PHOENIX (March 21, 2019) – Desert Financial Credit Union, Arizona’s largest credit union, this week hosted its annual Desert Financial Foundation Charity Golf Tournament, raising $460,000 to benefit “1 Darn Cool School” at Phoenix Children’s Hospital (PCH). The tournament was held at Encanterra Country Club in San Tan Valley, and attended by nearly 200 supporters from around the Valley.
Desert Financial’s annual tournament benefits PCH through the Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals (CMNH), an international non-profit organization operating for the sole purpose of providing funds for children's hospitals, medical research and fostering community awareness of children's health issues.
“Desert Financial was proud to host the Desert Financial Foundation Charity Golf tournament for the 21st year in a row,” said Ron Amstutz, executive vice president of Desert Financial. “The support this year was incredibly generous, and we’re thankful to the players and partners who joined us in an effort to fund the ‘1 Darn Cool School.”’
The annual golf tournament originated in 1999, and in that time has raised more than $4.4 million dollars for PCH through CMNH. PCH is one of very few hospitals in the United States that retains its own teaching staff at “1 Darn Cool School,” providing patients with the ability to keep up with school work, and an essential sense of normalcy and routine they need to increase their mental stimulation during care. The innovative educational model delivers quality schooling for children who are enduring extended treatment at the facility. The school remains open five days a week and provides personalized instruction for youth in grades K-12. Additionally, for children whose conditions are truly debilitating and prevent them from leaving their rooms, convenient bedside instruction is also available.
Originally founded in 1939 by 15 teachers with only $78.75 between them, Desert Financial prides itself on exhibiting a steadfast commitment to the betterment of its community by giving back to nonprofits throughout the year. In 2018, Desert Financial gave more than $7M back to the community and members. This year, the not-for-profit is increasing its member giveback bonus from $5 million to $8 million, and continuing its teacher appreciation, Random Acts of Kindness, and other community-wide initiatives. For more information, visit www.desertfinancial.com/year-of-giving.
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About Desert Financial Credit Union
Celebrating 80 years in Arizona, Desert Financial is the state’s largest credit union with $4.6 billion in assets, more than 330,000 members and 48 locations across the Valley. As a not-for-profit cooperative, Desert Financial prides itself on sharing success with its members, its team and the wider community. Learn more at www.desertfinancial.com.