3 Chateaus. 3 Top Designers. 1 Design Winner.

After a year of craftsmanship designing three, five-story chateaus, Chateau on Central Design Challenge Arizona will announce one winner. Designers competing in the year-long challenge include Robert Burg of Robert Burg Design, Charles Glover of Charles Glover Interiors and Beth McGehee of SB Design Studio.

The Reveal will take place on-site at Chateau on Central 4 p.m. to 7:30 p.m., Feb. 26, with special guest judge Luis D. Ortiz of Million Dollar Listing New York. Local judges are Chateau listing agent Monica Monson; fashion, design and interior architecture expert Oscar de las Salas; and luxury fashion and design guru Kelly Persellin.

During the design challenge, which began in February 2015, the three selected designers each were given a budget and one chateau to design from the shell to completed stage. Each was responsible for designing five levels of their respective chateau from floor to ceiling. The luxurious chateaus, which each come equipped with an in-home elevator, range in size from 5,200 square to 5,700 square feet and are currently listed by Monica Monson of Monson Luxury Group at Russ Lyon Sotheby’s International Realty.

“Beth, Robert and Charles have taken this design challenge to a level we never could have imagined, and all produced spaces that are unique, forward-thinking and really cutting-edge in the world of design,” Monson says.

The winning designer will be awarded four round-trip tickets to New York City, including a three-night stay in luxurious accommodations, a $10,000 Rolex watch from Coffin and Trout, feature stories in two design magazines and other prizes.

Located at the corner of Palm Lane and Central Avenue, the ticketed evening will begin with a tour of the three chateaus, followed by a celebration with complimentary gourmet bites, wine and bubbly, all benefiting Stars of the Season for Cardon Children’s Medical Center.


Holiday Prelude XXX Luncheon and Fashion Show Puts Guests in Festive Spirits

To many, nothing kicks off the holiday season quite like Holiday Prelude – a day of shopping, enjoying a luncheon with friends and seeing the latest fashions in a runway show. This year was no exception.

Holiday Prelude XXX Luncheon and Fashion Show celebrated the season with a festive array of boutiques (many guests attend for this alone!), elegant luncheon menu, colorful centerpieces, raffle prices and fashions. The theme was “Gifts of the Season,” and it was reflected in the centerpieces atop the tables in the Phoenician ballroom. Guests, dressed in their holiday best, completed the picture.

Fashions presented on the runway included Evans Furs, Galina Couture, Femme and Babette shops at Gainey Village, Dolce at Hilton Village and Dillard’s Paradise Valley Mall.

Emma Jade, anchor and reporter with 12 News and 12 Weekend Today, emceed the luncheon and spoke about the importance of the Valley’s cultural organizations. Funds raised at Holiday Prelude XXX by Phoenix Art Museum League, Phoenix Theatre Guild and Phoenix Youth Symphony will be shared equally by the three organizations.

Sabrina Walters chaired the event, with Jane Evans, Michele Coombs and Debe Harvey as her co-chairs. Sponsors were Cancer Treatment Centers of America, Kathleen Duyck, Street Rods by Auto Art, SLW Realty Group and The Joint Chiropractic of Paradise Valley and Arcadia.


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Jane Christensen and Susie Wesley

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Linda Herold, Debbie Davis and Sabrina Walters

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Lisa Pagel and Alesha Nicole Corey

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Julia Patrick, Carol Poore, Debbie Gaby and Lin Sue Cooney


Lila Harnett, Adrienne Schiffner and Billie Jo Herberger

Lila Harnett, Adrienne Schiffner and Billie Jo Herberger

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Sasha Lewis, Mac Perlich and Mary Collum

Party of Note: A Biltmore Beauty

The Phoenix Symphony kicked off its 2015/16 Party of Note Season Nov. 19 at the home of Mac and Russ Perlich, in the Taliverde neighborhood of the Biltmore.

Virginia G. Piper Music Director Tito Muñoz mingled with 63 guests while they enjoyed cocktails and casual dining, followed by an engaging musical performance by Dian D’Avanzo, assistant concertmaster; Karen Sinclair, section first violin; Mark Deatherage, acting principal viola and Michael D’Avanzo, section cello.

In its fifth season, this one-of-a-kind program offers a chance to spend a unique evening in a special setting with fellow Symphony friends. Guests indulge in a prepared meal by some of the Valley’s finest homes, relax as they listen to live, orchestral music and mingle with Symphony musicians. These are evenings to sip the finest wines, enjoy a little bubbly and celebrate the Symphony.

Eight more Parties of Note are scheduled for the 2015-2016 season.



Bill Daniels, Ellen Carnahan; Michael and Enid Seiden

Bill Daniels, Ellen Carnahan; Michael and Enid Seiden

Charlie and Jennifer Sands; Mary Collum

Charlie and Jennifer Sands; Mary Collum

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Carol Jean David and Hillary Wyler

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Michael and Sue O’Meara, Mary Strauss and Wayne Stutzer

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Lauren Morstad, Judy Cunningham and Matt Morstad

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Wendi Cunningham, Ben Allen, Bernadette Bennett and, Leslie Bennett

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Nicole and Simone Rizkallah

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Jennifer and Duncan Conley

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Wendi Cunningham, Tito Muñoz and Bernadette Bennett

Bob Dixon, Roselle Saba, Wendi Cunningham and Bernadette Bennett and Judd and Billie Jo

Bob Dixon, Roselle Saba, Wendi Cunningham and Bernadette Bennett; Judd and Billie Jo Herberger

Phoenix Community Gathers to Honor Military and Veterans at Heroes Patriotic Luncheon

The 13th Annual Heroes Patriotic Luncheon, hosted by the Veterans Medical Leadership Council, honored veterans and military personnel for their dedicated service on Nov. 6 at the Arizona Biltmore. More than 500 guests gathered to pay tribute to the brave men and women who have served and are currently serving the country from all five branches of the military.

