During the month of April, Nextiva Cares focused its support for numerous philanthropic organizations in the Phoenix area that benefit active-duty military, veterans, and their families. In total, we were able to donate over $5,700 to the Veterans Heritage Project, Phoenix Air National Guard, and the Pat Tillman Foundation.
On April 4th, Nextiva Cares participated in Arizona Gives Day, an annual 24-hour online giving campaign that takes place the first Tuesday of April, with members of the Alliance of Arizona Nonprofits as participating organizations. Although donations to these charities can be given year round, this event helps people find, learn about, and contribute to the causes they believe in. This year, we chose to donate to Veterans Heritage Project, a nonprofit whose mission is to connect students with veterans in order to honor veterans, preserve America's heritage, and develop future leaders. Arizona Gives Day’s 2017 total donations reached over $2.2 million for nearly 900 Arizona philanthropic organizations.
Later that week on April 9th, we sponsored the PANG annual golf tournament. This year was the third year Nextiva has been a sponsor and participated in the tournament. Three teams of Nextiva employees participated, including our Chief Financial Officer, Colleen Fritz, and Chief Information Officer, Josh Lesavoy. The PANG Patriots serve as a citizen support group for the men and women assigned to the units in all of the Phoenix area Air National Guard and raise funds for PANG Members and their families. More specifically, the organization assists families of those members serving in a deployed status overseas.
Wrapping up the month, Nextiva was honored to have nearly 80 participants in Pat’s Run on Saturday, April 22nd, the 13th anniversary of Pat Tillman’s passing. Kelly Chow, a member of Nextiva’s onboarding department, participated in the run. In Chow’s words,
I loved participating in this event! I've been a part of Pat's Run for the past several years and it's always great to see how many people come out to support it. It's an even greater feeling when you work for a company who is a large proponent and supporter of this foundation! Awesome to see my colleagues come together for it!
Pat’s Run is an annual 4.2 mile run/walk that began in Tempe, Arizona, and now takes place in many other cities across the U.S. as well. The run ends at the 42-yard line of Arizona State University’s Sun Devil Stadium, honoring Pat’s number, 42, when he played for the Sun Devils and led them to an undefeated season and 1997 Rose Bowl victory. After his time at ASU, Tillman was drafted into the NFL and played for the Arizona Cardinals. Shortly after the terrorist attacks on September 11th, 2001, Tillman left his football career in 2002 to serve in the U.S. Army. Sadly, he was killed in Afghanistan only two years later.
In 2004, the Pat Tillman Foundation was created in honor of Pat’s service to his country. The foundation invests in military veterans and their spouses through academic scholarships. The scholars chosen show a deep commitment to create positive change through their work in the fields of medicine, law, business, education, and the arts. For the past 13 years, the Pat Tillman Foundation has raised over $14 million in academic scholarships that benefit over 460 students attending over 100 universities.
Nextiva Cares is our philanthropic initiative focused on supporting organizations in our local community. We’re proud to give back to organizations like these.
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