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4/14/11 9:14 AM Page 3 Phoenix, a treasure chest of luxurious gifts and trips were available to the highest bidder during the fundraiser. Diamond earrings, Arizona Opera tickets, an Afghan rug and a $500 Desert Ridge Marketplace gift card were just a few of the cool things up for bids. Several exciting trips were available too, including trips to Orlando, Carlsbad, Las Vegas and Los Angeles. The emcee for the evening, Channel 12’s Kim Covington, did a fantastic job announcing activities throughout the evening, calling out the auction winners and introducing the “Kids at Heart” Award winners, Grant and Marlene Woods. The Woods have been on board with The Children’s Museum of Phoenix since its earliest days. The Arizona power couple recognized the fun and educational benefits of such a fun place to play and saw the benefit that it would give to the community. They have also encouraged their friends to become involved. One of the biggest assets to The Markets of Marrakesh event was the entertainment. A local band, The Instant Classics, kept the crowd entertained with its expert renditions of crowd favorites. From Motown to Lady Gaga and just about everything in between, the band knew every song and the crowd danced the night away after Covington announced the raffle winners. As seasoned event aficionados, the crew from AZSAL was entirely impressed how The Instant Classics were dressed in such a varietal manner but were equal to the task in displaying mastery of every genre of music with enthusiasm and superb talent. They were also able to pull up several members of the audience and engage them in really great versions of karaoke that were not entirely cringe-worthy. Grant Woods was up dancing and if I do say so, he can really shake his groove thang. Bassist Todd Middleman (whose hair alone is totally worth going to see The Instant Classics anywhere in the Valley) spoke about the band’s involvement with this event. “This was the second year that The Instant Classics have been involved with The Children’s Museum of Phoenix. We love the cause and people involved with it,” Middleman said. On a style level, the Markets of Marrakesh theme was a fit with the band. “We really enjoyed the Marrakesh theme this year as the décor matched a lot of our tattoos,” Middleman quipped. On a more serious note, he explained the benefits of such a unique museum. “We took away from the event that there are a lot of ▲ Event_PhxChMsm WWW.AZSAL.COM AZSPORTS&LIFESTYLE 57

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