The Trends Charitable Fund will kick off its annual gala with an entertainment lineup in keeping with the 2022 theme of Legends & Legacies. The musical vocal group, The 5th Dimension, will headline An Evening of Trends, benefiting the TCF.
This year’s gala will take place on Saturday, Nov. 12 at 5:30 p.m., at the JW Marriott Camelback Inn in Paradise Valley. The annual gala celebrates local female icons who have made profound contributions to the community through their civic and charitable work, a press release stated.
Co-chaired by Valley advertising legend Carrie Martz, community activist Ania Kubicki and Trends publisher Bill Dougherty, the gala honors 10 women named as “Trendsetters” and the Fabulous Phoenician Nancy Berge, who will receive a lifetime achievement award.
Guests will have an experiential arrival, cocktail reception, raffle and live auction with a multi-course dinner and special entertainment lineup.
“Whether you remember their music from the 1960s and ’70s or just appreciate a great performance, The 5th Dimension is bound to have everyone on their feet with their spectacular vocal range and showmanship,” Martz said in the release.
With their signature hits such as “Up, Up, and Away,” “One Less Bell to Answer,” “Last Night I Didn’t Get to Sleep at All,” “Stoned Soul Picnic” and “Aquarius/Let the Sun Shine In,” The 5th Dimension is a multigenerational favorite.
“When we heard about the significance of this year’s Evening of Trends and its theme of Legends & Legacies, we knew we wanted to be a part of it,” Florence LaRue, The 5th Dimension founder, said in the release. “We have been involved in charitable causes for decades and the Valley of the Sun has always been so gracious to us. We were honored to be able to give back just a little and are ready to put on one heck of show.”
The 5th Dimension will be joined by a surprise performance to be announced soon.
The celebration highlight is the presentation of the 2022 Trendsetters: Audrey Alfano, Sheryl Cooper, Carol Dries, Micheline Etkin, Dyan Getz, Colleen Katz, Kolby Moffatt, Lorraine Tallman, Monica Villalobos, Mary Way and Fabulous Phoenician Nancy Berge.
New in 2022, This Girl’s on Fire Award honors entrepreneur Kristen Shroyer. Martz created the award to shine the spotlight on up-and-coming leaders and pave the way for the next generation of Trendsetters.
Proceeds from the gala provide essential support for many causes and programs. The University of Arizona Cancer Center was selected as beneficiary for this year’s event. The cancer center is the only one in Arizona designated by the National Cancer Institute as a “comprehensive cancer center,” which is the institute’s highest designation.
Proceeds will go toward biomarker and ovarian cancer research at the cancer center. The proceeds this year will go specifically to a university program called Biomarkers: 21st Century Approach to Cancer Research. This program involves a comprehensive approach to personalized medicine based on the university’s fundamental research with biomarkers.
“One of the reasons biomarkers are important for us to understand as cancer researchers is because they can help us to find better ways to treat individuals,” Joann Sweasy, cancer center director, said in the release. “Just because two people have the same kind of cancer in the same part of the body doesn’t mean that the disease will progress the same or respond the same way to the same treatments. Part of what we’re doing is exploring why exactly that’s the case.”
Trends Charitable Fund is a nonprofit organization that was founded in 1995 to issue grants to Arizona nonprofit organizations that meet the TCF’s mission to support programs that positively impact women, children and their families. Over the decades, TCF has donated over $5 million. Last year, the TCF presented a check for $500,000 to TGen from the gala proceeds.