D-backs Foundation Donates $1M-Plus to Community

The crack of the bat is sorely missing from Arizona spring’s, but the Arizona Diamondbacks Foundation is bringing relief in another way. On March 23, the Foundation announced the donation of $550,000 to Arizona-based nonprofit organizations that will assist in helping those most vulnerable during the current national emergency.

“Over the past 10 days, we have watched the heroic efforts of so many Arizonans who are helping those in need—from medical professionals to local food banks and child-care operations that have opened their doors to those working long hours to keep our community running,” said Ken Kendrick, D-backs managing general partner, at the time of the donation. “We are so grateful to be a part of such a special place and to be in the position to give back at a time like this.”

One week after the March 23 announcement, the Foundation announced the donation of an additional $500,000 to immediately assist in helping those most vulnerable, bringing the franchise’s current total to more than $1 million.

“We are fortunate to not only be in a position to continue to give back, but to be in touch regularly with those in the medical field who can help distribute these funds in a meaningful way,” said Derrick Hall, D-backs president and CEO. “Whether it is personal protective equipment, critical resources to support health-care personnel or technology to provide virtual visits for those currently receiving care, we believe this money can make an immediate impact.”

The Foundation’s initial donation of $550,000 was spread among numerous nonprofit organizations that focus on emergency food supply and distribution as well as support for children of working health-care professionals. The second donation will address that growing need in addition to benefiting those in the medical/health-care fields.

The Arizona Diamondbacks Foundation and team will continue to monitor the situation in the event additional assistance can be made available if necessary.


Thunderbirds Provide $1M in Emergency Community Funding

The Thunderbirds, hosts of the Waste Management Phoenix Open, are providing $1 million in emergency funding to assist Arizona charities during this time of uncertainty. The money is ready to be granted immediately, and funds have already been donated to Boys and Girls Clubs of the Valley, St. Mary’s Food Bank and St. Vincent de Paul. The Thunderbirds will continue to evaluate the situation and will hand out the remainder of the money over the next few weeks as other priority needs arise.

“Thanks to the tremendous community support every year of the Waste Management Phoenix Open, The Thunderbirds are able to give to so many worthy charities. We are in unprecedented times. We felt, as an organization, it was imperative to act quickly and get much needed funds to help those in dire need right now,” says Chance Cozby, Big Chief of The Thunderbirds.

5th Annual Foster Family Fun Day

On March 8, Arizona Helping Hands hosted its fifth annual Foster Family Fun Day at Arizona Sunrays Gymnastic and Dance Center. More than 200 foster children gathered for a fun day. The afternoon included gymnastics and dance classes, bounce attractions, special character guests courtesy of Storybook Entertainment, Papa John’s pizza, raffle prizes and crafts.

“Foster Family Fun Day is an opportunity for families in foster care to just have an opportunity to relax and play. Arizona Sunrays Gymnastics and Dance Center opened up their doors again this year to allow boys and girls to play on the equipment or to participate in a dance class. Moms and dads were able to sit back and breathe easy for a few hours, a welcome relief to parents raising 2, 4, 6 and even 8 children. It’s not easy to find a free family activity for such large groups. Seeing the smiles on the faces of children—and their foster parents—made this a very special afternoon,” says Dan Shufelt, Arizona Helping Hands president and CEO.


One Injustice is One Too Many

Arizona Justice Project hosted its third annual One Injustice is One Too Many event on Feb. 22 at the Heard Museum. The 350 guests at the dinner raised $130,000 to support its work in seeking justice for those who are innocent and wrongfully imprisoned.

The evening included food stations prepared by Arizona Taste Catering, a raffle and silent auction, and live music by Quinn Jolly the band.

During the presentation, Randy Papetti, partner with Lewis Roca Rothgerber Christie, was awarded the One Injustice Award. For 25 years, Papetti has practiced commercial litigation and trial work at the firm. On a pro bono basis, he writes, speaks, handles cases and consults on matters involving the medio-legal diagnosis of Shaken Baby Syndrome.

The riveting program featured a keynote address by Ray Krone, an exoneree and co-founder of Witness to Innocence, an organization comprising death row exonerees devoted to improving the criminal justice system and supporting each other. Krone spent nearly 11 years in prison for a homicide he did not commit, including two years on death row in Arizona. He was the 100th person who served time on death row to later be exonerated. He now resides in Tennessee.

Douglas Wilkey and Christina Dougherty co-chaired the event. The Champion Sponsor for the evening was Osborn Maledon.


Arizona exoneree Drayton Witt with Khalil Rushdan, community partnership coordinator, ACLU Arizona and Arizona Justice Project Exoneree Board member

Keith Hilzendeger, Susan Green and Jordan Green

Exoneree Louis Harper with Khalil Rushdan

Dr. Erin Kloos

Keynote speaker Ray Krone

Anne Chapman

ACONAV on the Rise

Arizona-based fashion brand ACONAV is gaining popularity with its unique combinations of Native American culture and modern style. The brand is known for its use of distinctive Acoma Pueblo pottery colors and patterns, and natural fabrics.

The year is off to a good start for Loren Aragon, CEO and designer of ACONAV, as his brand was named a recipient of the AZ Apparel Foundation’s Spring 2020 Designer in Residence Accelerator Scholarship.

Loren Aragon

The AAF Scholarship began in 2017 and has awarded three rising fashion entrepreneurs each year since. This year, AAF awarded six fashion brands from a total of more than 50 applicants.

“It is an honor to be chosen among some great talents for this competitive scholarship award.” says Aragon. “This opportunity comes at a great time for me as I look to expand upon the capabilities of my company.”

The program will offer six months of office space/workspace, training, guidance from fashion experts and professionals, along with resources to accelerate the designer’s brand, all valued at more than $18,500.

The first class of AAF Scholarship designers included renowned Diné (Navajo) designer Jared Yazzie of OXDX Designs. The AAF Scholarship will now have two Native fashion brands under its umbrella adding to the cultural diversity of the program.

“It’s great knowing we are adding to the growing fashion community in Phoenix. I am grateful to have another opportunity to represent my Acoma Pueblo culture in the greater fashion realm,” says Aragon.

This award adds to a list of accomplishments that include being named Phoenix Fashion Week Couture Designer of the Year in 2017, a collaboration with Walt Disney World and representation on the red carpet at the 73rd Tony Awards.

For more information visit azapparelfoundation.org and aconav.com.

Chevy Humphrey Elected to National Board

Chevy Humphrey, Hazel A. Hare president and CEO of the Arizona Science Center and incoming chair of the American Alliance of Museums, has been elected as a new trustee to the Theodore Roosevelt Presidential Library Foundation.

“Chevy oversees a $12 million nonprofit with over 330 employees and volunteers, and over a half million visitors a year. And she leads an organization with whom the T.R. Library will need to partner as we move forward,” says Cathilea Robinett, chair of the Foundation. “She is a leader who is in the arena.”

Humphrey has led transformative change in museums and informal learning institutions for more than two decades. Before serving as president and CEO of the Arizona Science Center, she held leadership positions at The Phoenix Symphony, Houston Symphony, the University of Texas at Austin and the University of Houston. During her tenure at Arizona Science Center, she has earned widespread recognition for her efforts to engage and inspire individuals of all ages, earning distinctions as the first-ever recipient of the Association of Science and Technology Centers Chair’s Award for Outstanding Achievement and one of AZ Business’ Most Influential Women in Arizona Business. She prides herself on her ongoing efforts to mentor young women to realize their potential.

“For over 20 years, I have made it my mission to create immersive, enriching visitor experiences in values-based organizations that impart important lessons about our local communities, nation and the world,” Humphrey says. “I’m excited to take on the important work of creating a living library where visitors from around the world can learn from, and not just about, the life and legacy of Theodore Roosevelt.”

Humphrey is in the process of pursuing her Doctor of Business Administration at Grand Canyon University and serves on the boards of several local, statewide and national institutions that include Grand Canyon Education, the Sandra Day O’Connor Institute, College Success Arizona, Downtown Phoenix Partnership and the American Alliance of Museums.

