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Many creatures are simply misunderstood. Just because they're a little creepy, a little crawly, or perhaps just a bit slimy and prone to swallowing mice whole, some people get frightened. But when a child touches their first tarantula, stares a crestie gecko in its big orange eye, or feels the soothing wrap of a python, those fears flourish into open-eyed wonder and fascination that can't be leashed. Since 2002, Deb's Dragons has been inciting the awe of Greater Arizona and Southern California residents with their menagerie of exotic species culled from six continents. In interactive shows that entrance all ages, they liven up events such as birthday parities, classroom assemblies, and even corporate and team building exercises. Every showcase of lizards, bugs, dragons, constrictors, and tortoises is steered by informative wranglers who illuminate the creature's wonders and dispel misconceptions about why hissing cockroaches hiss and why gopher snakes snub moles at parties.
West Valley Child Crisis Center (WVCCC) rose from the need for shelter housing. A group of women's service organizations and the John F. Long Foundation formed opened residential homes in 1986 and 1988 for children who were victims of domestic violence or neglect. Today WVCCC helps to find foster care and adoptive homes for children who were removed from their homes by Child Protective Services. In addition, the organization's birth-parent program teaches pregnant women about their options and ability to place their children with loving families, and the community-outreach program raises awareness about child-welfare issues.
The very first wish was granted for seven-year-old Chris Greicius in the spring of 1980. Although he'd been diagnosed with life-threatening leukemia, what he wanted more than anything else was "to catch bad guys" with US Customs Agent Tommy Austin. With the help of the Department of Public Safety and several officers, Chris got to live his wish—he received a "Smokey Bear" hat, a uniform, and a badge, and became Arizona's first and only honorary DPS officer. After he passed, the officers who helped make Chris's dream come true got together to form Make-A-Wish Arizona, the founding chapter of an organization that would eventually expand to more than 50 countries around the world.
More than 4,700 wishes later, the Arizona chapter of Make-A-Wish is still going strong. Across the state, 600 volunteers grant wishes for kids ranging in age from 2.5 years to 18 years, all of whom have been diagnosed with a life-threatening medical condition. Volunteers meet with the kids, their siblings, and parents and help them formulate a wish. In the past, children have wished for everything from becoming a wild animal tamer to marrying Tinkerbell to giving their mom her dream wedding, but a commonality runs through each: a granted wish helps spread joy.
While volunteering to serve dinner at his local soup kitchen in 1967, John Van Hengel met the woman who would spark the idea for the nation's first food bank. According to the Washington Post, she fed her 10 children using soup kitchens and the cast-offs she found in grocery-store dumpsters, but suggested that a place where people could deposit and withdraw food—like a bank—would be ideal. With help from St. Mary's Basilica, Van Hengel created St. Mary's Food Bank Alliance, which began accepting donations from individuals and companies with food surpluses and distributing those through food pantries, soup kitchens, and other charities. The concept spread across the country, and then the world.
Today St. Mary’s annually distributes nearly 70 million pounds of food to its partner agencies across an 81,000-square-mile service area. These meals go to people of all ages, ranging from homebound seniors to children in more than 80 after-school programs. In addition to its food network, St. Mary’s prepares food boxes to directly feed hungry families during temporary crises and trains people for jobs in the culinary arts in its Community Kitchen program.
Every year, more than 100 amateur and professional cooks prepare fresh salsas for My Nana's Best Tasting Salsa Challenge. Proceeds from the salsa competition and festival benefit the Arizona Hemophilia Association, which aims to enhance the quality of life for those affected by bleeding disorders and advocate for better medical care and insurance coverage. Now over 30 years old, the fest brings in more than 20,000 people annually. In addition to the salsa challenge, the Jose Cuervo Margarita Mix-Off asks local bartenders to face off for the title of Best Margarita and a $500 cash prize. Outside of competitions, margaritas and cold beers wash down unlimited chips and salsa, and the rhythms of live bands keep crowds chewing in unison. Parents can accompany their children at the fun zone, with multiple bounce houses, interactive games, and a rock-climbing wall.