The Arizona Association for Economic Development Annual Holiday Luncheon Benefits Amanda Hope Rainbow Angels

(PHOENIX – Dec. 20, 2021) – Arizona Association for Economic Development (AAED), at its annual holiday luncheon, A Royal Celebration, honored its past and present presidents and raised money for Amanda Hope Rainbow Angels. The more than 100 attendees purchased raffle tickets in order to donate $3,313 to the nonprofit organization.

During her three-year fight with leukemia and nine-month battle with a brain tumor, Amanda Hope dreamed that one day she would design a fun clothing line for kids just like her that would provide comfort and dignity during chemo treatments. Amanda’s life ended all too soon, but her dream lives on through the organization’s Comfycozy’s for Chemo apparel and her legacy continues with our expansion of programs and services.

“Our mission is to bring dignity and comfort into the harsh world of childhood cancer and other life-threatening diseases,” said Lorraine Tallman, Amanda’s mother and president and founder of Amanda Hope.  “In March 2012, Amanda Hope lost her battle to Leukemia.  And in her honor, we are carrying out her vision of giving some dignity back to our children with something as simple as a shirt designed for them.”

“Our members look forward to this event each year,” said Carrie Kelly, AAED’s executive director. “Not only is it a chance to network and ring in the holiday season, but we have the opportunity to support a worthwhile organization like Amanda Hope Rainbow Angels.”

AAED, founded in 1974, has a mission to serve as Arizona’s unified voice for responsible economic development through professional education, public policy, and collaboration. For more information, call AAED at (602) 240-AAED (2233) or visit


Lori Collins, president of the Arizona Association for Economic Development (l) along with Carrie Kelly, AAED’s executive director, present a check in the amount of $3,313 to Lorraine Tallman, president, and Jessie Swygert, director of operations for Amanda Hope Rainbow Angels.

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