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

Hearts of Gold Gala

Save the Family’s Hearts of Gold Gala was Feb. 10 at the JW Marriott Camelback Inn. The 440 guests generated almost $160,000 through the silent and live auctions and Fund a Need.

The organization honored The Mahnah Club with the Christine L. Goldberg Leadership Award, Fred Hatfield with the Ned Zink Philanthropic Award and Gorman & Company, a longtime partner of Save the Family, with the Corporate Award.

Debbie and Brian Middleton co-chaired the evening, and Kristy Siefkin, Fox 10, served as the emcee.

Save the Family Foundation of Arizona offers programs to help families conquer homelessness and achieve life-long independence.


Tanda and Jim Siragusa, president Enterprise Technology Services and Save the Family board member; Tom Kaupie, senior vice president National Bank of Arizona and Save the Family board member, and wife, Dana

Save the Family client Michelle Chidester and Michael Hall; Jenny Goldberg, daughter of Christine L. Goldberg and presenter, and Debra Low, 2018 Regal Sponsor and Save the Family board member

T.W. Lewis Melanoma Center of Excellence Opens

Donors, supporters and friends gathered on Nov. 13 to celebrate the official opening of the T.W. Lewis Melanoma Center of Excellence at Banner MD Anderson Cancer Center. Just a year earlier, the T.W. Lewis Foundation pledged $2 million to match donor gifts dollar-for-dollar to make this Center of Excellence a reality.

“We are so proud to have achieved our fundraising goal in just eight months’ time, accelerating the establishment of this important center of excellence for the benefit of those facing a melanoma diagnosis in our state and region,” says Andy Kramer Petersen, Banner Health Foundation’s president and CEO. “Tom and Jan’s generous gift and their leadership were critical in encouraging other individual donors, foundations and companies to join with us.”

The gift is highly personal for Tom Lewis, founder and CEO of the Phoenix-based real estate investment company T.W. Lewis Company and the T.W. Lewis Foundation. Lewis lost his father after a 10-year battle with melanoma at the age of 66.

The sunniest American state, Arizona has the highest melanoma death rate in the country, making it the ideal location from which to wage war on this killer. Nearly 90 percent of melanoma cases are related to UV exposure, according to the Skin Cancer Foundation.

Melanoma is the sixth-most common cancer in the United States and the only one whose incidence is increasing; cases of the disease have risen rapidly over the past 30 years, according to the American Cancer Society.

Melanoma often is misdiagnosed as a nonmalignant skin condition, resulting in long delays before diagnosis. As melanoma progresses, it becomes increasingly devastating and deadly. The five-year survival rate for those diagnosed with stage IV melanoma ranges from 15 to 20 percent. Those who do survive are much more likely than the general population to develop additional melanomas.

Guests at the ribbon-cutting were introduced to Dr. Mark Gimbel, the newly appointed medical director of the T.W. Lewis Melanoma Center of Excellence. They also learned about one of the early accomplishments made possible by their support: the opening of four new melanoma clinical trials, with three already underway. Clinical trials foster the discovery of new treatments as well as new ways to detect, diagnose and reduce the risk of disease. In addition to helping to improve and advance medical care, clinical trials give patients access – right here in Arizona – to the latest and most promising treatments that may not yet be widely available.

Also in progress is a comprehensive community outreach and education program focusing on sun safety, personal and family risk factors, and melanoma prevention.


Kemper and Ethel Marley Foundation Awards $75K Grant to Duet

Duet: Partners In Health & Aging has received a $75,000 grant from The Kemper and Ethel Marley Foundation. The grant will go toward supporting Duet’s health and well-being services for homebound adults, family caregivers, grandparents raising grandchildren and faith communities.

Volunteer Maria with Wynelle

“This grant from The Kemper and Ethel Marley Foundation will help duet to provide free-of-charge health and aging services to those in our local community who need it most,” says Gordon Sims, director of development for Duet. “Through grants like this one, Duet is able to connect homebound adults with volunteers who provide rides to the grocery store and doctor’s appointments, provide support groups for caregivers and grandparents raising grandchildren, and help to foster health programs in faith communities.”


Beaux Arts

Four hundred guests attended Scottsdale Artists’ School’s Beaux Arts on Nov. 11 in the outdoor party tent on the school grounds. The annual fundraiser allows guests to view and purchase original artwork in the silent auction, bid on trips and treasures, and participate in a live auction, which included a painting by Curt Walters, the 2017 signature artist. His painting Intrigue of New Snow was one of the highlights of the auction.

Artwork on display at Beaux Arts 2017

A raffle offered guests the opportunity to win a bronze sculpture by Dan Ostermiller, titled “Gift of Spring.”

Arleen Merrill served as chair for the event, and Mary Ann Wilson was the co-chair. The evening raised $150,000, which will go toward programming.


Fred Winston, Sue Figler, Charlie Marsh and Van Hawn

Jan Cyr, Cheryl Hassert, Nancy Dunwell and Clarissa Collins

Gina Caruso and Marian Levy

Leslie Sandbulte, Betsy Vincent and Norm LaZar

Ronald McDonald House Charities Hosts McNight to Remember

Ronald McDonald House Charities hosted its annual McNight to Remember Under the Sea Gala on Nov. 11 at the JW Marriott Desert Ridge Resort & Spa. The record-breaking evening drew 667 attendees and raised $563,350. The funds will ensure families staying at the Valley’s three houses will not be turned away if they can’t afford the $15 nightly fee requested. Both numbers broke previous highs.

Katy Forseth, associate general counsel for Blue Cross Blue Shield of Arizona, and Christine Sopa, learning and performing consultant with Nationwide Insurance, co-chaired the event. La-Z-Boy Furniture Galleries of Arizona and Nancy Lewis, a former board member and a longtime champion for families and the Ronald McDonald House, received the Heart of the House awards. Marty Manning and Connie Colla emceed the evening.


Madison Major, Chloe Steadman, Allison Davis and Jeff Porter

Melissa and Douglass Grass and Chiko Swiney with Ronald McDonald

Robin and Frank Neal

Michelle King, Andrea Batchelor, John Heiland, Margaret Tierney, and Leslie and Jeff Lockridge

Vona and Ed Breunig III and Tatum and Bowen Breunig

Susie and Dave Allazetta

Shereka Jackson, Sullivan and Latasha Causey, Devin Del Palacio, Larry Sandingo and Ylenia Aguilar Velderrain

Nancy Roach and Carrie Ryerson

Joe and Paulette Maslick, Chris and Anysia Bates, and Michelle Newlin

Jennifer Bonnett and Dr. Javier Cardenas

Ildiko Laczko-Kerr and James Kerr

Emcees Marty Manning and Connie Colla

Drs. Nandita Keole and Sameer Keole

Co-Chairs Chris Sopa and Katy Forseth

Christine Davis

Chris and Anysia Bates with Ronald McDonald

Andrea Moreno and John Wirtje

Amy and Aidan McSheffrey

Amanda Thompson, Nancy Majerchin and Paige Malin with Under the Sea Characters

Michelle and Chris Paul

Christine Sopa and Becky Sorenson


Herberger Festival of the Arts

About 3,500 people attended the Herberger Festival of the Arts on Nov. 4 in downtown Phoenix. The day celebrated the arts in our community with performances by more than 25 arts organizations, including a selection from Swan Lake performed by Ballet Arizona dancers. In addition, guests enjoyed live music on two outdoor stages, children’s activities, food, pet adoptions, aerial performances, craft beer and wine tasting, and vendor booths.

The Dance Shoppe performs

The children’s activities area included face painting, creating crowns, making sculpture out of dry air clay and reading activities.


A masterpiece under development children’s activities area

HonorHealth Foundation Presents Night of Gold

HonorHealth Foundation presented its annual Night of Gold at the Arizona Biltmore on Oct. 28. Embracing the roaring ’20s theme, the 360 guests arrived in flapper dresses and pin-striped suits to enjoy drinks at the speakeasy bar and listen to swing music from The Instant Classics. The evening benefited HonorHealth Desert Mission.

Brandon Lee, 3TV anchor, emceed the program, which recognized the 90th anniversary of Desert Mission, founded in 1927. Proceeds from the event, auction and fund-a-need benefit the programs and services of Desert Mission that help the most vulnerable in our community.

Tina Bhakta and Linda French co-chaired the event. Along with their husbands, they have been long-time Night of Gold and Desert Mission supporters.

Founded in 1927, Desert Mission has tools and resources to help vulnerable individuals and families address their health and social needs. Programs include the Food Bank, Lincoln Learning Center and Adult Day Healthcare, which are located on the HonorHealth John C. Lincoln Medical Center campus. Over the years, Night of Gold has raised more than $9 million to benefit the community.


The table décor

The Lincoln Family

Emcee Brandon Lee, 3TV anchor

Victoria and Pete DeWitt

Dr. Robert McCulloch and Camerone McCulloch; Dr. Maulik Shah and Dr. Nina Shah

Todd LaPorte, CEO HonorHealth, and Kelly LaPorte; Tom and Mary Sadvary

CopaBall Sets Attendance, Fundraising Records

A record-setting crowd of more than 580 raised in excess of $565,000 at the 14th Annual Maricopa Health Foundation CopaBall. The Oct. 28 masquerade-themed event Oct. 28 at the Omni Scottsdale Resort and Spa at Montelucia was a sold-out occasion, entitled “Our Children, Our Future.” The evening raised both awareness and funds for medical and education programs at Maricopa Integrated Health System.

