Cheers to the Chairs! October 2021

A Night in the Valley Valleywise Health Foundation CHAIRS: Nita & Phil Francis, Nancy & John Hoopes EVENT DATE: October 16, 2021 DETAILS: Saddle Up II Western Spirit: Scottsdale’s Museum of the West CHAIR: Stephanie Johnston EVENT DATE: October 16, 2021 DETAILS: Toast! Homeward Bound CHAIR: Julie Friedly EVENT DATE: October 17, 2021 […]

Cheers to the Chairs: August-September 2021

A preview of the Valley’s premier philanthropic events and who’s leading these important efforts VYTal Affair-athonBenefiting Valley Youth TheatreCHAIR: Risa KostisEVENT DATE: August 21, 2021DETAILS: Evening on the DiamondArizona Diamondbacks FoundationHONORING: Mike KennedyEVENT DATE: September 2, 2021DETAILS: Wine, Women & ShoesBenefiting Fresh Start Women’s FoundationCHAIRS: Rayme Lofgren & Carina LukasEVENT DATE: September 18, […]

Cheers to the Chair! Honoring Ivy Ciolli & Tracy Katz

Cheers to the Chair! Ivy Ciolli & Tracy Katz How did you get involved with Childhelp? Ivy: My husband attended the gala eight years ago when it was at Barrett-Jackson and came home to tell me about the two ladies who started the organization by helping orphaned Japanese-American children. That organization has evolved over the […]

Cheers to the Chairs! Honoring Kenny Farrell

Cheers to the Chairs! Kenny Farrell, board chair of Arizona Animal Welfare League How did you get involved with Arizona Animal Welfare League? AAWL and the Arizona Diamondbacks have been community partners for many years, and it was through this relationship that I first learned about AAWL and the great work they are doing in […]

Cheers to the Chair! Honoring PANDA 2019-2020 and 2020-2021 Chairs

Cheers to the Chair! PANDA 2019-2020 and 2020-2021 Chairs: Colleen Chester, Sarah Frey, Courtney Gaintner and Kelly Vasbinder, along with PANDA president, Tammy Ryan How did you get involved with PANDA, People Acting Now Discover Answers? Colleen: My sister-in-law invited me to the fashion show for the first time in 2012. I instantly fell in […]

Cheers to the Chairs! Honoring Diane Might & Kolby Moffatt

Cheers to the Chairs! Diane Might & Kolby Moffatt Barrow Neurological Foundation How did you get involved with the Barrow Neurological Institute? KOLBY: Barrow Neurological Institute is a world-renowned research and surgery center that we are so fortunate to have in our own backyard. I believe in their groundbreaking research and their sharing of knowledge […]

Cheers to the Chairs! Honoring Nikki Shaffer and Lindy Smith

Festival of Trees Co-Chairs benefiting Arizona Burn Foundation How did you get involved with the Arizona Burn Foundation? NIKKI: My gal pal Lindy Smith has been involved with the foundation for several years, and my husband, Chris, is a Phoenix firefighter and member of the Arizona Emerald Society, which delivers the Christmas trees post-gala every […]

Cheers to the Chair! Honoring Kristine McIver

Sing On September Chair benefiting Phoenix Boys Choir How did you get involved with Phoenix Boys Choir? When my son, Andrew, was almost 7, he read an ad for the Phoenix Boys Choir and told me he wanted to join. After his birthday, I set up an interview. Andrew was excited and insisted on wearing […]

Cheers to the Chair! honoring Debbie Allford

Night of Gold 2020 Event Chairman benefiting HonorHealth How did you get involved with HonorHealth? My husband, Allan Allford, is on the board of HonorHealth Foundation. He suggested I look at HonorHealth’s Desert Mission programs and services as they help our most vulnerable neighbors. After meeting several people associated with HonorHealth and Desert Mission, I […]

Cheers to the Chair! honoring Electa Thompson

September 2020 Honoree Electa Thompson Board chairperson of Tempe Community Action Agency How did you get involved with Tempe Community Action Agency? Through my brother, who invited me to TCAA’s annual fundraiser event, First Crush, now known as Vicinity. I loved the mission and work of the agency. I became a volunteer and eventually helped […]