2010 Drive the Dream Gala A Major Success

The annual Childhelp Drive the Dream Gala celebrated the entertainers and extraordinary individuals that make a daily impact in our lives through their words, performances and actions this past Saturday with the theme of "Heroes, Stars and Idols." Guests were treated to amazing performances from past American Idol contestants including; from season 8, Scott MacIntyre and Matt Giraud; and from season 7, Brooke White and Michael Johns.

The Childhelp Drive the Dream Gala, co-hosted by Barrett-Jackson and held in conjunction with the world-famous Barrett-Jackson Collector Car Event, garners some of the Valley's most-celebrated personalities and attendees enjoyed the entertainment of all four American Idols, plus Valley talent eight year old Athena Creese and rising star eleven year old Jalon Watts. Emcees for the evening were Childhelp ambassadors, actor John O'Hurley, known for his role as J. Peterman in hit sitcom Seinfeld, and former Charlie's Angels actress Cheryl Ladd.

FOX News Channel anchors Bret Baier and Megyn Kelly were on hand as well as Baier was recognized for his excellence in journalism with the Childhelp Positive Impact in the Media Award, presented to him by last year's winner, Kelly.

Local philanthropists Lynn and Foster Friess received the Spirit of the Children Award, awarded annually to Childhelp supporters who have generously given their time and good fortune to children's causes. Chandler based Isagenix, who is a world leader in nutritional cleansing, received the Childhelp Founder's 50th Anniversary Corporate Award for their continued support of Childhelp.

Event Gala Co-Chairs were Missy Anderson, Jinger Richardson and Susie Wesley, Honorary Chairs were Michelle and Ed Robson and the Event Chair Emeritus is Linda Pope.

The annual Childhelp Drive the Dream Gala is Childhelp's largest fundraiser of the year. All proceeds from the gala benefit Childhelp's programs and services in Arizona. For more information about Childhelp Drive the Dream, visit www.childhelp.org/drivethedream.

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