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NiteFlite Gala 2011

NiteFlite Gala, Fundraiser To Benefit Local Children's Charities

The Scottsdale 20-30 Club is hosting its 23rd annual NiteFlite fundraiser on Oct. 12-13 and is expected to draw more than 2,800 attendees.

The semi-formal event takes place in two parts. Friday at 6 p.m. is a nine-hole nighttime golf tournament at Continental Golf Course, which has more than 300 registered players; and Saturday at 6:30 p.m. is a gala at Talking Stick Resort showcasing live music, a silent auction, a raffle and signature food dishes from restaurants throughout the Scottsdale area.

A percentage of the evening’s proceeds will go to the Boys and Girls Club of Greater Scottsdale (BGCGS), with the rest dispersed through an application process next May to local children’s charities, says Chris Karas, chairman of this year’s NiteFlite. Previous recipients have been Arizona Burns Foundation, Team Lifeline and Miracle League of Arizona.

In 2011, the NiteFlite golf tournament and gala raised nearly $340,000 for 16 charities, Karas says. The gala raised $60,602 for BGCGS, and 100 percent of the donations went to more than 100 youth development programs the club offers, says Andrea Omer, communications manager at the BGCGS.

NiteFlite offers attendees the chance to stroll down a red carpet mobbed with paparazzi, indulge in various beverages and cuisines, spend time in a cigar lounge, watch a vaudeville performance and listen to the local band, Elvis Before Noon.

A limited-entry after party keeps the night going with additional events and a performance by DJ Soleman from the Phunk Junkeez.

“It’s a memorable evening people won’t forget,” Karas says.

One of NiteFlite’s main attractions is various food dishes from restaurants around the Valley, including Sprinkles Cupcakes and Orange Sky at Talking Stick Resort.

“We’re happy to help, and think it’s a good thing to be participating with,” says Sprinkles Cupcake Scottsdale General Manager Kristie Shy. Although she doesn’t know what this year’s design will be, “we’ll try to have a fun little decoration,” Shy says. Last year, Sprinkles Cupcakes made $1600 donation.

NiteFlite raises donations throughout the night in multiple ways, one of which is through silent auctions.

“There are a variety of [auctions] from small packages to exotic luxury vacations,” Karas says. Items auctioned off last year included sports memorabilia, spa packages and local and international vacations.

Tickets for NiteFlite cost $150, and VIP packages, which give early access to the after party, are available for sponsorship purchases.

“NiteFlite has become somewhat of a household name throughout Scottsdale and Arizona,” Karas says. “We are very thankful for all the participants that contributed, and because of their experience and the good cause we’re raising for, they tend to come back year after year.”

To learn more about NiteFlite and Scottsdale 20-30 Club, visit scottsdale2030.org/niteflite. For information about The Boys and Girls Club of Greater Scottsdale, visit bgcs.org.