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Big Dig for Kids Raises More Than $848,000 for Phoenix Children's
By Claire Natale - Wednesday Nov 15, 2023
On Saturday, November 4th, Big Dig for Kids presented by Sundt Construction raised more than $848,000 for Phoenix Children’s. Started in 2016, this year’s day-long event surpassed 2022’s totals by 13%. With more than 1,700 people participating, 200 of those were Phoenix Children’s 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 is my favorite day of the year,” said Sandra Garcia, Senior Event Planner at Phoenix Children’s Foundation. “The way the construction community comes together for this event is an incredible sight to see. It takes a lot of work from a lot of generous people to make Big Dig for Kids happen and I’m honored to get to work among them.”

The signature fundraising event’s founding board members includes: 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 and Trafficade Service Companies.

The event would not have been made possible without the help of generous sponsors including: Sundt Construction, Austin Commercial, Mark’s Valley Grading & Demo, Inc., Nox Group, PCL Construction, Brycon Construction, CopperPoint Insurance Companies, Empire-CAT Southwest, Equipment Share, Keeley Construction, Kiewit Corporation, Rummel Construction, Inc., Sportex Safety Apparel.

For more information about the Big Dig for Kids, visit

About Phoenix Children's Foundation
Phoenix Children’s Foundation is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization dedicated to fostering philanthropic support from individuals, families, organizations and corporate partners committed to Phoenix Children’s mission: to advance hope, healing and the best health care for children and their families. One of the nation’s leading pediatric health systems, Phoenix Children’s offers 170+ family-centered care programs that are fully or partially funded by philanthropy. There are many ways to give to Phoenix Children’s Foundation to invest in the health of children. Please visit for more information.