Ballet Arizona Prima Circle Evening

Ballet Arizona hosted a Prima Circle Evening, its annual donor appreciation event on Jan. 31. More than 100 members of the Prima Circle family of donors attended the exclusive evening at Ballet Arizona. Guests mingled with dancers and other patrons over cocktails and a variety of hors d’oeuvres catered by Fabulous Food.

After the reception, Dr. Ayanna Thompson, director of the Arizona Center for Medieval & Renaissance Studies at Arizona State University, spoke on “Love in A Midsummer Night’s Dream.” Her presentation was followed by a sneak-peek of the A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Feb. 13–16 at Symphony Hall with The Phoenix Symphony). The performance will feature new costumes and all new scenery. The evening concluded with dessert, champagne and conversation.


Phil Cram, Kay Martens, and Joan and Charlie Berry 

Jeff and Mary Ehret

Kate Groves and Betsy Curley

Colleen and Bruce Hallberg




Scottsdale’s Western Week

During Western Week, Old Town Scottsdale transforms into an authentic Old West experience. This is an opportunity to connect with Old Town’s western history, up-close and in person, through western and Native American festivals, art walks, the Hashknife Pony Express, Parada del Sol Parade and the Arizona Indian Festival.

The 2020 lineup includes:

Feb. 6 – 8 • 6:30 p.m. – 9:30 p.m.
Scottsdale Arts District

Feb. 7 – 8 • 9:30 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Western Spirit: Scottsdale’s Museum of the West

Feb. 7 • 11 a.m. – 1 p.m.
Western Spirit: Scottsdale’s Museum of the West

Feb. 7 • 6 p.m. – 10 p.m.
Feb. 8 • 10 a.m. – 10 p.m.
Old Town Scottsdale Parada del Sol Rodeo Museum, Brown Avenue and Second Street

Feb. 8 • 8 a.m. – 1 p.m.
Brown Ave. and First Street

Feb. 8 • 10 a.m. – 12 p.m.(parade), 12 p.m. – 4 p.m. (festival)
Parade route from Drinkwater Boulevard along Scottsdale Road, finished at Brown Avenue and Indian School Roa; Trail’s End Festival is held in the Historic Old Town District

Feb. 8 • 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.
Feb. 9 • 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Scottsdale Civic Center Mall

Feb. 8 • 6 p.m. – 9 p.m.
Western Spirit: Scottsdale’s Museum of the West

March 5 – 8
WestWorld of Scottsdale
The Parada del Sol Rodeo is a Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association sanctioned rodeo. This four-day event consists of four action-packed performances. As one of the oldest officially sanctioned rodeos in the country, the Parada del Sol Rodeo event includes bull riding, wrestling, calf roping and barrel racing. For more, visit paradadelsol.net.

Desert Financial Completes $2M Donation to PCH

In early 2018, Desert Financial Credit Union announced a commitment of $2 million in funding over three years to ‘1 Darn Cool School,’ the in-house education center at Phoenix Children’s Hospital. In January 2020, Desert Financial completed the planned donation and pledged $3 million in new dollars over the next four years. The funding commitment will make Desert Financial the largest-ever donor to ‘1 Darn Cool School,’ bringing its total to more than $10 million.

‘1 Darn Cool School’ enables children to experience as much normalcy as possible while staying on top of their studies, which are taught by the school’s master’s level teachers. The Desert Financial funds will be used toward operating costs for the school, which is 100 percent philanthropically supported.

The education programming, which began in 1985, is available to all children who are currently enrolled in kindergarten through 12th grade or special education 5 to 21 years and are expected to miss more than 10 days of school (with an inpatient stay of three days). Al teachers hold a current Arizona teaching certificate and have earned a master’s degree in education. Additionally, all classroom volunteers have a professional teaching background.


ASU Breaks Ground on Film School in Mesa

A partnership between Arizona State University and the city of Mesa has broken ground on ASU at Mesa City Center, a three-story state-of-the-art academic building scheduled to open in spring 2022. It will house the ASU Creative Futures Laboratory and offer programs in the Herberger Institute for Design and the Arts in digital and sensory technology, experiential design, gaming, media arts, film production and entrepreneurial development and support.

Of the $73.5 million budget, $63.5 million will come from the city and $10 million from ASU. ASU also will contribute a minimum of $10 million toward the interior construction and all estimated $1.3 million annual operations and maintenance costs.

ASU President Michael Crow says the project is a symbol of ASU’s commitment to improving the communities it serves. He says the facility will be equal to the digital-creativity facilities in Singapore, London, Brooklyn and Hong Kong.


Celebration of Fine Art Returns

Arizona’s longest-running art show, Celebration of Fine Art, returns to Scottsdale on Jan. 18 for its 30th year with 100 acclaimed and emerging artists from throughout the country. The 10-week-long world-class event will be open daily through March 29, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Celebration of Fine Art is a juried, invitational show that is recognized for its diverse array of exceptional art and its inviting and interactive atmosphere that encourages connection between art lovers and artists. Over the course of its 30-year legacy, the show has welcomed more than 1.5 million visitors from around the world, many of whom have made the show an annual tradition.

Work by Michael Jones

Recognizable by its signature “big white tents,” the 40,000-square-foot interactive studio, showcases works of art ranging from realist to impressionistic, Western realism and abstract to contemporary across all mediums from stone to metal, wood to glass and canvas. The show is also home to the popular Art Discovery Series, a live and interactive event in which guests get to hear about the adventures, stories and processes that shape art. Artists discuss topics such as metal-working, jewelry making, abstract art, sculpture and more.

“Three decades ago, my parents had a small space and a big vision: to change the way art lovers and artists connect. That vision has guided us over the years, and we continually strive to create a place where people from all walks of life can meet and interact with artists and see their work come to life in front of their eyes,” says Susan Morrow Potje, co-owner and show director. “Thanks to their incredible vision, we’ve been able to grow the Celebration of Fine Art into something bigger than we could have ever dreamed. To uphold their legacy has been an honor, and I look forward to what the next 30 years have in store.”

Throughout the 10 weeks, guests can also catch artist demonstrations of their process, attend an Art Discovery Series, held each Friday from 4 p.m. to 5 p.m., and walk the outdoor sculpture garden, which features nearly 100 pieces of life-sized and monumental sculpture. In the outdoor sculpture garden guests can also see woodturning, welding, kiln firings and bronze pouring demonstrations weekly.

30th Annual Celebration of Fine Art

Jan. 18 – March 29

Hayden Road and Loop 101 in Scottsdale

For more information, visit celebrateart.com.

Steele Foundation Donates $250K to Free Arts

The Steele Foundation has donated $250,000 to Free Arts for Abused Children of Arizona for its Building Hope Capital Purchase and Renovation Campaign. Free Arts plans to transform the nondescript office building at 352 E. Camelback Road to a modern center for art. The new art room will be named after The Steele Foundation. Studio Ma Architectural & Environment Design will design and oversee the renovatation.

The new center will allow Free Arts to expand programs to serve thousands of additional children and families. The organization will explore and establish best practices for using the arts and mentoring with children who have experienced trauma. The center also will showcase artwork and stories that foster a deeper understanding of children who have experienced the trauma of abuse or homelessness. Free Arts projects that more than 66,000 people will use the renovated building over a 10-year period.

Additionally, the building will allow for program, staff and volunteer growth. It will create a hub where the people and organizations that constitute the child well-being community can come together for learning, knowledge-sharing, creating and program delivery. The new building is set to be complete by February 2020.


