Scottsdale Training & Rehab Services

Scottsdale Training & Rehab Services’ (STARS) annual fundraiser Fiesta Al Fresco takes place Oct. 19. STARS – which aims to improve the quality of life for individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities through day programs, on-site work centers, community-based employment training opportunities, and transition programs for young adults – raised $50,000 at last year’s fundraiser.

From glinting ball gowns and impassioned speeches to pristine-white golf clubs and live entertainment, Scottsdale boasts a robust lineup of philanthropic events this fall.

For many nonprofits, fall is the time of the year when they host their signature fundraising events. 

For example, Scottsdale Training & Rehab Services’ (STARS) annual fundraiser is Fiesta Al Fresco, a farm-to-table event featuring local, organic food prepared and served by Singh Meadows. 

“STARS has held its annual fundraiser, Fiesta, for 45 years,” said Anne H. Gray, director of advancement at STARS. “Two years ago, we re-did the event and left hotel ballrooms for Singh Meadows [in Tempe]. The event is now called Fiesta Al Fresco because it is held outside under the dark, starry Arizona skies.”

At Fiesta Al Fresco on Oct. 19, communal tables are canopied by strung lights, and the food is served family-style and accompanied by wine pairings.

“Fiesta Al Fresco is a time for our community to gather and celebrate the good work that goes on in our organization,” Gray said. “We work hard every day to improve the lives of people with developmental disabilities, and we come together to hear the impact of our work and to raise funds for the programs we offer.”

STARS — which aims to improve the quality of life for individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities through day programs, on-site work centers, community-based employment training opportunities, and transition programs for young adults — raised $50,000 at last year’s fundraiser.

In November, bright and early at Salt River Fields, the Walk to Defeat ALS benefitting ALS Association Arizona Chapter will take place. 

Raising money and awareness for Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS), the Walk to Defeat ALS event will be its biggest event to date, changing locations from Scottsdale Stadium to Salt River Fields. 

“This is our largest fundraiser of the year,” said Taryn Norley, president and CEO of the ALS Association Arizona Chapter, in a prepared statement. “It’s an incredible opportunity for the community to come together, support those living with ALS on a local level and donate to help fund our vital and free programs and services.”

Money raised from the event will go toward education, support groups, access to care, advocacy and finding a cure for ALS.

For the big spenders, Bourbon & Bones is currently offering a unique fundraiser opportunity on its menu.

Diners can order the ZD Abacus Dinner, a $22,000 dinner that includes a 3L Bottle of ZD Abacus — considered one of the rarest wines in the world — a hand-crafted, customized six-course meal featuring 12 32-oz. dry-aged tomahawk ribeye steaks; and limo transportation to and from the restaurant.

The money raised from the dinner goes directly to UMOM New Day Centers, a provider of shelter, housing and services for people experiencing homelessness.

Celebrating its 20th anniversary this year, Hunkapi Programs will host its 4th annual signature fundraiser, Open Your Heart Gala, on Oct. 11. 

Taking place on the nonprofit’s property, the gala features a farm-to-table dinner catered by a surprise local celebrity chef.

All funds raised from the event will support the services offered by Hunkapi, including therapeutic riding, counseling, emotional regulation, team building, addiction recovery and more.

“Every year, thousands of at-risk and differently abled people come through our gates seeking support,” said Terra Schaad, founder of Hunkapi Programs. “This gala allows us to celebrate our love stampede and fundraise to keep our crucial programs running.” 

Whether hosted by Scottsdale-based organizations, taking place in Scottsdale or prominently featuring Scottsdale residents, take a look at the upcoming galas and fundraisers ahead.

“We are fortunate to have generous donors and citizens who are committed to improving the lives of their fellow community members,” Gray said. “We are all tasked with raising funds to continue our missions, and the number of fundraisers indicate how important these events are and how committed our citizens are to improving lives.”

SEPTEMBER

ZD Abacus Dinner

Benefiting: UMOM New Day Centers

Event details: This fundraiser dinner includes a 3L Bottle of ZD Abacus (one of the rarest wines in the world); a hand-crafted, customized six-course meal featuring 12 32-oz. dry-aged tomahawk ribeye steaks; and limo transportation to and from the restaurant.

When: Now

Where: Bourbon & Bones, 4200 N. Scottsdale Road

Cost: $22,000

Website: bourbonandbonesaz.com

Scottsdale Fashion Square’s Esports Showcase

Benefiting: Phoenix Children’s Hospital

Event details: The inaugural Esports Showcase features high-ticket prizes and an opportunity to game with Arizona Coyotes players. All proceeds will benefit the PCH’s month-long Step Up. Stop Cancer. campaign to raise $1 million for cancer and blood disorders.

