ABC15's Operation Santa Claus Raises $843,000

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Thousands of Arizona families will have a better Christmas thanks to ABC15’s 13th annual Operation Santa Claus drive in partnership with Sanderson Ford and Sanderson Lincoln.

This year’s drive raised $843,000 in cash and donations thanks to the generosity of Arizona.

Operation Santa Claus concluded on December 19 with an annual “Human Chain” of volunteers to pack trucks with this year’s donations. The chain lined the ABC15 building and stretched all the way out to the parking lot, staffed by Operation Santa Claus partners from iHeart Radio media, The UPS Stores and each of the four participating charities that benefit from the drive.

From November 20 through December 18, donations were raised from money, non-perishable food, new toys and children’s clothing. This year’s charities included St. Mary’s Food Bank Alliance, Ronald McDonald House Charities of Phoenix, Inc., Southwest Autism Research and Resource Center (SARRC) and Military Assistance Mission (MAM).

Everyone who donated was entered to win a brand-new car, either a 2015 Lincoln MKC or 2015 Ford F-150 from Sanderson Ford and Sanderson Lincoln. Fifteen finalists were chosen from the thousands of entries, and each of them received a $100 Visa gift card. The finalists were also given a key to try and start their brand new vehicle on December 19. One by one, they put their keys in the ignition on ABC15’s Sonoran Living Live, and Janice Snell from Phoenix was named the winner when her key started that motor on live TV!

"The 13th Annual Operation Santa Claus was the most organized and best one yet," said David Kimmerle, President of Sanderson Ford and Sanderson Lincoln. “It keeps getting bigger and better every year.”

“Operation Santa Claus is all about giving hope to our neighbors in need,” said Anita Helt, vice-president and general manager at ABC15. “Our viewers’ generosity is inspiring and continues to show us the meaning of the holidays.”

ABC15 and Sanderson Ford and Sanderson Lincoln were proud to partner with iHeart radio and The UPS Store locations for this annual drive and look forward to continuing the tradition in 2015.





Vistancia Holiday Parade of Homes

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Visit Vistancia tomorrow, December 20th from 11 AM to 4 PM for the 2014 Vistancia Holiday Parade of Homes event. Enter for a chance to win two lower level tickets to the Cardinals vs. Seahawks game on Sunday, December 21st at 6:05 PM. Start the parade of homes at the Vistancia Information Center and pick up your map to enter to win. Tour model homes from each of Vistancia's award-winning builders and receive an additional entry at each builder sales office you visit including our newest neighborhood models by Ashton Woods now selling in Catalonia in The Village at Vistancia. Visit for full details.


The Container Store Comes to the West Valley

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      CONTAIN YOURSELF! The Container Store, the nation’s originator and leading retailer of storage and organization products, will open in Glendale (Bell Rd. & 75th Ave.) on Saturday, February 7th adding around 45 jobs to the local community. The Glendale store will be the 70th store nationwide and the second location in the Phoenix area.

      As part of their commitment to each of their local communities, the Arizona Humane Society will receive 10 percent of the new store’s Grand Opening Weekend sales. The Arizona Humane Society’s mission is to improve the lives of animals, alleviate their suffering, and elevate their status in society. They safeguard, rescue, shelter, heal, adopt and advocate for animals in need, while inspiring community action and compassion on their behalf.


Here are just a handful of additional highlights about The Container Store and what makes it such a special place to shop and to work:

  The 22,000 square foot store in Glendale will feature more than 10,000 multi-functional and innovative products that will solve everything from the smallest to the most intimidating organizational challenges.

  Their products will be organized in 16 signature lifestyle departments such as closet, kitchen, office, travel, gift packaging and laundry, to organize our time-and space-starved customers.

  No other retailer offers the depth and breadth of storage solutions that The Container Store does, including more than 300 food storage solutions, 750 organized office products, 50 types of laundry hampers, 400 solutions to organize a traveler, 70 styles of hangers – the list goes on!

 They couple their one-of-a-kind product collection with an extremely high level of personalized customer service. The Container Store executes a solutions-based approach to retail that is liberated by a commitment to employee development and training. Each full-time salesperson receives more than 263 hours of training (Part time employees receive 177) in their first year, compared to the retail industry average of seven to 10 hours.

  The Glendale store will open with POP!, their customer engagement program of Perfectly Organized Perks! Local customers can sign up to receive customized monthly tips, new product announcements, invitations to exclusive events and surprise perks each month.

  Customers can take advantage of The Container Store’s time-saving Go Shop! Click & Pickup Service, which allows items to be ordered online and picked up for free in the store at a time convenient to you. They'll even bring it out to their car! They also offer The Gift Registry for families and couples preparing for big events like a wedding, graduation, housewarming or baby!


If you’re not familiar with The Container Store, they actually created the storage and organization category of retail in 1978 when they opened their first store in Dallas. Since the inception, they have nurtured an employee-first culture coupled with a high- level of customer service and incredibly innovative products – all working together to help our customers save space and, ultimately, time. Who couldn’t use a little more of that? Their goal is to improve the quality of life of customers through the gift of organization and the company is quite excited to bring these elements to our new customers in Glendale.



Evan's Furs is Flawless for Holiday Gifts

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      One of the finest fur retailers in the Valley since 1987 is having a blowout sale that you can’t miss! Now through New Years Eve, you can save up to 70% on Evan's Furs & Leathers entire inventory.

      Visit their location in the Zocallo Plaza just off of the Greenway Loop to snag these specialty high-end items before they’re gone.

      Evans has over 150 years of combined experience in fine furs and leathers. They offer Arizona fur services to provide clients with the highest level of fur and leather care. Many of the service options include: storage, cleaning, repair, restyling, insurance, and monogramming.

      With their salon holding the Southwest’s most fashionable collection of furs, leathers, fine fabric outerwear, and fur accessories, they’re more than enough gifts for everyone on your shopping list.

      Also, GREEN ALERT: Fur is one of the most renewable and biodegradable products. When buying your holiday gifts, keep in mind the sustainability factors of fur.


For more information on Evan’s Furs & Leathers:

Zocallo Plaza

Scottsdale Road and the Greenway Hayden Loop

(480) 945-4600

Open: Monday-Saturday 10AM-5PM

Sale ends December 31st, 2014

No adjustments on prior sales. 


Taste of the NFL Party with a Purpose Announces A-List Performers

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Taste of the NFL has announced that Grammy award-winning country group, Little Big Town, will perform at the 24th Annual Taste of the NFL Party with a Purpose, held on the eve of Super Bowl XLIX on Saturday, Jan. 31, 2015 at WestWorld of Scottsdale. Tickets to the Party with a Purpose featuring Little Big Town are on sale now at

Get to know the Taste of the NFL Party with a Purpose chefs on the Taste blog.

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