Special Events

In the following story, we highlight two high-profile galas and an outdoor family fun event that are not to be missed.

DEC 14

The Angel Ball Hollywood — Now and Forever

Pianist Jeff Haskell “tickles the ivories” for Paige Cogdall, Angel Charity for Children’s General Chair (left) and Shawndee Berwick, Angel Charity Vice Chair, in preparation for the Angel Ball: Hollywood — Now and Forever. Photographed by Tom Spitz at the Westin La Paloma Resort & Spa. Décor by Events Made Special.

On Dec. 14, travel back in time to the Golden Age of Tinsel Town for Angel Charity for Children’s annual gala fundraiser.

The Westin La Paloma Resort & Spa will be transformed with sumptuous décor in palettes of black, gold and silver, and the ballroom will sparkle with an art deco ambience of smoky lilac, rose gold, and shimmery gold and silver accented with rich red velvets. Guests are requested to dress in black or white tie, or Hollywood glamour to enjoy an evening of festivities that will include:

La La Land-inspired dancers Celebrity red carpet interviews Studio dressing room photos Chateau Marmont cocktail bar Star-studded casino and gift boutiques Silent auction Seated, multicourse dinner Dancing to Hollywood’s Midnight Special Showband Illuminated champagne bars “The Envelope, Please” $10,000 prize drawings The Beverly Hills Style Polo Lounge Jazz club piano and vocalist performances Late night after-glow dining selections

The beneficiaries from this year’s fundraising will be: Children’s Clinics for Rehabilitative Services; Therapeutic Ranch for Animals & Kids (TRAK); along with eight additional organizations.

The Angel Ball Hollywood — Now and Forever

Dec. 14, 5:30 p.m.-midnight

The Westin La Paloma Resort & Spa Tickets: $375 each Respond by Nov. 24 to attend. Call 326-3686 or email Olivia Sethi at osethi@icloud.com

Pianist Jeff Haskell “tickles the ivories” for Paige Cogdall, Angel Charity for Children’s General Chair (left) and Shawndee Berwick, Angel Charity Vice Chair, in preparation for the Angel Ball: Hollywood — Now and Forever.

Photographed by Tom Spitz at the Westin La Paloma Resort & Spa. Décor by Events Made Special.


MHC Hot-Air BalloonFest

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This casual, family oriented event will feature jumping castles and obstacle courses for the children, a classic car show, tethered hot-air balloon rides, a balloon glow from 7 to 8 p.m., live musical entertainment, and a ball drop with cash prizes. Guests will enjoy the food trucks and eating area, Coca-Cola products, beer garden with beverages supplied by Hensley Beverage Company, and wine-tasting with vineyards from Southern Arizona. Dress is casual (wear walking shoes and bring a sweater or jacket, as the evening may be cool).

Parking is free, and free taxi rides home will be available.

This is a fundraising event with all proceeds going to support graduate medical education programming for new doctors and healthcare professionals in the Tucson area.

Media partners include TucsonLifestyle.com and Fox 11 KMSB TV.

MHC Hot-Air BalloonFest Saturday, Nov. 9, 3-9 p.m. MHC Healthcare Campus 13395 N. Marana Main St. Tickets: $5; children under 5, active military and veterans, free

NOV 16

Salud! A Night to Remember Gala

Scenes from last year’s event. Photos by Kevin Van Rensselaer.

Join the TMC Foundation for a night to remember, as the non-profit organization celebrates life and honors the past by giving to the future. This is an exclusive invitation to an evening of sumptuous food, chilled libations, and amazing entertainment. Dance to the music of the LA ALLstars, a nationally acclaimed band specializing in highenergy performances of your favorite hits from all genres. Witness a spectacular performance from Cirque Roots, and purchase a raffle ticket to win a trip of a lifetime valued at $10,000.

This year’s TMC Foundation Gala is all about men, including an all-men’s gala committee, to help support men’s health in our community. Some of the health issues that concern men most are cardiac services, neurological services, urology and orthopedics.

TucsonLifestyle.com is a media partner.

Salud! A Night to Remember Gala Saturday Nov. 16 6 p.m. cocktail hour; 7 p.m. ballroom doors open The Westin La Paloma Resort & Spa Tickets: $300 each For more information call 324-3116 or visit www.tmcaz.com/tmc-gala

Live help

Dogged Determination



Tom Spitz



“Gordon has webbed feet, and he loves to give hugs!”


















“Scout has an affectionate personality, and tassels on her ears!”

The Event

All winners, no losers.

That’s who showed up at the annual Tucson Lifestyle Cover Dog Search, held Feb. 9 at La Encantada.

Every one of the 150 canines was with loving members of their human family, and all were excited for the chance to see and be seen by the celebrity judges, who included Heather Rowe (co-host of KGUN 9’s Tucson Morning Blend), Dan Gibson (Director of Communications for Visit Tucson), and Scott Barker (Tucson Lifestyle’s Editor in Chief). Along with the contest, people and dogs alike were able to meet with vendors who provide services or products for animal companions. Monies raised from entry fees benefited the many programs of the Humane Society of Southern Arizona.

As for the prize-winning pooch this year, that honor goes to Gordon, a Staffordshire terrier/French bulldog/ English bulldog mix. He was accompanied by his people, Christy and Matt Swinford. Christy explained to the judges, “Gordon and nine other dogs were rescued from abusive and neglectful conditions in Sierra Vista in late 2014. The dogs were all in poor condition, and Gordon was expected to lose his left eye, but luckily he didn’t. Smiling Dog Rescue housed the dogs for nine months until the criminal case was resolved, and we were fortunate to bring him into our family. He is the sweetest, snuggliest little potato, and we love him so much!”

The runner-up was Scout, a golden retriever/shepherd mix, brought to the competition by Lilly Tees, who noted that, “Scout was adopted in October 2016 from Lifeline Oro Valley Animal Rescue. She was born on the streets of South Tucson, one of five in her litter. Her rambunctious nature led to her original name, Anarchy, which we changed. When we brought her home at three months old, she was able to experience running on grass for the first time, and she hasn’t stopped since!”


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