This year marks the 10th visit that Mitchell Owens, CEO of Arizona-based landscape company, CareScape, Inc., has made to Raising Special Kids to present the organization with the funds raised at their annual Dandelion Golf Classic. Arizona Business Bank has been the event’s title sponsor each year. This year’s donation to Raising Special Kids topped $50,000.
The continued generosity of CareScape and Arizona Business Bank allows Raising Special Kids to reach thousands of Arizona families of children with disabilities, regardless of their diagnosis, through programs focusing on parent-to-parent support; special education information and training; health care information; and assistance with challenging behavior.
Owens and CareScape accounting manager Marcy DeChandt, made the check presentation at Raising Special Kids’ Phoenix office Tuesday, Dec. 19. On hand for the check presentation were Executive Director Joyce Millard Hoie, members of the board of directors, staff, and families who have received assistance from the organization.
Parent Laura Michael expressed her thanks to Owens and DeChandt for their continued support for an organization she says saved her life. Michael shared the impact Raising Special Kids had when she needed help to address her child’s behavior challenges. “I felt like I had won the lottery. I gained a handhold so I could pull myself up. Because of my experience with Raising Special Kids, I’m a better mother!”
Millard Hoie acknowledged the importance of the longevity of Raising Special Kids’ relationship with CareScape, “We are thankful for CareScape’s continued support of and commitment to Raising Special Kids’ ability to serve Arizona families like Laura’s. Over the past 10 years, CareScape has had a hand in helping Raising Special Kids assist and support more than 65,000 families in our state.”
Regarding his company’s relationship with Raising Special Kids, Owens shared, “After our first tournament, CareScape wanted to find a local charity to support. Raising Special Kids is a wonderful charity that I feel a special connection to and have a passion for. It is a true honor to have this partnership and know so many lives have been impacted in a positive way. “
CareScape’s mission states ‘We take care of places so they can grow and stay strong.’ If you ask Raising Special Kids and families like the Michaels, CareScape delivers on its mission well beyond landscaping.