Arizona Commercial Banking Team Helps Raise Over $52,000 to Benefit Make-A-Wish

We’re proud to announce that our Arizona team raised over $52,000 to benefit Make-A-Wish Arizona by hosting our first Rally Through the Valley event in Scottsdale on Saturday, September 23, 2023.

We have always been a longtime corporate sponsor of Make-A-Wish, but this year, Commercial Banking Team Lead Scott Sipe wanted to make an even bigger local impact. He and Business Banking Client Manager Ian McKay decided to build an event around their shared love of cars to drive for donations. Thus, Rally Through the Valley was born.

With the support of Chief Banking Officer Chris Rude, we provided an initial donation of $10,000, hoping to exceed that amount in matching donations and event participation. The primary source of additional support came from selling tickets to participate in the Rally, at a cost $500 per car.

Sunflower Bank presenting a $52,000 check to Make A Wish Foundation Arizona

The event was an all-day affair, beginning at a local high-quality storage facility for car enthusiasts called The Vault of Scottsdale. At The Vault, the nearly 30 racing participants enjoyed breakfast and met to go over the day’s schedule. From there, everyone went to The Podium Club at Attesa racetrack, where drivers had the opportunity to experience racing their cars on the track in groupings based on their individual experience levels. An anonymous member of The Podium Club even contributed $10,000.

“This was a lot of work, and there were many sleepless nights spent hoping things would go well, but it was so worth it and so rewarding. We were blown away at the support.”

Scott Sipe, Commercial Banking Team Lead

An instrumental partner in the Rally’s success was Fast Lane Drive, a local car club that raises money for non-profits. They helped build awareness and interest in the event, and collectively donated $20,000 to the cause.

"I am extremely grateful to our partners at Sunflower Bank for raising more than $52,000 for Make-A-Wish Arizona. This donation will undoubtably impact the lives of our wish kids and empower Make-A-Wish Arizona to continue our mission of bringing joy, hope, and transformative wishes to children facing critical illnesses."

Fran Mallace, President, and CEO of Make-A-Wish Arizona.

Sunflower Bank at The Vault for Make A Wish Arizona

“Make-A-Wish Arizona is incredibly proud of all the hard work that Sunflower Bank put into planning Rally Through the Valley,” added Kelly McKeever of Make-A-Wish Arizona. “We are grateful to all the supporters who came the event and showed such kindness to our organization. We are deeply appreciative and can’t wait to work with Sunflower Bank on more events in the future!”

We share Make-A-Wish Arizona’s pride in our Arizona team’s accomplishments and are thrilled to have assisted a local non-profit in support of Sunflower Bank’s mission “Bringing out the best in the lives we touch... Creating Possibility.”