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Turquoise Ball

  • High Country Conference Center 2515 West Butler Avennue Flagstaff, AZ, 86001 United States (map)

Turquoise Ball - A Night at Versailles

Saturday, December 1, 2018
High Country Conference Center, Flagstaff

THANK YOU for your support of the 58th annual Turquoise Ball. With your support the event generated just over $250,000 and the Foundation is able to start funding Mental Health First Aid training this Spring.


For nearly 60 years the Turquoise Ball has raised funds for Flagstaff Medical Center’s area of greatest need, focusing on efforts to improve the quality of healthcare provided and creating a positive experience for patients.

Come dressed in your 17th Century French formal for this year’s “A Night at Versailles” themed event featuring a champagne reception, dinner and program, live auction, paddle raise, box office, and dancing the night away.

The 2018 beneficiary will be Behavioral Health with a focus on mental health first aid and prevention of accidental deaths and suicide. The Northern Arizona Healthcare Foundation is launching a campaign to raise funds to train community members so they know how to help with they see someone in need, whether it be a mental health crisis, drug related issue, personal harm or other life-threatening issue. Thank you for taking part in this cause.

The Northern Arizona Healthcare Foundation continues to facilitate fundraising campaigns, solicit and manage grants, and distribute funds to advance health, and access to healthcare, throughout northern Arizona. We look forward to working with you to make the 58th annual Turquoise Ball as success.

6 PM Check-In & Champagne Reception
Complimentary Photos
Passed Hors d’Oeuvres
Box Office & Raffle Sales

7 PM Program & Dinner Begin
Surf & Turf Dinner
Dancing & Entertainment
Philanthropist of the Year
Volunteer of the Year
Live Auction
Paddle Raise
Car Raffle Winner
Box Office Ticket Redemption

High Country Conference Center
201 W Butler Ave
Flagstaff, AZ 86001



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Donated by Antelope Point Holdings

Enjoy a 70’ Forever Resorts Houseboat for you and 11 guests on a 3-day, 2-night vacation. Located at Antelope Point Marina on Lake Powell, the houseboat features four private bedrooms, two full baths, upper deck with hot tub, wet bar, and sun canopy. Although the houseboat includes all the furnishings, you provide the food, fuel, water toys, and activities.

Based on availability and not valid on holidays. Value through December 2019; excludes reservations June 1-August 15, 2019. Does not include taxes and personal expenditures.

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Take home one of Jeff’s masterfully handcrafted designs. This split shank rink features a bright pink oval tourmaline mounted on three intertwining bands adorned with .45 carat total weight of sparkling diamond accents. Caring expertise and attention to detail make this one-of-a-kind ring a prized piece.

Ring can be resized at no charge.



Join Chef Michael Difilippantnio for an intimate dinner hosted by Flo and Chris Spyrow. You and your guests will be treated to a 5-course meal with wine pairings in the comfort of Flo’s home, who is the President and CEO of Northern Arizona Healthcare. For the past 26 years Chef Michael has been honing his skills as a chef in a variety of restaurants, private country clubs and has grown much of his own produce with the help of his wife in their greenhouse and personal gardens. He is currently the Executive Chef at the Rehabilitation Hospital of Northern Arizona. His passion for healthy delicious food has become a key component to the rehabilitation of the patients at the hospital, while also satisfying the cravings and hunger of fellow workers and patient’s families.

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Take home this one-of-a-kind, custom framed, signed piece created by Ukrainian artist Anatole Krasnyansky. Known for depicting expressive architecture and surreal figures to highlight the world’s colors and traditions, this watercolor and acrylic piece is painted on handmade Japanese paper. LEARN MORE ABOUT THE ARTIST

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With a rich tradition of hospitality and exceptional cuisine, Little America offers a retreat from the ordinary. Experience a night in one of their luxury suites, which includes a fireplace, spacious seating area, king bed, and large soaker tub. Staff will prepare a specially crafted dinner and perfect win pairing to enjoy at your suite.

Suite must be reserved 3 weeks in advance

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Escape the ordinary and immerse yourself within the serene view of the San Francisco Peaks. The Presidential Suite at Twin Arrows Casino Resort features more than 2,000 square feet of luxury and panoramic views. The evening includes dinner for two at Zenith Steakhouse.

