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AZ Giving: Mother's Grace

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The inspiring organization, Mother’s Grace, has supported and encouraged women in the Valley to follow their dreams even in the face of life’s misfortunes.

Mother’s Grace, a Paradise Valley-based nonprofit, began with a passion for helping mothers and their families affected by life tragedies. Since launching in 2009, the organization has grown to more than 100 volunteers focused on...

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“The Big Event” Gala for Boys & Girls Clubs of Metro Phoenix Promises to Be Biggest Yet

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Connect volunteer group for the Boys & Girls Clubs of Metro Phoenix (BGCMP) is pulling out all the stops to bring the biggest and best “The Big Event” gala yet. The eighth annual charity celebration taking place Saturday, May 6 at the Camelback Esplanade will feature delicious dining, celebrity hosts, more than 200 live auction items and entertainment as guests come together to raise awareness and funds directly benefiting the deserving children of BGCMP. Tickets are $100 per person including all-inclusive food and beverages and can be purchased online at bgcmp.org with all proceeds...

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AZ Giving: One in a Million

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To give is something we will never forget. There is an immense appreciation that comes from giving back. Not only is there one way to help out — there are millions. The Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Scottsdale (BGCS) is rolling out the One in a Million fundraising challenge. Thanks to the overwhelming generosity of Ellie and Michael Ziegler, the couple will be matching $1 million in donations. BGCS’ goal is to reach $3.5 million to complete a project needed to build new additions to existing buildings and implement state-of-the-art upgrade renovations.

The funds that are donated will be used to renovate and expand the Thunderbird and...

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AZ Giving: The GirlTalk Network

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The GirlTalk Network unites women from across America and offers them support with mentorship and guidance. Sarah Pendrick, the founder of GirlTalk says, “I wanted to create a movement and place that any woman could go to no matter what stage in their life.” 

 

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Pendrick grew up in the Valley with her two best friends, Nikki and Brie Bella, who are also a part of the GirlTalk organization. She decided to start the organization because she wanted to join together...

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A Real Home: Gabriel’s Family Journey Out of Homelessness

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by Candy Thompson

A van in a parking lot is not what most families would call home. But at the time, it was the only option for Daisy, her husband and their four young boys. When she looked at her children scrunched up in the back of the van, she felt the stab of emotional pain as any loving mother would.

“Sleeping in the van broke my heart,” Daisy recalled. “The kids didn’t understand what was going on. They would always ask, ‘When are we going to bed?’ Going to sleep in the van wasn’t going to bed.”

Like many homeless families, their crisis began with a single...

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