PANDA Dreams Come True, Raising Over $3M at Annual Children’s Fashion Show

The Event: Daydream Believers: 23rd “Children Helping Children” Fashion Show & Luncheon

The Cause: PANDA

Event Date: April 8, 2023

Location: Arizona Biltmore Resort

Event Co-Chairs: Candace Bianco, Teri Bockting, Chandra Petelin & Rachel Troyan

Title Sponsor: Fox Restaurant Concepts

Dollars Raised: $3.4 million

Reception Entertainment: Guitarist and singer-songwriter Lee Perreira

Fashion Show: Model looks provided by Katie Wilson of Garage Boutique & Concept Store with day-of styling by Abby Ripes. Model shoes provided by Manor Phoenix and Nike.

Emcees: April Warnecke & Mark McClune

Auctioneer: Letitia Frye

Notable Moments: The sold-out event was PANDA-proud as the crowd arrived in their vibrant daytime attire to the sunny scene at the Arizona Biltmore Resort for cool cocktails and a massive silent auction. The 23rd annual benefit for the Steele Children’s Research Center continued with incredible mission moments from the stage, the heartfelt yearly update from Dr. Fayez Ghishan and the darling fashion show featuring children who participated in several fundraising activities leading up to the big day and several of the patients of this incredible institution. Tears and cheers flowed as auctiontainer Letitia Frye led the paddle raise culminating in $3.4 million being raised through the event for 2023. 

Photos courtesy of Courtney Lively Photography | Tracy Battaglia, Fully Alive Photography

PANDA Founders Penny Gunning & Robyn DeBell with Dr. Fayez K. Ghishan
Tyler Kent, Mark & Taylor Hawkins with Kelly & Jordan Vasbinder 
Katie Kent, Heather Driscoll & Amy Forsythe 
Jenny & Jeff Wright, Lindsey & Joe Dies, Holly Louis and Nate & Melissa Bouma 
Lindsey Pakis, Kim Willems, Courtney Gaintner, Nancy Berge, Dr. Fayez K. Ghishan, Kelly Vasbinder, Sarah Frey & Megan Bert
Sandy Hobbs, Tori Heintzelman & Lora Golke
Shannon Keller, Rick Zieglowsky, Carey Shindler, Matt Warren & Cameron Kaplan 
Ashlyn & Kevin Rowe 
PANDA Raffle Cubs Caroline, Riley & Rory
PANDA Models Ryer & Wyatt
Ellie, Easton & Emma
Marlowe & Jett with Dr. Fayez K. Ghishan
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