Speakers included MIHS President and CEO Steve Purves, honorary event chairman Dr. Lattie Coor, Maricopa Health Foundation CEO Nate Lowrie and Thunderbirds Big Chief Andy Markham. Markham accepted the 2017 Arizona Legacy Award on behalf of Thunderbirds Charities. The award was presented by Victoria McPherson, representing the Pendergast family, the 2016 Arizona Legacy Award honorees.

Dr. Julia Kelly, director of ambulatory pediatrics for District Medical Group and medical director for the Comprehensive Health Center Pediatric Clinic at MIHS, received the J. Kipp Charlton Physician of Excellence Award. The award is named for the late J. Kipp Charlton, who during 45 years at MIHS served as chairman of the Department of Pediatrics, director of the Division of Nephrology and an attending pediatrician. Charlton’s children, Paul Charlton and Daphne Charlton Landsborough, presented the award.

Diana Schmidt, BSN, RN-NIC, a 33-year MIHS neonatal intensive care nurse and 30-year clinical resource leader for the NICU night shift at MIHS, was awarded the Joey Ridenour Nursing Excellence Award. Ridenour served MIHS for more than 24 years, both as chief nursing office and vice president of nursing. Mary A. Harden, RN, Maricopa County Special Health Care District Board of Directors vice chairman, presented the award.

Valley media personality Karie Dozer was the evening’s emcee.


In keeping with the theme, guests don masks

Harmony Fulton and Nate Lowrie

Leanor Johnson and Dr. Bill Johnson

Karie and Rich Dozer

Maryanne and Steve Purves

Terry Schmidt and Dave Call

Honorary chair Lattie Coor, Elva Coor and guests

Suzanne and John Nissen


Betsey Bayless and Paul Charlton

Relive August 24, 79 A.D.

Opening Sat., Nov. 18, at Arizona Science Center,Pompeii: The Exhibition” examines life in Pompeii both before and after the catastrophic eruption of Mount Vesuvius.

On Aug. 24, 79 A.D., the Roman city of Pompeii was frozen in time by the catastrophic eruption of Mount Vesuvius, burying everything in its path for more than 1700 years. The same ash and debris from Vesuvius’ unpredicted eruption that destroyed the city also remarkably preserved it. 

In Pompeii: The Exhibition,” guests become time travelers, transported to the bustling commercial port and strategic military and trading center of Pompeii. More than 200 artifacts on loan from the collection of the Naples National Archaeological Museum in Italy bring to life how Pompeii’s people lived, loved, work, worshipped and celebrated. The show displays wall-sized frescoes, mosaics, marble and bronze sculptures, jewelry, statues, ancient Roman coins and more.

Pompeii: The Exhibition” is a journey through the ancient city. Guests wander through a Roman villa, a market, temple, theater and baths. They can also witness the impact Mount Vesuvius had on the city as they experience a simulated volcanic eruption in a 4D theater.

In one of the most powerful portion of the exhibition, authentic full body casts of adults and children vividly communicate the emotions of the victims. A small, separate section of the exhibit features erotic art in a replica of a Pompeii brothel.

“’Pompeii: The Exhibition’ has received rave reviews across the country and we are thrilled to be able to introduce it to our community in Arizona,” says Chevy Humphrey, the Hazel A. Hare President and CEO of Arizona Science Center. “From the authenticity of the Roman town to the emotional impact of the body casts, this exhibition is truly unforgettable.”

Pompeii: The Exhibition” is supported locally by APS, Blue Cross Blue Shield of Arizona and U.S. Bank. The exhibition will run through May 28, 2018, in the Sybil B. Harrington Galleries. Arizona Science Center will also be hosting a series of events and lectures in conjunction with the show.


Pompeii: The Exhibition

Nov. 18, 2017 – May 28, 2018

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

For more information, visit azscience.org.


2017 Phoenix Walk For Wishes Raises $315K

Make-A-Wish Arizona collected more than $315,000 toward future Arizona wishes at the 2017 Phoenix Walk for Wishes on Oct. 15. With the average cash cost of a wish approximately $5,000, the money raised will go toward granting more than 62 Arizona wishes.

More than 2,500 people attended the walk at Tempe Marketplace. The event also featured a special wish reveal for wish kid Zach, 11, who wished to go to the Formula One race in Texas this month. Zach was surprised to find out he would be leaving for his wish so soon.

More than 2,500 walkers participate in Walk For Wishes, where wish kid Zach learned he will be attending a Formula One race in Texas

“The walk has become a signature event for our chapter, allowing our supporters to mingle with our wish kids and their families as they too commit to raising money for other wish kids,” says Elizabeth Reich, president and CEO of Make-A-Wish Arizona, the founding chapter of the international organization. “Our supporters love to see kids like Zach who are dealing with critical illnesses, find immediate joy when they figure out their wish is coming true. It’s an incredible experience for everyone involved.”

Blue Bunny Ice Cream was the presenting sponsor for the walk. The Walk for Wishes website will stay open for fundraising for two weeks post walk for additional donations.


2017 WM Open Surpasses $10M Mark

The Thunderbirds, hosts of the Waste Management Phoenix Open Presented by The Ak-Chin Indian Community, raised a record $10,147,441 for local charities through proceeds raised from the 2017 tournament. This is the highest single-year charitable donation in tournament history, breaking last year’s record of $9.3 million and the first time eclipsing $10 million in tournament history. It also marks the third consecutive year breaking the tournament record for charitable dollars raised in a single year.

The Thunderbirds and the Waste Management Phoenix Open have raised more than $56 million for charities since 2010 when Waste Management became the title sponsor. In its history, dating back to 1932, the Phoenix Open has raised $122,201,249 million for charities in Arizona.

“Each year our goal is not only to put on the best golf tournament in the world, but to raise millions of dollars for charity,” says Thunderbirds Big Chief Andy Markham. “The Thunderbirds are proud of our history of giving back to the community and excited to break our single-year record for the third straight year, reaching $10 million for the first time. We have a great support group that helps us achieve this goal, form our outstanding title sponsor Waste Management, as well as our corporate sponsors, volunteers and our great fans.”

The 2017 Waste Management Phoenix Open was another record-setting event, as a total of four attendance records were broken. For the week, 655,434 fans attended “The People’s Open,” breaking the 2015 record of 618,365, marking the second consecutive year that more than 600,000 fans attended the tournament. Additionally, single-day attendance records were broken on Wednesday (77,906), Friday (169,004) and Saturday (204,906).

The 2018 Waste Management Phoenix Open will be held at TPC Scottsdale Jan. 29 – Feb. 4, 2018. The tournament is the best-attended golf tournament in the world and has gained legendary status for being the most unique stop on the PGA Tour. The 2018 edition will mark the 83rd playing of the event (one of the five oldest events on the PGA Tour) and the ninth as the Waste Management Phoenix Open.


Thunderbirds Charities Award $80K to Desert Voices

Thunderbird Charities, the charitable giving arm of the Thunderbirds recently donated $80,000 to Desert Voices. For the past 17 years, Thunderbirds Charities has been a supporter of Desert Voices, Arizona’s only nonprofit listening and spoken language program for children born deaf and hard of hearing.

Desert Voices offers two programs: Early Intervention for children birth to age 3, where a child learns to hear and speak one sound at a time; and Early Education, which takes children from age 3 to age 5 or 6 when they mainstream to traditional schools. By this time, the children speak about 3,000 words and have experienced a pre-school environment where they learn to read and write.

The grant from Thunderbird Charities will support Desert Voices’ Toddler Room, a two-to-three times weekly half-day program for children age 2 to 3. It moves the children from Parent-Child Therapy, where babies learns sounds, into a language-rich environment where they learn about 250 words. The beginning vocabulary is the foundation for teaching complex language in a pre-school program where children learn to speak, have conversations, read and write. It prepares them for traditional kindergarten or the first grade of their parents’ choice.

“We are pleased to support Desert Voices and help them continue to achieve their mission to teach children born deaf to develop to their maximum potential through listening and spoken language,” says Andy Markham, president of Thunderbirds Charities.

Afternoon in Prescott Wraps Up Parties of Note Season

Almost 60 Phoenix Symphony guests escaped the 100-plus-degree Phoenix on June 4 to enjoy an afternoon at the family ranch of retired Arizona Senator Steve Pierce and his wife, Joan.

Guests boarded a shuttle from Phoenix, underwritten by Phoenix Symphony supporter Carole Downs.

Surrounded by acres of lush property with breathtaking view in Williamson Valley, guests were treated to canopies of mature shade trees and horses grazing in nearby fields.

The highlight was a concert from the Phoenix Symphony Brass Quintet that included Emery Harvison and Benny Nguyen on trumpets, Cassie Walck on French horn, Chris Wolf on trombone and Chuck Kerrigan on tuba. Among the musical selections were selections from West Side Story, Disney classics and pops favorites such as “Stand By Me” and “The Pink Panther.” The concert ended with “Sweet Caroline.

The party completed the sixth season for the Parties of Note program, which offers the opportunity to spend an evening in an intimate setting with Phoenix Symphony musicians and friends, while enjoying a gourmet meal in some of the Valley’s finest homes. The 2017-2018 Season for Parties of Note will be announced in late-August.


