About Our Cause

Heart Effect

Congenital heart defects take more baby's lives in their first year than all forms of childhood cancer combined. It is the most common birth defect, yet most people have never heard of it.

Heart Effect was founded in 2016 as an auxiliary group of Phoenix Children’s Hospital Foundation to help change these startling statistics. Since inception, Heart Effect has been able to give 100% of all donations directly back to Phoenix Children’s Heart Center and Cardiac 3D Print Lab, funding technology, programs, and research.

Your support of the Fiesta Invitational Golf Tournament will continue to help fund their mission to give all kids a healthy heart.

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Testimonial

“While 28 weeks pregnant, I walked into a routine ultrasound appointment only to receive the most terrifying news. My son’s heart had nearly stopped pumping and we were on the verge of losing him. Within 24 hours, I was sitting in front of a pediatric cardiologist at Phoenix Children’s Hospital where we found answers, options, and hope.

That very week, a team of doctors and surgeons were able to operate on my son’s heart in-utero and ballooned a valve to just 2.5mm. Immediately his heart started pumping again, and today I am proud to hold hands with a four-year-old little boy who just finished his first season of soccer.

Throughout this experience, I learned Kaden was one of the lucky ones. Two-thirds of children born with congenital heart defects do not receive this diagnosis until after birth creating more trauma for families while limiting their options to make informed decisions on medical care. This statistic is unacceptable.

As the co-chair of Heart Effect, I’m committed to our mission. Because every child deserves a healthy heart.”

Erica Endicott
Phoenix, Arizona

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Past Charities Supported

Child Crisis Arizona

Child Crisis Arizona is committed to preventing child abuse and neglect. We accomplish this by supporting and strengthening families through education and intervention, by providing a safe environment for children to heal, and by recruiting, training and supporting foster and adoptive families. Charity Navigator, America’s largest charity evaluator, has given Child Crisis Arizona a 4-star rating for the second consecutive year. Only 19% of nonprofits nationwide have received this designation.

2018 FIT committee tours Child Crisis Arizona

Free Arts for Abused Children of Arizona

Free Arts for Abused Children of Arizona uses the healing powers of the arts to help abused, homeless, and foster care children build resiliency and learn to trust and heal. We utilize the arts and proven youth development methods to deliver a model that we call “Art with Intention.” Each program is thoughtfully planned to include specific elements that promote safety, self-expression and a sense of belonging. Each year, Free Arts’ 14 staff members work with more than 800 volunteers and professional artists to impact over 7,300 children at 35 child welfare partner agencies. Since 1993, Free Arts has used the creative arts to help more than 95,000 children. To learn more about Free Arts, visit freeartsaz.org.

Children’s Cancer Network

Children’s Cancer Network is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization dedicated to providing assistance to Arizona families dealing with childhood cancer. Established in 2004, originally under the name Guardian Angels, Children’s Cancer Network provides financial support to these families, promotes patient and family education regarding cancer-related issues, and sponsors activities that build the self-esteem of childhood cancer patients and their siblings. Children’s Cancer Network is committed to helping children and families dealing with the stressful and uncertain times that begin with initial diagnosis and often continue for years thereafter. We also strive to increase awareness regarding pediatric cancer research and the need to find a cure for cancer. It is the goal of Children’s Cancer Network to provide hope to families dealing with childhood cancer. Children’s Cancer Network provides financial, educational and psychosocial support to children and families dealing with childhood cancer. We also strive to increase awareness of pediatric cancer research and the need to find a cure for cancer.

Gabriel’s Angels

“In the true spirit of making our community a better place to live the Fiesta Invitational Tournament excels at helping charities meet their mission. Because of the success of this tournament Gabriel’s Angels has provided pet therapy intervention to 375 at-risk youth in Arizona. We so very much appreciate your support!” – Pam Gaber, Founder and CEO – Gabriel’s Angels

Gabriel’s Angels is the only program in Arizona that delivers healing pet therapy to abused, neglected and at-risk children. Our short-term goal is to instill in children an overall emotional sense of well-being, safety, and happiness. Long term aspiration is to help children learn core social skills that will prevent them from continuing the cycle of violence as adults. Presently we provide pet therapy services to over 115 agencies and serve 13,000 children annually through nearly 155 Pet Therapy Teams. Our services are provided free of charge to the agency and the children. Gabriel’s Angels pet therapy services are provided by volunteer Pet Therapy Teams, usually consisting of a companion dog and owner. Teams visit each participating agency on a consistent schedule to build trust, empathy, and respect in the children. Gabriel’s Angels' future vision is to add 170 Pet Therapy Teams reaching an additional 10,000 children in Arizona. The cost to support one therapy team is $2,500 annually.