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SRCCF Receives Donation From Johnny Rockets at OdySea

Representatives of Johnny Rockets Hamilton Tellez (L) and Samantha Buya (far right) present a check to the Salt River Children's Foundations’ Board of Trustees (L-R) Elaina Osife, Valerie Lewis and Davina Rhodes at the new Johnny Rockets located in the OdySea in the Desert Entertainment Complex.

OdySea in the Desert, the aquarium and entertainment complex that is the newest attraction on the Salt River Pima-Maricopa Indian Community and in the Valley, is already giving back to the Community.

Recently, OdySea in the Desert added the popular eatery Johnny Rockets American Restaurant, a 1950s-style diner known for its hamburgers and fresh-cut fries, to its list of dining options. OdySea put the Johnny Rockets team in touch with the Salt River Community Children’s Foundation to make a donation.

On April 18 at Johnny Rockets, Hamilton Tellez, director of operations for Johnny Rockets, and Samantha Buya, corporate office manager, presented a check for $2,000 to Salt River Community Children’s Foundation board of trustees members Davina Rhoades, Elaina Osife and Valerie Lewis.

“I’d like to say thank you, Johnny Rockets, for the generous donation to the Salt River Community Children’s Foundation. Your willingness to help the children of the Community is greatly appreciated,” Rhoades said.

Trustee and board secretary Osife also thanked the restaurant on behalf of the SRCCF.

“We would like to thank Johnny Rockets for their $2,000 donation to the children and youth of the Salt River Pima-Maricopa Indian Community,” she said.

The donation will help the Foundation provide SRPMIC youth with a variety of support and enhanced learning opportunities that will benefit them in the future. For example, the Foundation offers unique opportunities for youth to explore future careers, such as law, bioscience, engineering and politics, and it supports the business skills of budding entrepreneurs and enhances their confidence. One significant focus is serving youth with special needs; the Foundation provides sponsorships of medical equipment to better serve the individual needs of children with medical issues and promotes full participation of children with special needs with their classmates in sports, education and extracurricular activities.

Thanks to funding through the Salt River Community Children’s Foundation, youth in the Community enjoy opportunities they would not otherwise have. “Each contribution changes young lives for the better by giving kids opportunities to improve and progress to be the leaders of tomorrow,” said Osife.

Johnny Rockets is known for its community philanthropy. According to, each year the chain serves over 10 million hamburgers and 8 million pounds of fries. The restaurant is located on the second floor of OdySea in the Desert.

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