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International Cruise and Excursions, Inc. Raises $11,000 in Annual Backpack Drive

International Cruise & Excursions, Inc. (ICE) held its annual Fill-A-Backpack Drive during the month of July to raise funds and donate school supplies to...

Mentoring Matters: TD3 Purchasing Department Mentors Students in Math, Career Explorations

The Tempe Elementary School District Purchasing Department is taking on an extra task some may consider daunting – bringing math to life for students.For...

10 Community Advocates Receive Heart in Hand Awards

Ten community advocates from across the state have been named 2019 Heart in Hand Award winners by Wildfire, formerly the Arizona Community Action Association,...
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GLSEN Phoenix Honor Michael Mazzocco and Thom Brodeur

GLSEN Phoenix, the Gay, Lesbian, & Straight Education Network, will be honoring four individuals and groups for their contributions towards making Phoenix-area schools more...

Tempe Prep High School Information Night on Thursday, January 30 at...

Current 8th to 10th grade students and their families are invited to learn more about the exceptional education offered at Tempe Preparatory Academy at...

Yatin Dua Named Executive Director of Westside Head Start Program

Yatin Dua has been named Executive Director of Catholic Charities Community Service’s Westside Head Start program, which provides comprehensive, early and continuous year-round childhood education.            Dua...
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A New Era for Parenting: Virtual Safety

Trying to keep your child safe in a world of constant hazards and tragedies can be overwhelming. Now, enter a whole new world of...

Cesar Chavez High School Senior, Samia Ruiz, to be named Boys...

(PHOENIX, February 11, 2020) – Twelve teens who attend the Boys & Girls Clubs of Metro Phoenix (BGCMP) will be honored...

ATI Donating $40,000 In Materials, Handling Renovations at Ronald McDonald House

PHOENIX, Ariz. (Oct. 30, 2018):  Nearly 40 American Technologies, Inc. (ATI) volunteers have begun a series of improvements and renovations valued at $40,000 as part...

Mission of Mercy Arizona Names Paula Carvalho Executive Director

The Board of Directors of Mission of Mercy is pleased to announce Paula Carvalho has been named Executive Director for Mission of Mercy Arizona,...

A Fresh Look at Trends and Statistics in the Automotive Aftermarket

A Fresh Look at Trends and Statistics in the Automotive Aftermarket The aftermarket industry has become a huge part of the automotive economic sector....

Arizona VFWs Partner with Humana and St. Mary’s Food Bank to...

The Veterans of Foreign Wars of the U.S. (VFW) Department of Arizona; Humana, a leading health and well-being company; and St. Mary’s Food Bank are partnering to...

VALLEYLIFE Member Appreciation Lunch

On Tuesday, January 23rd North Phoenix Kiwanis hosted a VALLEYLIFE Member Appreciation Lunch in the Production Center on VALLEYLIFE’s main campus. Guests were treated...

Boys and Girls Club of the East Valley Announce Night of...

: Boys & Girls Clubs of the East Valley (BGCEV) is hosting their 41st Annual Night of Champions Gala October 20th, 2018 at the...

GLSEN Phoenix Awarded $150,000 Grant From The Bob and Renee Parsons...

PHOENIX (July 24, 2018) – GLSEN Phoenix, a nonprofit organization focused on creating safe and affirming schools for LGBTQ students, has been awarded a...

Commit Agency Experiences Tremendous Growth in Second Half of 2018

The Valley’s foremost authority on brand strategy and consumer experience, Commit Agency, has announced exciting new developments in the second half of 2018 that...

Barry & Peggy Goldwater Foundation and Blok Industries Deliver Hazmat Suits...

Barry & Peggy Goldwater Foundation and Blok Industries Deliver Hazmat Suits to Aid COVID-19-Pummeled Navajo and Hopi Tribes Arizona Nonprofit Partners with Georgia Safety and...

Tempe Prep Alum Begins General Surgery Residency in New York

By Maya KostovThrough the midst of these tough and trying times, we need to give our sincerest thanks to all of the medical professionals...

Chrissy Sayare of TBC Inducted into Coveted Vogue100 Group

Chrissy Sayare of TBC Inducted into Coveted Vogue100 Group Exclusive arm of Vogue Magazine notoriously hard to get into Chrissy Sayare, co-founder and CEO of...
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Queen Creek Unified Student Donates Blood, Awarded New Car

Congratulations to Queen Creek High School student Cariayn Rutherford! The 17-year-old won a new Volkswagen Passat R-Line in a raffle for selected blood donors...

