Sixth Annual Drive the Dream Gala to Feature Four American Idols

Scottsdale, Ariz. / The annual Childhelp Drive the Dream Gala is celebrating the entertainers and extraordinary individuals that make a daily impact in our lives through their words, performances and actions. This years theme, "Heroes, Stars and Idols," will feature entertainment by past American Idol contestants including; from season 8, Scott MacIntyre and Matt Giraud; and from season 7, Brooke White and Michael Johns.

Event Gala Co-Chairs Missy Anderson, Jinger Richardson and Susie Wesley invite guests to experience an evening of spectacular entertainment, all in the hopes of helping to end child abuse and treat its victims. The Event Chair Emeritus is Linda Pope.

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 brings in over $1.5 million annually for the national charity.

Attendees will be treated to fabulous fare provided by SKYE restaurant, talented entertainment and dancing. Emcees for the evening will by Childhelp ambassadors, actor John O'Hurley, known for his role as J. Peterman in hit sitcom Seinfeld, and former Charlie’s Angel actress Cheryl Ladd.

Also on hand will be FOX News Channel anchors Bret Baier and Megyn Kelly. Kelly co-hosts America's Newsroom and is a frequent contributor on the The O'Reilly Factor and On the Record and Baier is the anchor of Special Report with Bret Baier and former Chief White House Correspondent for FOX News Channel.  This year Baier will be 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 will receive 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, will receive the Childhelp Founder’s 50th Anniversary Corporate Award for their continued 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. The Childhelp Drive the Dream Gala will kick-off at 5:30 p.m. on Jan. 16 at WestWorld in Scottsdale. Tickets are $1,000, with table sponsorships ranging from $10,000 to $50,000. For more information about Childhelp Drive the Dream, visit www.childhelpdrivethedream.org.

In 2009, Childhelp commemorated 50 years of bringing the light of hope and healing into the lives of countless children. CEO and Co-Founder Sara O’Meara and President and Co-Founder Yvonne Fedderson started Childhelp in 1959, establishing it as a leading national non-profit organization dedicated to helping victims of child abuse and neglect and at-risk children. Childhelp’s approach focuses on advocacy, prevention, treatment and community outreach.

The Childhelp National Child Abuse Hotline, 1-800-4-A-CHILD®, operates 24 hours a day, seven days a week, and receives calls from throughout the United States, Canada, the U.S. Virgin Islands, Puerto Rico and Guam. Childhelp’s programs and services also include residential treatment services; children’s advocacy centers; therapeutic foster care; group homes and child abuse prevention, education and training. Childhelp also created the Childhelp National Day of Hope®, held each April during National Child Abuse Prevention Month, that mobilizes people across America to join the fight against child abuse.

For more information about Childhelp and to learn how to get involved in our 50th anniversary celebration, please call 480-922-8212 or visit www.childhelp.org.

Media contact:
Derrek Hofrichter
Communications Manager
480-922-8212 / cell 480-297-8445
dhofrichter@childhelp.org

About The Barrett-Jackson Auction Company: Established in 1971 and headquartered in Scottsdale, Ariz., Barrett-Jackson specializes in providing products and services to classic and collector car owners, astute collectors and automotive enthusiasts around the world. The company produces "The World’s Greatest Collector Car Auctions™" in Scottsdale, Palm Beach, Fla., Las Vegas and Orange County, Calif.  Barrett-Jackson also endorses a one-of-a-kind collector car insurance offering for collector vehicles and other valued belongings. For more information about Barrett-Jackson, visit www.barrett-jackson.com or call (480) 421-6694.

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