Travis and Julie Rushing with James Thorpe

Ollie Harper, Shannon Scheel, Veronica Penzone, Sharon Harper, Joe Culhane, and Elaine McCollum

Jim Ward (back), Leslie and Jeff Rich, and Jim Ward’s daughters

Standing: Peggy Steele-Olson and Marina Vlah. Seated: Ron Olson and Ken Vlah

Alice and Kent Kraft with Ruskin and Barbara Lack

Joan, Walker, Nelson and Grace Pierce

Barbara Cardinal, Stacy Deitz and Judy Conrad

Guests ready to board bus back to the Valley

SARRC Celebrates Opening Night at ASU Gammage

The Southwest Autism Research & Resource Center celebrated the June 20 opening night of the Tony Award-winning play The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time at ASU Gammage. The organization was joined by Dr. Daniel Openden, SARRC president and CEO, and Colleen Jennings-Roggensack, Gammage executive director and vice president for Cultural Affairs. Almost 40 SARRC supporters joined the group.

SARRC hosted a reception prior to the play, in which the main character is a young boy whose symptoms and behavior suggest he has a mild form of autism spectrum disorder. The book and play have helped achieve widespread awareness of ASD. During the reception, Openden shared the recent development of SARRC’s new ThinkAsperger’s mobile app, a tool developed to help aid in the identification of ASD.

Established in 1997, SARRC is an internationally recognized nonprofit organization dedicated to autism research, education, evidence-based treatment and community outreach.


Derek Figg, Raun Melmed, Helen Melmed and Lyndsey Waugh

Patti and Case Parsons

44th Annual Lou Grubb Friends Fore Golf and Gala

The 44th Annual Lou Grubb Friends Fore Golf & Gala attracted almost 500 partygoers to honor two great Arizona legends, while raising thousands of dollars to support the hospital that brought the two together.

One of the longest-running and most treasured charitable golf events in the Valley the annual event generated $600,000 to support patient care, medical education and research at Dignity Health St. Joseph’s Hospital and Medical Center and Barrow Neurological Institute.

The two-day event kicked off at the Scottsdale Resort at McCormick Ranch, beginning with cocktails and casino fun, and capped off with a sumptuous dinner and live auction. The evening featured a tribute to the event’s namesake, legendary car dealer Lou Grubb, and to Dr. Robert Spetzler, who is retiring as president and CEO of Barrow after 34 years of service.

Though their backgrounds were vastly different, the two shared commonalities as pioneers in their careers with a passion for caring for others. Fate brought them together in 1986 when Grubb suffered a ruptured brain aneurysm. His family transferred him to St. Joseph’s Hospital to be treated at Barrow, where Spetzler had just assumed the position of director for his mastery of treating brain and spine disorders.

With Spetzler’s help, Grubb enjoyed 25 more years of life, enjoying family, friends and his favorite game – golf. He designated St. Joseph’s and Barrow to receive all funds raised by the annual tournament he had established in 1975 to support local charities. The millions raised by the event over the past three decades have contributed to St. Joseph’s and Barrow’s ascent in patient care, medical education and research.

Tom Reahard was presented with the Lou and Evelyn Grubb Spirit Award, recognizing his many years of service to organizing the Lou Friends Fore Golf & Gala and serving the community.

This year’s tournament was hosted at the JW Marriott Camelback Golf Club, attracting 240 of golfers. Just before tee-off, Valley traffic reporter Bruce Haffner whirled to the course in his Penguin Air Newschopper for the helicopter ball drop, in which one lucky sinner – John Staren – earned a $2,000 cash prize.


Golfers anticipate the helicopter golf-ball drop.

John Staren, center, the lucky winner of the $2,000 jackpot in the helicopter golf-ball drop with tournament organizers Dan Grubb, left, and Roger Maxwell, right

Dr. Robert Spetzler

Bill Anderson; Linda Hunt, CEO Dignity Health’s Arizona service area; and Tom Reahard

Roger Maxwell present Tom Reahard with the Lou and Evelyn Grubb Spirit Award.

notMYkid Hosts ‘Come Fly with Me’ at Hangar One

“Come Fly with Me,” notMYkid’s annual fundraiser, drew 330 guests to Hangar One on April 21. The reception and silent auction took place in the Red Room at the hangar, with a Champagne lounge hosted by Vinum 55. Guests then entered Hangar One with the sunset in the background.

The evening honored Nicole Bidwill with the Inspiring Greatness Award, which was presented by notMYkid founders Debbie and Steve Moak. The program included a tribute video to Bidwill, along with a paddle raise and live auction by auctioneer Letitia Frye.

Sal Valentinetti from America’s Got Talent presented a live concert, and guests topped off the night by dancing, enjoying the photo booth and taking flight in the Microsoft Virtual Reality flight simulator.

Wendy Lentz chaired the event, which raised $300,000 to provide prevention education for low-income schools across Arizona.


Aimee Runyon, CEO notMYkid, and Seth Leibsohn, notMYkid board chairman

Sal Valentinetti, America’s Got Talent; Kim Francoise, Nate Nathan and Celetina Majerle

Debbie Moak, Nicole Bidwill and Steve Moak

Letitia Frye

Peggy Baze and David Bruner, center

Art From The Heart

On April 1, Free Arts for Abused Children hosted its annual Art from the Heart Auction at Saks Fifth Avenue at Biltmore Fashion Park. Co-chaired by Lisa Portigal and John Reyes, the auction featured locally and internationally known artists, such as Ed Mell, Jim Waid, David Kessler, John Nelson, Matt Magee, Turner Davis and other notable talents. Honorary co-chairs Patsy Lowry and Billie Jo Herberger and featured Arizona artist Barbara Rogers were among the more than 300 guests who mixed and mingled while enjoying cocktails, appetizers and entertainment.

“Artists, collectors and art patrons are a caring and generous group of people who understand how art can be a powerful tool for self-expression,” says Alicia Sutton Campbell, Free Arts executive director.

Artwork and artist statements from children participating in Free Arts’ Professional Artist Series “Building Hope” were also on display for guests to enjoy and to help them become more familiar with the Free Arts mission.

The evening raised more than $115,000 to support Free Arts programs that annually serve more than 8,000 children living in homeless shelters and foster care group homes. Due to the generous support of Edward Jones, DriveTime, Patti Parsons, Burch & Cracchiolo, National Bank of Arizona, Prisma, Versant Capital Management, Amy Cohn, Lisa and Blair Portigal, Artemis Realty Capital, Hyde Park Fine Rugs and Southwest Gas Corporation, the event was fully underwritten.


Free Arts for Abused Children of Arizona board members Susan Sheen and Coree Neumeyer

Honorary chair Billie Jo Herberger with her husband, Judd Herberger

Anthony and Kathy Collova; featured artist Barbara Rogers

Patrons Katie Ault and Sam Fair viewing artwork by Casebeer

Art from the Heart committee: Galen Hasenpflug, Pam Mullenbach, Elizabeth Shabaker, Ryan Fritzsche, Lisa Greve, Craig Randich, Lisa Portigal, John Reyes, John Dowd and Megan Schwallie

Sheri Levin and Lisa Portigal; honorary co-chairs Billie Jo Herberger and Patsy Lowry

4th Annual Golf Tournament and Evening of Dreams Gala

Arizona-based Colleen’s Dream Foundation raised $250,000 for ovarian cancer research during the nonprofit organization’s two-day fourth annual Golf Tournament and Evening of Dreams Gala on Feb. 24 and Feb. 25. Most recently, the foundation granted $30,000 to the TGen Research Institute. Over the past four years, the gala has grown from 300 to 500 attendees and has raised more than $650,000.

Colleen’s Dream Foundation raises funding to support research that will lead to improved treatment and reliable early-detection of ovarian cancer. No such test currently exists. According to the American Cancer Society, ovarian cancer is the fifth leading cause of cancer deaths in women.

Annually, the nonprofit hosts its gala and golf tournament on the anniversary of Colleen Drury’s passing, the namesake of Colleen’s Dream Foundation. She died following a five-year battle with ovarian cancer. Colleen’s Dream leverages these events to educate women on the signs and symptoms of the disease.

“Colleen’s Dream was created so that other families would not have to suffer the impacts of this devastating illness,” says Nicole Cundiff, CEO of Colleen’s Dream Foundation and one of Drury’s four daughters. Cundiff co-founded the foundation with her husband, Billy Cundiff.

This year’s golf tournament was held at the Arizona Biltmore Golf Club, where participants were grouped into foursomes with professional NFL players, including Drew Stanton, Jay Feely, Lorenzo Alexander and Richie Incognito. The following evening, local celebrities, NFL players, media, sponsors and guests from across the country gathered at the JW Marriott Camelback Inn for the gala.

The event featured cocktails from Tito’s Vodka, live music by The Walkens and a live auction. The foundation named Tom Ross, a sponsor with Nova Home Loans, as the “Dreamer of the Year” for raising more than $23,000 for Colleen’s Dream in 2016. Ross used his climb of Mt. Kilimanjaro to raise the funding and also spread Colleen’s ashes at the summit, a destination she wasn’t able to check off her bucket list.


Danielle Kamm, Billie Fratt, Michelle Batschelet and Nicole Cundiff, Colleen Drury’s four daughters

Tony Steward, Neil Rackers, Mat McBriar, Johnny Hecker, Jon Weeks, Jeff Locke, Billy Cundiff, Pat O’Donnell, Pat Scales, Lorenzo Alexander and Nick Novak

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Lorenzo and Manjanique Alexander, Teresa Englund and Scott Gould

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Danielle Kamm with the 9-month old miniature schnauzer that was auctioned for $5,000

Dustin Gaskey and Veronique James

Chris and Krystal Grogan, Megan Druding, Marie and Jeff Seaman, and Brian Druding

Esperança Breaks Attendance, Fundraising Records at 7th Annual Breakfast

The 350 guests at the Seventh Annual Hope Breakfast broke both attendance and fundraising records for Esperança. The March 15 event at the Embassy Suites Phoenix-Scottsdale raised more $106,000, with 91 cents of every dollar supporting Esperança’s goal that no one faces poverty alone. The money raised will be sent directly to those most in need in Phoenix, Nicaragua, Peru, Bolivia and Mozambique.