$600,000 Donation Presented to Scottsdale Artists’ School

Many local Arizonans are not aware that we have one of the top fine art schools in the U.S. in our own back yard. Even...

Queen Creek High School Hosts Successful Blood Drive

        On Tuesday, August 28th, Queen Creek High School hosted a student blood drive. The blood drive was organized by Queen...

Red Dinner – Fundraising and Awareness Dinner for Red Means Stop...

Red DinnerDoes red light running make you see “RED”?  Red Means Stop Coalition is hosting a fundraising dinner on Wednesday, March 25th in Phoenix....

Save the Date for Tempe Cares Community-wide Day of Service

Tempe Leadership announces Tempe Cares’ signature annual 1-day event for volunteers devoted to beautifying Tempe’s neighborhoods, schools, and other public spaces and facilities that...

Nominations sought through Aug. 3 for new TCC Impact Award in...

Tempe Community Council is seeking nominations for its new Impact Award, created to recognize good works big or small that boost human service needs...

Pascua Yaqui Tribe Breaks Ground on New Health and Social Services...

The Pascua Yaqui Tribe – State of Arizona Tribal Gaming Compact provides the opportunity for the Tribe to donate  12% of its annual contributions...

Club Kids Receive Free Vision Screenings and Glasses

Boys & Girls Clubs of America (BGCA) and National Vision share a multi-year partnership (2015-2018), which provides funding to eligible local Boys & Girls...

Gilbert Chamber Announces Recipients of 2018 Annual Business Awards

The Gilbert Chamber of Commerce announced today the recipients of the 2018 Annual Business Awards and recognized Chamber leaders at a luncheon. Individual nominees were...

Gilbert Leadership Celebrates Graduation of Class XXVI, Now Accepting Applications

Gilbert Leadership celebrated the graduation of Class XXVI on Friday, June 8th at a formal ceremony recognizing 24 students in this year's class, all...

Middle Kid Zone now taking registrations for spring: New Gililland location...

Tempe’s Middle Kid Zone is now accepting registrations for its winter and spring out-of-school-time programs at Ward Traditional Academy, Fees, Tempe Academy and Gililland...

Celebrating Champions for Youth Announces Winners in Tempe

Tempe Coalition’s third annual Celebrating Champions for Youth is honoring three outstanding adult community members and two youth for making a significant impact to...
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DownEast Donates Hundreds of Mattresses to Children in Need

As part of an ongoing initiative, DownEast Home & Clothing, a Utah-based retailer, is donating mattresses to hundreds of children in need. In the...

Shopping Center Owner Raises Funds to Feed the Leads

CIRE Equity owner and operator of the Park West shopping center and  several other neighborhood centers throughout the valley have launched Feed the Leads,...

VIDEO: Longtime Tempe District Staffers Retire After Decades of Combined Service

In this day and age of fast-paced living and instant gratification, you don’t often find people staying in the same job for more than...

Join the Arizona Girl Up 5K in Tempe on Saturday, January...

On Saturday, January 4th, 2020, the Arizona Girl Up Chapter is holding a 5K Fundraiser along the Tempe Canal to promote women’s health, safety,...

Wendy Cohen Named Executive Director at Experience Matters

            PHOENIX, Ariz. (Nov. 1, 2018): Wendy Cohen brings more than 20 years of strategic planning, business development, consensus building...

Transgender woman fights for equality for all in LGBT community

After years of trials and tribulation, a transgender woman is living her most authentic life thanks to her family and the community that surrounds...

Meet Bob Wallace, MBA of WIH Resource Group in Scottsdale –...

Today we’d like to introduce you to Bob Wallace, MBA. Bob Wallace is the Founder and President of a successful consulting business, WIH Resource Group...

Inaugural class of ASU Leadership Institute announced

The Alumni Association announced members of the ASU Leadership Institute’s inaugural class. After a competitive selection process, the ASU Leadership Institute chose the members...

Cancer-Stricken Families Feel the Love at Camp Kesem

A local camp is making a big difference for children with sick parents. Northern Arizona University college students are hard at work, planning for their...

