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How local businesses support a children’s hospital

This article is Sponsored by Camelback Subaru

The difference between a local business and a large corporation often comes down to community engagement. Nowhere is that clearer than in the way Arizona businesses support worthy causes.

For example, the Phoenix Children’s Hospital is a non-profit organization that relies on donations to help the children and families who come there. As one of the largest pediatric healthcare systems in the country, it takes a lot to keep it running.

“Your gift makes a difference,” the hospital says. “Whether you’re making a financial donation or offering a gift-in-kind, know that you are helping to make a child’s stay at Phoenix Children’s more comfortable.”

Much of the fundraising for Phoenix Children’s is focused on helping patients stay connected to their families, schools, and lives at home. Here are just a few ways local businesses have pitched in to help the hospital.

Annual fundraiser

Every year, radio stations 92.3 FM and 98.7 FM team up to raise money for Phoenix Children’s. Broadcast time is reserved for the Give-A-Thon, which usually breaks the previous year’s record, typically raising over $1 million every year. Listeners can call or text to donate, making it easy to help children and their families.

More than 60 hospital programs receive funding from the event, many of which could not exist without donations. Programs like the Child Life Zone and Braeden’s Playground allow children — patients and family members — to engage in art, outdoor play, music, and more.

Those participating in the Give-A-Thon also benefit beyond the joy of giving by earning vouchers for Papa John’s Pizza or a full-service carwash from Cobblestone Auto Spa.

Education program

It’s tough to fall behind at school because of an illness. Luckily, Phoenix Children’s patients benefit from 1 Darn Cool School, a program that helps them keep up with their classes during hospital stays.

The patient’s school participates in consultations to get homework to a student and make the necessary accommodations. Teachers with 1 Darn Cool School use state guidelines to support each child’s curriculum and work closely with each patient’s school. In addition to having teaching certifications, they have additional education in hospital teaching.

Dedicated sponsor

Local dealership Camelback Subaru has also devoted itself to helping the hospital.

“Instead of being good at a myriad charities, we wanted to own one,” Camelback Subaru general manager Joe Esposito said in an interview. “After visiting the Phoenix Children’s Hospital, it was a no brainer for us.”

He’s been impressed by the care he’s seen given at the hospital.

“We see firsthand now why they are so special, you know just the way they rolled out the red carpet, and they do it, by the way, for everybody, not just because we’re benefactors to Phoenix Children’s Hospital, but that’s who they are at the core,” Esposito said.

The dealership has made a point of donating to worthy causes in the past and wanted to continue that tradition with the hospital. Esposito said the focus on giving has had many positive effects on the business.

“For us, the unintended results of being engaged with this deal, our employee satisfaction and our employee engagement and our employees feeling most like they belong to something instead of just being a number in a deal,” he said.

The best part, though, is helping children and their families who truly need it.

“Children are the most important thing in the universe,” Esposito said.