Electric Desert Generates $50M Impact

Last year, Desert Botanical Garden dazzled 192,000 visitors with Electric Desert | A light and Sound Experience by Klip Collective. Attracted to the allure of lights intricately choreographed onto desert plants to the rhythms of original music, Electric Desert visitors traveled from far and wide to the Phoenix metropolitan area, generating a $50 million impact on the local economy. The Garden captured Electric Desert’s Economic Contribution report, which outlines visitors’ spending on airfare, hotels, dining, other attractions gasoline and more. According to the report, 42 percent of visitors to Electric Desert were from outside the Phoenix metropolitan area, and 11 percent were international visitors. Of these tourists, 74 percent said Electric Desert was the primary reason for their visit to the Valley.


Night of Hope Gala

Amanda Hope Rainbow Angels hosted its annual fundraiser, Night of Hope Gala, Oct. 26 at the Westin Kierland Resort & Spa. The evening, themed “Fight Like a Kid,” recognized Tammy Holinger with the Jo Dirtadian Volunteer of the Year Award and Jane D’Amelio with the Marty Tallman Selfless Heart Award.

Helen Kazemi chaired the evening, that raised $425,000.  Mark McClune, sports anchor for 3TV and CBS 5, served as the evening’s emcee. Subyn Wadsworth was the auctioneer.

Sponsors included Lincoln Heritage Life Insurance, BD (Becton, Dickinson and Company), Tito’s Handmade Vodka, Joni DiMino, The Karas Group, Launch Real Estate, Two Hawks Design & Development, Larissa Hoss Realty and Swift Charities.

Amanda Hope Rainbow Angels supports the here-and-now needs of families impacted by childhood cancer. It was founded in honor of Amanda Hope, a little girl battling cancer who had a special dream to help other children in her situation. Her mother, Lorraine Tallman, founded the organization to turn her wish into reality for thousands of children. Today, Amanda Hope Rainbow Angels provides Comfycozy’s for Chemo apparel, comfort and care counseling, major distraction events and financial assistance to families throughout Arizona.


Andrew and Katie Rabinowitz, Scott and Galina Perkins, and Kyle and Brittany Bohannon

Garcia Family Foundation Makes Gift to Human Services Campus

The Garcia Family Foundation has made a $10 million multi-year gift to Human Services Campus. The goal is to build on the vision and mission of the agency, which manages a multi-use campus where 15 independent nonprofit agencies collaborate to address the needs of individuals experiencing homelessness.

“The Human Services Campus is a national model of excellence in providing services, resources and hope for men and women experiencing homelessness,” says Jon Ehlinger, Garcia Family Foundation president.

“The collective efforts of this collaboration have proven effective in identifying and developing solutions to a very difficult challenge. Through this gift we want to provide both a solid financial foundation to continue and enhance that important work and to challenge the broader community to engage in the effort by leveraging the gift with additional support to fund and fulfill these critical needs.”

During the past year, more than 6,600 individuals have been served and connected with services on the Human Services Campus, a process that begins with individual assessments at the Brian Garcia Welcome Center to identify barriers and develop individual strategies to move men and women into permanent housing. The Brian Garcia Welcome Center is named in honor of the son of Garcia Family Foundation founders Joanne and Ernie Garcia.

Among the investments targeted for the gift is formalizing an operational partnership with Arizona State University’s Watts College of Public Service and Community Solutions to address homelessness.

The gift supports the new Watts College Nexus, a team dedicated to coordinating and aligning systems, building capacity and co-creating solutions with service providers for preventing and ending homelessness in the region.

Founded in 1996, the Garcia Family Foundation is committed to serving and solving the challenges of those living in poverty in Arizona.


Dish It Out

The Boys & Girls Clubs of Metro Phoenix hosted its annual Dish It Out culinary event Oct. 20 at High Street in north Phoenix. More than 2,500 guests attended, with 1,000 attending the sold-out VIP portion. The evening grossed $295,000.

The evening included cuisine from 34 Local restaurants and 75-plus beverage experiences from Breakthru Beverage and Crescent Crown. Local bands played live music throughout the night. Mathew Blades and Priscilla Ornelas from iHeart Radio’s Mix 96.9 hosted the festivities.

The event was presented by Fry’s Food Stores, and all of the proceeds help BGCMP provide meals and programs to children in need.


Bandy Pair, Bailey Dean, Jordan Mueller, Jessica Thomas and Jeanine Lavine

Gretchen Goldstein, Kyu Utsunomiya, Nicole Anderson, Alana Vehaba, Chloe Silva, Shawn McClain and Jill Watts

Vaughn Compton, Cori Akin and Sarah Lambert

Nicole Anderson, Christy Kelman, Josh Kelman and Matt Anderson

Face-to-Face With a T. Rex

Victoria, the largest Tyrannosaurus rex skeleton touring the world, is making her global debut at Arizona Science Center with a special exhibition that opens to the public on Nov. 17. This world premiere exhibition will transport guests to a time when dinosaurs roamed the earth, bringing to life one of the most important discoveries in the history of paleontology and giving museum visitors the rare opportunity to visit the Cretaceous period where Victoria’s story will unfold in her natural habitat.

Victoria full skeleton PHOTO COURTESY IMG

Victoria the T. rex was officially announced to the scientific community today as the second most complete T. rex skeleton on record. Initially unearthed outside Faith, South Dakota, in 2013, Victoria has undergone years of meticulous research and restoration in order to earn this claim. Victoria’s completeness and unique pathologies have provided paleontologists with a wealth of insights into the species that will be studied for years to come.

Embarking on a five-year tour across the world, this immersive exhibition produced by IMG was developed in partnership with a dedicated group of research collaborators and paleontologists. Victoria the T. rex explores and builds upon the latest discoveries about the species—from their hunting and mating rituals to their sounds and appearance.



“This is one of the most significant paleontological discoveries in decades and to have the exhibit premiere at Arizona Science Center is a privilege for our organization, our members, and our community,” says Chevy Humphrey, The Hazel A. Hare president & CEO of Arizona Science Center. “The exhibition flawlessly combines science and storytelling while offering an unprecedented look into Victoria’s story and life 66 million years ago.”

The exhibition is open to visitors of all ages and explores every facet of Victoria’s life and death, including the unusual battle scars that may have led to her death, and her role as a mother.

With Victoria’s striking, pristinely maintained skeleton as a focal feature, the exhibition uses stunning animations and immersive digital environments and merges them with the latest paleontological findings to create an educational, emotional experience unlike any other.

“The T. rex is the most iconic dinosaur known to man and the focal point of countless books, television shows, and films. The discovery of Victoria is truly remarkable and really changes our understanding of the species.” says John Norman, managing director, IMG Exhibitions. “Through Victoria the T. rex, we’re providing visitors with an in-depth look at the life of the Tyrannosaurus rex and expanding upon existing knowledge to create the most exciting, engaging, and holistic dinosaur exhibition to date.”

Victoria The T. Rex

Arizona Science Center, 600 E. Washington St., Phoenix

Nov. 17, 2019–May 25, 2020

Nov. 16, World Premiere Party

For more information and to purchase tickets, please visit azscience.org/victoria.

David and Meghan Johnson Unveil 4th Locker

David and Meghan Johnson, founders of The Johnson Family’s Mission 31 Foundation, unveiled their fourth David’s Locker at Ryan House on Sept. 10. The mobile locker contains noise-canceling headphones, Apple iPads, Nintendo Switches and video games.

David’s Locker provides students and chronically ill children and their family members access to electronics, serving as a source of entertainment, a tool for education and a portal for communication.

Meghan and David Johnson

The Johnsons unveiled the first David’s Locker at Phoenix Children’s Hospital in April 2018. It was designed to be mobile in order to fit the hospital’s needs for technology on an isolation floor.

The second David’s Locker was presented to Cardon Children’s Medical Center in September 2018. It serves a variety of needs for many children as the hospital sees children from birth to age 18.

Ralph Waldo Emerson Elementary School’s Special Needs Program received their David’s Locker in April 2019. It will provide students with a safe space to use technology to enhance their overall education experience.

Founded in October 2017, the Johnson Family’s Mission 31 Foundation is the personal charity of Arizona Cardinals running back David Johnson and his wife, Meghan. The mission of The Johnson Family’s Mission 31 Foundation is to provide opportunities, support and resources to seriously ill children and their families by offering daily support and life-changing experiences.

