PHOENIX, Ariz. (Sept. 17, 2017): The Back to School Clothing Drive, which has provided school supplies and clothing to more than 535,000 students since 1967, has rescheduled its 50th anniversary, the Golden Masquerade Gala, to Saturday, January 20, 2018 from Oct. 28 due to scheduling conflicts.

The event will take place at Phoenix Art Museum, 1625 N. Central Ave. where the 2017 Champions for Children will be recognized including Brian Mueller, Grand Canyon University, Jerry Wissink, BHHS Legacy Foundation, James R. Rice, Alhambra ESD (Ret.), and Kenneth Jacobson, Avnet

The event begins 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 or black-tie optional.

Individual tickets are $175. Tables of ten are $1,750 and sponsorship opportunities range from $2,500 to $25,000.

To become a sponsor or purchase tickets, visit, call (602) 256-9408 or email

The Back to School Clothing Drive serves 25,000 students every year at more than 260 Title 1 public elementary schools.  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.

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 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. 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 40 school districts benefit from its programs annually.


  • Karl Gentles, Executive Director, Back to School Clothing Drive, (602) 256-9408
  • Steve Carr, The Kur Carr Group, Inc., (602) 317-3040