Tempe Sister Cities Youth Group Donates $1,000 to St. Luke’s

Tempe Sister Cities Youth Group Donates $1,000 to St. Luke’s

(Tempe, Arizona) – Tempe Sister Cities Youth Group, a team of 65 teens ages 14-18 from across the city whose mission it is to make a difference in the community, presented its annual fundraising check to Tempe St. Luke’s Hospital on Monday. Through a robust fundraising effort, the group raised $1,000 for the hospital’s Women’s Service Department to help children in need.

Every year, Tempe Sister Cities Youth Group selects an area of focus for their philanthropy efforts. This year, the group identified children, as well as animals and sustainability, as areas of greatest need. Driven by an innate sense of service to the community, the teens host spring and fall fundraisers, where they aim to bring in more than $1,000 to donate to worthwhile community partners.

“Tempe St. Luke’s Hospital serves thousands of children in our community each year, said David Ewen, Finance Officer for Tempe Sister Cities Youth Group. “The tireless work they do in helping young patients recover from injury and illness, along with the many ways they promote wellness among youth is vital to ensuring a healthy, vibrant future in Tempe. Rather than selecting one family to support, we wanted to maximize our donation. By selecting Tempe St. Luke’s Hospital, we know that our donation will positively impact the most children possible.”

As part of their efforts, the group’s fall fundraiser involved the teens planning and conducting a Nutcracker Tea for the community in collaboration with Southwest Youth Ballet and the Tempe Sister Cities Hackett House. The spring fundraiser involved the teens serving a pancake breakfast to patrons in the community in collaboration with the Applebee’s restaurant on Rural and Broadway Roads in Tempe.

“We are incredibly humbled to accept such a meaningful donation from one of the most prominent youth groups in Tempe,” said Betty Hart, RNC-OB, Director of Women’s Services at Tempe St. Luke’s Hospital. “Their inspiring leadership skills and determination to help children in need make this donation even more significant.”

The donation to Tempe St. Luke’s Hospital’s Women’s Services Department will help outreach efforts for prenatal and early childhood education to mothers and children in need. The community hospital’s doctors, nurses and specialists offer choice-based maternity care, allowing each patient to have a customized approach to labor and delivery.

Ewen and Tempe Sister Cities Youth Group Advisor Beth Lang will be presenting the check donation to Hart and Tempe St. Luke’s Hospital Administrator Jacob Golich.  The presentation will take place in the Women’s Services Department on Monday, December 19, at 3:30p.m.

About Tempe Sister Cities Youth Group

Tempe Sister Cities Youth Group is open to any teenager ages 14-18 that live in the City of Tempe.


About Tempe St. Luke’s Hospital

Tempe St. Luke’s Hospital, part of IASIS Healthcare, is an 86-bed, community hospital that has been serving the East Valley for more than 70 years. Tempe St. Luke’s offers comprehensive health care services, including emergency care, orthopedics, advanced surgical procedures, diagnostic imaging, maternity care, women’s services, pain management and wound care in a caring, community hospital atmosphere. Tempe St. Luke’s Hospital is an Official Healthcare Partner of the Phoenix Suns and Phoenix Mercury.  For more information, visit tempestlukeshospital.com or call 1-877-351-WELL (9355). Find Tempe St. Luke’s Hospital on Facebook and follow the hospital on Twitter.

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