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VALLEYLIFE’s 27th Annual Golf Tournament
12 p.m. Friday, March 2
Ocotillo Golf Club
3751 S. Clubhouse Drive, Chandler
Registration for the tournament will begin at noon with a shotgun start at 1:30 p.m. The event will also include awards and contests, raffles and dinner. This tournament will be held in the honor of Aidan Warrington of Alliance Refuse Trucks who was a long-time supporter of VALLEYLIFE. Mr. Warrington died unexpectedly in September 2015 and this will be the 3rd year the golf tournament will honor his memory. Your participation in this tournament will help VALLEYLIFE continue to fulfill its mission “to enhance the quality of life of people with disabilities.” To register for the event, become a sponsor, or for more information, visit or contact Margaret Stephens-Reed, VALLEYLIFE’s Director of Fund Development, at 602-371-0806, ext. 107.

Celebrating Life: Campfire & Marshmallows Gala
5:30 p.m. Saturday, March 3
The Camby
2401 E. Camelback Road
Southwest Kids’ Cancer Foundation hosts its 5th annual fundraiser, benefitting its two camp programs: Arizona Camp Sunrise and Sidekicks Camps. The event will begin with a cocktail reception and silent auction and will conclude with a dinner and program with more information on the two camps. The event will allow Southwest Kids’ Cancer Foundation to maintain, enhance and expand both of the organization’s camps. For sponsorship opportunities and to purchase tickets ($250 each), visit

Esperança Annual Hope Breakfast
7:30-8:45 a.m. Thursday, March 8
Phoenix Art Museum
1625 N. Central Ave.
Emceed by local news anchor Sean McLaughlin, Hope Breakfast will welcome 400 community leaders to enjoy dynamic speakers, delicious food, incredible art, and a celebration of our collective ability to save and transform lives. Visit

Ryan House Community Breakfast
7 a.m. Thursday, March 8
Arizona Biltmore Resort,
Frank Lloyd Wright Ballroom
2400 E. Missouri Ave.
Ryan House’s Community Breakfast is the nonprofit’s largest annual fundraiser which provides guests with the opportunity to learn more about Ryan House and hear about the inspiring work done by the organization for children with life-limiting medical conditions. This year’s event features stories of courage, life and love. During the Breakfast, guests will have the chance to contribute mission critical funding that will provide care, comfort and community to 300 children and families at Ryan House in the coming year. Attendance is free but RSVPs are requested to

Heather Farr Memorial Golf Tournament
10:30 a.m. Friday, March 9
Arizona Biltmore Golf Club
2400 E. Missouri Ave.
Presented by the Xavier College Prep Dads’ Club and chaired by Xavier parents Wally Hale and Tad Diethrich, the event will begin at 10:30 a.m. with registration, pre-tournament activities, and lunch. There will be a shotgun start at 12 p.m., and an awards cocktail reception following the tournament. Ticket prices begin at $250 for a single golfer, and all proceeds will benefit Xavier’s students. Visit for registration and sponsorship information.

Magical Moments Gala
6-11 p.m. Saturday, March 10
Children’s Museum of Phoenix
215 N. 7th St.
The 2018 Gala kicks off the museum’s 10th Birthday Celebration, marking 10 years of bringing joyful learning to children and their families throughout the Valley. A cocktail party begins the celebration, with magical entertainment and an array of delicious hors d’oeuvres prepared by some of the Valley’s hottest restaurants. A silent auction includes the chance to have your child grace the cover of Raising Arizona Kids Magazine, Private Cooking Classes, a Year of Date Nights, a Tucson Getaway and an Arts & Culture Tour, among many others. Dinner will be served under the stars, catered by The Herb Box Catering. Following dinner, guests will enjoy interactive magic and the live auction, which will include tickets to see “Hamilton” on Broadway, a trip to Bali, a sleepover at the museum, and a Northern Arizona Getaway. The evening culminates in after-dinner dancing, drinks and desserts. Tickets are $275 per person available online at

Run to Fight Children’s Cancer
Saturday, March 10
Grand Canyon University
3300 W. Camelback Road
The Run to Fight Children’s Cancer is the largest race in Arizona dedicated solely to children’s cancer. The race, which includes a 10K run (7 a.m.), 5K run (7:45 a.m.), and a free Cancer Survivor’s Walk (9 a.m.), will bring together an estimated 2,500 walkers and runners along with hundreds of volunteers and spectators. Enjoy the post-race festival with a vendor expo, arts and crafts, jump castles, music and more. Proceeds benefit Children’s Cancer Network and Phoenix Children’s Hospital to help fund new research, treatments, patient education, financial assistance and other supportive services for Arizona families battling the disease. Registration is from $30-$45. Visit

