White Christmas Gala Grosses Nearly $235,000!
Close to 250 guests attended Ryan House’s Signature White Christmas Gala in the Gold Room at the Arizona Biltmore Resort on Saturday, Dec. 7. Guests enjoyed an intimate, festive evening led by Event Emcee Karie Dozer celebrating The Board of Visitors Ryan House.
The event, which is held annually as a thank you to those who support Ryan House’s mission, raised nearly $235,000 in direct support for the nonprofit organization that cares for Arizona’s children with life-limiting conditions and their families.
Guests of the event, led by 2019 Committee Co-Chairs Mrs. Pepper Kincaid-Sizer and Mrs. Jennifer Whitesides, enjoyed an elegant evening to begin the holiday season. The evening began with Luke Airforce Honor Guard presenting the colors in recognition of Pearl Harbor Day followed by an exquisite performance from the Artists of Convergence Ballet Company along with fine dining and dancing to the tunes of The Hamptons band.
Plus, (as pictured) Ryan House’s Executive Director, Tracy Leonard-Warner (left), and Board Chair, Kathy Hanley (right), recognized Arizona Central Credit Union President and CEO Todd Pearson with a Title Sponsor commemorative collage for support of the event and their ongoing support of Ryan House.
The floral arrangements, created by Petals Owner Jennifer Grant, were overflowing with various kinds of beautiful blooming white flowers with green accents in keeping with the White Christmas theme. Speaking of which, guests enjoyed the event’s magical snow fall tradition on the Arizona Biltmore Gold Room patio once the program concluded.
“The support we receive from the community is what enables Ryan House to continue offering the critical services we provide to the children and families we serve for close to 10 years now,” said Ryan House Executive Director Tracy Leonard-Warner. “This year’s White Christmas Gala was almost a sell out and funds raised exceeded our goal. For that and so much more, we are truly grateful.”