Coinciding with the hospital’s 30th anniversary, this year’s Beach Ball gala will be held on Saturday, March 2, 2013. The Barcelona–themed event will bring together members of the community and beyond to celebrate the world-class care that the Phoenix Children’s Hospital has continued to provide to the Valley for three decades.

Beach Ball GalaThe event will be held at The Phoenician luxury resort in Scottsdale, and Apollo Group/University of Phoenix will be the proud presenting sponsor.

“Each year, Beach Ball brings together members of this community who are giving of their time and generosity to benefit one of the largest and most respected children’s hospitals in the country. We are so fortunate to be a part of a community that fosters development with such a strong spirit of generosity,”
Steve Schnall, Senior Vice President and Chief Development Officer of Phoenix Children’s Hospital said.

The Children’s Heart Center at Phoenix Children’s Hospital is the premier regional referral center in the Southwest for children with heart disease, and is the fifth-largest program of its kind in the United States. It proudly offers the most comprehensive inpatient and outpatient pediatric cardiac care to infants, children and teens with congenital heart defects, rhythm disturbances, heart failure and other cardiac-related problems. The Center’s surgeons perform nearly one heart transplant each month.

Proceeds raised from the 2012 Beach Ball reached nearly $1 million – a goal that this year’s event chairs hope to exceed for the Children’s Heart Center.

Those interested in getting involved with the 2013 Beach Ball or future events are encouraged to do so and should contact, Dusty Whitney, Volunteer Coordinator at the Phoenix Children’s Hospital Foundation by email at

Event and donation information may be found at, on the event’s Facebook page or on Twitter at