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February 11, 2017 - Downtown Soul Gala benefitting Child Crisis Arizona

What: Stop in the Name of Love

Where: Sheraton Grand Phoenix

When: February 11, 2017

Time: 6:00 PM

Host(s): Friends of Child Crisis Arizona

Presenting Sponsor(s): Arrowhead Cadillac

Gala Chairperson(s): Kate Dei Cas, Nicole Garcia

Executive Director: (Chief Executive Officer) Torrie Taj

President(s): Lauren Kiesling, Kate Dei Cas

Staff: Lauren Cassidy, Cathy Chlarson, Justin Duran, Amber Gough, Lisa Ricci, Jodi Stoken, Torrie A. Taj

Music: Soul Power

Of note: The longevity and legacy of Motown can easily compare with the long-time support of the Friends of Child Crisis Arizona.

Sponsors: BERRY GORDY, JR.: Arrowhead Cadillac; THE SUPREMES: Isaac Jewelers, PetSmart, Walmart, Western Refining; THE FOUR TOPS: Blue Cross/Blue Shield of Arizona, Intel/Josh & Judy Walden, Macy's, National Bank of Arizona, Nationwide, Snell & Wilmer LLP, SRP, VMI Holdings, Inc.; THE MIRACLES: Cigna, Dickinson Wright, Donley Service Center, General Dynamics, Jaburg Wilk, Kendra Scott, LifeVantage, Nautilus Insurance Group, Northern Trust, San Tan Ford, UMB Bank, University of Phoenix, Wells Fargo; GLADYS KNIGHT & THE PIPS: APS, Air Products, Arizona Lottery, Bank of Arizona, Cobblestone Auto Spa/Sandler Law Group, LLC, Crescent Crown Distributing, Henry & Horne, Rodan & Fields, Gina Hamblen Consultant, Wildflower Bread Company

Auctioneer: Brett Higgins

Quote of the evening: "Child Crisis Arizona offers no-cost resources to families and community members through 300 different parenting classes, workshops, children's playgroups, support groups and family events annually both on-site and in the community."

Attendance: 475

Attire: Evening Attire, Business Formal or Cocktail Attire

Information: Justin Duran 480-834-9424

Board of Directors: Hunter Marckwald (Chair), Doug Diehl (Board Vice Chair and Governance Chair), Bill Halsted (Internal Affairs Chair), Cynthia Coffman (External Affairs Chair, Torrie A. Taj (CEO); Louis J. Basile, Jr., Alesha Nicole Corey, Katherine M. Dei Cas, Annapurna Ganesh, Frank Gorman, Henry Hoffer, Tarah Jimenez, Lauren Kiesling, Raghav Mathur, Mary Riley Michel, Noelle A. Miller, Lisa Nothum, Karilee S. Ramaley, Cliff Richeson, Bryan N. Sandler, Byron Sarhangian, Timothy J. Stocker, Eileen Sullivan, Larry Will, Mark R. Young

Blacktie Photos by: Tina Celle

The Blacktie Photo Gallery is sponsored by:

 Liz Toth, Lauren Kiesling (board member), Torrie Taj (CEO), Byron Sarhangian (board member), LisaMarie Di Pasquale
Liz Toth, Lauren Kiesling (board member), Torrie Taj (CEO), Byron Sarhangian (board member), LisaMarie Di Pasquale

Downtown Soul Gala

By Myra Richman...

The Friends of Child Crisis Arizona held its annual gala Saturday, February 11, 2017 at the Sheraton Grand Phoenix.

Beginning with a cocktail hour on the terrace of the hotel, and expansive silent auction, a crowd of 475 turned out in Motown style to have a great evening while supporting the only emergency program for children from birth to age eight in Arizona, Early Head Start and Preschool programs and coordinating home visitation services and family classes and workshops--and much more.

The music of Soul Power filled the room, and the clever decor was reminiscent of the Motown days.

A very lively auction added to the evening and stirred up the crowd with some outstanding opportunities: a new 2017 Cadillac XT5 Crossover from presenting sponsor Arrowhead Cadillac, an exclusive six-course in-home dinner for 40 guests prepared by Thrillist Chef of the Year Silvana Salcido Esparza of Barrio Cafe, the ultimate 'Hamilton Experience on Broadway' package, Taste of Tuscany vacation package and a trio of diamond dazzlers donated by Isaac Jewelers.

Because of the efforts of so many dedicated individuals, thousands of children will continue to experience the love and care needed to gain a fresh start in life.

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