Fab Family Events Where Your Attendance Makes a Difference

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Fall brings gorgeous weather and hundreds of fun, family events at great venues across our glorious state. With this in mind, I wanted to shine the light on four special ones that allow you to enjoy a great time with your kids while giving back to our community.

#LiveLikeLexi Charity Memorial Cornhole Tournament and Family Event  |  November 12, 1 to 6 PM  |  Majerle’s Sports Grill Chandler Mall

NOTE: This event is concluded. Please support #livelikelexi by following on social media here:

Thank you. Please keep reading #livelikelexi is so important and then there are three upcoming events that follow.

Come out for the first annual cornhole tournament to honor Lexi and raise some money for her charity. There will be live entertainment, raffles and kids’ activities.

Lexi’s story: Alexis “Lexi” Schultz unexpectedly passed away November 12, 2015, one-week shy of her 14th birthday, but the legacy of the girl who encouraged, stood up for, and supported kids who were victims of bullying lives on and gains ground every day.  Live Like Lexi was created in the honor of the girl who was the first person to offer words of encouragement such as, “Let your mind think before your tongue moves,” or act as a shoulder to lean on for those who were struggling.

With a mission of establishing and implementing a scholarship for students who embody Lexi’s anti-bullying platform, Live Like Lexi looks to make its first award by 2020 – the same year Lexi herself was to graduate high school.  Your donations help Lexi’s organization further deliver her message to the masses while supporting other youths who help do the same.  Together, we can #LiveLikeLexi!


Angels on Patrol 5K Run/Walk  | Saturday, December 3  |  Road Runner Sports Tempe



Come join RUN YOUR RACE for a 5k Run/Walk and help support Angels on Patrol!

Angels on Patrol assists families in crisis with basic needs, strictly by referral from law enforcement officers. So, when an officer responds to a call or comes across a family in crisis they call us, 24/7. We assist with food, shelter (current wait list for community shelters is 3-4 weeks), clothing, hygiene items, utility bills, rent to keep family from eviction, etc. We were founded by a Phoenix Police Lt. Check out our website www.angelsonpatrol.org.

Cost: $30 Early registration, includes a custom finisher medal, matching lapel pin, race bib, wristband and age group awards.The race is scheduled to start at 9:00 am, so please arrive early! Water and snacks are provided and your custom finisher medal will be awarded after the run.


5th Annual Ignite Hope Candlelight Walk for PCH Patients  |  Saturday, December 10  |  North High School



Get ready to light up the night — and the faces of patients at Phoenix Children’s Hospital. Spread light and celebrate patients during the 1.1 mile trek to Phoenix Children’s Hospital. The festivities kick off at North High School with a family-friendly pre-walk party, including face painting, superhero appearances, music, refreshments and an appearance from Santa himself. The candlelit walk to Phoenix Children’s Hospital starts at 5:30 p.m., landing in the PCH parking lot, where patients will wave their own candles from their rooms and witness thousands of people flooding onto Hospital grounds to wish for their recovery. When walkers arrive at 6:30 p.m., they’ll take part in an inspirational program led by patients and, finally, the lighting of the Hospital’s holiday tree.

The Ignite Hope tradition began when the friends and family of then 15-year-old PCH patient Katie Wagner held a candlelight vigil outside her hospital window after she was diagnosed with cancer. While Katie has since passed, the candlelight tradition has lived on to brighten the lives of thousands more patients. Previous years brought 2,400 participants to the PCH grounds. This year, Phoenix Children’s Hospital is expecting 3,000 participants — the largest turnout in the event’s history.

A battery-operated candle will be provided to participants 4 and older. Walkers are encouraged to bring a new, unwrapped gift for patients who will be hospitalized over the holidays. Participating adults are asked to raise a minimum $100 to help the patients at the hospital, and those who become $15 monthly donors will have their registration fees waived. Pre-registration is $35 for adults, $10 for children between 4 and 12, and free for children 3 and younger. Same-day registration is $45 for adults, $10 for children between 4 and 12 and free for children 3 and younger. For more information and to register, visit pchignitehope.com.


Cornbread for a Cause



Z’Tejas Southwestern Grill is excited to announce Phoenix Children’s Hospital as the recipient of the Cornbread for a Cause charitable campaign from October 1 through December 31, 2016.