When: Sept. 14, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.

Where: 7014 E. Camelback Road, Microsoft Store and Palm Court Food Court

Cost: $25

Website: fashionsquare.com

Bends & Brunch

Benefiting: Homeward Bound

Event details: One hour of yoga on the northeast lawn, followed by brunch at Riot House in Scottsdale.

When: Sept. 15, 9 a.m.-12 p.m.

Where: Scottsdale Civic Center Park, 3939 N. Drinkwater Blvd.

Cost: $50

Website: homewardboundaz.org

19th annual Behind the Flames Annual Scottsdale Firefighter Charities Dinner

Benefiting: Scottsdale Firefighters

Event details: Hall of Fame Arizona Diamondbacks pitcher Randy Johnson, Olympic swimming Gold Medalist Misty Hyman and inspirational musical composer and rapper Isaiah Acosta will headline a special night September 22, 2019 celebrating heroic Scottsdale Firefighters and the charities they support.

When: Sept. 22, 5 p.m.

Where: Dominick’s Steakhouse, 15169 N. Scottsdale Road

Cost: $150+

Contact: 602-799-9543, ptocco@scottsdalefirefighters.org

OCTOBER

4th Annual Open Your Heart Gala

Benefiting: Hunkapi Programs

Event details: A farm-to-table dinner catered by a surprise local celebrity chef. 

When: Oct. 11, 5:30 p.m.

Where: Hunkapi Programs, 12051 N. 96th St.

Cost: $250+

Website: hunkapi.org

9th Biennial Celebrity Golf Tournament

Benefiting: The Alice Cooper Solid Rock Foundation, The LovePup Foundation and Phoenix Children’s Hospital

Event details: Debbie Gaby Charities partners with McCormick Ranch Golf Club and celebrity golfers, including Alice Cooper, Dave Pratt and Ike Davis, media personalities, musicians and athletes for a day of friendly competition.

When: Oct. 14, 7 a.m.

Where: McCormick Ranch Golf Club, 7505 E. McCormick Pkwy.

Cost: $75+

Website: debbiegabycharities.org

Havana Nights

Benefiting: Camelot Therapeutic Hosemanship

Event details: An evening filled with stories of inspiration and achievement, as well as drinks, dinner, raffle, live and silent auctions, and a special presentation featuring Shining Star Bridget Korn and Camelot Alumni Patrick Bonner & Evan Richardson.

When: Oct 18, 6-10 p.m.

Where: Scottsdale Plaza Resort, 7200 N. Scottsdale Road

Cost: $125+

Website: camelotaz.org

Fiesta Al Fresco

Benefiting: STARS (Scottsdale Training & Rehab Services)

Event details: An evening complete with music and artwork for sale from the STARS’ participants, as well as a farm-to-table meal prepared and served by Singh Meadows. 

When: Oct. 19, 5:30-8:30 p.m.

Where: Singh Meadows, 1490 E. Weber Dr.

Cost: $175+

Website: starsaz.org

The Applause! Gala

Benefiting: The Phoenix Theatre Company

Event details: Chaired by Scottsdale residents Nan and C.A. Howlett, the centennial gala features an original musical tribute highlighting the history of the Phoenix Theatre Company, as well as dinner on the lawn and dancing under the stars.

When: Oct. 19, 5:30 p.m.

Where: The Phoenix Theatre Company, 1825 N. Central Ave.

Cost: $1,000+

Website: phoenixtheatre.com

10th Annual Buckles and Bangles Gala

Benefiting: UMOM New Day Centers

Event details: This Western dinner gala, which includes a silent and live auctions, a raffle and live music by Mogollon, will benefit families, single women and youth experiencing homelessness. 

When: Oct. 25, 6 p.m.

Where: Westin Kierland Resort and Spa, 6902 E. Greenway Pkwy.

Cost: $325+

Website: umom.org/b&b

NOVEMBER

19th annual Walk to Defeat ALS

Benefiting: ALS Association Arizona Chapter

Event details: A 3K or one-mile course to raise money for ALS education, support groups, access to care, advocacy and finding a cure.

When: Nov. 2, 8 a.m.

