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Abrazo Supports Legacy Backpack Buddies Project

8/22/2014 12:00:00 AM

Donation of $15,152 benefits low-income Valley families

PHOENIX (Aug. 21, 2014) – For 12 consecutive years, Abrazo Health has supported the Legacy Backpack Buddies Project, a nonprofit organization that equips thousands of children from low-income families with school supplies, hygiene items and clothing.

Abrazo today announced that $15,152 in donations was collected from employees and the corporate office. The amount was matched by the BHHS Legacy Foundation bringing the total to $30,304. The donations will serve an estimated 404 elementary school children from low-income families in schools located near Abrazo’s six hospitals.

“We’re proud to contribute to such a worthwhile organization. The donations will have an enormous impact on children," said Abrazo Health Market CEO Michele Finney.

Since the program was launched in 2002, Abrazo Health has contributed more than $330,137.00 in monetary donations, which when matched by BHHS Legacy Foundation we served more than 8,800 children to date.

“We are grateful for the opportunity to collaborate with Abrazo Health and its employees which has resulted in providing children from low-income families in Title I elementary schools with backpacks full of school supplies and hygiene items, as well as new clothing and shoes to start off their school year with confidence, which is key to breaking the cycle of poverty,’’ said Gerald Wissink, Legacy Foundation’s Chief Executive Officer.

Statewide, the Legacy Backpack Buddies project provides back-to-school readiness for more than 20,000 Arizona children of low-income families that cannot afford basic items.

Although school has begun, the Legacy Foundation will continue to provide school supplies, hygiene items and clothing to children throughout the year.For more on the Legacy Foundation’s Backpack Buddies program, please visit bhhslegacy.org.

About Abrazo Health

As the second largest health care delivery system in Arizona, Abrazo Health is committed to providing excellent medical care to the residents of Maricopa County. The Abrazo system includes six acute care hospitals: Arizona Heart Hospital, Arrowhead Hospital, Maryvale Hospital, Paradise Valley Hospital, Phoenix Baptist Hospital and West Valley Hospital; with a combined 1,059 licensed beds, North Peoria Emergency Center and West Valley Emergency Center.

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