2019 Golf Tournament for VALLEYLIFE

VALLEYLIFE’s 28th Annual Golf Tournament was held on Friday, March 1st at the Papago Golf Course in Phoenix. Participants enjoyed taking in the beautiful...

Redemption at the Village: A 6,000 Mile Journey Home

The 6,000-plus-mile journey from Japan to the United States was paved with hardship for a young girl named Keiko. Her long journey would eventually...

Holiday Arts and Craft Fair

FREE HOLIDAY SHOPPING EVENT UNIQUE HANDCRAFTED GOODS LOCAL ARTISIANS & CRAFTS AWESOME VENDORS ALL IN ONE PLACE 9th Holiday ARTS & CRAFTS Fair Saturday, November 2nd  9am - 2pm Tempe...

Donor Group Provides Funds to Waive Payment Processing Fees for Arizona...

            PHOENIX, Ariz. (March 19, 2020): A group of donors has provided separate funding to the Alliance of Arizona...

Foods 2000, Inc. Steps up to Support Steven Hunter Life Skills...

(PHOENIX – June 20, 2018) – Foods 2000, Inc. which owns and operates more than 45 SUBWAY® locations across Arizona, was proud to donate...

Phoenix IDA Makes Investment in the Future Supporting Early Language, Literacy...

  Southwest Human Development, Arizona’s largest nonprofit dedicated to early childhood development, was recently awarded a $45,000 grant by the Phoenix IDA to support several...

Freeze Your Paws for a Cause

  7th Annual Polar Bear Plunge benefiting Tempe adapted recreation programs returns Saturday, Jan. 13 Community members and thrill-seekers will once again participate in a desert-style, unified...

Simplify Your Life Book Launch Party

Do you ever feel cluttered and overwhelmed? If so, Andrea Brundage’s new book SIMPLIFY: 8 Simple Principles to Turn Your Chaos into Calm is...

“Books and Braids” Salon at Hudson Elementary Makes Little Girls Feel...

Every Wednesday morning before the first bell rings at Hudson Elementary, the corner of Sarah Shipe’s first-grade classroom is transformed into “Books and Braids”...

Peter Scolari in Man of La Mancha

Scottsdale Musical Theater Company is thrilled to welcome Emmy Award-winner and Broadway star Peter Scolari (TV’s “Bosom Buddies”, “Newhart”, “Girls”, "Honey I Shrunk the...

Credit Union Raising Funds for American Lung Association

More than 33 million Americans are affected by lung diseases, including asthma and COPD, with lung cancer being the highest cause of death. TruWest...
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Leaders to receive ASU Homecoming Awards

ASU Alumni Association honors Sun Devil leaders with 2017 Homecoming Awards Oct. 18, 2017/Tempe, Ariz. – The ASU Alumni Association will honor Sun Devil alumni...

Outlets at Anthem 14th Annual Shopping Extravaganza

 Free lunch, wine and chocolate tastings, a chance to win $25,000 in gift cards PLUS an easy way to contribute to charity - -...
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Phoenix-Area Little Brothers Are Waiting for Big Brothers

Big Brothers Big Sisters has renewed its call for men in the Metropolitan Phoenix area to be Big Brothers. Fewer men than women volunteer to...

Janet Napolitano to Receive Experience Matters’ Change Maker Award, Keynote Luncheon...

Former Arizona Governor, Secretary of Homeland Security and University of California President Janet Napolitano will receive the Change Maker Award at the 4thannual Experience...

“Saluting Stories of Service” Celebration

Beginning at 6:00 pm with a sunset cocktail reception on the stunning Sierra Loggia Patio, the Saluting Stories of Service Celebration Dinner will whisk...

Subway Kids & Sports Surprises Two Lucky Students at Ironwood Elementary...

Subway Kids & Sports of Arizona, in partnership with Subway Restaurants of Arizona, Dasani Water, Shamrock Farms and The Be Kind People Project, recognized...

How Healthy is Your Office? Easy Competition Gets Employees Moving

  Healthy employees are a huge benefit to a company’s bottom line. As open enrollment season approaches (Oct. 15 – Dec. 7, 2018), many...

Tempe teens discuss social challenges at Town Hall on Feb. 15

More than 100 youth and community leaders will exchange ideas and propose solutions for social challenges facing young people at Tempe’s 38th Annual Youth...

Planet Fitness Donates Domino’s Pizza, Water, and Snacks to 9 Open...

