​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.


2017 A Legacy of Love Gala


Saturday October 7th, VALLEYLIFE held their annual Legacy of Love Gala. This was a notable year for VALLEYLIFE as they celebrated 70 years of providing services to individuals with disabilities in the Valley. Author, entrepreneur and philanthropist, Debbie Gaby, was the recipient of the VALLEYLIFE Lifetime Achievement Award for her philanthropic work over the last 20 years. Including capital campaigns, and cash and mattress donations, Ms. Gaby has given over 50 million dollars.

The evening will began 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 featured a concert, banquet, dancing and a live auction. Please check back soon for photos from the event.

To purchase a ticket, view our available sponsorship opportunities or donate towards our next Gala please contact Margaret Stephens-Reed at 602-331-2414 or via email at mreed@valleylifeaz.org. Join VALLEYLIFE’s mission “to enhance the quality of life of people with disabilities.” 

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

Honorary 2017 Event Chairs
Marla & Scott Berger
Nancy & Ron Kinnard 
​  Honorary Chairs Emeritus 
JoAnn & Tim Holland



Photos coming soon!!


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.