It was a glorious evening under the colorful Scottsdale skies when a sold-out crowd of 300 guests gathered at the prestigious private airport Hangar One, with beautiful views of the private airport field.
All were given the celebrity treatment with photos upon arrival, then mingled during cocktail hour until the red room doors opened for dinner. Upon being seated, the night’s activities began with the evening’s speakers, including Kameron Kicklighter from Lightfeather Media; Glen Mason, former University of Minnesota Gophers Football Coach and now a Game Analyst for the Big Ten Network; and Dr. Mark Spangehl, Orthopedic surgeon at Mayo Clinic Arizona.
Two great causes for many of the guests at hand, it wasn’t difficult to be enthusiastic for the evening’s live and silent auctions; multiple bidders vying for every lot, from breedings to National Champion-siring stallions and a Goldendoodle puppy, to a trip to the Kentucky Derby, Fund-A-Need and everything in-between.
The night’s event continued with the 2021 Arabian Horse Times’ Readers’ Choice Awards, acknowledging peer favorites within the Arabian horse industry, and wrapped up with the ever interactive and highly engaging Dueling Pianos performance.
Through online participants and those present for the evening’s festivities, The Ames Foundation Gala raised over $300K to benefit the Mayo Clinic and Arabian Horse Promotional Fund.
A special thanks of gratitude goes to sponsors of the event: Ames Construction, LL Holdings, C. Jarvis Insurance, Hagale Family Arabians, Royal Arabians, PCF Arabians, PerformAir, Signature Oak, Stone Ridge Arabians, Orrion Farms, The Ritz-Carlton Residences, Debray Mode, and The Palmeraie.
The evening proved that together, making a difference in people’s lives is not only powerful—it’s empowering; a perfect example of this being the night’s honorary hosts, John and Sharon Ames, whose 25+ years of quiet philanthropic contributions impacted many in both big and small ways.
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