In 2013, the D-backs and the Arizona Diamondbacks Foundation surpassed $33 million in charitable donations since their inception in 1998. The majority of funds are raised through events such as the annual Evening on the Diamond Gala, 50/50 Raffle, D-backs Celebrity Golf Classic, D-backs Race Against Cancer, License Plate Program, Chase Field Tour Program, Mystery Ball, On-line Auctions and major gifts from players and partners in the community.
The mission of the Arizona Diamondbacks Foundation is to support three main areas of need: homelessness, indigent healthcare and children's programs of all types, including education and youth baseball field development. The foundation, in partnership with APS, recently dedicated its 33rd field in the Diamonds Back program and last year teamed up with University of Phoenix to hand out $250,000 in grants to schools across the state as part of the D-backs School Challenge.
Also in 2012, the D-backs created an employee-driven community service program titled the "D-backs Give Back League" which featured nine groups working on separate projects to help improve the Arizona community. The nine teams combined to raise hundreds of thousands of dollars with more than 2,650 hours of time volunteered by D-backs employees.
The 2013 honorees:
Small to Medium Business Category (250 employees or fewer):
2013 Community Champion: UMOM New Day Centers
2013 Economic Driver: Fiesta Bowl
2013 Entrepreneurial Excellence: GlobalMed
2013 Response to Adversity: Penrose Academy
Large Business Category (More than 250 employees):
2013 Community Champion: Arizona Diamondbacks
2013 Economic Driver: Grand Canyon University
2013 Entrepreneurial Excellence: Cancer Treatment Centers of America
2013 Response to Adversity: Chas Roberts Air Conditioning
"These companies represent what makes the Valley's business community and our Chamber great. It's a privilege to honor those who do the day-in, day-out work of boosting our economy and creating jobs," said Todd Sanders, GPCC President and CEO. "There are many businesses in the Valley deserving of this honor, so we are proud to do our small part in recognizing their achievements and commitment to strengthening our community."
The 26th annual IMPACT Awards luncheon will take place Tuesday, May 14 from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at the Arizona Biltmore Resort & Spa. Tickets are $65 for GPCC members and $75 for non-members and tables of 10 are $750 for GPCC members and $850 for non-members (tables include priority seating and program recognition). For reservations please visit www.phoenixchamber.com/impact.