The Dreams of Summer Gala to benefit Arizona Camp Sunrise & Sidekicks will take place 5:30 p.m., Saturday, March 12 at Phoenix Marriott Tempe at the Buttes.
The gala is the primary annual fundraiser for Southwest Kids’ Cancer Foundation, the fundraising arm of the Arizona Camp Sunrise & Sidekicks. The camp provides a week of summer camp to Arizona children battling cancer and their siblings also get their own designated week! The camp used to be supported by the American Cancer Society and when ACS discontinued funding of children’s cancer camps several years ago, Southwest Kids’ Cancer Foundation was established to keep Arizona Camp Sunrise & Sidekicks up and running, and engaging and entertaining children who battle cancer. Take a look at some of the wonderful live auction items that will be up for bids at the Dreams of Summer Gala on March 12:
Arizona Cardinals Behind-the-Scenes Experience for Two – This once-in-a-lifetime experience includes all the exciting experiences of our BIG RED team! Enjoy a tour of the Cardinals facility during the regular season, meet and greet the players of the Arizona Cardinals, Cardinals gift items and two tickets to a home game. Value is priceless. (Other Cardinals items may become available by live auction event.)
Chateau Ste. Michelle Winery in Woodinville, Washington – Enjoy a VIP tour and tasting at Chateau Ste. Michelle in Woodinville, WA, plus a concert! Retail value for 2 guests is $750-$1,200 depending on concert availability. (Donated airfare may be available by live auction event.)
Crown King, Arizona -3 Night Getaway – Enjoy a three night stay up in the mountains of Crown King in the extra spacious Crown King Bunkhouse that will sleep up to 10 people! Enjoy an eat-in kitchen, large living space, many bedrooms and lots of opportunities to enjoy wildlife, hiking, nearby fishing, off-roading and the oldest operational saloon in all of Arizona! Value is $1,500. www.crownkingbunkhouse.com.
Adirondack Chair Painted by Arizona Camp Sunrise & Sidekicks Campers – This auction item always proves to be one of the most popular! The generously sized chair is lovingly adorned with sayings, inspirations and small art work from the Arizona Sunrise & Sidekicks campers. Value is priceless.
KISS FM 104.7 “DJ for the Day” – Enjoy 2 studio passes at KISS FM 104.7 and get to take part as an on-air DJ for the day. Value is $1,000.
Other live and silent auction items will include signed sports and entertainment memorabilia, watches, sports tickets, sports suite experiences, restaurant gift cards, an in-home chef experience, art work and so much more! To purchase gala tickets, visit www.azcampsunrise.org/gala/ and for more information on Southwest Kids' Cancer Foundation visit www.swkidscancerfoundation.org.
Arizona Camp Sunrise & Sidekicks, the first camp in Arizona for children with cancer was founded in 1983. There were 23 cancer patients and 8 staff members in the White Mountains for the inaugural camp. Staff and children slept in tents and everyone assisted with cooking duties. In 1985, the camp moved to the R-C Scout Ranch, south of Payson. Thanks to the generous support of many, facilities now include seven cabins, a dining hall with a kitchen and a health center. The gala will help to fulfill the dreams of the children who attend this camp and its programs each year by providing vital fundraising dollars to the camp. Phoenix Marriott Tempe at The Buttes is located at 2000 W. Westcourt Way, Tempe.