Noche para los Niños
Text by Elaina Verhoff   Images Courtesy of Kids In Focus

A fun-filled evening to benefit Kids In Focus,
a nonprofit organization to help at-risk youth.

Above: Supporters of the nonprofit Kids in Focus will celebrate the third Noche para los Niños on November 4. 

After a year’s hiatus, one of the most popular philanthropic events in the Valley will return. On Thursday, November 4, beginning  at 6 p.m., Kids in Focus will hosts its third Noche para los Niños (Night for the Children) at the Arizona Heritage Center at Papago Park, located at 1300 North College Avenue, Tempe.

Kids in Focus is a nonprofit organization dedicated to helping Maricopa County’s most at-risk youth see life through a new lens by providing resilience-building photography mentoring programs. 

Billie Jo and Judd Herberger, well-known for their philanthropic generosity and dedication to the arts, will be returning as Honorary Chairs for the 3rd Annual Noche para los Niños (Night for the Children) event.

“This program has an incredibly positive impact on the lives of some of the most underserved children in our community,” said Billie Jo Herberger, “We joyfully signed on once again as honorary chairs, and we’re excited to help raise awareness and funds for this organization that so effectively shares the uplifting power of the arts with kids who so desperately need this bright light in their lives.”

Above: The evening will feature a pageant of performers including contortionists, jugglers, tarot card readers, and a mentalist among other entertainers. 

“Having the support of Billie Jo and Judd Herberger, two of Arizona’s most beloved philanthropists, has truly elevated our presence in the community,” says Kids in Focus Executive Director Karen Shell. “The Herbergers bring an incredible amount of awareness, generosity, and passion to our event, and we are unbelievably blessed that they have chosen to serve as our Honorary Chairs again this year. With this duo on board, the sky’s the limit!”

Chaired by Stephanie Nowack, former CEO of the Tempe Tourism Office, Noche para los Niños is a spectacular Día de los Muertos (Day of the Dead)– inspired celebration for adults to benefit Kids in Focus. This exciting and mysterious evening will feature a pageant of performers including contortionists, jugglers, tarot card readers, a mentalist, as well as other surprises. Guests will also enjoy a hosted bar, delicious food stations from prominent Valley restaurants, a silent auction, raffle, and a stunning display of photos created by participants in the Kids in Focus program. 

“After taking a year off from events, we cannot wait to welcome our supporters to another spectacular Noche de los Niños this November, says Karen Shell, founder and executive director of Kids in Focus. “The funds raised from this incredible event will help us reach even more kids who need this positive impact in their lives. Graduates of the Kids in Focus program experience profound improvements in behavior, attitude and self-confidence, and develop a resiliency that stays with them for life.” 

Above: Kids in Focus, a nonprofit organization, is dedicated to helping at-risk youth see life through a new lens by providing resilience-building photography mentoring programs.

Each year over 78,600 Arizona children experience the trauma of abuse, neglect and/or homelessness. Kids in Focus transforms the lives and outlooks of more than 700 kids annually, connecting with children through partnerships with local organizations including Children First Leadership Academy, Boys and Girls Clubs, Sequoia Deaf School, and several foster care agencies.

Funds raised at Noche para los Niños will be used to fund Kids in Focus’ intensive photography mentoring programs for at-risk children in Maricopa County. Through field trips, one-on-one time with mentors and the healing powers of photography, the children take a journey of creativity culminating in a public photography exhibit, a hardbound book and new self-confidence and hope for the future.


Kids in Focus is a Phoenix-based nonprofit organization that inspires hope and fosters positive outcomes in children starting at age 10 who come from backgrounds of poverty, homelessness, neglect, and abuse. Through the restorative power of photography and with the guidance of dedicated mentors, the kids are inspired to open their eyes to their own potential and self-worth. Since 2012, the organization has transformed the lives of thousands of kids in need, equipping them with the tools to shift from surviving to thriving. For more information, visit 

Tickets are $175 through September 30.
Tickets purchased after that date are $200.
A limited number of tables can be purchased for $3,500.
Sponsorship packages are also available.
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