Child Crisis Arizona ‘Un-Masks’ Cycle of Child Abuse and Neglect at Annual Gala

Posted By on February 21, 2018

By Tyler Butler

A cloud of mystery, excitement and love for Arizona’s most vulnerable children filled the air this past Saturday evening during the “Masquerade Ball,” the 38th annual Friends of Child Crisis Arizona Gala.

Four hundred and fifty guests donned a variety of unique masks and helped raise over $500,000 for Child Crisis Arizona to help “un-mask” the cycle of child abuse and neglect.

Child Crisis Arizona operates a licensed emergency shelter program for children from birth to age ten. It also licenses foster families and certifies adoptive families, operates Early Head Start and preschool programs, coordinates home visitation services and runs parent education and prevention classes and workshops.

Nicole Garcia and Sandi Sielaff co-chaired the gala. Arrowhead Cadillac and Isaac Jewelers served as, the presenting sponsors generously donating a 2017 Cadillac XT5 Crossover and one-of-a-kind, beautiful jewelry pieces for the evening’s live auction. Other auction items included trips to the Kentucky Derby, Scotland and a trip to tropical paradise in Fiji.

The evening was a great success for Child Crisis Arizona thanks to the generosity of the guests in the room, the additional sponsors, including PetSmart and PetSmart Charities, Nationwide Insurance, Blue Cross Blue Shield of Arizona and many more.

Photos by Colleen Katz at Pictures in Pixels Photography.


  • Mary and Robbie Michel
  • Jodi Stoken-Child Crisis Arizona Chief Development Officer and Al Stoken
  • Ginny Jontes Cathy Caris Torrie Taj-Child Crisis Arizona CEO
  • Gina Montion and Scott Sharples
  • Doug Diehl-Child Crisis AZ Board Chair and Kymberly Bauman
  • 2018 Gala Chairs Sandi Sielaff & Nicole Garcia
Tyler Butler

About Tyler Butler

Tyler Butler is the fashion and society writer for Frontdoors Media. She is a corporate social responsibility practitioner, columnist, blogger and influencer. Through her endeavors with her firm 11Eleven Consulting and her column and blog, Giving In Style, Tyler is connecting communities, companies and causes to make positive change possible.