September 30, 2004
When the Arizona Cardinals head west to their new home, with the Fiesta Bowl close behind, at least one local service group will feel a pinch.
The Kiwanis Club of Tempe Nuevo generates a substantial amount of funds during events at Sun Devil Stadium by manning two nearby parking lots.
"We have people that come just to our lots," said Peggy Bryant, the club’s publicity chairwoman.
One lot is at Terrace and Rural roads and the other is near University Drive and Mill Avenue. Bryant said the lots are the only ones run by a nonprofit organization.
The club can still collect parking fees during Arizona State University football games and other stadium events. However, the loss of revenue from Cardinals games will hurt programs and scholarships.
The difference could be between $15,000 and $20,000 per year, said club member Frank Schmuck.
"It’s an impact on children, and that’s what concerns us," he said.
One solution is the Kiwanis Catch a Wave Car Show Oct. 9 at Kiwanis Park in Tempe.
The free family event, open to the public, will feature classic and contemporary vehicles as well as live entertainment, community exhibits, vendors and raffle prizes such as a 2004 Ford Mustang.
More than two dozen Kiwanis clubs and nonprofit organizations stand to benefit from raffle ticket sales. Participating groups split proceeds from the ticket sales with the Tempe Nuevo club, and their common thread is helping children in the Valley.
Schmuck would like to see the event become the club’s main fund-raiser.
When: Noon to 9 p.m. Oct. 9
Where: Kiwanis Park, 6111 S. All-America Way, Tempe
(480) 345-9521 or (480) 857-3616