Xavier Scholarship Fashion Show
10:30 a.m. Sunday, March 11
JW Marriott Phoenix Desert Ridge Resort
5350 E. Marriott Drive, Phoenix
The event will begin with a reception, followed by a luncheon and fashion show at 12 p.m. More than 250 Xavier/Brophy students from the Class of 2018 will walk the runway to raise scholarship dollars for the more than 40 percent of Xavier students who receive financial assistance. This year’s theme is “Shine” and will honor the 75th / Diamond Anniversary of Xavier’s founding in 1943. For additional information, visit the Xavier Mothers’ Guild website at

Dinner of Champions
6:30 p.m. Tuesday, March 13
Steak 44
5101 N. 44th St.
Join three-time World Series-winning Manager and Baseball Hall of Famer Tony La Russa alongside Major League Baseball’s biggest stars, for the Dinner of Champions, benefitting the Animal Rescue Foundation (ARF). The foundation saves dogs and cats who have run out of time at public shelters and brings people and animals together to enrich each other’s lives. Guests at the dinner event will enjoy Steak 44’s five-star cuisine, including vegetarian options and complimentary bar, while visiting with La Russa, MLB celebrities, NFL players and coaches. Visit to get more information or call to make a reservation.

Art d’Core Gala
6-9 p.m. Thursday, March 15
Warehouse 215 at Bentley Projects
215 E. Grant St.
The event will feature a one-night-only exhibition of works by 13 members of the Artlink Artist Council (AAC) paired with works by 13 emerging artists to kick off the 30th Annual Art Detour (March 16-20). This creative spin on a traditional gala featuring art, music and dance, is hosted by Artlink Inc. in partnership with the City of Phoenix and Downtown Phoenix Inc. and serves as opening night to an Art Detour event that has grown to an expanded six-day, multi-faceted exploration of Phoenix’s arts and culture. Tickets are $20 single/$30 pair, and creative cocktail attire is encouraged. Visit

2018 Luncheon of Legends
11 a.m. Friday, March 16
Phoenix Art Museum
1625 N. Central Ave., Phoenix
Featuring a candid conversation between Baseball Hall-of-Famer Hank Aaron and Bud Selig, Commissioner Emeritus of Major League Baseball, along with guest emcee, Mike Wilbon of ESPN’s Pardon the Interruption. Aaron, who is considered one of the greatest players in baseball history, along with Selig, who is credited with guiding Major League Baseball to newfound popularity and success, will bring to life their experiences at the top of their prospective fields, with unique insights into what it means to be a leader and a legend. Luncheon of Legends, which has historically celebrated the art of baseball, brings together sports and art enthusiasts for a special afternoon that raises funds for exhibitions and educational programs at Phoenix Art Museum. Tickets will be available for purchase beginning Feb. 14 at and are expected to sell out quickly. Individual tickets are $300 each.

Evening to Paws 2018
5:45-8:30 p.m. Saturday, March 17
Omni Scottsdale Resort & Spa Montelucia
4949 E. Lincoln Drive, Phoenix
Join the St. Pawtrick’s Day Celebration where we tip a few for luck and the furry friends that make our lives better. Plan on wear’n the green as you enjoy a bit of Malarky, Irish music and a little green beer (6 p.m.) while strolling through a marketplace filled with hundreds of unique auction items. Let the gaiety continue while sharing an authentic Irish dinner (7:30 p.m.) and an evening with friends, benefitting the Arizona Animal Welfare League. Tickets are $250 each. There also will be a Rescue Raffle, featuring an Ireland Adventure that includes a six-night getaway for two. Raffle tickets are $100 each or three for $250 (winner need not be present to win). Proceeds support the over 4,000 homeless animals that AAWL rescues, rehabilitates and finds homes for each year. Visit

Teaming Up for Girls Luncheon
11:45 a.m. Thursday, March 22
Camelback Inn Resort and Spa
5402 E. Lincoln Drive, Scottsdale
The event helps celebrate over 120 years of Florence Crittenton’s service to at-risk girls and young women throughout Arizona. Chrissy Metz, Golden Globe and Emmy nominated actress, is this year’s keynote speaker. Metz is best known for her role as Kate Pearson in the series “This Is Us” on NBC. The program will include a moderated Q&A with Metz and a HOPE Award presentation. Guests will also hear firsthand success stories from girls who have been touched by Florence Crittenton’s programs. The annual event will feature a VIP meet-and-greet with Chrissy Metz at 10 a.m., a silent auction with Mystery Boxes and the fabulous Ina Manaster Dream Bags that are gifted to the two tables who collectively raise the highest donations. Table Sponsorships begin at $2,750 and individual tickets are $275. For more information or to register, visit:

