Night of Gold, one of the Valley’s most long-standing philanthropic events, celebrated its 50th annual gala on Saturday, Oct. 19, at the Arizona Biltmore. More than 500 guests enjoyed a silent auction, hosted reception, program and dinner. Laura Williams served as chair, with Debbie Allford as vice chair.

“We are so thankful to everyone who supported the 2019 Night of Gold,” said Laura Williams. “The night was truly golden as we celebrated this important milestone. We are thrilled that this also marked the launch of the HonorHealth Desert Mission Endowment campaign, to raise much-needed funds for the future. Night of Gold truly represents a legacy of giving, and a legacy of care. “

Guests enjoyed dancing to live music from The JJ’s Band. 3TV ‘s Good Morning Arizona news anchor Olivia Fierro served as emcee.

Over the past 50 years, Night of Gold has raised more than $9 million to benefit the community services of HonorHealth Desert Mission. Proceeds from the event will continue to support Desert Mission’s many health and human service programs. 

Since 1927, Desert Mission staff and volunteers have provided tools and resources to help vulnerable individuals and families address their health and social needs. Programs include the Food Bank, Lincoln Learning Center and Adult Day Healthcare, which are located on the HonorHealth John C. Lincoln Medical Center campus.  From helping feed families facing hardship to delivering senior enrichment and child development programs, Desert Mission is committed to investing in services that improve the health and wellbeing of those in the community.