Volunteer driver, Trisha Johnson, was honored for herwillingness to drive PebbleCreek residents to medical appointments anytime, anywhere. 

What a gift to Kare Bears and PebbleCreek!

As an organizer and leader, Edna founded the PebbleCreek Social Bridge Club, formed the Square Dance Club, was a co-creator of the PebbleCreek RV Cub and the list goes on and on. When you wanted something started, Edna was the go-to person. She is the current Secretary of the PebbleCreek Creative Arts Council and  has served as a volunteer for over 16 years.  Edna helped design the new Creative Arts Center as a volunteer member of the committee.

Most of Edna’s time has been spent heading the Mission Committee within the PebbleCreek Community Church. She served as a leader and coordinator for the Agua Fria Food & Clothing Thanksgiving and Christmas Dinner Basket Drive for this year and the past 16 years. This entails obtaining food and financial contributions from church members and the PebbleCreek community. She enlisted an army of PebbleCreek and other community volunteers to put together food baskets for distribution at the Agua Fria Food Bank.

This year Edna worked on the Samaritan’s Purse Operation Christmas Child Shoe Box Ministry.  It involves serving as a year-round volunteer to enlist churches and groups in the Greater Phoenix Area, including the PebbleCreek Community Church, to fill a shoe box for a child who may have never received a gift in their life.

Small wonder then that Edna was honored this year with the Kare Bears’ prestigious award. We congratulate her and thank her for making our little corner of the world a better place to live!  

Thanks, from Kare Bears!
Joyce Van Ornam, President

I must share a secret with you:  People I have met throughout the community and PebbleCreek are astonished that an organization as large and well-organized as Kare Bears is staffed totally by volunteers.  Add to that, the fact that this charitable organization is funded by the donations of generous people and organizations makes Kare Bears truly unique.

Honored at the recent awards luncheon as Friends of Kare

Bears, Nothing Bundt Cakes, has provided

small, tasty cakes free to the Kare Bears luncheon

since 2015.  Accepting the award was owner, Rob Kelly.

This company is just one example of the community

support Kare Bears receives.

Representing Kare Bears coordinators, the largest group of

volunteers in our organization, was Judy Ayers, one of the

coordinators in unit 17.  She was recognized for being

willing to go the extra mile to “be the rainbow in somebody’s

cloud.” (Mayou Angelo)

Don Belonax accepted an award posthumously for his wife,

Jackie Belonax.  Working with Don as a coordinator for

unit 51, Jackie continued to reach out to people in their

unit and throughout PebbleCreek while battling cancer. 

She is remembered by those who knew her as the

embodiment of Kare Bears.

Exceptional Service Awards were given to Share Bears

volunteer, Sally Dwyer and to Health and Wellness

director, Hilary Coltman.

Sally has donated her creative talents, her time, and her money to make gifts for Share Bears participants and to decorate for Share Bears special occasions, such as their Christmas luncheon,  for several years.

Hilary was on the Kare Bears Board as Health and Wellness

Director for three years.  During that time, she expanded

Kare Bears Health and Wellness way beyond her job

description.  She gave freely of her personal training as a

nurse, her organizational skills, and a lot of her time.


No December Presentation

KB House Closed
Monday, December 24

KB House Closed
Tuesday, December 25

KB House Open 9 AM to Noon
Wednesday, December 26

KB House Open 9 AM to Noon
Thursday, December 27

KB House Closed
Monday, December 31

KB House Closed
Tuesday, January 1

January Presentation
Thursday, January 24, 11 AM
EN Ballroom
Abrazo Hospital Tour
Thursday, January 24, 10 AM
13677 W McDowell Rd
February Presentation
Thursday, February 28, 11 AM
EN Ballroom
Abrazo Hospital Tour
Thursday, February 28, 10 AM
13677 W McDowell Rd
March Presentation
Thursday, March 28, 11 AM
EN Ballroom
Annual Spring Fling
Wednesday, April 10
April Presentation
Thursday, April 24, 11 AM
EN Ballroom

There were nearly 300 residents and guests in attendance at the luncheon.  When the announcement was made, Edna was greeted by a rousing standing ovation.  She has served as a volunteer with inspirational dedication and with tireless energy and commitment.

When PebbleCreek was new, Edna and her husband, Ken, were one of 6 couples who created the PebbleCreek Community Church.  She started the church choir and served as the volunteer director.


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Source Book Delivery UPDATE
Arlis Legler

Kare Bears volunteers will be delivering your 2019 source book to your home.  The date of delivery is pending, however, we expect it be mid-January, 2019.  Your source book will be left at your front door in a plastic bag, one book per house.  After home delivery, additional source books will be available for purchase at the Kare Bears house.

If you are not going to be home or are unable to retrieve the book from the door, please inform your neighbor or person watching your home, to pick it up for you.  This is your information guide to residents and facilities in PebbleCreek.

Specific information on home delivery dates will be made available via Pebble News announcements as soon as dates become available.

 If you have questions, please contact Arlis Legler at  dzarlis@gmail.com or 623-234-4709.


Kare Bears is an organization of PebbleCreek volunteers concerned about the welfare of their neighbors within the community.  The main purpose of the organization is to assist and support residents who are ill, recuperating from illness, surgery or hospitalization, dealing with the loss of a loved one, or caring for a spouse or a loved one.   Everyone who lives in PebbleCreek is a member of Kare Bears! 

WINTER HOURS are in effect through April 30
         9 AM to 3 PM    Monday through Friday
         9 AM to Noon    Saturdays
                    Closed    Sundays

PebbleCreek Kare Bears

If you would like to join this group of exceptional people,  complete a volunteer interest form.  Or, stop by the house at 15383 W. Cheery Lynn, Monday through Friday between 9:00 and 3:00 or Saturday 9:00 to 12:00 and the volunteers will help you fill out the form.  I promise you that we will train you and put you to work!

Kare Bears Bake Sale at the Artist's Holiday Fest
Hope Ewest

Calling all bakers.   Kare Bears is sponsoring their annual bake sale on Saturday, December 1, 2018, in the Creative Arts Center in conjunction with the Artists’ Holiday Fest.

We are requesting any sort of baked goods, but are asking that you please mark the package if nuts are included and if the items are gluten free.  A description of the baked goods is really helpful.  We know this is asking a lot, but it sure makes things easier for us if the items are packaged in the ‘go home’ containers or the plastic containers purchased at a ‘dollar’ store.

We will be available on Friday, November 30, from 3:30-5:00PM in the main aisle of the Creative Arts Center to take in the baked items.

Volunteer of the Year Awarded to Edna DeFord
Rayma Scalzo

The Kare Bears Founder’s Community Service Award was presented to Edna DeFord at its 2018 annual fall luncheon. This award was created in honor of Rayma Scalzo, founder of Kare Bears.  It is given annually to a person who has provided distinctive leadership and outstanding volunteer service to PebbleCreek and in the surrounding community. The winner is selected by a community-wide nomination and selection process.