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Benefits Calendar

Cocktails & Clothes
4:30-7 p.m. Tuesday, March 7
Adobe Restaurant,
Arizona Biltmore Resort
2400 E. Missouri Ave.
A happy hour friend-fund-and-clothes raiser to help restock the free Clothing Boutique for Arizona Women’s Education & Employment (AWEE) participants. At the event, attendees donate new or gently used clothing and accessories for both women and men who are working toward creating a better tomorrow through the dignity of work. AWEE participants have access to the Clothing Boutique to be ready for job interviews or the first week on the job. Cocktails & Clothes includes a raffle featuring custom-designed gift baskets with values ranging between $300 and more than $1,000, a live auction, cocktails and hors d’oeuvres. Tickets are $65 and are available at Tickets purchased at the door the day of the event are $75. Admission includes light appetizers and two complementary drinks.

‘Dreams of Summer’ Gala
6 p.m. Saturday, March 11
The Camby Hotel
2401 E. Camelback Road
Southwest Kids’ Cancer Foundation is continuing their tradition of raising funds for Arizona Camp Sunrise and Sidekicks with its fourth-annual gala. Guests will enjoy a cocktail hour and silent auction, an elegant dinner with fine cocktails, stories from camp families as well as the opportunity to participate in a thrilling live auction, hosted by renowned charity auctioneer Jennie Heal. Gala tickets are $175 for a single attendee, $300 for a couple. Each ticket purchased helps support programs throughout the year including Arizona Camp Sunrise, a camp for children who have or have had cancer, and Sidekicks, a camp for siblings of children who have or have had cancer. Visit

Garden Tea & Silent Auction
9 a.m.-12 p.m., Saturday, March 11
Franciscan Renewal Center
5802 E. Lincoln Drive, Paradise Valley
A community awareness event and fundraiser that supports Circle the City’s Medical Respite Center and The Parsons Family Health Center, which provide healthcare services to men, women, and children who are uninsured or experiencing homelessness This event includes a light brunch and mimosa bar, a silent auction, retail boutique, and photo booth. The silent auction will feature a plethora of items ranging from wine packages and restaurant gift certificates to jewelry, spa and pampering items, sports memorabilia, and patient art pieces. Somewhere to dream, a painting by Roy Fairchild-Woodard and an opportunity to have Nate Nathan and the MacDaddy-O’s band play at your own special event, will be offered as a premier silent auction items. Tickets are $60 and should be purchased by March 3. Visit

Esperança Hope Breakfast
7:45-9 a.m. Wednesday, March 15
Embassy Suites
4415 E. Paradise Village Parkway South
Join the Phoenix-based nonprofit for a complimentary breakfast to hear about the life-changing work Esperança is doing in the community and internationally to bring hope, provide health and transform communities. Esperança sends volunteer surgical teams to Latin America to operate on families who may never have seen a doctor before, as well as trains and educate poor families to grow nutritious food, build safe housing, access clean water and prevent and treat diseases. Program sites include Phoenix, Nicaragua, Peru, Bolivia and Mozambique. The breakfast is free and open to the public. Master of Ceremonies is Frank Camacho, and guest speaker is volunteer Orthopedic Surgeon Dr. mark Austerlitz. Registration opens at 7 a.m. RSVP to McKenzie Simmons at

Teaming Up for Girls Luncheon
11:45 a.m. Thursday, March 16
JW Marriott Scottsdale Camelback Inn Resort
5402 E. Lincoln Drive
Florence Crittenton’s annual event to commemorate 120 years of service to at-risk girls and young women throughout Arizona. Olympic gold medalist and foster care advocate Simone Biles will participate in a moderated Q&A at the luncheon. There will be a VIP meet-and-greet reception with Simone Biles starting at 11 a.m. At the age of 3, Biles was placed in the foster care system and was later adopted by her grandparents who encouraged her to dream big. At the 2016 Rio Olympics, Biles earned five medals, four of them gold. “I look forward to sharing my story with the girls of Florence Crittenton and those who attend this luncheon,” said Biles. “I think it’s important for people to know that even if you’re a foster kid, you can still fulfill your dreams, achieve greatness and be all that you can be.” Sponsorship tables begin at $2,750 and individual tickets are $275. To register, visit:

