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Our Mission

The Arizona’s Children’s Charities mission is to help promote lasting improvements in the lives of local abused, neglected and at-risk children. It is our vision and belief that by assisting these children we are investing in their futures and the future of our community because, “It’s All About the Kids!”

Now in our 23rd year, the Arizona’s Children’s Charities has been able to donate over $1.7 million dollars to children’s organizations throughout the Carolinas, such as Pendleton Place, Duke Children’s Hospital, and many more.

Our Story

Arizona’s Children’s Charities (AZCC), a 501(c)(3), was established twelve years ago in order to form an entity to raise funds through a celebrity concert and golf event. The goal was to fund Pendleton Place as the primary beneficiary, while allowing the group to add additional children-related charities to our support list. The charity was co-founded by Mark Craig, Kevin Cox, Troy Baldree and Mike Williams. Prior to that, the four were committed to the same mission as board members and community volunteers for 12 years.

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The main fundraising event originated as a golf tournament and ran for ten years until Mike and Troy attended a John Daly Celebrity Golf event in Mississippi and met Danny Seraphine (founding drummer Chicago), Tommy Thayer (KISS lead guitarist), Jack Blades (Nightranger front-man) and Rick Seratte (Foreigner/WhiteSnake). They performed a much smaller concert and were asked if they would do the same for the Greenville charity. When the musicians asked what AZCC’s mission was, it was stated that ‘It’s All About the Kids’ raising money for abused, neglected and at-risk children. It was unanimous. All of the guys said they would come perform a show in Greenville.

It was AZCC’s first shot at a show of this kind with big name musicians, and not feeling completely confident that all of them would actually show up, the event was not heavily marketed. It ended up being a very special, intimate event of about 300 people held under a tent in the parking lot of Arizona Steakhouse on Woodruff Rd. The concert was a huge hit. The musicians loved it and have been inviting their friends each year, making the AZCC band even bigger. And with a bigger band and more celebrities comes a bigger event. Now called Rock’n On The Runway, the celebrity concert has been held for the past seven years at the Greenville Downtown Airport Jet Center and has consistently brought together over 1,000 people each year to continue the mission of raising money for the kids. While we unfortunately had to cancel the event last year due to the pandemic, we took the time apart from our dear friends to reflect on how far we’ve come since that very first show in the Arizona Steakhouse parking lot.

There is still a golf tournament which remains sold-out year after year with a wait list. There are also many corporate and individual sponsors that make the event possible, as well as dozens of volunteers for both the concert and the golf tournament. Our incredible group of loyal donors, sponsors, musicians and volunteers continue to come back each year, which has tremendously helped us get the message out in a larger and more effective way, increasing the events’ stature in Greenville and surrounding areas.

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We have a few *last minute* openings for golf 4somes to play in the Rock'n on the Fairway event on April 29th at Holly Tree Country Club! Teams are $5000 with a celebrity 5th man added.

If you are interested in sponsoring a team, please contact Flynn McKinney (flynn@arizona-open.org) as soon as possible for additional information.
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We have a few *last minute* openings for golf 4somes to play in the Rockn on the Fairway event on April 29th at Holly Tree Country Club! Teams are $5000 with a celebrity 5th man added.  

If you are interested in sponsoring a team, please contact Flynn McKinney (flynn@arizona-open.org) as soon as possible for additional information.

We are stoked to have a new face around the stage this year, with John Cafferty joining the band! John Cafferty & The Beaver Brown Band started their career in 1972 and have achieved mainstream success with hit songs and triple Platinum records. We're thrilled he can take a break from touring to join us in Greenville in a few weeks. Welcome, John!! ... See MoreSee Less

We are stoked to have a new face around the stage this year, with John Cafferty joining the band!  John Cafferty & The Beaver Brown Band started their career in 1972 and have achieved mainstream success with hit songs and triple Platinum records.  Were thrilled he can take a break from touring to join us in Greenville in a few weeks. Welcome, John!!

#FlashbackFriday Do you remember this awesome Backstage Pass clip? Thank you to Rob Arthur, Al Paris, Jeff Adams, and all the other super talented fellas that we can't wait to see in a few weeks! Share your favorite memories of past events in the comments below! 👀👇🏻 ... See MoreSee Less

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My favorite part of this clip is all of the smiles!! So many great friends over the years 💕

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Who We Support

Pendleton Place was founded in 1975 with one mission: to keep children safe and support families in crisis through prevention, assessment, and intervention.

Our goal at Prisma Health Children’s Hospital is to make the lives of children and families a little more joyful, even under the not-so-greatest of circumstances. We are able to do that with your generous donations.

In Memory of Ben Wright

September 9, 1932 – August 29, 2021

Arizona’s Children’s Charities lost a longtime friend in Ben Wright after his passing in August 2021, after complications post-surgery from a fall he sustained at his home in Flat Rock, NC.

Ben liked telling the story of the “3 years he was pestered” to come to our charity event, eventually succumbing to the annual “ask”.  Once here for the first time in October 2011, Ben was immediately hooked and became our honorary golf starter for approximately 12 years, only missing two events during that span.

Ben’s British wit and incredible story-telling ability, brought years of enjoyment to all those that had the privilege to meet, sit and chat with him. His lifelong highlights would be re-lived over a good wine and conversation to those around.

Ben will dearly be missed and we’re happy to host his wife, Helen, at our event this year.

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