On the first Monday of each month, Planet Fitness hosts Pizza Monday at each of their clubs; as a way to show their appreciation...
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Diaper Bank of Central Arizona Helps Struggling Families

Why does Arizona need a diaper bank? Struggling families need diapers. Diapers are expensive and the ongoing need lasts until the infant is potty-trained.  There are...

“Out of Africa” Art Show

Phoenix, Arizona (December 18, 2018) – Phil Mastores and his wife Sarah recently spent a month traveling across Africa, where Phil had the opportunity...

DEBORAH G. CARSTENS, VALLEY PHILANTHROPIST AND CHILD ADVOCATE SERVES AS HONORARY...

The Children’s Museum of Phoenix announces the appointment of Deborah G. Carstens as Honorary Grandparent Chair of their 2019 Gala …And the Beat Goes On. The...

Tempe Prep Leads Valley Schools in National Merit Scholars

The most elite high school recognition. The most incredible accomplishment. The opportunity to top all opportunities. This is the National Merit recognition.National Merit recognition...

Aluminate the Night with Tempe Leadership!

All of us at Tempe Leadership want to invite you and your friends to join us for our annual fundraising bash at Shalimar Country Club,...

Tempe Prep Junior Earns Girl Scout Gold Award

By Hannah Frazier They do so much more than sell delicious cookies. The Girl Scout Gold Award is the highest award Girl Scouts can earn...

Cities Across Arizona Celebrating AmeriCorp Week

This week, cities across Arizona will join thousands of Americans nationwide in celebrating the valuable contributions of the AmeriCorps members who pledge to “get...

East Valley Women’s League Mardi Gras in the Desert Raises $230,000

More than 300 guests spent an evening celebrating the East Valley Women’s League and the programs the league supports, raising more than $230,000 at...

Area Boy Scouts Collecting Doorstep Food Donations February 3

Help those who are hungry in our region by setting non-perishable food donations outside your door this Saturday morning, February 3 before 8:00 a.m. That...

50 Years of Special Olympics

50 Years of Special Olympics Phoenix, Arizona (November 9, 2018) - As we celebrate the 50th anniversary of Special Olympics, VALLEYLIFE Employment Specialist, James Tucker...

Opinion: Tempe Councilman Granville’s Top 3

Tempe Councilman Granville's Top 3 (1) Conversations w/Kolby Councilman Granville will host another series of "conversations".  These informal conversations are an opportunity to talk one-on-one with Granville...

Area Agency on Aging Responds to 257% Increase in Calls (8126)...

During the last nine days, the Area Agency on Aging’s professional staff has responded to 8,126 calls, 86 percent related to food, that have...

Candle Making to Benefit TCH + Tempe Leadership Class 33

Join us for an evening of candlemaking, snacks and drinks, and benefitting a good cause! All profits from ticket sales will go toward Tempe Leadership...

Arizona CEO (and Mom of 7!) Receives National Award for Being...

If you’ve ever wondered whether angels exist, then you haven’t had the pleasure of meeting Kim Vehon, a tireless advocate for foster children and...

Gather and Grow Pathway to Urban Gardening Grand Opening

Join Gather & Grow at The Farm and Valley Leadership Class 39, Group 7 for a ribbon cutting, live music, and tour of South...

Sojourner Center Establishes Stuart Lazar Lifetime Ambassador Award

The award recognizes those who go above and beyond to support the Sojourner Center.   Sojourner Center recently honored long-time supporter and organization ambassador...

VALLEYLIFE’s 2018 Legacy of Love Gala

Join VALLEYLIFE in celebrating 71 years of providing services to individuals with disabilities is the Phoenix metro area at VALLEYLIFE’s annual Legacy of Love...
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VIDEO – Back to School Teacher Appreciation Car Care

Desert Car Care of Chandler welcomes back teachers for the 2019-2020 school year with its 8th annual Back to School Teachers Appreciation...

April is Month of the Military Child: PurpleUp! with Boys &...

The entire month of April is Boys & Girls Clubs of America’s Month of the Military Child and Thursday, April 25th is PurpleUp! A...

Esperança Donates Care Packages to 500 Seniors and Families

(PHOENIX – May 26, 2020) After receiving a $25,000 emergency COVID-19 grant from Virginia G. Piper Charitable Trust, Phoenix-based nonprofit, Esperança provided care packages that included...
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