Greg Stanton.

“Tempe children and families in need in this area will be well served by the new service,” said Tempe Mayor Mark Mitchell. “This is a great – and truly fresh – idea to make our community even stronger and healthier.”

The Discovery Triangle, which facilitates redevelopment in Phoenix and Tempe, developed the initiative after examining the lack of accessible grocery stores in the area, considered a “food desert,” and seeing a need to enhance the health of residents. Providing a mobile option is key since many of the residents in the area depend on public transportation.

“As civic entrepreneurs, the Discovery Triangle brings partners together to solve issues impacting the region. We believe increasing the accessibility of affordable, healthy food and health education will boost the region’s economic development opportunities,” said Don Keuth, president of the Discovery Triangle Development Corporation.

Fresh Express by Discovery Triangle will begin selling produce in March with a pilot program on Tuesdays and Thursdays. Routes will include schools, senior centers, parks, churches and other gathering places throughout the Discovery Triangle region.

Chase Bank, the founding sponsor, provided seed and operations funding to help launch Fresh Express. “Many people in the Discovery Triangle are dependent on public transportation to get to a grocery store. Now residents will have more options with the Fresh Express bringing affordable fruits and vegetables to convenient, walkable locations,” said Paul Groves, who heads the JPMorgan Private Bank in Arizona.

The bus also will offer on-board community health resources including nutrition education and health screenings. Produce will be sold at affordable prices. All forms of payment will be accepted including SNAP (Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program).

FRESH EXPRESS PARTNERS AND SPONSORS

Several local organizations are partnering on the initiative:

· Discovery Triangle Development Corporation – Managing the initiative

· Valley Metro – Coordinating bus operations and in-kind donations

· Peddler’s Son – Providing fruits and vegetables

· ASU College of Nursing and Health Innovation – Offering health screenings

· UMOM New Day Centers – Providing training and staffing

Sponsors whose donations have made the bus possible:

· Chase (founding sponsor)

· Valley Metro

· Junior League of Phoenix

· Blue Cross Blue Shield

· Arizona Community Foundation

· St. Luke’s Health Initiative

· eeko Studio

· Blue Media

· First Transit

· Maricopa County Industrial Development Authority

· UA College of Medicine

· Southwest Gas

· Creative Bus Sales Arizona

· ThermoGuard

· Custom Made Gas Tanks

· Safeway

· Phoenix I

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Key Muscheid Elected to the UMOM New Day Centers Board

Fennemore Craig, one of the largest law firms in the Southwest, announced that Kendis Key Muscheid, a director at Fennemore Craig in the firm’s Phoenix office, has been elected to the Board of Directors for UMOM New Day Centers.

Muscheid focuses her legal practice in the areas of nonprofit and tax-exempt organizations, charitable trusts, and state and local taxation. Muscheid represents a wide array of non-profit organizations, those exempt under Section 501(c)(3) and other sections, advising them on matters including organizational structure, qualification for tax exemption, maintaining tax exempt status, charitable solicitations and registrations, endowment building and management, governance issues, and unrelated business income taxes. Muscheid also represents organizations in audits and appeals before the IRS and state and local governmental agencies. She is rated AV® Preeminent ™ (the highest rating available) by Martindale-Hubbell and listed in both Best Lawyers in America®, Nonprofit/Charities Law, and Southwest Super Lawyers®, Nonprofit Law.

UMOM is the largest homeless shelter for families in the state of Arizona which provides safe shelter and supportive services for over 170 families each night. They also offer over 350 units of affordable housing across Metropolitan Phoenix.

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NATIONAL ACTS SCHEDULED FOR THE 10TH ANNUAL MCDOWELL MOUNTAIN MUSIC FESTIVAL BENEFITING LOCAL CHARITIES

The 10th Annual McDowell Mountain Music Festival (MMMF) is scheduled to take place at the Margaret T. Hance Park in Phoenix, March 22 – March 24. The 14-band, main stage lineup includes The Roots, The Shins, Umphrey’s McGee and Duo de Twang, among others.

McDowell Mountain Music Festival

Umphrey McGee/Photo by Chad Smith

MMMF is Arizona’s only non-profit music festival, donating 100 percent of the proceeds to local, family-based charities. This year, the festival has chosen to support UMOM New Day Centers, Phoenix Children’s Hospital and Ear Candy Charity.

