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At the April Sunnyside Unified School District Governing Board meeting, The Sunnyside Foundation was recognized “for your extraordinary support of our health services programs.

This was recognition for our support of Nurses’ offices district wide in providing Back to Basics grants ($250.00 maximum) for purchase of Nutritional Snacks for intervention in diabetic episodes suffered by student’s with diabetes throughout the district.  Expansion of this concept will include Diabetic Kits for emergency use in classrooms and on school buses.  During the past 2 years, The Foundation has funded over six thousand dollars in Back to Basics, Emergency/Flexible funding grants.

Sweater Nanas of Green Valley presenting sweaters and hats to Los Ranchitos kindergarten!
Sweater Nanas of Green Valley

Funding Our Future!

2013 Funding Our Future Luncheon

The 2nd Annual “Funding Our Future: Pathways to Success” luncheon was held on Thursday, October 10th, 2013 at Casino Del Sol resort!  Over 300 guests enjoyed a program filled with student entertainment.  The String Quartet from Desert View High School serenaded our lunch guests as they entered the ballroom!  

Under the direction of Robert Reyes, the quartet provided very strong evidence that music programs are ‘alive and well’ within Sunnyside Unified School District. Leading off the luncheon program was Liberty Gifted & Talented Elementary Choir under the direction of Ms. Elizabeth Rowe.  These very talented 3rd, 4th and 5th graders were enjoyed by all!

The choir led the audience in the Pledge of Allegiance following posting of the colors by the Desert View High School Jr. R.O.T.C. color guard under the guidance of Chief Frederick.  A very poignant video produced by Dave and Tina Barger of Carbo Productions paved the way for Dr. Mary Belle McCorkle, our Honorary Chair to challenge the audience to match a $5K Board Driven Challenge Grant.  Happy to report that over $7K was raised during the luncheon and $37K was raised overall.

Laura McGill, Deputy of Engineering at Raytheon gave the keynote address and shared some real Raytheon success stories of Sunnyside students that have been the beneficiaries of Raytheon employee tutoring and mentoring programs.

The Sunnyside Foundation honored ‘True Community Partners’; Affinity Financial Group and Pima Federal Credit Union.  Following were presentations to three outstanding educators;  Ava Bemer, Sierra Middle School; Debra Edwards, Desert View High School, and Linda Velazquez of Ocotillo Early Learning Center.

The luncheon was wrapped up by Rob Elias, Vice-President of Marketing at Pima Federal Credit Union who gave away 5 fully loaded laptop computers to 5 lucky Sunnyside students from “We the People” Civics class at Sunnyside High School and the Sunnyside Little League Softball Champions who were in the ballroom!

News of next year’s event will be posted shortly on our website.  Thank you to our Board of Directors, our Sponsors, our Table Sponsors and all of our volunteers who helped make our 2nd annual event a huge success!

To hear Dr. Peter Likin’s inspirational speech about the importance of Public Education, CLICK HERE.

CLICK HERE for the Inaugural Funding Our Future Luncheon photos.

Sunnyside Foundation Community Partners, 2013

Thank you for ‘Funding Our Future’

Affinity Financial Group
Ada Adams
Adam Edwards
A Fresh Approach Media
Allen & Associates
Alliance Bank of Arizona
Allison B. Thomas
Ann Parker
Anna Maiden
Annabel Crites
Barbara Novak
BMO Private Bank
Brian Stewart
Buck Crouch
Carolynn Carter
Carl Stevenson
Casino Del Sol Resort
Cecilia R. Frederico
Cheryl M. House
Christa Carlowe
Christoper Osgood
COX Communications
Cynthia Ramirez-Barbee
Dana Castillo
Danielle Brady
Danielle Dubois
Danny Knee
David Dameron
David & Donna Ellington
Deb Salaiz
Deb and Twyla Salaiz
Deborah L. Embry
Debra Bergman
Del E. Webb Foundation
Diane Bissell
Donie J. Gignac
Dr. Alan L. Storm
Dr. Eugenia Favela
Dr. Mary Belle McCorkle
Elaine Valenzuela
Elizabeth Gonzalez-Gann
El Rio Community Health Center
Fernando Gonzales
Galaxy Circle Members
George Celaya
Get Away Today
Gustavo Molina
Hans Rhey
Health Choice Insurance of Arizona
Holly Shiel
Humberto Stevens
Jeanette Vesely
Joan Katz
Jo Anne Westerman
Jody Disney
Jon and Erica Rauch
Jose Gastellum
Judith Butcher
Julie Demchuk
Kathy Prather
Kay McLoughlin
Kinder-Morgan Foundation
Kit Osgood
Kristel Foster
Lea Marquez-Peterson
Linda Pigman
Lydia Duron-Kari
Maggie Amado-Tellez
Maria Mottern
Marilynn Correa Sando
Margaret L. Wilkie
Mary Jondrow
Mary & Richard Martinez
Michael McDonald
Mike and Pam McConnell
Monique Soria
Naomi Proano
Nate Clark
Norma J. Higuera-Trask
Pam Francis
Pat Martinez
Pima Community College Foundation
Pima Federal Credit Union
Raul & Donna Samorano
Raytheon Employees
Rebecca Quintero
Rene Ayala
Richard Miranda
Richard Vidaurri
Rick & Angelica Moreno
Robert Rabago
Rosanna Gabaldon
Rosemary Badian
Rosemary Rosas
Rosemont Copper Company
Roy Mussani
Sally Trattner
Shalene Simmons
Stephanie Vealenzuela
Stephen A. Ybarra
Steve Leal
Sue J. Tillis
SUNDT Foundation
Sunnyside Unified School District Employees
Syliva Neal
Taunya Villicana
Ted Roush
The Gonzales Law Firm
The Stocker Foundation
The Sunnyside Foundation Board of Directors
Timothy J. Dunne
Tucson Electric Power
UBS Financial Services, Inc.
Valerie Diaz
Wells Fargo Foundation
XO Florists

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