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March 22, 2007 - Florence Crittenton "5th Annual Teaming Up for Kids! Luncheon"

What: Actress Lynda Carter headlined the event; Emcee was Jodi Applegate, co-host of Good Day New York

Where: The Phoenician

When: March 22, 2007

Time: 10:30 AM

EMCEE: Jodi Applegate, co-host of Good Day New York

Honorary Chairperson(s): Ina Manaster

Co-Chair(s): Laurel D'Antoni & Susan Karis

Executive Director: Linda Volhein (CEO)

Committee Members: Missy Anderson, Marcia Bothe, Robyn Broshears, Kay Casper, Jane Cebrynski, Blanca Esparza, Colleen Esslinger, Sue Fletcher, Debbie Gaby, Sue Glawe, Jenny Hedley, Michelle Jacoby, Heather Morrison, Patti Naughton, Gwen Parker, Cheryl Pollack, Janell Richardson, Jinger Richardson, Cicely Rocha-Miller, Wendy Selig-Prieb, Lisa Shaw, Nancy Spetzler, Debra Stevens, Madena Stewart, Gia Venturi, Christi Warner-Beyer

Speaker: Lynda Carter

Of note: Lynda Carter, Governor Napolitano, Jodi Applegate, Councilwoman Peggy Bilster

Sponsors: EMPOWERING KIDS/The Arizona Republic; GIVING HOPE/Blue Cross Blue Shield of Arizona, Clear Channel Radio, Tim and Willy Kid's FUN-Dation; PROVIDING OPPORTUNITY/Bank of America, Bowstone, Mr. & Mrs. Mike D'Antoni, The Dial Corporation, The Lyle Anderson Company, Inc./Missy & Lyle Anderson, Mr & Mrs. Murray Manaster, US Airways; ENSURING SAFETY/Lisa & Randy Johnson, Jinger & Brad Richardson, Marci & Tim Salmon, Dr. & Mrs. Lawrence Shaw, Nancy & Dr. Robert Spetzler, Madena & Thomas Stewart, UBS Financial Services, Inc./Wealth Management Group of Scottsdale; Cindy Lou Brown, James Chandler, Joseph Christ, Vince Hawley & Stuart Kaplan; A SENSE OF COMMUNITY/1st National Bank of Arizona, 3TV Arizona's Family, American Express, AON Corporation, Arizona Lottery, Ballard Spahr, Marcia Bothe, Loretta Brown, Kay & Brad Casper, Mary Ann & Marc Cavness, Cebrynski Rehabilitative Dentistry, China Mist Brands, Cities West Publishing, City of Phoenix Police Department, Cleveland Financial Group, Compass Bank-Rick Vogel, Cox Communications, Pamela & James Crowe, Arlene Davidson, DF Enterprises, Fennemore Craig, Sue Fletcher, General Dynamics, Globe Corporations, Great Southwest Mortgage, Hensley Employee Foundation, Jefferson Wells, Kitchell Contractors Inc., Shawn & William Lane, Deborah Lemieux, Lewis and Roca, Lowry Hill, Larry Lytle, Opus West Corporation, Kaki O'Shaughnessy, Gwen & Doug Parker, PES Inc., Phoenix Suns Wives, Scottsdale Insurance, Wendy Selig-Prieb, Sleep America-Debbie & Len Gaby, St. Joseph's Hospital & Medical Center, Sundt Construction, United Firefighters, Mr. & Mrs. James A. Unruh, The Walk About Group, Christi Warner-Beyer, Will Bruder+Partners Ltd., Mr. & Mrs. Stephen Wolfe, Young & Company: AUDIO/VISUAL/Michelle & Richard Felker PHOTOGRAPHY/VIDEOGRAPHY/Hensley Employee Foundation

Menu: SALAD/Waldorf salad on butterleaf lettuce ENTREE/rotisserie chicken with natural jus, tender baby green beans, red bell pepper mashed potatoes DESSERT/devil's food cake with fresh raspberries OR lemon coconut cake with Italian meringue

Attendance: 900

Special Thanks: Craig & Barbara Barrett, Florence Crittenton Auxiliary, Henry & Horne, Heather Morrison, Vestar, Wells Fargo, Dillard's

