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AZ Giving: Heidi's Village

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Every animal deserves to leave paw prints on someone’s heart. Heidi’s Village is paving the way for animal welfare organizations in the Valley with a safe haven to board animals and ultimately find them their furever homes.

Everyone can remember the moment they brought their first pet home. Perhaps it was through an animal shelter, a close...

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AZ Giving: Valley University Partners with Phoenix Zoo

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Did you know there are only 131 gray wolves left in the wild? With that in mind, Ottawa University-Arizona (OUAZ) partnered with the Phoenix Zoo to sponsor its Mexican gray wolf habitat in an effort to boost awareness of the endangerment this beautiful species. Zoo-goers can even visit the litter of six Mexican gray wolf pups who were born there this summer! Here, Phoenix Zoo and OUAZ officials discuss this unique partnership and how you can aid in saving these precious...

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AZ Giving: Ronald McDonald House Charities Names New CEO

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Following a national search, Kerry Schulman, who has been the chief operations officer at Ronald McDonald House Charities of Central and Northern Arizona (RMHC-CNAZ), has been named chief executive officer by the RMHC-CNAZ board of directors. Schulman, a former McDonald’s owner-operator, begins her new responsibilities this week. A national search will be conducted for her replacement as chief operations officer.

“After an extensive search over three months that attracted a very impressive list of potential candidates, the search committee and the board of...

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AZ Giving: Connections of Hope Gala

This year’s Connections of Hope Gala is less than a month away and is one of the most powerful events in the Valley. The Gala benefits a statewide program called Teen Lifeline, a suicide prevention hotline made by teens, for teens who are struggling and need guidance. Whether it be stress venting or a final resource, Teen Lifeline experts work 365 days a year in hopes of assisting callers toward healing and happiness.

The event includes an exceptional dinner, a live auction, entertainment, and most importantly, instruction on how to make a positive impact. There is also an award given to  celebrate a member of the community who transcends in contributing to the well-being of our society. The 2019 award winner is Sissie...

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AZ Giving: Incredibull Stella Mission

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Marika Meeks, Scottsdale resident and founder of the Incredibull Stella Mission, recently released her book Incredibull Stella: How the Love of a Pit Bull Rescued a Family, courageously sharing how her cancer diagnosis “gave her gifts.”

At age 41, Meeks was an established entrepreneur, mother and wife diagnosed with stage three breast cancer. After a debilitating diagnosis, Meeks temporarily left her husband and two daughters in Indiana for Scottsdale to receive treatment. The combination of radiation treatment and a distant support system...

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