Young guest with David Johnson


VYTal Affair

Valley Youth Theatre held its 20th annual VYTal Affair on Aug. 17 at the Herberger Theater Center. VYTal is the acronym for Valley Youth Theatre Applauds Leadership.

The evening, which included cocktails, hors d’oeuvres, silent and live auctions, and a musical performance by the cast of VYT’s 31st Season Opener, Roald Dahl’s Matilda The Musical, also honored the 2019 VYTALITY – Valley Youth Theatre Applauds Leadership Impacting Today’s Youth – Awards. The individual recipients were Oscar De las salas and Gary Jackson. Zions Bancorporation/National Bank of Arizona received the corporate award.

VYTal Affair is Valley Youth Theatre’s largest fundraiser of the year, with 92 percent of the money raised going directly to VYT programs.

Andrea Tyler Evans chaired the event. Local personalities Gina Salazar-Hook and John Hook hosted the event, and auctioneer Letitia Frye conducted the live auction. Local dining establishments provided complimentary catering.


Aioli Burger Chef and VYT Alum Tom DAmbrosia; Alexandra Najera and Chad Guzman

Valley Youth Theatre Board of Directors

David Tina and Bennett Curran; Pamela and Tim Keefe

Grace Perry and Micheline Etkin; Bobb and Karol Cooper PHOTO BY MEMORIES BY CANDACE

Joe Chandler, Valley Youth Theatre board president

Patrick and Amy Vance with John Hook and Gina Salazar Hook

Robin and Jerry Bien

Sara and Tatum Dial; Andrea Evans, event chair, and Channing Cooper

PCHF Leadership Circle Awards Physician Grants

The Leadership Circle of the Phoenix Children’s Hospital Foundation held its 15th annual Grant Finalist Luncheon at the Paradise Valley Country Club in late April. Carey Peña served as emcee. Six physicians presented their requests for grants to benefit innovative research and lifesaving programs at the hospital. Leadership Circle members then ranked where they wanted their donations to go. Approximately $475,000 was awarded to the winning grant finalists in May. Leadership Circle Membership is unique in that members direct where their donation dollars are spent.

The Leadership Circle Grant Cycle is now open to all Phoenix Children’s clinical, program and research staff. applications are due by Sept. 6, 2019. For more information, click here. For information on Leadership Circle membership, click here.

Devereux Cuts Ribbon on New Dorm

Devereux Advanced Behavioral Health Arizona held a ribbon-cutting ceremony for the grand opening of its residential treatment center’s new Marley Dormitory on July 10. Almost 50 people attended the morning festivity before receiving a tour of the new dorm, which expands the 48-bed facility to accommodate up to 52 youth.

The Scottsdale-based treatment center is located on a 10-acre campus where youth between the ages of 5 and 17 years live and attend school while receiving treatment for emotional, mental, behavioral and/or substance-abuse challenges. It is Arizona’s only facility that provides youth under the age of 12 with specialized programming in a safe, therapeutic environment in which to heal.

Devereux Arizona began a therapeutic day school in 1967. The residential treatment center was established in 1978 as a 32-bed center. With increasing demand, Devereux then added two modular dorms to meet the growing needs of the community, allowing 24-hour care to a total of 48 youth on campus.

The 5,000 square-foot dormitory was part of a $1.25 million capital campaign. Devereux broke ground on the project in April 2018.


Desert Foundation Auxiliary Welcomes 2019 Debutantes

In late April, Desert Foundation Auxiliary and Ronnie Kiefer, president, welcomed its 2019 Desert Debutantes and their mothers to an elegant tea. The events was chaired by Michelle Walker and hosted in the home of Dyan Getz. White House Design Studio created the beautiful floral designs that adorned the entrance, interior and patio in fuchsia, accented with black and white. New members, with many active and associate members, prepared the tea sandwiches and desserts, using traditional DFA recipes.

After the tea, attendees were seated in the backyard where the traditional turquoise color was prevalent, and photos of past debutantes and their families were displayed. Associate member Barbara Dunlap shared the tradition and history of DFA and reviewed the many charities that have been recipients of proceeds from the annual Desert Ball over the past 54 years. Dunlap’s daughter, Robin Snyder, a past debutante and current member, highlighted the community and lifelong friendships that are formed in the year leading up to the Desert Ball.

The 2019 ball is planned for December 21 at the Phoenician.


SYMPHNY Features Space-Themed Music

On May 24, the Phoenix Symphony under the baton of Virginia G. Piper Music Director Tito Muñoz joined forces with the team at True North Studio to transform the MonOrchid, a historic Roosevelt Row warehouse, into a satellite concert hall for the premiere of the SYMPHNY series. The sold-out audience of 200, along with more than 70 musicians, packed the venue.

As patrons arrived, they enjoyed a Phoenix Symphony string quartet, cocktails, photo booth and the artwork of Antoinette Cauley displayed in the gallery space. Muñoz constructed a dichotomy featuring the composer pair of Gustav Holst and John Williams. The program was naturally filled space-themed works, such as movements of Holsts’ The Planets and iconic works from Star Wars, more powerful than ever in the intimate space.

After the performance, guests were encouraged to stay and mingle with Phoenix Symphony musicians.


Guests mingle and enjoy the gallery before the performance

Jonathon Vento, principal developer of True North Studios

Phoenix Symphony musicians warm up


Man & Woman of the Year

Valley Leadership hosted its 70th annual Man & Woman of the Year event on March 29 at the JW Marriott Scottsdale Camelback Inn. This year’s event honored Colleen Jennings-Roggensack, executive director at ASU Gammage, and John Graham, chairman and CEO at Sunbelt Holdings. Both spoke at the luncheon. In addition, Valley Leadership CEO Dave Brown updated the audience on the organization’s future goals.

Valley Leadership provides training for future Arizona leaders.


Parties of Note: The Farm

Sixty guests escaped the city to relax at The Farm at South Mountain for Phoenix Symphony‘s final Parties of Note event of the season on May 7. The pecan grove, large grassy spaces, blooming flowers, rustic elegance and perfect weather made for a perfect setting.

Guests enjoyed a meal inspired by Pat Christofolo, owner of Artisan by Santa Barbara Catering and The Farm at South Mountain. A Phoenix Symphony brass quintet – including associate principal trumpeter Ben Nguyen, principal trombonist Christopher Wolf, Shelby Nugent on horn and Pat Sheridan on tuba – delivered a performance centered around the theme of dance.


Linda and Bill Miller

Stephen and Jeanne Winograd

Phoenix Symphony brass quintet entertains guests

Dr. Oliver Harper, Phoenix Symphony board chair, third from left, with his wife, Sharon, and their children Joe and Lise

Museum of Northern Arizona Announces Executive Director

The Museum of Northern Arizona trustees have announced that Mary Kershaw will become the executive director in early June, with a public welcome on June 6, from 5 to 8 p.m.

A seasoned museum professional, Kershaw comes to MNA from the New Mexico Museum of Art in Santa Fe, where she has been director for nine years. During her tenure, the museum celebrated its centennial with a party for more than 7,600 visitors, a year-long program of events and the development of a new contemporary art venue. In partnership with the museum’s foundation, Kershaw launched a $12.5 million capital campaign for the new venue, which is on track to meet its goal.

Kershaw comes to MNA at a time when the museum is also counting down toward its 100th year.

Her museum career has often put her at the helm of diverse institutions such as MNA, where the disciplines of art and science meet. Her career began in Britain, where she started out as a field archaeologist excavating sites for the Museum of London Archaeology Service. She moved into curating collections and developing exhibitions for the Harrogate Borough Council. Among her projects was overseeing repair work to a 12th century castle and an 11th century hermit’s cave.

By 1992, Kershaw had moved into the top leadership position as Head of Museums and Arts for the Harrogate Borough. She was responsible for four independent museums in a 500-square-mile district, with diverse collections including archaeology, fine arts, social history and textiles.

