Children’s Museum of Phoenix Announces 2013 ‘Kids at Heart’ Award Recipients

Children's Museum of Phoenix Feb. 13, 2013

The Children’s Museum of Phoenix announced today the 2013 recipients of their Kids At Heart Award, honoring an individual(s) and corporation or foundation, for:

• Strengthening children’s learning through play;
• Helping to make additional and better play possible for Arizona’s children;
• Demonstrating a commitment to learning through play;
• Making outstanding contributions of time and or/investment to enriching the lives of children;
• Making outstanding contributions to strengthen and advance the interests of children.

This year’s recipient of the Kids at Heart Individual Award is Lisa Handley, who served for more than ten years as a board member to create the Children’s Museum of Phoenix. Through the years, she has been a major supporter and champion of the Museum and its mission. Lisa was part of the Museum’s Capital Campaign, helping the Museum raise the $12.3 million necessary to open the Museum, by spreading the word about the importance of play to a broad spectrum of individuals and companies, garnering their attention, support, and resources.

Lisa Handley is a Senior Vice President and the Arizona regional director of Midfirst Private Bank. She has been in the banking industry in Phoenix since 1994, previously working for both Chase Bank and Wells Fargo prior to joining Midfirst. She is a graduate of Arizona State University’s MBA program and completed her undergraduate work at Trinity University, San Antonio, Texas. She is active on many community charities and has two children.

The 2013 Kids at Heart Corporate Award goes to Target Corporation, which has provided substantial funding for the Children’s Museum of Phoenix since 2006. Their vision and commitment to include all families in the benefits of the Museum has made it possible for the Children’s Museum of Phoenix to host nearly 100,000 visitors for free, providing access for low-income families. In addition, Target team members have volunteered for hundreds of hours including everything from welcoming visitors to professional training and organizational development support to help establish strong practices and core values in the Museum in its early years.

Supporting communities through giving has always been a cornerstone of Target’s business and a belief that guides many of their decisions. Each year, Target gives 5 percent of their profit to communities adding up to more than $4 million each week. Their team members also give hundred of thousands of hours annually volunteering in their communities proving their belief that donating their time, talent and resources is equally important as the income they give.

The Kids at Heart Awards presentation will take place on Saturday, April 6th at the Museum’s Kids at Heart Gala: Cirque du Musée, a whimsical, black-tie event benefiting the Museum’s Every Child Program. Info at

The Children’s Museum of Phoenix, one of the top 10 Children’s Museum in the Country (Parents Magazine, 2011), is located in the historic Monroe School Building at 215 N. 7th Street in downtown Phoenix. The Museum opened to the public on June 14, 2008 and offers 48,000 square feet of hands-on, fun and educational activities for children ages birth to 10. The mission of the Museum is to engage the minds, muscles and imaginations of children and the grown-ups who care about them. The Museum is open Tuesdays through Sundays, 9am to 4pm. Admission is $11 per person, children under the age of 1 are free.

AzTAP Department of Services for Persons with Disabilities conducted an accessibility evaluation in August 2008 and summarized, “the Children’s Museum of Phoenix is the most exceptionally disability-aware arts institution this evaluator has ever surveyed.”

The Children’s Museum of Phoenix is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization. For more information visit

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