The Arizona Heritage Center at Papago Park will be transformed into a Dia de los Muertos adult-only celebration to benefit Kids in Focus, a nonprofit organization using photography to impact and change the lives of Phoenix’s most at-risk youth. Guests will stroll the beautiful indoor and outdoor spaces of the museum while enjoying food, drink, live music and a pageant of interactive performers including contortionists, stilt walkers, jugglers, tarot card readers and more.

An exhibit of photos created by the children in Kids in Focus programs will be featured along with breathtaking views of Papago Park, a hosted bar and delicious food stations by prominent Valley caterers and restaurants. Prints on display will be available for purchase and guests can participate in a silent auction and raffle filled with special once-in-a-lifetime experiences.

Each year, Kids in Focus pairs youth facing adversities including homelessness, poverty, neglect and abuse with Phoenix’s top photographers who inspire the kids to see the world in a new light. These relationships foster self-esteem, creativity and trust, with the resulting photographs becoming an inspirational testament to the kids’ resiliency and the power of hope. Since 2012, the organization has transformed the lives of several hundred kids in need, equipping them with essential life skills to make the shift from surviving to thriving. Learn more about what we do here.

Questions? Contact Christie Davis at

Special thank you to our Honorary Chairs:
Billie Jo and Judd Herberger



Food & Beverage Sponsors:


2019 Planning Committee:

Event Co-Chairs:
Bobby Barnes & Colleen Katz

Event Committee Members:
Trisha Anthony, Wendy Arndt, Tom Bomhoff, Pat Bondurant, Julie Bowe, Sallie Brophy, Libby Cohen, Carol Cook, Lee Courtney, Oscar De las Salas, Susan Doria, Jacqui Firestone, Debbie Gaby, Vikki Gorman, Amy Hair, Theo Hall, David Hills, Gary Jackson, Carolyn Lane, Abby Leadon, Julie Littenberg, Beth McRae, Dafna Madia, Kim Morey, Cliff Paul, Ross Peterson, Joan Raskin, Lauren Raskin, Amy Samuel Meda, James Sanders, Gina Santi, Patty Sapp, Jody Schnable, Subyn Wadsworth, Heather Wagenhals, Kelsey Waite, Lea Werner, Susie Wesley, McKenna Wesley, Gail Willmore