For 59 years, the Candlelight Capers Ball has been raising awareness and funds for the many important medical programs and services at Banner Good Samaritan Medical Center in Phoenix, Ariz. On Saturday, Dec. 7, more than 700 guests gathered at The Phoenician for a Bollywood-themed affair that raised more than $300,000 for the hospital’s esteemed Graduate Medical Education program that, for more than six decades, has been teaching and training the doctors of tomorrow.
Bringing to life the ambiance and elegance of India, the event featured colorful décor steeped in hues of deep purple and vibrant orange, festive dancers, music from The JJ’s Band, and both silent and live auctions. Bringing a bit of India to The Phoenician, guests enjoyed an Indian Marketplace after party complete with palm and tea leaf readings, henna tattoo artists, magicians and a photo booth to capture the fun.
Along with trips to Napa Valley, Puerto Peñasco and the 2014 People’s Choice Awards, energetic participants in the live auction bid on an authentic, home-cooked Indian dinner for 10 at the home of Banner Good Samaritan’s new CEO Steve Narang, MD, and his wife Jhmuka Narang, MD. A testament to Dr. Narang’s ability to inspire those with whom he works, bidding for the package became so competitive that two dinner parties brought in a total of $30,000.
To close out the program portion of the event and help kick off the Marketplace after party, Dr. Narang and a group of Banner Good Samaritan physicians and members of the Candlelight Capers planning committee surprised guests with a choreographed Indian flash mob.
One of Banner Health Foundation’s signature fundraising events, the 59th annual Candlelight Capers was supported by three major sponsors: DPR Construction, Fennemore Craig and University of Phoenix. Former television news reporter and Emmy award-winning journalist Marisa Maggio-Harelson served as the evening’s emcee.
Proceeds from the event support the continued growth of Banner Good Samaritan’s Graduate Medical Education program, which has trained nearly 3,000 physicians since its inception with residency and fellowship programs in almost every clinical specialty.
Planning for the 2014 Candlelight Capers Ball will soon begin. To inquire about sponsorship opportunities, contact Banner Health Foundation at (602) 747-4483 (GIVE).