"Wizard of Oz" at the Childhelp Drive the Dream Gala

| May 10, 2017 | Parties

Guests slipped into their most ethereal attire for The Wizard of Oz-inspired Childhelp Drive the Dream Gala at the Arizona Biltmore.

THE PARTY Event co-chairs Dr. Stacie Stephenson and Richard Stephenson spared no expense creating a magical evening, raising a record-breaking $1.3 million toward the prevention and treatment of child abuse. THE GUESTS Honorees included Sen. Jon Kyl and wife Caryll Kyll, who received the Childhelp Spirit of the Children Award; Shannon Edwards of WD-40 and Childhelp Nellie Jackson Award recipient; and Succession Capital Alliance president, founder and CEO Julian Movsesian, who received the very special Childhelp Founder’s Man of the Year Award. THE HIGHLIGHTS The ballroom setting could have easily been mistaken for an actual wonderland, with decorations like flower-wrapped candelabras; miniature emerald hot-air balloons and a wall projection of the glistening Emerald City horizon. Emmy Award-winning host Mario Lopez emceed an impressive lineup of entertainers on a stage that snaked through the theater much like a yellow brick road. The bounty of talent included an Oz-inspired performance by the Phoenix Children’s Theater and musical performances by CeeLo Green; The Temptations; Peter Cetera; The London Essentials and the Montreal Rhapsody Orchestra. -Taylor Transtrum

Photos by Bob & Dawn Davis Photography & Design and Phil Gudenschwager


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