West Valley Mavericks Foundation

The West Valley Mavericks Foundation is distributing over $375,000 in grants to 82 nonprofit organizations in the West Valley, raising its giving total since 2012 to $1 million.

The West Valley Mavericks Foundation is a nonprofit that has a mission “to assist children and families, help people in need and improve the quality of life in West Valley communities.”

“We are especially happy to grant these funds this year, with all of the uncertainty nonprofit organizations are facing,” said Erik Hernandez, chairman of the grant selection committee and partner at H&B Builders. 

The funds were generated at four signature fundraising events.

“Any business or individual who supported one or more of our events in 2019 owns part of this. They helped us raise these funds, and we sincerely appreciate it,” Hernandez said.

“We could not do this without our annual sponsors.”

The events the West Valley Mavericks hold include the Shindig Fly Away Party at Goodyear Airport; the Roundup Food Truck and Music Festival at Goodyear Ballpark; and the Maverick Golf Tournament and the Patriot All-America, both held at the Wigwam in Litchfield Park.

Since 2012, the Mavericks have given out $1 million in nonprofit funding, according to Jason Khan, president of the West Valley Mavericks Foundation. Khan is a partner in Meese Khan LLP accounting and consulting of Goodyear.

“This is a very special year, as we reached a milestone after having a strong year of fundraising in 2019 along with record-setting events,” Khan said, noting the Roundup Food Truck and Music Festival had more than 12,000 people attend in September.

The foundation also held a record golf tournament in 2019, filling all three courses at the Wigwam with a day of golf followed by a dinner on the greens and live auction.

“We were able to fund 22 additional organizations this year over last year, and given the significant needs in our community in this moment, I am extremely proud to be a Maverick,” Khan said.

“I am thrilled. We are working so hard right now to try and step to meet the increased demand for services in the West Valley right now,” said Sophie Etchart, founder and CEO of Read Better Be Better, one of the recipients.

“Kids being out of school further exacerbates the problem that Read Better Be Better exists to address, so I can assure you this grant will be put to work.”

The average grant was $3,000.

These organization who received West Valley Mavericks Foundation grants:

• A New Leaf.

• Advocacy 31nine.

• All Faith Community Services.

• Amanda Hope Rainbow Angels.

• American Heart Association.

• Angels on Patrol Inc.

• APECA/Natalie’s House.

• Arizona Agricultural Education/FFA Foundation.

• Arizona Assistance in Healthcare.

• Arizona Friends of Foster Children Foundation.

• Arizona Humane Society.

• Arizona Service Project.

• Assistance League of Phoenix.

• Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central Arizona (BBBSAZ).

• Billy’s Place Inc.

• Borderlands Food Bank.

• Boys & Girls Clubs of Metro Phoenix.

• Boys Hope Girls Hope of Arizona.

• Buckeye Lions Foundation Inc.

• Cancer Support Community Arizona.

• Central Arizona Shelter Services.

• Child Crisis Arizona.

• Down Syndrome Network Inc.

• Dress for Success Phoenix.

• Elevate Phoenix.

• Esperanca.

• Family Promise - Greater Phoenix.

• Fighter Country Foundation.

• Foundation for Seniors Living.

• Friends of Avondale Libraries and Recreation.

• Gabriel’s Angels.

• Girl Scouts Cactus-Pine Council.

• Hart Pantry.

• Harvest Compassion Center - Maryvale.

• Heart for the City.

• Homeless Youth Connection.

• Hope Community Services Inc.

• HopeKids Arizona.

• Junior Achievement of Arizona.

• Junior Golf Association of Arizona.

• Leadership West.

• Make-A-Wish Arizona.

• Maricopa County Community

College District Foundation.

• Meals of Joy.

• Miracle League of Arizona.

• Mission of Mercy.

• New Pathways for Youth.  

• One Step Beyond Inc.

• Operation Enduring Gratitude


• Packages from Home.

• Phoenix Children’s Hospital


• Phoenix Girls Chorus.

• Playworks Education Energized.

• POP - Prostate On Site Project.

• Raising Special Kids.

• Read Better Be Better.

• Rebuilding Together Valley of the Sun.

• Ryan House.

• Ryan’s Case for Smiles - Phoenix Chapter.

• Sleep in Heavenly Peace Inc.

• Smart Schools.

• SOUNDS Academy.

• Sounds of Autism Inc.

• Southwest Ballet Theatre.

• Southwest Lending Closet.

• Support Education and Employment for Vets / SEE4Vets.

• The Mercy House.

• TeamSmile Inc.

• The Reveille Foundation.

• Teen Lifeline.

• Terros Health.

• The First Tee of Phoenix.

• The Salvation Army.

• TheaterWorks.

• Treasure House.

• Treasures 4 Teachers.

• United Buckeye Firefighter Charities.

• United Cerebral Palsy of Central


• Veterans Heritage Project.

• Wellspring Park Conservancy.

• West Valley Arts Council.

• Will2Walk Foundation.