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The West Valley Mavericks Foundation is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization which proudly supports the West Valley in a variety of ways. The West Valley Mavericks Foundation aims to develop and support programs that serve to improve the quality and future of our communities.
West Valley Mavericks paying out over $375,000 to 82 local organizations
The West Valley Mavericks Foundation has announced the organization is distributing over $375,000 in grants to 82 non-profit organizations in the west valley.
The West Valley Mavericks Foundation is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization whose mission is to assist children and families, help people in need, and improve the quality of life in west valley communities.
“We are especially happy to grant these funds this year, with all of the uncertainty non-profit organizations are facing,” says Erik Hernandez, chairman of the grant selection committee and partner at H&B Builders of Goodyear. The funds are part of the annual program of work for the West Valley Mavericks who hold four signature fundraising events.
“Any business or individual who supported one or more of our events in 2019, own part of this. They helped us raise these funds and we sincerely appreciate it,” Hernandez continues. “We could not do this without our annual sponsors.”
The events the West Valley Mavericks hold include The Shindig Fly Away Party at Goodyear Airport, The Roundup Food Truck and Music Festival at Goodyear Ballpark, and The Maverick Golf Tournament and The Patriot All-America, both held at the Wigwam in Litchfield Park.
In existence since 2012, the Mavericks have been making such grants since 2013. The West Valley Mavericks were founded in late 2013 and the first grant was $5,000 to the Honey Foundation in 2012 and then $10,000 to Phoenix Children’s Hospital in 2014.
Since those early years, the giving has increased prolifically according to Jason Khan, president of the West Valley Mavericks Foundation. Khan is a partner in Meese Khan, LLP accounting and consulting of Goodyear. -more- “We are pleased to announce that we have reached $1 Million in giving in 2020,” Khan says. “This is a very special year as we reached a milestone after having a strong year of fundraising in 2019 along with record-setting events.” Khan notes the popular Roundup Food Truck and Music Festival saw over 12,000 people attend last September.
The foundation also held a record golf tournament in 2019, filling all three courses at the Wigwam with a day of golf followed by a dinner on the greens and live auction.
Khan says this is a banner year for the West Valley Mavericks Foundation. “We were able to fund 22 additional organizations this year over last year,” Khan says, “and given the significant needs in our community in this moment, I am extremely proud to be a Maverick.” The beneficiaries of the funds welcome the support.
“I am thrilled. We are working so hard right now to try and step to meet the increased demand for services in the West Valley right now,” says Sophie Etchart, Founder and CEO of Read Better Be Better. “Kids being out of school further exacerbates the problem that Read Better Be Better exists to address, so I can assure you this grant will be put to work,” Etchart continues.
Several organizations are receiving first-time funding including: Packages from Home, United Buckeye Firefighters, Cancer Support Community Arizona, Leadership West, The Harvest Compassion Center Maryvale, Central Arizona Shelter Services, and others. The grant amounts range with the average grant at $3,000 and checks were delivered this week.
These organizations received West Valley Mavericks Foundation grants:
- A New Leaf • Advocacy 31nine • All Faith Community Services • Amanda Hope Rainbow Angels • American Heart Association • Angels on Patrol, Inc. • APECA/Natalie’s House -more- • Arizona Agricultural Education/FFA Foundation • Arizona Assistance In Healthcare • Arizona Friends of Foster Children Foundation • Arizona Humane Society • Arizona Service Project • Assistance League of Phoenix • Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central Arizona (BBBSAZ) • Billy’s Place, Inc • Borderlands Food Bank • Boys & Girls Clubs of Metro Phoenix • Boys Hope Girls Hope of Arizona • Buckeye Lions Foundation, Inc. • Cancer Support Community Arizona • Central Arizona Shelter Services • Child Crisis Arizona • Down Syndrome Network, Inc. • Dress for Success Phoenix • Elevate Phoenix • Esperanca • Family Promise – Greater Phoenix • Fighter Country Foundation • Foundation for Seniors Living • Friends of Avondale Libraries and Recreation • Gabriel’s Angels • Girl Scouts Cactus-Pine Council • Hart Pantry • Harvest Compassion Center – Maryvale • Heart for the City • Homeless Youth Connection • Hope Community Services, Inc. • HopeKids Arizona • Junior Achievement of Arizona • Junior Golf Association of Arizona • Leadership West • Make-A-Wish Arizona • Maricopa County Comm. College District Foundation • AKA Meals of Joy • Miracle League of Arizona • Mission of Mercy • New Pathways for Youth -more- • One Step Beyond Inc • Operation Enduring Gratitude Foundation • Packages from Home • Phoenix Children’s Hospital Foundation • Phoenix Girls Chorus • Playworks Education Energized • POP – Prostate On Site Project • Raising Special Kids • Read Better Be Better • Rebuilding Together Valley of the Sun • Ryan House • Ryan’s Case for Smiles-Phoenix Chapter • Sleep in Heavenly Peace, Inc • Smart Schools • SOUNDS Academy • Sounds of Autism, Inc. • Southwest Ballet Theatre • Southwest Lending Closet • Support Education and Employment for Vets / SEE4Vets • The Mercy House • TeamSmile Inc. • The Reveille Foundation • Teen Lifeline • Terros Health • The First Tee of Phoenix • The Salvation Army • TheaterWorks • Treasure House • Treasures 4 Teachers • United Buckeye Firefighter Charities • United Cerebral Palsy of Central Arizona • Veterans Heritage Project • Wellspring Park Conservancy • West Valley Arts Council • Will2Walk Foundation