FSL’s 3rd Annual Fundraiser
8-9 a.m. & 12-1 p.m. Thursday, March 22
Phoenix Country Club
2901 N. 7th St., Phoenix
602-285-0505, ext. 327
In one hour, attendees will learn about Foundation for Senior Living’s various programs and services and hear first-hand from clients and caregivers about how FSL has helped them gain, maintain and enhance their independence. This year, FSL will feature a home health client and military Veteran who, without their help would likely be living in a nursing home, away from his loving wife of more than 50 years, as well as a young lady who has overcome childhood cancer and a brain injury in order to live independently in a FSL affordable apartment community. Registration opens at 7:30 a.m. for the breakfast and 11:30 a.m. for the luncheon. To learn more about the events or to register, visit:

2018 Arizona Walk-Run-N-Roll
9:30 a.m. Saturday, March 24
Steele Indian School Park
300 E. Indian School Road
Kids, teens, adults, and dogs are invited to “show their rare, show they care” during a ceremonial walk (10 a.m.) benefitting The Transverse Myelitis Association (TMA), which advocates for individuals, and their families, diagnosed with rare neuro-immune disorders of the central nervous system. Money raised at the event will go to The Eclipse Fund in honor of Pauline H. Siegel. Pauline was an elementary school teacher for 25 years. She was diagnosed with transverse myelitis in 1994 and shortly thereafter helped to establish The Transverse Myelitis Association. Pauline was always accompanied by her service dog, Kazu. In that spirit, several local dog rescue organizations will be at the event with adoptable dogs and information about service animals. Register at

Bike MS: Arizona
7 a.m.-12 p.m. Saturday, March 24,
7 a.m.-3 p.m. Sunday, March 25
McDowell Mountain Regional Park
16300 McDowell Mountain Park Drive, Scottsdale
More than 250 cyclists will depart from the park in Scottsdale on Saturday and conclude at the same location on Sunday. The ride will feature a stunning route in the scenic desert highlighting the beauty of Arizona, as well as through local towns and urban areas. The goal is to raise $250,000 toward a world free of MS by riding up to 150 miles over the two days. Route options are: 30, 50, 70, 100 and 150 miles. To volunteer or to register for the ride, visit

Compassion with Fashion
11 a.m. Sunday, March 25
JW Marriott Camelback Inn
5402 E. Lincoln Dr., Scottsdale
The luncheon event benefiting the Arizona Humane Society and presented by PetSmart Charities, Inc., begins with an incomparable silent auction, featuring a divine champagne raffle, a Ron Burns’ original painting, and mystery Dazzle Boxes. Afterward, guests will be treated to a delicious lunch accompanied by a high-energy, upbeat fashion show presented by My Sister’s Closet and Well Suited. This will be My Sister’s Closet’s sixth year as the fashion show sponsor. Cost is $220 per ticket. Visit

2018 Arizona Humanities Awards Celebration
5:30-8 p.m. Sunday, March 25
Phoenix Theatre
100 E. McDowell Road
Arizona Humanities is delighted to honor recipients of the 2018 Arizona Humanities Awards. Winners are: Liz Warren, Humanities Public Scholar, Dan Shilling Award; Almira Poudrier, Friend of the Humanities, Juliana Yoder Award; Dagoberto Bailon, Humanities Rising Star Award; The Shackelford Family, Community Partner Outstanding Supporter Award; and the Arizona State Library, Archives and Public Records – Founder’s Community Partner Award. Read more about each award winner at Enjoy an evening of entertainment, hors d’oeuvres, libations, a silent auction and more. Event proceeds support the ongoing work of Arizona Humanities. Tickets are $45 per person and can be purchased at

D-backs Race Against Cancer
7:15 a.m. Saturday, March 31
Chase Field
401 E. Jefferson St., Phoenix
The 5K and 1-mile walk will wind through the streets of downtown Phoenix and participants will be able to end with a victory lap around the outfield wall at Chase Field. Registration is now open at The 5K will begin at 7:15 a.m. and the 1-Mile Banana Boat Family Fun Walk will start at 8:30 a.m. Each participant will receive an exclusive D-backs racing shirt, unique finisher medal courtesy of Safelite AutoGlass, D-backs drawstring bag and a ticket to a D-backs game. Participants are encouraged to register early to take advantage of the $40 early registration for the 5K and $20 for the 1-Mile. Early registration ends on March 23, after which registration will be $50 for the 5K and $30 for the 1-Mile. Registration for children 12 and under to participate in the 1-Mile Banana Boat Family Fun Walk is only $5. Proceeds benefit the Arizona Diamondbacks Foundation.

