The University of Arizona Steele Children’s Research Center received $2,000 from the Rincon Optimist Club, and an additional matching donation of $1,000 from Optimist International for a total donation of $3,000. The funds will be used for the Steele Center’s pediatric cancer research program.
The Rincon Optimist Club of Tucson raised the funds through its second annual “Casino Night” event held at the 49er’s Golf and Country Club.
Rincon Optimist President Mick Gent presented the check to Steele Center director Fayez K. Ghishan, MD, and Laura Hopkins, coordinator of annual giving, on Nov. 3.
“We are so thankful for the support the Optimists have given the Steele Center over the years,” said Dr. Ghishan. “Every donation is appreciated and furthers the research conducted by our investigators.”
“Our goal is to continue raising funds for the Steele Center’s pediatric cancer research program,” said Gent. “We are now working to find a major sponsor and increase our contributions to the Steele Center in future years.”
About Optimist International
According to organization’s website, Optimist International is an association of more than 2,600 Optimist Clubs around the world dedicated to "Bringing Out the Best in Kids." Adult volunteers join Optimist Clubs to conduct positive service projects in their communities aimed at providing a helping hand to youth. Optimist Club members empower young people “to be the best that they can be.” Each Optimist Club determines the needs of young people in its community and conducts programs to meet those needs. Every year, Optimists conduct 65,000 service projects and serve more than 6 million young people.