25th Annual Fresh Start Charity Golf Classic

The Men’s Board of Fresh Start Women’s Foundation hosted the 25th Annual Fresh Start Charity Golf Tournament on Nov. 8 at Talking Stick Golf Club. The event, presented by Valley Toyota Dealers, raised in excess of $400,000 to benefit the programs and services offered at Fresh Start.

The Golf Classic expanded to Talking Stick Golf Club for the 2019 event to accommodate more golfers and activities. The new location also brought together the Salt River Pima-Maricopa Indian Community and event sponsors. A new partnership with REDW LLC, CPAs and Advisors presented the opportunity to bring in four-time PGA Tour winner Notah Begay III to participate in the event and host a golf clinic for middle and high school girls from the Salt River Indian Community.

In addition to the golf clinic in the morning, each course in the unique tournament offered four hole-in-one opportunities to win brand new vehicles, courtesy Valley Toyota Dealers. While no one won a car with a hole-in-one, a winner was selected for the 2020 RAV4 Adventure raffle at the end of the evening.

The after-party featured music by Nate Nathan and the Mac Daddy-O’s as well as a live auction, dinner, drinks and a glow-in-the-dark chipping contest.

PHOTOS COURTESY FRESH START WOMEN’S FOUNDATION

The 2019 Fresh Start Men’s Board     Frank Diaz Photo

Earl Petznick, Jr., Joe Percuoco, Brad Anderson and Jim Kleeman

Men’s Board Chair Brett Angner with his children and wife, Megan      PHIL GUDENSCHWAGER PHOTOGRAPHY 

Pat Petznick, Fresh Start co-founder, with Richard Coupland    PHIL GUDENSCHWAGER PHOTOGRAPHY

LPGA Tour Oro Gabby Lemieux; Richard Swetonic, Men’s Board member, with Notah Begay III    FRANK DIAZ PHOTOS

Fresh Start co-founders Beverly Stewart and Pat Petznick    PHIL GUDENSCHWAGER PHOTOGRAPHY

Justin Young, Pam Overton-Risoleo, Jason Scott, Terri Scott and Joe Percuoco    PHIL GUDENSCHWAGER PHOTOGRAPHY

Teed Off at Domestic Violence

A New Leaf’s Third Annual Teed Off at Domestic Violence golf event at Top Golf Scottsdale Riverwalk brought in more than $60,000. The funds from the Oct. 20 tournament benefit the critical services provided through A New Leaf’s domestic violence shelters and programs.

Special guests included Howler and the cheerleaders from the Arizona Coyotes, and the young women from Arizona State University’s Alpha Chi Omega returned with their selfie station. Entertainment was provided by Kyle Sorrell, and Efrain Urias added a Scottish flare to the event with his bagpipes.

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Tito’s Handmade Vodka, beverage sponsor

KTAR morning talk show host Bruce St. James and Jen Barraza, A New Leaf event coordinator

Tom Hutchinson Jr. and A New Leaf CEO Michael Hughes with the Arizona Coyotes cheerleaders

Howler, the Arizona Coyotes mascot

The Northern Trust team

Young women from Alpha Chi Omega

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.

PHOTOS COURTESY ST. JOSEPH’S FOUNDATION

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.

Banner Children’s Charity Golf Classic

More than 300 players on two courses at the Wildfire Golf Club at J.W. Marriott Desert Ridge participated in a day for children April 7. With the foothills as a backdrop, golfers enjoyed sportsmanship, networking and great food while playing to support Banner Children’s Hospital patients throughout Arizona.

Beginning with a VIP golf clinic hosted by LPGA Class A teaching pro and Legends Tour player Lori Atsedes, the Golf Classic featured unique extras – a concept store with merchandise and swag for the serious golf fan, a “shamble” format, Big Break-style challenge holes, and a private plane jetting to Las Vegas for the winners.

