The Arizona Groove Merchants will play for the 55th Anniversary Gala event to be held at Bullion Plaza Gym. Courtesy Photo.
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United Fund hosts 55th Anniversary Gala

Launched in 1964 as a way to connect donors with local charities, the United Fund of Globe-Miami will celebrate its 55 years of service next month with an evening gala at Bullion Plaza Cultural Center and Museum in Miami.

The Aug. 24 event, which will include dinner, music and a cash bar, will be set up for dancing. The AZ Groove Merchants, a 10-piece, Scottsdale-based, rock, R&B and funk band, will bring its unique, horn-driven, high energy show, playing everything from classic and Motown favorites to today’s top 40 hits.

“We look forward to seeing all of our agencies, donors and supporters, as well as past, present and maybe even future board members at the anniversary gala,” United Fund Executive Director Maryn Belling said.  

Ranging from $250 to $2,500, sponsorship packages help defray the cost of the event, keeping ticket prices down while having phenomenal music, food and networking, she said.

The $2,500 package includes sponsoring part of the cost for the band, eight tickets, a sponsored table and logo on all printed materials. 

While the upcoming gala celebrates United Fund’s history, Belling is enthusiastic about the here and now. 

“Our agencies are really making a difference in the community in ways that weren’t being seen yet at our 50th anniversary gala,” she said.

In what Belling calls one of United Fund’s most exciting projects, the Lion’s upcoming Project ACE (All Children Eat) will install a food pantry and laundry facilities at all six local public schools.

For 55 years now, the local organization has been the “angel wings” beneath many good works from those serving the needs of others; from senior citizens to youth sports and the food bank to historic preservation.

With donations from its mining partners Freeport-McMoRan and Capstone, along with local businesses and individuals, last year alone United Fund was able to fund grant requests from nearly 25 agencies, as well as provide special funding for capital grants.

Donors giving to United Fund can be assured the money goes to a worthwhile cause and is put into the hands of agencies the board has vetted and evaluated. One hundred percent of funds stay in the community.

At just five percent, United Fund’s administrative costs are among the lowest, setting the organization apart from others. Donors know that the majority of the donation goes to the organizations themselves. 

The Globe-Miami United Fund’s 55th Anniversary Gala will be held from 6-10 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 24 at the Bullion Plaza Cultural Center and Museum, 150 N. Plaza Cir., Miami. Available through Eventbrite, tickets are $40 each or $70 for two.

For a sponsorship letter and form, contact the United Fund via email at or by Facebook messenger



United Fund is currently accepting applications for 2020 Operational Support funding from 501c3 organizations in the Globe-Miami community. In addition to being an IRS recognized 501c3, applicants must be in good standing with the Arizona Corporation Commission and be able to abide by United Fund’s participation agreement.

Applications are due by Monday, July 15. Go to ufglobemiami. to download a form.


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