Phoenix Children’s Hospital Announces 20th Annual Beach Ball
to Benefit Children’s Heart Center; Celebrates Hospital’s 30th Anniversary
The Phoenix Children’s Hospital Foundation has announced its 20th annual Beach Ball gala to benefit the Hospital’s Children’s Heart Center.
Phoenix Children’s will be in the midst of celebrating its 30th anniversary in 2013, with other events taking place throughout the year that will commemorate the Hospital’s years of service and excellence in pediatric care.
Held on Saturday, March 2, 2013, the Barcelona–themed event will bring members of the community and beyond together to celebrate the world-class care that the Phoenix Children’s Hospital has continued to provide for three decades in the Valley.
The event will be held at The Phoenician luxury resort in Scottsdale, Arizona, and once again, Apollo Group/University of Phoenix is the proud presenting sponsor.
Steve Schnall, Senior Vice President and Chief Development Officer of Phoenix Children’s Hospital said, “We are excited to be planning what is sure to be another fantastic event during a milestone year for both the Hospital and Beach Ball. He continued, “Each year, Beach Ball brings together members of this community who are giving of their time and generosity to benefit one of the largest and most respected children’s hospitals in the country. We are so fortunate to be a part of a community that fosters development with such a strong spirit of generosity.”
The Children’s Heart Center at Phoenix Children’s Hospital is the premier regional referral center in the Southwest for children with heart disease, and is the fifth-largest program of its kind in the United States. It proudly offers the most comprehensive inpatient and outpatient pediatric cardiac care to infants, children and teens with congenital heart defects, rhythm disturbances, heart failure and other cardiac-related problems. The Center’s surgeons also perform nearly one heart transplant each month.
Proceeds raised from the 2012 Beach Ball neared $1 million – a goal that this year’s event chairs hope to exceed for the Children’s Heart Center. The 2013 event is being co-chaired by Valley community members, Ferial Clay and Rhoda Rizkalla-Couvaras.
“We’re very excited to be supporting Phoenix Children’s Hospital by leading the planning for the hospital’s largest and 20th annual fundraiser,” said Clay. “What better way to honor and support all of the amazing work that Phoenix Children’s has accomplished over the years than with an event and cultural theme that celebrates life and passion. We’re looking forward to making this 2013 event a night to remember, for an incredible cause.”
Planning for the spring event is underway, with more than 70 members of the community coming together to volunteer their time, service and generosity for the benefit of the Hospital. Those interested in getting involved with the 2013 Beach Ball or future events are encouraged to do so and should contact, Dusty Whitney, Volunteer Coordinator at the Phoenix Children’s Hospital Foundation by email at
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Event and donation information may be found at www.pchbeachball.com, on the event’s Facebook page at www.facebook.com/PCHBeachBall or on Twitter at www.twitter.com/PCHBeachBall.
About Phoenix Children’s Hospital
Phoenix Children’s Hospital, ranked in U.S. News & World Report’s Best Children’s Hospitals, is Arizona’s only licensed children’s hospital, providing world-class care in more than 40 pediatric specialties to children from throughout the state and region. Phoenix Children’s is in the midst of a major expansion to meet the needs of the Southwest’s rapid population growth. The signature element of the expansion is a new 11-story, 750,000-square-foot tower that will enable the hospital to grow from 426 licensed beds today to a total of 626 licensed beds once the project is complete. The hospital’s expansion also includes an aggressive physician recruitment effort and new satellite centers in high growth areas of the Valley.
About Apollo Group/University of Phoenix
University of Phoenix is constantly innovating to help students balance education and life in a rapidly changing world. Flexible schedules, challenging courses and interactive learning can help students pursue personal and career aspirations without putting their lives on hold. As the flagship university of Apollo Group, Inc. (Nasdaq: APOL), University of Phoenix serves a diverse student population, offering associate, bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral degree programs from campuses and learning centers across the U.S. as well as online throughout the world. For more information, visit http://www.phoenix.edu.