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April, 26 2008 - Make-A-Wish Foundation of Arizona Holds Sweetest Ball Ever

What: Wish Ball '08 - Enchanting Evening in Candyland

Where: Westin Kierland Resort & Spa

When: April 26, 2008

Time: 6:00 PM

Master of Ceremonies: Johnjay and Rich (KISS FM)

Gala Chairperson(s): Kathryn Wilson

Honorary Chairperson(s): Dr. Anthony & Jenny Hedley

Co-Chair(s): Jaye Rich

Committee Members: Jennifer Blank-Matney (Board Liaison), Lisa Beck, Stacey Beck, Stacey Black, Penny Brand, Racquel Canilao, Brady Castro, Sara Rose Chacon, Kori Davidson, Lindsey Grantham, Marcie Herzog, Cathy Hughes, Karen Iverson, Rachael Johnson, Jill Kruke, Maryanne Kumiega, Kim Lewis, Lisa Lutich, Katie Lyons, Schanell Manes, Diane Marasa, Megan Mazur, Jerri McGinnis, Stephanie Mindlin, Anjuli Morse, Becky Nieto, Mary Page, Debra Plunkett, Tara Razzano, Julie Reagan, Jaclyn Roman, Sandey Tenuto, Healy Webb, Amy Yount, Michelle Yount

President(s): (CEO) Robin Dunn

Entertainment: Step & Repeat (Steve Gladysz-Tempe Camera)

Music: Dueling Pianos (Dunlap & Wilson)

Of note: The first two wish children were cared for at St. Joseph's Hospital. Therefore, the event recognized St. Joseph's Hospital and Medical Center for their special relationship with MAW.

Sponsors: GUM DROP MOUNTAIN/PRESENTING: Health Net; PEPPERMINT FOREST/ENTERTAINMENT:; LORD LICORICE/AFTER HOURS PARTY: Alliance Beverages, Jim Click Automotives; ICE CREAM SEA/RECEPTION: Casino Arizona, Cold Stone Creamery; LOLLIPOP WOODS/DECORATIONS: AAA Arizona, Arizona Public Service Co.; BAUBLES & BONBONS/JEWELRY RAFFLE: Desert Living Magazine, Molina Fine Jewelers, Sonora Quest Laboratories; SUGAR ON TOP/LIVE AUCTION: Ford & Harrison LLP, Frontera Development, US Airways; GINGERBREAD TREE/STEP & REPEAT: The Rose Law Group; RAINBOW TRAIL/VALET: Snider & Beck/Home Smart Realty; GOODIE GUM DROP/SWAG BAG: The Rose Law Group

Menu: FIRST COURSE: Carmel Valley Baby Spring Mesclun Mix w Trevisio, Pea Tendrils, Gold Sun Tomato and Broken Beet Vinaigrette; ENTREE: Goat Cheese & Roasted Tomato Stuffed Filet of Beef and Roasted Chilean Sea Bass, Garlic Infused Risotto Cake, Spaghetti Squash, Haricot Verts; DESSERT: Chocolate Truffle Cake, Bunuelos Dulce Cream, Raspberry Cheesecake

Attendance: 560

Attire: Black Tie Required

Special Thanks: To the Wish Families in attendance: The Chamberlain Family, The Gass Family, The Holt Family, The Santibaniz Family

Information: Kim Lewis 602-395-9474

Board of Directors: Tim Jeffries (chairman), Mike Gaumond (VP Board Development), Jeffrey W. Montag (VP Fundraising), Jeanne Askvig (secretary), Jeffrey P. Griffin (treasurer), Christina L. Naugle (immediate past chair), Mark El-Tawil (immediate past treasurer), Todd Belfer, Jennifer Blank-Matney, Penny Brand, Karen D. Christensen, Max Fose, Troy Foster, J. Jefrey Matthews, Brent Mekosh, Douglas G. Moss, Shawn D. Olson, John Ragan, Jordan Rose, Frank Shankwitz, Mark A. Skarupa, Margo Spencer, Linda Thompson, Debi A. Tobin, Mike Tully, C. Bradley Vynalek

Blacktie Photos by: Jaimee Anderson

 Katie Wilson (chair), Jaye Rich (co-chair)
Katie Wilson (chair), Jaye Rich (co-chair)
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Make-A-Wish Foundation of Arizona Holds Sweetest 12th Annual 2008 Wish Ball

By Myra Richman

“An Enchanting Evening in Candyland”

The Make-A-Wish Foundation® of Arizona held its 12th Annual Wish Ball at the Westin Kierland Resort on April 26th, 2008, presented by Health Net of Arizona.

Always a spectacular black-tie event, this year was no different. Fabulous live auction items included: a private jet for a VIP getaway to Las Vegas, a stay at a $5 million penthouse in Scottsdale, a private in-home dinner prepared by local celebrity chef Eddie Matney, amazing trips, and to top it off a $15,000 diamond necklace from Molina Fine Jewelers. 

Entertainment included celebrity emcees Johnjay and Rich from 104.7 Kiss FM, dueling pianos and music by Alice Tatum.

This year's theme couldn't have been sweeter -- "An Enchanting Evening in Candyland". 

Following a spectacular silent auction and gourmet dinner was the live auction, entertainment and an inspiring presentation by former wish child, 23-year-old Chelsea, who spoke about the time she was introduced to actor Josh Hartnett in 2002.  A presentation to Dr. Anthony & Jenny Hedley followed, for all their support of the Make-A-Wish Foundation. 

Guests danced the night away, looking beautiful and feeling great about supporting a very special organization.

For more information call 602.395.9474 or email [email protected].

About the Make-A-Wish Foundation of Arizona

The Make-A-Wish Foundation® of Arizona is the place where wishes began in 1980. Being the founding chapter of the Make-A-Wish Foundation, Arizonans can feel a sense of pride knowing that their chapter has led to a national and international movement that brings hope to tens of thousands of children. Our mission is to grant the wishes of children with life-threatening medical conditions to enrich the human experience with hope, strength and joy. The Make-A-Wish Foundation of Arizona is launching a new campaign goal to grant more than 500 wishes per year in five years. The agency has granted more than 3,000 wishes in Arizona since its inception. For more information, visit and discover how you can share the power of a wish.

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