Gala Raises $3M+ for Boys & Girls Clubs

Posted By on March 28, 2017

The Boys & Girls Clubs of Metro Phoenix held its 17th annual “Today’s Kids, Tomorrow’s Stars” gala at the Arizona Biltmore earlier this month.

The March 11 event honored Diane and Bruce Halle and the Diane & Bruce Halle Foundation with a “Champions for Collective Change Award” for being a collaborative charitable resource for the club and the greater community.

The event raised record-breaking net proceeds of $3.1 million to maintain after-school and summer programs for more than 27,000 youth and teens at 13 clubs in Phoenix and the West Valley.

Highlights from the event:

• A bidding frenzy with the Halles set the stage for a live auction 
that included a travel package via private jet to Napa Valley and Meadowood luxury 
resort which sold twice for $60,000

• A stay at a private home in Newport Beach, Calif., sold four times – each for $45,000

• A trip to New York City including tickets to the Broadway hit, “Hamilton: An 
American Musical,” a Lady Gaga concert, and the U.S. Open Championship sold 
for $90,000

• Buzz Sands and Sands Chevrolet continued their legacy of generosity by donating several live auction items, including a 2018 Chevy Tahoe or Corvette.

The night also included a celebration of 13 Club Youth of the Year candidates who have been on a 16-week journey of team building, relationship and leadership development, presentation skills, and Toastmasters training.

The Ed Robson Family Branch’s Leonel Cano Leon ultimately took home the title of “Youth of the Year.” Leonel, also known as Leo, has been a dedicated member to the Ed Robson Family Branch since it first opened its doors in 2008. Leo participates in all opportunities offered at his Club, and inspires the younger mem-bers by teaching art and dance, as well as coaching soccer. He plans to attend Grand Canyon University and aspires to be a visual artist for Disney or Marvel Studios.

The event educated attendees about the importance of donating. A recent study, conducted by the Seidman Research Institute and W.P. Carey School of Business at Arizona State University, established that every dollar invested in Boys & Girls Club of Metro Phoenix returns $18.22 in economic benefits to the community.

“Our clubs provide a safe haven after school by offering nutritious snacks and meals, equipment and activities to stay fit, and life-changing leadership and educational programs,” said Chief Executive Officer Marcia Mintz. “And with even more kids coming through our doors, the proceeds raised from our Stars event are critical to keeping our clubs available to youth and teens just like Leo.”

  • Bill Gruwell from Courtesy Chevrolet places a bid during a fast-paced live auction
  • Charmie Bove (left) and Bob Bove (far right) pose with 2017 Youth of the Year Candidate Leo Cano at the VIP reception prior to the event
  • Honorary Chair Bruce Halle congratulates the 2017 Youth of the Year winner Leonel Cano Leon
  • Darius Green from Keyser places his bid during a fast-paced live auction
  • Glynis Bryan, CFO for Insight, poses with 2017 Youth of the Year Finalist Isaac Fort at the VIP reception prior to the event
  • Kim Stabilito (middle0 talks with Kevin McHolland, BGCMP Board Chair (right) and her husband, Jim Stabilito, Chairman of Stars (left)
  • BGCMP’s CEO Marcia Mintz (right) poses with Julian (left), a member of the Ed Robson Family Branch, who sang the National Anthem and is currently employed at Discount Tire
  • Honorary Chairs Bruce and Diane Halle, along with BGCMP Board Chair Kevin McHolland and Stars Chair Jim Stabilito, celebrate with the 2017 Youth of the Year for the Boys & Girls Clubs of Metro Phoenix
  • 2016 BGCMP Youth of the Year winner Arianna Williams (far left – to right)) talks with Glenn Pahnke, Felicia Pahnke, Terry McDaniel and Lisa McDaniel during the VIP reception prior to the event
  • The Frank Lloyd Wright Ballroom provided an upscale backdrop with a red, white and black theme for the event
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