Finalists Named for Arizona's 2017 Cox Conserves Heroes Program, Public Asked to Vote
Program to donate $20,000 to environmental nonprofits in Arizona
PHOENIX, July 10, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- Cox Communications and The Trust for Public Land are recognizing volunteers who are creating, preserving or enhancing shared outdoor spaces. Finalists for Arizona's Cox Conserves Heroes program were announced today, and the public is being asked to vote for the winner now through August 7. To vote, visit CoxConservesHeroes.com and select the Arizona area. A total of $20,000 will be donated to local environmental nonprofits on behalf of the three finalists.
Finalists have already secured a $5,000 donation for their environmental nonprofits of choice and are now competing for an additional $5,000 – bringing the total award to $10,000 for the winner's nonprofit of choice.
Arizona's 2017 Cox Conserves Heroes Finalists
Eric Sophiea founded Climbers Association of Southern Arizona in 2015 to build an empowered group of rock climbers who give back to the community. As President, Sophiea dedicates thousands of personal volunteer hours managing all levels of the registered 501(c)(3) organization. He has forged collaborations with nonprofits and conservation agencies, including the AZ Wilderness Coalition, AZ Conservation Corps and the US Forest Service. His nonprofit of choice is the Climbing Association of Sourthern Arizona.
Ashley Camhi has fostered an engaged group of volunteers who work on issues related to renewable energy, water conservation, protection of open space, elimination of food deserts and more. For the past 10 years, Camhi has worked with governments in Latin America and the Caribbean identifying optimal natural resource protections while expanding development. Camhi is currently a doctoral candidate researching ways the U.S. Department of Agriculture can incentivize farmers to increase land conservation improving water quality. Camhi's nonprofit of choice is Arizona Sustainability Alliance.
Dora Martinez leads efforts to revitalize the Barrio Centro/Julia Keen neighborhood after the closure of the Julia Keen School. Martinez hopes to turn this lot into a productive agriculture center, where she can continue to mobilize youth and neighbors to produce healthy food out of the space. She has worked tirelessly as a volunteer for the last two years, culminating in the execution of a 5-year lease on the site with TUSD. Her nonprofit of choice is Flowers and Bullets Collective.
Melinda Gullick, Brad Lancaster, Greg Clark, Marilyn Hanson and Shawn Redfield are previous recipients of Arizona's Cox Conserves Heroes award.
As either a finalist or winner's nonprofit of choice, the following Arizona organizations have received financial support from the Cox Conserves Heroes program: Arizona Native Plant Society, Desert Harvesters, Friends of Tucson's birthplace – Mission Garden, Living Streets Alliance, McDowell Sonoran Conservancy, Mission Garden, Nina Mason Pulliam Rio Salado Audubon Center, Audubon Arizona, Garden Pool, Phoenix Mountains Preservation, Southern Arizona Buffelgrass Coordination Center, Tigermountain Foundation, Trout Unlimited Arizona State Council, Wild At Heart, Arizona Trail Association.
In partnership with The Trust for Public Land, the national Cox Conserves Heroes program has donated nearly $800,000 to environmental nonprofits, and nearly 200 volunteers have been honored. The Cox Conserves Heroes program takes place in Arizona, California, Georgia, Florida, Louisiana, Massachusetts, Virginia and Washington, and is part of the company's national Cox Conserves sustainability program that is celebrating its 10th anniversary.
For more information, visit CoxConservesHeroes.com or Facebook.
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About Cox Communications:
Cox Communications is the third largest cable provider and a multi-service broadband communications company in the country, serving nearly 3 million residential and business product subscribers in Arizona (a product subscriber represents an individual service purchased by a customer). In metro Phoenix, Cox serves approximately 2.5 million product subscribers. In Southern Arizona, Cox serves approximately 400,000 product subscribers. Cox's 24,000-mile hybrid fiber coaxial cable network throughout Phoenix and Southern Arizona provides homes and businesses with digital television, high speed Internet, home networking, high-definition television and digital telephone service over its own nationwide IP network. Cox is the third largest private for-profit employer in Arizona. During the past ten years, Cox has topped numerous J.D. Power and Associates' studies of customer satisfaction, most recently receiving top honors for residential telephone & high speed Internet, and business data services and has received PC Magazine's "people's choice" award for the sixth time. Additionally, Cox High Speed Internet has been ranked #1 for the past eight years on the "Ranking Arizona-Best of Arizona Business" list. Cox Media is responsible for the sale of cable advertising throughout Arizona. Cox Communications is a wholly owned subsidiary of Cox Enterprises and serves approximately 6 million customers nationwide. Additional information about Cox in Arizona is available at www.cox.com/arizona.
About The Trust for Public Land:
The Trust for Public Land creates parks and protects land for people, ensuring healthy, livable communities for generations to come. Millions of people live within a one-half mile walk of a Trust for Public Land park, garden, or natural area, and millions more visit these sites every year. To support The Trust for Public Land and share why nature matters to you, visit www.tpl.org.
About Cox Conserves:
Launched in 2007 by Chairman Jim Kennedy, Cox Conserves is Cox Enterprises' national sustainability program. Cox Conserves focuses on reducing waste and energy consumption, as well as conserving water. The program engages each of the company's major subsidiaries (Cox Communications, Cox Automotive and Cox Media Group) and encourages Cox Enterprises' 60,000 employees and their families to engage in eco-friendly practices.
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For further information: Cox Communications: Andrea Katsenes, 623-328-3272, firstname.lastname@example.org; Cox Enterprises: Joanna Coker, 678-645-7318, email@example.com; The Trust for Public Land: Kristen Anderson, 415-495-4014, firstname.lastname@example.org
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