More than 1,000 business leaders attending the recent Economic Outlook event hosted by the Greater Phoenix Chamber of Commerce voted on their phones at Cox7.com and selected SARRC from among 20 local nonprofit organizations to receive a $10,000 grant. Established in 1997, SARRC is an internationally recognized nonprofit organization dedicated to autism research, education, evidence based treatment and community outreach.
The donation is in addition to Cox Charities' $480,000 annual statewide contributions in this year’s grant distributions.
“Cox is proud to continue the legacy of giving during Cox Charities’ 20th anniversary with this donation,” said Susan Anable, southwest vice president of public affairs for Cox. “Since 1996, Cox employees have given nearly $7 million in cash to local nonprofits of their choice. Today was especially unique as we looked to our Phoenix business community to nominate a grant recipient.”
Daniel Openden, Ph.D., president and CEO of SARRC, added that the nonprofit will put the grant monies toward the organization’s continued efforts of cutting edge research and providing a lifetime of services for those with autism and their families.
“This is an exciting recognition considering the list of worthy organizations from which business leaders had to choose,” Openden said. “Further, this award is even more impressive because we were not informed that this contest was happening and therefore were unable to make a pitch or send out any kind of communication for business leaders to vote for us. Rather, this award speaks to SARRC's strong brand and many key relationships in our community thanks to the hard work of our talented team and committed Board of Directors. We are truly honored and humbled to receive this grant.”
The annual Economic Outlook event presented by the Greater Phoenix Chamber of Commerce and Cox Communications provides business leaders with insight into local, national and global economies from leading economic experts to help prepare for success in 2017.