November 12, 2018


More than 250 volunteers help with Valley Partnership community project

Valley Partnership, the Valley of the Sun’s premier advocacy group for responsible development, has successfully completed their 2018 community project at Sunshine Acres Children’s Home in Mesa.

The community project event took place on Saturday, Nov. 3, at Sunshine Acres Children’s Home, bringing together community leaders and members from the real estate and developmental communities and local politicians for a day of service. More than 250 volunteers built a park, a garden, a football field, and a playground in under four hours. Valley Partnership was also able to raise more than $100,000 in goods, services, and monetary donations for this project.

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“Giving back to Sunshine Acres is always a joy for us. To see this project that we have been strategically planning since May come to fruition is a great feeling,” said Kim Kleski, community project committee chair and landscape architect and owner of Kleski & Associates. “We could not have done this without our more than 250 volunteers who worked to build and create these amazing amenities for the children here at Sunshine Acres.”

This is the second time in two years that Valley Partnership has donated their skills, efforts and supplies provided by their partners to renovate and enhance facilities for the children and families at Sunshine Acres. Valley Partnership was looking to finish what they had started in 2016.

“We feel so fortunate to have been selected for a second time to be the recipient of Valley Partnership’s services with their community project,” said Jon Markwell, facilities director at Sunshine Acres. “We do not receive any federal funding to make things like this possible, so the fact that Valley Partnership and the volunteers were able to give the children here a park, a garden, a football field, and a playground is a real blessing.”

For this years community project, Valley Partnership partnered with the Arizona Diamondbacks to make this event a success.

“The support from the partnership with the Arizona Diamondbacks was monumental to our success,” said Dena Jones, board liaison for the 2018 community project and assistant VP of Fidelity National Title Agency. “It is an honor to bring the real estate and development community together through the Valley Partnership Community Project and leave our legacy this year at Sunshine Acres.”