Hotel Accommodations

DoubleTree by Hilton Flagstaff
1175 W Route 66, Flagstaff, AZ 86001
WEBSITE 928-773-8888

Thank you to our Major Sponsors

VIP Table Sponsors

Premier Table Sponsors

Kestgo Group
NAU Office of the President
UMR - A UnitedHealthcare Company
Welbrook Transitional Rehabilitation

Ernst & Young
Flagstaff Emergency Surgeons
Flagstaff Family Dentistry
Imagine Technology Group
JE Dunn Construction Co.

Frequently Asked Questions (or just fun to answer)

What should I wear?
The Turquoise Ball dress code is black tie and formal gown. However you are welcome to dress to each year’s theme. For “A Night at Versailles” think of 17th Century French Court dress. The Rococo style of design and dress was extremely popular in France at the time. If you need ideas, simply search “Rococo Suit” or “Rococo Dress" and have fun.

Is this a masquerade ball?
Although Versailles is known for amazing masquerade balls, we prefer to see your beautiful face. The Turquoise Ball theme is not a masquerade, but we appreciate your enthusiasm.


How and when did the Turquoise Ball begin?
The first Turquoise Ball was held in 1961, organized by the Hospital Auxiliary as a fundraiser for the Flagstaff Community Hospital. In its first year the event raised $2,200. The gala receives its name from the turquoise uniforms that the Auxiliary and Candy Stripers would wear.

Who is this year’s Turquoise Ball beneficiary?
This year the Turquoise Ball is a kick-off to a larger Behavioral Health campaign. Funds raised during the event will support training and expansion of Mental Health First Aid throughout the region.


What is Mental Health First Aid?
Similar to what First Aid is to a physical injury, Mental Health First Aid is to a mental health crisis. The training teaches you how to identify, understand and respond to signs of mental illnesses and substance use disorders in the community.

I can’t attend but want to support. How can I donate?
We’re sad that you can’t make it to the event, but appreciate the support. Click HERE to support the efforts to train the community in Mental Health First Aid.

I’d like to volunteer. Who should I contact to schedule time?
Wow - you’re amazing. Please email Megan Roach to schedule a shift.

What percentage of revenues go toward the beneficiary?
The Foundation’s mission is to support community healthcare and we strive to do that as effectively as possible. 85% of event revenues go directly to the beneficiary of each of our fundraising events.

How much of my donation is tax deductible?
As with any donation, please work with your tax adviser for guidance on this. For each individual ticket, $75 is tax deductible. For tables of eight, the fair market value of goods and services in connection with the sponsorship is $700.
Generally any live auction or box office items are “bought” at a reduced rate, so purchase is not tax deductible.
Funds donated during the paddle raise are fully deductible.


What is included in the price of a ticket?
A lot! The evening begins with a champagne reception and passed hors d’oeuvres. While enjoying these you can get a professional photo taken by Sean Openshaw Photography which will be mailed to you after the event (also free).
A surf & turf dinner and theme dessert can be enjoyed while listening to live entertainment by Uptown Big Band. Each sponsored table includes a complimentary bottle of white and red wine.
Don’t forget to take your wine and champagne glass with you - we won’t stop you at the door.

Really, I just wanted to know if cocktails are included….
There is complimentary champagne as you arrive and two bottles of wine at each sponsored table. If you prefer a different libation or you’re really just a beer person, cash bars are located throughout the event.

I have dietary restrictions - what is the meal?
We want your stomach to be as happy and full as your heart by the end of the evening, so please let us know if you have any dietary restrictions prior to the event. There is a meat and fish option, as well as a vegetarian dish. We’ll do our best to note gluten free options on the menu.

I can’t live without the centerpiece. Can I have it?
In order to keep the cost of events down, we reuse quite a bit of our decorations and appreciate it if these don’t walk out. However, a lot of time went into them and we know why you want it. So if one ends up in your satchel, please make a donation on your way out the door.

How do you decide on a theme each year?
Luck - do you have any ideas?
Actually there is a Turquoise Ball Advisory Committee that helps with event decisions. We bounce ideas off of them each year.


What is a Box Office?
The box office is a fundraiser where more than 100 boxes are sold for $100 apiece. Each box contains a prize ranging in value from $80 to $5,000. There is more than a 70% chance of you receiving a prize higher than $100 in value. However no-one knows what is in each box - GOOD LUCK.

What are the Live Auction items this year?
We’ll let you know as soon as we know…….

Earlier Event: November 12
Veterans Day Ceremony & Celebration
Later Event: December 12
Valley View Care Tree of Lights