The orchid centerpieces in classic Oriental blue-and-white vases were beautiful, and the invited authors were interesting, even funny. But what made the 32nd annual Friends of Erma Bombeck Authors Luncheon at the Arizona Biltmore so special was the commitment of the Arizona Women’s Board never to give up in the fight against kidney disease in Arizona.
The 950 guests were treated to brief comments by six authors: Catherine Coulter (“The Prince of Ravenscar”), Alice Hoffman (“The Dovekeepers”), Anthony Horowitz (“The House of Silk”), Steven Naifeh and Gregory White Smith (“Van Gogh: The Life”) and Calvin Trillin (“Quite Enough of Calvin Trillin: Forty Years of His Funny Stuff”). Due to illness, Jacques Pepin, author of “Essential Pepin,” was unable to attend.
Lee Woodruff, wife of Bob Woodruff, ABC’s World News Tonight co-anchor who was severely wounded in a roadside bomb attack in Iraq, was the day’s emcee. She and Bob co-authored the “New York Times” bestseller “In an Instant: A Family’s Journey of Love and Healing.”
Carrie Hulburd chaired the luncheon, which generated approximately $450,000 in net proceeds.