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 $250 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 $2,500 to $100,000, with increasing levels of recognition and backing crucial youth programs. Learn More
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. Learn More
Our Prior Honoree
In 2019, we presented the Alfredo J. Molina Community Lifeline Award to Sissie Roberts Shank, the CEO and President of Chas Roberts AC and Plumbing. As a woman in a predominately male-driven field, she leverages her expertise to aide other Arizona businesses by serving on the board of Knight-Swift Transportation Holdings, Inc., and on the Advisory Board for AMERCO, the parent company of U-Haul.
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), and Sissie Roberts Shank (2019).
At Connections of Hope 2019, coordinated by Event Chair Tina Majerle, the night began with live teen entertainment by rockabilly band The Joeys. Katie Raml emceed the event as the Mistress of Ceremonies, and we presented the Alfredo J. Molina award to Sissie Roberts Shank. The event included an exciting live and silent auction run by auctioneer Letitia Frye. We ended the night with heartwarming stories of peer counselors Madison and Malachi and the presentation of the Peer Counselor of the Year Award to peer counselor Andi.
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.