Fri, Feb. 21

Masquerade fund-raiser for Verde Valley Caregivers

Vintage masquerade mask

Vintage masquerade mask

Verde Valley Caregivers Coalition invites you to help older adults stay in their homes by attending its third annual Masquerade-themed Fund-raiser to be held on Thursday, Oct. 23, 5 to 9 p.m. in the Hilton Sedona Canyon Ballroom, at 90 Ridge Trail Drive. The gala will begin with a wine tasting reception on the Canyon Patio featuring violinist Teresa Joy and appetizers by Vintages Grille. Dinner will be in the Canyon Ballroom where guests will enjoy hearing Classical singers from Northern Arizona University's School of Music, performing opera and songs from the stage musical Phantom of the Opera. The event also includes live and silent auctions.

Proceeds of the event will help VVCC provide services to older adults throughout the Verde Valley who need transportation to medical appointments, grocery shopping, and other assistive services allowing them to live independently in their homes.

VVCC thanks its lead sponsor: Verde Valley Medical Center, a partner in its hospital to home Transitional Care Program; and sponsors Charles Marr, Esser, Bradley & Gardner, Paul and DeAnna Lehnen, the Arizona Lottery, and Vintages Grille with support from the Village of Oak Creek Association Benefit Foundation.

The live auction will feature bronze sculptures from Susan Kliewer and Michael Trcic, and sculptures by Ken Rowe and David Soderberg from private collections. The silent auction will feature photographs, paintings, bronzes, jewelry, and gift certificates to restaurants, shops, tours, and activities throughout the Verde Valley. Auctions will also include works by: Shey Khandro, George Kelly Jewelers, Betty Carr, Lisa Danielle, Cody DeLong, Adele Earnshaw, Liam Herbert, and more.

Teresa Joy will be performing her live looping project "Rosin Revolver," an improvisational composition that consists of many layers of her violin. It is full of whimsy with a haunting melancholy flavor. Cinematic in nature, it is a feast for the senses. She also performs weekly at Sound Bites with her father, Guitarist Esteban, who is donating a large collection of his Billboard Chart Topping albums for auction. Joy says, "Come support this amazing cause and remember-it's a masquerade ball! 

"We ask our community, friends and supporters to please attend this important event. You will not only enjoy the art, entertainment, wine and food, but you will also enjoy the difference you'll be making in the quality of life for the older adults we serve," said VVCC Executive Director Kent Ellsworth.

VVCC, established in 1992, also provides telephone reassurance, respite assistance, handy person help, business help, Guardian Angel medical alert units, and a 30-day assistive care program for older adults who are discharged from the hospital and have no one to help them at home. VVCC services are provided at no cost to eligible clients.

Tickets are only $75 per person. You can also purchase raffle tickets now for a 7-day cruise for two. Attendance at the event is not necessary. For more information about the event and to purchase tickets please go to: or call (928) 204-1238.

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