text and photos courtesy of Childhelp

Above: Singer, songwriter, author and actress, Jewel

On January 13, the annual Drive the Dream Gala was held at the Arizona Biltmore Resort. The event netted a record of $1.4 million-plus to benefit Childhelp. The Phoenix-based nonprofit is dedicated to the prevention and treatment of child abuse and neglect. Funds from the party will lend support to Childhelp programs and services in Arizona, including the Childhelp Children’s Advocacy Center of Arizona, dedicated to the late Linda Pope.

Grimaldi’s Pizzeria presented the sold-out gala, which was co-chaired by Ivy Ciolli, Erika Williams and Chrissy Sayare. The theme they selected was A Dream is a Wish Your Heart Makes, celebrating a child’s journey from hardship to hope through Childhelp.

Top, left: Jim and Carol Hebets with Carolyn and Craig Jackson. Top, right: The ballroom décor.
Bottom, left to right: Carol Hebets, Ivy Ciolli, Chrissy Sayare, Sara O’Meara, Yvonne Fedderson and Erika Williams.

A horse-drawn Cinderella carriage greeted guests as they arrived for the Saturday evening affair. Many of the female guests carried out the theme by wearing Cinderella and Disney-inspired gowns.

Cameron Mathison, Entertainment Tonight team correspondent and weekend co-anchor, best known for his role on All My Children, served as the evening’s emcee. The 14th annual Childhelp Drive the Dream Gala awardees included John Stamos, Childhelp Lifetime Achievement Award; Carolyn and Craig Jackson, Childhelp Spirit of the Children Award; and Brand Drivers, Childhelp Nellie Jackson Award.

Top, left: Jesse and Amanda Holt. Top, right: Pat and Bob Bondurant.
Bottom, left: The Philip Myers Band. Bottom, right: Vanessa Arevalo and Cameron Mathison.

Guests at the soiree were treated to entertainment by four-time Grammy nominee, singer-songwriter, author and actress Jewel, as well as CeeLo Green, the Philip Myers Band and Christopher Macchio.

In addition to Grimaldi’s Pizzeria, Phoenix Raceway Charities, NFP, Pacific Life, Penn Mutual, Brand Drivers, Blue Cross Blue Shield, Premier Strategy Group and Jackson Family Foundation provided corporate sponsorship.

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