Annual event honoring local philanthropy and nonprofits scheduled for September 19


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PO Box 1085, Benson, AZ 85602

520.439.0595  |

For Immediate Release

August 10, 2023 Angie Laskarides, 520.505.3676

Annual event honoring local philanthropy and nonprofits scheduled for September 19

The Arizona Community Foundation of the Gila Valley opens registration for grant celebration and announces 2023 grant recipients

SAFFORD — The Arizona Community Foundation of the Gila Valley invites the public to the Graham Greenlee Grant Celebration, an annual event honoring local nonprofit organizations, volunteers, and philanthropists. The event will take place on Tuesday, September 19 at 4:00 p.m. at Eastern Arizona College in Thatcher. Come early to enjoy refreshments and music from local student musicians. Registration is now open at

During the recent competitive grant cycle, nine nonprofit organizations serving Graham and Greenlee counties were awarded a total of $44,200 to support projects in social services, healthcare, environment, animal welfare, and more. The 2023 grant recipients include:

  • Borderlands Produce Rescue/Borderlands Food Bank
  • Boys and Girls Club of the Gila Valley
  • Desert Cat Rescue & Sanctuary of Arizona
  • Desert Seed Resource Center
  • Gila Valley Arts Council
  • Gila Watershed Partnership of Arizona
  • Graham County Search and Rescue Squad
  • Mount Graham Safe House, Inc.
  • Special Olympics Arizona

Grant awards will be given to these organizations during this year’s event. In addition to the grantees, the following awards will also be presented:

  • Graham County Nonprofit Organization of the Year
  • Greenlee County Nonprofit Organization of the Year
  • Ed and Angie Sawyer Volunteer of the Year (Graham County)
  • Greenlee County Volunteer of the Year

There is still time to nominate someone for an award. Nominations are due August 30; visit for more information. 

For more information about the event or nomination process, please contact Regional Philanthropic Advisor Colleen Iuliucci at or call 520. 505.3678.

The Arizona Community Foundation of the Gila Valley was founded in 1997 as permanent philanthropic endowments for the enduring benefit of the southeast Arizona community. This family of charitable funds are guided by a local Board of Advisors and benefits from cost-efficient, centralized professional services provided by the Arizona Community Foundation.

Established in 1978, the Arizona Community Foundation is a statewide family of charitable funds supported by thousands of Arizonans. With five regional offices serving communities across Arizona, ACF is among the top 25 community foundations in the nation with more than $1.1 billion in trust and endowment assets and is certified under the National Standards for U.S. Community Foundations. Since inception, ACF and its affiliates have awarded more than $1.1 billion in grants, scholarships, and loans to nonprofit organizations, schools, and government agencies. More information is available at

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