Awards

Hon Kachina Award

Dr. Charles "Chip" Finch, founder of Camp Paz, was honored with the 2010 Hon Kachina Volunteer Award for his contributions in helping children struggling with their grief after the death of a loved one.

Presented in Phoenix, Arizona annually since 1977, the Hon Kachina Volunteer Awards program is designed to both recognize the achievement of outstanding Arizona volunteers and to increase public awareness about volunteerism.

The awards are presented by the Hon Kachina Council.

The Hon – or healing – Kachina Volunteer Awards program was originally conceived and presented by the Hon Kachina Council to honor people making significant volunteer contributions to the healthcare field. This program is an extension of the rich heritage of volunteerism provided by St. Luke’s Medical Center in Phoenix for nearly 100 years.

Arizona Cardinals NFL Community Quarterback Award

Caitlin Longstreth, age 16, was chosen as one of three finalists in December 2006. This award recognizes active community volunteers who demonstrate leadership, dedication, and a commitment to improving the communities in which they live. As a result of Caitlin's work, Stepping Stones of Hope received $5,000 in her name.

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Caitlin meets Kurt Warner

With Other Finalists
Photo opportunity with the two other finalists

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A big hug from Luis Zendejas, Director Community Relations

Receiving the Check
Catilin and Lisa Weyer, executive director, receive check on the field

Sister Teresa McIntier Award for Excellence

In June 2006, Dr. Charles Finch, Camp Paz for Kids founder and member of Stepping Stones of Hope Board of Directors, was honored with the coveted Sister Teresa McIntier Award for Excellence from Compassionate Care of Arizona. Dr. Finch is the 3rd individual to receive this award. Sister McIntier was honored with the first award in 2004, and then Eloise Cole in 2005. He is indeed part of an esteemed group!

ONE - Organization for Non-Profit Executives

In December of 2005, Lisa Weyer, Executive Director to 2008, was honored with the ONE Award for Non-Profit Executive Director of the Year in the Small program category - budget less than $500,000. Other honorees include Stephanie Small, Executive Director, Free Arts of Arizona, Medium program category ~ budget less than $2 million, and Susan Levine, Executive Director, Hospice of the Valley, Large program category ~ budget more than $2 million.

Phoenix Business Journal Health Care Heroes

In August of 2005, Lisa Weyer, executive director to 2008, was honored with a Health Care Heroes award in the non-physician category. The award was designed to honor individuals that have gone above and beyond and set the bar for their profession. Also honored in their respective categories were: Dr. Robert Kravetz of Phoenix Baptist Hospital, Dr. John Molina of Las Fuentes Health Clinic, Dr. Gregory Pafford of the Boys & Girls Club Dave Pratt Dental Clinic, Marge Ebeling of the WellCare Foundation, Thomas Hamm, Ph.D. of Barrow Neurological Institute, Sharon Brooks of Paradise Valley Hospital, John Fear of the Carl T. Hayden Veterans Affairs Medical Center, Ross J. Kosinski, Ph.D. of Midwestern University, and Dr. Edward Donahue of St. Joseph's Hospital and Medical Center.

Kids Day America/International Organization Award

In September of 2004, Dr. Charles Finch was presented an award from Kids Day America/International Organization. The award is given for outstanding commitment and dedication to the children in our community. Dr. Finch was honored alongside a Phoenix City Councilmen and a community missionary. Congratulations Dr. Finch!

Congregation Beth Israel's Annual Humanitarian Award for 2003

Stepping Stones of Hope was chosen because of the work we do in the community, caring about children who are experiencing difficult situations.

Past recipients, starting in 1994 include CASA (Center Against Sexual Assault); Council for Jews With Special Needs; AIDS Project Arizona; Camp Rainbow (Children's Cancer Center Camp); Marcus House; Anytown USA; Fighting Prejudice; Presentations by Seniors, Operation Sleep Sac and the Chrysalis Shelter, Inc.

Humanitarian Award for 2002 from the AOMA

Dr. Chip Finch was the recipient of the 2002 Arizona Osteopathic Medical Association's (AOMA) Humanitarian Award for his dedication and commitment to the community.  This award honors a socially responsible AOMA member who has donated his/her time and efforts to improve mankind. Dr. Finch is the founder and Camp Director of Camp Paz, a non-profit bereavement camp for children who have experienced a death in his or her life.

2002 Frances Young Community Heroes Award of Merit

Dr. Finch was selected honoring his volunteer work in the community. This award is presented annually by the City of Scottsdale in collaboration with the Scottsdale Community Liaison Council. The Community Health Education and Outreach Services of Scottsdale Healthcare, nominated Dr. Finch for his work in speaking with school children about the dangers of drugs, alcohol, and steroids.

