On October 14th, Children’s Action Alliance hosted their annual luncheon fundraiser, Through the Eyes of a Child, at the Wyndham Phoenix Hotel. I was honored, as a supporter and former employee (yes, I am biased…) to cover this event for the 4th year! Like last year, I was grateful for the assistance of Chris Frailey. Several of the images in this post are his.
This year, the prominent children’s advocacy organization in Arizona honored the life’s work of Armando Flores and State Senator-Turned-Representative Debbie McCune-Davis, pictured above. Catherine Anaya (below) of CBS News 5 in Phoenix once again graciously served as Mistress of Ceremonies.
The crowd was entertainment by local youth chorus Voce, and also heard from Laura Jasso about the importance of programs that assist grandparents raising grandchildren. Laua and her two beautiful granddaughters are pictured below.
Prior to the formal program, guests gathered in the ballroom lobby for the annual silent auction, which by tradition comprised entirely of items either made by local children, or representing an aspect of childhood. Isn’t that such a great idea?
Covering this event means a great deal to me personally – it fact, it was a rather joyous reunion and I had to keep reminding myself I was there to work! It was so fun to see so many old friends and colleagues.
And last but not least, it was fun to shoot a job in the same room where three years ago, Nathan and I were married! Our wedding reception was right in this very ballroom. It was fun to be back, especially to see the Wyndham’s Michael I., my wedding savior. Those of you that know him love him too. It’s impossible not to! Right? 🙂
Thank you to CAA and all my good friends in Phoenix for inviting me back to TEOC again! It was truly an honor. Congratulations to the well-deserving awardees, and to CAA for another successful and fun event. And last but certainly not least, thank you, Chris, for your support and excellent work again this year. It’s so nice to have a partner! I appreciate you and hope to work together again soon.