Childhelp Wings to Honor Tiffany Quayle

Honoree ‘pays it forward’ for her mother

On April 28, the Phoenix Wings Chapter of Childhelp will host its 13th Annual Childhelp Wings Fashion Show Luncheon. Co-chaired by Jennifer Archuleta and Alexis Earnhardt, the event at the Omni Scottsdale Resort and Spa at Montelucia will feature live and silent auctions, and fashion trends on the runway presented by local celebrities, Wings members and their children and grandchildren. ABC 15’s Nick Ciletti will emcee, along with actress Laura Marano, best known for her role as Ally Dawson in the Disney Channel series Austin & Ally.

A highlight of the day will be the presentation of the Childhelp Heart of An Angel Award to Tiffany Quayle. This is the fourth year this award has been given. Previous honorees include Laurie and Bill Eckholm, Marilyn and Dan Quayle, and Ivy and Joey Ciolli.

Tiffany and her husband, Ben, are parents to three daughters, seven-and-a-half-year-old Evie, five-year-old Willa, and eight-month-old Tori. The family – including the girls, whether biking or in strollers – actively support Team Taylor in the Arcadia Family Fun Run, which raises money for SIDS research and will be held Sun., April 7. In addition, Tiffany has been involved in PANDA for 15 years.

She first learned about Childhelp from former U.S. Vice President Dan Quayle and his wife, Marilyn – her in-laws and longtime supporters of the organization. Her first experience with Childhelp was at Drive the Dream, its signature fundraiser, when the gala affair was held in the big white tent at WestWorld of Scottsdale. Then she moved on to become part of the Phoenix Wings Chapter, whose fundraising efforts specifically support Childhelp programs in Arizona and the Childhelp Children’s Advocacy Center of Arizona Dedicated to Linda Pope. Here, more than 600 abused and neglected children are served each month.

Participating in Wings benefits both the members and the children at the Advocacy Center, Tiffany explains. Founded in 1982 by Carol Hebets, who is referred to as the “Wings Founding Mother,” the Phoenix chapter celebrates the relationship between parents and children as they serve together. Throughout the year, various activities – such as creating holiday decorations for the Advocacy Center – are available for the generations to work together. The activities are fun and promote the value of serving others. For example, one all-chapter service project involved creating “Love Bags,” filling them with candy, toys and other trinkets. The bags were later distributed to children receiving Childhelp services.

“My in-laws are the reason I knew about Childhelp, but my own family experience makes me want to be involved. When my parents married, they made family their No. 1 priority,” she says. Her mother was always there for Tiffany and her three siblings to the point where they took her presence for granted. In addition, her parents were kind and took in anyone who needed a safe haven, whether it was a child, a relative, or a wounded or homeless animal. “Mom wanted to take care of everybody.”

When Tiffany chaired the Childhelp Wings Fashion Show Luncheon in 2016, her mother was battling cancer. She passed away shortly after that event. “Part of why I wanted to be involved in Childhelp was to honor my mother, to pay it forward for my mom.”

A significant contribution Tiffany has made to Wings is a sustainable pattern of leadership for the luncheon. When she was asked to be chair, she realized she probably didn’t have the experience necessary for the task. She asked her friend Addison Brown to co-chair the event with her. Then in 2017, she served in an advisory role as co-chair for Abby Traister (now Abby Leadon), the next chair. The pattern has carried over from year to year.

Recently Tiffany, who has been professionally involved in the technology sector throughout her career, has scaled back her work schedule. “I thought I would be more like my father than like my mother. I would work and be successful professionally. And I probably am more like my father. Now I want to be more like my mother. I want to ‘be there’ as my mom was there. Kids deserve to take that kind of unconditional love and support for granted. I’m always there for my girls – and always will be.”

 

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