Our Story

The Desert Foundation Auxiliary was organized in 1966 in order to celebrate and honor young ladies in our community. We have used this opportunity to bring family and friends joyfully together at an annual Ball, while supporting important community causes. This 55-year-old tradition has made DFA shine in the past and will sustain our future.

2019 Desert Ball

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Mission Statement

The Desert Foundation Auxiliary (DFA) selects and honors accomplished young ladies and their families at a formal Ball to be held each year in December so as to provide funds for 501(c)(3) organizations that focus on charitable, scientific, literary, and educational purposes. These families reside within the Scottsdale School District, City of Scottsdale, Towns of Paradise Valley and Carefree or other such areas in Maricopa County, Arizona, as designated and approved by the Board of Directors.

2021 Desert Ball Grant Recipient

Desert Foundation Auxiliary is thrilled to announce our Ball Recipient for 2021, Arizona Helping Hands. Arizona Helping Hands provides essential items to children in foster care through their programs promoting safety, permanency, and health. Their programs help ease the path for children in foster care and their families by helping to provide, perhaps the first safe, stable environment the child has ever known. The Basic Needs Program is the cornerstone of their mission which provides essential needs for children in foster care from birth to age 21. The goal of this program is to reduce stressors of children in foster care, beginning with a safe place to sleep. The program provides crib and twin mattresses, sheets, pillows, blankets, hygiene kits, diapers, wipes, clothing, shoes, and educational toys/games. In addition to the Basic Needs Program, Arizona Helping Hands prepares children for success in school with backpacks, supplies and uniforms. The Foster Footlockers Program creates peace of mind for children by providing a secure place to store personal keepsakes and belongings. The Licensing Safety Items Program ensures a safe home environment with safety items, like fire extinguishers, first aid kits, smoke detectors, and more. Additionally, Arizona Helping Hands brings hope to children in foster care through their Birthday Dreams Program, celebrating with personalized birthday packages to help lift their self-esteem.

Learn more at azhelpinghands.org

Past Charity Recipients

The Desert Foundation Auxiliary Board distributes funds from the Ball proceeds each year to charitable organizations which benefit primarily the people in Maricopa County, Arizona.  The Desert Foundation Auxiliary has granted the proceeds of the Desert Ball to more than 100 nonprofit organizations that serve the needs of our community. These organizations typically represent grass roots programming that require recognition and initial funding in order to establish a footprint in our community.