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2019 Champions of Compassion Honorees


Benée Hilton-Spiegel

Michael Barnard & Vincent VanVleet

2018 Cocktail Hour

The Scottsdale Resort at

McCormick Ranch 


BrighterHearts. KinderMinds. 


Our 3rd Annual BrighterHearts. KinderMinds. Spring Soiree fundraising event was held Thursday, March 21, 2019 at the beautiful Scottsdale Resort at McCormick Ranch. The festivities began at 5:30pm with a silent auction, delightful wines, scrumptious heavy hors d'oeuvres and light supper on the Arizona Lawn, followed by a dynamic program in the main ballroom about the life-changing Social and Emotional Learning (SEL) skills Casa teaches in schools.


We bestowed the Champions of Compassion Award to Benée Hilton-Spiegel and Michael Barnard & Vincent VanVleet. Benée Hilton-Spiegel is known and deeply respected for her work with Cortney's Place and the Jewish Community Foundation. Michael Barnard is currently entering his 19th season as Phoenix Theatre’s Producing Artistic Director. Vincent is celebrating his 20th anniversary season with Phoenix Theatre as Managing Director where he is proud to have stewarded over 250 productions to the stage. The Champion of Compassion Award is given in honor and tribute for exemplary leadership and philanthropic support for Casa's mission.


The evening continued under the stars with more light bites, dessert and live entertainment. The Brighter Hearts. Kinder Minds. committee plan welcomed 350 community leaders.

Event Commitee

Event Chairwomen

Chair, Kristen Reed

     Co-Chair, Yvonne McFadden

Committee Chairs

Auction Chair, Laura Holka 

 Auxiliary Chair, Meagan Mitchell

Volunteer Chair, Meredith Orr   

Event Committee

Theresa Barber

Maggie Cortez    

Diana Jackman  

Jan Jones

Suzy Michelson 

Meagan Mitchell

Celeste Nichols

Meredith Orr

Garrison Singer

Regi Walston

Barbara Williams

Casa Board Committee Members:

Tiffany Bucher, Board Emeritus

Mary Jane Trunzo


Casa Event Staff Support

Linda Hahn        

Marla Matson-Quattrone     

Stephanie Orr         

Remembering the 2018

Brighter Hearts. Kinder Minds.

Spring Soirée

Champions of Compassion Honorees

Karie Montague & Cindy and Michael Watts