From October 1 through December 31, a portion of cornbread sales from Z’Tejas’ five Phoenix-area locations will go to Phoenix Children’s Hospital. Recently AAWL received a $15,600 donation.

Phoenix Children’s Hospital is Arizona’s only children’s hospital recognized by U.S. News & World Report’s Best Children’s Hospitals with rankings in all ten specialties. Phoenix Children’s provides world-class inpatient, outpatient, trauma, emergency and urgent care to children and families in Arizona and throughout the Southwest. As one of the largest children’s hospitals in the country, Phoenix Children’s provides care across more than 75 pediatric specialties. The hospital is poised for continued growth in quality patient care, research and medical educationFor more information about the hospital, visit http://www.phoenixchildrens.org and for Cornbread for a Cause or Z’Tejas, visit Ztejas.com.


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  • Reply Katrina D

    I would love to try the Cornbread for a Cause!! Yum

    November 9, 2016 at 8:56 pm
    • Reply Katrina Sherk

      I would highly recommend it! Z-Tejaz cornbread is the best! They serve it in a cool iron skillet hot from the oven – delish! And that a portion supports Phoenix Children’s Hospital makes it that much better! Hope to see you there!

      November 9, 2016 at 11:28 pm
  • Reply Valerie Arnold

    As a family we go to Feed My Starving Children and volunteer. So well organized and such fun giving back. Love it there.

    November 9, 2016 at 10:34 pm
    • Reply Katrina Sherk

      You are such am an amazing Active Mom! Heart you! That is such a great way to spend time with your family giving back to those in need.

      November 9, 2016 at 11:26 pm
  • Reply Amanda Tingle

    The Cornbread for a Cause looks like fun!

    November 9, 2016 at 10:53 pm
    • Reply Katrina Sherk

      Agreed! Love cornbread – especially Z-Tejas – it comes in this cool iron skillet – yum! And how wonderful that they are offering their most delicious bread to support a great cause like Phoenix Children’s Hospital.

      November 9, 2016 at 11:26 pm
  • Reply Alexandra Ashley

    Love causes that look out for todays youth. They are our future. Thank you for sharing.

    November 9, 2016 at 11:08 pm
    • Reply Katrina Sherk

      You are so sweet. We love sharing and supporting these causes that take care of our children. Hearts to the charities and to everyone who attends their wonderful events.

      November 9, 2016 at 11:24 pm
  • Reply Maureen

    I know my family would definitely love the cornhole tournament!!!

    November 10, 2016 at 12:03 am
  • Reply Britney aumiller

    Maybe the candlewalk, I’m in my third trimester and vegan so not many options for me to do!

    November 10, 2016 at 12:10 am
  • Reply Rene McConnel

    I would love angels on patrol

    November 10, 2016 at 12:30 am
  • Reply Patty

    Ignite Hope walk for pch

    November 10, 2016 at 1:17 am
  • Reply Megan

    All of these look like great ideas!

    November 10, 2016 at 2:52 am
  • Reply Heidi B.

    Cornbread for a cause sounds deliciously fun! What a roundup of great causes!

    November 10, 2016 at 3:01 am
    • Reply Katrina Sherk

      You are so sweet. Thank you! We love to share these types of events that make you feel good, allow you to give back and have a wonderful time as well. And the cornbread is unbelievable – it comes piping hot in an iron skillet! Delicious!

      November 10, 2016 at 3:04 am
  • Reply Lisa N.

    The Ignite Hope Walks sounds like a great way for kids of all ages to be involved. I also like Feed My Starving Children and how school aged kids and older can participate there.

    November 10, 2016 at 3:03 am
    • Reply Katrina Sherk

      Our Active Moms are so community-minded – I love it! You are the second sweet Mama who mentioned Feed My Starving Children, volunteers there. We will have to think of a way to promote this beloved non-profit. And yes, I think the Ignite Hope event will be very inspirational, give us all pause to be grateful and allow the family to have some fun too. Hope to see you there.

      November 10, 2016 at 3:11 am
  • Reply Rachel G

    Cornbread for a cause! I love PCH and the endless amazing work they do.

    November 10, 2016 at 4:58 am
    • Reply Katrina Sherk

      Yes! We do too. So fortunate to live in a community with such an outstanding hospital for children.

      November 10, 2016 at 5:11 am
  • Reply Mary

    Just reading about ignite hope makes me cry. We missed it last year, but going to try and make it work for this year

    November 10, 2016 at 5:21 am
    • Reply Katrina Sherk

      You are so tender hearted, beautiful to see. I hope you can make it this year and that we see you there.

