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“But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things shall be yours as well.” Matthew 6:33

Volume 10, Issue 1

2012 Year In Review

Treasuring the “God Stories” Whether we “see” it or not, we always know God is present and guiding events for His purposes. But there are times when His direction and provision are so clearly undeniable, and we have been so blessed to be a part of the work He is doing in our latest outreach, Treasure House. More on the mission and vision of Treasure House is below. God has also continued to bless the outreach of the First Things First Foundation while at the same time leading us through this new adventure. He is so good and we are humbled to follow Him. Thank you for joining us on this journey. In Christ,

For Where Your Treasure is... Treasure House, which was established as an independent 501(c)3 in

Community living with family style dinner will be part of the experience for each resident at Treasure House.

Vocational training will be provided to encourage each resident to join the workforce.

2012, is a Christian-based supportive residential living community for young adults with developmental disabilities offering vocational, social, and self-advocacy programs. Over the past year, God has orchestrated connections and support to help Treasure House open its doors as quickly as possible. Cardon Development Group and the architectural teams of Todd & Associates and Purple Cherry Architects, who have personal and emotional ties to the mission of Treasure House, have joined the Treasure House team to make sure the home is perfectly suited to the needs of its residents. Consultants have “For where your treasure is, been hired with abilities and talents to direct the project and there your heart will be also” raise needed funding to turn this vision into a reality. Lead gifts from Matthew 6:21 from Don and Kim Cardon, the is the inspiration for Safeway Foundation, and the Warners have been pledged with the name of the project. confidence in the viability of the project and excitement about the lives that will be changed. A brand and logo is in development and the perfect domain name,, was gifted by the organization which currently owns it. Look for the website to be launched in 2013! We eagerly anticipate God’s provision to bring alongside the individuals and corporations whose support will keep the momentum going in the months to come. If your heart has been stirred to help or learn more, please call our office at 602-385-0840. Page 2

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A Heart-Warming Week The 11th annual “We’re Going to Disney World!” trip brought

together ten special families led by ten amazing Make-AWish kids. Of the 85 kids who chose to spend a week in Orlando with the Warner family in the previous ten years, only several of them had heart conditions. As Make-A-Wish began sending over the information for the ten families scheduled for the 2012 trip, a trend was noticed – six of the kids on this trip had rare heart conditions. When one mother was told she and her family would spend a week getting to know other families with children who have the same rare condition as her son, she began to cry. She had never met another family whose child survived after birth. It was clear; God brought these families together for a purpose. Throughout the fun-filled week, the group of five families from Arizona, three from Missouri, and two from Iowa joined the entire Warner family exploring Disney World’s theme parks together. VIP treatment from start to finish was the goal to make these courageous kids feel as special as possible. Limo rides to and from the airport, first class accommodations at Give Kids the World (a fairytale resort for families of kids with life threatening illnesses), no lines for rides, special seating area for shows, and daily gifts offering a hint for the next day’s activities. Kurt and Brenda also loved the opportunity to worship with the families and spent private time with the parents so they could all share their unique stories. Ultimately the week together is about developing relationships and bonds that last far beyond the time in Orlando. One mom shared the impact of the trip on her family. “We are still on a ‘high’ from our trip. Thank you for this amazing opportunity and for the gift of friendship that you gave us, especially our kids. Everyone keeps asking the kids what their favorite part of the trip was. They each say the same thing, ‘The friends we made!’ AWESOME!!”

Walk a Mile in Someone Else’s Shoes In the spring, two schools in Arizona took part in the CHEER program (Consciousness Helps Encourage Equal

Respect): Mountainside Middle School in Scottsdale, the first middle school to take part in the weeklong disability awareness program, and Youngker High School in Buckeye. Students at both schools adopted disabilities for a day including wearing visual impairment goggles, losing the use of their dominant arm, communicating by writing on a whiteboard, wearing earplugs, or using a wheelchair. At the end of the week, Kurt and Brenda spoke at allschool assemblies to talk about their passion for opening the eyes of others to the disabled community. Students who participated in the program were given the opportunity to share with the entire student body the lessons they learned from “walking a mile in someone else’s shoes.” Due to the positive response to the program from schools in Arizona, First Things First is teaming with Best Buddies International to expand the program nationally. The 2013-2014 school year will be the pilot year of the expansion with 30 schools participating across the country. Page 3

