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East Valley goes orange for hunger awareness this weekend

Desert Schools employees at last year's United Food Bank’s Orange Ball. (Courtesy of United Food Bank)

United Food Bank’s fall fundraiser, The Orange Ball, will be tomorrow, Sept. 24, at 5:30 p.m. at Talking Stick Resort in Scottsdale. It’s orange for a reason: orange is the color of hunger awareness, and September is Hunger Action Month – a nationwide effort to mobilize people throughout all 50 states to work toward ending hunger.

The ball is a celebration of the past year’s milestone achievements, and will raise funds to help serve the 228,735 food-insecure people living in the Mesa food bank’s service area as well as honor the Salt River Pima-Maricopa Indian Community with the Spirit of Philanthropy Award.

United Food Bank’s “Spirit of Philanthropy Award” is bestowed upon individuals, corporations and foundations whose passion for supporting the community is exemplified by their leadership, generosity and commitment to our mission to fight hunger, which continues to make a significant difference in the lives of people throughout the East Valley and eastern Arizona.

Guests will arrive at 5:30 p.m. for a silent auction and cocktail reception, followed by dinner and the evening’s program emceed by comedian Ron Morey where the Salt River Pima-Maricopa Indian Community will be given the Spirit of Philanthropy Award, and the program will end with a live auction and raise the paddle fundraiser. Once the night ends, guests will be able to dance to music by the band Greenlight.

The public unable to attend the ball can still donate and support United Food Bank directly online at www.unitedfoodbank.org.

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