The Arizona Humane Society has provided shelter and rehabilitation to homeless and abandoned animals since 1957, watching over more than 46,000 dogs, cats, and smaller critters every year as they await new homes. After proving their eligibility for adoption and consulting with the shelter staff, new owners can choose a companion from any of the pets prowling the menagerie, from puppies and kittens up to 9 months old to adult dogs and cats. Rabbits and ferrets also scurry about, searching for farmers' carrots carelessly planted in an animal shelter. For current owners, the society provides low-cost spaying and neutering services as a public service, as well as education and outreach programs to promote compassion and ensure a safe home for all creatures.
The Innocence Gala is a charitable ball of fun fine cuisine and special events to benefit the Rainbow House organization. The black-tie event, hosted by Michele Spry, fetes eyes and ears with live entertainment and feeds brains thanks to special guest speaker, screenwriter, director, and author Antwone Fisher. Attendees can sway to the sounds of jazz soloist Lisa Smith and pianist Tom Andes, then dine on catered hors d'oeuvres, plated dishes, and desserts, served with beverages and spirits to drench parched throats and facilitate ethical debates about farming clouds for their rainwater. All ticketed participants receive a copy of Antwone Fisher's new book, A Boy Should Know How to Tie a Tie: And Other Lessons for Succeeding in Life, which Fisher will autograph during his gala book signing.
Through its early-literacy and child health and development programs, disabilities services, and Head Start programs, Southwest Human Development serves 135,000 children and families each year. Now the state's largest early-childhood provider, the organization works with a mission to give all children the healthy foundation they need for an optimal start and a positive future via more than 40 public and private programs.
A plug-and-play wine-tasting service, Raising Glasses LLC helps local nonprofit organizations, sports teams, and individuals navigate the choppy waters of today's economy with professional wine-tasting fundraisers. The Raising Glasses staff handles all aspects of each event, including securing a venue, providing the wines, and developing a marketing campaign to get the word out. In addition to its fundraisers, the company draws from a deep barrel of knowledge to pour wine education into open ears at in-home tastings and informative series. Customers can also use Raising Glasses for party-planning assistance, during which an expert will help chefs pair wines with meal courses and explain regional differences in tastes so hosts know what language to speak when asking a bottle to attend the party.
To help reduce the stress associated with receiving medical treatments, each Banner Health pediatric center houses toy closets filled with new, unwrapped toys, books, and games donated by individuals and partner organizations. Children who have undergone a painful procedure, or who are experiencing anxiety in the hospital setting may choose an item from the toy closet to help comfort them during their visits. While Banner Health accepts all donations of new toys, the organization often faces a short supply of playthings for its youngest patients. Teddy bears and crib mobiles help to lessen the stress and discomfort infants may feel while staying at the pediatric centers, and the toys remain theirs to take home upon departure from the facilities.
The Phoenix Children’s Hospital has provided health-care and wellness services for children and their families for nearly three decades. For its efforts, U.S. News and World Report ranked it as 1 of the 50 best hospitals in the nation for four pediatric specialties in 2012. Apart from the emergency services, surgeries, and general checkups, the hospital strives to educate individuals and families in Phoenix and throughout the entire state of Arizona through The Emily Center’s family-health library. Built inside the Phoenix Children’s Hospital, The Emily Center was established in 1990 by Emily Anderson’s parents. Emily battled a rare form of leukemia for four years and passed away shortly before her seventh birthday. Frustrated by a lack of easy-to-understand information on pediatric-health issues for both children and adults, the Anderson’s founded the center to provide accurate health information free of charge to both hospital patients and the public.