2021 Desert Ball

December 22, 2021

A Family Celebration

For more than 50 years, the Desert Ball has been honoring accomplished young ladies in our community, while fostering community, devoting time and resources to charity. Although debutante balls occur all over the United States and throughout the world, there is something so very special about our Desert Ball. Our debutante ball gives our participants a chance to celebrate with family and friends together during the December holiday season, making lasting friendships and give back to the community.

2021 Desert Ball Grant Recipient

Desert Foundation Auxiliary is thrilled to announce our Ball Recipient for 2021 is Arizona Helping Hands. Arizona Helping Hands provides essential items to children in foster care. The program strives to ease the burden for 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. Infants receive a crib, mattress, and sheets while children receive twin bed sets, pillows, blankets and hygiene kits. Additionally, diapers, wipes, clothing, shoes, educational toys/games and home safety equipment is provided.In addition to the Basic Needs program, AZ Helping Hands prepares children for success in school with backpacks, supplies and uniforms. Through Foster Footlockers, they create a peace of mind for children by providing a safe place to store personal keepsakes and belongings. Furthermore, AZ Helping Hands celebrates children with the Birthday Dream Program where children are celebrated with personalized birthday packages to lift their self-esteem. Together, we can make a difference in the lives of children in foster care by providing the much needed permanency they deserve and ensuring they have a safe place to sleep. I’m thrilled that Arizona Helping Hands will be our Desert Foundation Auxiliary Ball recipient for 2021.