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February 27, 2016 - The Friends of Child Crisis Arizona present Glitz and Glamour: A Swingin’ Soiree

Where: Camelback Inn Resort & Spa

When: February 27, 2016

Time: 6:30 PM

Host(s): The Friends of Child Crisis Arizona

Gala Chairperson(s): Kate Dei Cas, Lauren Kiesling

Executive Director: CEO Torrie A. Taj

Co-President(s): Lauren Kiesling, Maria Williams

Speaker: Linda Ponter

Music: Warren Priske's Old Hollywood Jazz Band

Sponsors: THE GREAT GATSBY: Arrowhead Cadillac; F. SCOTT FITZGERALD: Isaac Jewelers, Western Refining; SPEAKEASY: Blue Cross Blue Shield of Arizona, Fervor Creative, National Bank of Arizona, Nationwide, Nautilus, Snell & Wilmer, SRP, VMI Holdings, Inc., PROHIBITION: Bank of Arizona, Cigna, Donley Service Center, General Dynamics, Sheila & Mike Geddes, Councilman Chris Glover, Intel, Kendra Scott, LifeVantage, Linda Nelson (Century 21 Real Estate), Northern Trust, Walmart, Judy & Joshua Walden, Wells Fargo; GIN & JAZZ: Air Products, APS, Classic Car Spa, Cobblestone/Sandler Law Group LLC, Cynthia & Sam Coffman, Crescent Crown Distributing, Goodwill of Central Arizona, Henry & Horne, Mobile Mini, New West Oil, Patty Sapp (Russ Lyon Sotheby's International Realty), Point B, Realty One Group (Hamblen Team), Ricoh, Suburban Mortgage, Wildflower Bread Company

Auctioneer: Bret Higgins

Quote of the evening: "There are more than 19,000 children in out-of-home care in Arizona

Menu: THE FLAPPER FIRST COURSE: Baby spinach, fennel, orange segments, sundried cranberries, spiced cashews, apple fig dressing; JAY GATSBY'S GRAND ENTREE: Grilled filet and herb-roasted covina crushed chive potatoes, broccolini, cabernet and citrus caper sauces; BUGSY'S BREAD BASKET: Assorted dinner rolls; DAISY'S DECADENT DUO: (alternating dessert) Lemon-blueberry creme brûlée served w florentine and fresh berries/Coffee toffee cheesecake w a heath graham cracker crust, chocolate sauce and cherry compote

Attendance: 540

Attire: Black Tie Required

Information: Dana Terrazas 480-834-2494

Board of Directors: President: Bill Halsted, President Elect: Hunter Marckwald, VP Internal Affairs: Doug Diehl, VP External Affairs: Nina J. Mullins; Members: Louis J Basile Jr., Cynthia Coffman, Annapurna Ganesh PhD, Christopher J. Glover, Ash Hachmeister, Lauren Kiesling, Mary Riley Michel, Noelle A. Miller, Lisa Nothum, Cliff Richeson, Roberta V. Rodriguez, Bryan N. Sandler, Byron Sarhangian, Michelle Sirott, Timothy J. Stocker, Eileen Sullivan, Maria Williams, Mark R. Young

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 Kate Dei Cas (co-chair), Torrie A. Taj (CEO Child Crisis Arizona), Lauren Kiesling (co-chair)
Kate Dei Cas (co-chair), Torrie A. Taj (CEO Child Crisis Arizona), Lauren Kiesling (co-chair)

By Myra Richman...

The Friends of Child Crisis Arizona held its Glitz and Glamour: A Swingin’ Soiree on Saturday, February 27, 2016 at the Camelback Inn Resort & Spa.

The 20s themed gala brought out some of the best flappers, gangsters, bootleggers and silent screen stars in the most believable getups imaginable, contributing to a great evening of high spirit, fun and laughter, generous hearts and big spenders. I was expecting undercover agents with machine guns to move in at any moment.

Child Crisis Arizona (the newly merged organization formed by joining Crisis Nursery, Inc. and Child Crisis Center) provides hope and services to vulnerable children and families throughout our state.

This 36th annual gala was chaired by the able Lauren Kiesling and Kate Dei Cas with returning presenting sponsor Arrowhead Cadillac, that generously donated a luxurious 2016 Cadillac SRX for the live auction. General Manager Rick Mewes and his team have donated cars at this event for many years.

The glittering Gatsby decor, casino games, a silent and live auction and delicious dinner kept guests very busy and happy--with some reminders that the foster care system in Arizona is in a crisis.

Winning bidders for the Cadillac were Phoenix's Chuck and Gina Hauff, and Warren Priske's Old Hollywood Jazz Band had guests dancing for hours.

The event raised more than $450,000.

"Our shelters and foster families provide safe, happy structured environments for children to thrive and grow. The positive impact our volunteers and professional staff witness in children who stay with us is heartwarming and validates that we need to exist and continue to grow," says Child Crisis Arizona CEO Torrie A. Taj.

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