Two entertainment groups will share the stage at the Motors and Meals fundraiser for
Northwest Valley Connect on Saturday, March 11, at the R.H. Johnson Rec Center in
Sun City West. Start The Party is a professional mobile DJ company that will lend the
perfect mix of talent, great music and abundant skill to keep the audience entertained
and engaged. A DJ for all ages he will select music that will have a bread appeal to
every member of the many families expected to attend.
Also performing will be the Kenny Thames Jazz Combo, sending their smooth sounds
of jazz across the huge Rec Center venue. Earning Echo Magazine’s Reader’s Choice
Awards for both 2007 and 2008, the Combo has been a favorite of many fans all across
Arizona. Whether they’re playing jazz, the blues, country or rock ‘n roll, they create the
energy for every occasion.
The fundraiser is the first for Northwest Valley Connect and, in addition to the music, will
feature a car show, food trucks, wine and beer, silent auction, raffle and various
children’s activities. The event is free to all and will take place from 1:00 to 6:00 that
afternoon. Proceeds from the fundraiser will help Northwest Valley Connect continue its
mission of providing improved transportation options to homebound adults and those
with mobility disabilities.
Northwest Valley Connect recently marked its second full year of operation, responding
to more than 3,500 calls to its call center where trained volunteers “connect” its clients
to an appropriate transportation provider. In some cases, the agency uses its own
volunteer drivers to make the trips. “The growth in calls has been explosive,” said Kathy
Chandler, Executive Director and Mobility Manager. “Transportation remains the
number one challenge for those well enough to live at home but who no longer can
drive. These folks need transportation not only to doctors’ appointments but also to
shopping and the all-important social activities.”
Major sponsors for Motors and Meals are: Sun Health, Independent News Media, Birt
and Louisa Kellam and Benevilla. Underwriters include DMB/Marley Park, APS, Total
Transit, Epcor, the Sun City West Rec Centers, FirstLight Home Care, SunWest Federal
Credit Union, Champs Family Automotive and AMTrust Bank.
For more information about Motors and Meals, visit
www.northwestvalleyconnect.org/event or call 623-282- 9300.