By Bill Van Nimwegen
The Mayor and City Council spent time at their meeting on June 5 to thank individuals, organizations and agencies who have generously donated time and money over the past quarter to community projects administered by the city.
Roger Hacker from the city’s Revenue Development Department introduced the donors and the donations, adding that the “hand-in-glove relationship” with the local non-profit organization Friends of Apache Junction facilitated the transactions. He said that a family from as far away as Glendale reminded him of why recognition is important. The mother of the family had discovered a need online at Paws & Claws, and she decided to make a donation. The professional and courteous way in which the donation was handled by Paws & Claws, including a follow-up thank you from the Chief of Police, inspired her to make another donation. A thank you from the City Council followed and, after a third donation, the family was invited to a reception from the Friends of Apache Junction. “That told her that her donations were appreciated, and she was going to continue to donate to our community,” said Hacker. “That’s why we take the time tonight, that’s why we do what we do.”
Tuesday night’s recognition was the sixth time that donors have been named in this manner, and since November 1, 2016, there have been 884 donors who have contributed $342,542 toward 37 city-supported projects.
Apache Junction Unified School District employees were recognized for their support of the DARE program. There are approximately 30 AJUSD employees who make regular contributions.
For their support of Paws & Claws Care Center, Dennis and Dawn Douglass, who are winter residents from Washington State, were named. The residents of Superstition Mountain Golf & Country Club were also honored for their support of the care center. Paige Beville, a volunteer at Paws & Claws, and Kathy Krishnan presented a check for more than $61,000—raised from the Superstition Mountain community in one evening.
Gila River Indian Community was recognized for their support of the Apache Junction Police Department (AJPD) Radio Project.
For their support of the AJPD Police Video Cameras Project, American Legion Post #27, Superstition Mountain Rotary Club and Elks Lodge #2349 were recognized. AJPD Chief Thomas Kelly announced that the cameras for the two department detention vans are now fully funded.
Youth oriented city programs, including the AJPD Auxiliary, Explorers, Running Club, Parks & Recreation and Scholarships were supported this quarter by The Lost Dutchman Marathon. Kristie Falb and Melissa Hopkins attended the meeting and were thanked for donations from the organization.
The Apache Junction Walmart Supercenter was recognized for their support of AJPD Community Outreach programs.
Recognized for their support of Apache Junction Parks & Recreation were the Lost Dutchman Days Committee. Members from the AJ Mounted Rangers and Lost Dutchman Days Royalty attended the meeting to present a $6,100 check.