GRAND CANYON, Ariz. (PRWEB) April 10, 2019 -- Grand Canyon Conservancy (GCC), the official nonprofit partner of Grand Canyon National Park, is pleased to announce the official sponsors of Grand Canyon National Park’s Centennial celebration—Arizona Public Service (APS), Bank of America and Teva.
Each sponsor has generously pledged financial support of GCC projects for Grand Canyon National Park priorities, including trail restoration, the preservation of Desert View Watchtower, support for the Canyon Field School and more.
“We are thrilled to be working with our generous Centennial sponsorship partners Arizona Public Service, Bank of America and Teva,” said Susan Schroeder, GCC chief executive officer. “Their support makes it possible for us to protect the canyon’s unique resources while inspiring future generations to experience and connect with Grand Canyon National Park.”
APS is a longtime partner of GCC. In addition to being a Centennial sponsor, over the past several years APS has supported improvements to the Bright Angel Trailhead, the preservation of the culturally significant Desert View Watchtower and expanded the horizons of the many underserved students who attend the Canyon Field School program. APS employees also contribute their time through hundreds of hours of volunteer work at the park and by serving on GCC’s board.
“The Grand Canyon is a true treasure to Arizona, its residents, and the visitors it draws from around the globe,” said Don Brandt, APS chairman and CEO. “This natural wonder is an awe-inspiring destination that gives our state its unique identity. Thanks to the hard work of the National Park Service with support from Grand Canyon Conservancy, the canyon has been enjoyed by generations of Arizonans—and we are committed to ensuring its continued protection for years to come.”
For the 100th anniversary, longtime Arizona company Bank of America is awarding a $100,000 grant—as part of its focus on environmental sustainability and workforce development—towards conservation, tribal employment, and educational and cultural opportunities across the park. This grant supports several park priorities, including the transformation of the iconic Desert View area into an Inter-tribal Heritage Site, restoration of historic trails, and the canyon’s designation as an International Dark Sky Park through the replacement of light fixtures to minimize light pollution.
“While a landmark for visitors around the world, the Grand Canyon has become a personal passion for many Arizonans, including myself, in leading hikes for friends and colleagues to experience the majesty of the land up close,” said Benito Almanza, Arizona president, Bank of America. “Our $100,000 grant helps ensure the Grand Canyon continues to thrive for the next hundred years through sustainable opportunities and access for visitors, Arizonans and the tribes who make the park a true national treasure.”
In support of the Centennial, Teva is celebrating all year with the “Born in the Canyon” brand campaign, a line of sport sandals and shoes designed to share the inspiration and awe of the canyon with a wider audience. These shoes will be sold at retailers nationwide. Teva’s financial support will help fund the Canyon Field School and the restoration of a portion of the iconic Bright Angel Trail.
“We are thrilled to partner with Grand Canyon Conservancy,” said Anders Bergstrom, General Manager at Teva. “Given the risks facing our parks in today’s political environment, Teva’s pledge is a first step toward a solution in this time of uncertainty, by making access for all a priority. Our goal is to bring as much awareness as possible to this initiative, so the Grand Canyon can be explored by adventurers for years to come.”
About Grand Canyon Conservancy:
Grand Canyon Conservancy is the official nonprofit partner of Grand Canyon National Park, raising private funds, operating retail shops within the park, and providing premier guided educational programs about the natural and cultural history of the region. Our supporters fund projects including trails and historic building preservation, educational programs for the public, and the protection of wildlife and their natural habitat. Grand Canyon Conservancy inspires people to protect and enhance Grand Canyon National Park for present and future generations. For more information, visit grandcanyon.org.
Mindy Riesenberg, Grand Canyon Conservance, http://www.grandcanyon.org, 928-863-3878, [email protected]
SOURCE Grand Canyon Conservance