Mentoring Through Quality Time Kurt and Brenda continued to focus on building their

relationships with young adults from Sunshine Acres in the second year of the “arête” program. The small group of high school and college-age participants were regularly invited to the Warners’ home to enjoy a meal and time together, believing time spent together in a relaxed family setting would offer the best opportunities to break down walls and freely communicate. The group enjoyed outings together as well, including dinner at an upscale restaurant with time devoted to the discussion of sexuality, a Broadway production of Wicked at ASU Gammage, a Suns game with tickets and meet and greet with Steve Nash (pictured above) courtesy of the Phoenix Suns, a Segway tour in Tempe followed by a new experience of Ethiopian food, the intrigue of a Cirque du Soleil show, a casual afternoon of lunch and a movie, packing care packages for the troops overseas at Packages from Home (pictured left), and a Christmas shopping spree for each of the kids!

Hope at Women of Faith

Mission: Possible!

Brenda joined Women of Faith for a second year, this time visiting 12 cities in the eastern part of the country. Each week in the fall, she shared her testimony with the thousands of women in attendance for the weekend conference featuring speakers, musicians, dancers, comedians, and more. Two organizations were selected in each city to receive ten tickets with a boxed lunch from Jason’s Deli for the clients they serve. Organizations selected included Habitat for Humanity, Salvation Army, various shelters for women in poverty, pregnant, or abused, as well as groups organized by moms of special needs kids. Each woman received a tote bag filled with a Bible, a Women of Faith devotional, Brenda’s book, and a First Things First visor. Brenda enjoyed the opportunity to visit with each group backstage to offer encouragement, sign autographs and take pictures. Special thanks to Women of Faith and Jason’s Deli for their generous support of this outreach!

First Things First received a record number of Mission:

Possible! Scholarship applications in 2012 for groups participating in spring break or summer service-based mission trips in the United States. Seventy-six groups were awarded scholarships totaling more than $52,000. As the groups traveled out of their comfort zones, lessons of all kinds were learned by the hundreds of individuals who participated in trips. One such participant wrote, “[This trip] really showed me how important it is to choose to serve God each day, even when it is in a job that may not be appealing at first, like washing smelly containers or smelly feet. It is through these ‘lower’ jobs that we can really choose to serve God and glorify Him.” Two deadlines are now being offered to submit applications: December 1 for spring break trips and April 1 for summer trips. More information including applications can be found at Page 4

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Super Storm Sandy Recovery In late October 2012, Super Storm Sandy battered the East Coast

leaving 72 people dead, thousands homeless and millions without power. Hardest hit on the eastern seaboard was New Jersey where the Warners briefly lived during Kurt’s time with the New York Giants. In an effort to assist in a small way with the Sandy Recovery effort, a $50,000 donation was made to the American Red Cross Jersey Coast Chapter and $25,000 was also given to Oceans of Love, a grassroots organization dedicated to helping Ocean County, NJ children with cancer and their families. Fifty families who lost most of their belonging in the storm each received Kohl’s and Shop Rite gift cards prior to Christmas and a portion of the funds was also designated to Oceans of Love emergency fund.

“Knowing the extra financial impact that Hurricane Sandy put on our families, you reached out to lend a hand and we are forever grateful. You are truly angels sent to watch over the children as they struggle through this horrible disease called cancer.” Linda Gillick, Oceans of Love

Twelve Years = 165,000 Winter Coats via Warners’ Warm-up

The greater St. Louis Bi-state area once again shared a little warmth this winter by responding to the call for coats for the 12th annual Warners’ Warm-up Coat Drive. Thanks to another overwhelming response, Operation Food Search sorted and distributed more than 15,000 coats to their network of social service agencies, homeless shelters, and social workers in the schools. In addition to the new and gently-used winter coats collected at over 350 locations throughout the Bi-state, $20,000

went toward the purchase of new coats from Columbia and Wal-Mart. Special thanks to all of the Warners’ Warm-up teammates: FedEx Office, Walgreens, LookAfter Hair Company, credit unions, police stations, A-Mrazek Moving Systems/MESI, KMOV-TV, KMOX, Y98, Fresh 102.5, and American Cleaners. Since the coat drive began in 2001, Warners’ Warm-up has helped provide proper outerwear and warmth for more than 165,000 people thanks to a true community effort! Page 5

Giving Reasons to “Da Gracias!” (Give Thanks!)

