Nevada-Land Spring Fitness Challenge

Nevada-Land Spring Fitness Challenge

Our Lerner and Rowe Gives Back team weathered the high winds on the Bishop Gorman Track to support the Special Olympics athletes from Las Vegas, Pahrump, and Mesquite.

Today’s Nevada-Land Spring Fitness Challenge is in preparation for the big event, the Special Olympics on Nevada Torch Run, scheduled on October 8, 2021.

“Our organization is a long time supporter of the incredible athletes who leave their very best on the field, who are part of the great Special Olympics organization. We are honored to sponsor the Special Olympics of Southern Nevada,” shared Glen Lerner.

Police Appreciation Week 2021

Police Appreciation Week 2021 group photo

Our Indiana team kicked off Police Appreciation Week 2021 by donating lunch to the officers of the Merrillville Police Department, Crown Point Police Department, and Hobart Police Department.

A great big thank you to not only these officers, but every police officer across the country who continues to protect and serve their community.

And, thank you to Wild Iris Catering for providing such delicious meals for our officers to enjoy!

$2.5K Donation to Arizona Swim Safe Campaign

Arizona Swim Safe Campaign

To help protect Arizona youth from accidental drownings, our founder Kevin Rowe presented a generous donation of $2,500 towards the Swim Safe campaign whose aim is to raise money that would provide 1,000 free youth swim lessons.

The Arizona Swim Safe campaign was created through a partnership between Valley of the Sun YMCA and AZFamily 3TV CBS 5.   

Hard Facts About Drowning

According to data shared by the Swim Safe campaign, drowning is the leading cause of unintentional death for children under the age of four. Drowning is also the second leading cause of unintentional death for children under the age of 12.

Here are additional drowning facts the campaign would like the public to be aware of: 

  • Drowning can happen in as little as 20 seconds
  • 88% of children who drowned were under some form of supervision
  • 88% of children who have formal swim lessons are less likely to drown
  • 60% of youth drowning incidents occur within 10 feet of safety
  • Three children die each day as a result of drowning in the United States

You can join us in helping to protect our youth by supporting the Arizona Swim Safe campaign. Click here to be taken to the online donation page and help raise money for 1,000 free swim lessons.

To learn more specifics about the campaign and how you can take the pledge to increase water safety awareness within the community, visit

Watch this news segment to learn more about our involvement:

8th Annual Charity Golf Classic Recap

BEST Fundraiser Golf Event Yet! 

8th Annual Charity Golf Classic

Our 8th Annual Charity Golf Classic took place on a slightly breezy and beautiful blue-skied day on the McCormick Ranch Golf Club in Scottsdale, Arizona. Valued sponsors and community partners—as well as amazingly generous individuals and golf course staff—helped make this year’s event the best yet! 

Overflowing with gratitude and awe, we are pleased to share that $518,184.28 was raised to be directly given back and benefit local charitable groups and organizations throughout Arizona. 100%!

We know that this would not have been possible without the support of many. Together we truly do more and have a greater impact in the lives of those who need help most. So, thank you, thank you from the bottom of our hearts!

Those That Benefit Most

Our mission at Lerner and Rowe Gives Back is to make a difference in the lives of people in need. That includes the impoverished, homeless, hungry, abused, and ill. 

We invite you to watch this video now to see firsthand how great an impact we can all have by joining resources to help the greater need. 

Almost Reached $1-Million Goal

The pandemic created many challenges throughout 2020. One of those challenges was the postponement of our 7th Annual Charity Golf Classic. As the golf classic is our biggest fundraising event, we were determined to squeeze it in before the end of the year.

On December 4, 2020, thanks once again to the generosity of sponsors, community partners, and individuals, $461,334 was raised! Add that total to what was raised in 2021, and we ended up a little over $20,400 shy of raising $1 million in five months.

This just goes to show that time and again, people are willing to step up in a BIG way. This goodwill is also reflected in the steady increase of proceeds raised year-after-year from each of our annual charity golf classics since 2016:  

  • 2019 = $420K
  • 2018 = just over $285k
  • 2017= just over $250k
  • 2016 = just over $200k

Photos from 8th Annual Charity Golf Classic:

Peoria Ford Escape the Shelters $5,000 Partnership

Lerner and Rowe Gives Back is excited to once again partner with Peoria Ford for the Escape the Shelters doggo adopt-a-thon. This year’s goal has been increased to making 500 furever home adoptions across 20 local shelters.

