Giving Back

by Don Rodriguez

Giving-backSTEM Drive

In partnership with the Phoenix Children’s Hospital Foundation, the Arizona Technology Council’s Phoenix Ambassador Committee launched and promoted a STEM Drive leading up to the After5 Networking Event/Tech the Hall Holiday Party. Council member companies were encouraged to donate STEM-related items for use in 1 Darn Cool School, the school for patients at the hospital, resulting in nearly $1,000 in items collected. Additionally, more than $600 was raised through a raffle at the event to support the Phoenix Children’s Hospital Foundation.

Camp Soaring Eagle

The year 2014 marked the sixth that the Arizona Technology Council donated the proceeds from the CEO Retreat Golf Tournament raffle ticket and mulligan sales to Camp Soaring Eagle. A check of $2,000 was presented to Max James, founder of Camp Soaring Eagle, at the event’s Welcome Reception. Camp Soaring Eagle provides the healing power of laughter to thousands of seriously ill children by giving them the opportunity to go to a medically supervised camp at no cost to the campers and families.

Tucson Annual Holiday Food Drive

The Tucson Annual Holiday Food Drive competition was an initiative of the Tucson Ambassador Committee and resulted in six companies submitting a total of 5,352 specific food items that were donated to the Tucson Interfaith Community Services Food Bank. Infrared Laboratories won the competition for the fourth year in a row and was presented with the Annual Holiday Food Drive trophy at the December After5 Holiday Tech Mixer held at Connect Coworking and co-sponsored by the Tucson Manufacturing Group.

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