As soon as she opened the door to the new Habitat home she worked to buy for her three daughters, Alma began to cry. With only one step inside, she understood why this former football player and his wife were at her home and it moved her to tears of thanksgiving. In collaboration with Aaron’s, U-Haul and Amway, First Things First and the Warners transformed Alma’s empty house purchased from Habitat for Humanity Central Arizona into a completely furnished home - including turkey in the freezer – just in time for Thanksgiving! “Gracias” was the word that repeatedly tumbled from Alma’s mouth as her three girls ages 16, 13 and 11 ran from room to room squealing with delight. Alma and her girls are the 27th family blessed by the First Things First Homes for the Holidays program and the 11th in Arizona. In addition to national partners Aaron’s, U-Haul and Amway, special thanks to R&S Mattress Liquidators for donating mattress sets for each bedroom, Albertson’s for filling the cupboards and fridge, and the Pedal Power Foundation for providing new bikes for the three girls. Thanks•giv•ing/Noun 1. expression of gratitude, especially to God

Every Thanksgiving since 2009, First Things First has teamed with organizations emulating Jesus’ work to serve the poor. Three hundred turkeys made it into needy homes in St. Louis (pictured) thanks to a collaboration with long-time teammate Operation Food Search. In Cedar Rapids, a gift to grassroots operation Green Square Meals resulted in 88 folding chairs, 15 tables and three slow cookers allowing them to feed more hungry people. In Phoenix, First Things First partnered with Phoenix Rescue Mission to underwrite a preThanksgiving meal for 400 people, as well as a special turkey day meal at their Changing Lives Center for 40 resident women and their extended families. The above outreach included special Thanksgiving cards from Kurt and Brenda as well as a complimentary Bible.


Traditions of Giving

2001, First Things First has a tradition of seeking out organizations doing God’s work and blessing them during the Christmas season. Kurt and Brenda along with their brood continued a 7-year custom by spending Christmas Eve with the children at Sunshine Acres, a Christian foster home in Mesa. Armed with 96 personalized stockings filled with gift cards, sunglasses, gloves, candy, and more, the Warners enjoyed lunch with the residents courtesy of Carrabba’s Italian Grill and outdoor fun with a bounce house from Arizona Inflatable Events. In St. Louis, overflowing personalized stockings were gifted to 28 moms and their 49 children at Our Lady’s Inn, an emergency maternity shelter. Our Lady’s Inn also received four desk top computers for their learning centers. In Iowa, 18 women from the Catherine McAuley Center in Cedar Rapids and 30 children from the afterschool program at Lydia Home (pictured) in the Quad Cities also received personalized stockings delivered by FTF Christmas elves from the extended Warner family. In addition, these organizations received a laptop to assist in their programming. Special thanks to Trevor & Haley Strawhecker for the donation of Microsoft Office for the computers. Page 6

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Truly the Ultimate Football Experience

On a gorgeous Arizona day on the fields at the Cardinals

Training Facility, 12 teams suited up for a four-on-four flag football faceoff with NFL stars of the past, present and future at the ninth annual Ultimate Football Experience presented by Nutrilite resulting in a record high $300,000+ for First Things First! Prior to the football fun, the teams competed at Octane Raceway in go-karts, Segways and X-Box Kinect Dance Central to pick from a star-studded line-up of celeb QBs at the Draft Party & Auction including Anquan Boldin, Larry Fitzgerald, Josh Freeman, Rich Gannon, Michael Irvin, Brad Johnson, Brock Osweiler, Christian Ponder, Deion Sanders, Alex Smith, Steve Young, and Kurt. Participants and their guests also enjoyed dinner courtesy of Pei Wei and the opportunity to bid on unique sports memorabilia and packages. Game Day started with breakfast from The GooD Egg, a Praise & Worship service, and a private Q&A for the participants with the celebrities. Then the teams from Nutrilite (four teams: Nutrilite, Amway, Perfect Pack, and Double X), Arizona Cardinals, XS Energy, and Prosource took to the fields with teams formed by individual participants for the morning games to determine seeding for the afternoon tournament. Prior to the afternoon tournament, everyone took a break with lunch provided by Jason’s Deli as well as smoothies from Jamba Juice and pretzels from Auntie Anne’s. As the dust settled following the tournament, the host Kurt Warner and his team of individual players with the appropriate team name “First Things First” proved victorious in the Championship game over Brad Johnson and the Prosource Team. Special thanks to Albertsons, Audi North Scottsdale, A Better Alternative Bouncy Things, Coca-Cola, Crave Chips, Fast Action Sports, Hensley & Company, NY54 Limousines, Royal Restrooms, Southwest Ambulance, Sparkletts, U-Haul, Wheaties, and Bruce Yeung Photography who also donated products or services to help make this year’s event a huge success!

