Our Annual Board
meeting was held January 15, 2013 completing our fiscal year reporting for
2012. As The Melonhead Foundation continues to be more successful each year I
am grateful and aware that we accomplish this as a collective group focused on
our positive intentions. The Foundation posted yet another banner year
financially for Patient Assistance Programs. In addition, we completed a second
successful year at the Wannahealyah Wellness Center providing more services for
our patients through Holistic Protocols available at no charge to our Melonhead
families. We could not have accomplished this without each of you. We are
The best news of the
year is that we awarded over $37,305 in Patient Services Programs. $21,224 in
assistance and $16,081 in Holistic Services to our families at the Wannahealyah
Wellness Center (WWC). The WWC awards doubled from 2011. In comparison we
awarded $33,000 in Patient Programs in the previous year of 2011.
Our unique business
continues to be the dominating factor in our success. Due to our volunteer run
organization, including Board Members and event organizers, we posted increased
revenues and lowered expenses. The Melonhead Foundation wishes to extend our
gratitude for our continued support from the Phoenix Suns, Roy’s Restaurant,
Phoenix Coyotes, Harrah’s Ak-Chin Resort, AVNET, Four Peaks Brewery, Hooters
and the Phoenix Thunderbirds. Each of these organizations provided funding for
our programs through grants or special events.
Continuing our focus
on the goal to “work smarter not harder”, our volunteers posted remarkable
achievements financially in 2012. Total income increased by 23%, Gross profits
increased by 26% and Net income increased by 16%. In light of the economic
conditions across the nation, we at The Melonhead Foundation are proud of our
accomplishments for 2012 fiscal year.
Our donations and
grants remained status quo in 2012, however the special events that we created
and manage increased in revenues to account for our prosperity. These include
Makahiki for Melonhead, Maricopa Loves Melonhead, Drag Bingo and Four Peaks
Golf Classic. Drag Bingo being the most profitable increasing revenues by over
46%. This is a great testimony for the dedication and commitment of our
volunteers, sponsor and supporters. We are ever grateful.
accomplishment for 2012 was the continued work of the Wannahealyah Wellness
Center (WWC) in Tempe, AZ. Our focus on Natural Healing and Holistic Services
was the original vision of The Melonhead Foundation dating back to 1995. While
we diversified our Patient Services to include financial aid we never lost site
of the dream. The economic conditions allowed us to establish the center with
limited funds and a unique business model in 2011. The center has the ability
to be totally self- sufficient with 100% occupancy and that is the goal for
2013. The humanitarian spirit of each Holistic Specialist donating their
services to our Melonhead Families at no charge completed the process for the
dream to become a reality. Continued focus, creative thinking and believing
allowed this vision to manifest into reality. As the WWC continues to thrive it
will be another example of the collective group consciousness and the power of
are grateful to our retiring trustees; Dave Brown, Cheryl Dubois, Casey
McGinty, Sarah Finecey Krahenbuhl. All of them will
continue to support our cause and events but cannot continue with the time
commitment to the board.
is the intention of The Melonhead Foundation that our cause continues to be
supported by the community and that our families continue to reap the benefits
of such a dedicated group of people changing the paradigm of charitable giving.
The Phoenix Coyotes benefited the Melonhead
Foundation yet again at the Hearts of Love for Melonhead Event held on February
16. The players, coaches, management and their spouses gave to our Patient
Assistance Program through a WISH TREE at the game on Saturday night. The
Foundation created a "wish tree" with hearts of love for Valentine's
Day. The spouses of the players, coaches and management selected their wishes
and provided housing payments, utility payments, gift cards for food and gas
and Holistic Services at the Wannahealyah Wellness Center for 12 of our
Melonhead families. Total donation was $6100. Melonhead Loves the Coyotes for
sure! Go Yotes
Thank you so very much to each and everyone of our supporters during 2012. Trustees, Event Chairs, Volunteers, Sponsors, beneficiaries, Holistic Specialists and our families came together in the year creating another successful year for The Melonhead Foundation and our Patient Assistance Programs.
We have increased our family of supporters. We have raised more funds, revenues were up by 15% net proceeds. We have awarded more Financial Assistance packages to our Melonhead Families. We doubled the value of support through the Wannahealyah Wellness Center in Tempe.
Such a busy and successful year makes my heart sing...it also prevents me from keeping up with our publications/blog.
More later and more specific details will be along soon.
This milestone for The Melonhead Foundation brings joy to our hearts. In 1997 a few friends and family members came together to chalk and sell "Melon Cards" for the fees to publish our corporation articles. These supporters then served as the first board of trustees as we received our non-profit status in 1998 and then began manifesting all of our intentions for the success of this unique pediatric cancer charity.
Today we have supported over 450 families and awarded upwards of $310,000 to our patients for financial, physical, emotional and mental support through our Patient Aid Assiatance packages and the Wannahealyah Wellness Center. This has been a collective effort from all of our many supporters, too many to name. But know today you are appreciated and remembered in your key roles creating each success of The Melonhead Foundation.
We have created an entity that was sorely needed and non-existant. Please know that when you benefit The Melonhead Foundation you are making a positive difference in the lives of children with cancer and their families on a very personal level.
Here's to even greater successes in the next 15 years. I am grateful.
GILA RIVER CASINOS SPONOSRED THE 14TH ANNUAL BIG WEDGE GOLF EVENT
April 13, 2012 marked the 14th and final Big Wedge Golf Tournament. It was a perfect day for golf at Ocotillo Golf Resort in Chandler. 76 golfers comprised our intimate field led by Honorary Chairman Arizona Cardinals Head Coach Ken Whisenhunt. Gila River Casinos sponosred the event which rasied $10,207 for The Melonhead Foundtion Patient Services Programs.
Other sponsors included AVPS, Malcolm Pirnie/ARCADIS, Hooters, and Cloud 9 Salon. Our Hole In One Sponosr was Glenn Jones Ford of Casa Grande. The combined support from all of these wonderful businesses created one of our most successful events ever.
We honored our dear friend David DeChant this year. He had played in the event for 11 years and had brought his friends from Malcolm Pirnie to participate. Dave passed away in September of 2011 and we plyaed in his memory this year. Another angel now watches over the unique work of The Melonhead Foundation.
While we bid farwell to a major event that has been the backbone of our fundraising, the Big WEdge, we will continue a golf outing in 2013 that will be redesigned and supportive on a different level.
To each of you participants, remember, when you support The Melonhead Foundation you are making a positive difference in the lives of children with cancer and their families on a very personla level.