TUCSON, AZ. (November 28, 2016)
With thanks to countless donors and over 2,000 breakfast attendees, the PICOR Charitable Foundation (“PCF”) awarded $50,000 in grants in November, representing 100% of the proceeds from the 22nd Annual Pancake Breakfast. The Tucson-based firm and its foundation remain humbled to continue making an impact on the region’s youth via this annual event and effort.
In the weeks leading up to the pancake feed, held October 9th in Tucson’s Reid Park, the volunteer grant committee received applications from 72 nonprofits serving Tucson’s youth in need, totaling over $164,000 in funding requests. In November, Foundation volunteers selected 40 youth-serving charities to receive the full $50,000, just in time for the holidays.
PCF strives to reach charities and programs that generally receive less public support, with an emphasis on providing basic needs and opportunities that might otherwise be out of reach. The following organizations were awarded grants targeted toward disadvantaged youth programs from the 2016 event, ranging in amounts from $400 to $2,500:
Amphitheater Public Schools Foundation, Arizona Friends of Foster Children Foundation, Arizona Theater Company, Assistance League of Tucson, Inc., Autism Society of Southern Arizona (ASSA), Aviva Children’s Services, CASA Support Council for Pima County, Dancing in the Streets Arizona, Educational Enrichment Foundation, El Grupo Youth Cycling, El Rio Health Center Foundation, Emerge! Center Against Domestic Abuse, Gabriel’s Angels, Girl Scouts of Southern Arizona, Grace Hearing Center, Inc., Integrative Touch for Kids, Interfaith Community Services, JobPath, Inc., Make Way For Books, Marana Unified School District Family Resource Center, Our Family Services, Inc., Pan Asian Community Alliance, Inc., Project Linus, Rio Vista Elementary School, Shyann Kindness Project, Special Olympics Arizona (SOAZ), Sunnyside Unified School District Foundation, Inc., Sun Sounds of Arizona, Teen Outreach Pregnancy Services, Therapeutic Riding of Tucson (TROT), Tucson Festival of Books, Tucson Girls Chorus, Tucson Jewish Community Center – Special Needs Services, Tucson Soccer Academy, UA College of Education / Worlds of Words, UA Foundation for the Benefit of CFA in Schools, The Youth Corps of America, Inc., Youth On Their Own.
In addition, two STEM-specific “Ken Nickel Memorial Grants” were matched by corporate dollars from Cushman & Wakefield | PICOR, in honor of a former Kiwanian and dedicated, founding PCF volunteer: San Miguel High School and the YMCA of Southern Arizona.
The Foundation carries forward a 32-year tradition started by the former Palo Verde Kiwanis Club. Combined with PCF’s continuation of the event since 1994, cumulative giving to Tucson programs now exceeds $1,000,000. Cushman & Wakefield | PICOR’s 44 employees plan, staff, and raise funds for the Annual Pancake Feed each year. At the 2016 event, over 2,000 individuals were served pancakes, sausage, milk, hot chocolate and coffee, staffed by Cushman & Wakefield | PICOR and Starbucks Arizona’s energetic volunteers. Thanks to generous in-kind community partners and PICOR’s corporate underwriting of direct expenses, 100% of the funds raised are granted to youth-serving programs, and many attendees and applicant agencies are given complimentary breakfast tickets.
To donate or apply for funds in our 2017 cycle, please visit www.picor.com/picor-charitable-foundation.
For more information contact: Tom Nieman, PICOR Charitable Foundation Chair