"His energetic personality and genuine care is felt by the children and teaches alike," stated the nomination. "....We are so thankful for his consistent and enthusiastic support for our services." The award was presented by none other than a past Camp Paz camper’s parent who spoke highly of Dr. Finch's work as founder and Camp Director of Camp Paz. She was grateful her son had an opportunity to attend a recent camp.

Camp Paz Year 2000 EMMY Award

Stepping Stones of Hope was honored with an EMMY Award for outstanding community service, provided to the children and families across the State of Arizona.

This award is based on Channel 3’s segment "Harrah for Arizona", which aired on television November 16th, 2000. This segment is a powerful story on how children deal with grief. It depicts what takes place at Camp Paz, what is offered to the children and families who attend.

As stated in the story, "Children who have experienced a death -- sometimes from illness, sometimes from violence -- can come to Camp Paz to share their feelings and fears with others who are experiencing the same emotions, and with counselors who help them work through those feelings." "Helping these children does wonders for their wounded hearts." "If they need to cry or vent their anger, there's somebody to hold them and comfort them, or to just listen."

Everyone at Stepping Stones of Hope was thrilled and honored to receive such an award. Thank you to KTVK Channel 3, Jana Bommersbach, and Scott Davis for their hard work and effort to make this possible.

  • Your Support Changes Lives
  • Gala Sponsorship Opportunities

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$10,000  Assists 100 teenagers in developing skills to build trust, communicate effectively and start their grief journey. REACH Camp for Teens is a weekend camp held in Carefree, Arizona designed for teenagers between the ages 13-18 who have experienced the death loss of a loved one. This is one of the first camps of its kind and dedicated specifically to grieving teens. A traditional, fun, high-energy camp, REACH focuses on activities to support self-discovery and sharing in a safe environment.
 $5,000 Helps 65 kids whose lives have been interrupted by the death of a loved one, and who may be struggling with their feelings, an opportunity to be around others who are living the same experience. Camp Paz for Kids & Grown-Ups, held in Payson, Arizona, and Camp Samantha for Kids & Grown-Ups, held in Carefree, Arizona, were created to give children the chance to discover, through laughter and some tears, that they are not alone and to realize the feelings they experience while grieving are normal.
 $3,000 Supports 30 adults to better understand and manage their grief after the death of a loved one. After many years of successfully sponsoring weekend programs for families grieving the loss of a loved one, Journeys...Pathways to Healing was designed for grieving adults, whether or not they had dependent children living with them, to help them move forward on the pathway to healing. 
 $1,800 Enables Stepping Stones to facilitate monthly First Steps support groups. This program provides support for families who have experienced the death of a loved one, and is beneficial for families at any point in their grieving process. First Steps provides a place for families to explore their thoughts and feelings with other families on a similar journey.
$500 Provides more than 50 special stuffed animals to our campers giving them comfort and solace while they are at camp, as well as when they return home.

 

Click the "Gala Sponsorship Options" tab above to see the many benefits you receive with each sponsorthip level.

 

Presenting Sponsor: $10,000

  • Two preferred tables of ten
  • Top billing on all Gala promotional materials, including invitation, website, emails, social media, etc.
  • Your logo, contact information and direct website link placed on our website's Gala sponsor page
  • Logo predominately displayed on multimedia screens throughout the Gala event
  • Recognition at the Gala event and live mention during emcee's welcome
  • Mention on the Gala Thank You post event email blast
  • Invitation to visit a camp program for kids for a day (with prior arrangement)
  • Tax deductible donation of $8,100

Supporting Sponsor: $5,000

  • One preferred table of ten
  • Recognition on all Gala promotional materials, including invitation, website, emails, social media, etc.
  • Your logo and contact information placed on our website's Gala sponsor page
  • Recognition at the Gala event
  • Mention on the Gala Thank You post event email blast
  • Tax deductible donation of $4,050

Event Sponsor: $3,000

  • One table of ten
  • Your company logo and contact information placed on our website's Gala sponsor page
  • Recognition at the Gala event
  • Mention on the Gala Thank You post event email blast
  • Tax deductible donation of $2,050

Table Sponsor: $1,800

  • One table of eight
  • Recognition at the Gala event
  • Tax deductible donation of $1,040

Stuffed Animal Sponsorship: $500

  • Your company logo and contact information placed on website's Gala sponsorship page
  • Recognition at the Gala event
  • Sponsors 50 stuffed animals to be named by Gala patrons in honor of someone who has made a difference in their life