UFE 2012 Celebrity Line-up ... Back row L-R: Josh Freeman, Anquan Boldin, Larry Fitzgerald, Rich Gannon, Christian Ponder, Michael Irvin, Steve Young, Alex Smith; Front row L-R: Brock Osweiler, Kurt Warner, Deion Sanders, Brad Johnson Page 7

Not Just Fair Weather Supporters A

rainy morning with temperatures starting in the 50’s and plummeting as the day progressed was not the ideal climate for a golf tournament. However, corporations and individuals in St. Louis once again showed their incredible support for First Things First at the fourth annual Kurt Warner First Things First Golf Classic at Norwood Hills Country Club. The group managed to get several holes in before the weather prevented further play, and the added downtime gave everyone quality time with the Warners during an expanded Q&A (indoors of course!). The day ended with a luncheon that included a message from Kurt, a silent auction, and the opportunity to shop for fair trade goods from Rosemary Grove. Special thanks to Edward Jones, FedEx Office, 101 ESPN Radio, Anheuser Busch, Pepsi, Chick-fil-A, Gooey Louie, and Smoothie King for helping to make the day a success.

A Suite Opportunity for Rams or Cardinals Fans Prior to the day on the links, the Warners hosted fans in two private suites at the Edward Jones Dome for the Rams/Cardinals match-up. After learning about the opportunity on Facebook and Twitter, fans from all over the country purchased tickets and travelled to St. Louis for the game. In total, residents from 10 different states were guests in the suites. Special thanks to the St. Louis Rams and Levy Restaurants for making this special opportunity possible. Over $61,000 was raised for First Things First during the Warners two-day visit to St. Louis!! Purposeful Picks

Trying to predict the outcome of sporting events is a fun way to feel connected to

the competition and rivalries even if your favorite player, such as a certain #13, isn’t lacing up anymore. Despite his lack of on-field action, fans had the opportunity to compete against Kurt and try to outwit him with their picks in the second annual Bracket Hoop-la and Gridiron Survivor with proceeds benefitting First Things First. Over $5,000 was raised for First Things First and winners received autographed memorabilia and a phone call from #13 himself.

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Keeping up with the Warners A. Kurt joined the likes of Eric Stonestreet, Urban Meyer, Bobby Bowden, Owen Wilson and Marcus Allen to surprise a group of military veterans at the Tostitos Homecoming Party Bowl, a flag football game in Los Angeles. B. Kurt and Brenda showed their support for former teammate Larry Fitzgerald at his annual celebrity servers event at Morton’s for the benefit of his First Down Fund. C. Kurt and Brenda glammed up on the red carpet for the 2012 ESPY Awards in Los Angeles. D. Kurt was on hand at the 8th annual Pat’s Run in Tempe, AZ as the celebrity race starter. Record numbers turned out in honor of Pat Tillman and his foundation. E. Rams fans showed Kurt the love at the Edward Jones Dome during a five-minute standing ovation from the packed stadium during the Cardinals-Rams game on Thursday Night Football. F. Decked out in red and white striped costumes, Kurt and Brenda got into the “Candyland” theme for the annual Best Buddies AZ gala held in Scottsdale.

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Keeping up with the Warners G.



G. Brenda (center) and Kurt (background) enjoyed For Those Without A Voice Gala with Tara Hitchcock (right) and Addison Brown. H. Kurt is hosting a new reality show called The Moment which premieres on USA Network on April 11. I. Kurt gave pointers to high school football players at Amway’s Nutrilite SoCal Selects QB Camp. J. Kurt and Brenda have been supporting the Champ and attending Celebrity Fight Night consistently since 2000. Kurt introduced his friend Larry Fitzgerald who received an award. K. Kurt laced up his high tops to hit the court to support former teammate Anquan Boldin and his Celebrity Basketball Game in Pahokee, FL. L. Kurt joined (from L) Tony Dungy, founders Paul and Angela Brunette, and Mike Furrey for a Super Baskets of Hope celebration in Indianapolis. M. In addition to Women of Faith, Brenda shared her testimony at a church in Naples, FL N. Kurt demonstrated his multi-sport talent by swinging a bat in support of former teammate Larry Fitzgerald’s Celebrity Softball Game.