Maria Valenzuela, Esperança, Phoenix program director, was the featured speaker. Mark Austerliz, M.D., Esperança’s volunteer orthopedic surgeon, delivered the keynote address. The breakfast was emceed by Frank Camacho.


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Sister Adele O’Sullivan, CSJ, M.D., Anthony A. Smith, M.D., Esperanҫa board member, Mayo Clinic Scottsdale

More than 500 ‘Pitch In for Kids’

With a lineup that included Bob Brenly as honorary chair, Maricopa County Sheriff Paul Penzone and all-star match Sam Leyvas, Skyler and Skyler’s mom, Kelly Aguilar, Pitch In for Kids raised nearly $200,000. The signature fundraiser for Big Brother Big Sisters of Central Arizona was held Feb. 23 at the JW Marriott Scottsdale Camelback Inn Resort & Spa, with more than 500 guests in attendance.

The evening began with a cocktail hour, mystery boxes for purchase and an opportunity to pose in the photo booth.

During dinner, Sheriff Penzone spoke about the impact of one caring, committed adult in a child’s life and how that relationship can, in turn, resonate throughout the family, school and community. Laura Capello, president and CEO of Big Brothers Big Sisters, highlighted the organization’s programs, pointing out that donors make it possible for the agency to match more than 1,500 youth each year with caring, supportive mentors, and provide professional support to ensure those matches are successful. Clarence Stallings, a board member and former Little Brother, shared the personal story of his 39-year friendship with his Big Brother.

Little Brother Skyler, age 9, and Big Brother Sam spoke about how spending time together has enriched both of their lives. Aguilar, who has three sons in the BBBS program, inspired guests with how the program not only has helped her sons but also has strengthened their family bond.

In speaking about the importance of mentoring, baseball legend Bob Brenly emphasized that he has been mentored throughout his life, both personally and professionally. Then he and the Bigs and Littles present led the crowd in a rousing rendition of “Take Me Out to the Ball Game.”

Pam Giannonatti of Fry’s Food Stores and Paul Evans of Evans CPA and Consulting co-chaired the evening, and Paul Horton, KPHO CBS 5 chief meteorologist, served as emcee. Letitia Frye was the auctioneer.


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Board member Johnny Key and his wife, Sarah, with Georgia Lysay and Jenn Saunders

Casey Strunk and Teresa Strunk, board member; Christine Lindsay; and Samantha and Larry Hirsch

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Bob Brenley signs baseballs for the Littles.

Sheriff Paul Penzone with Bob Brenley

Police department announces a new program: “Bigs in Blues.”

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Sheriff Paul Penzone

Mario Aniles, board member

John Bohnart, BBBS board president; Tyler, Mark and Pam Giannonatti; Natalie Bedwell



Canal Convergence Returns to Scottsdale Waterfront

Scottsdale Public Art returns to the Scottsdale Waterfront for its fifth year presenting the interactive art event Canal Convergence Water + Art + Light. With the support of presenting sponsors Salt River Project, the City of Scottsdale and Billie Jo and Judd Herberger, Scottsdale Public Art brings together international and local artists to create a one-of-a-kind, immersive art event. With an expected attendance of more than 50,000, Canal Convergence 2017 will take place Feb. 23–26 between Soleri Bridge and Goldwater Boulevard, with new evening hours from 4 to 10 p.m.

“I am very proud of Canal Convergence’s growth and international recognition with the featured artists this year,” says Scottsdale Public Art Director Donna Isaac, “We continue to bring engaging art installations from light festivals around the world to Scottsdale for our community and visitors to enjoy.”

During Canal Convergence 2017, visitors will experience four days of eight large-scale, contemporary public art installations positioned in the Arizona Canal, along its banks and soaring into the skies above. Throughout the evenings, Scottsdale Public Art will present a range of educational activities and engaging events, as well as live music and performances. Visitors can look forward to artist-guided mural painting, installation-themed workshops, all-level dance workshops, an outdoor dance performance at dusk and, new for 2017, a series of artist talks. Live music from local bands will be featured each night at Soleri Plaza, and Friday, Saturday and Sunday evenings.

Scottsdale Public Art brings back NYC-based troupe Rioult Dance New York, which will give a new specially choreographed performance at the Soleri Bridge and Plaza. French Canadian dance collective The 7 Fingers will host a series of free, all-level dance workshops for two days at the Soleri Plaza.

Here is a sneak peek at featured artists and installations of Canal Convergence 2017:


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Les Luminéoles by Porté par le vent (Lyon, France

Founded by kite and paragliding enthusiast Christophe Martine, artist association Porté par le vent brings two installations to Scottsdale from their native France: Les Luminéoles and Lentille d’eau. Les Luminéoles is a procession of five colorful “helium light kites” that will soar into the sky each evening to perform an enchanting aerial ballet. The kites take the forms of carps and dragonflies, and each creature is piloted by a single person residing in large, blooming flower on the ground that lights up with each flight. Lentille d’eau is a light installation composed of 50 luminous spheres which will be placed in the canal from Marshall Way Bridge to Goldwater Boulevard, and will radiate different color sequences each night.



IMPULSE by designers at Lateral OfficeCS DesignEGP and Group Mitchell Akiyama (Montréal)

During Canal Convergence 2017, parts of the Scottsdale Waterfront will be transformed into a light-up playground with IMPLUSE, an installation of 15 illuminated seesaws. When IMPULSE is activated by the motion of the seesaw-rider, each seesaw will produce a unique sequence of light and sound. When the seesaws are not in use, they return to a horizontal position with a subtle glow, waiting for the next set of visitors to climb on. IMPULSE is the collaborative creation of designers at Lateral Office, CS Design, EGP and Group Mitchell Akiyama. It is owned by Quartier des Spectacles Partnership and administered by the artist management group CREOS.


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Blumen Lumen by Foldhaus Artist Collective (San Francisco)

Blumen Lumen by Foldhaus Artist Collective is a group of seven larger-than-life origami flowers that bloom and glow with multiple colors as people move around them. When they are not activated by movement, the flowers close and bloom intermittently. Blumen Lumen premiered at Burning Man 2013 and has since traveled to art festivals throughout the United States creating a sense of communal wonder for all those who encounter them. During Canal Convergence, Foldhaus Artist Collective will offer a workshop where participants will learn how to make their own small scale, take-home folded geometric flower.



HYBYCOZO by HYBYCOZO (Burning Man, Nev.)

HYBYCOZO by HYBYCOZO is an installation of three, seven-foot tall polyhedron sculptures inspired by natural forms, ancient Islamic tiles, mathematics and geometry. Each sculpture will be lit with LEDs from the inside in order to cast colorful, intricate shadows highlighting “the inherent beauty of universal geometric form, symmetry and pattern.” Artist collective HYBYCOZO consists of environmental scientist Yelena Filipchuk and industrial designer Serge Beaulieu. During Canal Convergence, HYBYCOZO will conduct a Make Your Own Geometric Work of Light workshop where participants can make a small scale polyhedron light to take home.


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Canal Creatures – Where Are They Now? by Isaac Caruso and Ashley Macias (Scottsdale, Ariz.)

Canal Creatures – Where Are They Now? by Arizona-based muralist and painters Isaac Caruso and Ashley Macias will be an interactive mural painting installation placed at the underpass of the Marshall Way Bridge. The mural will follow the story of the Canal Creatures mural project, which was created by the artists during the 2013 SRP Canal Dry-Up at the Scottsdale Waterfront. With this installation, Caruso and Macias answer the question of what these creatures would look like now if they continued to grow and thrive in the canal. Caruso and Macias will paint the murals live during the first two days of Canal Convergence, and on the second two days they will invite the public to participate in the painting of the mural. The resulting collaborative artwork will continue to be on display at the waterfront after Canal Convergence has ended.


Canal Convergence

Feb. 23–26, 4–10 p.m.

Scottsdale Waterfront, Scottsdale

For more information, visit canalconvergence.com or facebook.com/canalconvergence.


Dance With Me Gala Honors Long-Time Supporters Carol and Randy Schilling

Ballet Arizona hosted its Dance With Me Gala at Phoenix Art Museum on Jan. 20. More than 300 guests attended the lively soiree that combined a dance performance with dinner and dancing to the music of Jo & the Birdman. The event honored long-time supporters Carol and Randy Schilling.

For the occasion, Ib Andersen, Ballet Arizona artistic director, created “The Evolution of a Dancer,” a world premiere ballet. The performance featured students from various levels of The School of Ballet Arizona with choreography created to showcase the skills, passion and dedication students need to become professional ballet dancers, culminating in a Pas de Deux from two of Ballet Arizona’s company members. During the cocktail hour, guests had an up-close view of students’ technique and style as they warmed up at a ballet barre.

The committee, led by Sharron Lewis, chair, and A.J. Dickey, Gwen Hillis and Ricki Dee Jennings, co-chairs, raised more than $450,000 toward the ballet’s education and community outreach programs. This event and others enable Ballet Arizona to expand its Dance for Parkinson’s class to twice weekly and create new programs such as Creative Aging for seniors.


