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Saddle Up, The Child Crisis Arizona 46th Annual Gala
03.09.2024 06.00PM - 10.00PM
JW Marriott Scottsdale Resort & Spa - Scottsdale
Charity/Benefit Events


Child Crisis Arizona, a leading nonprofit organization dedicated to promoting the well-being and safety of children and families, will host its milestone 46th annual signature fundraising gala – a Yellowstone-themed event – at the JW Marriot Camelback Inn Resort & Spa in Scottsdale on March 9, starting at 6 p.m. The Saddle Up! gala will feature upscale ranch décor inspired by the hit Paramount Network show as well as the dramatic beauty of our own Sonoran Desert, and the attire is cowboy chic, with guests encouraged to “dress like a Dutton” on a big night out. Yes, this means boots!

During the event, guests will enjoy a gourmet dinner and signature cocktails as well as a slew of interactive entertainment options, including mechanical bull rides; photos with Burrito the burro; casino and western carnival games; a whiskey tasting bar; and the opportunity to create a one-of-a-kind cowboy or ranch hat – complete with jewels, feathers, leather, or ribbons – at the Child Crisis Arizona Hat Bar hosted by Scottsdale’s Rancher Hat Bar. There will also be live country music from Ryan and the Renegades throughout the evening, dancing, and a luxe silent auction as well as the chance to hear the first-person account of a member of the local community directly impacted by Child Crisis Arizona’s services and ample opportunities to learn more about the organization’s impact each day.

Saddle Up! will raise funds for critical programming needed to support all that we currently do – we served 42,888 individuals in 2023 to give perspective – but also help us introduce new programming throughout 2024,” said Torrie A. Taj, CEO of Child Crisis Arizona. “This includes our Extended Foster Care and Kinship programs as well as Child Crisis Arizona’s recent partnership with Arizona’s early childhood agency, First Things First, to provide resources for every baby born in Arizona by delivering free Parent Kits to hospitals and birthing centers.”

According to Taj, the event will also support Child Crisis Arizona’s recent acquisition of Whispering Hope Ranch.

“In early January, Child Crisis Arizona, announced its acquisition of Whispering Hope Ranch, a respected provider of therapeutic and recreational programs for children and youth. With this strategic move, Child Crisis Arizona is poised to enhance its commitment to delivering comprehensive services that address the diverse needs of vulnerable children and families in Arizona,” said Taj.

Saddle Up! tickets start at $400 and tables start at $4,000. Individuals or business interested in sponsorship opportunities should contact Justin Duran at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

For more information, visit www.childcrisisaz.org.

About Child Crisis Arizona

Since 1977, Child Crisis Arizona has served vulnerable children and families in Arizona and is committed to preventing child abuse and neglect through education and intervention. Child Crisis Arizona offers emergency shelter and residential care for children and youth from birth to 21 and offers foster care and adoption services, early education as well communitywide parenting classes, workshops, support groups and much more. Child Crisis Arizona has positively impacted nearly 100,000 children and families since its inception. Visit childcrisisaz.org to learn more.