East Valley Women’s League Mardi Gras in the Desert Raises $230,000


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More than 300 guests spent an evening celebrating the East Valley Women’s League and the programs the league supports, raising more than $230,000 at the Mardi Gras in the Desert at the Sheraton Grand at Wild Horse Pass.

            Among the highlights of the evening were remarks by Olivia Boyd, who received an East Valley Women’s League scholarship in 2016 and will graduate in May with a degree in nursing from Arizona State University.

            “Hearing her talk about the impact we had on her life was deeply inspiring and really set the tone for a tremendously successful event, our best ever,” said Mardi Gras in the Desert Chair JoAnn Ott. The East Valley Women’s League has awarded more than $237,000 in need-based scholarships to women and young mothers to attend Arizona universities and community colleges.  The organization also partners with Chemo Companions, Children’s Cancer Network and Gabriel’s Angels.

            Valley broadcaster Catherine Anaya emceed the evening. 

Event sponsors were TNT Charities – Platinum Sponsor; Big Two Toyota of Chandler, OrthoArizona – Gold Sponsors; David and JoAnn Ott, Origami Owls/Tami Butcher, Pagone & Associates, Peoples Mortgage Company, Ironwood Cancer and Research Centers, Home Smart Realty-Audrey Cowley – Silver Sponsors; and TFO Phoenix, Silverman Law Offices, Wells Fargo Advisors, House to Home Team – Bronze Sponsors.

The East Valley Women’s League was founded in 2001 by sisters Tara Stainton and Tracy Worischeck. 

The 501(c)3 nonprofit organization supports a range of projects including the Cinderella Affair, the nation’s largest prom-dress giveaway; Kids in Transition, supporting foster kids; S.U.I.T.S., which provides suits for young men preparing for college and job interviews; HUGS, mentoring teens living in group foster home care, and Buckling Babies, which provides car seats to homeless pregnant women living at Maggie’s Place.

            For more information and to purchase tickets, visit www.evwl.org.

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About East Valley Women’s League: Founded in 2001 by sisters Tara Stainton and Tracy Worischeck, the 501(c)3 non-profit East Valley Women’s League (EVWL) makes a difference in the lives of underprivileged women and children in our community, raising and investing over $1 million in a variety of worthy initiatives.  EVWL is a recognized by the State of Arizona as a Qualifying Charitable Organization (QCO Cod 22044). Among the projects supported by EVWL are Cinderella Affair (dresses for girls in need), Kids in Transition (support for foster kids), S.U.I.T.S. (Setting Up Incredible Teens for Success), HUGS (mentoring teens living in group foster home care) and Buckling Babies (car seats to homeless pregnant women living in Maggie’s Place). EVWL also has awarded over $237,000 in need-based scholarships to women and young mothers to attend Arizona universities and community colleges. EVWL also partners with Chemo Companions and Children’s Cancer Network. For more information, visit www.evwl.org.

 

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