2023 Desert Ball

Friday, December 22, 2023

“It’s a family celebration” – Robin Snyder, Committee Member

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.

2023 Desert Ball Grant Recipients

Joy Bus

Started in 2011 by award winning chef, Jennifer Caraway, The Joy Bus is a nonprofit organization delivering more than a meal to homebound cancer patients around the Valley. Our meals are made with fresh, organic, non-GMO produce and come in eco-friendly and chemical-free packaging. Tucked into each hand-decorated paper bag is an informational sheet on the nutritional power of the ingredients used and how they will support the fight against cancer. Our service also includes critical home visits and wellness checks by our incredible team of volunteers, many of whom are cancer survivors themselves. Growing from our start as a one-woman operation serving two patients, we are so proud to now serve upwards of 140 patients, caregivers, and family members each week throughout the Phoenix Metropolitan Area and reached our milestone 20,000th meal as an organization in 2022.

Kid in the Corner

Our vision at Kid in the Corner is to live in a world where no family ever has to suffer the loss of a child to suicide.  Our mission is to support the kid in the corner, whoever that may be, and to shatter the stigma that surrounds mental illness. Founded in 2017, following the tragic loss of 16-year old Zachary Sumner, a Scottsdale high school sophomore, our program approach is to educate and spread awareness, promote kindness, and connect community to mental health resources.  Kid in the Corner’s foundational program, “The Penny Pledge” focuses on giving youth the tools, skills, language and resources needed to reach out to each other, to take care of their own mental health and to be a safe and caring person for others, is available to Arizona youth in grades 4th-12th.  Kid in the Corner reached over 3,500 youth in 2022 alone with over 85% of participants reporting an increase in critical knowledge and skills.