NOVEMBER 22, 2020
ANNUAL GALA REPLACED; GOLF EVENT SCHEDULED
Dear Sponsors, Friends and Supporters — The 2020 Night of Heroes Gala, which was originally scheduled for April 2020 and then postponed to October 2020, has now been replaced. Our fundraising efforts have had to change this year given the current environment, so we have looked for other ways to support our women, while honoring this year’s East Valley Man and Woman of the Year and Legacy Award recipient, and recognizing our incredible sponsors. Sponsors received a letter explaining that we featured them in our summer online silent auction and our August designer shoe raffle. Now we will also recognize them as sponsors of our first fall golf tournament. We thank you for your support as we continue to serve vulnerable women in our communities. If you have any questions, please contact us at 480-788-0615 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Igniting a Future: Golf Event
Sunday, November 22, 2020
Shotgun Start 8:00am
Red Mountain Ranch Country Club, Teton Circle, Mesa, AZ 85205
Cost is $125 per player or a foursome for $450. This includes:
use of the driving range and putting green
lots of fun games
a delicious BBQ lunch
a silent auction
a wine and spirits cork pull
30% discount on clothing in the pro shop (only valid day of the event)
It will be a fun foursome scramble format, with side games like closest to the pin, longest drive, longest putt, etc.. There will be great prizes:
1st place team: $100 each pro shop credit
2nd place team: $50 each pro shop credit
and lots more.
2020 Man and Woman of the Year
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 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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