2,250 numbered pickleballs will drop from the sky and over $4,000 in prizes will be awarded on Saturday, January 25th, when the Sun City West Pickleball Club, in partnership with PORA, stage the sixth annual Day for Charity to benefit seven local groups: SCW Foundation-Helping Hands, PRIDES, SCW Posse, PORA, The Community Fund SCW, AZ Fire & Medical Authority Charities and Northwest Valley Connect.

The public can join in the fun and win cash prizes by purchasing numbered pickleballs, which will be dropped onto a target on Liberty Courts at the Palm Ridge Pickleball Center, located. This year, there will be 33 guaranteed winners, with up to $4,050 in prizes to be awarded. First place is a prize of $1,000.  Firefighters from North County Fire & Medical District will release the balls from high atop their big ladder truck; prizes donated by sponsoring merchants and cash awards will be won when balls land in the target areas in the drop zone.

To date, the 1,500 plus members of the SCW Pickleball Club have raised more than $87,000 for local SCW non-profit organizations, and the objective is to raise an additional $25,000+ through this year’s big event.

This year each participating non-profit will be guaranteed a minimum of $1,000’s contributed to their organization from the day’s event, plus they can earn more of the total money raised for their respective organization through their efforts to help sell ball drop entries. Ken Holtz, the Day for Charity event leader is also excited to announce that Saini Smiles Dentistry has stepped forward to contribute an additional $500 for each of the seven non-profit organizations, for a total contribution of $3,500. Mike Saini, office manager for Saini Smiles Dentistry said, “we are proud to support the community in which we provide services and feel the Day for Charity event is a perfect way to help out.”

The SCW Pickleball Club would like to thank our Title Sponsor, PORA, for their support and also our Day for Charity Partner Sponsors:  Saini Smiles Dentistry, Larry Ott Realty, SCW Foundation, Toni Froese Realtor – Long Realty, Eileen Freydberg Realtor – HomeSmart Realty, Hole N One Restaurant, Arvid & Kay Peterson Realtors – Award Realty, SCW Pickleball Club, PRIDES, Cactus Medical Center, Everlasting Window and Door and Fuzzy’s Grill.

Ball Drop entries are $10 each, or three for $25, and may be obtained at the SCW Foundation office, Helping Hands Equipment Distribution Center and by contacting or calling Ken Holtz at 623-215-5854 or email k.holtz2430@gmail.com.  Winners need not be present.

The Play for Charity Party that follows the Ball Drop, also sponsored by PORA, will include an afternoon of pickleball at all levels, as well as live music from Rock n Roll Band – BackBEAT, food from Fuzzy’s Grill, raffles, and lots of surprises. So if you want to win great prizes, try out some pickleball and support some wonderful organizations, please be sure to participate.

For more information, visit scwpickleballclub.com

Palm Ridge Recreation Center

Liberty Courts

Pickleball Drop

Saturday, Jan. 25

Liberty Courts

Schedule of Events

Meet and greet of sponsors, participants and non-profits

  • 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

Ball drop

  • 12:30 p.m.

Play for Charity Party

  • 12:30 to 4 p.m.