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Thunderbirds Charities Technology Grant

Thunderbirds Charities invests $100,000 in academically capable and motivated children-in-need to excel in school and in life

The investment of Thunderbirds Charities will provide essential technology support, equipment, hardware, and software needed to further improve the quality of BHGH programming

September 5, 2017, Phoenix, Arizona- Thunderbird Charities, the charitable giving arm of the Thunderbirds – hosts of the Waste Management Phoenix Open presented by Ak-Chin Indian Community recently awarded Boys Hope Girls Hope of Arizona (BHGH) a grant of $100,000 to help provide the technology that BHGH scholars need to succeed. The partnership will also expand the Thunderbirds Charities Center located in the Phoenix Financial Center at Central & Osborn.

BHGH provides educational scholarships, academic support, enrichment opportunities, and holistic support which sometimes includes alternative housing, to academically capable youth in-need. Through BHGH, scholars gain access to the resources necessary to attain a quality education through college, become true leaders in their communities, and break the generational cycle of poverty for themselves and their families.

Michael Geddes, a lifetime Thunderbird, BHGH board member, community business leader and philanthropist is passionate about helping students with a desire to go to college. It is for this reason he has been an integral part of BHGH from its inception in 1989, and helped to champion the Thunderbird Charities’ $100,000 technology grant.

“I look back when I went to school and I couldn’t have done it without help and scholarships,” Geddes said. “At Boys Hope Girls Hope, we make a big difference in kids’ lives, and for the families and neighborhoods from which they come. We see many good kids that just need a break.”

“Education, especially higher education, is great stepping stone to building a foundation for a better future,” said Andy Markham, President of Thunderbirds Charities. “We’re delighted to help strengthen BHGH’s impact in the community, especially with respect to technology, and look forward to the new generation of leaders this organization will create.”

At BHGH, 95% of scholars come from low income families and will be first generation college goers. Over 90% of BHGH scholars identify as an ethnic minority. 100% of BHGH scholars graduate high school and 86% go on to graduate from college within six years.

“Thunderbirds Charities has made a tremendously positive impact on the BHGH program,” stated Amy Caffarello, BHGH Executive Director. “This generous grant allowed BHGH to replace antiquated hardware, software and improve our technology infrastructure including our wireless network, which is essential in efficiently operating any business. Our small social-profit is no exception; staff and scholars rely daily on access to technology to communicate, complete homework assignments and apply for college admission. We are truly grateful for the hard work and generosity of the Thunderbirds organization.”

Thunderbirds Charities will be celebrated at a September 19th reception unveiling the technology improvements and expanded Thunderbirds Charities Center at BHGH.

BHGH Mission: To help academically capable and motivated children in need meet their full potential by providing value-centered family-like homes, opportunities, and education through college. Boys Hope Girls Hope of Arizona opened its doors to a Boys Hope home in 1989, a Girls Hope home in 1998 and a Learning Center in 2004. www.bhghaz.org

Thunderbirds Charities is a non-profit organization formed in 1986 to distribute monies raised through the Waste Management Phoenix Open golf tournament. The Thunderbirds Charities Board consists of 15 board members from varying professional backgrounds. The mission of Thunderbirds Charities is to assist children and families, help people in need and improve the quality of life in our communities. The organization’s giving is directed toward organizations based or with a significant presence in Arizona. The Thunderbirds were founded in 1937 with the mission of promoting the Valley of the Sun through sports. The Thunderbirds consist of 55 “active” members and more than 250 “life” members. For more information on the Thunderbirds or the 2018 Waste Management Phoenix Open, visit www.wmphoenixopen.com. For more information on Thunderbirds Charities, visit www.thunderbirdscharities.org.


Contact Jacqueline Cruz, BHGH Development Director for more information. jcruz@bhgh.org or 602 266-4873