Our 2012/2013/2014 main charity is Childhelp which supports abused and neglected children with treatment, intervention and investigation services. Childhelp was started 50 years ago to protect children and families from abuse. A portion of proceeds from Parrot Grande will be donated to this very worthy cause.
Our main charity for 2010/2011 was Ryan House, a wonderful organization that offers respite care to families with critically ill children. Our Parrot Grande event raised $6,000 for Ryan House in 2010 and $7,350 in 2011.
For Arizona families caring fo children with life‐threatening conditions, every moment, touch and smile count. Quality time, a must for sustaining energy and hope, is nearly impossible for most families to find on their own. Respite – short breaks from the continuous strain of round-the-clock care – is essential for families to remain intact, and for children to experience quality of life. That’s what Ryan House is all about.
Nowhere else in the Southwest can these particular kids just be kids, because Ryan House is built for them. Eight colorfully-themed bedrooms function as gateways to adaptive music, art, computer, sensory, hydrotherapy and family fun rooms, along with a fully accessible playground and relaxing garden space outdoors.
We also have been long time supporters of Hospice of the Valley. For many years, we’ve held No Limit Texas Hold ‘Em tournaments in honor of long time member, Mary “Mom” O’Malley, who received wonderful care from Hospice before she left yes. Half of the proceeds from the tournament are donated to Hospice, averaging to about $1,000 a year.
Founded in 1964, UMOM is the largest homeless shelter for families in Arizona. They keep families together, provide a continuum of care from emergency shelter to transitional housing and finally, permanent, affordable housing. Families at UMOM have the opportunity to gain the skills, medical care, quality child care, and education they need to rebuild their lives and succeed when they leave.
Kitchen on the Street, Through partnerships with schools in Arizona and Texas, provides pre-packaged, child-friendly food for evening and/or weekend meals. For many, these “Bags of Hope” become their primary source of food when school is not in session.