, Phoenix Children’s Saturday, Feb. 9 brunch event for pups and their human companions at Heritage Square in downtown Phoenix, raised more than $33,000. All proceeds from the 12th annual event benefit Animal-Assisted Therapy program, which provides therapy dogs to motivate, soothe and lift the spirits of patients in the hospital.
The morning of pooch spoiling featured a dog-friendly gourmet meal, a delicious human brunch spread, mimosas and a Tito’s Handmade Vodka Bloody Mary Bar. Attendees had the opportunity to explore pet play areas, stroll in front of the “pup-arazzi,” chat up fellow dog owners and bid at the silent auction. An on-site caricature artist captured the likeness of humans and their canine companions.
ABC 15’s Nick Ciletti emceed the program along with 2019 event chair, Oscar De las Salas. Included in the program were Honorary chairs, Johnjay and Blake Van Es, and the Animal-Assisted Therapy team who spoke about the PetSmart Charities Paws Can Heal program and its impact on young patients.
“Dogs have the special ability to make people smile wherever they go,” said Steve Schnall, Senior Vice President and Chief Development Officer at Phoenix Children’s Hospital Foundation. “Nowhere is that more evident than at Phoenix Children’s Hospital, where spirits are lifted the moment patients see their four-legged buddies. We cannot thank the attendees and sponsors of this event enough for their contribution to the healing and happiness these dogs spread throughout our hospital.”
Sponsors for Dine With Your Dog include Alta Vista Veterinary Hospital, Tito’s Handmade Vodka, T-Mobile, DPR Construction, PetSmart Charities, Feld Entertainment, GO Active Living, VCA Animal Hospitals, Puppies ‘N Love | Animal Kingdom, Sparkling Ice, Deer Valley Credit Union, American Nutrition Inc., Nice-AHjewelry, Midwestern University and Arizona Foothills Magazine.
About Phoenix Children’s Hospital
Phoenix Children’s Hospital is Arizona’s only children’s hospital recognized by U.S. News & World Report’s Best Children’s Hospitals with rankings in all ten specialties. Phoenix Children’s provides world-class inpatient, outpatient, trauma, emergency and urgent care to children and families in Arizona and throughout the Southwest. As one of the largest children’s hospitals in the country, Phoenix Children’s provides care across more than 75 pediatric specialties. The Hospital is poised for continued growth in quality patient care, research and medical education. For more information about the hospital, visit .