In 2003, she became part of the senior management team for York Museums Trust, responsible for four museums, a historic observatory, a medieval abbey, five collection facilities and 2.5 million objects.

Kershaw was born and raised in Philadelphia, coincidentally the same city where MNA founders Harold and Mary-Russell Ferrell Colton had lived. Like the Coltons, she found herself drawn to the Southwest. In 2010, the opportunity to lead the New Mexico Museum of Art tempted Kershaw and her husband, Peter Kershaw, to move from England.

Peter Kershaw is a film director and screenwriter with more than 20 years’ experience in television production in the UK. In Santa Fe, he has been teaching cinematic arts and technology at the Institute of American Indian Arts, and he also completed an MFA in screenwriting while in Santa Fe. With the move to Flagstaff, he is looking forward to focusing on his writing.

When she takes the reins in June, Kershaw will become the 11th director of the Museum of Northern Arizona, replacing Carrie Heinonen, who was director from 2014 through the end of 2018.


Scottsdale Active 20-30 Club Hosts Charity Sporting Competition

Scottsdale Active 20-30 Club hosted Brokers for Kids and Agents Benefitting Children, its annual charity sporting competition, on April 5 at Scottsdale Stadium. This year’s event raised a record-breaking $700,000-plus for children’s charities. More than 700 residential real estate agents and commercial real estate professionals went head-to-head for the cause.

The 80 teams participated in an Olympiad style event that included a quarterback challenge, corn hole toss, bocce ball and dodgeball finale. This year, the event added a home run derby competition for a chance to win an all-inclusive trip. On the Brokers side, VEREIT took home the Brokers Cup for the fourth straight year by raising mover than $70,000, and Colliers International secured their first Olympiad Trophy. For Agents Benefitting Children, Camelot Homes raised $25,000-plus, winning the Agent’s Cup Trophy, and My Home Group won the Olympiad Trophy.

The teams raised money through various efforts for 27 local children’s charities, including Boys Hope Girls Hope of Arizona and Care Fund. Boys Hope Girls Hope provides scholarships to underprivileged youth in both community-based and residency-based programs, ensuring a good start toward a college education. Care Fund provides mortgage, rent, and/or housing expense relief, as well as related lifestyle resources for families during a child’s extended health crisis.

This is the 20th year for Scottsdale Active 20-30 Club’s Brokers event and the sixth year for Agents Benefitting Children. Along with the activities, Genuine Concepts provided food for participants, and Valley Toyota Dealers was the raffle sponsor, with the lucky winner receiving a $15,000 cash prize.


Ballet Arizona Presents George Balanchine’s Finest

George Balanchine, known as the father of American ballet, broke ground when he put his twist on traditional ballet standards and technique. Ib Andersen, Ballet Arizona’s artistic director, presents five performances of Balanchine’s work during All Balanchine, including one never before performed by Ballet Arizona, from May 2 through May 5, at Symphony Hall. Andersen is one of only a handful of artists worldwide entrusted by the Balanchine Trust to stage these masterpieces.

Ballet Arizona presents Balanchine’s Emeralds for the first time. Originally one part of a three-part Balanchine suite, Emeralds evokes the elegance and romanticism of 19th century France, presented with music by Gabriel Fauré.

Theme and Variations, presented with glorious choreography and glittering costumes, recalls the grandeur of classical ballet. An homage to Balanchine’s roots, the piece evokes a great period in classical dance when the Russian ballet flourished alongside Tchaikovsky’s music.

Square Dance combines the spirit and verve of an American folk dance with the precision and techniques of classical ballet, with music by Antonio Vivaldi and Arcangelo Corelli. This light and vibrant piece is one of the most technically demanding ballets in the Balanchine repertoire and a playful uplifting delight that will energize audiences.

Andersen’s understanding of Balanchine’s work draws respect from dance critics across the country.

“One of the most striking developments in modern ballet is that there is now a trans-American, even trans-global, Balanchine diaspora. Ballet Arizona ranks among the most significant,” Alastair Macaulay from The New York Times says.

To celebrate the Ballet Arizona premiere of Emeralds this May, G.G. Gems, Inc created a one-of-a-kind designer pendant featuring two magnificent emeralds, each emerald cut. The emeralds are connected by a line of diamonds and the pendant is suspended from an 18-inch platinum chain together weighing approximately 5 carats.

Designer Glenna Gibbons received her inspiration for this work of art from the romantic Parisian influence in the choreography and costumes created by the legendary Balanchine. Tickets are $25 each or five for $100. For a chance to win, visit balletaz.org or contact Natalie Salvione at 602-343-6522. The raffle drawing will be held on May 5.

All Ballanchine

May 2 – 5

Symphony Hall, 75 N. Second St., Phoenix

For more information/tickets, visit balletaz.org.

Henry Winkler Wows Guests at MEGA

More than 500 guests attended the Jewish Federation of Phoenix’s MEGA 2019 at the Hilton Scottsdale Resort on March 7. Emmy Award-winning actor, director, producer and best-selling author Henry Winkler shared his parents’ escape from Berlin in 1939, the loss of his uncle to the Holocaust and how his struggles growing up with learning disabilities led him to Hollywood and a can-do attitude toward life.

The highlight of the evening was spirited bidding for a leather jacket signed by Winkler, who jumped up to help auction the item and then added a second jacket and lunch with him in L.A. His efforts brought in $40,000 for the work of the Federation.

Roman Polonsky, head of The Jewish Agency For Israel’s Unit for Russian-speaking Jewry, spoke about the work the Federation helps make possible in Israel and the former Soviet Union.

During the evening, the Federation presented the Medal of Honor, its highest award, to Julee Landau Shahon for her decade-long commitment to the Federation and the community. In addition, the Federation presented Morrie Aaron with the Harold & Jean Grossman Award, Benjamin Ellis with the Sy Clark Young Leadership Award, Danielle Breslow Gross with the Lee Amada Young Leadership Award and Gesher Disability Resources’ Special Needs Community Model Seder with the Belle Latchman Community Service Award.

Danielle Breslow Gross and Benjamin Gross and Sonia and John Breslow co-chaired the evening.


Sandy and Harvey Belfer with Henry Winkler and the jacket they won for a $20,000 bid

Marty Haberer, Federation president and CEO, with Bud Selig, former Major League Baseball commissioner

Henry Winkler signs a jacket for Cindy Lubin, who also bid $20,000

Irwin and Shari Kanefsky, Sybil and Shelby Yastrow and Jill and Lee Weiss

Mort Naiman, Jewish Agency For Israel’s Associate vice president of Global Philanthropy; David Wiener, Federation Board co-chair; David Wiener; Roman Polonsky, Jewish Agency For Israel’s Head of the Unit Russian-speaking Jewry; and Marty Haberer, Federation president and CEO Marty

MEGA co-chairs John and Sonia Breslow, Henry Winkler, and Danielle Breslow Gross and Benjamin Gross 

Evening on the Diamond

On March 16, the Arizona Diamondbacks Foundation hosted its 13th annual Evening on the Diamond at Chase field. D-backs manager Torey Lovullo and his wife, Kristen, chaired the evening that honored R. Michael McQuaid, Human Services Campus, with the Lee T. Hanley Community Leader Award.

Guests enjoyed both silent and live auctions, with a highlight of the live auction being the Audi 3-tron Edition One, marking the exclusive launch of the only electric SUV built with Audi DNA, one of 999 in production. Following dinner, country music artist Chris Young performed.

The evening raised $2.7 million to benefit the Arizona Diamondbacks Foundation. The organization has raised more than $22 million over the past 13 years. Crescent Crown Distributing was the presenting sponsor.


Derrick Hall, D-backs president and CEO

Zack and Autumn Godley with Shelbi and Andrew Chafin

Bidding in the live auction

Valley Youth Theatre Oscar Event

The Billie Jo Herberger Presents Oscar at The Oscars viewing party drew more than 100 guests to Galvanize in downtown Phoenix to view the 91st Academy Awards on Feb. 24. The fundraiser for Valley Youth Theater also served as a “friend-raising” affair.

