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Body Positive "11th Annual Night for Life"

What:  Annual black-tie gala featuring dining, auctions, awards and entertainment.
Where:  The Phoenician
When:  May 13, 2006
Time:  6:00 PM
Ticket Prices:  $300 and up.
Beneficiary:  Body Positive
Honoree(s):  Richard Stahl & Clifford Waits (Outstanding Philanthropist Award; BlueCross BlueShield of Arizona (Corporate Leadership Award); Karen Marton (Outstanding Achievement Award); Dr. Jonathan Weisbuch (Community Champion Award; Bob Hegyi (Lifetime Achievement Award)
EMCEE:  Charlotte Jorgensen & Jonathan Roberts from ABC's Dancing with the Stars
Gala Chairperson(s):  Nancy Silver, Range Shaw
Honorary Chairperson(s):  US Airways (for the 11th time)
Executive Director:  Brian Helander
Music:  The LA Groove Academy
Of note:  Steven Sykes won the drawing for a Mercedes-Benz SLK280 (valued at $48,435)
Sponsors:  Paladin Society Don Altman, DDS & Brian Helander; APS; BlueCross BlueShield of Arizona; Walt Danley & Chuck Wasson/The Walt Danley Group; The Getz Foundation; Melissa & Frank Leonesio/O Premium Waters; George MacDonald & Fred Dougherty; Marc Reid & Robert Black; Gary Smethers, MD & Dean Kleyn; Richard Stahl & Cliff Waits; Steven Sykes & Robert Mattison; Karen & Craig Thorn; Wells Fargo Champion for Life Debi & Jerry Bisgrove/The Stardust Foundation; US Airways Leader for Life Ashley Baiker & Jacquie Dorrance; Mercedes-Benz of Chandler; Ursula & Stephen Gebert/Chiaroscuro Gallery Partner for Life Bobby Barnes/Legacy Home Mortgage; Jennifer & Jon Bohnert; Patti Flint, MD; International Printing Company; Bill Lewis & Rick Underwood; Lucky Dog Creative; Picerne Real Estate Group; Range Shaw & Bill Sheppard; The Paper Place; Walgreens Co & Walgreens Specialty Pharmacy
Quote of the evening:  "It started with 250 people in that little room at the Biltmore," said Range Shaw.
Attendance:  1200
Attire:  Black Tie Required
Information:  Office 602-307-5330
Board of Directors:  Jack Black (Chair); Paul Bruno, Thomas Betz, Brian Cooney, Mark Dillon, Linda Elliott, Scott Fey, Betty Fisher, John Fleckenstein, Jessica Fotinos, Kimberly Grouse, Stephanie Heymann, Mark Howard, Brigitte Jordan-Mincks, George MacDonald, Michael Mallace, Pamela Mason, John Parrilli, Marc Reid, Frank Ryan, J. David Smith, Kelli Smith, Steven Sykes, Mary Temm, Michael Tiers, Brett Tudor, Tambra Williams, John Winter
Blacktie Photos by:

  Frank Leonesio, Melissa Leonesio, Richard Stahl, Joey Leslie


Body Positive "11th Annual Night for Life"

By Myra Richman

What an evening! More than 1200 people attended the 11th Annual Night for Life, held Saturday, May 13 at the Phoenician Resort, honoring five individuals and BlueCross BlueShield of Arizona for their continuing support and commitment in the fight against HIV/AIDS.

Beginning at 6 p.m. with cocktails and silent auction, dinner and a live auction followed, with entertainment and dancing to the sounds of the LA Groove Academy. Co-emcees were familiar to those of us who watched every episode of Dancing with the Stars--beautiful Charlotte Jorgensen and handsome Jonathan Roberts. Watching them move around the floor was quite a treat.

Night for Life is Body Positive’s single largest fundraiser of the year. This year’s theme was Live, Love, Laugh, Dance --and everyone did. Energy was flowing. The event was perfectly orchestrated by co-chairs Range Shaw and Nancy Silver, whose year-long efforts surely paid off. US Airways was the Honorary Chair.

One of the honorees, Bob Hegyi, has been involved with Body Positive since the idea became a reality in the early 1990s (in someone's living room) and is the first person most people see when they walk in the office door. He received the Lifetime Achievement Award.

Honorees were: Richard Stahl and Clifford Waits, Outstanding Philanthropists; Karen Marton, Outstanding Achievement; Dr. Jonathan Weisbuch, Community Champion; Bob Hegyi, Lifetime Achievement; and Blue Cross Blue Shield of Arizona, Corporate Leadership

Proceeds from the event, which include silent and live auctions and entertainment, will go toward supporting Body Positive's many first-rate, exciting programs and services.

Hegyi was among the original group of community advocates who gathered in founding Executive Director Kirk Baxter’s living room to literally throw money into a hat to provide the initial funding for what has become Arizona’s largest HIV/AIDS service organization. Today, he answers phones and greets clients and visitors every morning.

Stahl and Waits have provided significant financial support for Body Positive and are among the organization’s strongest advocates. Stahl, who has been involved in the fight against HIV since it began, has chaired and served on many Body Positive event committees. He is a member of the Body Positive Advisory Council.

Marton, is the former co-chair of the Body Positive Board of Directors and was a board member for six years. She remains on the Advisory Council.

Weisbuch, who serves on the Body Positive Advisory Board, was among the community’s most vocal supporters in ensuring ongoing and expanded funding for HIV/AIDS services and programs as Director of the Maricopa County Office of Public Health. He retired in 2005.

Blue Cross Blue Shield of Arizona has provided consistent financial and in-kind support for Body Positive events, programs and services and has been represented on the Board of Directors and on individual committees.

"Our work in the community, for individuals living with and affected by HIV and AIDS as well as our education and outreach efforts to the community at large, cannot be successful without the emotional, volunteer and financial support of our honorees and those who stand alongside them," said Body Positive Executive Director Brian Helander. "The word "no" is just not part of their vocabulary when it comes to Body Positive. We are incredibly grateful for all that they have done and continue to do to help those we reach."

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