Dine With Your Dog Raises More Than $140K for Phoenix Children’s

Proceeds benefit the Animal-Assisted Therapy Program

On March 5, 2022, animal lovers dined with their pooches at Monterra at WestWorld in Scottsdale during the Dine With Your Dog event benefiting Phoenix Children’s. The 14th annual event raised more than $140,000. All proceeds go toward our Animal-Assisted Therapy program, which provides therapy dogs to motivate, soothe and lift the spirits of patients in the hospital.

The morning of pooch spoiling featured a dog-friendly gourmet meal, a delicious human brunch spread, mimosas and a Bloody Mary Bar. Attendees had the opportunity to explore pet play areas, stroll in front of the “pup-arazzi,” chat up fellow dog owners and bid at the silent auction.

NBC Arizona Midday host Destry Jetton emceed the program along with 2022 event co-chairs, Kimberly Jacobsen and Lee Courtney. The Animal-Assisted Therapy team spoke about the program and its impact on young patients.

“Dogs have the special ability to make people smile wherever they go,” said Steve Schnall, Senior Vice President and Chief Development Officer at Phoenix Children’s Hospital Foundation. “Our four-legged buddies help to soothe and relax even our littlest patients. We cannot thank the attendees and sponsors of this event enough for their contribution to the healing and happiness these dogs spread throughout our hospital.”

Dine With Your Dog presented by Rowley Family foundation was sponsored by PetsMart and eMBRY Health.

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2022 Dine With Your Dog Committee

Co-Chairs

Kimberly Jacobsen

Lee Courtney

Committee

  • Robyn Andrews
  • Rachel Freed
  • Jackie Griffin
  • Amy Hair
  • Leola Hansen
  • Cari Kussy
  • Katee Lauchner
  • Kimberly Oulton
  • Cynthia Sassi
  • Michelle Sharp

About Animal-Assisted Therapy

Dogs are a man’s best friend. They are also a patient’s best friend at Phoenix Children’s Hospital. Funded completely by philanthropic support, the Animal-Assisted Therapy Programs have grown to more than 50 therapy animal and owner teams. Animal-assisted therapy provides valuable physical and emotional benefits to children who are faced with a serious illness or injury. Visits from therapy dogs reduce stress levels, help kids forget about their pain and laugh and smile. While a patient may not want to participate in physical therapy, he/she may be willing to go on a walk with a therapy dog or throw a ball to a willing fetcher. Patients, siblings and parents often miss their own dogs, so visits from the therapy dogs provide a comforting sense of normalcy.

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