Lining the red carpet as guests arrived were gift bags valued at more than $350. In addition, guests were welcomed by a string quartet of VYT Orchestra members. VYTeens performed “Shallow” from A Star is Born and “The Place Where Lost Things go” from Mary Poppins Returns, both nominated for Best Original Song.

VYT Orchestra string quartet

Oscar De las salas awarded his own “Oscars” in 10 individual categories, including Best Dressed Man, Best Dressed Woman and Best VYT Supporter.


Howard and Lisa Bell with Russ Dickey

Big Night Out

Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central Arizona raised almost $300,000 at its Feb. 21 Big Night Out. The dinner at the JW Marriott Scottsdale Camelback Inn drew approximately 700 guests, who enjoyed a cocktail reception with piano entertainment by Phil Jones, mystery boxes and a silent auction. Guests then went inside for dinner and a program highlighting the power of mentoring.

Misty Hyman, Shadow Mountain High School graduate and 2000 Olympic gold medalist in the women’s 200-meter butterfly, delivered the keynote address. Paul Horton, KPHO CBS 5 chief meteorologist, served as the evening’s emcee.

Oscar De las salas and Camille French co-chaired the event.


Big Brother Sam Ciatu, Little Brother Seth, Little Brother Ayden and Big Brother Caleb Jay

Phil Jones

Kristin Sandquist, Jim Mapstead and Jeff Sandquist

Congressman Greg Stanton and Nicole Stanton; auctioneer Letitia Frye

Laura Capello and Pam Giannonatti

Teresa and Casey Strunk; Pat Gillum and Elena Thornton

Little Brother Raazi and Big Borther Geoff Nail

Marissa Puzz, Laura Capello, Adriana Murrietta, Tyler Butler and Justin Niehus

Little Sister Cheyanne and Big Sister Melissa Wilbur

Sue Wieger and Sheila Kloefkorn; Paul Soucek and Camille French


Mi Casa es su Casa

CASA Academy’s fourth annual fundraising event, “Mi Casa es su Casa: Raising Leaders of our Community,” was held Feb. 22 at the school. More than 200 guests attended the cocktail event that included live entertainment by SunKissed Band, testimonials from CASA Academy staff and scholars. Iris Hermosillo, ABC 15 meteorologist, emceed the event.

CASA Academy was founded in 2014 as a free, public charter school dedicated to closing the achievement gap for students in kindergarten through second grade from low-income communities. CASA strives to have all of its students make over a year of academic growth in a single year.

Money raised from the fundraising event will be used to purchase academic supplies, cover student transportation needs and provide technology for kindergarten classrooms.


Mark Tucker, CASA Academy board chair

SunKissed Band

The CASA Academy Board of Directors: Michael Campillo, Tacey Clayton Cundy, Madison Major, Evan Hunt, Patrick McHonett, Danielle Puente, Tia Wee and Mark Tucker

Violins of Hope Photography Exhibit VIP Reception

ON Media hosted a private VIP reception for Amnon Weinstein, The Man Behind the Music – a Photography Exhibition by Daniel Levin on Feb. 4. The event was held at the Cutler Plotkin Jewish Heritage Center in downtown Phoenix.

The photography exhibition, which runs through March 27, is one among several events around the Valley featuring Violins of Hope Phoenix, a project of the Jewish Federation of Greater Phoenix. The project encompasses several events – concerts, a display of violins, lectures and more – related to the work of Amnon Weinstein and his mission to restore violins played by Jewish musicians during the Holocaust.

Photographer Daniel Levin was present for the reception. He guided guests through the extensive photography he took during a visit with Weinstein at his workshop in Tel Aviv, sharing personal insights about the violins and the restoration process.

The exhibition was sponsored by ON Media, publisher of Programs for the Arts and The Red Book.

To learn more about Violins of Hope Phoenix and for a schedule of remaining Violins of Hope events, visit violinsofhopephoenix.com.


Rita Hamilton

Daniel Levin

Jeffrey Schesnol and Deborah Berkley

Candace Greene and Cozette Phifer

Veronica Graffius and Monica Graffius; Howard and Lisa Bell

Moshe Bukshpan

Anita and Sergio Baranovsky with Susan West

Leonardo Loo, Meghan Cox, Marcia Scott, Warren Whitney and Sandi Bruner

Teresa Martin and Amy Mancuso

Rebecca Gau and Blythe Sweeney

Phoenix Symphony New Year’s Eve Gala

Phoenix Symphony supporters danced their way into 2019 at the Arizona Biltmore. More than 350 guests attended the Dec. 31 evening of festivities and music. Lucia Renshaw and Bruce Covill chaired the gala affair that honored Sharon and Dr. Oliver “Ollie” Harper for their legacy of community stewardship and support for the Symphony. Revelers enjoyed live music by The JJs Band, dinner, a one-hour set performed by the orchestra and guest vocalists, dancing and a Champagne toast.


Denise and Steve Zabilski

Ed Gillenwater, Jeanne Herberger, Lucia Renshaw and Jim Ward

Char and Alan Augenstein

Dr. Oliver Harper and Sharon Harper

Joan Cremin and Haig Tchamich

Jane and Mal Jozoff

Dr. Oliver Harper, Sharon Harper and event co-chairs Bruce Covill and Lucia Renshaw

Doris Ong and Wan Kim

Virginia G. Piper Music Director Tito Muñoz and Amanda Lee

Guest vocalists Kathy Voytko and John Cudia

28th Annual Poinsettia Tea

Duet: Partners in Health & Aging held its 28th annual Poinsettia Tea on Dec. 2. The event raised $140,000 for the nonprofit’s mission to promote health and well-being through vitally needed services to homebound adults, family caregivers, faith communities and “grandfamilies.”

Guests enjoyed the festive sounds of the Carolyn Eynon Singers. Destry Jetton, Arizona Midday host and executive producer for Channel 12, served as the day’s emcee. The Dosia Carlson KARED About Award was presented to Linda Coughenour, immediate past president of Duet’s board of directors. The Jeff Dennis Community Vision Award was given to Fry’s Food Stores. SRP was a Platinum Sponsor, and Blue Cross Blue Shield of Arizona was a Gold Sponsor.


Youth of the Day volunteers

Charlene Young, Renee Rizzo and Anne Schoolcraft

Linda Coughenour, Sarah Spencer, Janice Brandt and Judy Loken

Elizabeth Banta and Linda Coughenour 

Holiday Prelude XXXIII

Ready. Set. Shop. From jewelry and fashions to candles, olive oil and home-baked goodies, Holiday Prelude’s boutiques were the perfect place to kick off the holiday season Dec. 7. More than 500 guests attended the 33rd annual luncheon affair in the newly opened Paradise ballroom of the JW Marriott Scottsdale Camelback Inn. In addition to the 20-plus eclectic boutiques, the event featured a luncheon, raffles and plenty of holiday spirit. Escada presented a runway show, featuring the pre-spring 2019 collection.

Jane P. Evans and Judy Peel, representing Phoenix Youth Symphony, chaired the event, and Debe Harvey, representing Phoenix Theatre Guild, served as co-chair. Funds raised are shared equally by the two organizations.


Two of 20-plus boutiques

The Arizona Historical League sells their new cookbook, Tastes & Treasures II

Kay Oliver shops at one of several jewelry boutiques

Billie Jo Herberger, Kate Kinhan and Nancy Kinnard

The long-standing tradition of selling home-baked goodies

And more jewelry!

Linda Herold snaps a photo of Tyler Butler and Molly Stockley

Carol Poore and Debbie Gaby; Adrienne Schiffner

Elodee Portigal and Patsy Lowry; Deborah Carstens

And more jewelry!

