Grant Thornton LLP Donates $20,000 to Phoenix-Area Non-Profit Organizations

Grant Thornton LLP Donates $20,000 to Phoenix-Area Non-Profit Organizations;

Partners Participate in Day-long Volunteer Activity for Local Youth

On Thursday, Nov. 18, 2010, nearly 90 current and retired partners from Grant Thornton LLP offices across the globe gathered in Phoenix during their annual meetings, which were held in Scottsdale at the Westin Kierland, to help give back to the local area community. During the day, the firm made check presentations totaling $20,000 to St. Mary’s Food Bank Alliance, a non-profit organization that alleviates hunger by efficiently gathering and distributing food to sites that serve the hungry, and Kitchen on the Street, a non-profit organization that provides food for children who are not guaranteed a meal over the weekends.

“After the check presentations, we were so proud to have our partners continue to help our community by rolling up their sleeves at the Palomino School in Phoenix,” said Brad Preber, Phoenix office managing partner. “Together, we prepared the campus for a youth health fair and acted as ‘resident doctors’ at various educational stations.”

The partners ended the day by volunteering at an ice cream social for the children. In addition, the Phoenix office of Grant Thornton has been active with St. Mary’s in particular. Most recently, the Phoenix office visited the St. Mary’s Food Bank to help assemble 525 emergency food boxes for those in need as summer gets underway.

“We had nearly 20 employees volunteer their time, assembling enough food boxes to ensure more than 13,500 members of our community will not go hungry,” said Grant Thornton office managing partner Brad Preber.

In addition, they raised more than $1,300 of food and money for Feeding America’s Kids Café this Fall. These initiatives are just some of the many community outreach programs supported through Grant Thornton C.A.R.E.S. (Community Awareness and Responsibility Expressed through Service), a program created by Grant Thornton designed to demonstrate leadership not only in its industry, but also in its community. Through the program, nicknamed GT CARES, employees contribute time, money and expertise to local civic organizations, charities, universities and professional associations.

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