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Brian Brady, Sharron Lewis and Marel Brady

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Dance With Me chairs with Ballet Arizona Dancers

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Francie Hansen and Alejandro Mendoza

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Durrell Hillis, Michelle Vagi, John and Ricki Dee Jennings, and Francie Hansen

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Jean Marley and Chuck and Laurie Goldstein

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Alejandro Mendez, Joseph Cavanaugh, Billie Jo Herberger, Adrienne Schiffner, Nayon Lovino and Randy Pacheco

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Students of The School of Ballet Arizona

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Christi Worsley, Nancy Swanson and Ellen Solowey

Arizona’s Collector-Car Week 2017

Car enthusiasts from all over the world fly to Arizona Jan. 14 through Jan. 22 for a week of automobile auctions. Find brief information here on each of six Valley events. For more detailed information, visit the websites listed at the end of each event.




In its fourth year, the Arizona Concours d’Elegance is the event that kicks off Arizona’s collector-car week. It features rare and valuable automobiles to compete in classes from vintage and classic to sports, racing and exotic. The cars are displayed on the lawns of the Arizona Biltmore and attract top judges from around the country who award winners as well as the Best of Show. All net proceeds from the event benefit Make-A-Wish Arizona.

Jan. 14 – 16, 2017 | Arizona Biltmore

Sat., Jan. 14
The Arizona Concours d’Elegance presents three panel discussions for passionate automotive enthusiasts:
10 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. Phoenix Automotive Press Association Auction Week Review
12 p.m. – 1:30 p.m. Legends: Pioneer Women in Racing
2 p.m. – 3:30 p.m. Driven: The passion driving race team owners

Sun., Jan. 15
The Arizona Concours d’Elegance presents 90 exceptional automobiles of all ages competing for best of show.
9 a.m. – 4 p.m. Arizona Concours d’Elegance

Mon., Jan. 16
The Arizona Tour d’Elegance takes Concours entrants on a day’s drive visiting scenic vistas and private collections.
8 a.m. – 2 p.m. Arizona Tour d’Elegance
11:30 a.m. – 2 p.m. Public viewing of the Arizona Tour d’Elegance cars in Old Town Scottsdale

For more information/tickets, visit arizonaconcours.com.


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1953 Chevrolet Corvette 235/150, with Bloomington Gold Certification received in 2010. PHOTO: BARRETT-JACKSON

The most famous of the car auctions, Barrett-Jackson is a fixture in the Valley’s collector-car week, bringing in cars from around the world. In recent years, the auction has been branded as more than a car show and auction. It has been called a “lifestyle event” that includes shopping, concerts and more. This year, join the United States Polo Association, Barrett-Jackson and The Bentley Scottsdale Polo Championships for the first Arena Polo Party at WestWorld of Scottsdale.

Jan. 14 – 22, 2017 | WestWorld Of Scottsdale

Displays open at 8 a.m. daily.

Sat., Jan. 14
9 a.m. – 6 p.m. Automobilia Auction
12 p.m. – 2 p.m. Arena Polo / U.S. Military Arena Polo Team vs. United Kingdom Military Polo Team
2 p.m. – 4 p.m. Arena Polo / The Townsend Cup – USA vs. England

Sun., Jan. 15
9 a.m. – 3 p.m. Automobilia Auction
10 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. Arena Polo / Sherman Cup Consolation match
11:30 a.m.  – 1:30 p.m. Arena Polo / The U.S. Sherman Cup Final
1:30 p.m. – 3:30 p.m. Arena Polo / SUPA vs II College All-Star Match
7:30 p.m. – 11 p.m. Invitation-Only Opening Night Gala

Mon., Jan. 16
9 a.m. – 2 p.m. Automobilia Auction
2 p.m. to close, Collector Car Auction

Tues., Jan. 17
9 a.m. – 2 p.m. Automobilia Auction
2 p.m. to close, Collector Car Auction

Wed., Jan. 18
8:30 a.m. – 10 a.m. Automobilia Auction
10 a.m. to close, Collector Car Auction

Thurs., Jan. 19
8:30 a.m. – 10 a.m. Automobilia Auction
10 a.m. to close, Collector Car Auction

Fri., Jan. 20
8:30 a.m. – 10 a.m. Automobilia Auction
10 a.m. to close, Collector Car Auction

Sat., Jan. 21
8:30 a.m. – 10 a.m. Automobilia Auction
10 a.m. to close, Collector Car Auction and Sale of the Salon Collection

Sun., Jan. 22
8:30 a.m. – 10 a.m. Automobilia Auction
10 a.m. to close, Collector Car Auction

For more information, visit barrett-jackson.com.


1963 Jaguar E-Type Lightweight Competition. Ex Bob Jane, 1963 Australian Gt Championship Winning. PHOTO: BONHAMS

1963 Jaguar E-Type Lightweight Competition. Ex Bob Jane, 1963 Australian Gt Championship Winning. PHOTO: BONHAMS

The sixth annual Bonhams Scottsdale Auction, set on the grounds of the Westin Kierland Resort & Spa, curated a fine collection of collector motorcars. The consignments represent a broad range of collecting interests, from the earliest days of motoring, to sports and racing machines, to modern supercars.

Jan. 17 – 19, 2017 | Westin Kierland Resort & Spa 

Tues., Jan. 17
9 a.m. – 6 p.m. Preview

Wed., Jan. 18
9 a.m. – 6 p.m. Preview

Thurs., Jan. 19
9 a.m. – 11 a.m. Preview
11 a.m. to close, Car Auction

For more information, visit bonhams.com.


2003 Ferrari Enzo, purchased new and offered by designer Tommy Hilfiger. PHOTO: RM AUCTIONS

2003 Ferrari Enzo, purchased new and offered by designer Tommy Hilfiger. PHOTO: RM SOTHEBY’S

Since 2000, RM Sotheby’s Arizona has been held at the Arizona Biltmore. Last year’s sale was highlighted by the 1937 Mercedes-Benz 540 K Special Roadster that sold for $9.9 million.

Jan. 18 – 20, 2017 | The Arizona Biltmore

Wed., Jan. 18
10 a.m. – 8 p.m. Preview

Thurs., Jan. 19
10 a.m. – 5 p.m. Preview
5 p.m. – 9 p.m. Auction

Fri., Jan. 20
10 a.m. – 5 p.m. Preview
5 p.m. – 9 p.m. Auction

For more information, visit rmsothebys.com.


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1967 Ferrari 275 GTB/4, formerly the property of collector Sherman M. Wolf. PHOTO: GOODING & COMPANY

Over the past nine years, Gooding & Company has hosted its auction adjacent to the Fashion Square Mall in Old Town Scottsdale. This auction has brought a refined approach to this lively and well-established event, offering vehicles across marques and eras.

Jan. 18 – 21, 2017 | Scottsdale Fashion Square

Wed., Jan. 18
9 a.m. –  6 p.m. Preview

Thurs., Jan. 19
9 a.m. –  6 p.m. Preview

Fri., Jan. 20
9 a.m. –  6 p.m. Preview
11 a.m. to close, Auction

Sat., Jan. 21
9 a.m. –  5 p.m. Preview
11 a.m. to close, Auction

For more information, visit goodingco.com.


1954 Mercedes 300 S Cabriolet A Convertible. PHOTO: RUSSO AND STEELE 

1954 Mercedes 300 S Cabriolet A Convertible. PHOTO: RUSSO AND STEELE

The Russo and Steele Auction showcases more than 700 classic cars, including European Sports, American Muscle, Hot Rods and Customs. The auction event features a Losberger main auction structure holding all the event elements, including the main auction block, vehicle staging, vendors, sponsors and other amenities.

Jan. 18 – 22, 2017 | Salt River Fields at Talking Stick

Wed., Jan. 18
9 a.m. – 5 p.m. Preview

Thurs., Jan. 19
9 a.m. – 5 p.m. Preview
12 p.m. Auction

Fri., Jan. 20
9 a.m. – 5 p.m. Preview
12 p.m. Auction

Sat., Jan. 21
9 a.m. – 5 p.m. Preview
12 p.m. Auction

Sun., Jan. 22
9 a.m. – 5 p.m. Preview
12 a.m. Auction

For more information, visit russoandsteele.com.


House of Anderson Opens Doors for Fundraiser

Missy Anderson introduced her new design galleries, House of Anderson and The Estate Collection, with a holiday trunk show and charitable fundraiser benefiting Trends Charitable Fund. The galleries, in the heart of Old Town Scottsdale, feature home furnishings art, décor and gift items. Guests at the opening event sipped cocktails and enjoyed live acoustic guitar. Christmas carolers entertained the crowd as they mingled and shopped for the holidays at the Dec. 2 event.

In addition to local community leaders, several companies participated, including Galicia Fine Jewelers and Cambria, natural stone surfaces for residential and commercial spaces.

Anderson has been involved with Trends Charitable Fund for many years. TCF has donated millions of dollars to charity programs that positively impact women, children and their families, with 100 percent of the funds raised staying in the Valley.

House of Anderson and The Estate Collection are located next door to each other at 3922 N. Scottsdale Road in Scottsdale.


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Betty McRae and Patsy Lowry; Vern and Vicki Vaughn

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Lisa and Ron Garber; Mark and Chrissy Donnelly

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Marty Bell and Linda Herold; Tony and Eileen Yeung

Parties of Note: A Contemporary Wonder

The Phoenix Symphony kicked off its 2016-2017 Party of Note Season at the contemporary home of Lea and Lou Werner III on Nov. 17. Hidden in the center of Paradise Valley and surrounded by lush desert trees, the home was the perfect setting for the sold-out event.

