‘Red is the Night’ Goes Disco for Aunt Rita’s

Aunt Rita’s Executive Director Jimmy Thomason, Event Co-Chair Janae Ben-Shabat, Phoenix Mayor Kate Gallego & Event Co-Chair Mike Fornelli The Event: RED is the Night: Disco Maskuerade The Cause: Aunt Rita’s Foundation Event Date: September 25, 2021 Location: Phoenix Art Museum  Event Co-Chairs: Janae Ben-Shabat & Mike Fornelli Entertainment: Motown Legend Thelma Houston Presenting Sponsor: Mail-Meds Clinical […]

Heart Ball Committee Gathers for Addressing Luncheon Traditions, Raises Funds

Maja Langbein, Heart Ball Chairman Jennifer Moser, Suzi Hilton & Amanda Garmany The Event: Heart Ball Addressing Luncheon The Cause: American Heart Association Event Date: October 1, 2021 Location: Ocean 44 Fashion Show: Neiman Marcus Notable Moments: The annual event where committee members gather to assemble the Heart Ball invitations also raises funds to cover the postage […]

‘Brunch for Love’ Delivers Impact and Stories of Perseverance for Child Crisis Arizona

Leah Dines, Torrie Taj, Brigitte Rapatz, Amy Sanders & Rachel Cooper – Photo by Colleen Katz, Pictures in Pixels The Event: Brunch for Love The Cause: Child Crisis Arizona Event Date: October 1, 2021 Location: Arizona Biltmore and virtually Lead Event Underwriters: The Bidstrup Foundation & General Dynamics Dollars Raised: $600,000+ Notable Moments: Organization CEO, Torrie Taj, […]

Sprouts Healthy Communities Foundation Announces $3M in Grants, Including Awards to 15 Arizona Nonprofits

The Sprouts Healthy Communities Foundation is expanding equitable access to food with $3 million in grants to 115 nonprofit organizations, including 15 in Arizona. Since its inception in 2015, the Foundation has granted $15 million to more than 300 nonprofit partners, which have brought hands-on, garden-based learning to 1.5 million children and provided nutrition education programs to […]

Sipping & Shopping Results in Big Support for Fresh Start Women’s Foundation

PHOTO: Event Co-Chairs Carina Lukas & Rayme Lofgren with Fresh Start Co-Founder Pat Petznick (center) The Event: Wine, Women & Shoes The Cause: Fresh Start Women’s Foundation Event Date: September 18, 2021 Location: Chateau Luxe Event Co-Chairs: Rayme Lofgren & Carina Lukas Fashion Show Presentation: Dillard’s Special Décor: Centerpieces were created by elementary school students Leading Sponsors: JP Morgan Chase & Co, Petsmart […]

AZ Animal Welfare League Celebrates 50 Years of Saving Animals in Need

The Event: An Evening to Paws 2021  The Cause: Arizona Animal Welfare League & SPCA Event Date: September 25, 2021  Location: Omni Scottsdale Resort and Spa at Montelucia   Event Co-Chairs: Nicole Dulimba & Karen Johnson Honorees: Pawsitive Impact Honoree – Bob Kroll | 100,000 Lives Saved Honoree – Judith Gardner Entertainment: Nate Nathan & the MacDaddy O’s  Auctioneer: Brett Higgins  Emcee: Kristy Siefkin  Décor: Bloom & […]

Friends of the HonorHealth NICU Gather for a Fabulous High Tea

Photo: Stacy Lovell, Stephanie Mahrer & Mitzie Warner The Event: Fourth Annual NICU High Tea The Cause: HonorHealth Scottsdale Shea Medical Center Level III NICU Event Date: September 23, 2021 Location: JW Marriott Camelback Inn Resort & Spa Event Co-Chairs: Stacy Lovell & Mitzie Warner Presenting Sponsor: Valley Toyota Dealers Dollars Raised: $230,000+ Florist: Cactus Flower Florists Notable Moments: Stacy Lovell, a NICU mom, […]

Brighter Way Institute Celebrates 20 Years

Photo: Board Members Dave Allazetta and Susan Cordts present the Brighter Way board member donation for the new endowment During the past 20 years, Brighter Way Institute has left an imprint on hundreds of thousands of faces — they’re called smiles. Since its founding in 2001 by Dr. Kris Volcheck, Brighter Way Institute has provided […]

Feed Phoenix Initiative Extended into 2022

Local First Arizona and the City of Phoenix are continuing their collaboration to support the local food system and feed vulnerable communities within Phoenix by extending the highly successful Feed Phoenix initiative. Originally launched as a response to the COVID-19 crisis in 2020, Feed Phoenix sources Arizona-grown produce and hires local restaurants and caterers to […]

Nonprofit Pros: Make-A-Wish Arizona CEO Announces Retirement After 10 Years

Make-A-Wish® Arizona has announced the retirement of Elizabeth Reich, President and Chief Executive Officer of Make-A-Wish Arizona. Reich has led the chapter for more than 10 years, starting with the organization when it was on a probation dictated by its national foundation, Make-A-Wish®, for its lack of wish granting and fundraising. Working on culture first, […]