Star burst with sparkles

Brady, a full-line janitorial supply, equipment and foodservice distributor, which launched its charitable giving campaign “Brady Shines” as part of its 70th Anniversary celebration in 2017, is thrilled to announce the beneficiaries from its 6th grant cycle December - February. This cycle was also the first to have the added theme of “Supporting the Disabled”. Dozens of applications from all Brady territories were submitted applying for funds to benefit education- and youth-based organizations with a focus on disabled children.

“The Brady Shines selection committee had the unenviable role of selecting amongst more than 80 wonderful programs all over the country,” said Travis Brady, President and CEO.  “The eleven selected organizations are doing tremendous work to support our communities.  We are honored to contribute to their success.”

 • Autism Society of Southern Arizona – Tucson, AZ – In partnership with Saguaro Aquatics’ Sonoran Dolphin Swim Program, funds will provide scholarships for autistic children in need to receive life-saving swimming lessons.

 • Brainy Camps – Washington, DC – Brady Shines is providing two full scholarships to allow children with chronic health conditions to experience residential summer camp.

 • Denver Green School Autism Center – Denver, CO – Grant dollars will provide transportation for the school’s equine therapy program for autistic students who rely on this to develop motor and communication skills.

 • Down Syndrome Network of Arizona – Tempe, AZ – In support of their Tweens & Teens UP! For Down Syndrome program, a monthly community based social group where teens can independently participate in true peer-to-peer programs.

 • Lake Hazel Elementary – Boise, ID – Brady Shines will sponsor a special afternoon for 21 disabled students including a picnic lunch, matching t-shirts, and a day they won’t forget at The Sensory Playce Gym for Kids.

 • Las Vegas Chapter of AMBUCS – Las Vegas, NV – To provide 3 custom bicycles through Amytryke whose special adaptations cater to a disabled child’s independence.

 • Mary McPherson Elementary – Meridian, ID – Brady Shines will fund necessary supplies and tools for a unique music and sensory class for extended resource students.

 • Power Paws Assistance Dogs – Scottsdale, AZ – Funds will cover the costs of new harnesses and diabetes kits for this program that provides highly skilled assistance dogs to sick and disabled children.

 • Rocky Mountain High School – Meridian, ID – This school wants to take its special needs students on a field trip to Nampa Fish Hatchery teaching them not only valuable fishing skills, but also jobs within the Idaho Parks and Rec domain.

 • Special Kids, Special Families – Colorado Springs, CO – Formed by two women who raised and tragically lost children with special needs, SKSF meets critical needs of similar families. Funds will support Zach's Place Center, a respite and child care facility for children with disabilities.

 • Star Elementary School – Meridian, ID – To provide 10 "TiltED Active Seats" for a classroom supporting K-5th graders with a variety of disabilities including ADHD, developmental disabilities, autism and more. These specialized chairs allow for flexible seating, keeping them more focused an alert.  Many of these children have difficulties being seated - these chairs will allow them to rock back and forth, rotate and more.
Brady Shines’ seventh cycle with a focus on Healthy Living launched March 1 and will accept applications through May 31. Non-profits in all Brady geographic territories focused on education- and youth-based programs are invited to submit grant proposals for consideration. Organizations from the previous cycles are welcome to apply again.