Wish Ball Raises $3M

All proceeds to be used to grant wishes

Make-A-Wish Arizona raised more than $3 million at its sold-out Wish Ball on March 30. The event at the JW Marriott Scottsdale Camelback Inn and Spa was presented by Phusion Projects and will help grant more than 300 future wishes to Arizona children with critical illnesses.

More than 1,000 guests attended the event, themed Wishes in Bloom. Six live auction items raised more than $500,000, and the Fund-A-Wish auction collected more than $800,000 before long-time donors Renee and Bob Parsons pledged a $1 million donation.

“Renee and I know that there is nothing more powerful than a wish,” said Bob Parsons. “It gives hope. It provides healing, love and excitement. Renee and I are proud to make a Fund-A-Wish donation of $1 million.”

Stephanie Linnenkamp and Amy Walters co-chaired the gala. In addition to Phusion Projects, corporate sponsors included Harley Davidson of Scottsdale/The Bob & Renee Parsons Foundation, Discover and Grimaldi’s.

PHOTOS COURTESY MAKE-A-WISH ARIZONA

Adam Stine, board chair Make-A-Wish Arizona, and Nichole Stine  BLISSFUL BRUNETTE PHOTOGRAPHY  

Bob Duffy and Susan Whittaker  BLISSFUL BRUNETTE PHOTOGRAPHY

Brandon and Jamie Luna  BLISSFUL BRUNETTE PHOTOGRAPHY

Dena Zell, Mary Holman, Gayle Holland, Catherine Anaya (Wish Ball emcee), Pat Bondurant, Bea Rocklin, Lea Woodford, Shannon Thorpe, Julie Jeffrey, Katee Lauchner, Debbie Gaby  DYNAMIC STILLS PHOTOGRAPHY

Clive and Janet Cussler  LOREN ANDERSON PHOTOGRAPHY

The Grimaldi Family  DYNAMIC STILLS PHOTOGRAPHY

Oliver and Kristen Badgio with Rod and Jill Riley  MARK SKALNY PHOTOGRAPHY   Shane and Adrienne Power  BLISSFUL BRUNETTE PHOTOGRAPHY

Isabel Sakir, one of the six featured Wish Kid Ambassadors for the 2019 Wish Ball.  MARK SKALNY PHOTOGRAPHY 

Jameson and Irina Van Houten  BLISSFUL BRUNETTE PHOTOGRAPHY

Jay Petkunas and Morgan Manning  MARK SKALNY PHOTOGRAPHY

Jessica and RJ Suzuki  BLISSFUL BRUNETTE PHOTOGRAPHY

Katie Wilson and Brett Tremaine  BLISSFUL BRUNETTE PHOTOGRAPHY

Lark Loren, wish kid, during cocktail reception  MARK SKALNY PHOTOGRAPHY

2019 Wish Kids  MARK SKALNY PHOTOGRAPHY

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