Although MMMF has traditionally been held in Scottsdale, this year it will move to downtown Phoenix. “ We’re looking forward to creating a relationship with the City of Phoenix and all that it has to offer, especially downtown,” said John Largay, the festival’s founder.

The three-day event will feature an Artist’s Marketplace, Kids Zone, Drum Circle and several performances from local bands on the Local Stage.

General admission and VIP tickets for this year’s event are available online at MMMF.com.

MMMF

National Acts Scheduled for the 10th Annual McDowell Mountain Music Festival Benefiting Local Charities

The 10th Annual McDowell Mountain Music Festival (MMMF) is scheduled to take place at the Margaret T. Hance Park in Phoenix, March 22 – March 24. The 14-band, main stage lineup includes The Roots, The Shins, Umphrey’s McGee and Duo de Twang, among others.

MMMF Logo2MMMF is Arizona’s only non-profit music festival, donating 100 percent of the proceeds to local, family-based charities. This year, the festival has chosen to support UMOM New Day Centers, Phoenix Children’s Hospital and Ear Candy Charity.

Although MMMF has traditionally been held in Scottsdale, this year it will move to downtown Phoenix. “ We’re looking forward to creating a relationship with the City of Phoenix and all that it has to offer, especially downtown,” said John Largay, the festival’s founder.

The three-day event will feature an Artist’s Marketplace, Kids Zone, Drum Circle and several performances from local bands on the Local Stage.

General admission and VIP tickets for this year’s event are available online at MMMF.com.

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RAMARK, UMOM New Day Centers Help People get Jobs in Phoenix

As many as 25,000 individuals in Arizona were homeless over the past year, many due to a recent job loss. Yet six out of 10 adults living at UMOM New Day Centers for low-income and homeless families don’t have a high school diploma or GED, or the skills needed to find a job in today’s challenging economic market.

To help address this need, ARAMARK, the global professional services company, will establish a hub for job readiness at UMOM and provide ongoing resources and expertise to help individuals prepare for and secure meaningful jobs.

“Without an education or training, it is difficult for our families to afford the rent for an average apartment and achieve economic independence,” said Darlene Newsom, CEO, UMOM New Day Centers.

The ARAMARK Building Community (ABC) Opportunity Zone will include offices that will be redesigned into efficient spaces for case management and meetings with employment specialists. A large under-utilized conference area will be updated with fresh paint and inspirational murals, creating a place for residents to learn new skills, search for jobs, obtain Graduation Equivalency Diploma (GED) tutoring, work on resumes or participate in workshops to enhance self-esteem and interviewing skills. Volunteers will also update UMOM’s computer skills training room.

Throughout the year, ARAMARK will provide support for UMOM’s workforce programs, providing monthly tutoring, and workshops for developing resumes and practicing interview skills.  In addition, volunteers will create and distribute GED preparation kits and hold an office furniture donation program.

“ARAMARK is proud of this ongoing partnership with UMOM,” Sandy Heilman, Vice President Sales and Marketing, ARAMARK Parks & Destinations. “By lending the talents of our employees and our resources we hope to help people learn the skills they need to find jobs and achieve financial independence, ultimately resulting in stronger families and a thriving community.”

UMOM, which has served the Greater Phoenix area for more than 45 years, is the largest homeless shelter for families in the state, serving more than 6,000 people annually, and offering a variety of services including food, transportation assistance, child care, programs for teens, education, job search workshops and medical care.

The project is part of ARAMARK Building Community (ABC), the company’s global volunteer and philanthropic program, ARAMARK strengthens local community centers and helps struggling families in the U.S. and abroad.

Since the start of the partnership with UMOM in 2009, ARAMARK has renovated the center’s clothing processing and storage room and donated much needed clothing; updated outdoor play areas to provide families with safe recreational facilities, and created a computer lab for residents. ARAMARK volunteers have also been part of the UMOM Wellness Center’s Health and Wellness fair, hosting healthy cooking demonstrations and providing nutrition education classes.

“We are fortunate to have a partner like ARAMARK. The commitment of their employees, and these additional job readiness resources will help us provide the programs necessary for people to succeed,” Newsom said.