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Community-minded father likes giving back

June 25th, 2018 development
Community-minded father likes giving back

By Alison Walsh, Guest Writer

A business owner and father of two, David Ralls works and lives in Chandler.

He moved his 21-year-old advertising agency, Commit Agency, to downtown Chandler three years ago and has lived in the area for almost two decades.

He is dedicated to, and proud of, the work he has done to help the local community. In addition to moving Commit Agency to downtown Chandler in the summer of 2015, Ralls is a past president and life member of the Chandler Compadres.

The group serves the community by raising money for nonprofits in Chandler and throughout the East Valley, such as ICAN, a free community center that offers programming for youth, teens and families, as well as the Boys & Girls Clubs of the East Valley.

With 40 active members and approximately 60 life members, the all-volunteer Chandler Compadres group has donated more than $1 million to charities so far this year.

Ralls also has served on ICAN’s board of directors for the past three years.

When asked what community project he has worked on that he is most proud of, Ralls said that in 2012, he and fellow Compadre Michael Deutsch created the annual Chandler Compadres’ Rock the Cause for Kids fundraising event, which has grown to be a top 10 fundraiser in Arizona after six years.

The goal the first year was to break even – and when 1,000 attendees showed up and the group netted $150,000 for charity that year, they knew they had created something special.

The November music-themed event has grown to entertain more than 1,500 attendees each year and raises more than $500,000 for charity annually.

Having his business in the downtown Chandler area has been a positive experience all around.

“We have really enjoyed being in Downtown Chandler and could not have timed our move any better,” Ralls said. “The variety of restaurants makes it a great spot for entertaining our clients and rewarding our team.”

As a dad of two boys ages 13 and 10, Ralls enjoys many things about living in Chandler.

“Chandler is filled with really good people,” he said. “Whether volunteering to coach youth sports, the great schools, reputable charitable causes or church communities, you don’t have to look far to see people working to make Chandler the best it can be,” he said.

 In their spare time as a family, he and his wife Deborah and sons William and Jackson love to travel, go horseback riding, fishing, camping and explore Arizona in their Polaris RZR. They enjoy spending time in Pinetop in the White Mountain Summer Homes.

“The people and the golf club are amazing,” Ralls said. “It is our favorite spot to unplug the electronics and recharge our family connection.”

  Ralls is always looking to guide his sons as they mature into young men.

“Winston Churchill once said, ‘Success is not final, failure is not fatal: it is the courage to continue that counts,’” Ralls said.

He added that he believes that people don’t know what challenges we will face personally or professionally but having the courage to continue and persevere will get them through anything.

“I tell my boys to remember to live every day to the fullest while being good people who give as much, if not more, as they receive,” Ralls said. “This will result in true happiness.”