Dr. Alexander White, Korean War veteran and Holocaust survivor, shared his story as the keynote speaker for the luncheon. During WWII, White’s confinement included working as a glazier at Oskar Schindler’s factory, and after liberation, he attended medical school at the University of Munich, completing his residency work at Mount Sinai Hospital in Chicago.

Special recognition was given to luncheon honorees: John Cooper, US Army Air Corps, WWII; Thomas Rogers, US Navy, Korea; William Beaudoin, US Marine Corps, Vietnam; Rachel Gutierrez, US Army, OIF; and Patricia Hernandez, US Marine Corps, OEF.

Jeff Guldner, a U.S. Navy Surface Warfare veteran, was the honorary chair for the event. He is the senior vice president of public policy for Arizona Public Service. The Cowgirls Historical Foundation sold raffle tickets for three prize packages – a sports package that included Coyotes tickets, a signed Cardinals football and an American Airlines travel voucher; a Denver travel package that included accommodations and an American Airlines travel voucher; and the Americana package, which featured a full-size handmade quilt.

The VMLC is a nonprofit organization founded in 1999 and dedicated to “honoring and serving our military heroes.” Its mission is to help ensure quality medical and mental health care to Maricopa County veterans, encourage initiatives that honor veterans’ contributions and help veterans in need. Through its Returning Warrior program, it works closely with the VA Medical Center caseworkers to assist veterans going through tough times by providing support not provided by the federal and state governments. This financial assistance is for rent, utilities, vehicle repair, food, clothing and other essentials.


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The Cowgirls Historical Foundation, Community Heroes Award recipients, and Sam Young, VMLC president

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Dr. Alexander White with The Cowgirls

Thomas and Donna Rogers

Thomas and Donna Rogers

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Todd and Myra Fisher

Rick and Carol Romley

Rick and Carol Romley

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Sam Young, VMLC president, and MaryEllen and William Beaudoin, honoree

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Taryn Hale and Lee Huff, representing Congressman Matt Salmon

Pete Reiniger and Mike Broomhead

Pete Reiniger and Mike Broomhead

Rita Brock-Perini and Dakota Hankins

Rita Brock-Perini and Dakota Hankins

2015 Every Child Matters Luncheon

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Mike Cohn

More than 350 arts and children’s advocates celebrated the impact that Free Arts for Abused Children in Arizona has had using therapeutic art to heal abused, neglected and homeless children at the 2015 Every Child Matters Luncheon. The Oct. 28 event at the Omni Scottsdale Resort & Spa at Montelucia featured artwork by the children.

In addition, it recognized Mike Cohn, a longtime advocate, supporter nad board member of the organization for his contributions as a leader and a friend. Coh, area president of Cohn Financial Group, is the immediate past president of the Free Arts board of directors and is the 2015-16 chair for the Phoenix Art Museum Board of Trustees. Cohn has been a Free Arts board member since 2008, serving in a variety of roles including vice president of development, board governance and president.

Free Arts serves more than 8,000 children every year.

At top, guest enjoy looking at artwork by the children.

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Josh Wertlieb and Rebecca Light

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Lisa Ludolph, Susan Sheen and Jackie Wright

Fiesta Bowl Grants $10K to Save the Family


Save the Family, a nonprofit agency that provides transitional housing and supportive services to homeless families with children, will receive a $10,000 donation from the Fiesta Bowl in honor of baseball Hall of Famer and Arizona Diamondback legend Randy Johnson’s commitment to the community and his selection as Grand Marshall of the 45th Annual National Bank of Arizona Fiesta Bowl Parade on Jan. 2, 2016.

Johnson also will serve as special guest at the 45th Annual Fiesta Bowl on Jan. 1 and the 27th Annual Cactus Bowl on Jan. 2.

“Save the Family is so grateful for the support of Fiesta Bowl Charities and Randy Johnson,” says Jacki Taylor, Save the Family CEO. “Because of their generosity, hundreds of children from homeless, low-income and veteran families from around the Valley will receive much-needed support.”

With the donation, Save the Family will be able to provide tuition for extracurricular activities and classes like photography, sports camps, dance classes and art camps for more than 300 school-aged children grades K-12.

Johnson is one of the most decorated pitchers in Major League Baseball history, having accumulated 303 wins, 4,875 strikeouts and five Cy Young Awards during his 22-year career with five teams. “The Big Unit” was elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame in July and became the first member of the Hall to be depicted in an Arizona Diamondbacks uniform on his plaque.

“I was living in Peoria before I became a Diamondback in 1999, and this has become my home and my community. So it’s an honor to have been asked to be the Grand Marshal of this year’s parade,” Johnson says. “I am deeply honored, and this has been a year that has kept on giving and I appreciate that. To be able to give a grant to Save the Family and help those families is what it’s about for me. This is my community, and this is the mark I want to leave.”

The Fiesta Bowl Parade is a family-friendly event that showcases rich pageantry and boasts myriad entries that cultivate this year’s theme, Arizona’s Got Game.

Annually, the Jan. 2 celebration is attended by more than 100,000 spectators, who line Central Avenue in Phoenix. The long-standing Valley tradition will begin at 11 a.m. Admission is free, with premium reserved seating available for $25.

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