The Maricopa County Home Shows have a long history of charitable giving, but this year’s January Home & Garden Show smashed previous records.
The January Maricopa County Home & Garden Show offered two free tickets to anyone who brought a 24-pack of bottled water to the admission gates to be donated to the 100 Club of Arizona, a local charity that provides assistance to public safety agencies, officers, firefighters, paramedics and their families.
Over the weekend of Jan. 13-15, the public brought more than 7,000 cases of water to the Arizona State Fairgrounds, which more than quadrupled the 1,500 cases donated at the January 2016 show. The Home Show gave more than $112,000 worth of free admission to those who donated.
“We are blown away by the public outpouring of support for the 100 Club of Arizona,” said Maricopa County Home Show Manager Katie Jones. “The donations were enough to fill 20 truckloads of bottled water. We couldn’t be happier to give free admission to those willing to contribute to such a worthy cause.”
The bottled water donations allow first responders to supply bottled water to those in need during emergencies. Departments often lack the resources to purchase all the water needed, so the donations will surely make an impact.
“We can hardly believe the record amount of water donated in support of public safety! Almost 200,000 bottles are now available during situations such as house fires, crime scene investigations and trainings,” said Angela Harrolle, Executive Director of 100 Club of Arizona. “We thank the Maricopa County Home & Garden Show for allowing and facilitating this community outreach.”
The Home Show will also give away free tickets to the Maricopa County Home & Landscape Show, taking place March 3-5 at University of Phoenix Stadium. Patrons who bring three cans of dog, cat, puppy or kitten food to the show at Gate 2 will get one free ticket to the show, which will feature local artisans, free DIY workshops, an appearance from celebrity chef Scott Conant and more. Donations will benefit Maricopa County Animal Care & Control, which will be on site with dog adoptions.
For more information about the Maricopa County Home & Landscape Show, call 602.485.1691 or visit MChomeshows.com. Follow them on Facebook at facebook.com/HomeShows.