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Civic Leaders Sponsor ‘30 Days of Shopping’ for 1,000 Scottsdale Youth

For 1,000 Valley children, the thought of going back to school is now very cool thanks to the generosity of local couple Michael and Ellie Ziegler. Civic and community leaders for more than 40 years, the Zieglers teamed up with the Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Scottsdale earlier this year with a singular mission: to give children, regardless of socio-economic factors, the opportunity to start the school year off on a positive note and on an even playing field with their peers. Research has shown that kids starting school without the needed supplies or clothing perform behind their more affluent peers.

“From that mission, the Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Scottsdale’s first-ever ‘30 Days of Shopping’ initiative was born,” says Ellie Ziegler.

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During the ‘30 Days’ events, which kicked off with a lively shopping spree for 180 Club kids on July 12 at Kohl’s in Desert Ridge and will continue with similarly sized sprees through August, selected youth from the Clubs will each receive a $100 Kohl’s gift card to pick out clothing and other needed items for the new school year. Youth selected for the events are Club members and identified to participate in the events based on greatest need. The events will also include helping members at the Club’s Peach Springs Branch, located on the Hualapai Indian Community, who will shop at the Kohl’s Flagstaff location in August.

As well as helping prepare children for the upcoming school year, the events allow community partners and businesses to engage directly with youth from the Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Scottsdale.

“Volunteers from organizations such as Kohl’s, Scottsdale Active 20-30 Club and Valley of the Sun Active 20-30 Club have participated in this important community event for more than 10 years,” says Steve Davidson of the Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Scottsdale. “This year, to have one couple step up and ensure so many greater-Scottsdale children – from Paradise Valley to Scottsdale to Fountain Hills and even on the Salt River Pima Maricopa Community – get what they need for the new school year is truly inspiring.”

The Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Scottsdale provides a positive, safe and fun environment to help 17,500 youth of all ages and backgrounds develop the qualities needed to reach their full potential. The Club offers more than 100 youth development programs at the organization’s nine branches and multiple outreach sites located in Scottsdale, Phoenix, Mesa, Fountain Hills and the Salt River Pima-Maricopa and Hualapai Indian Communities. For more information, visit www.bgcs.org.

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.