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May, 20 2006 - Make-A-Wish Foundation of Arizona "All Star Affair"

What: Honorary chairs: William Bidwill (Arizona Cardinals); Jeff Moorad (Arizona Diamondbacks), Jerry Moyes & Steve Ellman (Phoenix Coyotes), Robert Sarver (Phoenix Suns)

Where: Westin Kierland Resort & Spa

When: May 20, 2006

Time: 6:00 PM

Ticket Prices: $350 per person; Gold Sponsor $10,000; Silver Sponsor $5,000; Corporate tables $3,500

Beneficiary: Make-A-Wish

Host(s): Health Net

Master of Ceremonies: Ross Shimabuku, KTVK

Honoree(s): William Bidwill, Jeff Moorad, Jerry Moyes & Steve Ellman, Robert Sarver

Gala Chairperson(s): Debbie Sinagoga

Founders: Linda Pauling, Frank E. Shankwitz

Entertainment: Dancing to Boogie Knights

Music: Alice Tatum and the Alice Tatum Trio

Of note: Four great sports teams in the Valley were represented by their owners

Sponsors: Gold Arizona Cardinals, Arizona Diamondbacks, Capital Group, Discover Financial Group, Ketel One Vodka, Molina Fine Jewelers, Phoenix Coyotes, Phoenix Suns, U.S. Airways; Silver Accenture, Alice Tatum, BlueCross Blue Shield, Casino Arizona, Charles Schwab, Equitable Real Estate, Equivest Securities, LLC, Frontera Development Inc.

Quote of the evening: "We're the only team playing tonight and the score is 4-zip Diamondbacks," said owner Jeff Moorad

Menu: SALAD Painted Salad with Vine Ripened Red & Yellow Tomatoes ENTREE Achiote Lime-Basted Swordfish & Pan-Seared Tenderloin with Herb Butter, Tomato Roasted New Potatoes DESSERT Burnt Berry Cream, Almond Cookie Cup with Fresh Seasonal Berries

Attendance: 660

Attire: Black Tie Required

Special Thanks: to the Wish Families: The Austen Family; The Garcia Family

Information: Karen Mazur - 602-395-9474 x137

Board of Directors: Lisa Duran, Esq. (Chairman); Jeffrey Griffin (Vice-Chairman); Tim Jeffries (Secretary); Christina L. Naugle (Treasurer); Robert Vest (Immediate Past Chairman); Paul Allvin, Ingrid Murro Botero, Mark S. El-Tawil, CPA; Christopher M. McNichol, Esq.; Jeff Montag; Shawn Olson; Jay R. Schneider; Margo Spencer; Linda A. Thompson, J.D.; Gordon Wark, P.E.; Harold Magalick, MD (Advisor); Claire Knapp (Director of Development & Communications)

Steering Committee: Stacey Mayes (Vice Chair); Claudia Biondi, Diana Brest, Lorrie Chinn, Jay Deery, Shelli Duncan, Patrick Evans, Bryan Fox, Lindsey Grantham, Patricia Halverson, Janet Jackim, Mary Patricia Jennison, Jennifer Knutson, Victoria Lawrence, Kristin Lear, Kim Lewis, Diane Nowak, Jane Reed, Nancy Silk, Chas Sinquefield, Virginia Trzaskus, Molly Westley

Blacktie Photos by: Erika Haskins

 Jan & Jeff Moorad
Jan & Jeff Moorad
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Make-A-Wish Foundation of Arizona Shines Bright at "All Star Affair"

Make-A-Wish held its annual major fundraiser May 20th at the Westin Kierland Resort. It was a night to remember for many reasons. The "All Star Affair" honored four Valley sports team owners, all of whom were in attendance. When it came to bidding at the live auction, the Diamondbacks and the Suns showed some friendly, kind-spirited competition. The two darling wish kids spoke, and young Ian requested that all the team owners appear on the stage. Then, with great humor, grace and intelligence, he said, "Okay, which one of you is going to take me to a game?" Robert Sarver, owner of the Phoenix Suns, stepped up to the plate (or the basket) and offered tickets to the 7th deciding game. It brought a big laugh to the audience--and gave Ian something important and exciting to look forward to. Many of the children that the Make-A-Wish Foundation of Arizona is privileged to serve have been the recipients of generosity from the four sports teams. The two wish children were highlighted this year because of the winning spirit they exude everyday through their selfless and generous efforts on behalf of other children. Some of the best silent auction items ever seen at an event were displayed and grabbed up. After a great dinner and very busy live auction, Boogie Knights from Las Vegas took to the stage and within minutes, the dance floor--and beyond--was filled with fun-loving guests strutting their stuff. It was sad when one of the happiest and fun-filled events of the season ended. Many people wanted it to go on and on and on. They'll have to wait until next year. The special work done at Make-A-Wish is made possible by the generosity of foundations, corporations, and private individuals. They offer many different giving programs, and encourage joining in their crusade to make dreams come true. A donation of any size will bring smiles and comfort to an Arizona wish child. For more information, visit

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