Pictured: Beds being loaded into the Thrive truck for delivery to families in need (bedding provided by Brooklyn Bedding).
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Rounding up hope for Arizona’s foster care children


Tara Alatorre

BLACK CANYON CITY – Thrive, a non-profit organization that helps families in the foster care system re-unify through mentorship and prevention, is holding its first-ever fundraising event at Canyon Creek Ranch on Saturday, February 24.

Rounding Up Hope is an event that aims to create awareness about the statewide foster care crisis, as well as raise money for the Thrive organization to continue helping families that are at-risk or within the foster care system.  This organization has provided 500 beds for families within its first year of operations.
“Our founder, Teri Vogel, was mentoring a young woman who had her children in foster care and was working to get her life on track to re-unify with her children. Teri saw all the hoops she had to jump through and saw an immediate need for help with women and families that could be going through this,” Vada Cooke said, a spokeswoman for Thrive.
Thrive recognized that there was a huge need to help women and families that are trying to navigate the foster care system.  Getting personal matters straightened out and providing basic needs to make a home to re-unify can be quite difficult for some who do not have the money or resources available to them.
“Thrive was born out of that need to walk alongside families and provide hope as they made it through each step,” Cooke said.
Currently 18,000 children are in foster care, and in a six-month period 24,000 calls were made to the Department of Child Services that reported children at risk of being removed from their homes, according to Thrive.
“One small organization can’t possibly touch those numbers, but together, as a state, we can partner to round up hope for these families,” Cooke said.
The Rounding Up Hope event will take place at Canyon Creek Ranch in Black Canyon City on February 24 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., and costs $5 a person or $20 for a family of four or more (immediate family).  The event is a Wild West theme and features fun for the whole family with games, horseback riding, roping, tomahawk throwing, archery, panning for gold, raffles, silent auctions, cash bar and food.  The extra activities are an additional cost, but 100 percent of proceeds will go to Thrive.
Meals will be $15 each and include a choice of a burger or chicken sandwich, and it also comes with chili, corn on the cob, potato salad, pasta salad and cookies.  Guests are also encouraged to bring diapers, wipes, laundry detergent and toilet paper donations to the event for an on-site drive that will directly benefit local families in need.
“When people band together, we truly can make a huge impact.,” Cooke said. “A little hope goes a long way.”
Additional sponsorships are still available for this event and start at $100. To join as a sponsor, contact Michele Stalker at 480-788-8316, or Michele.Stalker@ptaaz.com. To purchase tickets or for more information, visit www.ThriveAZ.org.