The Scottsdale Police Department

The Scottsdale Police Department, Arizona Cardinals wide receiver Christian Kirk, Arizona Cardinals running back D.J. Foster and more showed up to Grimaldi’s Pizzeria on Nov. 15 to raise money for Special Olympics Arizona.

It’s the most wonderful time of the year to give back, and Scottsdale organizations are doing just that.

From golf tournaments and galas to Scottsdale Police Officers trading in their badges for pizza aprons, fundraisers abound in Scottsdale – and they’re all raising thousands of dollars for nonprofits in need. So far, the total exceeds $3 million.

On Nov. 16, the Phoenix Children’s 20th Annual Golf Tournament at Troon North Golf Club in northern Scottsdale raised $560,000 for the Hope Fund – which helps the Phoenix Children’s Hospital launch critical new programs, purchase essential equipment and conduct cutting-edge research.

“The Phoenix Children’s Hospital Golf Tournament is a great time for all golfers who participate, but it’s also a critical fundraiser for the kids at our hospital,” said Steve Schnall, the hospital’s senior vice president and chief development officer.

The annual tournament drew 280 golfers – keeping a 20-year tradition that has helped raise more than $6.6 million for the hospital.

“Thanks to these golfers and our sponsors, we can continue providing critical care where it’s needed most,” Schnall said.

On Nov. 15, Grimaldi’s Pizzeria and the Scottsdale Police Department teamed up for the Tip a Cop fundraiser event.

The four-hour event at Grimaldi’s restaurants in Scottsdale saw officers donning aprons and serving pies alongside athletes from Special Olympics Arizona.

“Special Olympics Arizona truly values the partnership with the Scottsdale Police Department, who is one of the top fundraising departments in Arizona,” said Jamie Heckerman, president and CEO of Special Olympics Arizona.

“Through their efforts in fundraising events, such as the Grimaldi’s Tip a Cop, they enable athletes with intellectual disabilities to train and compete year-round in 20 different sports,” Heckerman said.

The event raised $3,200, and 100 percent of the proceeds went to Special Olympics Arizona.

“We were honored to be part of such a fantastic event and are grateful for the donations from the wonderful citizens of Scottsdale,” said Scottsdale Police Department Special Events Unit Supervisor, Sergeant Wes Shaffer. “The smiles on Olympians’ faces make it all worthwhile!”

The sixth annual Live & Local event Nov. 11 at Desert Ridge Marketplace in Phoenix helped raised $167,000 for the Boys and Girls Clubs of Greater Scottsdale through ticket and raffle sales and its silent auction – sponsored by Go Daddy and Live Local as well as the clubs’ board.

“The money raised will greatly benefit the programming efforts at our nine Clubs,” said Robyn Julien, president/ CEO of Boys and Girls Clubs of Greater Scottsdale. “As always, it is wonderful to see our community come together for our kids.”

About 1,100 guests showed up at the fundraiser.

“Live & Local was, once again, a great event that brought local businesses, musicians and the community together for an incredibly impactful night,” said Stacy Cline, GoDaddy’s social impact director.

On Nov. 10, the 18th annual Promise Ball hosted by the JDRF Arizona Chapter was held at the Phoenician Resort & Spa in southern Scottsdale.

With the help of nearly 700 society and industry leaders from across the Valley who attended the ball, the gala raised more than $2 million to help fund a cure for type 1 diabetes.

The Bob & Renee Parson Foundation also gave a hefty $500,000 grant.

“Congratulations to our JDRF AZ Chapter community on a wonderfully successful Gala,” said JDRF Executive Director Paula Boca-Bommarito. “It has been an honor and pleasure to partner with our local Chapter Board of Directors and community. You inspire us daily to work harder for the desired impact.”

Since 2009, the JDRF Arizona Chapter has raised more than $15 million through its fundraising galas.

The 29th annual NiteFlite fundraiser raised money for children via two events – a golf tournament at McCormick Ranch Golf Club and a formal gala that drew more than 1,500 supporters.

The events were hosted by the Scottsdale Active 20-30 Club, a nonprofit organization that raises funds for Arizona children and educates the community about the financial, medical and emotional needs of said children.

“We are overwhelmed by the amazing support we received from this year’s record-breaking NiteFlite Gala and are so excited about the positive impact this will have on our charity partners,” said NiteFlite Chairman Christopher Maderazzo.

The Scottsdale Active 20-30 Club’s next fundraiser is Brokers for Kids and Agents Benefiting Children at Scottsdale Stadium on April 13 that will benefit the Care Fund and Boys Hope Girls Hope.

Last weekend's Scottsdale Arts Gala raised $240,000, which will benefit performances, exhibitions and art programs by Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts, Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art, Scottsdale Public Art and Scottsdale Education & Outreach.