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May, 07 2010 - Gabriel's Angels Fundraising Breakfast

What: Breakfast event

Where: The Phoenician Resort

When: May 7, 2010

Time: 7 am

Ticket Prices: Complimentary

Beneficiary: Gabriel's Angels

EMCEE: Tram Mai, host, 12 News Valley Dish

Founders: Pam Gaber (and Gabriel)

Staff: Pam Gaber (CEO), Larry Bergholz (COO/CFO), Zee Peters (Chief Development Officer), Connie McNeel (Marketing & Event Coordinator), Lisa Farrell (Office Manager), Cassie Robles (Volunteer Coordinator, E. Valley), Dawn DuBry (Volunteer Coordinator, W. Valley), Betsy Green (Director of Development, Tucson), Jan Hutchinson (Director of Programs, Tucson), Art Lipski (Volunteer Coordinator, Tucson)

Speaker: Natalie Miles-Thompson (director resource development, Crisis Nursery), Larry Barkan, Victoria Trafton and Sam Fogleman

Of note: Gabriel's Angels served more than 13,000 kids during the year

Sponsors: ANGEL OF TRUST: Casino Arizona; ANGEL OF JOY: Wells Fargo Advisors; TABLE GIFTS: Animal Medical & Surgical Center; AUDIOVISUAL: Sonoran Studios; CENTERPIECES & FLORAL DESIGN: Designing Women of Arizona, Gifts for Pets, Sarah Eagleburger; GRAPHIC DESIGN: Beck DeVoe; VIDEO: SWAT HD, Hummingbird Productions

Quote of the evening: "When there's love, there's hope. When there's hope--anything is possible." (Pam Gaber)

Attendance: 1100

Florist: Designing Women of Arizona

Information: Zee Peters 602-266-0875

Board of Directors: Al Wynant (chair), Robert Burghart (vice chair), Michael Gaber (interim treasurer), Sue Shipman (secretary), Pam Gaber (CEO), William Allen, Jason Bressler, George Clark, Mary Collum, Steven Connor, Sarah Eagleburger, Allie Gilliland, Angela Kahle, Larry Kirts, Jason Knight, Kate Seastone, Fred Socoloff, Leslie Sonnenklar, George Unruh, William Weese MD, Tina Woods

Steering Committee: Debbie Allen, Nadine Allen, Dr. Wayne Anderson, Robert Burghart, Steven Dunn, George W. Fleming, Stan Levine, Dr. Dean Rice, Jim Stone

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Gabriel's Angels Celebrates 10th Anniversary Helping At-Risk Children

By Myra Richman


On Friday morning, May 7, 2010, Gabriel’s Angels held their 10th anniversary fundraising and awareness event at the Phoenician Resort in Scottsdale.


Founded by outstanding Valley activist, Pam Gaber, the organization's mission is to deliver healing pet therapy to abused, neglected and at-risk children, nurturing their ability to love and trust; thereby freeing them from the cycle of violence.


Gabriel’s Angels hosts the annual event as a means to generate awareness about the organization and its mission as well as generate capital to facilitate its programs and show appreciation for those committed to helping our community.  Through testimonials, stories and a vivid video presentation, attendees got a clear picture of the work Gabriel’s Angels does in the community. 


KPNX Ch. 12’s host of Valley Dish, Tram Mai, was this year’s emcee and had an emotional time when viewing the video and hearing the unacceptable statistics of at-risk youth in Arizona.  Many community leaders, Gabriel’s Angels volunteers and therapy dogs were in attendance inspiring the unbelievably large crowd of 1100 breakfast guests.


“Through this event we hope to build lifelong relationships with active and community oriented individuals interested in helping Gabriel’s Angels with its mission to help abused and neglected children,” says Pam Gaber, CEO and founder.  “There are so many generous people in our community and this is a time for us to cultivate new relationships, by creating awareness about our organization.”


The breakfast was FREE to those who attended, and was open to anyone who wanted to learn more about Gabriel’s Angels, friends of the organization or those who wanted to support the organization financially or through volunteering.  


Gabriel’s Angels is a nonprofit organization whose mission is to deliver healing pet therapy to abused, neglected and at-risk children, nurturing their ability to love and trust, thereby freeing them from the cycle of violence. Pet Therapy teams are owners and their dogs that visit facilities serving abused and at-risk children in the Metro Phoenix area and Southern Arizona.  These visits provide children with unconditional love and teach children compassion, nurturance and trust.  The Therapy Dogs lift children’s spirits, give them hope, and provide safe and unconditional acceptance.

For more information about Gabriel’s Angels, please call 602.266.0875 or visit



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