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May, 12 2007 - Make-A-Wish Foundation of Arizona Annual Wish Ball - "2007 Destination Joy"

Where: Hyatt Regency Scottsdale Resort & Spa at Gainey Ranch, 7500 E. Doubletree Ranch Road, Scottsdale

When: May 12, 2007

Time: 6:00 PM

Ticket Prices: $350 for individual tickets

Beneficiary: Make-A-Wish Foundation of Arizona

Master of Ceremonies: FOX 10's Cory McCloskey

Presenting Sponsor(s): HealthNet of Arizona

Gala Chairperson(s): Debbie Sinagoga

Honorary Chairperson(s): William J. Post, Chairman of the Board, APS

Co-Chair(s): Claudia Biondi

Executive Director: Carroll Klein (CEO)

Committee Members: Christen Bjornson, Brady Castro, Barbara Clark, Barbara Csaki, Wendy Drost, Bryan Fox, Karen Fratarcangelo, Dawn Gallegos, Mary Gammon, Brenda Hall, Terri Huerta, Rachael Johnson, Kim Lewis, Heidi Nevin, Janet Paris, Jeff Patrick, David Pierce, Amy Rozines, Linda Scherr, Vicki Schottler, Connie Schultejans, Tara Smith, Bill Tabinsky, Kathy Tabinsky, Sally Taft, Deanna Tonks, Linda Trujillo, Donna Whittaker, Justin Whittington, Lesley Lane Woodring

Entertainment: Alice Tatum and The Alice Tatum Trio, Catherine's Dance Troop Performance

Music: Boogie Nights

Of note: Former Wish Kid Katie Corbell is now studying medicine at the University of Arizona in the field of pediatric oncology.

Sponsors: Arizona Foothills, Casino Arizona, Riester, Ace Asphalt, Five Rivers, Wells Fargo Insurance, Molina Fine Jeweler, APS, Taser, Toast Life, Ketel One Vodka, HealthNet of Arizona, Brown Forman, Gila River Casino, United Healthcare, US Airways, AZ Diamondbacks, Humana, NAI Horizon, Moll Anderson Homes

Quote of the evening: "This year we granted our 3000th wish, but we're only able to reach 50% of kids in Arizona," said CEO Carroll Klein

Menu: SALAD:Spinach and Baby Greens, Julienne Pears, Candied Walnuts, Teardrop Tomatoes, Gorgonzola, Aged Balsamic Vinaigrette ENTREE:Petite Filet Mignon with Wild Mushrooms and Seared Sea Bass with Honey Soy Glaze, Garlic Mashed Potatoes and Bundled Baby Vegetables DESSERT:Chocolate Suitcases filled with Mousse and Berries

Attendance: 540

Attire: Black Tie Required

Special Thanks: Molina Fine Jewelers, Ketel One, Arizona Foothills, APS, Riester, Cory McCloskey, Afterhours Formalwear of Paradise Valley, Make-A-Wish Foundation United Kingdom, U.S. Airways, Catherine's Center of Dance, Hyatt Regency Scottsdale Resort & Spa, Pacific Event Productions, All of the Wish Ball Volunteers, Corbell Family, Wild Family, Groeger Family, Mellinger Family, Julee M. Hutchison, and Mitchell Tay Photography

Information: Jessica Driving Hawk - 602.395.WISH x134

Board of Directors: Christina Naugle, Tim Jeffries, Lisa Duran, Mark El-Tawil, LInda Thompson, Paul Allvin, Jeanne Askvig, Jennifer Blank-Matney, Penny Brand, Thom Brodeur, Karen Christensen, Joash Dukes, Ed Foster, Mike Gaumond, Jeff Griffin, Nereyda Lopez, Jef Matthews, Jeff Montag, Shawn Olson, Tim Riester, Jay Schneider, Gloria Smith, Margo Spencer, Gordon Wark

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 Katie Corbell (former Wish Kid), Carroll Klein (CEO Make-A-Wish Foundation of Arizona)
Katie Corbell (former Wish Kid), Carroll Klein (CEO Make-A-Wish Foundation of Arizona)
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Make-A-Wish Foundation of Arizona Annual Wish Ball - 2007 Destination Joy

By Myra Richman

The Make-A-Wish Foundation of Arizona held its Annual 2007 Wish Ball on Saturday, May 12 at the Hyatt Regency at Gainey Ranch in Scottsdale.

The theme of this year’s black-tie ball was Destination Joy. Guests were able to celebrate the travel-themed event by bidding on vacation packages in the evening’s live and silent auctions, along with dozens of other fabulous items. Always one of the best evenings of the season, with lots of happenings, entertainment and action, the event included cocktails, a champagne opening display, a gourmet dinner, live entertainment, dancing and a moving talk by a former wish recipient.
Now an undergrad at the University of Arizona, and hoping to enter the medical school to study pediatric oncology, former wish kid Katie Corbell charmed the audience, while speaking of the painful times she endured during her illness and how her granted wish of a Caribbean cruise gave her hope and purpose and saved her life.  The standing ovation she received was well deserved.
FOX 10's Cory McCloskey managed to have a great time entertaining the crowd, in spite of a bad case of laryngitis.  His humor made everyone smile.
The Wish Ball raises money to grant the wishes of local children with life-threatening medical conditions.  This year's event, presented by Health Net of Arizona, brought more than 540 guests to the resort to share the power of a wish.
This was the 11th year for the Wish Ball, which is the Foundation’s largest fundraiser. This year’s $300,000 fundraising goal will fulfill the wishes of 45 Arizona children. The Make-A-Wish Foundation of Arizona grants close to 200 wishes each year, with an average cost of $6,000 to fulfill a wish.
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