Dr. Stacie Stephenson's BTS Secrets to Childhelp's Drive the Dream Gala

BY Jessica Dunham | December 13, 2018 | Feature Features

How Dr. Stacie J. Stephenson is making Childhelp's Drive the Dream Gala the pinnacle of event season.

This year, Childhelp—an organization that assists abused and neglected children—celebrates its 60-year diamond Jubilee. Which means its annual fundraiser, Drive the Dream Gala, will be the event, boasting an impressive roster of celebrities, influential philanthropists and A-list entertainment. Set to break fundraising records, an all-star gala like Drive the Dream needs a chair of equal stature; enter Scottsdale’s Dr. Stacie J. Stephenson. She’s the director of Gateway for Cancer Research board of directors and the chair of Functional Medicine for Cancer Treatment Centers of America; along with her husband, Richard, she’ll chair the 2019 gala. “Childhelp has an inspiring story that deserves the spotlight of our community,” she says. “This organization spreads joy and love to children who may have never felt loved or safe.” Here, Stephenson shares her favorite local vendors for gala prep and hints at what to expect at this epic event. Tickets from $1,000, Feb. 2, The Phoenician, 6000 E. Camelback Road, Scottsdale

Out of This World
“My focus is to create a journey for each guest, such that they have a sense of being transported into a world they have never experienced.” For this, Stephenson collaborates with Mike Ravenhill of MR Productions. “We’ve been making magical experiences for five years and counting.”

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