Donor Spotlight: The Charro Foundation February 21, 2023 Sponsoring schools, teachers, and the next generation of music makers Formed in 1961, the Scottsdale Charros are an all-volunteer nonprofit group of business and civic leaders who help build their community by supporting youth sports, education, and charitable causes. Since 2019, the Scottsdale Charros have supported MIM’s education initiatives, particularly our field trips. In October 2022, the Charros awarded MIM a $5,000 grant that will support field trips for participants from Scottsdale schools during the 2022–2023 school year. “We are proud to support the programs at MIM that spark an interest in music because it aligns directly with our mission to support youth, education, and charitable causes in our community,” says Dennis Robbins, executive director of the Scottsdale Charros. The Charros’ support of MIM follows their rich history of supporting educational programming for Scottsdale Unified School District schools and education and youth programs delivered through community-based nonprofits. At their annual education banquet, the Charros honor music teachers and students who plan to pursue music in higher education. “We know that music is essential for child development of skills for school readiness, including social-emotional skills, motor skills, and overall literacy,” Robbins says. During MIM field trips, students deepen those skills while enhancing their learning experience. “We are most appreciative of the generous support provided by the Charro Foundation, which will allow even more schools to enjoy a field trip to the museum,” says MIM board member and Scottsdale Charro Bob Weston. “The Charro Foundation has been a strong partner of MIM’s for years, and we look forward to their continued involvement.” MIM team members Brian Dredla, Annabel Rimmer, and Tabi Branson pose with a check from the Charro Foundation in MIM’s Orientation Gallery.