An Evening of Trends

The party to celebrate the 2017 Trendsetters raises more than $200K for three nonprofit organizations

The Oct. 20 Evening of Trends at the Arizona Biltmore took as its theme “An Evening in Central Park.” Each year the event celebrates women in the community who demonstrate their commitment to the Trends Charitable Fund. This year’s nine Trendsetters are listed below. In addition one Fabulous Phoenician, Laura Grafman, was recognized. Grafman is a trustee of the Virginia G. Piper Charitable Trust and the executive vice president of HonorHealth Foundation.

The Central Park theme was reflected in lobby décor complete with flower carts and a hot dog stand, and in the dining room with autumn leaves incorporated into the table centerpieces. During dinner, the 300-plus guests enjoyed a running video display of previous Trendsetters. The 2017 Trendsetters were presented on the runway, and Grafman spoke eloquently about her commitment to the community. Bill Dougherty, publisher of Trends Magazine, served as the emcee for the evening.

The evening annually supports programs benefiting women, children and their families in need in Maricopa County. This year’s event raised more than $200,000 for Streetlight USA, Fresh Start Women’s Foundation and Family Promise – Greater Phoenix.

2017 Trendsetters

Jan Cacheris • Billie Jo Herberger • Cheryl Londen • Tahnia McKeever • Deborah Pshebniski • Leslie Rich • Mary Ann Sheely • Kristine Thompson • Candace Wiest


Sonal Haerter, Paige Wheeler and Tina Majerle

Rita VanSickle and Beverly Barnes; Joe and Allison Dubois

John Price and Darlene Keller-Price, and June and Rick Shapiro

Tracy Hernandez, Brigitte Berry and Molly Stockley

Carole Zbacnik and Rená Ames; Myra Richman and Patsy Lowry

Laura Grafman, escorted by her daughter, Lynn Lancaster; Jan Cacheris, escorted by her husband, Chris Cacheris

Billie Jo Herberger, escorted by Oscar De las salas

Deborah Pshebniski, escorted by her son, Ben

Candace Wiest, escorted by her son, John Suter

Mary Ann Sheely, escorted by her husband, Bill Sheely

Jordan Rose and her mother, Leslie Rich


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