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Hospice of the Valley Art and Wine Auction raises $350,000

Committee Art Chair Diane Silver with Husband Jim Condo.

AAHA!, An Auction of Heirlooms and Art netted a record-breaking $358,000 to support not-for-profit Hospice of the Valley’s charity care and dementia care programs.

About 350 people gathered Feb. 16 at JW Marriott Camelback Inn to bid on paintings and sculptures, fine jewelry, high-end dining, rare wines, exclusive trips and a precious Goldendoodle puppy.

The highest bidder will take to the skies by private jet for three nights at the exclusive Triple Creek Ranch in Montana, while another winner will experience the wonders of Italy for eight days, visiting Roman ruins, viewing grand architecture and enjoying exceptional cuisine and fine wine.

The total includes $123,000 raised for Palliative Care for Dementia, an innovative program that supports dementia patients and family caregivers at home.

Attendees were delighted to sing Happy Birthday to a surprise guest of honor—beloved newscaster and former Hospice of the Valley spokesperson Hugh Downs, who turned 98 on Valentine’s Day.

Founded in 1977, Hospice of the Valley is the leading provider of hospice care in Arizona and also offers a full spectrum of services to serve those with chronic illnesses and all stages of dementia. Last year, the agency served 20,000 patients and families. Everyone is served regardless of insurance or financial status. 

 Ceremonial Dress by Peter Van Dusen

Guests Judy & Joel Zaft

Generous supporters Jack & Vianne Kucera

AAHA! committee members Sheila Cohn & Gail Rineberg

Liz Gerlach general manager Quench Fine Wines with husband Patrick

Judy Shannon with live auction CopperSkye Goldendoodle puppy

Deb Sidman Behrendt with Senior VP of Clinical Operations Rachel Behrendt 

Sheriff Paul Penzone with wife Veronica

Executive Medical Director Ned Stolzberg with wife Lisa

 Auctioneer Bobby D. Elhert with supporter Greg Molotky

AAHA! Chair Carol Kern with Auctioneer Bobby D. Elhert

Call to Auction bidding assistant

Willis Towers Watson 

Lucky winner Mike Mills