The Children’s Museum of Phoenix received a surprise visit during its monthly board of directors meeting last month from Wildflower Bread Company employees. With them was a check in the amount of $22,702, which they donated to the Museum. The donation was generated by their Wildflower Cares Foundation as a result of Wildflower’s popular “Dough on the Go” campaign by which 10 percent of every purchase of one of Wildflower’s award-winning baguettes is donated to the Children’s Museum of Phoenix in 2015. Wildflower, which serves breakfast, lunch and dinner, is well-known for its unique sandwiches, salads, soups, pancakes and pastas.
“My husband Louis and I teach our children about the importance of building the mind, body and spirit, and encourage them to put away their technological devices and to do something physical, mental or intellectual that feeds their soul. The Children’s Museum of Phoenix provides children an opportunity to engage in the type of creative play to grow and engage the mind, muscles and imagination,” said Tracy Basile, co-founder of Wildflower Bread Company. “Wildflower is committed to supporting childhood education and is excited to align with the museum’s mission to help our children successfully grow and prepare for life. These children are our future with the hopes of them making it a better place for all of us.” The Children’s Museum of Phoenix has been recognized as one of the top 10 Children’s Museum in the Country (Parents Magazine, 2011).
“Words cannot express our gratitude to Wildflower for their generosity with this gift. The museum and Wildflower have had a long-standing relationship and their support of the Museum and other organizations that further the enrichment of children’s and families’ lives in our community is well known,” said Marion Wiener, director of marketing & communications for the Children’s Museum of Phoenix. “We thank Wildflower and all of the customers participating in “Dough on the Go” for supporting the museum and helping us to positively impact and strengthen our community.”
At the same time, the museum was presented with a grant from the National Bank of Arizona Charities (NB|AZ Charities) in the amount of $11,292.77 as a result of last December’s Winter Swing Golf Tournament and Ball Drop. Louis Basile, president and founder of Wildflower Bread Company, and Tracy Basile participated in the tournament and were responsible for designating the Children’s Museum of Phoenix as one of the 16 nonprofit recipients of this annual charity event.