An Evening to Celebrate Arizona’s Youth
Connections of Hope is the largest fundraiser supporting Teen Lifeline each year, supporting the “connections of hope” found daily by troubled teens on our peer-to-peer hotline. At $300 per ticket, you’ll enjoy a delectable dinner, exceptional youth entertainment, live and silent auctions, and an opportunity to support our life-saving work.
Become a Sponsor Becoming a sponsor has benefits for both you and the youth Teen Lifeline serves. Sponsorships range from $3,000 to $100,000, with increasing levels of recognition and backing crucial youth programs. Sponsorship opportunities
Donate Items for Auction The gala’s auctions are an important source of our funds, only possible through supporters’ generosity. Items include getaways, home services, and unique pieces. All proceeds go towards preventing teen suicide. Donate to our auction
Our 2022 Honoree
Founder & Publisher Commercial Real Estate Magazine
Alfredo J. Molina Community Lifeline Award
At Connections of Hope, we honor a local philanthropist with the Alfredo J. Molina Community Lifeline Award for their extraordinary contributions to the service of others, particularly to youth. The recipient serves as a community role model, inspiring others with their personal and professional integrity, leadership, and compassion.
Previous award recipients include Alfredo J. Molina (2004), Peter Thomas (2005), Carole and Bob Machiz (2006), Derrick Hall (2007), Linda and Bill Pope (2008), John R. Norton III (2009), Bridget Pettis (2011), Jerry Colangelo (2012), Larry Fitzgerald Jr. (2013), Jordin Sparks (2014), Donald Tapia (2015), Tom Hatten (2016), Erik Olsson (2017), David Alexander (2018), Sissie Roberts Shank (2019), and Lorry Bottrill (2021).
Highlights from 2021’s Event
On the evening of Friday, October 1, 2021, Arizona’s healthcare community came together to support teen suicide prevention at Teen Lifeline’s Connections of Hope Gala, coordinated by Event Chairs Barbara & Hugh Lytle of Equality Health. Read about the event on LinkedIn.
The Community Lifeline Award went to Lorry Bottrill of Mercy Care, and Peer of the Year went to Gregory & Alex. Entertainment included Mistress of Ceremonies Carey Peña, teen band The Joeys, live & silent auctions run by auctioneer Letitia Frye, stories from peer counselors Ria & Emma, and a VIP after-party with guitarist Esteban & violinist Teresa Joy.
This event has both live and silent auctions, with proceeds supporting Teen Lifeline and our life-saving work in teen suicide prevention. The items in our auctions often include one-of-a-kind experiences (such as with sports teams like the Phoenix Suns or the Diamondbacks) and luxury items with high-tier donors such as Black Starr & Frost.
If you would like to donate an auction item, click here for more information.