​VALLEYLIFE hosts several special events throughout the year to thank our supporters, promote community awareness, and raise funds for our programs and services. 

If you are interested in sponsoring an event, learning more about a particular event or designating VALLEYLIFE as the beneficiary of an event you are organizing, please contact Margaret Stephens-Reed at 602-331-2414 or via email at mreed@valleylifeaz.org.


A Legacy of Love Gala

Honoring Debbie Gaby and to celebrate

VALLEYLIFE's 70th anniversary

Saturday, October 7, 2017




Debbie Gaby, accomplished entrepreneur, author and philanthropist; will receive the Lifetime Achievement Award for her philanthropic support of Arizona’s non-profit community for the last 20 years at VALLEYLIFE’s annual Legacy of Love Gala. The Legacy of Love Gala will be held on October 7th at the Sheraton Crescent Hotel. This year, VALLEYLIFE is celebrating 70 years of providing services to individuals with disabilities in the Phoenix metro area.

The evening will begin with cocktails and a silent auction at 5:30 p.m., followed by an ambrosial dinner at 7:00 p.m. The evening’s program will feature a concert, banquet, dancing and a live auction. To purchase a ticket, view our available sponsorship opportunities or donate towards the Gala please use the buttons below. Join VALLEYLIFE’s mission “to enhance the quality of life of people with disabilities,” and celebrate 70 years of providing services throughout the Valley.

 2017 Event Chairs
Juanice & Arthur Oldham 
Jessica Wert Hunsaker & Caleb Hunsaker

Jessica & Juanice


Honorary 2017 Event Chairs 

Marla & Scott Berger
Nancy & Ron Kinnard 


Honorary Chairs Emeritus 

JoAnn & Tim Holland



Dinner in the Desert 

VALLEYLIFE hosted the North Kiwanis 30th annual Dinner in the Desert at their main campus on April 28th. The dinner was held to raise money and awareness for three nonprofit organizations: VALLEYLIFE, Andy Hull’s Sunshine Foundation and The Sunshine Angels.

The evening began with warm welcomes from Phoenix City Councilwoman Debra Stark and Maricopa County Supervisor Bill Gates. A chicken and rib dinner was catered by Burn’t Biscuit. Throughout the evening, The Sunshine Angels offered raffles and a silent auction that allowed guests to bid on items such as signed sports memorabilia, a weekend getaway, a golf package, art and various other items.

After dinner the guests heard more about each organization from Jim Day, President of North Phoenix Kiwanis; Cletus Thiebeau, CEO and President of VALLEYLIFE; Margaret Stephens-Reed, Director of Fund Development for VALLEYLIFE; LeAnn Hull, Founder and CEO of Andy Hull’s Sunshine Foundation; and Sandra Hurst, President of the Board of The Sunshine Angels.

Following the presentations, Mike Pendergraft, President and CEO of American Valet, was honored for Outstanding Service for everything he has done to positively promote and support the local community. Mr. Pendergraft has operated American Valet in the Sunnyslope area since 1980 and now employs over 600 people in 80 locations. To end the evening guests enjoyed a performance by the band Unrelated Cousins while awaiting the announcement of the raffle and silent auction winners.

If you are interested in joining our next Dinner in the Desert, please contact Margaret Stephens-Reed, Director of Fund Development, at 602-331-2414 or via email at mreed@valleylifeaz.org.