The first-ever Arizona Cox Conserves Heroes program has reached the public voting stage. After a public nomination period a panel of judges, including Mesa City Councilman Dave Richins, has selected three finalists. Now it is the public’s turn to make their voices heard yet again by voting for their favorite hero.


At stake is a total of $15,000 in charitable donations. Each of the three finalists has already had a $2,500 donation made to their charity of choice but the winner’s chosen charity will receive an additional $7,500 donation. The donations are being made on the behalf of each of the finalists.


The public is now tasked with voting for one of the following three finalists, listed with their charity of choice:


  • Jane Rau (McDowell Sonoran Conservancy)
  • Maxine Lakin (Phoenix Mountains Preservation)
  • Melinda Gulick (McDowell Sonoran Conservancy)

The Cox Conserves Heroes Program was created through a partnership between Cox Communications and The Trust for Public Land (TPL). Nonprofit organizations chosen by the finalists all work on environmentally based projects in public spaces.


Two of the finalists have chosen the McDowell Sonoran Conservancy as their nonprofit of choice. The conservancy’s primary objectives include protecting and maintaining the McDowell Sonoran Preserve and maintaining a community education program focused on the need to protect the natural habitat of the preserve.


The Phoenix Mountains Preservation Council was founded in 1970 with a mission of preserving the mountains located within the City of Phoenix.


To read more about each of these candidates and cast your vote, visit the official Arizona Cox Conserves Heroes website.

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