Special Events





2018 Annual Food Drive
Chair, Linda Struve
 





Linda Struve, will again Chair at the November Monthly Luncheon, the 2018 Annual Food Drive benefiting the Fountain Hills Food Bank.  Linda will be at the door with her trunk open, ready to take donations of non-perishables(no glass) for the Food Bank.  Stay tuned for additional details......






2018 Holiday Dinner-Dance               
Chairs:  Marshelle Curtin, Sherry Robbins and Julie Webb

Sunday, December 2nd, 2018.  
The 2018 Holiday Dinner Dance is being planned now at FireRock Country Club.  Plan to enjoy a fun holiday time with friends at the FireRock Country Club.  The Country Club will be decorated beautifully for the holidays.  Dinner will be delicious and the DJ put you in the holiday spirit!   Stay tuned for more details coing soon........



2018 Toy Drive      


 Chair, Kathleen Sauser

Every year, at our December luncheon, members donate brand new, cuddly teddy bears. This year we will be collecting toys benefiting the Marine Corps TOYS FOR TOTS  program.  Stay turned for more details soon......





2018 Guess Who's Coming to Dinner 

Chair: Evelyn Chernoff, 

 Donne Chapman, Penny Junk and Gail Schultz

MARCH 3, 2018.  Back by popular demand is the opportunity for couples to come together and dine in the comfort of a member's home.  On this one special evening you will be able to participate in the camaraderie of both "old" and "new" friends around the dining table.  This is an opportunity for couples to come together and dine in the comfort of a member's home.  On this one special evening you will be able to join in the comradery of both "old" and "new" friends around the dining table.

But there is a catch!  Hosts will not know who's coming to their home until they open the door and guests won't know where they're going until that evening when they open up their envelope containing only the address and phone number of their host!

Join in the fun!  Contact Evelyn Chernoff, the Activity Chair, for further details.  Host homes are needed.









2017 Trauma Teddys
 Chairs, Kathleen Sauser & Vivian Lopez

Every year, at our December luncheon, members donate brand new, cuddly teddy bears to the Rural Metro Trauma Teddy Program. As first responders on the scene at fires and other major disasters, the firefighters offer teddy bears to children who have been traumatized by these terrifying events.  MEMBERS:  THANK YOU for YOUR GENEREOSITY at the December Luncheon!!!!  Your response was overwhelming as always.  Thank you!



2017 Holiday Dinner-Dance               
Chairs:  Mary Courtney & Betsy Hess

Sunday, December 3rd, 2017.  The 2017 Holiday Dinner Dance was a huge success and a fun holiday time with friends at the Rio Verde Country Club.  The Country Club was decorated beautifully for the holidays.  Dinner was delicious and the DJ put you in the holiday spirit!   Betsy Hess and team did another wonderful job of hosting this fun Holiday time with Friends!  Thank you to all who attended and supported this fun Holiday time!


2017 Silent Auction & Raffle
Chair:   Natalie Hogeboom 

This year’s fund raiser took on a new and successful format.  At the November luncheon a silent auction and a raffle took the place of our huge silent auction.  Because of the generous spirit of our community and our members we were fortunate to raise over $7,000 which will be returned to Local Charities.  Thank you to all of our Donors and Members!!!!!! 

THANK YOU DONORS!!!!!!
                 


donal Auction & Raffle items:

2017 Annual Food Drive
Chair, Linda Struve
 





Linda Struve, as in the past at the November Monthly Luncheon, was at the door with her trunk open, ready to take donations of non-perishables(no glass) for the Food Bank.  Thank you to our generous members for your donations!  And special thanks to Linda for her efforts and service.







2017 Guess Who's Coming to Dinner 

Chair: Evelyn Chernoff 

New in 2017!!  This is an opportunity for couples to come together and dine in the comfort of a member's home.  On this one special evening you will be able to join in the comradery of both "old" and "new" friends around the dining table.

But there is a catch!  Hosts will not know who's coming to their home until they open the door and guests won't know where they're going until that evening when they open up their envelope containing only the address and phone number of their host!

Join in the fun!  Stay tuned for further details in the FITH Bulletin or contact Evelyn Chernoff, the Activity Chair.




2016 Holiday Dinner-Dance 
Chair, Peggy Vazzano

This holiday extravaganza took place on December 4th  at the Rio Verde Country Club. The event was lovely with members and spouses dressed in their finest holiday fashion enjoyed warm and wonderful holiday evening together.  

Thank you to our committee for a fabulous and memorable event and to all who submitted photos of the evening. 


2016 Trauma Teddys
 Chairs, Kathleen Sauser, Ann Elam and Joanie Gallichio
 
Every year, at our December luncheon, members donate brand new, cuddly teddy bears to the Rural Metro Trauma Teddy Program. As first responders on the scene at fires and other major disasters, the firefighters offer teddy bears to children who have been traumatized by these terrifying events.
 
Again, in 2016 the firefighters attended the December luncheon to pick up the teddy bear donations.  The amount of teddy bears was heart warming.  Thank you ladies for your support to this great cause!  
 

