First Annual ARA® Sand Volleyball Fundraiser

November 27, 2021
Event

One Incredible Arizona Evening

ARA® First Fundraiser- 11/20/2021

Last week the ARA® team was honored to host its first fundraiser. The goal was simple: to raising funds to ensure "Water for All' for those experiencing homelessness in the Phoenix metro area. If you're unsure how this is done, check out "The Cause" section on the website to learn more! On November 20th with R.T. O'Sullivan's in Scottsdale, Arizona the ARA® Water Foundation had an evening to remember. The evening featured live music, sand volleyball, dinner, and more! Guests supported the cause through dinner and drink purchases with 10% of the the proceeds being donated to ARA®. Over 90 guests joined in on the fun and helped to support the mission.

Five incredible volunteers: Caroline, Stephanie, Emma, Amy, and Rob made everything possible. From managing check-in to raffle tickets and merchandise, the night flowed seamlessly because of them!

Pictured: (Left to right) Caroline Gaspari- Volunteer Project Manager for the event, Krystal Wuller- ARA® Founder and CEO, and Stephanie Howser- Volunteer Event Coordinator

The Raffle

Incredible raffle prizes worth over $1,000

ARA® was extremely grateful to have received incredible donations to feature a raffle for guests. Please see the list of wonderful sponsors at the end of this posts who made this happen. The raffle had four winners: 2 grand prize winners and 2 smaller prize winners. See what some lucky guests won:

Grand Prize #1-

- Private Wine Tasting Class with Total Wine for up to 20 people! ($500 Value)

- Kneaders Basket ($100 Value)

- Private Dance Lessons with Fred Astaire ($370 Value)

Grand Prize #2-

- Pit Boss Portable 2 Burner Table Top Griddle with 2 Piece Spatula Set and 3 Jars of BBQ Sauce ($240 Value)

- Fate Brewing Glasses & 4 Pack of Beer ($20 Value)

Prize #3-

- $20 Total Wine Gift Card

Prize #4-

- 6 Pack of College Street's Big Blue Van ($10 Value)

Overall ARA® was able to raise $600 from the raffle entries!

The Tournament

Seven teams came together to battle it out to win the "Golden Bottle".  Board member, Andrew Wuller managed the 4 v 4 tournament with great success. Players enjoyed multiple games with friends and fought to win the incredible prizes. At the end of the night, the black team took home first place!

Black Team wins the "Golden Bottle"

The winning first place team walked away with the "Golden Bottle", 4 ARA® water bottles, Chick-fil-a meal cards, free Frosty's for a year, and a chance to play in Phoenix Beach Volleyball's upcoming tournament. Second place won 4 ARA® water bottles and Chick-fil-a meal cards. Lastly, each third place player went home with a can of Four Peaks Pumpkin Porter.

The Sponsors

Event Sponsors

This event would not have been possible without these incredible sponsors:

Exclusent, Inc -  The major event sponsor donating to ensure the event had live music, prizes, flyers, and money toward the nonprofit's mission. Exclusent provides custom recruiting solutions for talent in local Phoenix area. You can learn more about them by clicking on their name.

Coconut's Fish Cafe - As a silver level sponsor they donated monetarily to help ensure the event could take place. Coconuts is a restaurant in Scottsdale, Arizona famous for their fish tacos.

R.T. O'Sullivan's - Restaurant host for the event. They also donated 10% of all food and beverage sales to ARA®.

Pit Boss Grills - Donated a Portable 2 Burner Table Top Griddle with 2 piece Spatula Set and 3 Jars of BBQ Sauce for the raffle.

Kneader's - Donated a custom basket with a variety of breads, jams, deserts, trinkets, and more.

Chick-fil-a Scottsdale - Donated Chicken sandwich meal cards for the winning teams.

Total Wine & More - Donated a private wine tasting class for up to 20 people.

Phoenix Beach Volleyball - Donated entry fees into their next tournament for the the winning team.

Huge thank you to every one who attended and make this event possible! The event raised $2,046 to support water access to those experiencing homelessness in the Phoenix area!!

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