Monthly Archives: February 2010


How can you get a quack – er, crack – at $10,000 and help feed hunger child of Arizona at the same time. Adopt two ducks from Fry’s Food Stores at the 2010 Edition of the Leslie’s Lucky Duck Derby Race.

Simply log on at for the easy directions on how to Adopt a Duck (you can adopt two ducks for just $10!)

Then on Saturday, April 24th at the Scottsdale Waterfront Canal, all the ducks will be dumped into the water at 1:30 p.m. and they’ll paddle their way to the finish to make someone $10,000 richer. Other prizes include a $500 and $250 U.S. Savings Bond.

All donations make through will benefit the St. Mary’s Kids Cafe, a program that distributes nearly 2,000 meals daily to children at risk of hunger through after school programs and make sure kids who take part in the school lunch program get another meal source at the end of the day. Plans are to increase the program to 10,000 meals in the near future and to introduce hot meals for the first time in the program’s history.

For more information, call the Lucky Ducky Derby Duck Hotline at (602) 245-7680.


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More than 20 major league baseball players past and present will participate in the annual “Spirit of the Game” Cactus League kickoff event, scheduled for Feb. 20th from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. at Surprise Stadium – the spring home of the Kansas City Royals and Texas Rangers.

Former pitcher and inspirational speaker Dave Dravecky will headline the event, sponsored by Compassionate Surprise. The night is designed to give fans a chance to see their favorite players, ask for autographs and have kids take part in clinics and interactive games.

Players scheduled to appear include Eric Chavez (Oakland A’s); Russ Ortiz and Adam Goodwin (Los Angeles Dodgers); Mike Sweeney, Rob Johnson and Garrett Olson (Seattle Mariners); Blaine Boyer (Arizona Diamondbacks); Micha Owings and Bill Bray (Cincinnati Reds); Mat Laporta (Cleveland Indians); Chase Headley and Nick Hundley (San Diego Padres); Jeremy Affeldt (San Francisco Giants) and former big league stars like Kevin Young, Damion Easley and Tim Salmon.

Admission to “Spirit of the Game” is free with a non-perishable food donation to St. Mary’s Food Bank Alliance/Westside. Those who bring food will be registered to win a door prize. Raffle tickets will also be sold ($5 apiece, six for $20) to benefit St. Mary’s and Interfaith Community Care. Prize include Suns and Diamondbacks tickets as well as a golf package at the Wigwam Resort.

For more information, call (602) 274-1988.

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The Wisconsin Badger Club of Arizona

The Wisconsin Badger Club of Arizona donated checks totaling $500 each to The Sun Cities Salvation Army Corporation and the St. Mary’s Food Bank Alliance Westside location on Mar. 5. Additional donations were also made to the Sun City Sunshine Club, Sun City West Helping Hands and the Sun City and Sun City West Visitors Centers. Over the last decade, Badger Club donations to Northwest Valley charitable agency have now exceeded $12,000. For more information on memberships and meetings, call Pat Maier at (623) 583-2218.

Above, Badger Club Membership Chairperson Pat Maier (left) and club president Dick Johnson (right) present checks to Peter Hernandez (second left) and Miles Lugo from St. Mary’s Food Bank Alliance.

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Garden club gears up for 2 months of gleaning

The Sun City Garden Club is serious about citrus.
by Erin Turner
Daily News-Sun

About 20 volunteers from among the club’s 110 members kicked off the 2010 Sun City Citrus Drive Tuesday. The group of gleaners will attempt a huge feat in the next two months as they collect grapefruit, oranges and lemons from homes in Sun City.

“Last year we did over 460,000 pounds, so this year our goal is 500,000-plus,” said Pete Petersen, Sun City Garden Club president. “We always try to out-do the year before.”

The Citrus Drive began in 2002. The club has since collected more than 2 million pounds, which benefits the St. Mary’s Food Bank Alliance.

“No other club in the United States does what we do. It’s pretty impressive,” Petersen said.

The volunteers will glean fruit Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays beginning Thursday this week until March 22. They’ll generally go out between 8 a.m. and 1 p.m. and complete six houses or about 18 trees each day, Petersen said.

“We’re very active. We always claim 99 percent gleaned. Some of those trees are 30 feet high, and we crawl all the way up in them. We’ve got guys who are 70, 80 years old who climb trees,” he said. “We’re quite proud of it and rightly so. We’re more of a philanthropic club. We all garden at our homes … but mostly we’re a philanthropic club.”

Petersen said residents who request for their trees to be gleaned for a small fee — or residents who drop off their own citrus at one of four collection sites at the community — should take pride in the drive.

“I always give the residents credit. I always say it’s the Sun City Citrus Drive, so it makes them feel like they’re a part of it,” he said. “What this does is it goes for a good cause and a lot of people benefit from it. That’s what our motivation is.”

St. Mary’s participates in food exchange programs with food banks in other states. Citrus will be shipped to Idaho, for instance, in exchange for potatoes, said Chuck Citrus, citrus coordinator for St. Mary’s.

To read more and how you can volunteer, click here


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The Cardinals fell just shy of the big game this year, but the Streets of New York restaurants are still looking forward to a big end of the football season.

All Valley SYN locations are again teaming with St. Mary’s Food Bank Alliance for a super deal that gives football fans a discount and allows them to help feed the hungry of our state. From now until Feb. 14, any guest donating three (3) non-perishable food items to St. Mary’s will receive 20 percent off their total bill (excluding tax and alcohol).

In addition, SYN will make a monetary donation for every can donated to the Food Bank which could provide enough food for an additional 14,000 meals. Each dollar donated allows St. Mary’s to provide seven meals for the community, so each public donation can have a far-reaching effect on those struggling with this issue of hunger.

With unemployment, underemployment and homelessness skyrocketing in Arizona, St. Mary’s Food Bank has seen demand nearly double over the last two years. Both cash and food donations are desperately need to keep pace with the increasing need.

“Without community support, St. Mary’s would never be able to distribute enough food to provide 300,000 meals on a daily basis,” said Terry Shannon, the Food Bank’s president and CEO. “Wonderful partners like Streets of New York recognize the tremendous need right now. We are pleased they have chosen the Food Bank as a way to give back to those in Arizona who are dealing with hunger daily.”

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