Maricopa Health Foundation Annual Golf Tournament
8 a.m. Friday, March 17
Camelback Golf Club
847 N. Mockingbird Lane, Scottsdale
Proceeds benefit Mariposa: Wings to Safety Domestic Violence Program, the only hospital-based family violence advocacy center in the region that is raising awareness for the general public about the prevention of domestic violence, including child abuse and neglect. Shotgun start, lunch included. For more information, visit

Celebrity Fight Night
6 p.m. Saturday, March 18
JW Marriott Phoenix Desert Ridge
5350 E. Marriott Drive
The 23rd Annual Celebrity Fight Night will dedicate the evening to celebrating and honoring the life and enduring legend of Muhammad Ali. Some of the special friends and celebrities planning to pay tribute in-person so far include Lonnie Ali, Billy Crystal, David Foster, Reba McEntire, Brooks & Dunn, Colbie Caillat, Larry Fitzgerald, Carson Palmer, Brian McKnight, Dennis Quaid, Smokey Robinson, Mike Love, Evander Holyfield, Larry King, Melissa Peterman, Verne Troyer, Nancy Lieberman, Earnie Shavers, Billy Blanks and many more surprise guests will be making a special appearance. As part of the evening friends and stars including Billy Crystal, who was like a brother to Muhammad and gave the eulogy at his funeral, will be on-stage sharing their special Muhammad stories and paying tribute. The action-packed evening will also be filled with incredible live auction items including musical performances by many of today’s hottest stars and many surprises throughout the evening. Individual tickets for Celebrity Fight Night start at $1,500-$5,000. To purchase tickets or get more information visit

Downtown Funk, Uptown Style
6-11 p.m. Saturday, March 18
Events on Jackson
245 E. Jackson St.
The annual fundraiser for the East Valley Women’s League, best known for providing free prom dresses for disadvantaged girls during its annual Cinderella Affair dress distributions, as well as college scholarships for women trying to better themselves through higher education. The evening including dinner, dancing, silent and live auctions. Tickets are $125. For more information or to purchase tickets, visit

41st Annual Honor Ball
6:30 p.m. Saturday, March 18
The Phoenician Grand Ballroom
6000 E. Camelback Road
The Honor Ball’s reputation as one of the Valley’s best parties continues with lively entertainment, dinner, and dancing to Impulse, from West Coast Music of Beverly Hills. The Honor Ball benefits research, programs and services of the Virginia G. Piper Cancer Center at HonorHealth. The center opened 16 years ago as the first major cancer center in greater Phoenix to offer comprehensive cancer care, treatment, research, diagnosis, and support services in a single location. Today it continues to be known for providing personalized cancer care and its innovative combination of community oncology services, academic medicine and genomic cancer research. Tickets are $750 each. For reservations or more information, visit

Dinner of Champions
6:30 p.m. Wednesday, March 22
Steak 44
5101 N. 44th St.
Dinner of Champions benefits the Animal Rescue Foundation (ARF), a national leader in animal welfare with a special emphasis on matching Veterans with PTS with emotional support dogs. Best known for his tenures as manager of the Chicago White Sox, Oakland Athletics, and St. Louis Cardinals and now more recently as the Chief Baseball Analyst and Advisor for the Arizona Diamondbacks, Tony La Russa is excited to kick the 2017 season off with this important fundraiser. Guests are invited to feast on five star cuisine and a complimentary hosted bar at Steak 44, while enjoying a candid La Russa with top MLB celebrities and NFL friends and coaches. Rub elbows with early confirmed attendees including Mark McGwire, Albert Pujols, Bruce Arians, Bob Melvin, Ann Meyers Drysdale, Luis Gonzalez, Robin Yount, Steve Keim and many more. For tickets, tables or sponsorships, e-mail Jennifer Moser at

