Fundraiser nets $30K for Northwest Valley Connect

Transportation service provides rides


The Motors and Meals community fundraising event Oct. 20 raised approximately $30,000 for the nonprofit Northwest Valley Connect, whose mission is to provide transportation services for homebound seniors, the disabled and veterans throughout the Northwest Valley.

The event attracted nearly 700 people, more than doubling last year’s attendance, and featured a classic car show organized by the Auto Restoration Club of Sun City West, beer and wine garden, farmers market, local entertainment, contests and a raffle.

“The 2019 Motors & Meals event was a wonderful success thanks to the dedicated event staff and volunteers from Northwest Valley Connect (NVC) and our partner organizations,” Jennifer Drago, board treasurer for NVC and chief strategy officer for Sun Health, the event’s major sponsor, stated. “As a founding partner of NVC, Sun Health is grateful to the community for their support of the organization and the critical transportation resources it provides.”

Event sponsors included Sun Health, AARP, APS, Benevilla, Independent Newspapers, the Kellam Foundation, Western Efficient Energy, Desert Diamond Casino, Home Instead Senior Care, Parks & Sons and Recreation Centers of Sun City West.

Northwest Valley Connect is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit and donations to NVC qualify for a federal tax deduction and Arizona tax credit.

Last year, NVC provided more than 12,000 rides to residents without access to vehicles or public transportation. To make a tax credit donation to the organization, visit or call 623-282-9300.

To volunteer for NVC as a driver, for the call center or in the NVC office, contact Trudy Ware 623-282-9304.