 

2016 Silent Auction
Chairs, Toni Johnson and Kathleen Rubin  
This year's Silent Auction was a resounding success. By all reports, it was one of the most well-run, well-supported and well-organized events of its kind in the Club's history. Chairs, Toni Johnson and Kathleen Rubin did a bang-up job, along with all of their committee members, and the financial results reflected that. Our club donated generously to local community non-profit organizations at the December luncheon. The recipients included:  Extended Hands Food Bank, AZ Brainfood, Fountain Hills High School Band Boosters, Fountain Hills Middle/Four Peaks Elementary School After School Tutoring, Fountain Hills Theater and Fountain Hills Toymakers who believe that every child should have a new toy for Christmas. Great job, ladies!




2016 Annual Food Drive
Chair, Linda Struve
 











The Club's Annual Food Drive, in support of our local Extended Hands Food Bank, was a great success again this year. Linda Struve's car was completely packed, from the back seat to the trunk, with members' generous donations of non-perishable food items. Great job, ladies! And, as always, our sincere thanks to Linda for chairing this most important event.


 
2015 Holiday Dinner-Dance
Chair, Peggy Vazzano; Co-Chair, Betsy Noce    
This gala event took place on Sunday, December 6th at the Rio Verde Country Club and it was, as in past years, a splendid evening! Our thanks to Peggy and Betsy,
to everyone who took and forwarded photos and to anyone else who contributed to
the event's success.




2015 Silent Auction
Chair, Kay Speake  
The 2015 Silent Auction was a huge success, with near-record sales, the proceeds of which were distributed to local charitable organizations at our December Holiday luncheon.

Kudos to the Silent Auction Committee and the Members who made it all possible!
 
2015 Annual Food Drive
Chair, Linda Struve
 
The Friends Annual Food Drive was also a great success, to the delight of our local Extended Hands Food Bank. Thank you Linda, and thank you members, for your perennial generosity.

 

 
Past Years' Events
 
 
 
The 2014 Holiday Dinner Dance
 
2014 Committee Members: Kathleen Sauser, Ann Elam, Joanie Gallichio,
Suzanne Bertino, Toni Johnson, Sandy Clark and Joyce Stehlik. 
 
 
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Another Excellent Holiday Gala!
 

 
 
 
 

 
 
The 2014 Annual Food Drive
 
By all reports, this year's Annual Food Drive was an overwhelming success. The Extended Hands Food Bank is, as always, very grateful for our members' generosity.
 

The 2014 Silent Auction
 
 
This Silent Auction was, once again, quite a success, thanks to the generosity of our members. Here are the organizations that the Board voted to be beneficiaries of the Auction profits:
 

      AZ Brainfood

     Cool Cats Rescue

     Dancing Queens

     Extended Hands Food Bank

     Fountain Hills High School Band Booster

     Fountain Hills Theater

     Friends of the Fountain Hills Library

     Greening of Downtown

     Rescue Pals

     River of Time Museum

     Senior Services of Fountain Hills Home Delivered Meals

     Senior Services of Fountain Hills Technology Learning Center

 
  
 

 
* * * * * * 2014 TRAUMA TEDDYS * * * * * *
 
 
Every year, at our December luncheon, members donate brand new, cuddly teddy bears to the Rural Metro Trauma Teddy Program. As first responders on the scene at fires and other major disasters, the firefighters offer teddy bears to children who have been traumatized by these terrifying events.
 
Our members did, indeed, outdo themselves with the Trauma Teddy donations this year. The firefighters who came to the December luncheon to pick up the teddy bears were most grateful for our generosity!
 
 

 

The 2013 Holiday Dinner Dance:  Chair, Pam Helmick, and her committee did a fantastic job of organizing the 2013 Holiday Dinner Dance at Rio Verde Country Club. It was a spectacular success and everyone in attendance seemed to have a great time, judging by the photos in the slideshow, below. 

Sincere kudos to Pam and her committee members: Toni Johnson, Sandy Clark, Anne Larkin, Carol Smith and everyone else who helped put on this lovely event for Friends in the Hills and their guests.
 

2013 Holiday Dinner Dance Slideshow

What a lovely evening!

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The 2013 Annual Food Drive: Once again, Linda Struve headed up the 2013 Friends in the Hills Annual Food Drive to benefit the Extended Hands Food Bank right here in Fountain Hills. This took place prior to our November luncheon and, by all reports, was a huge success. Our members were super generous, as always, with their donations and Linda collected more than ever! The food bank was exceedingly grateful. Thank you, FRIENDS, for your generous and kind hearts! 

The 2013 Silent Auction: Last November's auction was a great success, with many Friends in attendance and lots of wonderful items to be had. The proceeds were excellent - even greater than last year - allowing us to be very generous with our donations to a number of local charities. The checks were presented at the December luncheon and representatives from each recipient were there to accept them and to express their gratitude to Friends in the Hills.  

The 2013 Trauma Teddys Drive:This year's donations again exceeded all expectations, thanks to the generosity of our members. You are awesome, ladies!