MASK hosts 8th annual ‘Carnivale’ Ball fundraiser


The MASKer Aide Ball “Carnivale” waltzed back to the Fairmont Scottsdale Princess Resort Oct. 10. Nearly 400 guests came out in black tie attire and a variety of whimsical masks to support MASK’s (Mothers Awareness on School-age Kids) eighth annual fundraiser.

Guests were greeted by “Carnivale” stilt walkers and array of appetizers from around the world including Pan Asian Nasi Goreng, Kimchi Nachos, Miso Marinated Skirt Steak, Fish Cakes, Espetinhos, Elotes and Empanades de Mariscos.

The glittering cocktail hour was complete with a “Carnivale” Drum Line Parade featuring Rio-inspired dancers who led the procession into the festive and spectacular ballroom.

MASK Executive Board Member Andre Wadsworth, executive pastor at Impact Church and former NFL Arizona Cardinal, kicked off the evening and introduced John Hook of Fox 10 News and Gina Salazar-Hook of CBS 5 News, a united team in parenting, who returned as the emcee team for the evening.

Guests were introduced to MASK’s Awareness Through the Arts program by dancers from Royal Dance Works. The piece was choreographed by Tony Suski to the song “Choice” which was written and recorded by Jagger Spacy.

As part of the evening’s festivities, MASK honored moms, dads and organizations that exemplify the spirit and mission of MASK.

Kimberly Cabral, founder and publisher of MASK, welcomed guests and presented the well deserving moms, dads, and organizations with the awards.

“Our 2015 award recipients are so deserving,” said Ms. Cabral. “With their support, and the support of many others, MASK can continue to engage, educate, and empower thousands of families, through MASK awareness and outreach programs and MASK The Magazine.”

2015 MASKer Aide Ball Honorees:

Engagement Award:  dedicated volunteer of MASK, Shelley Thomas

Education Award:  Arizona State University

Empowerment Award:  Right Toyota

Dad Dialed In Award:  John Hook of Fox 10 News

Guests enjoyed the “groove that makes you move” by Valley favorite, The Impact Band while noshing on gourmet dishes created by Fairmont Scottsdale Princess Executive Chef David Morris.

“Delivering a high quality banquet experience has been an obsession since joining the Fairmont Scottsdale Princess in 2012.” says Chef Morris. “I am always looking for ways to create an intimate restaurant style dining experience in a banquet environment.”

The elegant evening concluded with a live auction led by renown auctioneer Jennie Heal followed by dancing.

All proceeds from the MASKer Aide Ball Carnivale help MASK continue to provide awareness programs and resources that are important to parents, children and educators. Each and every dollar raised goes directly to educating parents and children on the issues facing youth today and encourages children to make safe, healthy choices.

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