Sanctuary on Camelback Mountain symbolizes both inner and outer beauty as a fascinating Scottsdale resort. Over the years, Sanctuary has given back to the community with charitable hotel donations for meaningful causes, organizations, and events.

2011 Charity Events:

On December 10, Executive Chef Beau MacMillan teamed up with FDNY Engine 7 Ladder 1 to raise money for the FDNY Fire Family Transport Foundation. This charity dinner celebration raised $30,000, which will go towards the purchase of a new transport van in honor of late New York City firefighter, Randy Wiebicke.

The evening's festivities, held at the New York City Fire Museum, included a live auction – featuring an elaborate hotel donation from Sanctuary that included a vacation package in a private mountainside home at our beautiful Scottsdale resort – as well as performances by singer Michelle Cleary and comedians Kevin Flynn and Judson Liapply.

2012 Charity Events:

Careers through Culinary Arts Program (C-CAP) held its Heavy Medal Culinary Competition on Sunday, March 11, 2012 at Sanctuary on Camelback.

It was an evening of Fun, Food, Fennel and a Fabulous Feast.

Beginning with a perfect Arizona sundown, guests mingled on the terrace of the Sanctuary, enjoying the competition salad prepared by Royce Schlittenhart and Samuel White, showcasing their extraordinary knife skills.

With several 'foodies' in attendance, witty Master of Ceremonies Beau MacMillan was as much at ease with the microphone as he is in the kitchen. In 2006, he was victorious on The Food Network's "Iron Chef America" as he took the win over Iron Chef Bobby Flay He introduced celebrity judges: Debbie Gaby, Lauren Burgoyen and Nick Lowery, and included three dinner guests as judges.

He then introduced the two competing chefs (who seemed more like brothers than competitors): Sean Currid of Hotel Valley Ho and Lee Hillson of the Royal Palms Resort & Spa. They were given 30 minutes to each prepare a special dinner with the secret ingredient – pasta. They were ably assisted by two C-CAP Scholarship Winners, 2008 Therese Hills (Chef/Owner My Sweet Blessings Bakery) and 2009 Jelani Port (Personal Chef to Larry Fitzgerald and cook at the Sanctuary.)

As for the four-course dinner – WOW! Chef Beau MacMillan prepared the Chef's Choice hors d'oeuvres as well as the salad – Hoisan Glazed Kurabuta Pork with Crispy Kale Salad. Chef Sean Currid prepared the Braised Short Rib of Prime Beef with Sweet Pea Ravioli. Chef Lee Hillson prepared the Classic Lemon Tart with Raspberry Sorbet. Each dish was expertly matched with Chardonnay, Cabernet Sauvignon and Brut.

Watching these chefs in action was a real treat. Judges did their judging, and the Medal went to – Lee Hillson! Something told me it was a tough choice.

Lots of money was raised from silent and live auctions, as well as many generous guests who raised their hands to contribute to a matching monetary gift.

The evening was a big winner for everyone. It was one of the more exciting events of the season. Everything was perfect.

C-CAP, a nonprofit organization, awards culinary scholarships to promising disadvantaged high school students. C-CAP also provides teacher training. This is to ensure that teachers are appropriately trained so students will acquire the basic skills to compete for scholarships and to be successfully employed in the food service industry.

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