Editor's Note: This event is sold-out as of Jan. 25.
Childhelp, a nonprofit dedicated to eliminating child abuse, will host its 19th annual Childhelp Drive the Dream Gala on Feb. 18, at The Phoenician in Scottsdale.
A press release stated that the organization’s signature fundraising event draws celebrities, dignitaries and donors from across the country to support Childhelp’s lifesaving programs, which have served more than 12 million children through 63 years.
Grammy-award winner Clint Black is the headline entertainment for the gala, which will be emceed by television personalities Melissa Peterman and Rex Linn. Other acts include Western swing great Red Steagall, Nate Nathan & The MacDaddy-os, Rosevelt Rawls and Steve Amerson.
The gala will include dinner, dancing and a live auction to benefit the Childhelp Children’s Center of Arizona, which has provided treatment, intervention and investigation services to around 150,000 child survivors of abuse and neglect since opening in 1998.
Among those honored at the gala will be country music star Reba McEntire, who will receive the Childhelp Woman of the World Award; Dream City Church Pastor Tommy Barnett, who will receive the Childhelp Man of the World Award; and the driving school Track Rekord will receive the Childhelp Nellie Jackson Award.
Sheila and Mike Ingram are chairing the event with co-chairs Kim and Rod Cullum, and vice chairs Carol and Jim Hebets. The theme for the event, “Giddy Up For Kids,” speaks to the use of equine-assisted therapy at Childhelp’s residential villages for abused and neglected children and the occasional pony visitors to the Childhelp Children’s Center of Arizona.
“We’ve always been a bit ‘country’ at Childhelp,” said Childhelp co-founder and CEO Sara O’Meara in the release about the night’s theme. “In the early days, Roy Rogers and Dale Evans were two of our biggest supporters, and our villages in California and Virginia are situated in idyllic country spaces, with horses, donkeys and other animals becoming a part of the children’s lives.”
“And we’re in Arizona,” added Childhelp co-founder and president Yvonne Fedderson, “It doesn’t get much more ‘western’ than right here. So giddy up and give!”
The release stated that Childhelp reaches thousands of Arizona children and families each year through its many programs including the Childhelp Children’s Center of Arizona, its prevention education program Childhelp Speak Up Be Safe and other programs and services that serve children and families nationwide.
For information about the event and for sponsorship opportunities, contact Katrina DeBaker at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 480-922-8212.