Guests of Linda Herold (third from left)

Fashions on the runway by Escada

St. Joseph’s Inaugural Signature Event

More than 600 guests attended St. Joseph’s Inaugural Signature Event on Nov. 1. The admitting circle was transformed into a festive auditorium under the stars for the occasion, during which attendees enjoyed cocktails and dinner with St. Joseph’s leaders, donors and patients who’ve benefited from services offered by the medical facility. The evening celebrated the hospital’s 123-year-long legacy of providing compassionate care to the Phoenix community and beyond.

Doris Norton and Michael Norton

Numerous forms of lifesaving, state-of-the-art technologies utilized by the hospital were spotlighted, including the Lung-in-a-Box system for transporting lungs safely to St. Joseph’s for transplantation. Attendees were also able to test their skills on the da Vinci Robotic System, advanced technology used by surgeons to improve precision in the operating room. Other interactive technologies included an exoskeleton used to enable paralyzed patients to walk again and St. Joseph’s MOMobile, a maternity-off-on-wheels that has been providing prenatal care to women-in-need throughout the Valley for more than 20 years.

In addition to recognizing the Sisters of Mercy and providing interactive medical technology demonstrations, the event raised hundreds of thousands of dollars from local philanthropists to continue the tradition and mission of St. Joseph’s. Among the attendees were Doris Norton, Pat and Earl Petznick, Michelle and Michael O’Connor, Dr. Ross Bremner and Kathy Bremner, Betty Bool and many other generous donors. All funds will support patient care, medical education and research at the hospital, ensuring all patients at St. Joseph’s have access to the most advanced care available.





Easton, Michael, Grayson and Lauren Reuscher; Katherine Medeiros, Tom Reuscher and Michael Smith, M.D.

Christine and John Augustine

Jean Stevenson with Susan and Shawn Byrne

Kathy and Michael Norton

Kelly and Todd Komaromy

Ross Bremner, M.D., and Michael Hibner, M.D.

Sally and Carl Nelson, Patty White and Dwight Todd

4th Annual Desert Sky Gala

Care Fund held its fourth Annual Desert Sky Gala on Oct. 20. at the Fairmont Scottsdale Princess. The evening included a raffle, wine pull, silent and live auctions, dancing and a live performance by Arizona native country artist Tyler Dial.

The 400 guests at the Western-themed event raised more than $180,000 to support Care Fund’s Mortgage and Rent Assistance Program. The program ensures Arizona families caring for children with an extended illness or injury can remain in their homes. The Burkart Family was recognized with Care Fund’s Courage Award, presented by Desert Ford Dealers.

Michelle Schwartz and Lisa Westcott-Wadey co-chaired the evening, and Sonoran Living’s Susan Casper emceed the event. Blue Cross Blue Shield of Arizona was the presenting sponsor.


Alyssa Crockett and Susan Casper, Sonoran Living

Tyler Dial performs

Bank of America Awards $400K to Local Nonprofits

Two local nonprofits – Junior Achievement of Arizona and Year Up Arizona – have been named the 2018 Bank of America Neighborhood Builders award recipients for their efforts providing financial education and early job readiness for underserved kids and young adults. Both organizations empower youth toward upward mobility through programs that help develop the attitudes, behaviors and skills needed to pursue long-term, sustainable jobs and a stronger financial future.

The Neighborhood Builders program is the nation’s largest philanthropic investment into nonprofit leadership. It awards each nonprofit $200,000 in unrestricted grant funding to expand their high-impact programs.

Arizona continues to experience rapid job growth and new industries, with employment in and around Phoenix projected to grow at four times the national average in the next 20 years. However, the state, also has one of the nation’s highest rates of disconnected youth – young people who are homeless, in foster care, involved in the justice system, unemployed – with a 14.6 percent disconnected youth rate, 2.3 percent above the national average. These organizations seek to bridge the divide between Arizona’s youth who have a drive to succeed and employers who seek diverse, career-ready talent.

Junior Achievement will use the grant funds to support the development of their first digital curriculum for 12 to 18-year-old students to help them build a solid financial foundation. Specifically, the grant will support a portion of the curriculum that will be modeled as a video game taking place in a 3D immersive world where kids become adults, simulating scenarios related to saving, investing, risk management, credit scores and budgeting.

Year Up Arizona will use the grant funds to scale its young adult job training programs, which include six months of full-time customized job training in the IT and financial service sectors followed by six-month internships at major firms.

The Story of the Electric Guitar

The Musical Instrument Museum’s newest exhibition, “The Electric Guitar: Inventing an American Icon,” shares the untold story of the invention of the electric guitar, an instrument that revolutionized music and popular culture forever. Based on the private collection of guitar historian Lynn Wheelwright, the exhibition will be on display through Sept. 15, 2019.

Pete Townshends Gibson Les Paul Deluxe

This exclusive exhibition showcases more than 80 of the rarest electric guitars and amplifiers in the world ― from some of the first ever heard to those played by the most famous electric guitarists known today. The show encompasses the history of the electric guitar from the very beginning, including its most experimental period of the 1930s and 1940s, its impact on music and culture and its current iconic status.

“The Electric Guitar: Inventing an American Icon” gives a glimpse into the electric guitar’s influence on genres that defined American music, including Hawaiian music, dance orchestras, western swing, jazz, and rock and roll itself.

This early history of electric amplification celebrates the bold inventors, adventurous performers and radical instruments responsible for making sounds that, literally, had never been previously heard. Even though these early electric instruments and amplifiers were developed nearly 90 years ago, many of them remain technologically, aesthetically and musically sophisticated today.

The exhibition’s collection features the personal instruments of groundbreaking artists who were among the first to play and popularize the electric guitar, such as Alvino Rey, Charlie Christian, Les Paul, Bo Diddley and Eldon Shamblin. Guests will also see authentic guitars played by next generations of influential musicians, including Pete Townshend of the Who and Ron Wood and Keith Richards of the Rolling Stones, who continued to transform the sound of the electric guitar while cementing its international reputation.

The electric guitar plays an integral role in American music and culture and inspired emulation worldwide. “This will be a memorable exhibition, revealing the deep history of the electric guitar and its impact over the years,” says Richard Walter, PhD, MIM’s curator for United States, Canada and Europe. “Some of these guitars launched entirely new genres of music!”

The Electric Guitar: Inventing an American Icon

Through Sept. 15, 2019

Musical Instrument Museum, 4725 E. Mayo Boulevard, Phoenix

For more information, visit mim.org.


The Artist’s Wife

Mountain Shadows resort presents “Muse: Lost in Thought” on display Nov. 6 to Dec. 31 at The Gallery. The show features portraits of his wife, Mary Anne Davis, and major works by American artist James G. Davis (1931-2016).

Mary Anne Davis was the artist’s muse for more than 50 years. Her physical beauty and likeness were the source of inspiration for many of Davis’ most celebrated paintings. This show displays the Mary Anne portrait series and highlights the artist’s style of portraying, his observations of the world around him, which evokes a sense of provocativeness and beauty in every aspect.

Davis was also a professor at The University of Arizona. He retired in 1990 to devote his full time to his painting and exhibition schedule. His paintings are in many museum collections around the world including the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York, the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden and the National Gallery of Art in Washington D.C.

This is the second show by Davis at The Gallery at Mountain Shadows, after receiving rave reviews from the first exhibition. Mary Anne Davis will be in attendance for the opening reception on Nov. 15.

“Muse: Lost in Thought”
The Mary Anne Portraits and major works by James G. Davis.

Nov. 6 – Dec. 31

Opening reception- Nov. 15, from 6 p.m. – 8 p.m.

The Gallery at Mountain Shadows, 5445 E. Lincoln Drive, Paradise Valley

For more information, visit mountainshadows.com.


SARRC, Autism Speaks Walk

Families from around Arizona came together Oct. 28 at Tempe Beach Park to celebrate the Autism Speaks Walk in partnership with Southwest Autism Research & Resource Center. The event drew almost 15,000 participants comprising 530 walk teams. The 13thannual event raised more than $650,000 to support critical autism research and resources.

