By Lin Sue Flood

What could possibly top an evening of fine art, delicious food, and excellent wine? Perhaps enjoying all three while supporting a cause that is near and dear to your heart!

Hospice of the Valley is excited to bring back its signature fundraiser: AAHA! Art. Food. Wine. In 45 years, no one in need of care has been turned away by our not-for-profit agency, and that is largely due to community generosity.  

We are so grateful to local businesses and individuals whose donations make this event shine with beautiful pieces of art and memorable experiences ranging from a fabulous trip in Greece (Athens, Crete, Santorini) to a private dinner for friends prepared by local chefs. 

This year’s art selection is extensive with more than 70 pieces, including an elegant, fiery-red enamelwork horse sculpture from Carl Dahl’s private collection. Among other favorites is a stunning statement piece by artist Judy Tuwaletstiwa, a huge canvas painting adorned with hundreds of delicate feathers — bold and ethereal at the same time.

The evening, at the JW Marriott Scottsdale Camelback Inn on March 12, features a spectacular dinner, raffle, a silent auction and a live auction conducted by dynamic “auctiontainer” Letitia Frye. We also pay special recognition to this year’s honoree, iconic Arizona chef Mark Tarbell, for all his charitable work in our community.

Proceeds benefit Hospice of the Valley patients and families who need hospice care, supportive care for chronic illness or dementia care. A portion of funds raised will be allocated to the new Dementia Care and Education Campus in central Phoenix, which offers comprehensive care for people living with dementia and vital resources for the community. This is a unique place where health professionals, students and caregivers learn best practices for providing exceptional dementia care.  

The campus is an extension of our dementia program, reaching out into our community with supportive care that is offered at no charge to families living with all types and all stages of the condition. Dementia educators make home visits to show stressed family caregivers new ways of connecting with loved ones throughout the dementia journey. They also provide resources and support groups to help caregivers cope with inevitable challenges and practice self-care.

For more information on AAHA! or opportunities to support Hospice of the Valley, contact Melissa at, call 602-636-6380 or visit

Lin Sue Flood is community engagement director at Hospice of the Valley.