The Grand Ballroom at The Phoenician was transformed into a backyard barbecue for the 22nd Annual Beach Ball, held on Saturday, February 28. The Lemonade Soiree-themed event, chaired by Amy Joffe, Susan Rehorn and Gerri Richards, raised $1.2 million for the Center for Cancer and Blood Disorders at Phoenix Children’s Hospital.
More than 1,000 guests celebrated patients and families who have turned life’s lemons into lemonade by using their personal experiences with cancer as inspiration to help children battling the disease. Honored with the Dr. Herbert J. and Julie Louis Spirit of Hope Award were: Michelle and Mandy Monks, McKenzie Monks Foundation; Amanda Yant, cancer survivor and Phoenix Children’s oncology nurse; and Maya Thompson, Ronan Thompson Foundation.
Seven-year-old Mia (picture below, speaking), who is being treated at Phoenix Children’s for a brain tumor, shared her inspirational story and presented two original paintings to generous donors. Following the program, guests danced the night away to a live performance by up-and-coming country artists The Railers and tunes spun by DJ Chris Villa.
The proceeds from the event benefit the life-saving efforts in the Center for Cancer and Blood Disorders that help children like Mia. The Center offers the largest pediatric program of its kind in the state and provides comprehensive, personalized care to each hematology and oncology patient. See more photos from Beach Ball 2015, or watch the brief video below: