14th Annual Drive the Dream Gala

Childhelp fundraiser nets $1.4 million-plus to benefit abused and neglected children in Arizona

The 14th Annual Drive the Dream Gala at the Arizona Biltmore on Jan. 13 netted a record of $1.4 million-plus to benefit Childhelp. The Phoenix-based nonprofit is dedicated to the prevention and treatment of child abuse. Funds from the party will lend support to Childhelp programs and services in Arizona, including the Childhelp Children’s Advocacy Center of Arizona, dedicated to the late Linda Pope.

Grimaldi’s Pizzeria presented the sold-out gala, which was co-chaired by Ivy Ciolli, Erika Williams and Chrissy Sayare. The theme they selected was “A Dream is a Wish Your Heart Makes,” celebrating a child’s journey from hardship to hope through Childhelp.

A horse-drawn Cinderella carriage greeted guests as they arrived for the Saturday evening affair, and many of the female guests carried out the theme by wearing Cinderella- and Disney-inspired gowns.

Cameron Mathison, Entertainment Tonight team correspondent and weekend co-anchor, best known for his role on All My Children, served as the evening’s emcee. The 14th annual Childhelp Drive the Dream Gala awardees included John Stamos, Childhelp Lifetime Achievement Award; Carolyn and Craig Jackson, Childhelp Spirit of the Children Award; and Brand Drivers, Childhelp Nellie Jackson Award.

Guests at the soiree were treated to entertainment by four-time Grammy nominee, singer-songwriter, author and actress Jewel, as well as CeeLo Green, the Philip Myers Band and Christopher Macchio.

In addition to Grimaldi’s Pizzeria, Phoenix Raceway Charities, NFP, Pacific Life, Penn Mutual, Brand Drivers, Blue Cross Blue Shield, Premier Strategy Group and Jackson Family Foundation provided corporate sponsorship.

PHIL GUDENSCHWAGER PHOTOGRAPHY/COURTESY CHILDHELP

Carol Hebets, Ivy Ciolli, Chrissy Sayare, Sara O’Meara, Yvonne Fedderson and Erika Williams

Jim Hebets, Carol Hebets, and Carolyn Jackson and Craig Jackson

Ivy Ciolli, Jewel and Joseph Ciolli

Jesse and Amanda Holt; Pat and Bob Bondurant

Shirley O’Neil, Aleen Movsesian, Julian Movsesian and Mike James

The Philip Myers Band

Vanessa Arevalo and Cameron Mathison

The ballroom

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