2024 Breathe to Believe Presenting Sponsor

Lerner and Rowe Takes a Stand Against Lung Cancer at ‘Breathe to Believe’

Breathe 2 Believe Presenting Sponsor

Lerner and Rowe proudly stepped up as a presenting sponsor for the incredible “Breathe to Believe” event, honoring Frank Ramirez’s birthday and raising critical funds for lung cancer research and patient support.

This heartwarming event, held on February 4th at The Joybus Plaza, rallied friends and family in memory of Frank, who bravely fought non-smoker lung cancer. Their goal? To raise a whopping $40,000 to benefit local organizations like The American Lung Association AZ, The Joy Bus Diner, Lump Busters, and American Cancer Society-CAN.

Every year, lung cancer claims countless lives, but thanks to events like “Breathe to Believe,” hope is on the rise! The funds raised will fuel crucial research and provide essential support to those battling the disease. 

Want to get involved? Learn more about this amazing organization and see how you can help at breathe2believe.com.

Together, we can create a future where more diagnosed individuals survive and thrive. ️

Photos from the 2024 Breathe 2 Believe Event:

Young Entrepreneurs Shine at Something So Worth It Marketplace

Heartwarming Event Celebrates Inclusion and Kids’ Talents

Something So Worth It Marketplace 2024

We were thrilled to sponsor the 4th Annual Something So Worth It Marketplace! This incredible event brought together the community to celebrate inclusion and support young entrepreneurs with disabilities. The energy was contagious, and it was heartwarming to see so many families enjoying the festivities.

From the colorful vendor booths showcasing the children’s talents to the exciting activities like the bounce house, mini horses, and face painting, there was something for everyone. We were particularly impressed by the dedication and creativity of the young vendors, and we were proud to play a role in helping them showcase their products and raise funds for a worthy cause.

The Something So Worth It Marketplace was a resounding success. It’s an event that truly embodies the spirit of community and makes a positive impact on the lives of children with disabilities.

One of our Lerner and Rowe Give Back team members shared the following about the 2024 All Abilities Marketplace, “I loved this event! So cute, small in size but perfect–Think HUGE party for kids with disabilities. Those children are not usually invited to things and she organizes an event so they can enjoy the things everyone else does.” 

We encourage everyone to learn more about Something So Worth It and consider supporting their mission at somethingsoworthit.org/marketplace. Together, we can create a more inclusive and equitable world for all children.

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Lerner & Rowe Gives Back Unveils Partnership with Phoenix Children’s Foundation

2024 Partnership with Phoenix Children’s Foundation

Today, we announced our partnership with Phoenix Children’s Foundation for our highly anticipated 11th Annual Charity Golf Classic set to take place on April 26 at McCormick Ranch Golf Club. The driving force behind this partnership with Phoenix Children’s Foundation was to boost our annual tournament’s impact and allow for even greater support of vital healthcare services for sick and injured children in the Southwest. 

“It’s not often that you find a nonprofit whose mission directly falls in line with your own,” said Tim Harrison, vice president of corporate partnerships and special events at Phoenix Children’s Foundation. “We see the way the Lerner & Rowe Gives Back team helps children in need every single day. This partnership will allow us to come together to further each of our missions in providing needed support to children and their families.” 

Phoenix Children’s Foundation is dedicated to fostering philanthropic support from corporate partners, community organizations and individuals that align with Phoenix Children’s mission of advancing hope, healing and healthcare for children and their families. 

“We are bringing together two powerhouse organizations in the Valley to support our community,” said Kevin Rowe, founding partner of Lerner & Rowe Gives Back. “It’s a win-win. Along with this wonderful partnership, we are excited to share more upgrades to the 2024 tournament. Golfers are in for a treat!” 

2024 co-presenting sponsors of the golf classic include Pro Performance Chiropractic, and Collision Chiropractors. 

How Can You Get Involved?

The Lerner & Rowe Gives Back Charity Golf Classic is a premier golf tournament in the Valley, bringing together an impressive array of businesses, philanthropic organizations, city leaders and more. The 2024 event will feature exciting new upgrades, networking opportunities, fundraising, and more. 

Registration for the tournament opens in early 2024 and sponsorship opportunities are available for businesses and organizations looking to support the cause. Select pre-release sponsorships, however, are available on the website now

As golf and sponsorship opportunities sell out each year, interested participants are encouraged to secure their golf spots and sponsorships as soon as they become available. 

For more details about the Lerner & Rowe Gives Back 11th Annual Charity Golf Classic presented by Stamp Medical, Collision Chiropractors, and Pro Performance Chiropractic, contact Cindy Ernst at 602-952-3115, or via email at [email protected].

Pass It On Free Soccer Event

Pass It On Free Soccer Event - December 2023

Since 2019, Lerner and Rowe Gives Back has had the pleasure to support Pass It On, an organization started by kids out of a desire to achieve zero waste of soccer clothing and equipment. This December, the organization hosted a free soccer event at Edison Park in South Phoenix. 

During the event, local youth were given the opportunity to run through soccer drills and scrimmages. Channing Chasten, a professional soccer player formerly with Phoenix Rising, was also on hand to give pointers and to read his new children’s book to the kids.

Pass It On also provided new cleats, soccer socks, children’s clothing, holiday cookies and treats, as well as Lerner and Rowe water bottles and coloring books.  

Learn more about Pass It On at passitonsoccer.net.