You Make Miracles Happen Breakfast
8-9 a.m. Thursday, March 23
The Arizona Biltmore,
Grand Ballroom
2400 E. Missouri Ave.
This free event delivers an inspiring and unforgettable portrait of the impact that Catholic Charities makes on the lives of the people served, volunteers, staff, and our community. Registration begins at 7:30 a.m. The Honorary Chairwoman is First Lady Angela Ducey. For more information, e-mail Tami Bohannon at

Bike MS: Arizona
March 25-26
McDowell Mtn. Regional Park
16300 McDowell Mountain Park Drive
Fountain Hills, Ariz.
An estimated 350 cyclists are expected to raise more than $305,000 in this fundraising ride from McDowell Mountain Regional Park and back. This route will take cyclists on a scenic journey through the Sonoran desert and urban areas of Scottsdale and Phoenix. All participants have access to bike mechanics, support vehicles, rest stops every 10-12 miles, a finish line celebration and much more. The ride sets off at 7 a.m. To register, visit

L’Dor V’Dor Golden Gala
5:30 p.m. Sunday, March 26
Beth El Congregation
1118 W. Glendale Ave.
Beth El Congregation will honor Dr. Leon and Evelyn Zeitzer for their many years of supporting the congregation and the greater community. It will also be a celebration of the 50th anniversary of the congregation’s building on Glendale Avenue. Tickets are $150 per person and include a gourmet Kosher dinner and dessert catered by Susan Levy’s Simply Scrumptious Catering. There also will be live music for dancing, auctions, and a cash bar. Proceeds benefit youth and adult education programs. RSVP at: Silent and live auction items are being sought. Contact Barbara at 602-818-2115 or

FSL’s 2nd Annual Breakfast for All Ages
8-9 a.m. & 12-1 p.m. Wednesday, March 29
Phoenix Country Club
2901 N. 7th St.
In one hour, attendees will learn about the Foundation for Senior Living’s various programs and services through first-hand accounts from current clients and their families. The fundraiser is free to attend. Due to the overwhelming success of the event last year, FSL decided to hold two events, back to back, on the same day, in the same location. No matter which event you choose to attend, the program will be the same – informative, heartwarming and inspiring. Donna Rossi, CBS 5 will emcee the breakfast and Marty Manning, 99.9 KEZ will emcee the luncheon. To learn more about the events or to register, visit:

2017 FORE! Paws Golf Tournament
Friday, March 31
Wildfire Golf Club
5350 E. Marriott Drive
Benefiting Gabriel’s Angels, a Phoenix-based nonprofit organization committed to improving the lives of Arizona’s abused, neglected, and at-risk children with healing Pet Therapy Teams. The shotgun start begins at 7:30 a.m., and foursomes will play best ball. With 185 Pet Therapy Teams in Arizona, there will certainly be many four-legged guests on site to cheer on golfers, or cheer up those who don’t play well. There will be a raffle with many high valued prizes, and on-course contests including a hole-in-one opportunity to win a Porsche provided by North Scottsdale Porsche. Continental breakfast and an awards luncheon are included for each golfer. Sponsorship and golf registration are available, with sponsorship beginning at $250 and foursomes at $900. For more information, visit

Xavier Scholarship Fashion Show
12 p.m. Saturday, April 1
JW Marriott Phoenix Desert Ridge Resort
5350 E. Marriott Drive
Presented by the Xavier College Preparatory Mothers’ Guild and Dillard’s Scottsdale Fashion Square. The event will begin with a reception at 10:30 a.m., followed by a luncheon and fashion show at 12 p.m. Dillard’s models and Xavier/Brophy students from the Class of 2017 will walk the runway to raise scholarship funds for the more than 40 percent of Xavier students who receive financial assistance. This year’s theme is “The X Club: A Legacy of Sisterhood,” and Xavier parents Kathy Prebil and Anna Zale will chair the event. Tickets are $150 each. For more information and tickets, visit

