Larry H. Miller Dealerships announced the beneficiaries of its annual holiday giving campaign, which will provide more than $100,000 to 11 charities across the Valley to support children and veterans through this season and into the new year.
“We hope that these gifts will contribute to the betterment of our community and that they provide hope and happiness this holiday season and beyond,” said Pat Kroneberger, senior vice president of operations, Larry H. Miller Dealerships. “Our company was founded by a man who believed in ‘doing good until there is too much good in the world,’ and these donations represent the desire to do our part in carrying out that belief.”
Donations are distributed through Larry H. Miller Charities, the charitable arm of the dealership group, which is funded largely by employee contributions through a program called Give Us 5. The program allows employees to donate $5 or more per month from their paycheck to Larry H. Miller Charities.
All Arizona employee contributions are allocated for use in the local community, and are primarily focused on charities that serve women and children, with an emphasis on health and education.
This year’s beneficiaries will receive funding for scholarships, summer camp experiences, Christmas gifts, meals for children and more.
All charities listed below received $10,000, unless otherwise noted.
Central Arizona Shelter Services – Funding for CASS will allow the organization to purchase materials and supplies for the Child Development Program at the Vista Colina Emergency Family Shelter.
Southwest Center for HIV/AIDS – This donation will allow approximately 36 children to attend Camp Incredible, a summer camp for children affected by HIV/AIDS.
Salvation Army, Southwest Division – This donation will support the organization’s Forgotten Angels program, which helps purchase toys for those children whose names were not selected by anyone in the community from a Salvation Army tree. Each year, there are more than 5,000 children whose names are not selected.
Valley of the Sun YMCA ($7,500) – Funding from LHM Charities will provide scholarships, which will assist families with the cost of summer camp program fees.
Every Kids Counts – Funding from Larry H. Miller Charities will help support the “Books to Bikes Program” that encourages students to read by offering a competitive and rewarding format. Each time a student reads a book and completes a book report, they earn an entry to win a bicycle.
Upward – This contribution will subsidize the cost for medically necessary outpatient therapies for children with physical and developmental disabilities. The goal of these therapies is to allow children to reach their maximum potential in school and in life.
Desert Mission – Funding for Desert Mission will support its Snack Pac program, which provides child-friendly, nutritious food to children at risk of going hungry during the weekend.
Ryan House – The Ryan House is a residential facility that serves children with terminal or life-threatening illnesses, and their families, by providing respite, palliative and end-of-life care. Funding will support the Child Life Program, which provides children with life-enhancing therapeutic activities, including art, music, pet and sensory activities.
Arizona Brainfood – The money from this donation will provide weekend food bags for children.
MentorKids USA – Funding for MentorKids USA will allow the organization to expand their after-school mentoring program services at their Palomino Promise Neighborhood location.
U.S. Vets – This organization works to assist homeless and at-risk veterans. The donation will provide workforce readiness/education services for homeless and/or post 9/11 female veterans in Arizona.