Photos for the December 2023 Pass It On free soccer event:

Chicago Christmas Toy Giveaway 2023

Chicago Christmas Toy Giveaway 2023

From buying toys to wrapping gifts to dashing to and fro from Merrillville to Chicago, our little elves have been hard at work over the last week!

Today, we were able to spread the holiday cheer at Alice L. Barnard Elementary School in Chicago where we celebrated our Christmas toy giveaway.

All students in the school ranging from pre-school through 8th grade received a holiday gift.

We were even joined by one of Santa’s elves and the Grinch himself! 

Photos from 2023 Chicago Toy Giveaway:

Valleywise Health Foundation – $50K 2023 Grant Recipient

Valleywise Health Foundation – $50K 2023 Grant Recipient

Lerner & Rowe Gives Back had the pleasure to grant $50,000 to the Valleywise Health Foundation to help build the pediatric burn unit in the new 75,000 square-foot Diane and Bruce Halle Arizona Burn Center. This was just the first of three donations to be granted over a three year commitment for a grand total of $150,000! 

During the check presentation, we also had the honor to meet the director of the burn center Doctor Kevin Foster, as well as a past pediatric burn survivor that had been treated at Valleywise Health. 

Valleywise Health (VH) is home to Arizona’s only nationally verified burn center, where thousands of patients each year put their trust in its clinicians to provide specialized care needed to begin their recovery. 

Unlike other health systems, more than 70% of VH patients are financially vulnerable. While other organizations provide similar health-related services, VH is the only healthcare system in Arizona with a specific mission to serve those populations who are most at-risk in our community.

With a focus on helping young burn injury patients not only survive, but also to thrive during and after medical care, the new pediatric burn unit will feature:

  • A secured pediatric unit with doors separating it from the adult treatment areas to promote safety, minimize disruptions in a child’s healing process, and reduce ongoing exposure to difficult sights and sounds encountered during burn treatment.
  • Child Life specialists who provide a critical role in maintaining the emotional well-being of pediatric patients in the hospital. The new Diane and Bruce Halle Arizona Burn Center will have a dedicated pediatric playroom and teen room to give young patients a safe space to regain a level of normalcy during their hospitalization.
  • Private rooms that provide a safe space for recovery for all patients.
  • Family comfort rooms.
  • A state-of-the-art Wellness Center for rehabilitation therapy that fosters long-term survivorship care.

Learn more about Valleywise Health Foundation and its new burn center at valleywisehealthfoundation.org.

HUNKAPI – Lerner & Rowe Gives Back 2023 Grant Recipient


Lerner & Rowe Gives Back granted HUNKAPI $10,000 to help support its First Responders therapy program across four seasons, serving approximately 50 First Responders and allowing HUNKAPI to work with various fire and police departments to budget their funds to directly support future activities year-round

HUNKAPI has been an Arizona not-for-profit organization since 1996. It operates on a 10-acre farm in north Scottsdale. The organization’s herd of specially trained therapy horses now numbers over two dozen. It serves about 300 children, youth, and adults weekly through its equine therapy program, along with First Responders recovering from PTSD and other special programs and projects. 

Learn more about this organization and all the ways it uplifts and positively impacts local community members at hunkapi.org.

Thank You: Children’s Museum of Phoenix – Candy Land Gala Sponsor

Children's Museum of Phoenix

Dear Lerner & Rowe,

Thank you so much for Lerner & Rowe Gives Back’s generous $10,000 sponsorship of our Children’s Museum of Phoenix’s Candy Land Gala. We had a very successful evening in support of our Every Child Program which allows us to give underserved children free/reduced Museum admission.

Thank you so much again for your commitment to bettering the community.


Georgie Hanlin
Director of Development
Children’s Museum of Phoenix

Put On the Cape – Lerner & Rowe Gives Back Grant Recipient

Put On the Cape - Check presentation

Put On the Cape was granted $10,000 from Lerner and Rowe Gives Back in 2023. As such, our Phoenix Gives Back team had the honor of participating alongside Put On the Cape and local police departments in a holiday caravan to present $2,000 checks to 5 designated family advocacy centers in Peoria, Avondale, Chandler, Scottsdale, and Glendale. 

Advocacy centers operate on limited budgets, especially when it comes to essential items. As a special treat for the holidays, these centers will use the granted funds to purchase gifts for children who have faced abuse, neglect, or trafficking.

Learn more about Put On the Cape at putonthecape.org.

More photos from additional check presentations:

McKenna Youth Foundation’s Annual Children’s Holiday Party

14 Years Partnership 

McKenna Youth Foundation

For 14 years now, our team has enjoyed assisting the McKenna Youth Foundation to assemble children’s bikes, as well as sort food and household items to be gifted to disadvantaged Phoenix youth and their families during its annual Holiday Party.

In fact, this charitable event has become a tradition that our team and family members look forward to taking part in every year. 

Holiday Party and Bike Giveaway for Families in Need

The McKenna Youth Foundation is a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization and an Arizona Qualifying Charitable Organization. Every year, it holds an annual holiday party and bike giveaway at Aunt Chilada’s Restaurant to provide food, clothing, books, toys, household items, and bicycles to qualifying low-income families. To date, the foundation has positively impacted more than 3,500 families and over 11,300 children.

Learn more about the McKenna Youth Foundation and the volunteer and contribution opportunities available at mckennayouthfoundation.blogspot.com.   

2023 McKenna Youth Foundation’s Holiday Party:

Captured moments from the 2022 McKenna Youth Foundation’s Holiday Party:

2021 McKenna Youth Foundation’s Holiday Party: