G.E.M. Environmental is pleased to announce that we raised $5,425 for our Field Experience Program, which gives students the unique opportunity to broaden their knowledge base by learning on-site job skills.
We are extremely appreciative to everyone who joined us in celebrating our 2nd anniversary, to those who made an online AZ Gives Day donation, and to our gracious sponsors who provided our raffle and auction items.
GEM is blown away by the tremendous support and generosity we received for this fundraiser and we look forward to continuing to establish ourselves in this amazing community.
Thank you from the bottom of our hearts!
Our generous sponsors:
Event and Raffle Sponsors: Heritage Park Zoo, Jason’s Deli, Nick’s Feed Your Face, Anytime Fitness, LH Wellness, Polland Studios, Ace Hardware, The Briggs Family, Dancing Skeleton Foods, Rhonda Hamilton Massage Therapy, Yuchi Environmental, Falcon Trading Company, Watters Garden Center, The Arizona Diamond Backs, and Fly-U shuttle, and Christmas Accounting PLLC.
Food & Beverage Sponsors: Findley Subaru for supplying the delicious food for our BBQ dinner, Patricia Autrey of Flex Realty, and Gabrielle McFaul at Rozie Pozie Cake Co. for creating a gorgeous amethyst cake for the event.
We look forward to celebrating again with you next year!
Thanks to all the early birds who've donated to GEM for Arizona Gives Day so far. Don't forget to time your donation to help us win special bonuses. The next POWER HOUR is 9AM. The non-profit that receives the most donations between 9-10 wins $1500!!!
Donate here: www.azgives.org/gemenvironmental
Want to learn more about us and the educational program we're raising money for? Eric Welsh, our Executive Director, will be appearing on Verde Valley TV (Cable One channel 56 and Suddenlink channel 2) and on the radio on KYBC 96.3 TODAY to talk about GEM and our programs. The show will run multiple times. Just check the schedule of your provider for times. The show, County Wide, can be seen anytime on www.verdevalleytv.com.
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Happy Arizona Gives Day! Today G.E.M.Environmental will be participating to raise funds for our educational science Field Experience Program. This unique program benefits low-income, continuing education, first generation, and female science students by providing valuable on-site job training through interactive field trips and hands-on laboratory work.
We’d be honored if you would donate to the cause. Don't forget about incentive prizes! Arizona Gives Day participants have the opportunity to win $170,000 in prizes! There are tons of opportunities for nonprofits like us to win. Check out some of the performance prizes to make sure you time your donation accordingly:
FINAL FOUR HOURS: Donate between 8PM and 12AM and we will have a chance to win a $2,000 bonus.
POWER HOURS: The non-profit with the most unique donations of a minimum dollar amount per hour will get the following bonuses: 7AM =$1000; 8AM=$2500; 9AM=$1500; 10AM=$2500; 2PM=$5,000, 3PM=$1500; 4PM=$2500; 5PM=$1500.
ALLIANCE MEMBERS: The most dollars raised and the most unique donors for Alliance of Arizona Nonprofits’ Members within the 24 hour period win up to $2000!
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A HUGE THANK YOU TO EVERYONE THAT SUPPORTED G.E.M ENVIRONMENTAL’S 2ND ANNIVERSARY CELEBRATION AND FUNDRAISER
We had a fantastic turnout at the Windsock Lounge yesterday and we able to raise $5,305.00 for our Field Experience Program! We couldn’t have done it without the support of individuals like you, and our wonderful sponsors. GEM would like to send a special thanks to the following organizations and people for their generosity:
Event and Raffle Sponsors: Heritage Park Zoo, Jason’s Deli, Nick’s Feed Your Face, Anytime Fitness, LH Wellness, Polland Studios, Ace Hardware, The Briggs Family, Dancing Skeleton Foods, Christmas Accounting PLLC, Penelope's Salon Boutique, Garcia's Mexican Restaurant, Fly-U Shuttle, and Patricia Autrey of Flex Realty.
Food & Beverage Sponsors: Findlay Toyota for supplying the delicious food for our BBQ dinner, and to Gabrielle McFaul at Rozie Pozie Cake Co. for creating a gorgeous amethyst cake for the event.
We look forward to celebrating again with you next year!
If you weren't able to attend, but still want to support GEM and our programs, there's good news! Tomorrow (April 2) is Arizona Gives Day - a chance to give back to your favorite non-profit. You can increase your impact by making an online cash donating between the hours of 8PM and 12AM and we'll have a chance to win a $2,000 bonus ! DONATE ON APRIL 2nd here
Do you like to win prizes? Do you want to contribute to a good cause? Do you like BBQ? Then come join us this Sunday from 2-6 PM at the Windsock Lounge.
Also, TODAY is also the LAST DAY to make your online charitable donation to receive DOUBLE the FREE raffle tickets. You can make a donation in any amount to qualify. Donate online HERE.Show us your receipt at the event to redeem. All winners be present to claim prizes. It's that easy!
We look forward to celebrating with you.
Event details can be found here.
Thank you to Patricia Autrey of Flex Realty in Prescott for her Gold sponsorship to GEM, as well as donating brisket for our 2nd Anniversary Bash on 3/31 and the use of her chafing dishes. Learn more about Patricia and Flex Realty here.
GEM is greatly appreciative for the community support we've received for this event and would like to thank all our gracious sponsors.
GEM loves giving back to our community. In fact, we made a video about it. 😀 Learn more about our community projects and how you can get involved by watching below.
G.E.M. Environmental is excited to share another new addition to our monthly blog series - Science Stories. Each month, we interview a STEM scholar, student, or community member and ask them things like why they believe the STEM fields are important, how they got started in their field, to what they would do if they hit the jackpot. We hope that our new blog series will inspire, introduce a variety of fields, and create new conversations.
Our guest this month is Natalie Madara-Yagla, Marine Biology student at Yavapai College. After she graduates, Natalie plans to pursue an undergraduate degree in Monterey, CA.
Why do you believe that the STEM fields are important?
I believe that the STEM fields are important because it is the future of how our country will flourish. It also shows and let's people know what is going on in the world.
How and why did you get involved in the STEM fields?
What sparked an interest in one of the STEM fields, biology, was when I went to Costa Rica. I got to go snorkeling and while that was happening the tour guides let me hold some animals. The animals were a baby octopus, a puffer fish, and also a star fish. As soon as I held them, I knew this was the thing for me.
Can you describe another aspect of your life or career that is influenced or enriched by the STEM fields that people would find surprising?
I used to go surveying with my mom, who is a wildlife biologist. I went bird and owl surveying (where you count how many birds and what kind), then record. It was a lot of fun and that experience started this journey of working in the STEM fields.
What inspires you in your current position/role?
What inspires me the most in my position is seeing that the animals and the ocean need help. That inspires me to want to help so that the other generations can enjoy what we are enjoying at this moment.
What work experiences (past or present) have been the most educational for you, and why?
The most educational work experience for me was working on the surveys with my mom because it allowed me to see what she did as a job. It also let me explore some of the STEM careers (even though it is one job out of a million they have).
What is something that people might be surprised to learn about you?
My favorite hobby is to draw. I can basically do every medium, but I mostly do pencil, watercolor, and acrylic. It lets me relax and have fun at the same time. I also like to hike and shoot.
What is the funniest thing that has happened to you recently?
The funniest thing that has happened to me lately was that I had to go to physical therapy and my friend and I just brought out bikes from spring break. We decided it would be so fun to go riding since we just got them. We started to go and we were dying with exhaustion going up all the hills. We did not realize how many hills there were! So let's just say it's been 2 or 3 weeks since we've rode the bikes since.
You won $10 million in the lotto. What would you do?
If I won that much money I would buy myself an aquarium. I would love for that to happen so I can see all the animals and help them out.
Thanks for sharing, Natalie, and wish you the best of luck on your Marine Biology adventures.
Check back next month for more Science Stories. Want to be featured? Contact us.
Curious about what raffle prizes we'll be giving away at our 2nd Anniversary Bash next week? Read the complete list below. Remember, you can get FREE raffle tickets if you make an online charitable donation to GEM in any amount at azgives.org/gemenvironmental. You can also purchase tickets at the event. You won't want to miss it!
-Shampoo, cut, and style at Penelope's Salon Boutique
-Massage certificate from LH Wellness in Chino Valley
-Massage certificate from Rhonda Hamilton Massage Therapy in Chino Valley
-Gift certificates for Nick's Feed Your Face x2
-Gift certificates for Jason's Deli x2
-Handmade cards for any occasion or holiday
-Armorall car wash bucket
-Arizona Diamond Backs Bobble Heads and 2 game tickets!
-A travel and luggage set
-3 month membership to Anytime Fitness
-Ruger Merchandise Promotional Bucket
-Tactical accessory kit for gun enthusiasts x2
-Watter's Garden Supply planter box and gift certificate.
-Gourmia Healthy Frozen Treat Maker
-Milwaukee battery operated Sawzall
-Mr. Heater portable propane heater
-Peet Dryer electronic footwear dryer
-MAC portable folding hammock
We've got some great items we're giving away at our 2nd Anniversary Bash next week (March 31st) at the Windsock Lounge. Our latest auction item includes a free Corp/Partnership tax prep for a business (a $450 value!). GEM would like to thank Shelle Christmas of Christmas Accounting PLLC for donating this incredible prize and for joining our Gold Sponsor list.
The event will also include a raffle with tons of exciting prizes. You can purchase tickets for $1 each at the event, OR, if you make an online charitable donation to GEM you'll receive FREE raffle tickets. The best part? If you make an online donation before March 29th, we'll give you DOUBLE the raffle tickets. For example, if you make a $10 donation to GEM today you'll get 20 raffle tickets at the event. Just bring your receipt with you. PLEASE NOTE: When making your online donation, be sure to select 'Scheduled for AZ Gives Day' under 'Donation Type'.
Thanks again to Christmas Accounting! Learn more about them here.
Make your online charitable donation here.
Complete event details can be found on our Facebook page.