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Tempe Sister Cities Youth Group Donates $1,000 to Tempe St. Luke’s Hospital

Mission-Driven Teens Identify Tempe Hospital as Philanthropic Focus for Holiday Fundraising Effort, Present Check on Monday, Dec. 19

Pictured above, from left to right: Millie Evidente, Marketing Manager, Jacob Golich, Administrator, Karen Hamstra, RN, Angie Cole, RN and Betty Hart, RNC-OB, Director of Women’s Services all of Tempe St. Luke’s Hospital, and David Ewin, Finance Officer, Ellie Griffith, youth and Beth Lang, Advisor, with Tempe Sister Cities Youth Group.


TEMPE, Ariz. (Dec. 19, 2016) – Tempe Sister Cities Youth Group, a team of 65 teens ages 14-18 from across the city whose mission it is to make a difference in the community, made its annual fundraising check presentation to Tempe St. Luke’s Hospital on Monday, Dec. 19, in the Women’s Services Department. Through a robust fundraising effort, the group has raised $1,000 for the hospital’s Women’s Service Department to help children in need.

Every year, Tempe Sister Cities Youth Group selects an area of focus for their philanthropy efforts. This year, the group identified children, as well as animals and sustainability, as areas of greatest need. Driven by an innate sense of service to the community, the teens host spring and fall fundraisers, where they aim to bring in more than $1,000 to donate to worthwhile community partners.

“Tempe St. Luke’s Hospital serves thousands of children in our community each year, said David Ewen, Finance Officer for Tempe Sister Cities Youth Group. “The tireless work they do in helping young patients recover from injury and illness, along with the many ways they promote wellness among youth is vital to ensuring a healthy, vibrant future in Tempe. Rather than selecting one family to support, we wanted to maximize our donation. By selecting Tempe St. Luke’s Hospital, we know that our donation will positively impact the most children possible.”

As part of their efforts, the group’s fall fundraiser involved the teens planning and conducting a Nutcracker Tea for the community in collaboration with Southwest Youth Ballet and the Tempe Sister Cities Hackett House. The spring fundraiser involved the teens serving a pancake breakfast to patrons in the community in collaboration with the Applebee’s restaurant on Rural and Broadway Roads in Tempe.

“We are incredibly humbled to accept such a meaningful donation from one of the most prominent youth groups in Tempe,” said Betty Hart, RNC-OB, Director of Women’s Services at Tempe St. Luke’s Hospital. “Their inspiring leadership skills and determination to help children in need make this donation even more significant.”

The donation to Tempe St. Luke’s Hospital’s Women’s Services Department will go towards the purchase of adequate car seats and car beds for infants born at the hospital who would have no other means to purchase a safe and approved car seat. The community hospital’s doctors, nurses and specialists offer choice-based maternity care, allowing each patient to have a customized approach to labor and delivery.

The check donation was presented by David Ewen, Ellie Griffith, and Beth Lang of Tempe Sister Cities Youth Group to Hart and Tempe St. Luke’s Hospital Administrator Jacob Golich.  The presentation took place in the Women’s Services Department on Monday, December 19, at 3:30p.m.



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