Big Dig for Kids Raises More Than $751,000 for Phoenix Childrenâ€™s
By Claire Natale -
Thursday Nov 17, 2022
On Saturday, November 5th, the Big Dig for Kids presented by Sundt Construction raised more than $751,000 for Phoenix Childrenâ€™s. Started in 2016, this yearâ€™s day-long event surpassed 2021â€™s totals by 81%. With more than 2,300 people participating, 300 of those were Phoenix Childrenâ€™s hospital patients. Big Dig for Kids enables kids and their families to safely operate excavators, fly high on a scissor lift, and explore heavy equipment in a controlled construction zone. Additional crafts and activities in the kid zone, allow kids of all abilities a day to remember.
â€œThis was a record-breaking event put on by our incredibly supportive construction community,â€ said Steve Schnall, Phoenix Childrenâ€™s Hospitalâ€™s Senior Vice President and Chief Development Officer. â€œTheir continued support for us goes above and beyond. Hundreds of kids had a day they will never forgetâ€”all for a good cause.â€
The signature fundraising eventâ€™s founding board members includes: Blount Contracting, Inc., Crawford Concepts, Empire-CAT Southwest, Sundt Construction, Rummel Construction, Inc., Sunstate Equipment Co., United Rentals, Circonomy Solutions, Kiewit Corporate, Sportex Safety, and Skanska.
â€œIt has been incredibly rewarding to be involved in the Big Dig for Kids event for the past six years and witness the difference this event alone continues to have on so many children and their familiesâ€™ lives,â€ said Mike McKinney, co-chair of this yearâ€™s event. â€œItâ€™s heartwarming to see these kids who face everyday health battles light up as they put on hard hats and vests and interact with heavy machinery.â€
This yearâ€™s Board of Directors included: Bell Bank, Brycon Construction, Buesing Corp., Cemex, CGS Global, City of Phoenix, Clayco, Cortland, Felix Construction Company, Hensel Phelps, Hines, Ineight, Keeley Construction, Kinney Construction Services, PCL Construction, Trafficade Service Companies.
The event would not have been made possible without the help of generous sponsors including: Sundt Construction, Corbins, Titan Solar Power, Blount Contracting, Brycon Construction, CGS Global, Clayco, CopperPoint Insurance Companies, Empire-CAT Southwest, Kiewit Corporation, MFRG â€“ Icon Construction, MI / Milgard Windows & Doors, PCL Construction, Rummel Construction, Inc., Sportex Safety/Apparel, United Rentals
About Phoenix Childrenâ€™s
Phoenix Childrenâ€™s is one of the nationâ€™s largest pediatric health systems. It comprises Phoenix Childrenâ€™s Hospital â€“ Main Campus, Phoenix Childrenâ€™s Hospital â€“ East Valley at Dignity Health Mercy Gilbert Medical Center, four pediatric specialty and urgent care centers, 11 community pediatric practices,â€¯20 outpatient clinics, two ambulatory surgery centers and seven community-service-related outpatient clinics throughout the state of Arizona. The system has provided world-class inpatient, outpatient, trauma, emergency and urgent care to children and families for more than 35 years. Phoenix Childrenâ€™s Care Network includes more than 850 pediatric primary care providers and specialists who deliver care across more than 75 subspecialties. For more information about the hospital, visit http://www.phoenixchildrens.org.