The Arizona Autism Speaks Walk in partnership with SARRC is one of more than 60 that happen around the nation. Half of all proceeds raised fund direct services and resources through SARRC. The other half supports Autism Speaks’ mission.

Tour for Hope

Valley residents will have access to go behind the doors and into some of the most beautiful and unique homes across the Phoenix Metropolitan area Nov. 4, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., in support of the International Alliance for the Prevention of AIDS.

Work of art at chef Gabe Bertaccini’s residence

Local chef Gabe Bertaccini and his ‘Chef’s Den’ will be one of highlights of eight luxurious homes. Known for his personalized culinary experiences, the walls inside his ‘Loft Living’ display artworks to complement his large galley-style gourmet kitchen and fourth-floor roof deck.

Other notable features during the self-guided tour will include a 1.5-acre villa boasting a timeless French rural flair that has been featured in several magazines, and also a contemporary glass retreat nestled against the head of Camelback Mountain with its own private hiking trailhead, a 3-acre estate and a 20-car garage.

The International Alliance for the Prevention of AIDS was founded in 2004 by Arizona college students inspired by community focused health initiatives to combat the spread of HIV. With branches in the U.S. and in India, the IAPA provides community based HIV education services, support to individuals who are HIV positive, advocacy services and health development programs.

Participation in Tour for Hope – A Parade of Homes helps the International Alliance for the Prevention of AIDS fulfill its mission to prevent the global spread of HIV through education and volunteerism.

For more information or purchase tickets, visit iapaids.org.


Heart Ball Addressing Luncheon Features Oscar

The 59th Annual Heart Ball Addressing Luncheon was held Sept. 17 at Mountain Shadows Resort. Attendees dressed in black and red attire and met to assemble invitations for the November black-tie affair.

The highlight of the luncheon was a fashion show presented by Neiman Marcus, featuring Oscar de la Renta’s resort 2019 collection. Pastel hues, Wedgewood-esque patterns, floral embroidery and polka dots stole the spotlight.

Phoenix Heart Ball was one of the few organizations across the country to preview the collection in a fashion show format. The collection will be available at Neiman Marcus at Scottsdale Fashion Square in late November.

Carolyn Jackson is chair of this year’s Phoenix Heart Ball, which will be held Nov. 17 at The Phoenician.















Parties of Note: A Frank Lloyd Wright Experience

Renowned architect and composer David E. Dodge welcomed more than 100 guests to his Taliesin West home March 21 for The Phoenix Symphony’s Parties of Note program. The home’s contemporary and organic architectural design is adorned with Asian artifacts and exquisite sculptures. The Frank Lloyd Wright Experience event annually welcomes art and architecture enthusiasts.

A Chamber Ensemble of Phoenix Symphony musicians performed Dodge’s own Symphony No. 12 and Symphony No. 13, led by Phoenix Symphony Assistant Conductor Matthew Kasper. In addition to the provocative music and breathtaking views of the McDowell Mountains, guests enjoyed an East Asian-inspired dinner created by Thai chef Vichai Karmakhan.


Ron Fredman with Doris and Hong Ong

Diane Mark, Carole Downs, Candy Sommers and Don Vest

Lisa and Larry Rogoff

John and Roberta Phin

Adrian Glickson with Lyhn and Alex Green

Evening to Paws Gala

Arizona Animal Welfare League, the state’s oldest no-kill shelter, hosted its annual Evening to Paws gala at the Omni Scottsdale Resort & Spa at Montelucia on March 17. About 400 guests donned their finest greenery for the St. Patrick’s Day event. The evening included Irish folk music by Stilicho; an appearance by Kelsey Kelleher, 2018 Arizona Colleen & Rose; performances by troupes of young Irish dancers and dinner fare inspired by the Emerald Isle.

Judith Gardner, AAWL executive director, welcomed rural rescue partners from throughout the state as the guests of honor. The shelter also shared a documentary of its work with rural shelters over the last year.

The event grossed more than $240,000 to help the thousands of homeless animals rescued every year by the shelter.


Evan and Jessica Daniels


Ashsuirre Forest; Whitney Steele and Kate Kaurich

Elyse Fune and Colby Arkfeld

Peggy Herz and Philip Smith

Paul and Sarah Gavigan with Kristen and Brad Shroyer

David and Erin Lewin, Scott Horton, Kelly Gribuski, and Melissa and Mark Esbenshade

Dr. Lisa Shriver, Julie Cassadore and Dr. Ahne Simonsen

Jeanne Baldwin, Arizona Animal Welfare League board member

Emcee Kristy Siefken

Dr. Matthew Goetz, MD Petcare

David Haworth, CEO PetSmart

Diana Webster

Judith Gardner, executive director Arizona Animal Welfare League

Pam and Kyle Eggert

Connor Grayson


3rd Annual Plated & Staged

The 200 guests at the third annual Plated & Staged … A Herberger Theater Experience on March 11 enjoyed a cocktail reception and silent suction before dinner. The reception was held at the Herberger Theater Center before guests learned their dining destinations. Guests were assigned to 18 dining establishments throughout the Valley and learned their host restaurant just before departure.

Proceeds from the event benefit the Herberger Theater’s youth outreach programs.


Alan and Char Augenstein

Daniel Sandmeyer and Frances Cohen

Fritz Beeson and Jenny Holsman Tetrault

Kipp and Jill Clark

Mark Mettes, Chris Colyer and Felipe Ruiz

Paula Cullison, Rosemary Close, Chris Haines and Billie Jo Herberger

Sara and Todd Bresnahan with Laurene Austin

34th Annual Camaraderie Gala

A New Leaf hosted its highest grossing gala to date Feb. 24 at the Omni Scottsdale Resort & Spa at Montelucia. More than 360 guests came out to the superhero-themed gala, which raised more than $300,000 for the organization’s homeless and domestic violence shelter programs.

As guests arrived, they were greeted by the “super” children of A New Leaf’s La Mesita after-school program, setting the tone for giving. The evening included before dinner cocktails, a themed wine pull, silent and live auctions, caricature art, a superhero photo booth, dinner and dancing.

Pat McMahon served as the emcee, and auctioneer Yve Rojas generated bids and excitement for auction packages that included a getaway stay, foodie package and a year of shoes from Sam Edelman – the crowd favorite – to raise funds to support A New Leaf programs.

Entertainer Adam Vargas performed during the event, and Sapphire Skies closed the evening with music and dancing. Production support was provided by Davisson Entertainment.


Sapphire Sky entertains gala guests

Mesa Mayor John Giles

La Mesita after-school children greet guests

Super hero-themed photo booth

Gala sponsors Corporate Interior Systems

Club Tattoo owners Sean and Thora Dowdell with Deb Oberhamer, and Lee and Laura Bode

A New Leaf CEO Michael Hughes and his wife, Petey, with David and Ginny Jontes

Valley Leadership Celebrates Man and Woman of the Year

Valley Leadership held its Man & Woman of the Year Awards Luncheon on March 8 at the Arizona Biltmore. The organization selected as its 2018 honorees Sharon Harper and Neil Giuliano. Both were recognized for their extensive accomplishments and commitment to the community. The Man of the Year program dates back to 1949, when the organization selected Senator Barry Goldwater as its first honoree. In 1951, Marjorie Suggs was named the first Woman of the Year.

About 800 guests attended the event, raising $200,000 to support Valley Leadership’s programs and services, including its two signature programs, Valley Leadership Institute and Valley Leadership Accelerate. The funds will also provide scholarships for those two programs. The program included remarks by Dave Brown, president and CEO of Valley Leadership and videos of the honorees. Harper and Giuliano spoke from the stage, followed by a fireside chat with Brown. Blue Cross Blue Shield of Arizona was the presenting sponsor.


Steve Seleznow, Mi-Ai Parrish, 2006 Woman of the Year Luz Sarmina and 2013 Man of the Year Gary Trujillo

2016 Woman of the Year Maria Harper-Marinick, Neil Giuliano, Sharon Harper and David Tierney

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