      November 10, 2016 at 5:39 am
  • Reply Mary

    Cornbread for a cause, count me in!

    November 10, 2016 at 2:55 pm
  • Reply D Mitich

    Cornbread sounds yummy!

    November 10, 2016 at 4:09 pm
    • Reply Katrina Sherk

      It is 🙂

      November 10, 2016 at 8:39 pm
  • Reply Krista Z

    I think it’s great people are getting out especially to help. I’ve been volunteering at the AJ food bank!

    November 10, 2016 at 6:28 pm
    • Reply Katrina Sherk

      That is so awesome. So nice to see wonderful Moms like you giving back to our community. All these events really help out those in need + allow you to have some fun with the family too.

      November 10, 2016 at 8:39 pm
  • Reply phxbne

    Angels on Patrol sounds like a great cause

    November 10, 2016 at 7:42 pm
    • Reply Katrina Sherk

      Yes. The non profit helps those who need it most. Police refer folks that they encounter that need some assistance and the non profit provides food or clothes or sometimes even housing. It really is a wonderful organization.

      November 10, 2016 at 8:38 pm
  • Reply Elizabeth Wilson

    I’m going to look into Angels on Patrol! Since they actually SEE these people, they’ll see exactly what they need and, hopefully, provide it for them!!

    November 10, 2016 at 11:55 pm
  • Reply LeeAnn O

    I’m going to look into the Live Like Lexi event. Sounds like a cause/event my family and I can support

    November 11, 2016 at 1:12 am
    • Reply Katrina Sherk

      That would be so wonderful if you can go. It is going to be a wonderful and heartfelt celebration and your attendance can really make a difference. There are children’s activities and lots of prizes you can win. You will also be supporting the spirit of an amazing girl who made sure that people treated others with the kindness that we all deserve. #livelikelexi

      November 11, 2016 at 2:28 am
  • Reply Kristin

    The candlelight walk sounds really cool!

    November 11, 2016 at 2:29 pm
  • Reply Kate Gookin

    As a Girl Scout Leader, we encourage girls to get our there and help others as often as we can. Pets included!

    November 11, 2016 at 3:35 pm
    • Reply Katrina Sherk

      That is so awesome! Love hearing this!

      November 11, 2016 at 3:57 pm
  • Reply Valerie Gardner

    We all need to be kind to one another & support great causes.

    November 12, 2016 at 1:58 am
    • Reply Katrina Sherk

      I could not agree any more. I love our Active Moms like you who believe so much in supporting those in our community who need it most.

      November 12, 2016 at 3:41 am
  • Reply Heather W

    I would like the add the Candlelight walk at PCH to our list of holiday traditions. My son was a patient of PCH. We yearly take toys for them to use in the toy closet, since we saw first hand how much a difference it made in motivating my son while he was in the hospital.

    November 14, 2016 at 6:31 pm
  • Reply ML

    Cornbread for a cause!

    November 14, 2016 at 10:51 pm
  • Reply Stephanie

    I’m bummed we JUST missed the livelexilive cornhole event. We will be following the org on Facebook to find out more on their upcoming events. Great charity!

    November 14, 2016 at 10:53 pm
  • Reply Mary L

    Angels on patrol would be amazing.

    November 14, 2016 at 10:55 pm
  • Reply Jodee

    I’m going to look into the candle walk. What a great idea and cause! The cornbread for a cause is absolutely delicious… I mean doable. 😉

    November 14, 2016 at 11:30 pm
  • Reply Rosa McCants

    Cornbread for a cause at Z’Tejas.

    November 15, 2016 at 1:12 am
  • Reply denise r

    cornbread for a Cause

    November 15, 2016 at 2:15 am
  • Reply Melissa

    Would love to make the PCH Ignite Hope Candlelight Walk a annual tradition for our family! Thank you for posting it!

    November 15, 2016 at 1:51 pm
    • Reply Katrina Sherk

      You are so sweet. It is always our pleasure to share events and especially those that support the many people in need in our community. PHC does a really amazing job of making this event enjoyable and incredibly meaningful.

      November 15, 2016 at 2:40 pm
  • Reply Cheryl Mercado

    Cornbread for a cause

    November 17, 2016 at 10:27 pm
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