Connections of Hope 2015: A Recap

Weren’t able to attend COH this year? No worries, we got you covered!

Chaired by Mandy Purcell, the gala event proved to be our biggest yet with record-breaking attendance and a record-breaking OVER HALF A MILLION dollars raised in support of area youth!

Executive Director Michelle Moorhead, Jeff Fields, Mandy Purcell
Executive Director Michelle Moorhead, Board of Director’s Secretary Jeff Fields, Event Chair Mandy Purcell (© Alyssa Campbell Photography)

Taking place at the Omni Scottsdale Resort & Spa at Montelucia, the event opened with a silent auction as attendees began arriving and mingling.

In the reception hall, ABC15’s very own Katie Raml welcomed everyone as our “Mistress of Ceremonies” for the evening!

Once food was served, Lelea & 3Nations accompanied the courses with some sweet musical sounds. Fun Fact: The band was formed at last year’s Connections of Hope event and we were absolutely delighted to have them back again this year!

Lelea & 3Nations perform during dinner.
Lelea & 3Nations perform during dinner. (© Alyssa Campbell Photography)

A live auction also took place with attendee’s bidding on trips to Italy, Utah, and opportunities to eat with Diamondback’s great Luis Gonzalez! A special thanks to “auctiontainer”, Letitia Frye, who MC’ed the auction.

The night also featured personal stories from Peer Counselors. Then, Executive Director Michelle Moorhead presented the Peer of the Year award to Jackman Rice (above story).

Donald Tapia receives the Alfredo J. Molina Community Lifeline Award.
Donald Tapia receives the Alfredo J. Molina Community Lifeline Award. (© Alyssa Campbell Photography)

The culmination of the night was the presentation of the Alfredo J. Molina Community Lifeline Award. Named after it’s inaugural recipient, the award is given to those who provide hope in the community through their philanthropic endeavors.

This year’s award was bestowed to Donald Tapia for his service to children & youth, the disadvantaged, animal welfare, first responders, and veterans.
The night ended with plenty of dancing as Nate Nathan & the MacDaddy O’s played us out!
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Nate Nathan & The MacDaddy O’s (© Alyssa Campbell Photography)

We thank EVERYONE who helped make this night a success! That includes our event advisors: Shannon Barthelemy, Stacey Caron, Jennifer Collins, Renee Dee, Amanda Eisenfeld, and Alfredo J. Molina. Plus, thank you to our event coordinator, Dottie Kobik, for making the night flow seamlessly. A big thanks to our Advisory Council memberDave Alexander for his support and leadership! And THANK YOU to all the volunteers who helped us spread HOPE to the community!

If you attended, we thank you for sharing the evening with us. If you weren’t able to attend, you can STILL be a connection of hope for youth in crisis by heading over to our website and learning more about where your dollars go.

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