[Phoenix, Ariz]— We’ve all heard the phrase, “When life gives you lemons, make lemonade”. The proverb is meant to remind us to make the most of any difficult situation we are faced with. At the Phoenix Children’s Hospital, many young patients and their families are forced to fight through and deal with unbelievably challenging circumstances every day. In order to raise money for the PCH Center for Cancer and Blood Disorders, the charitable arm of the hospital is hosting the 22nd annual Beach Ball on Saturday, February 28, 2015, presented by University of Phoenix. This year’s theme has aptly been named The Lemonade Soirée.
There are an extremely limited number of tickets still available for the highly-anticipated event, but they are going fast. Last year’s Beach Ball raised an astonishing $1,005,000 and this year’s event organizers are hoping to top that amount. One of the ways the PCH Foundation plans to reach its goals will be through both a silent and live auction at the gala. A fully loaded custom 2012 Jeep Wrangler Unlimited, donated by philanthropic Valley resident Scott Bindley, will be one of the highlights of the live auction.
The 2012 Wrangler has only 30,000 miles on it and holds the balance of a three-year manufacturer’s warranty. Thanks to donations from Total Auto Pros, Discount Tire, Cactus Jeep and Off-Road, Soundwerks Scottsdale, Airaid Industries, RK Sport, and Limitless Automotive Solutions, the stock vehicle that Bindley purchased went from average to outstanding in just a matter of weeks. The Jeep currently features a lifted TeraFlex suspension, custom hood, custom front and rear bumpers, Black Rhino wheels, 37 -inch Pro Comp tires and a heavy-duty tire carrier, custom Katzkin leather interior, back up camera, Bushwacker fenders, tinted windows, N-Fab steps, custom air-intake system and a sophisticated A/V system, featuring a DVD touchscreen. A gorgeous satin white pearl vehicle wrap and strong black accents complete the Jeep’s transformation. “4PHXKDS” is proudly displayed as the personalized plate on the vehicle, with proceeds from the sale directly benefiting the Center for Cancer and Blood Disorders at Phoenix Children’s Hospital.
“The generosity and support of our community is humbling,” said Steve Schnall, SVP and Chief Development Officer Phoenix Children’s Hospital Foundation. “When given the opportunity to step up for Phoenix Children’s Hospital, it is always amazing to see the extraordinary efforts people are willing to make for our community’s most vulnerable children. We are incredibly grateful to Scott and the other sponsors for making this vehicle one of the coolest auction items we’ve ever seen.”
Phoenix Children’s Hospital is home to one of the largest and most well respected pediatric cancer and blood disorder programs in the state. Some areas the hospital specializes in are Early Drug Development, Survivor/Long-Term Follow Up and Neuro-oncology, in addition to the Solid Tumor/Vascular Program, Liquid Tumor Program, and the Ottosen Family Blood and Marrow Transplant Program. Sadly close to 300 children and teenagers are diagnosed and treated for cancer each year, with close to 70 of them receiving some type of treatment each day.
Since the very first Beach Ball event in 1993, the annual charitable festivities have raised more than 13.5 million dollars for Phoenix Children’s Hospital.
For additional information about Beach Ball, the silent auction or donating to the Foundation, please visit www.pchbeachball.com as well as the event’s Facebook page at www.facebook.com/PCHBeachBall