Children’s Museum Gala Creates Swashbuckling Good Time on Treasure Island

Party at downtown Phoenix museum benefits Every Child Program, providing free or reduced admission passes to children, families.

The Children’s Museum of Phoenix hosted its 2016 gala, Treasure Island, on April 16. The fun party under the stars drew 332 guests to the museum and raised $204,977 to benefit the museum’s Every Child Program.

Festivities began with a dual cocktail party/culinary adventure inside the museum. The tasty appetizers were provided by Blue Hound Kitchen & Cocktails, Bootleggers Modern American Smokehouse, District American Kitchen & Wine Bar, Jewel’s Bakery & Café, JW Marriott Phoenix Desert Ridge and Ruth’s Chris Steak House. Silent auction items were displayed throughout the first and second floors of the museum.

For dinner, the party moved to the museum’s parking lot, which was decorated in the Treasure Island theme. The dinner was catered by Copper Square Kitchen. During dinner, the live auction featured five items, with two Adele Live VIP packages selling at $7,500 each.

The individual Kids at Heart Award was given to Terry Hanson, and APS received the corporate Kids at Heart Award.

Back inside the museum, guests danced to music provided by DJ Mr. Phoenix at the after party, and enjoyed sweet treats provided by The Melting Pot Restaurant, Chestnut, Fairytale Brownies, Kick Ass Kakes and Artizen Restaurant at the Camby.

Brandi Hunt and Christy Stofko co-chaired the evening.

The Every Child Program provides 50,000 free or reduced admission passes to low-income, at-risk children and their families annually.


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Amy Roman bids in the live auction.

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Tammy McLeod accepts the Corporate Kids at Heart Award for APS

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Kate Well, Children’s Museum of Phoenix CEO, and Kim Covington

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Ruth’s Chris Steakhouse, cocktail hour culinary donor

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Dinner under the stars

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The Dread Fleet

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Marwan and Ida Sabbagh

Terry Hanson receiving the Kids at Heart Award from Becky Lieberman, CMoP Board Chair crop

Terry Hanson receives the Kids at Heart Award from Becky Lieberman, Children’s Museum of Phoenix board chair.

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