GlitzGlamGive Gala Raises Funds for the Arthritis Foundation

23rd annual Oscar-viewing party honors business owner, rheumatologist and 6-year-old.

GlitzGlamGive Gala, the Oscar-viewing party that benefits the Arthritis Foundation, took place Feb. 26 at the Arizona Biltmore. The 23rd annual event honored Mercie Loftus, co-owner of Beatif-Eye, along with her rheumatologist Dr. Saima Chohan with Arizona Arthritis and Rheumatology Associates and 6-year-old Brianna Cooney, 2017 youth honoree.

Brianna’s parents are both first responders. Valerie Cooney is an engineer with the Glendale Fire Department, and John Cooney is a firefighter with the Phoenix Fire Department.

Guests enjoyed live and silent auctions, mystery boxes, a red-carpet reception and a Roxanne’s Couture fashion show. Live auction highlights included a Glendale Fire Fighter Experience, Arizona Coyotes Broadcast Experience, The Capital Grille Chefs table and in-home personal dining experience as well as a Labrador puppy from Graves Labradors. Gila River Casinos was the red-carpet sponsor and OrthoArizona was the Hollywood sponsor.

PHOTOS COURTESY THE ARTHRITIS FOUNDATION

Clockwise from top center: Chris and Jill Griffin, Mr. and Mrs. James Carpenter, Mr. and Mrs. Adam Turner, Dr. and Mrs. Kaleo Ede, and Dr. and Mrs. Rahul Chawla

Dr. Tian, Dr. Papagiavis and Dr. Jimmy Chow

Sabrina Projin, Linda Kammeyer, James Jackson and Stacey Urbin; Amanda Carnal, Brooke Zilveti and Stacey Romano

Traci and Jim Swanson

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