Scottsdale’s own Fiesta Bowl Charities, in partnership with Blue Cross Blue Shield of Arizona and the Bisbee Unified School District, unveiled and celebrated the renovated and newly-named Fiesta Bowl Charities Community Resource Room at the Bisbee Science Lab.

On Friday, the ribbon was cut by Fiesta Bowl Charities, Blue Cross Blue Shield of Arizona, Bisbee Science Lab and Bisbee Unified School District representatives. Festivities included a showing of the new space and its upgrades, concluding with a science lab activity building LED Christmas tree ornaments with local youth.

“Community is at the core of Fiesta Bowl Charities, so we’re thrilled to renovate a space that will serve so many sectors of the Bisbee community,” said Kristina Chumpol¸ Senior Director of Community Relations at the Fiesta Bowl. “The outdoor pavilion will host STEAM programs, lectures, a Minke Whale exhibit and much more to foster exploration and educational programming for youth. We are proud to partner with Blue Cross Blue Shield of Arizona, Bisbee Science Lab and Bisbee Unified School District to create a community center that aligns with Fiesta Bowl Charities' pillars of youth, sports and education."

The unveiling in Bisbee furthers the Fiesta Bowl’s commitment to spread its community impact to every corner of Arizona. On average, up to 50 Bisbee community members will utilize the Fiesta Bowl Charities Community Resource Room daily and benefit from the creative outlet and enriching learning space it fosters. It will provide children in Bisbee with resources to expand their learning and provide opportunities to gain skills necessary for them to succeed today and for years to come.

“What a wonderful opportunity given to us by Fiesta Bowl Charities and Blue Cross Blue Shield,” said Etta Kralovec, Bisbee Science Lab Board Chair and Co-Executive Director. “The project enhances the work that the Bisbee Science, Exploration and Research Center is doing in the region. This new space will allow the Bisbee Science Lab and the Copper Queen Library to have an exciting new outside learning space that will allow us to expand all our programs.”

Fiesta Bowl and Blue Cross Blue Shield of Arizona have a long-standing relationship of working together to enhance the lives of Arizonans. This is the fourth resource room the two organizations have teamed up to renovate in the last four years. Through the partnership, Fiesta Bowl and Blue Cross Blue Shield of Arizona have also created the Empowering Diversity Scholarship and set a Guinness World Record for the largest game of Freeze Tag.

“We are proud to partner with the Fiesta Bowl for the fourth consecutive year to bring another resource room to life, this year in Bisbee,” said Pam Kehaly, President and Chief Executive Officer at Blue Cross Blue Shield of Arizona. “By providing our youth with resources and learning opportunities, we are helping create a brighter future for Arizona.”

ABOUT THE FIESTA BOWL

Since 1971, the Fiesta Bowl is a world-class community organization that executes innovative experiences, drives economic growth and champions charitable causes, inspiring pride in all Arizonans during and outside of college football bowl season. As a nonprofit organization, it is driven by its vision for the importance of community outreach and service. Through the Vrbo Fiesta Bowl, Guaranteed Rate Bowl and its year-round events, such as the Vrbo Fiesta Bowl Parade presented by Lerner & Rowe, corporate partnerships and numerous community events throughout the year, the organization provides charitable giving to enhance Arizona nonprofit organizations that serve communities through youth, sports and education.

ABOUT BLUE CROSS BLUE SHIELD OF ARIZONA

Blue Cross ® Blue Shield ® of Arizona (BCBSAZ) is committed to helping Arizonans get healthier faster and stay healthier longer. With a mission to inspire health and make it easy, BCBSAZ offers health insurance and related services to more than 1.9 million customers. BCBSAZ, a non-profit company, is an independent licensee of the Blue Cross Blue Shield Association. The company and its subsidiaries employ more than 2,700 people in its Phoenix, Flagstaff, and Tucson offices. To learn more, visit azblue.com or connect with us on social media: InstagramTwitter, LinkedIn or Facebook.