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Fiesta Bowl Wins Phoenix Business Journal Corporate Philanthropy Award

Oct 09, 2018

The Fiesta Bowl Organization  will give over $2.5 million to 60 Arizona nonprofits this year

SCOTTSDALE, AZ – The Fiesta Bowl organization has won the third annual  Corporate Philanthropy Award by the Phoenix Business Journal. The award  celebrates and recognizes companies for their community service and corporate giving.

Through its two annual college football bowl games in the Valley, the PlayStation® Fiesta Bowl and Cheez-It® Bowl, as well as its numerous community events throughout the year, the Fiesta Bowl organization has granted $12.5 million to Arizona nonprofits over the last eight years, with over $2.5 million this year in charitable giving for the second straight season.

“We’re very proud to be considered for this award and to be recognized for the work that we do outside of football,” said Steve Leach, Chair of the Fiesta Bowl Board of Directors. “Our football games provide us with a platform to make a difference and we are driven to help this community through our three pillars of charitable giving, youth, sports and education.”

The impact that the Fiesta Bowl made in 2017-18 is quite impressive. Some of the highlights include: six new playgrounds that impacted 8,150 students; nearly 280,000 students impacted by improved education, including 30,000 through Wishes for Teachers; 379,910 meals served. This year, the Fiesta Bowl is projecting to impact more than 1 million people, with nearly 400,000 of them being youths; 288,275 meals served; and three playgrounds to be donated that will impact approximately 6,000 people. In terms of economic impact, the Fiesta Bowl has helped generate $2.75 billion over the last 12 years to the state of Arizona.

“Being nominated for this award means so much to our organization. From Wishes for Teachers to donating to charitable organizations, our mission is to use our platform to help others,” said Mike Nealy, Executive Director of the Fiesta Bowl. “The Fiesta Bowl is an organization with an incredibly dedicated group of volunteers and staff that hosts elite college football games and also champions charitable causes throughout the state.”

In addition to the nonprofit organizations that receive grant funding, the Fiesta Bowl Charities Wishes for Teachers program will give up to $1 million to 200 Arizona teachers in the form of $5,000 grants. Since the program was started in 2016, Wishes for Teachers has donated $1.2 million to 240 Arizona teachers, impacting over 60,000 kids across the state.

Along with earning a financial grant, teachers are invited to walk in the Desert Financial Fiesta Bowl Parade, presented by Cheez-It and will be recognized on field at the 30th Annual Cheez-It Bowl on December 26.

The Fiesta Bowl and two other finalists will be honored at an awards luncheon at Scottsdale Resort on Thursday, October 25, and will be highlighted in the Phoenix Business Journal edition on October 26.

This honor is the latest in a string of awards the Fiesta Bowl organization has earned from the Phoenix Business Journal this year. Nealy recently gained a position on the prestigious Most Admired Leaders List and Senior Director of Marketing & Community Relations Jose Moreno was honored as a member of the 40 under 40.


The Fiesta Bowl is a world-class community organization that executes innovative experiences, drives economic growth and champions charitable causes, inspiring pride in all Arizonans. As a nonprofit organization, it believes in the importance of community outreach and service. Through charitable giving, the organization strives to enhance Arizona nonprofit organizations that contribute to the success of communities through youth, sports and education. Since 1971, the Fiesta Bowl has worked to increase its footprint across the state and work to benefit Arizonans year round, during and outside of bowl season.