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Big Dig for Kids Raises More Than $751,000 for Phoenix Children’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 Children’s. Started in 2016, this year’s day-long event surpassed 2021’s totals by 81%. With more than 2,300 people participating, 300 of those were Phoenix Children’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.

“This was a record-breaking event put on by our incredibly supportive construction community,” said Steve Schnall, Phoenix Children’s Hospital’s Senior Vice President and Chief Development Officer. “Their continued support for us goes above and beyond. Hundreds of kids had a day they will never forget—all for a good cause.”

The signature fundraising event’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.

“It 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 families’ lives,” said Mike McKinney, co-chair of this year’s event. “It’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.”

This year’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 – Icon Construction, MI / Milgard Windows & Doors, PCL Construction, Rummel Construction, Inc., Sportex Safety/Apparel, United Rentals

For more information about the Big Dig for Kids, visit

About Phoenix Children’s
Phoenix Children’s is one of the nation’s largest pediatric health systems. It comprises Phoenix Children’s Hospital – Main Campus, Phoenix Children’s Hospital – East Valley at Dignity Health Mercy Gilbert Medical Center, four pediatric specialty and urgent care centers, 11 community pediatric practices, 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 Children’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