This two Saturday event will happen on May 8 and May 15 from 8:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. in the Peoria Ford showroom (9130 W Bell Rd., Peoria, AZ 85382).  

A few dog breeds up for adoption include Mastiffs, Great Danes, German Shepherds, Labs, Golden Retrievers, and many smaller breeds as well.

How to Help Make Escape the Shelters a Success

Here are a few ways that you can help spread the word, and in turn help dogs get found and matched with new families: 

  1. Go to the Facebook Escape the Shelters event page 
  2. Click Interested or Going—even if you aren’t able to attend, clicking INTERESTED or GOING will alert your network to the event
  3. Click Invite—you can send out invitations to people in your network that you think might want to attend 
  4. Share—you can also share this event as a post or just engage with this event page in the DISCUSSION section
  5. Adopt—stop by Peoria Ford’s showroom on May 8 or May 15 to find your new four-legged family member

To learn more about the Escape the Shelters event (or if you run or volunteer with a shelter and would like to participate), please reach out and contact Peoria Ford by leaving a message with your contact info on the event page.

Escape the Shelters

Phoenix Zoo – $15k Komodo Dragon Sponsor

Phoenix Zoo sponsor

The Phoenix Zoo is a non-profit that relies solely on admissions, memberships, donations, and sponsorships to fund its conservation initiatives, educational programs, and the care of over 3,000 animals. Since 1962, the Phoenix Zoo has made it a priority to inspire and motivate guests across the globe to understand and respect the importance of caring for the natural world. 

And just like many other industries, the zoo was financially impacted by COVID-19 closures—putting a strain on the staff’s resources to ensure they can medically support the animals and prepare the approximately 5,000 daily meals required to nourish the animals in their care. 

As our foundation believes we have a responsibility to advocate for and improve the lives of the hungry and threatened, to include our four-legged friends, we felt compelled to step up and join other community members in supporting the zoo’s conservation and educational efforts by becoming a $15,000 Komodo Dragon level corporate sponsor

How You Can Join Us in Helping the Phoenix Zoo

There are a variety of ways for you to help the Phoenix Zoo right now, to include:

  • Making an online donation to the zoo’s animal relief fund
  • Adopting a zoo animal to help feed it for a year
  • Volunteering your time 
  • Becoming a member or renewing your membership
  • Purchasing an item on the zoo’s wish list to gift to an animal
  • Becoming a corporate sponsor

As quoted on the zoo’s website, “There is NO zoo without YOU.” So please, join us in giving back however you can to help ensure their caretakers have the necessary means to compassionately look after these animals.  

Together, we can do more to positively impact our local communities.

Seville Golf & Country Club Charity Classic – Friends of American Heroes Sponsor

Friends of American Heroes Foundation Sponsor

Lerner and Rowe Gives Back loves to support community events that directly benefit local military veterans and first responders. As a Friends of American Heroes Sponsor of the 2021 Seville Golf & Country Club Charity Classic on Saturday, May 8, 2021, our nonprofit gets to do just that.

2021 Seville Golf & Country Club Charity Classic Highlights

Aside from a day of golf and goodwill, this day of giving will also include:

  • Food
  • Entertainment
  • Auction
  • And, more!

What Is the American Heroes Foundation?

American Heroes Foundation (AHF) is an Arizona based, IRS approved 501(c)3 dedicated to supporting the health and wellness of Military Veterans and First Responders. AHF raises funds and donates dollars and time to activities that provide physical, mental, and emotional health and wellness support to recipient military veteran and first responder organizations.

Join Us & Get Involved

Please contact Lindsey Cartwright at or call (480) 279-3024 to learn more about how you can also get involved in supporting Arizona military and first responders by participating in/supporting the 2021 Charity Classic at the Seville Golf and Country Club.

Chicago Cops & Kids Event

Chicago Cops and Kids Event sponsor

Over the weekend, our Chicago team happily collaborated on a Cops & Kids event with the Chicago Police Department’s 22nd District and their CAPS program.

This event brought area youth together with Chicago police officers for an afternoon filled with games, snacks, and a mobile escape room!

The purpose of events like these are not only to bring kids together in a safe environment, but also to help break down any barriers of fear or mistrust between the community and law enforcement. 

More photos from the Cops & Kids event in Chicago: