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Greater Phoenix Chamber Announces 2018 IMPACT Awards Recipients

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March 19, 2018


Two to be chosen as 2018 Businesses of the Year at IMPACT Awards Luncheon on May 24

The Greater Phoenix Chamber of Commerce (GPCC) has selected eight local companies as recipients of its 31st Annual IMPACT Awards. The IMPACT Awards honor the accomplishments of small and large Valley businesses and the positive influence they have on the community and economy.

The 2018 IMPACT Award recipients are:

Large Business Category (More than 250 employees):
2018 Arizona Advocate –Arizona Public Service (APS)
2018 Community Champion – Salt River Project (SRP)
2018 Economic Driver – Phoenix Suns
2018 Exceptional Innovator – Phoenix Children’s Hospital

Small to Medium Business Category (250 employees or fewer):
2018 Arizona Advocate – ISM Raceway
2018 Community Champion – Delta Dental of Arizona
2018 Economic Driver – Plaza Companies
2018 Exceptional Innovator – Equality Health

The two 2018 IMPACT Businesses of the Year will be selected from these honorees and announced during the 31st Annual IMPACT Awards Luncheon on Thursday, May 24, 2018, at the Arizona Biltmore. Individual tickets are $80 for GPCC members and $95 for non-members. Tables of 10 are $900 for Chamber members and $1,050 for non-members.

In addition to the four award categories, the Chamber added the IMPACTful Nonprofit Award in 2016 to recognize the outstanding work of Valley nonprofits. Get involved to help determine the 2018 IMPACTful Nonprofit Award recipient by casting your vote for one of the four finalists. The deadline to vote is Wednesday, April 18.

IMPACTful Nonprofit Award finalists:
Boys & Girls Clubs of Metro Phoenix
Daring Adventures
Phoenix Center for the Arts

“This year’s IMPACT Award recipients are truly reflective of the strong leadership, expanding innovation and dedication to the community, that the Greater Phoenix business community is proud to be known for,” said Greater Phoenix Chamber of Commerce President and CEO Todd Sanders. “These organizations will continue to serve as role models for our community and drive the growth of the Greater Phoenix region for years to come.”

2018 IMPACTful Award Voting – Greater Phoenix Chamber of Commerce

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Cyrus Martinez Named Youth of the Year



Desert Valley High School senior set to receive college scholarship and vie for state title

PHOENIX (March 18, 2018) Selected among 13 outstanding youth, Cyrus Martinez has been named the Youth of the Year by Boys & Girls Clubs of Metro Phoenix. The Youth of the Year title is a prestigious honor bestowed upon an exemplary young person in recognition of leadership, service, academic excellence and dedication to live a healthy lifestyle. The Youth of the Year program honors our nation’s most awe-inspiring young people on their path to great futures and encourages all kids to lead, succeed and inspire.

Cyrus joined the Boys & Girls Clubs of Metro Phoenix Sands Branch in Glendale three years ago after his family moved here from California.  His high school years were challenging, and Cyrus shared with the judges his struggles with mental health.  He was treated for a variety of mental health issues and the Club became a second home for him after he completed a treatment program that helped him.  Now he’s an active in sports leagues, he’s mentoring younger members and offering counsel and an ear to others who may share some of his struggles.  He was selected to lead his Keystone Club as president and he’s invested more than 700 hours of service into the community.

Despite taking time out of school for treatments, he returned to an online school to catch up and get ahead.  Today, he’s planning to graduate from Deer Valley High School and he’s already earned scholarships from Arizona State University.  He plans to study sociology with the hope that he will work to help other youth with mental illness in the future.

“Cyrus and all Youth of the Year nominees embody the best of what Boys & Girls Clubs of Metro Phoenix gives to our youth and their families.  Their stories of personal achievement – overcoming shyness, bullying, health challenges, and so much more – demonstrate the critical need among today’s youth for empowering programs, delivered by trained staff, to help children develop into strong, resilient adults,” said Marcia Mintz, president and CEO, BGCMP.  “Being named Youth of the Year is a lifelong honor. We need young people like Cyrus sharing how the Boys & Girls Clubs of Metro Phoenix helped him to achieve his personal and academic goals, and how he plans to give back in the future!”

Next week, Cyrus will join other Youth of the Year from Clubs around the state of Arizona to compete for the State Youth of the Year title.