Wine, Women & Horses
12-4 p.m. Saturday, April 8
Turf Paradise
1501 W. Bell Road
This year’s event includes live horse racing, a hat contest with prizes, lunch, raffle prizes, silent auction, and instructions on how to bet on the ponies. Tickets are $95 each and include admission and lunch. Presenting sponsor Kendra Scott Jewelers has donated $5,000 worth of jewelry, which will be sold and the event with all of the proceeds benefiting Child Crisis Arizona. Child Crisis Arizona operates the Valley’s only two Emergency Children’s Shelters for children who have experienced abuse and neglect. Child Crisis Arizona has one of the largest foster care and adoption programs to license, train and certify individuals and families to find homes for nearly 18,000 Arizona children in foster care. For tickets to the event, visit

The Board of Visitors 102nd Annual Charity Ball
6 p.m. Saturday, April 8
JW Marriott Camelback Inn Resort & Spa
The highlight of the evening will be the 48 Flower Girls being presented by their proud fathers. The Board of Visitors has raised and awarded funds of more than $19 million to local nonprofits that serve the healthcare needs of women, children and the elderly. Cocktails begin at 6 p.m., followed by the presentation of the Flower Girls at 7 p.m. Dinner and dancing to follow. Attire is black tie. Tickets are $600 each. For more information, visit

36th Annual Duet Cabaret
1:30 to 5 p.m. Sunday, April 30
Omni Resort & Spa at Montelucia
4949 E. Lincoln Drive
Music fans from across the Valley will enjoy the jazzy and upbeat sounds of The Swingtips, and the dulcet voice of Mistress of Ceremonies Blaise Lantana, music director at KJZZ. In addition to music, the event will feature dining, dancing, cocktails and quality auction items. Duet Cabaret is one of Duet’s largest fundraisers of the year, with proceeds benefiting the nonprofit’s mission of promoting health and well-being through a broad range of services to older and homebound adults who need one-on-one support. Tickets are $125 per person or $1,000 for a table of 10; sponsorship opportunities are also available. Tickets are available online at

Success Starts With Hope Breakfast
7:30-8:30 a.m. Tuesday, May 2
Arizona Biltmore Resort
2400 E. Missouri Ave.
Designed to inspire and educate guests, and to raise funds to further the mission of
Boys Hope Girls Hope of Arizona. The mission of Boys Hope Girls Hope (BHGH) is to help academically capable and motivated children-in-need to reach their full potential and become men and women for others by providing value-centered homes, opportunities, and education through college. There is no charge to attend. For more information, contact Jacqueline at 602 266-4873 or

Mother’s Grace Champagne Brunch
9 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Thursday, May 4
El Chorro Lodge
5550 E. Lincoln Drive
Founded in 2009 by Michelle Moore-Fanger, Mother’s Grace provides financial assistance by way of monthly bills, medications, meals, housekeeping, childcare, transportation, and ancillary services. Furthermore, Mother’s Grace empowers mothers who have overcome great hardship to turn their personal tragedies into a positive giveback for others inflicted with a similar life crisis. Each year, Mother’s Grace hosts a fundraising event to spread awareness of its efforts and seek support for women and children facing devastating life circumstances. This year’s champagne brunch will feature luxury raffle prizes and a silent auction. For more information about the Mother’s Grace fundraising event, or to become a sponsor, email Mother’s Grace at

ALS Bite Nite
6-10 p.m. Saturday, June 3
Westin Kierland Resort & Spa
6902 E. Greenway Parkway
Join the ALS Association Arizona Chapter to help raise money and awareness for Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS). The ninth annual Bite Nite will be showcasing dishes from top chefs across the Valley. Guests experience signature tastes while enjoying cocktails and live entertainment. This year’s Bite Nite will feature exclusive mystery boxes, silent auction, live auction and other innovative, energy-building appeals. Individual tickets are $150. Tickets can be purchased on the Bite Nite website at

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