Art from the Heart Art Auction
4:30-7 p.m. Saturday, April 7
Saks Fifth Avenue,
Biltmore Fashion Park
2446 E. Camelback Road, Phoenix
602-258-8100, ext. 15
Enjoy a silent auction featuring masterful works of art from featured artist, Fred Tieken of the Tieken Studio and Gallery AZ, and prominent Arizona artists. The event also includes hors d’oeuvres, a signature cocktail, live D.J., and much more. Proceeds benefit Free Arts for Abused Children of Arizona. Tickets are $100 each and can be purchased online at

13th Annual Garden Tea Party
8:30-11:30 a.m. Saturday, April 14
Franciscan Renewal Center
5802 E. Lincoln Drive, Paradise Valley
A fundraiser that supports Circle the City’s mission of providing high quality, holistic healthcare to men, women, and children facing homelessness in Maricopa County. This year’s event includes breakfast and champagne stations, and a silent auction featuring more than 200 items, including highly valued items like jewelry and art pieces. There also will be a private performance by Nate Nathan and the Mac Daddy-O’s Band. Individual tickets are $60 and table sponsorships are available. Call or visit

Sixth-Annual Arcadia Family Fun Run
8 a.m. Sunday, April 22
Arizona Canal,
48th St. and Indian School Road
A 5k Fun Run benefiting research into Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS). The event is being organized by Katie and Mark Cosmas, whose five-month-old daughter, Taylor, passed away in April of 2010. Sudden Infant Death Syndrome is the No. 1 cause of death in infants one month to 1 year of age. The Cosmas family established the running event and created “Team Taylor” which has raised nearly $600,000 to date. The fundraising goal this year is $160,000. Registration is open online at Runners can also sign up the day of the event at the iRun booth. All proceeds will be donated to Boston Children’s Hospital and Phoenix Children’s Hospital Cribs for Kids.

April in Paris Gala
5 p.m. Sunday, April 22
Beth El Congregation
1118 W. Glendale Ave.
Honoring Charlotte Adelman, a remarkable woman of valor has been a member of Beth El for many years. She is originally from Paris, survived the Holocaust, relocated to this country, and has made countless friends. Charlotte is a talented speaker who regularly shares her story of survival with community groups and schools. Tickets are $175 per person. The evening will include a cocktail hour, gourmet dinner by Simply Scrumptious, dancing, raffles, and a silent auction. You can place an ad to honor Charlotte or advertise your business in Beth El’s Tribute Book. Contact Alicia Moskowitz at 602-944-3359, ext. 113 or for information.

SARRC Annual Community Breakfast
7:30-9 a.m. Thursday, April 26
Arizona Biltmore Resort
2400 E. Missouri Ave., Phoenix
Southwest Autism Research & Resource Center’s Annual Community Breakfast is one of the Valley’s premier outreach and fundraising events. Funds raised during this signature SARRC event go directly back to our innovative programs, services and research initiatives. Guests of our Annual Community Breakfast experience a moving, memorable portrait of SARRC’s impact on individuals with autism and family’s served through our programs and services. Visit

AASK Family Fun Walk
7:30-10:30 a.m. Saturday, May 5
Steele Indian School Park
300 E. Indian School Road
A 1.5-mile family fun walk in the park—strollers, wagons and pets welcome—followed by music, food, games and activities for children of all ages. Form a team, join an existing team, or become a sponsor. Funds raised help create loving, lifelong relationships for children in foster care by connecting children with siblings, kin, mentors, and foster and adoptive families. For more information, visit

11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. Friday, May 18
Arizona Biltmore Resort
2400 E. Missouri Ave., Phoenix
A fundraising event to help fund Valley of the Sun United Way fund efforts to fight hunger in the classroom. Vanessa Williams, an accomplished singer, actress and New York Times bestselling author, is the guest speaker. All proceeds from this luncheon directly benefit the Valley of the Sun United Way’s efforts to erase hunger in the classroom, including its Breakfast in the Classroom program and its WeekEnd Hunger Backpacks for families in need, among other key partnerships. More information available at:

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