The Back to School Clothing Drive, which has provided school supplies and clothing to more than 535,000 students since 1967, hosts its 50th Anniversary celebration with a Golden Masquerade Gala, Saturday, January 20, 2018, 6 – 10 pm.

Individual tickets are $175. Tables of ten are $1,750 and sponsorship opportunities range from $2,500 to $25,000. To purchase a ticket or table click here.

The event will take place at Phoenix Art Museum, 1625 N. Central Avenue, where the 50th Anniversary Champions for Children will be recognized. They are Brian Mueller, Grand Canyon University; Jerry Wissink, BHHS Legacy Foundation; James . Rice, Alhambra Elementary School District (retired); and Kenneth Jacobson, Avnet.

The event begin at 6 p.m. with a reception, silent auction and raffle. Dinner, live auction, 50th-year appeal and awards begin at 7:30 p.m. Dress is masquerade attire, mask encouraged |Black-tie optional.

Champions for Children Awardees

Foundation Award
GL_Wissink v4BHHS Legacy Foundation, Jerry Wissink
For the past 14 years, BHHS Legacy Foundation’s Backpack Buddies program has been the catalyst behind Back to School Clothing Drive’s successful New Clothes Beginnings annual summer distribution event. During that time, over 126,000 K-6 grade elementary school children throughout the Valley and Northern Arizona received new school clothing and school supplies.


Corporate Award
Brian Mueller-071816.003smGrand Canyon University, Brian Mueller
The need for more space to host our annual summer distribution led us to Grand Canyon University and opened up a world of possibilities and collaboration. Now students attending the event benefit from being on a college campus and experiencing first-hand the potential to pursue a higher education.



Chairman’s AwardJim-Rice009_cropped
James W. Rice, Alhambra Elementary School District (Ret.)
A former board president and long-time board member, Jim Rice’s involvement with BTSCD dates back to his time as superintendent of Alhambra Elementary School District. A recognized leader of the shoe department operation, Jim’s passion, dedication, and commitment has forged partnerships for BTSCD that will last well into the future.




Chairman’s Awardjacobson
Kenneth Jacobson’s leadership as Treasurer has helped build BTSCD into a corporate entity with programs structured for growth. His strategic thinking has led to the expansion of our Student Attire for Education (SAFE) Matching Grant and online retail store into a recognized and innovative approach to nonprofit social entrepreneurship.


Bronze Sponsors

BHHS Legacy Foundation

Wells Fargo

Bank of America

Arizona Community Foundation

Discount Tire

CBS 5, Arizona’s Family – Media Sponsor

SRP – Print Sponsor

Desert Diamond Casino – Social Media Sponsor


Celebrating it’s 50th year of serving Valley school children, Back to School Clothing Drive ( provides new school uniforms and outfits, backpacks and school supplies to children in need. Since 1967, more than 2.1 million uniforms have been distributed. More than 3,000 volunteers donate over 350,000 hours to the effort every year. Through its three programs, the New Clothes, New Beginnings Distribution; Student Attire for Education Matching Grant and Online Retail Store; and Stitches of Love, more than 25,000 kids attending over 260 Title 1 public elementary schools in 30 school districts benefit from its programs annually.