Battle of the Bands Fundraiser for Stephanie’s Scholarship Benefitting Phoenix Union Students

Posted by Community Relations on 10/7/2015

A Battle of the Bands fundraiser for Stephanie’s Scholarship benefitting Phoenix Union students will be held Saturday, October 24, from 7 p.m. to 12 a.m. at Cooperstown Restaurant.  For a $10 admission/donation, there will be live music, Elvis impersonators, a silent auction, featuring an Alice Cooper guitar, and other family-friendly activities.  How it came about is a story in itself.

Former Phoenix police officer and now a Texas resident Jim Calams set up a charity for his daughter, who died suddenly in 2012 at 26 years old.  Stephanie was a school teacher in Richardson, Texas.  Mr. Calams established a charity in his daughter’s name and fundraisers were held in her honor to provide scholarships for students to attend college.   Calams decided to spread the love and wealth, and come back to his former community, created a fundraising event, and asked if Phoenix Union could receive the proceeds for student scholarships.

Stephanie was dedicated to helping children realize their potential, and strived to spark something in her students that could forever change their lives.  The change she sought to achieve was cut short, but her father hopes to continue the principles Stephanie believed in.

Alice Cooper’s Cooperstown is at 101  E. Jackson Street in Phoenix, just south of the U.S. Airways Arena.  For more information on the Battle of the Bands event and the Stephanie Lynne Calams Memorial Scholarship, go to