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Shaken, Not Stirred

| July 7, 2016 | Parties National

THE PARTY The James Bond-themed Wish Ball began with cocktails and a silent auction before guests gathered in the ballroom for dinner and entertainment. THE GUESTS Acclaimed local artist Niki Woehler showcased her work and encouraged guests to bid on the chance to have her paint a custom piece in their home. Bob and Renee Parsons wowed fellow attendees by donating $500,000 from their foundation in support of Make-A-Wish Arizona. Local law firm Quarles & Brady took home the Tom and Madena Lifetime Achievement Award for their monetary and pro bono contributions to the organization. THE HIGHLIGHTS Jill Krigsten and Mari Lederman co-chaired the event, which raised more than $1.6 million for Make-A-Wish Arizona and its efforts to grant the wishes of children in the Valley who have life-threatening diseases. The main event began by spotlighting 13-year-old Jayne, a girl with the dream of becoming a fashion designer. Jayne designed custom pieces for the event and was delighted when two of her creations netted $8,000 for other Wish kids. An enthusiastic donor bid $110,000 for the opportunity to have his name used in a future Clive Cussler best-selling book, which Cussler agreed to match in the spirit of the moment. It was the highest bid on record for the Wish Ball. Bond would be proud.


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