Childhelp will virtually host its 14th Annual Childhelp Wings Fashion Show on Thursday, April 15 at 6 p.m. Proceeds from the event will support the lifesaving services provided to abused and neglected children in Arizona through the Childhelp Children’s Advocacy Center of Arizona dedicated to Linda Pope (CCCAZ).
Headquartered locally, Childhelp is the nation’s oldest and largest nonprofit dedicated to helping abused, neglected and at-risk youth.
The event will include special appearances and social media support from notable celebrities like Cheryl Ladd, Kathie Lee Gifford, John Stamos, Kurt Warner, Johnjay Van Es (of the Johnjay and Rich Show), and more. Local families will strut the runway wearing the latest fashion trends courtesy of local boutiques Mae & Marie and Garage, as well as Dillard’s.
Event chairs Lisa Barnes and Ashlyn Rowe, in partnership with the Founding Mother of Wings, Carol Hebets, each bring their passion for philanthropy and love of fashion to create one of the Valley’s premier family-friendly events. This year’s theme for the one-hour event is “A Night in Havana.” Viewers will have the opportunity to text to donate, as well as participate in the live and silent auction and raffle prize. Tara Hitchcock, TV personality and former host of Good Morning Arizona, will be hosting the fashion show.
Child abuse remains a silent epidemic in America and Arizona. Nationally, nearly five children die every day from abuse and neglect. Throughout the pandemic, calls to the Childhelp National Child Abuse Hotline have increased in double digits, with recent months peaking 43 percent higher than average. The CCCAZ serves more than 600 children in the Valley per month.
The Childhelp Arizona Wings Chapter helps to educate youth about issues surrounding child abuse and neglect through service projects and fundraisers. Originally created to celebrate the relationship between mother and daughter while instilling the value of serving others, it has now expanded to include family members including mothers, fathers, grandparents, aunts and uncles, and children under the ages of 18.