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2012 Friends of First Things First Helping First Things First share God’s love with the community with cash and in-kind contributions (Sincerest apologies if anyone was inadvertently omitted from this list) $150,000+ Amway $100,000+ Safeway Foundation $75,000+ Priority Sports & Entertainment $25,000+ For Those Without A Voice Nike Scottsdale Leadership Women of Faith $20,000+ Aarons Joyce Meyer Ministries NFL Charities Prosource Foundation, Inc. XS Energy $10,000+ Arizona Cardinals Insight Direct USA, Inc. KMOV-TV Remo Tulliani U-Haul Walmart Foundation Walt Disney World Resorts $5,000+ Carrabba’s Italian Grill Edward Jones Jason’s Deli MarketPlace One John Merwin National Football League NY 54 Limo OolaMoola, Inc. Pei Wei R&S Mattress Liquidators Scott & Staci Young St. Louis Rams $1,000+ A-Mrazek Moving Systems

Apollo Group, Inc. Audi North Scottsdale Auntie Anne’s Beckelec, Inc. Belden Dean Besserer Daniel Carns Cardinal Glennon Children’s Fdn. Chris Carey Coovert Foundation John Defoe FedEx Office Doug Fitzgerald The Good Egg Gooey Louie Hensley & Co. Mark Hubbs Jamba Juice Conor Johnson KMOX Radio Ken Lester Levy Restaurants Blaine Lucas Tom MacDonald Joan Malloy Rusty and Kim Maple John Mather Joe McEuen Will Meris Mark Monahan Jay Murchison Scott Naz Steve Peters Phoenix Suns Premier Rehab, LLC Mark & Ann Marie Rockamann Royal Restrooms Brenda & Dwayne Smith Mr. & Mrs. Trevor Strawhecker Laureen Tanner Patricia Trokey Colin Trout Cory Trout Ulrich Medical USA Todd White Nathanial Young Bruce Yeung Photography Page 11

2012 Friends of First Things First (cont.)

Helping First Things First share God’s love with the community with cash and in-kind contributions (Sincerest apologies if anyone was inadvertently omitted from this list)

$500 + Albertson’s Anheuser Busch Brad Berendes John Collins, Jr. Crust Pizzeria Tom and Judith Coughlin Funktional Fitness Great American Title Company Brent Harris John Herber Bret Holley Daniel Huitnik Images by Lori Loews Hotel Pedal Power Foundation Pepsico Jecalb Productions Roth Family Trust Kevin Schwers Mark & Kathleen Simmonds Judy Steele-Beckett Michael Waechter Keith Whittemore Wayne Foundation $100+ A Better Alternative Bouncy Things American Cleaners Arizona Inflatables Bill’s Custom Frames Robert Baltazar Toni Beverly Helen Boyd Michael Brickner JP Morgan Chase Jane Chen Chick-fil-A Coca Cola Andrew Cole Crave Potato Chips Custom Accounting Services Desert Ridge Resort Charlie Ebersol Joseph N Eddings Fairytale Brownies John Fanning Fast Action Sports

Ruth Faulls Fine Art Framing Frame of Mind Framin’ Place Gail Jansen Goodsearch Machelle Grover Patricia Harre Heirloom Gallery Custom Framing Christopher and Robin Ingersoll Thomas Jochum Peggy Jones Philip Kruis Bryce Kopper Leeden Wheelchair Angela Lewis Ludwig Klewer & Co LLC Susan Ludeman Moda Fina Fine Jewelry Moments Framed Sean Morgan Phoenix Coyotes Gerald Potter Robert Radomski Theresa M. Ramsbottom Adam Ray Jason Redman Karen Rhoads James Shafer, Jr. Smoothie King Manchester Derek Sotnyk Southwest Ambulance Southwest Medical & Rehab Spanda, Inc. Sparkletts Water St. Louis Cardinals Jerry Trout Truist Employee Contributions USA Network Publicity Greg Vanderschaaf Warehouse Media John Warner Wells Fargo Community Support Campaign Wheaties Keith Whittemore Valerie Young


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2012 Year in Review Newsletter  

The Kurt Warner First Things First Foundation had a busy year in 2012. Read the highlights in the 2012 Year in Review newsletter.

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