Proceeds from the tournament benefit Banner Children’s Hospital school programs at Cardon Children’s Medical Center (Mesa), Banner Thunderbird Medical Center (Glendale) and Diamond Children’s Medical Center (Tucson). Representing the hospital school program, 14-year-old Mia McPoland – a Cardon Children’s patient – played a big role throughout the day as the event’s junior hostess. Meanwhile, Mix 96.9 FM radio show host Mathew Blades served as host. The title sponsor was Arizona Medical Network.

Established in 2001, Banner Health Foundation secures and stewards charitable contributions to advance Banner Health’s nonprofit mission to make a difference in people’s lives through excellent patient care. Contributions are invested locally to support patient care programs and services operated by Banner’s many hospitals and health care facilities across Arizona.

PHOTOS COURTESY OF BANNER HEALTH FOUNDATION

Roger Maxwell, Pam Nenaber, Dave Zowine and Brett Costello

Former NHL player Tyson Nash, funior emcee Mia McPoland and emcee Mathew Blades of Mix 96.9

Mark Beal, Joel Wage, Bryan Adams and Dan Puente

Junior emcee Mia McPoland and golf planning committee members Tyson Nash, Matt Shock, Hamilton Espinosa, Mathew Blades and John Steltzer

Mahesh Kharkar, Dan Lemon, Tim Blanchard and Mark Sklar

Matthew Cox, Laura Robertson and Pam Nenabor

The foursome representing sponsor W.D. Manor, Pete DeWitt, Matt DeWitt, Chris DeWitt and Don Petty, celebrating winning the tournament’s grand prize of an eight-hour private jet trip to Las Vegas

 

St. Patrick’s Day Golf Raises Money for Maricopa Health Foundation

Maricopa Health Foundation’s St. Patrick’s Day Golf Tournament raised more than $50,000 for The Mariposa: Wings to Safety Program. The event was held at Camelback Golf Club on March 17.

The Mariposa: Wings to Safety program is the only hospital-based family violence advocacy center in the region that is raising awareness for the general public about the prevention of domestic violence, including child abuse and neglect. This program reaches individuals and families receiving medical care at any Maricopa Integrated Health System facility.

PHOTOS COURTESY MARICOPA HEALTH FOUNDATION

Nancy Kaminski, Maricopa Integrated Health System vice president of revenue cycle, and Dr. John HItt, chief medical officer

Jeff and Kate Fassett, director of development, Maricopa Health Foundation

DPR’s Gretchen Kinsella; MIHS President and CEO Steve Purves; Jim Guthrie, Guthrie General; and Mike Ford of DPR

Susan Doria, senior vice president of strategic planning, Maricopa Integrated Health System, and Nate Lowrie, president, Maricopa Health Foundation

 

Symphony Score Golf Tournament

The Phoenix Symphony presented its inaugural Symphony Score Golf Tournament on Nov. 7. Golfers enjoyed a beautiful day on the Adobe Course at the Arizona Biltmore Golf Club. Contest and team winners received priceless opportunities such as conducting the orchestra and VIP seating as prizes.

The tournament was sponsored by Republic Media, Doris and Eliot Minsker, Nationwide Foundation, Goodmans Interior Structures, Bruce Covill and Lucia Renshaw and ON Media. Golfers included a mix of Phoenix Symphony patrons, musicians and new supporters.

The Symphony Score golf tournament raised almost $60,000 in support of the Symphony’s Education and Community Programming, which furthers the organization’s mission to provide the joy of music as a catalyst in helping Arizona become the best place in America to work and live.

PHOTOS COURTESY PHOENIX SYMPHONY

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Tom Scaglione, Christian Scaglione, Assistant Phoenix Symphony Conductor Matthew Kasper and Dr. Jim Kort

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Ken and Carol Kasses with Margie and Chad Carpenter

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Arthur Horlick, Steve Marks, Eliot Minsker and Larry Berle

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Jim Ward, Phoenix Symphony president and CEO; Jolene Gabbay; Renee Parsons; and Marilyn Sassaman

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The Lovitt & Touché team of Steve Davis, Lisa LaVoie, Wade Foster and Julianne Wheeler

22nd Annual Fresh Start Charity Golf Classic

More than 230 golfers teed off at the 22nd annual Fresh Start Charity Golf Classic on Nov. 4 at Kierland Golf Course. The event was presented by Valley Toyota Dealers and grossed more than $375,000. Proceeds benefit programs and services offered at Fresh Start Women’s Foundation, a Phoenix-based nonprofit organization serving women. The tournament is put together by the Fresh Start Men’s Board.

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Golfers enjoyed breakfast, lunch and beverages while playing, and a lively awards banquet and live auction afterward. The unique tournament also offered 12 hole-in-one opportunities to win an array of vehicles courtesy of Valley Toyota Dealers. Golfers, as well as the greater community, had the opportunity to purchase $100 raffle tickets for a chance to win a new 2017 Toyota Prius. The raffle raised $26,000, which is part of the total $375,000 grossed by the event, and was awarded to Bennett Brown of Phoenix.

PHOTOS COURTESY FRESH START WOMEN’S FOUNDATION

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Fresh Start Men’s Board

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Brett Angner and David Berg

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Pamela Overton Risoleo, Julie Beal, Cindy Ketcherside and Judy Miller-Burke

Golfers Get ‘Teed Off’ at Domestic Violence

A New Leaf’s Teed Off at Domestic Violence golf tournament at Top Golf Scottsdale Riverwalk brought in more than $40,000. Funds raised at the Oct. 21 tournament benefit the critical services provided through A New Leaf’s homeless and domestic violence shelters.

Mayfann Millies, event chair

Mayfann Millies, event chair

A New Leaf provides shelters for women in crisis with its East and West Valley shelters, Autumn House Domestic Violence Shelter and Faith House Crisis Shelter. Besides emergency shelter, A New Leaf provides permanent supportive housing, childcare, workforce training and basic needs for survivors of domestic violence.

Special guests from Arizona State University’s Alpha Chi Omega brought back their selfie station, and friends from the Alpha Kappa Lambda fraternity, who partner on Kick It with Alpha Chi Kickball Tournament to raise funds for Autumn House, attended as well.

Mayfann Millies chaired the tournament. Entertainment was provided by Kyle Sorrell, and Efrain Urias added a Scottish flare to the event with his bagpipes.

PHOTOS BY BRIELLE PATTERSON

 

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Jessica McGrath, A New Leaf marketing committee member

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East Valley firefighters

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ComTrans Team

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Tito’s Handmade Vodka, event partner

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Music provided by Kyle Sorrell

43rd Annual Lou Grubb Friends Fore Golf & Gala

The Lou Grubb Friends Fore Golf & Gala committee took a great fundraising event and made it even greater, proving that whisky, wine and cheese are not that only things that get better with age. The golf and gala combination benefit Barrow Neurological Institute and Dignity Health St. Joseph’s Hospital and Medical Center.

Committee member Brandon Walraff after heli-ball drop

Committee member Brandon Walraff after heli-ball drop

This year’s kickoff gala on April 21 was hosted at a new venue, the Scottsdale Resort at McCormick Ranch, offering more room for the expanding guest list. It was a night of boas, pearls, fedoras and fun, Roaring ’20s style. Guests enjoyed cocktails while mingling in an elegant courtyard setting, stepping into the photo booth for fun mugshots with friends and oohing over beautifully restored vintage automobiles. The evening culminated with dinner and a presentation emceed by Derrick Hall, president and CEO of the Arizona Diamondbacks, capped off by a live auction and the Take 5 after party.

On April 22, hundreds of golfers descended on McCormick Ranch Golf Club for the tournament. Golfers were treated to a sunny day and several exciting tournament novelties, courtesy of the creative organizing committee.

