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Circle K Raises Over $5.7 Million for United Cerebral Palsy of Central Arizona

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By Mackenzie Keller

When children and adults with disabilities need resources and support, United Cerebral Palsy of Central Arizona is the leader in the Valley for programs and services that can best serve them. That’s why Circle K Stores of Arizona has been a consistent champion of the organization. Most recently, Circle K announced the culmination of its 2016 fiscal...


Escaping the Nightmare: Women & Children in Crisis

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By Candy Thompson

Please read the story below and vote for A New Leaf’s Faith House Women’s Center to win up to $10,000.  Details at https://www.facebook.com/anewleaf

Wrapping her 9-month-old son in a blanket stained with her blood, Emily tried to calm her baby’s crying and her own beating heart. The baby had been awakened during the night by her husband’s shouting as he beat Emily. She panicked when his rage turned from her to the baby and Emily desperately scrambled to the crib before he could get there. She felt a searing...


Local High School Student Finds Success with Literacy Spree

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Aakanksha Saxena, an incoming senior at Desert Mountain High School in Scottsdale, founded Literacy Spree, a 501(c) (3) nonprofit, in 2014. Literacy Spree aims to empower underprivileged female youth through education, more specifically at a female orphanage in India. In 2015 the non-profits crowdfunding campaign raised a total of $4417 resulting in a significant difference in the lives of the girls in touches.

Through Literacy Spree, Saxana enrolled recipients in vocational skill development diploma courses at UPTEC. UPTEC offers various diploma courses in Computer Science, Accounting, and Finance that enable females from...


July 16: Brave Wings Fashion Show – Making a Difference through Fashion

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Make a difference with style at the Brave Wings Fashion Show on Saturday, July 16, at The Vintage 45, from 7 to 11 p.m. The show will benefit The Arizona Burn Foundation, the local organization that supports the quality of life of burn survivors and promotes burn prevention education.

Unlike most injuries, burn injuries leave behind both physical and emotional scaring that can last a lifetime. The Arizona Burn Foundation provides burn survivors and families with crisis care, recovery care and the tools to achieve a thriving lifestyle again. Crisis and recovery care include assisting clients directly after a crisis and with on-going medical needs...


An New Leaf: Telling Untold Stories, Keely's Story

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by Candy Thompson

They call her Momma Bear. “They” are the women residents at A New Leaf’s East Valley Women’s Shelter (EVWS). “Momma Bear,” otherwise known as Keely, is also a resident at the shelter. She speaks softly and with great passion early one morning under a big, red umbrella at the back yard table. She calls out to every woman by name as they head off to work, giving them words of encouragement for the day. A strong feeling of mutual admiration and respect is shared, and another day begins at the women’s shelter.

Can one act of violence strip a...

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