Help Make a Difference in Apache Junction!

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There are several ways for you to make a difference in your community!

Listed below are several needs of the Parks and Recreation and Police Departments. Take a few moments to look over the information and see if there is a project that you want to support.

When you find your special project, please go to the “Donate” tab at the top of this page and click on that. You will see the donate button, and click on that. You will then see a box that says “Purpose”. That is where you can enter any of the following needs. Your donation will be used to address that need. If you have a PayPal account, you can enter your password, and use your account. If you do not have a PayPal account, you can click continue, as you do not have to set up a PayPal account to donate. Upon receipt of your donation, a reciept for tax purposes will be sent to your e-mail address.

Parks and Recreation Department Needs:  

  • Fit Families
  • Aquatics Program
  • TGIF Program

Police Department Needs:                                                               

  • Paws and Claws Care Center
  • Victim Services
  • Auxiliary
  • Special Operations/Projects
  • Santa Toy Drive

For additional information on the programs listed above, please follow the following links:

Fit Families                              

TGIF Program                         

Aquatic Program                    

Paws and Claws Care Center

Other Police Needs                           Other Police Department Needs


Thank you, Genesis Project!

Thanks for being this week’s Lunch Time Hero. Because of your help, we are able to provide a nutritious lunch to children at the TGIF Program.

For more information about this incredible local nonprofit organization, go to:

Lunch Time HeroEditor’s note: Any similarity between this blog and Jimmy Fallon’s Thank You Notes on The Tonight Show (NBC) is purely coincidental…actually, wishful thinking.


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Lucy J. Young

“It’s not about the cards you’re dealt but how you play the hand.”

This is especially true for Lucy, an avid card player and risk taker.

While she wasn’t always dealt the best of hands, she sure made the most of each and every hand!

Devoted mom, lover of children, educator, business leader, philanthropist, mentor, school board member, and Friends of Apache Junction Board President, Lucy lived life to the fullest and made incredible contributions to Apache Junction.

Lucy will be sorely missed!

The attached article that appeared in the September 18, 2017 edition of the Apache Junction/Gold Canyon News shares reaction of community members to Lucy’s passing.

Lucy Young

God speed, dear friend!





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Apache Greyhound Helps to Keep Kids Safe!

Apache Greyhound Park generously donated $30,226 to the city’s parks and recreation department for the installation of a shade structure for the playground equipment at City Complex Park. The park, located at 1035 North Idaho Road, is in front of the multigenerational center. The park is one of the city’s most popular facilities.

The donation was facilitated by Ed Braunger, retired president and general manager of Apache Greyhound Park. Mr. Braunger, a long time civic leader, has facilitated many donations to community projects during his 21 years at the park.

Thanks to Ed and Greyhound Park for making this happen!

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