Childhelp Kicks Off 60th Anniversary at Annual Drive the Dream Gala

Sponsored by Grimaldi’s Pizzeria and Cancer Treatment Centers of America®, proceeds will benefit Arizona’s abused and neglected children


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Returning for the second year as Co-Chairs, Dr. Stacie J. Stephenson and Mr. Richard J Stephenson are thrilled to be at the helm once again leaving their mark in the Childhelp history books with their leadership during this milestone celebration. Overseeing everything from the evening's entertainment and stunning decor to sponsorships and generating awareness, Childhelp is honored to have the Stephensons return for another spectacular Gala.

PHOENIX--()--Childhelp, the nation’s oldest and largest non-profit advocating for abused and neglected children, will be celebrating their Diamond Jubilee at the 15th Annual Childhelp Drive the Dream Gala on Saturday, February 2, 2019, at the Phoenician Resort.

Commemorating “60 Years of Miracles,” this sparkling celebration will mark a significant triumph for Childhelp and the children and families served over six decades of caring. Childhelp is honored to have Dr. Stacie J. Stephenson and Mr. Richard J Stephenson as returning event chairs along with Governor Doug Ducey and Angela Ducey as honorary chairs.

“The 60th anniversary is the diamond anniversary and we know that a diamond doesn’t start as a sparkling jewel, it is created under pressure. We believe there is a diamond in the heart of every child and it is our job to make these children shine,” said Childhelp Co-Founder, Chairman & CEO Sara O’Meara.

Childhelp Co-Founder, Vice-Chairman and President Yvonne Fedderson adds, “We are celebrating 60 years of Childhelp miracles on the national stage, but this sensational Childhelp Diamond Jubilee is fundraising for the programs and services right here at home in Arizona. These are our children and they deserve an extra special miracle this year!”

From 5:30 to 11:00 p.m., the Childhelp Drive the Dream Gala will whisk guests away, treating them to an evening of fine-dining, dancing and world class entertainment. Melissa Peterman, best known for her role as Barbara Jean in the hit television comedy Reba, will emcee this year’s event. In addition, Senator Jon Kyl and Caryll Kyl will be honored with the Childhelp Diamond Jubilee Award, and Patrick J. McGroder III will be presented with the Childhelp Nellie Jackson Award.

It is estimated that five children die each day from abuse and neglect in the United States and Childhelp has worked tirelessly to combat this epidemic. The Childhelp Children’s Advocacy Center of Arizona is on track to see over 8,000 children this year alone while Childhelp has served over ten million children nationally throughout the life of the organization.

Generous corporate sponsorship has been provided by Grimaldi’s Pizzeria and Cancer Treatment Centers of America®. Tickets and sponsorship information may be obtained by visiting or by contacting Natalie Hood at

About Childhelp

Founded by Sara O’Meara and Yvonne Fedderson in 1959, Childhelp has brought the light of hope and healing into the lives of countless children as a leading national nonprofit organization dedicated to helping at-risk children. Childhelp's programs and services include residential treatment services, children's advocacy centers, therapeutic foster care, group homes and child abuse prevention programs, education and training. Childhelp created the Childhelp National Day of Hope®, held each April during National Child Abuse Prevention Month that mobilizes Americans to join the fight against child abuse. For more information, log on to, or Join the conversation #60yearsofmiracles #dtd2019 #drivethedreamgala


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Childhelp 60th anniversary Annual Drive the Dream Gala chaired by Stacie and Richard Stephenson along with Gov. Doug Ducey and Angela Ducey

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