Virginia G. Piper Music Director Tito Muñoz mingled with the 40 guests as they enjoyed cocktails and dining. The Phoenix Symphony Brass Quintet led by Associate Principal Trumpet Benny Nguyen played an engaging selection of holiday favorites.

Now in its sixth season, the Parties of Note program offers an opportunity to spend an evening in an intimate setting with Symphony musicians and friends while indulging in a gourmet meal, listening to live orchestral music and sipping wine.

Upcoming Parties of Note


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Gayle Ray, Molly DeFilippis, Karen Fruen, Patrick Ray and Tito Muñoz

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Peter and Ann Winstanley, and Paul and Edie Duckworth


Ryan House Kicks off 2017 Community Breakfast

Ryan House community leaders gathered at Phoenix Country Club on Oct. 25 to kick off the 2017 Community Breakfast. Guests enjoyed complimentary drinks and food with testimonials from Ryan House parents, Jim and Karrie Pierson and Ryan House physician, Dr. Kevin Berger.

About 80 people mingled as they listened to the compelling testimony from the Pierson family and the importance of the work Ryan House is doing by Dr. Berger.

Event chair Julia Winter and co-chair Steffani Meyers spoke about the upcoming event on March 31 at the Arizona Biltmore and encouraged all guests to sign up as table captains or sponsors.

Ryan House is the only home-like facility of its kind in the Southwest and one of only two in the United States that serves children with life-limiting and end-of-life diagnoses and their families.


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Breena and Kyle Westfall

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Julia Winter and Christina Hoffman; Tom Flood and Megan Bianchi

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Dr. Kevin Berger, Amy Heims and Eric Butler

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Lynette Carrington and James Shipp; Jill Fredenberg and Pam Matanovich

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Matt Winter, Kristin Hower, Vicki Vanderhoff, and Kevin and Stacey Kilb

27th Annual NiteFlite Generates Nearly $400K

Scottsdale Active 20-30 Club raised $396,319 during its 27th annual NiteFlite. The two-day event was held Oct. 14 and Oct. 15. Friday’s charity golf tournament at the Camelback Golf Club included a chance to play on the Padre Course. Players enjoyed complimentary drinks and food with prize opportunities throughout the day.

Saturday’s event was a gala at the Entertainment District of Old Town Scottsdale. About 2,000 people mingled in and around Hi-Fi Kitchen and Cocktails, Bottled Blonde, and The District. The event featured break dancers from Bboy Gravity, speed painter Randall Hedden, magician Shawn Eric, the band SuperHero and food from local restaurants such as Grimaldi’s Pizzeria, Melting Pot, Even Stevens Sandwiches, The Park and Sprinkles Cupcakes.

A raffle drawing throughout the evening benefited more than a dozen local children’s nonprofits, including the event’s primary charity partner, Playworks. Playworks partners with elementary schools to create a place for every child on the playground, a place where every child belongs.

NiteFlite is Scottsdale Active 20-30 Club’s largest signature fundraising event of the year, raising hundreds of thousands of dollars for local charities.


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Ben and Sarah Tobias; Eric and Melissa Marcus

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Christopher Maderazzo and Skyler Irvine

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Legacy of Love

A crowd of 161 attended ValleyLife’s Legacy of Love fundraiser at the Sheraton Crescent Hotel on Oct. 1. The evening raised $55,190 to underwrite the organization’s unfunded programs such as physical and speech therapy, grief therapy, nutritional coaching and the arts program, which includes both visual and performing arts.

The cocktail hour featured a silent auction and raffle reception with a special cocktail hosted by Tito’s Handmade Vodka. Dinner opened with a performance from Wheels of Expression, a group of members who are in wheel chairs, dancing to “What a Wonderful World.” The ValleyLife Glee Club and Dance Troop performed to “Can’t Stop the Feeling,” bringing guests to their feet. In addition, Alma Guilford, parent of a ValleyLife member, presented a touching story of her son and his connection to ValleyLife.

JoAnn and Tim Holland were the honorees, and provided the evening’s closing remarks. Following their comments, C.C. Ryder and celebrity impersonator Scott Keo as Michael Bublé entertained. Nancy and Ron Kinnard, and Marla and Scott Berger co-chaired the event, and Connie Colla served as the evening’s emcee.

ValleyLife provides serves to individuals with disabilities by enriching their lives with rewarding experiences and opportunities.


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Scott Keo; Leela Pazzuoli and Daniele Cavallo, professional dancers


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Dr. and Mrs. Steve Noll


Jeff Jennings and Julia Patrick


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Nancy Kinnard and Nancy McCutcheon


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Peter Connolly, board chair, and Dr. Suzanne Connolly


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Heart Ball Addressing Luncheon Features Fashions by Rubin Singer

The 57th Annual Heart Ball addressing luncheon was held Sept. 27 at the Paradise Valley home of chair-elect Char Hubble. The event included committee photographs, invitation stuffing and lunch and champagne catered by Fabulous Food. Amanda Garmany chaired the luncheon event.

In addition to a lively raffle for designer handbags, a highlight of the luncheon was a fashion show presented by Neiman Marcus, featuring fashions by designer Rubin Singer. Singer was present at the luncheon.

Jennifer Carmer is chair of this year’s Phoenix Heart Ball, which will be held Nov. 19 at The Phoenician.

For information contact Lisa Bell, 602-414-5332, or CLICK HERE.


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Molly Stockley wins a Tory Burch bag in the raffle.

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Fashions by Rubin Singer

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More Than 900 Attend Xavier College Prep’s X Breakfast

Fox Restaurant Concepts owner Sam Fox delivered the keynote address to more than 900 guests at Xavier College Preparatory’s ninth annual X Breakfast on Sept. 27 on the school’s campus. Entrepreneur and author Stacey Ferreira, a graduate of Xavier’s Class of 2011, joined him as this year’s alumna speaker. Following the breakfast, both Fox and Ferreira addressed the student body of 1,200-plus young women.

X Breakfast, co-chaired by Xavier parents Julie Alpert and Lana Holmes, also a Xavier alumna, raises proceeds to benefit Xavier’s Legacy of Leadership Capital Campaign, which continues to fund Xavier’s Chapel of Our Lady, Founders hall, Petznick Field, and Activity Center renovation.


Xavier Student Ambassadors, Sam Fox, Sister Joan Fitzgerald, Stacey Ferreira and Sister Joanie Nuckols

Xavier Student Ambassadors, Sam Fox, Sister Joan Fitzgerald, Stacey Ferreira and Sister Joanie Nuckols

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Xavier Alumnae, Class of 2000; Sarah Ragland, Christina Ackerman and Lindsay Clifford with Sister Joan Fitzgerald

Sandra Day O’Connor Institute to Host 2nd Annual History Dinner

With the resounding success of its 2015 fundraiser Dinner With Churchill, the Sandra Day O’Connor Institute will host a second annual history dinner Oct. 14 at the Arizona Biltmore.

Author Jon Meacham

Author Jon Meacham

Dinner With Churchill was the inspiration of Senator Jon Kyl, after reading the book by the same name and meeting the author, Cita Stelzer, who had recently purchased a home in Scottsdale. The elegant, educational evening that resulted featured a historical perspective by Stelzer and fireside chat with Senator Kyl. The dinner and program recreated Christmas Day 1941, when two world leaders, British Prime Minister Winston Churchill and President Franklin D. Roosevelt, dined on roast turkey with chestnut dressing in the White House. Guests dined on the same menu at the fundraising dinner.

The educational nature of the evening set it apart from typical fundraising dinners, with guests talking about it in the weeks that followed. Justice Sandra Day O’Connor, eager to build on the engaging event, put forth the idea of additional “Dinner With” evenings and personally selected Thomas Jefferson for the 2016 dinner.

Organizers researched and found the pre-eminent living author on Jefferson, Pulitzer Prize-winner Jon Meacham, whose book Thomas Jefferson The Art of Power will be the subject of the evening’s discussion.

From 2009, when the adobe home built by Sandra Day O’Connor and her husband, John O’Connor, was moved to Papago Park on the Arizona Heritage Center campus, to August 2016, when the Sandra Day O’Connor Institute moved into its downtown Phoenix office in the Arizona Center for Law and Society, the organization has grown quickly.

In 2009, the bipartisan Sandra Day O’Connor Foundation gained 501(c)3 status. Its goal is to seek to build consensus and craft solutions to public issues, notes Sarah Suggs, who has been the organization’s president and CEO since 2012. In 2015, the foundation became the Sandra Day O’Connor Institute. Its core values reflect those of O’Connor, retired associate justice of the Supreme Court: non-partisan, objective, fact-based, centrist, inclusive, collaborative and civil. Its process is to build partnerships and collaborations with Arizona and the nation to implement solutions.

The O’Connor Institute’s Distinguished Speakers Series has gained attention nationally as it has presented high-profile leaders from around the globe. Past speakers have included President Mikhail Gorbachev, Secretary Colin Powell, author David McCullough and Chinese Ambassador Cui Tiankai, just a few among an illustrious list. The Sept. 26 presentation by Nobel Peace Prize recipient F.W. de Klerk at the Omni Scottsdale Resort and Spa at Montelucia, has sold out well in advance of the event.

Other initiatives of the O’Connor Institute include Civic Engagement and Education programs that include screenings of films and documentaries related to our history followed by public discussions, building partnerships with other organizations to promote civil discussion, public forums on critical issues and ballot initiatives, and O’Connor Institute fellowships and internships. Public Policy Education and Sandra Day O’Connor History.

