Night of Heroes Gala

Save the Date

OCTOBER 8, 2020



Dear Sponsors, Friends and Supporters,

The Positive Paths Board of Directors has made the difficult decision to postpone the April 16th Night of Heroes Gala in the wake of the spread of the novel coronavirus, or COVID-19. The decision was made in order to focus on the health and safety of our event guests, venue staff, employees, volunteers, and, of course, the women we serve and their families.

Tickets and sponsorships will be valid for the new date, October 8, 2020, at Stonebridge Manor in Mesa. Stay tuned for more event updates as we get closer to the fall.

We thank you for your support and look forward to seeing you at the Night of Heroes Gala on October 8. If you have any questions, please contact us at 480-788-0615 or email


Igniting a Future: Night of Heroes Gala

Thursday, October 8, 2020

Stonebridge Manor

Join us in honoring the East Valley Man and Woman of the Year 2020.
Through your generosity, the funds raised at our annual gala
allow us to continue to support East Valley women.

A Night of Heroes Gala

2020 Man and Woman of the Year

Jessica Nicely

After many years working for other child abuse prevention organizations, Jessica took her vision and leadership to a new level when she founded Winged Hope Family Advocacy Foundation in 2013. This non-profit organization based in Gilbert, Arizona, is dedicated to supporting individuals and families who have been victims of child abuse, domestic violence, and other traumas, by way of offering direct victim services, developing advocacy centers and renovating shelters, and providing training and education in awareness, prevention and treatment. A victim herself, Jessica understands the emotional and physical consequences and challenges of trauma.

Jessica has created Advocacy Centers that are safe, functional and respectful. She is currently planning Family Advocacy Centers in Chandler and Gilbert. Jessica’s expertise in development and design for advocacy centers is essential, as they offer victim exams, investigations, and support services. Jessica works with medical teams, law enforcement, social services agencies, state officials, and most importantly the victims and families.

In addition, Jessica has been a spokesperson for Prevent Child Abuse America’s Arizona Chapter and is currently a speaker for the Arizona ACE (Adverse Childhood Experiences) Consortium. For eight years, she volunteered on the Arizona Foster Care Review Board. Because of her expertise, commitment, and desire to help women and families, Jessica is most deserving of being named the 2020 East Valley Woman of the Year.

Dr. Brad Smith

Since 2002, Dr. Brad Smith has served as the Medical Director and primary on-site physician for Mission of Mercy’s (MOM) free mobile medical program for the uninsured, where 64 percent of all patients served are women. He manages the day-to-day operations at seven clinic locations, overseeing nearly 200 clinic volunteers and providing direct supervision of physicians and medical students in the clinic setting.

Dr. Smith has overseen the successful expansion of the Arizona medical program from three to seven clinics since 2008 to meet the demand for primary care services for underserved families in communities throughout Maricopa County. With two sites in the East Valley, clinics in Mesa and Chandler have provided critical assistance to women and families. Their mission is to restore dignity, “healing through love,” by providing free healthcare.

For more than 18 years, Dr. Smith has positively impacted the lives of thousands of uninsured women and children across the Valley. Women of all ages have had their health restored while receiving quality, compassionate care under his leadership. We are proud to honor Dr. Smith as the 2020 East Valley Man of the Year.

2020 Legacy Award Recipient

Paula Wirth

Paula Wirth exemplifies the true meaning of service and volunteerism. For more than two decades, she has been a leader at every level for many East Valley causes and organizations. Paula has overseen school bond and override elections, and she has served as President of the YMCA Board. Her work with Soroptimist led her to becoming a founding member of the Desert Cancer Foundation of Arizona (DCFA) in 1998.

Since then, she has been essential to DCFA’s mission of helping women who are uninsured or underinsured obtain the breast cancer screenings to which they would not otherwise have access. In addition to serving as the DCFA Board President, she has held other positions on the Executive Board, and chaired numerous events. Paula’s media relations work for DCFA has raised awareness of the organization for both the target population and for numerous medical professionals who have donated their time and resources in response to Paula’s passionate championing of the mission. Paula’s personal fundraising efforts have resulted in over $100,000 in contributions—leading to over 1,500 Arizona women receiving mammograms—and her leadership in organizing DCFA’s major events has led to even more funding and lifesaving assistance for the women of Arizona.

Paula is being honored with the East Valley Legacy Award, a fitting tribute to someone who has made a critical difference in the lives of so many woman and East Valley families.

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