Where: Salt River Fields, 7555 N. Pima Road

Cost: Free, but donations are encouraged

Website: web.alsa.org/scottsdale

A McNight to Remember Around the World in 80 Days

Benefiting: Ronald McDonald House Charities of Central and Northern Arizona

Event details: A silent auction with dinner auction and awards presentations, followed by an after party hosted by the Red Shoe Society, a group of young professionals supporting Ronald McDonald House Charities.

When: Nov. 2 

Where: JW Marriott Scottsdale Camelback Inn Resort & Spa, 5402 E. Lincoln Dr.

Cost: $300+

Website: rmhccnaz.org

14th Annual Firetag Invitational Golf Tournament 

Benefiting: Teen Lifeline

Event details: The event, which includes breakfast, golf, cowboy-style lunch, prizes for team and individual play, a drawing and a silent auction, honors the memory of Jules Firetag, Teen Lifeline’s founding board president and cherished supporter.

When: Nov. 8, 7 a.m.

Where: Scottsdale Silverado Golf Course, 7605 E. Indian Bend Road

Cost: $200+

Website: teenlifeline.org/golf

The New Roaring ’20s Gala

Benefiting: Phoenix Boys Choir

Event details: Valley resident and radio host Rich Berra of the nationally syndicated morning show “The Johnjay and Rich Show” will serve as master of ceremonies. The ’20s-themed cover band, Jackie Lopez & Jazzola will perform live. Then, the highly anticipated choral performances by Phoenix Boys Choir’s Tour and Masters Men’s Choirs. Guests will also have the opportunity to bid on items in the silent and live auctions. 

When: Nov. 9, 6-10 p.m.

Where: Hotel Valley Ho, 6850 E. Main St.

Cost: $200

Website: boyschoir.org/roaring20sgala

19th annual Promise Ball Gala

Benefiting: JDRF Arizona Chapter

Event details: Black-tie fundraiser themed “Unstoppable Now” includes live and silent auctions, dinner and entertainment to help fund a cure for Type 1 Diabetes. Last year, the chapter raised more than $2 million.

When: Nov. 9, 6 p.m.

Where: JW Marriott Scottsdale Camelback Inn Resort & Spa, 5402 E. Lincoln Dr.

Cost: $500+

Website: jdrfpromiseballphoenix.org

GoDaddy’s Live & Local

Benefiting: Girls Clubs of Greater Scottsdale 

Event details: Tasting booths featuring popular local restaurants and entertainment by Nate Nathan and the MacDaddy-O’s and DJ Miss Mixx.

When: Nov. 10, 6 p.m.

Where: Desert Ridge Marketplace, 21001 N. Tatum Blvd.

Cost: $150

Website: bgcs.org

3rd annual Pima Center Community Walk

Benefiting: Phoenix Children’s Hospital

Event details: A one- and two-mile walk through Plexus’ business park to support health and wellness for children and raise funds for PCH.

When: Nov. 12, 8 a.m.

Where: Plexus Headquarters, 9145 E. Pima Center Pkwy.

Cost: $25

Website: phoenixchildrens.com

Relay For Life of OdySea in the Desert

Benefiting: American Cancer Society

Event details: The American Cancer Society Relay For Life movement is the world’s largest peer-to-peer fundraising event to save lives from cancer. 

When: Nov. 23, 10 a.m.

Where: OdySea in the Desert, 9500 E. Via de Ventura

Cost: Free, but donations are encouraged

Website: relayforlife.org/odyseaaz

DECEMBER

Starry Night, An ARTrageous Gala

Benefiting: Scottsdale Arts

Event details: Live performances to help celebrate 20 years of the Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art.

When: Dec. 7, 5—10 p.m.

Where: Scottsdale Arts Campus, 7380 E. Second St.

Cost: $500+

Website: scottsdalearts.org

29th annual Poinsettia Tea

Benefiting: Duet

Event details: Enjoy scones, sandwiches, desserts and entertainment by The Shannon Wallace Quartet featuring Charles Lewis while supporting Duet’s mission to promote health and well-being through vitally needed services to homebound adults, family caregivers, faith communities and grandfamilies.

When: Dec. 15, 1:30 p.m.

Where: Hyatt Regency Scottsdale Resort & Spa At Gainey Ranch, 7500 E. Doubletree Ranch Road

Cost: $75+

Website: duetaz.org

2020:

A Night in Morocco

Benefiting: Child Crises Arizona

Event details: The Moroccan-themed gala raises funds for vulnerable children and families the nonprofit serves.

When: Feb. 29, 6 p.m.

Where: JW Marriott Scottsdale Camelback Inn Resort & Spa, 5402 E. Lincoln Dr.

Cost: TBD

Website: childcrisisaz.org