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Big Dig in the Desert Set for Nov 4th

Skanska, one of the world’s leading construction and development firms, announced it will once again participate as a founding sponsor of the Valley’s second Big Dig in the Desert event with the American Cancer Society.

Big Dig in the Desert gives local Phoenix children, including those with cancer, the opportunity to operate heavy machinery, including back-hoes, diggers, excavators (with supervision), and much more. The event is 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., Saturday, Nov. 4, at DMB’s Eastmark Mesa property at 10100 E Ray Rd. in Mesa.

“One of the best parts of our job is any time a child walks near one of our sites and looks with amazement at all the activity and equipment,” said Ross Vroman, executive vice president and general manager of Skanska’s Phoenix operations. “We are delighted to participate in this second annual event which will be a memorable experience for children and adults alike.”

Sponsors and ticketholders are “hard hats” for the day, helping operate heavy construction equipment at this family event. More than 1,200 big and little construction “operators” are expected to attend this unique fundraiser for The American Cancer Society.

There will also be Mesa Police Department helicopters, vehicles and canines and Mesa Fire Department vehicles for up-close-and-personal experiences.

A family five-pack is $50 and admits up to five family members. Tickets may be purchased at For more information, please contact Sarah Philippe atSarah.Philippe@CANCER.ORG or 602.952.7509.


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