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AAHA! raises more than $350,000 for Hospice of the Valley

AAHA! An Auction of Heirlooms and Art netted more than $350,000 for Hospice of the Valley, with proceeds benefitting patients and families.

The record-breaking amount included nearly $140,000 raised to support a Dementia Care and Education Campus in Phoenix that will care for people at all stages of dementia and bring people together to share best practices in dementia care. Construction starts this year on the site at 3811 N. 44th St. in Phoenix.

AAHA!, the signature fund-raising event, was held March 3 at the Arizona Biltmore. More than 350 people bid on art, collectible pieces and one-of-a-kind experiences at silent and live auctions.

Two of the highest-bid items were an eight-day Burgundy and Provence Europe Boutique cruise and a kinetic sculpture by Bruce Stillman.

Not-for-profit Hospice of the Valley was founded in 1977 to provide end-of-life care. Services have grown to include home care for people with serious and chronic illnesses who aren’t yet ready for hospice. Last year the agency cared for more than 18,000 patients and their families in Maricopa and northern Pinal counties.

Photos by Dave Seibert.

John Eckstein, MD, and Debbie Shumway

Rita Meiser, Susan Levine, and John Jennings

Francisco Ponce, Curtis Dickman, and Adele Ponce

Marlene and Lanny Lahr

The Hamptons

Freddie Lieberman

Valley Toyota Dealers

JoEllen and Jim Feltham, and Maribeth Gallagher

Judi Glass and Lynn Kahn

Mike Oster, Debbie Shumway, and Susan Oster