Right Toyota donates $20,000 to grant wishes for children battling cancer!
Ballsfest second annual fundraiser was held on Sunday, March17 at Mountain Shadows Resort. The uplifting nonprofit, founded by testicular cancer survivor and Scottsdale resident, Frank DeBlasi, raises money to provide unforgettable experiences for young cancer patients, who are affectionately called “Ballers.”
Emceed by local television personality, Vanessa Ramirez, Ballsfestwill treat guests to an afternoon of food, entertainment and various fundraising opportunities. “This isn’t your typical fundraising gala,” said DeBlasi. “Everything about Ballsfest is uplifting and whimsical; and this event reflects that spirit and we could not be more excited to bring this event back to Arizona and gift incredibly courageous kids.”
Ballsfest brings over 10 successful years of development and growth through fundraisers in Saratoga Springs, N.Y. Las Vegas and now California . to its annual event in Paradise Valley. Through relationships with local resource and treatment centers, including the Children’s Hospital and Banner Cardon Children’s Medical Center, eight Ballers have been selected to be honored at this year’sevent. They include four-year-old Kylah Mugwagwa, seven-year-old Bridget Korn, nine-year-old Justin White, 11-year-old Isaac Overson, 15-year-old Sheryn Ybasco, 17-year-old Chase Sazone, 17-year-old Julio Camacho, and 18-year-old Melia Teofilo.
Ballsfest has amassed an impressive roster of sponsors for its inaugural event, including four of the Wilson Automotive dealership: Right Toyota, Right Honda, Toyota Of Las Vegas, and Toyota Of Huntington Beach.
Organizers and supporters of Ballsfest provide unforgettable experiences for those facing obstacles with cancer. The term, "Ballsfest,” was created by Frank DeBlasi, a testicular cancer survivor and keen supporter of children living with cancer. The term is a play on words, and one that reflects DeBlasi's positive spirit during his own battle. Combining his love for the upstate New York area and the Dave Matthews Band, DeBlasi first hosted a small gathering for friends and concert goers on the grounds of Saratoga State Park in 2007. This initial gathering began a stream of annual events that has grown dramatically in size over the years, and proceeds raised at these events have benefitted a national cancer foundation.
In 2013, DeBlasi shifted the focus of Ballsfest in support of children affected by cancer. Since then, Ballsfest has honored and celebrated numerous children in Upstate New York, Arizona and Las Vegas.Ballsfest produces signature annual fundraising events, as well assolicits grants and contributions year-round from individuals, private foundations and others, for the purpose of supporting young cancer patients who are facing difficult challenges.