Our Partners & Contributors
Our Valued and Committed Partners
Chase Bank in Arizona has been helping EKC with funding and support for the past 10 years as a major donor of Back-to-School Supplies, Toys, a large amount of volunteer hours, through their “Good Works Program” along with individual employee matched donations and Corporate Contributions.
A full-service Catering and Events company since 1975, that has been providing opportunities and working hand-in-hand with EKC since the beginning. Funding from each contract directly benefits EKC’s efforts.
Coach T’s BBQ has been serving amazing barbeque that has provided funding for our kids programs for over 20 years. Coach T’s is one of the fundraising arms of EKC and is facilitated by Tom and Debbie Perelka and family. EKC has been conducting BBQ fundraisers since 1999. The Coach T’s BBQ name came from Tom’s youth football players, who after a winning football game, did not want to go for pizza but wanted to go to Coach T’s for BBQ.
One of our supporting partners, PlushBeds, stepped up big during the 2018 Season of Giving Campaign by helping us provide Food, Clothing, Toys and Gift Cards for our military families in Arizona and California though their financial contribution. In addition, PlushBeds’ leadership team has made a commitment to support ongoing EKC Charitable efforts in 2019 and beyond. By the way, their organic beds and toppers are extremely comfortable as well!
EKC’s various charitable drives throughout the year would not be possible without the generous contribution of boxes and supplies provided by Pioneer Packaging since 2001. We are very grateful for their ongoing partnership.
Since the inception of EKC, the Arizona Major League Alumni members have been a strong support structure for our charitable programs and fundraisers. Most importantly, in 2018, the AZMLA have partnered with our annual EKC Memorial Celebrity Golf Tournament at Ancala Country Club. This partnership was a huge success for both organizations and was a great example of how two organizations working together can accomplish a great deal.
Right Toyota and Right Honda have been valued partners since the creation of EKC. Since the early days of the organization, these dealerships have supported EKC in many facets of our operation. They have supported our EKC Golf Tournaments, Celebrity Poker Tournaments, providing food, clothing, school supplies for our very large Annual Toy Drive. Jane Tenaglia, Rights’ Marketing Director, has been an inspirational source in assisting EKC in many of our annual programs and fundraisers.
Team Dynamix has played a pivotal role in several aspects of EKC’s programming. The donation of bikes, locks and helmets, along with many other items, has contributed to and supported the development of EKC’s highly effective “Books to Bikes Literacy Program”. In addition, several of the major contributors listed on this page have come from the direct relationship of this long-standing partnership. Their Team Building programs are top-notch and highly effective.
Since 2010 Dream Dealers has been providing valuable service in our major fundraising efforts through our Annual Celebrity Poker Tournaments. They continue to promote our cause through various promotional opportunities. We are very grateful to Jeff Geller and his wonderful team of Dream Dealers and Dream Pourers.
Our Major Contributors
In 2014, Penn Mutual became the first major donor contributing over $25,000 to EKC and our “Books to Bikes Program”, on top of the nearly 100 bikes, locks and helmets that were donated during their company retreat in Scottsdale Arizona. Their contribution funded over two years of programs and we are forever grateful.
United Auto Credit is a non-prime auto lender and is one of our newest partners and contributors! UAC made a generous donation of funding and bikes in 2018 and has committed to supporting EKC’s efforts in years to come.
UAC has been a major contributor since 2015. Each year, they host a special golf tournament of Agents from all over the Valley. What is now called the Doug Carr Memorial UAA Golf Tournament, raises tens of thousands of dollars a year for five deserving charities, including EKC. We are extremely grateful for the generosity and support that allows EKC to provide thousands of Toys and events for at-need children during the holiday season.
We are extremely grateful to Larry H. Miller Charities, who through their employees who host a weekly dress down day through matching fund donations selects many different charities each year to fund their causes. EKC has been honored to be a recipient of two contributions so far for a total of $15,000. The first contribution of $5,000 was presented several years ago when EKC kicked off it’s “Books to Bikes Program” at Creighton Elementary School District. We were able to purchase 75 bikes, locks and helmets, that were distributed throughout the semester to the nine CESD schools.