The Institute’s outreach continues to grow. In summer 2017, Camp O’Connor, a free summer civics camp for middles schoolers, will debut.

DINNER WITH JEFFERSON, An Evening at Monticello
In addition to being credited with writing the Declaration of Independence, Thomas Jefferson served as the first secretary of state and was the third president of the United States. He negotiated the Louisiana Purchase, launched the Lewis and Clark Expedition, founded the University of Virginia and helped establish the Library of Congress.

Through his travels, he acquired a passion for food and wine, especially French food and wine, and he had his cooks at Monticello trained in the French manner. Guests at Dinner With Jefferson will dine on an authentic menu that might have been served at Monticello.

The second annual history dinner is co-chaired by Penny and Larry Gunning and Ina and Murray Manaster. Senator Jon Kyl will serve as moderator of the evening, and Sharon Dupont McCord is the presenting sponsor.


Phoenix Center for the Arts Announces Gallery Opening

Phoenix Center for the Arts will host an exhibition showcasing student art in its new gallery space 6 p.m. to 9 p.m., Oct. 7. The Student Showcase also presents an opportunity to show off the center’s new gallery.

Phoenix Center for the Arts’ new public gallery space will host bimonthly, first and third Friday artist receptions, and will remain open to the public during business hours, seven days a week. Each upcoming gallery exhibition will feature a different thematic focus.

The juried artwork for the October showcase represents a diverse student population of varying ages and skill sets. Younger students participate in a variety of visual arts courses, surrounded by an environment designed to foster childhood creativity. Adult classes at the center include not only immersive drawing, painting, printmaking and photography courses for all levels, but also expert instruction in three-dimensional mediums, such as ceramics, glass, metals/jewelry and mosaics.

With the opening of the new gallery space, Phoenix Center for the Arts seeks to encourage student/instructor involvement as well as community involvement and support.


Phoenix Center for the Arts Student Showcase

Fri., Oct. 7, 2016
6 p.m. – 9 p.m.
Phoenix Center for the Arts

Stretch and Strengthen With Yoga at Ballet Arizona

Ballet Arizona is launching a new weekly, drop-in yoga class at its state-of-the-art studios. Yoga classes will be held Tuesdays from 6:30 – 7:30 p.m. at The School of Ballet Arizona. Students need to bring their own mats.

Join the class to strengthen, stretch and rejuvenate your body and mind with yoga instructor Danielle Feinberg, who has her 200-hour yoga teacher training certificate from Southwest Institute for Healing Arts. She currently teaches yoga at Phoenix College and Phoenix Center for the Arts. Feinberg has her Fine Arts Associates in dance from Scottsdale Community College. She performs and choreographs in Phoenix and is a company member for CONDER/dance.

Yoga Classes

Tuesdays 6:30 – 7:30 p.m.

The School of Ballet Arizona, 2835 E. Washington St., Phoenix

For more information, visit balletaz.org, email school@balletaz.org, or call Alison Morse, school manager, at 602-343-6512.

Ballet Arizona Kicks Off New Season Under the Stars

To kick off the 2016-17 season, Ballet Arizona invites local residents to spend a relaxing evening under the Arizona sky as the company continues its annual season opening tradition, Ballet Under the Stars. These community performances will take place from Sept. 22 through Sept. 30 at five locations across the Valley. Free and open to the public, Ballet Under the Stars allows the local community to enjoy dance in a unique outdoor setting complete with a stage, lighting, costumes and beautiful Arizona weather.

As the only professional ballet company in the Valley, Ballet Arizona is thrilled to present this gift to residents as part of its commitment to the community, delighting audiences with the series for 18 years. For many attendees, Ballet Under the Stars is their very first exposure to live professional ballet.

  • Thurs., Sept. 22 at Estrella Lakeside Amphitheater, 10300 S. Estrella Parkway, Goodyear
  • Fri., Sept. 23 at Fountain Park, 12925 N. Saguaro Blvd., Fountain Hills
  • Sat.,Sept. 24 at Steele Indian School Park, 300 E. Indian School Road, Phoenix
  • Thurs., Sept. 29 at Tempe Center for the Arts Amphitheater, 700 W. Rio Salado Parkway, Tempe
  • Fri., Sept. 30 at Beardsley Park, 20011 N. 128th Ave., Sun City West

All performances begin at 7 p.m.

Ballet Under the Stars

Sept. 22 – 30, 2016
All performances begin at 7 p.m.
Five locations across the Valley.

For more information, visit balletaz.org

MIM Celebrates Bastille Day

The Musical Instrument Museum (MIM) will host Experience France, its fifth annual celebration of French music and culture, July 9-10. Visitors will explore and celebrate French culture in honor of Bastille Day with a variety of activities. Guests will enjoy live music performances,  experience hands-on activities, shop for French merchandise at the Museum Store and indulge in a French-inspired menu in the MIM café.


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Photo Booth
9:30 a.m. – 4 p.m. | El Río
Have your picture taken with costumes and props at MIM’s custom photo booth, and receive your own copy to take home.

Saxhorn Craft
9:30 a.m. – 4 p.m. | Event Room 3
Developed by Adolphe Sax, horns were initially played by the French military band and at the Paris opera. Make your own saxhorn and proudly march around.

Toe-Tap Pianos
9:30 a.m. – 4 p.m. | South El Río
Try your skill on eight-foot piano mats.

Cécile Hortensia Musical Performance
10:30 – 11:15 a.m. | North El Río
See Phoenix-based French singer-songwriter Cécile Hortensia as she performs her unique poetic songs alongside her live band. She will also feature French classics that have been adapted in English in an exploration of French influences on American musical culture.

Musical Story Time: Everybody Bonjours!
10 a.m. – 10:30 a.m., 11:30 a.m. – noon, 1:30 – 2 p.m., 2:30 – 3 p.m. | South El Río
Stop by and listen to a fun story about a little girl’s adventures in Paris accompanied by MIM’s Story Time Band.

Special Lunch Menu
11:30 a.m. – 2:30 p.m. | Café Allegro
A menu of French wines and French-inspired cuisine, carefully selected just for this weekend, will be available.

ZAZU Musical Performance
12:30 – 1:15 p.m. | North El Río
Manouche jazz mixing gypsy swing, dark and moody highlights, and improvisation with reckless abandon. ZAZU offers a performance worthy of a 1930s Parisian nightclub.

L’invitation au voyage: Musical Exoticism in 19th-Century France
1:30 – 2:15 p.m. | Event Room 2
Join Drew Quiring, ASU Doctor of Musical Arts student, for a discussion of global impacts on French music. Discover how different cultures from Asia to the Americas influenced and transformed the musical world of France through evocation and incorporation of foreign elements from the dawn of Romanticism to the twilight of the Belle Époque.

Paysages Musicaux: Piano and Flute Performance
3:15 – 4 p.m. | North El Río
Phoenix-based chamber musicians Drew Quiring and Jenna Daum will perform a selection of works for piano and flute by two French musical composers, Mélanie Bonis and Gabriel Pierné.

Experience France
July 9-10, 2016
Musical Instrument Museum (MIM)


Party of Note: Prescott Valley

As triple digit weather hit Phoenix, more than 50 guests from the Valley and the Prescott area gathered at the June 5 Party of Note in Prescott. State Senator Steve Pierce and his wife, Joan, hosted the event at their family ranch.

The historic Las Vegas Ranch has been in the Pierce family since 1959 and covers more than 42 sections of lush bottom lands. Guests mingled under the canopy of beautiful mature shade trees while being serenaded by The Phoenix Symphony on the late spring afternoon.

As the midday temperatures began to fall, guests enjoyed a buffet dinner.

Symphony musicians Viviana Cumplido-Wilson, principal flute; Melita Hunsinger, principal cello; Christopher McKay, acting associate principal viola; and Karen Sinclair, section first violin; provided the musical performance.


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Senator Steve Pierce with Robin and Jim Caffrey

Salvation Army Opens Fourth Valley Thrift Store

On June 2, The Salvation Army opened a new thrift store at 1849 W. Greenway Road in Phoenix. The new store brings the total of Salvation Army Family Store locations in the Valley to four.

Donations to these stores keep merchandise refreshed daily, and proceeds benefit the organization’s Adult Rehabilitation Centers, where those in the grip of addiction find help, hope and a second chance at life. Donations can be made through the Army’s pick-up service, drop-off bins, community centers and Family Stores.

“We welcome commonly donated items such as clothing or furniture and invite the community to browse our store aisles to discover an amazing deal or a rare treasure. Donating to and shopping at The Salvation Army thrift Stores makes a difference in the lives of many.”

Fore more than 100 years, The Salvation Army has provided assistance to people with a variety of physical and social afflictions through its United States-based Adult Rehabilitation Centers. The Adult Rehabilitation Centers comprise the largest residential rehabilitation program in the United States. The comprehensive service is free to the public and financed through the well-known Salvation Army thrift Stores. Proceeds help more than 216,000 people every year.

Learn more about the Army’s stores, including scheduling a pick-up or finding a location HERE.


Retirement Celebration for Herberger Theater Center’s Dick Bowers

Billie Jo and Judd Herberger hosted a cocktail party for Dick Bowers to celebrate his retirement from the Herberger Theater Center as president, a position he has held since joining the organization 15 years ago.

As part of a planned succession, Mark Mettes, CFE, has been named president and CEO. Within Bowers’ first two years with the Herberger Theater Center, he expanded the Arts Education initiatives. The result was the launch of the Lunch Time Theater and Art Gallery programs that support and showcase smaller theater companies and Arizona visual artists. Bowers was also instrumental in guiding the organization through the recession and a full facility renovation.


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Dick Bowers Retires as President of the Herberger Theater Center

Dick Bowers has retired as president of the Herberger Theater Center, a position he has held since joining the organization 15 years ago. As part of a planned succession, Mark Mettes, CFE, has been named president and CEO.

Bowers has been president since May 2001. Within his first two years, he expanded Herberger Theater’s Arts Education initiatives. The result was the launch of the successful Lunch Time Theater and Art Gallery programs that support and showcase smaller theater companies and Arizona visual artists. Bowers was also instrumental in guiding the organization through the recession and a full facility renovation. Including his tenure, more than 4 million patrions have enjoyed 11,000-plus performances since the theater opened.

The Herberger Theater Center PHOTO: COURTNEY SARGENT

The Herberger Theater Center    PHOTO: COURTNEY SARGENT

“Becoming part of the Herberger Theater family and advocating for the arts in this community has been an incredibly rewarding and meaningful experience. I am so proud of this organization and what we have accomplished over the years,” Bowers says. “Mark has already done an exceptional job leading the critical areas of service delivery that define the Herberger Theater. He is a strong leader who will advance the organization to new heights through continued innovation and strategic engagement.”

Mettes has been with the organization since June 1990 and served as technical supervisor, vice president and CEO. He will continue to expand on partnering opportunities he has built with Arizona State University, Arizona Theatre Company, Center Dance Ensemble, iTheatre Collaborative, Arizona School for the Arts, Arizona Broadway Theater and others. Mettes and the board of directors anticipate creating opportunities to serve new and exisiting patrons, as well as the community through involvement with First Fridays and other collaborative programming.

Mettes also serves as first vice chairman of the International Association of Venue Managers.


SMoCA Mix: Fashionably Avant-Garde

More than 400 guests, dressed in their most stunning avant-garde attire, attended the May 7 SMoCA Mix: Fashionably Avant-Garde party at the Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art. Supporters were welcomed on the red carpet by Emmy Award-winning news anchor and host Carey Peña and music by Jo Watson and the Birdman.

Guests enjoyed champagne as they examined garments flown in by For the Stars Fashion House. These included fashions worn by celebrities including Gwen Stefani, Beyoncé, Carrie Underwood, Katy Perry and Britney Spears.

Local chefs Kevin Binkley of Binkley’s Restaurant Group and Joshua Hebert of Posh Improvisational Cuisine served delectable hors d’oeuvres. SMoCA’s galleries were completely transformed for the evening with a continuous runway, suspended fashion displays, chandeliers by Ferguson lighting, music by DJ Miss Mixx, a jewelry showcase by designer Theresa Harnois and VIP lounges with furniture by Couture Customs Patio. A continuous runway show featured models from Ford Robert Black Agency and The Agency Arizona wearing fashions by Albert Andrada, Elie Madi, Fouad Sarkis, Galina Couture and Rocky Gathercole. Between fashion shows, the ASU School of Dance filled the runway with contemporary performances.

Co-chairs Tracy and Christian Serena and creative chair Oscar De las Salas organized the evening, which benefits SMoCA’s exhibitions, programs and educational outreach.


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Carey Pena interviews Isabel and Mark Candelaria

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Jamie Kouri and Carrie Evans

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Jhenny Evans, designer Rocky Gathercole and Carol Clemmensen

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Kelly Persellin and Monica Monson

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Rocky Gathercole designs

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Kathleen Norton and William Maledon share intimate ceremony at The Hermosa Inn

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The Hermosa Inn, Paradise Valley

Kathleen Norton and William Maledon shared a private wedding ceremony in the sculpture garden at Hermosa Inn in Paradise Valley. Following the ceremony, attended by their children, grandchildren and siblings, they held a reception for family and friends.


The honeymoon: Kapalua, Maui and Scotland

Florist/décor: Dennis Thompson and Erica Baca, White House Design Studio

Photography: Brad Reed Photography

Music: Nicole Pesce



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Children’s Museum Gala Creates Swashbuckling Good Time on Treasure Island

The Children’s Museum of Phoenix hosted its 2016 gala, Treasure Island, on April 16. The fun party under the stars drew 332 guests to the museum and raised $204,977 to benefit the museum’s Every Child Program.

Festivities began with a dual cocktail party/culinary adventure inside the museum. The tasty appetizers were provided by Blue Hound Kitchen & Cocktails, Bootleggers Modern American Smokehouse, District American Kitchen & Wine Bar, Jewel’s Bakery & Café, JW Marriott Phoenix Desert Ridge and Ruth’s Chris Steak House. Silent auction items were displayed throughout the first and second floors of the museum.

For dinner, the party moved to the museum’s parking lot, which was decorated in the Treasure Island theme. The dinner was catered by Copper Square Kitchen. During dinner, the live auction featured five items, with two Adele Live VIP packages selling at $7,500 each.

The individual Kids at Heart Award was given to Terry Hanson, and APS received the corporate Kids at Heart Award.

Back inside the museum, guests danced to music provided by DJ Mr. Phoenix at the after party, and enjoyed sweet treats provided by The Melting Pot Restaurant, Chestnut, Fairytale Brownies, Kick Ass Kakes and Artizen Restaurant at the Camby.

Brandi Hunt and Christy Stofko co-chaired the evening.

The Every Child Program provides 50,000 free or reduced admission passes to low-income, at-risk children and their families annually.


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Tammy McLeod accepts the Corporate Kids at Heart Award for APS

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Terry Hanson receives the Kids at Heart Award from Becky Lieberman, Children’s Museum of Phoenix board chair.

American Cancer Society Hosts 55th Annual Picnic Under the Stars

More than 500 “stars” attended the 55th annual Picnic Under the Stars gala April 2 at the newly renovated Scottsdale Resort at McCormick Ranch to support the American Cancer Society. The fundraising event is one of the longest continuously held events in the Valley, beginning in Barry Goldwater’s backyard in 1962 with chair Mrs. Robert Goldwater. This year’s event raised $400,000 to support the American Cancer Society, funding lifesaving cancer research, education and outreach, and quality of life programs and services in Arizona.

The retro, Route 66-themed evening began with entertainment by local cover band Nineball, a silent auction that included spa services, jewelry and tickets to Adele’s sold-out Phoenix concert, hors d’oeuvres and cocktails.

The evening recognized Carole Zbacnik, managed care director for Sonora Quest Laboratories, for her contributions to saving lives from cancer in the community. Zbacnik welcomed attendees to the “Celebrations of 5s,” as the evening marked the 55th year of the gala and her fifth anniversary being cancer-free.

“Auctiontainer” Letitia Frye led the evening’s live auction while guests dined on a multi-course meal that included chili rubbed filet with ancho chili demi glaze and grilled tequila lime blackened spiced jumbo shrimp. The paddle raise garnered donations to support the American Cancer Society free programs and services available to cancer patients in Arizona, including Look Good Feel Better, Road to Recovery, Hope Lodge and patient lodging, among others.

Courtney Bannard and Dr. Linda Greer co-chaired the evening. Sponsors included Sonora Quest Laboratories, HonorHealth, Dignity Health and the University of Arizona Cancer Center, Dr. Ingrid Haas and Charlie Van Dyke, Money Radio 1510 AM, Phoenix Business Journal and Fox 10 Phoenix News.


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Navigating the World of Private Jets

Orin Anderson loves his job.

As director of business development for Pinnacle Aviation, he has the privilege of helping many people fulfill their dreams of private air travel. We asked Anderson about his company and what it is like to work in the aviation industry.

What services does Pinnacle Aviation offer its customers?
We assist jet buyers and sellers. We manage aircraft for jet owners, including vetting and hiring pilots, overseeing all aircraft maintenance requirements, and handling all administration, insurance and accounting requirements. We also operate the largest fleet of jets available for charter service in Arizona.

What’s the best part of your job?
The business aviation industry is truly magnificent. Working up close with a full range of private jets is very cool – but it is earning the confidence of the extraordinarily successful individuals who use private jets that is the most rewarding to me. Our clients have the resources to be discerning and hire the very best operators in the industry, so it is gratifying and validating for me, and our team of professionals, every time we deliver for them and live up to the high expectations we set for ourselves.

Can you tell us about a fun experience you’ve had in your role as business development director?
I am always impressed with the incredible teamwork and “can do” attitude of our aviation professionals. Every time the phone rings, the possibility exists that the next hours will be occupied with coordinating (often very challenging) travel logistics.

One fun situation that comes to mind is when my long-time friends, Mark and Carrie Schnepf, owners of the magnificent Schnepf Farms in Queen Creek, called looking to charter a helicopter and surprise Cardinals wide-receiver Larry Fitzgerald on live television. Each year in the fall, they create a 10-acre celebrity maze in a corn field that can only be seen from the air. Larry was unaware of the surprise that was waiting for him and a problem arose when a prior commitment would not allow enough time for him to drive to Queen Creek and return in time.

With quick coordination with one of our charter partners, we were able to arrange for the helicopter to pick up Larry at our hangar in Scottsdale, fly him to see the maze, capture his surprise and gratitude on video, land at the farm and meet with the press on the ground for live TV interviews – and return to Scottsdale in time for him to get to his commitment. Mission accomplished seamlessly.

As Larry was driving away, my phone rang and the desperate voice of another client asked if we could help him get to St. Louis later that day to tend to a family medical emergency. Our charter team went to work and within a short time our client was on his way. Every day presents new opportunities to help our clients.

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