Javonte and his family at Beach Ball 2016

A mariachi band, white carpet and Mexican Riviera flair transformed Jet Linx Scottsdale into Cabo San Lucas for the 23rd Annual Beach Ball presented by University of Phoenix and UnitedHealthcare. The 2016 event chairs, Blair Moffett and Taucha Silk, were joined by more than 800 guests for a beach party under the stars. The “One & Only” theme was especially fitting, as the event raised more than $1 million for our new Emergency Department and the state’s one and only Level 1 Pediatric Trauma Center at Phoenix Children’s.

Guests walked the white carpet where they were greeted by a Mexican burro for a photo keepsake. The Cabo themed open-air cocktail reception hosted by Head to Toe Therapy, Inc. and airplane hangar, where the silent auction was hosted, had a festive and colorful vibe.

Beach Ball 2016 attendees were greeted by a burro

During dinner, teenagers Javonte and Mackenzie shared the incredible stories of how their lives were saved at Phoenix Children’s following life-threatening injuries, and the Kemper and Ethel Marley Foundation was presented with the Dr. Herbert J. and Julie Louis Spirit of Hope Award in recognition of their generous gift to the Emergency Department and Trauma Center. After the program the fiesta continued as the hangar doors rolled open to the Discount Tire After Party where guests danced the night away to music by DJ Rani “g” and instrumentalists.

A special thank you to our sponsors – American Airlines, Ensemble Real Estate Solutions, Alivia Franzone Hair, Freeport-McMoRan and ANDERSON Advertising for their generous support.

Beach Ball 2016 attendees

Proceeds from this year’s Beach Ball benefit the Hospital’s new Emergency Department and Level 1 Pediatric Trauma Center. Originally built to serve 22,000 patients per year, the emergency and trauma teams now treat more than 83,000 patients annually. A new facility will accommodate the growing demand and ensure that lifesaving care is available for each and every child who needs it.