Childhelp, the nation’s oldest and largest non-profit advocating for abused and neglected children, held its 12th Annual Drive the Dream Gala on Saturday, January 23rd at the Arizona Biltmore to raise funds benefiting Childhelp’s education treatment and prevention programs aiding the victims of child abuse.
Melissa Peterman, known for her role as Barbara Jean in the hit television comedy series Reba and current role on Freeform original comedy television series Baby Daddy, hosted Childhelp’s Drive the Dream Gala which took guests through “A Night of Wonderment,” featuring exceptional entertainment by multi Grammy Award-winning singer and songwriter Michael Bolton, a delicious dinner, and exciting live auction packages.
During the evening, Michael Bolton partook in the highly anticipated live auction, offering guests the chance to win a once in a lifetime opportunity to be serenaded by Bolton to “When a Man Loves a Woman.” Maks Chmerkovskiy upped the live auction package adding a slow dance with the lucky winner during the serenade, which ultimately raised $50,000 toward Childhelp’s outstanding programs and services.
The 2016 Drive the Dream Gala celebrated Childhelp’s many heroes including Reba McEntire, who was awarded this year’s Childhelp Woman of the World Award.
It’s estimated that five children die each day from abuse and neglect in the United States. For nearly six decades, Childhelp has worked to combat this epidemic. Since the Foundation’s inception, Childhelp has impacted the lives of over 9 million children through lifesaving programs and services.