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Stars of the Season soirée to establish Sophie’s Place a smashing success


Proceeds from the 6th annual event will expand music therapy at Cardon Children’s Medical Center

Stars of the Season, the signature fundraising affair for Banner Children’s at Cardon Children’s Medical Center, rocked the JW Marriott Camelback Inn Resort and Spa in Scottsdale on Saturday, Oct. 24, to prove that “Music IS Therapy.” Approximately 650 guests and sponsors collectively raised significant funds to establish Sophie’s Place, creating a permanent home for music therapy within the hospital.

Shanel Saunders, Amanda McCarthy and Joanna Palmer chaired the event, now in its sixth year. Stars of the Season was organized by the Advisory Council of Cardon Children’s Medical Center, a group of more than 50 volunteers brought together by Tina and David Curran, MD, a pediatrician and immediate past chairman of the Department of Pediatric Medicine at Cardon Children’s. Ted Stryker, DJ on The World Famous KROQ in Los Angeles, served as emcee for the fourth consecutive year.

Among the night’s highlights was an energetic live auction boasting once-in-a-lifetime experiences such as a night the 58th Annual Grammy Awards and the exclusive after-party; a chance to join the audience for a live taping of “Dancing with the Stars;” an ESPN/Monday Night Football game-day experience with NFL Hall of Fame legend Steve Young; a 10-day Italian adventure; and more.

Making the evening extra special, Anne-Marie and Kent Barton, parents of Sophie’s Place namesake, singer-songwriter Sophie Barton, were in attendance. Speaking briefly, they expressed overwhelming gratitude for support of Sophie’s Place, an interactive healing play concept brought to life by the Forever Young Foundation. 

Living up to its reputation as an edgy event centered around music, the night included a benefit concert from multi-platinum recording artists Filter, best known for the hit songs “Hey Man Nice Shot” and “Take a Picture.” The previous day, Filter front man Richard Patrick and fellow band mates visited Cardon Children’s, singing and playing music alongside patients. They jammed to Filter songs and popular hits from Disney and Taylor Swift.

“Once again, the Tina, Dave and the Advisory Council of Cardon Children’s rallied the community in a remarkable way,” said Andy Kramer Petersen, president and CEO of Banner Health Foundation. “Their dedication to Cardon Children’s and creating Sophie’s Place is humbling.”

Republic Services, Ak-Chin Indian Community, Casino Arizona and Talking Stick Resort, Forever Young Foundation, Obstetrix/Pediatrix Medical Group and iHeartMedia were major sponsors of the event. Event chairs and their husbands – Shanel and Joe Saunders, Amanda and Brandon McCarthy, and Joanna and Wes Palmer – sponsored the after-party, which featured eclectic dance beats from DJ Jen Jones.

Banner Health Foundation
2901 N. Central Ave., Suite 160
Phoenix, AZ 85012
(602) 747-GIVE (4483)
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