Childhelp’s Largest Fundraising Gala A Success!

 

Willie NelsonWhat a night! The Seventh Annual Childhelp Drive the Dream Gala was an amazing success. Guests donned their cowboy hats and boots for this year's "Cowboys, Cars and Stars" theme and danced into the night to live music by country music legend Willie Nelson and Family.

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 Hollywood’s most treasured stars.

Guests were treated to a fabulous dinner by Chef Michael DeMaria of Heirloom restaurant and enjoyed the timeless classics of Willie Nelson. Emcees for the evening were Childhelp ambassadors, actors John O'Hurley and Jane Seymour. Additional celebrities in attendance were Cheryl Ladd and Paulie Harraka.

It was a moving program, reminding all of us why the work Childhelp does is so important. The audience was brought to tears by the words of one man who spoke about the need for Childhelp, and then they were brought to their feet by the bravery and triumph of a young boy who has survived the trauma of abuse at the age of three.

Childhelp Celebrity Ambassador Cheryl Ladd presented Gov. Jan Brewer with the Woman of the World Award for her tireless efforts and dedication to the children of Arizona by way of her voice, commitment of time, integrity and compassion. Since 1964, the Woman of the World award has recognized outstanding contributions by women who have bettered children's lives and humankind in general. Past recipients who have personally accepted the Woman of the World Award include: Oprah Winfrey, Laura Bush, Barbara Bush, Lynne Cheney, Betty Ford, Jane Seymour, Cheryl Ladd, Kathie Lee Gifford, Barbara Sinatra, Betty White, Mary Hart, Marlo Thomas and Abigail Van Buren.

Former NFL quarterback and Arizona Cardinal Kurt Warner and his wife Brenda, were there to receive the Spirit of the Children Award—an annual award received by Childhelp supporters who have generously given their time and good fortune to children’s causes. Local philanthropist Jim Pierce received the Childhelp Heart of Compassion Award, for his incredible dedication and support of Childhelp.

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.

 

Emcees

Emcees for the evening were Childhelp ambassadors, actors Jane Seymour (left) and John O’Hurley (right).

 

Woman of the World Award

Childhelp Celebrity Ambassador Cheryl Ladd (right) presented Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer (left) with the Woman of the World Award.

 

Spirit of the Children Award

Former NFL quarterback and Arizona Cardinal Kurt Warner and his wife Brenda received the Spirit of the Children Award.

 

Paulie Harraka

NASCAR driver Paulie Harraka displaying his racing helmet decorated with artwork by children at the Childhelp Village for severely abused children. The helmet was auctioned off to benefit Childhelp.

 

S&Y with Willie Nelson

Childhelp Founders Yvonne Fedderson (left) and Sara O’Meara (right) posing with Willie Nelson (center) at the Childhelp Drive the Dream Gala in Scottsdale, Ariz.

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