Cox Communications and The Trust for Public Land today named Marilyn Hanson as Arizona´s 2015 Cox Conserves Hero.
Hanson´s nonprofit of choice, Southern Arizona Buffelgrass Coordination Center, will receive USD10,000 on her behalf. The three finalists were chosen by a judging panel and then competed in an online public vote to be named Arizona´s Cox Conserves Hero.
Marilyn Hanson retired from teaching in 1999 and turned her energy into caring for her adopted home in Southern Arizona´s Sonoran Desert. She is a docent at the Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum, volunteer at the Arizona Native Plant Society and a volunteer lead for the Sonora Desert Weedwackers. Through her work, she is preserving the Sonoran Desert ecosystem and educating others of its importance. Her nonprofit of choice is the Southern Arizona Buffelgrass Coordination Center.
The two runners-up each receive USD5,000 for their nonprofits of choice. Mike Birrer selected Living Streets Alliance, and John Jordan chose Trout Unlimited Arizona State Council.
Cox Communications is the third largest cable provider and a multi-service broadband communications company serving nearly 3 million residential and business product subscribers in Arizona (a product subscriber represents an individual service purchased by a customer).