It’s a dilemma guests of many social functions have unfortunately faced.  A competitor stands hovering around that silent auction item you’ve coveted, pen in hand and obviously ready to pounce.  Your first reaction is to race over and immediately top their bid, but the friend you haven’t seen in ages is sharing a funny story, the waiter just refreshed your cocktail and you can’t risk spilling that tantalizing plate of hors d’oeuvres.

At Sun Health Foundation’s Healthy SUNsations 2012 – “One Hip Party!”  on Saturday, Nov. 10 at Wigwam Arizona, guests won’t experience this maddening predicament. Partygoers can top a competitor’s silent auction bid with a few simple keystrokes, because this year’s Gala has gone high tech, thanks to wireless keypad technology.

It all makes for “One Hip Party!” supporting advancements in orthopedic care and services at Banner Boswell and Banner Del E. Webb medical centers.

“We feel like this is a fun, competitive and convenient way to encourage participation during our silent auction,” said Gina Ore, Sun Health Foundation’s vice president and chief development officer. “Guests will be able to track their bids and the bids of any rivals with the touch of a few keys. That should lead to some spirited competition to kick off the evening!”

In addition to all the high tech, “hip” fun, Healthy SUNsations 2012 – “One Hip Party!” also will include:

  • A gourmet dinner prepared by Wigwam Arizona’s renowned chefs;
  • A brief live auction and program;
  • Entertainment for dinner and dancing provided by C.C. Jones Productions, and;
  • The debut of “One Hip After Party” for the young and young at heart.

Tickets are $200 per person, and can be purchased by calling (623) 832-7609 or by emailing You can also purchase tickets online by visiting, clicking the events tab and then selecting Sun Health Foundation (Philanthropy) Events.

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