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April, 24 2010 - Make-A-Wish Foundation of Arizona Wish Ball

Where: Sheraton Phoenix Downtown Hotel

When: April 24, 2010

Time: 6:00 PM

Ticket Prices: $500 per ticket

Beneficiary: Make-A-Wish Foundation of Arizona

Host(s): and Services Group of America

EMCEE: Channel 3 KTVK-TV Good Morning Arizona Hosts Scott Passmore, Kaley O'Kelley

Presenting Sponsor(s):

Gala Chairperson(s): Renee Roebuck, Andrea Stewart (vice chair)

Honorary Chairperson(s): Kitty and Frank Shankwitz

Founders: Tommy Austin, Kathy McMorris, Linda Pauling, Frank Shankwitz, Scott Stahl

Executive Director: Robin Dunn (CEO)

Welcome: Robin Dunn (CEO)

Entertainment: Dancing with music by the Bob Messinger Band

Of note: Award winning vocalist, entertainer, cancer survivor and 'Wish Kid,' Kevin Sharp, sang his original song "Make A Wish."

Sponsors: PRESENTING:; PLATINUM: Services Group of America; GOLD: Integrated Web Strategy; SILVER: Casino Arizona/Talking Stick Resort, Morgan Stanley; BRONZE: AAA Arizona, Americopy, Hensley Beverage Company, UHAUL; TRAVEL: US Airways; JEWELRY RAFFLE: Molina Fine Jewelers; MEDIA 3TV/CW6; VIDEO: APS

Quote of the evening: "If you put a smile of some kid's face--that's what it's all about." (Mike Gaumond, board chairman)

Menu: SALAD COURSE: Local greens in a cucumber wrap, roasted macadamia nut, dried papaya, house cured tomatoes, grilled brie w sugarcane vinaigrette; DUEL ENTREE: 72 hour short ribs w confit cipollini onion, paired w pan-seared stuffed chicken breast, spinach, pine nuts and boursin cheese, yukon gold gruyere galette potatoes, seasonal vegetables; DESSERT: Praline truffle pyramid w caramel drizzle

Attendance: 450

Attire: Black Tie Preferred

Information: Robin Dunn 602-395-9474 x124

Board of Directors: Mike Gaumond (chairman); Mike Tully (vice chairman); C. Bradley Vynalek (vice chairman); Debi Tobin (treasurer); Linda Thompson (secretary); Tim Jeffries (immediate past chair); Jennifer Blank-Matney, Penny Brand, Karen Christensen, John Cummerford, Jon Ferlise, Max Fose, Troy Foster, Derrick M. Hall, Lori Mackstaller MD, J. Jefrey Matthews, Jeff Montag, Doug Moss, Shawn Olson, Renee Roebuck, Thomas M. Roskos, Jr., Robert Rotondo, Frank Shankwitz, Brian Shniderman, Mark A. Skarupa, Margo Spencer, Ronald Butler, Jennifer Willis, Robin E. Dunn (CEO)

Steering Committee: Kari Bechtold, Laura Beedle, Karen Chaney-Peltin, Robin Dunn, Brooke Hammett, Karen Iversen, Liz Kaplan, Linda Kolb, Laura Kovacs, Kim Lewis, Brittany Lindvall, Kathy McMorris, Laura Mitchell, Laura Newbrough, Lori Newcomb, Kim Pickett, Lyndsay Robertson, Marcia Roeder, Barbie Shannon, Bethany Taylor, Kathy Taylor-Laws, Jami Thompson

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 Kitty & Frank Shankwitz (honorary co-chairs)
Kitty & Frank Shankwitz (honorary co-chairs)
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The Make-A-Wish Foundation Wish Ball 2010

By Myra Richman

Make-A-Wish Foundation of Arizona celebrated the founding of the organization in Phoenix -- the city where it begain -- at the 2010 Wish Ball on Saturday, April 24, 2010.

This year's theme was "Celebrating 30 Years of Wishes." The black-tie gala was held at the Sheraton Downtown Phoenix Hotel.

Several founders of the Make-A-Wish Foundation, corporate partners including the Disney® Company, wish kids and celebrity guests attended the annual event, and walked into a beautifully decorated happy ballroom with colorful balloons in clusters on the ceiling.

Festivities include live and silent auctions, cocktails, a gourmet dinner, live entertainment and a video presentation about the history of the foundation. Good Morning Arizona anchors Scott Passmore and Kaley O’Kelley the masters of ceremonies.

The chair and co-chair of the 2010 Wish Ball were Renee Roebuck and Andrea Stewart. Frank and Kitty Shankwitz were the honorary co-chairs of the event.

Frank and Kitty Shankwitz, founders of the foundation, were recognized at the gala for their remarkable work, their passion for children and their ongoing support.

After participating in granting the wish of Chris Greicius, a seven-year-old boy with leukemia, Frank had the idea to create a nonprofit organization that would grant the wishes for other children with life-threatening illnesses and the Make-A-Wish Foundation was born.

Beautiful wish child, Samantha, was surprised with a call from Minnie Mouse, inviting her to Disney World, along with her family.

Cancer survivor, Kevin Sharp, an award winning vocalist and entertainer, brought tears to the audience with his new song called "Make A Wish." His fulfilled wish of once meeting the legendary musician David Foster changed his life forever...and he never forgot the organization that made it happen.

The goal of this year's Wish Ball was to raise $700,000 to fund more than 100 wishes for children. All proceeds benefit the Make-A-Wish Foundation of Arizona to grant wishes to children with life-threatening medical conditions.

For more information, contact Robin Dunn, CEO, Make-A-Wish Foundation of Arizona, or call 602-395-9474. Visit

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