Local charity raises $110,000 for LifeStars school program

Archie Griffin awarding children at the StepUp4Kids auction dinner. (submitted photo)

Archie Griffin awarding children at the StepUp4Kids auction dinner. (photo by Dana Gibbons)

Healthy LifeStars hosted the second annual StepUp4kids auction dinner Nov. 9 to benefit the LifeStars Challenge, a healthy lifestyle school program.

The goal of the program is to bring awareness to childhood obesity and teach local students and families about fitness and nutrition, according to a press release.

The StepUp4Kids dinner raised more than $95,000.

Healthy LifeStars also hosted a StepUp4Kids walk-a-thon in October that raised $15,000, the release stated.

(photo by Dana Gibbons)

Archie Griffin and Dr. Susan Wilder (photo by Dana Gibbons)

All of the funds from the dinner and walk-a-thon will go towards student fees to participate in the LifeStars Challenge school program. The participation fee for one student for one school year is $50.

This year’s dinner honored two special guests for their contributions to the community bringing awareness to childhood obesity.

Healthy LifeStars honored Archie Griffin, the only two-time Heisman Trophy winner and former NFL running back and Dr. Susan Wilder founder and CEO of LifeScape Premier medical office.

At the dinner, they both spoke about how leading a healthy lifestyle has positively impacted their lives.

“Our honorees Archie Griffin and Dr. Susan Wilder are inspirational,” said Julie Frankel Executive for Development & Operations of Healthy LifeStars, in the release. “We had a great event at a unique venue and our generous donors were able to help us offer our LifeStar Challenge to close to 2,000 kids for free for an entire year.”

More than 300 guests attended the event at Harley Davidson of Scottsdale. Attendees were able to bid on auction items such as vacations, rounds of golf, gift cards, jewelry, signed memorabilia and sporting events.

Healthy LifeStars more than doubled the events attendance and raised $35,000 more from the previous year, according to the release.

For more information on Healthy LifeStars and StepUp4Kids, please visit their website at healthylifestars.org.

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