Information: Office 602-288-4590

Donors: SILENT AUCTION: Amy K Music, Arbonne International, Arizona Theater Company, Ashley Furniture Home Store, Avant-Garde, Bothe Intl. LLC, Brides for Brides Photography, Canyon Falls Spa & Salon-Tori, Cirque du Soleil, The Clotherie Ltd., Mike D'Antoni, Linda Desiderio, Discount Tire Company, Don & Charlie's, Durant's, Eleve, Nick Esposito, Tom Ferris, Fiori Floral Design, Debbie Gaby Barbara Glover, Connie Halley, Tracy Hatch, Nancy Holben, Jane Horn, Leslie Jabara, Lisa James, Jennifer's Catering, Courtney Klein, Jill Landon, Kristen Leonard, Loreto Bay, Sean Maddock, Ina Manaster, Susan Martin, Michael's at the Citadel, Greg Miller, Mr. & Mrs. C. Munzert, Jorge Nido, Grace Oblinsky, Gwen Parker, Perry Imes Agency Inc., Phoenix Mercury, Phoenix Suns, The Phoenix Symphony, Cheryl Pollack, Rockin' R Ranch, Sassi, Schnepf Farms, Rick Sechler, Wendy Selig-Prieb, Dr. & Mrs. Lawrence Shaw, Robert Van Arlen Smith, Something Blue Events, Southwest Airlines, Starbucks, Debra Stevens, Vino 100 Phoenix, Christi Warner-Beyer, Spence West, Wildlife World Zoo, Yoga Pura, YTS Personal Training

Decor/Rental Company: Celebrity Fight Night Foundation

Board of Directors: Jos Anshell, Melissa Baffert, Marc Cavness, Shelle Cleveland, Arlene Davidson, Dawn Donovan, Sue Fletcher, Debbie Gaby, Sue Glawe, Daniel Green, Chris Herstam, Nan Howlett, Susan Karis, Mark Langerman, Larry Lytle, Ina Manaster, Julie McCollum, Tom McKinley, Michael J. Olsen, Jim Rapisarda, Candace K. Rhone, Nancy Spetzler, Adrienne Wilhoit, Johnetta Williams, Georgia Ray Wolfe, Alan M. Young, Ruth Young

Blacktie Photos by:

The Blacktie Photo Gallery is sponsored by:

 Linda Volhein (CEO), Missy Anderson, Carole Machiz
Linda Volhein (CEO), Missy Anderson, Carole Machiz

Florence Crittenton Teams Up for Kids! at 5th Annual Luncheon"

By Myra Richman

Florence Crittenton hosted the Fifth Annual Teaming Up for Kids! Luncheon on March 22, 2007 at the Phoenician Resort. The event featured movie and television icon Lynda Carter as the keynote speaker and former Good Morning Arizona anchor Jodi Applegate as the day’s emcee.

Governor Janet Napolitano presented Phoenix Councilwoman Peggy Bilsten with the 2007 HOPE Award for her dedication and lifelong commitment to making a difference in the lives of at-risk youth in the Phoenix community.

“Peggy serves as a strong role model for our girls and always generously gives her time and talents to those who are in need,” said Susan Karis, co-chair of the 2007 Teaming Up for Kids! Luncheon. “We are so proud to be able to honor her at this year’s luncheon.”

Past HOPE Award recipients have included professional golfer Jack Nicklaus, hockey pro Wayne Gretzky, business executive Barbara Barrett, and His Royal Highness The Duke of York, Prince Andrew.

Keynote speaker Lynda Carter made a touching, heartfelt presentation, followed by an engaging fireside chat with Jodi Applegate.

The exciting live and silent auctions had nearly 50 donated items, including an ultimate shopping getaway to Los Angeles and trips to Scotland, Mexico, Hawaii and Chicago. Gift baskets, jewelry, airline tickets, autographed sports memorabilia and courtside Suns tickets caused a stir at bidding time.  Some serious money was raised for a very worthy cause, with the energy and help of community leaders Michelle Robson, Laurel D'Antoni and Ina Manaster.

The Fifth Annual Teaming Up for Kids! Luncheon, was sponsored by The Arizona Republic, Blue Cross Blue Shield of Arizona, Clear Channel Radio and the Tim and Willy Kid’s FUN-dation. 602-955-0080. All proceeds from ticket sales and the auctions will directly benefit the youth and families served by Florence Crittenton.

Florence Crittenton, a local, non-profit organization that has served Arizona’s youth and their families for more than a century, provides shelter, education, counseling, social support and other free services to nearly 1,500 girls and boys, ages 12 to 21, struggling with issues and challenges caused by poverty, abuse, neglect, crime and violence. Florence Crittenton helps young people discover strength and self-worth by providing them with support and resources so they may become independent and successful adults in our community. Florence Crittenton is the intersection where youth discover the support of a caring community and the possibility of a bright new future.

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