Just before the shotgun start, the Penguin Air Newschopper, with Valley traffic reporter Bruce Haffner at the controls, hovered overhead for a golf-ball drop raffle, in which one lucky winner earned a $2,000 cash prize. Players were also invited to try out the golf-ball cannon, a point-and-shoot gun designed to launch a ball 300 to 400 yards.

The committee had planned for cool treats on the course, including an ice cream stand and remote margarita station. Just before dusk, the last players turned in their score cards and settled in for the awards dinner, hosted annually by committee member Roger Maxwell. Maxwell served as co-chair of the committee this year along with Dan Grubb, the son of Lou and Evelyn Grubb.

The second annual Lou and Evelyn Grubb Spirit Award was presented to Maxwell for his philanthropic spirit and enduring commitment to helping others. He was honored with a standing ovation during the opening night gala. Maxwell became involved with the tournament at the grassroots level in the 1970s, not long after he was befriended by founding organizer Lou Grubb. The two were drawn together by a shared passion for golf and a propensity for charitable giving. Their friendship lasted for decades, until Grubb’s passing in 2012.

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The popular golf cannon

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Committee members Erik and Rebecca Jensen

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Do-chair Dan Grubb and Derrick Hall

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Jen Crane and her father, Roger Maxwell, event co-chair

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Lung transplant doctors Ross Bremner and Michael Smith

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Mark Luliano, Diane Oviedo, Elizabeth Oviedo, Nick Oviedo, Cathy Reahard, Tom Reahard, Dan Grenz and Sarah Oviedo

2016 LGFFG-Gala April 21, 2016

Scottie, Melissa and Tyler Button

Ignite Hope Candlelight Walk Raises $356K for Phoenix Children’s Hospital

On Dec. 12, more than 2,500 people joined Phoenix Children’s Hospital Foundation for Ignite Hope candlelight walk to show support for children and their families spending the holidays at Phoenix Children’s Hospital. The fourth annual event was the largest yet and raised more than $356,000 for the hospital.

Children, parents and community members bundled up for the chilly December evening, some in Santa hats, some in “I Ignited Hope” sweatshirts and many in heavy winter coats. All made the evening special for those watching the event from inside the hospital, serving as an inspiration to those facing difficult circumstances during what should be a joyous time of the year.

The walk was sponsored by Albertsons.

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Bill and Valerie Spata from 1N3, LLC, one of the sponsors of Ignite Hope

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A photo op with Santa

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Leukemia and Lymphoma Society Raises $700K at Light the Night Walk

On Nov. 12, more than 7,500 walkers lit the night sky for cancer cures, raising more than $700,000 at the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society’s 17th Annual Greater Phoenix Light the Night Walk at Phoenix Municipal Stadium.

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Karley Sichmeller, 2015 Honored Hero

The money raised will fund investments in life-saving cancer research, financial assistance to help cover patient expenses, free educational materials and advocacy efforts for better access to treatments.

“Getting together with 7,500 of your closest friends in a true spirit of community – and raising a lot of money – goes a long way toward bringing attention to the critical need to fund lifesaving research and support services for Arizona patients and their families,” said Jim Brewer, LLS Arizona Chapter executive director.

Participants enjoyed several family-friendly activities throughout the evening along with a patient-friendly one-walk walk and fireworks display. A special Celebration of Life ceremony was also held to remember lives lost to cancer.

Dr. Jonathan Abbas of Honor Health and corporate walk chair, provided volunteer leadership for the event, and for the fourth straight year, Gila River Casinos and United Food & Commercial Workers, Local #99, served as co-resenting sponsors.

At top, Jim Brewer, LLS Arizona Chapter executive director, with the Sichmeller family. Karley, front right, was the 2015 Honoree Hero.

 

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Linda and Bud Jorgensen, Jim Brewer and Paul Horton, emcee

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Patti Koester and Linda Jorgensen of Discount Tire Company

Fresh Start Charity Golf Classic Raises $360K

Pamela Overton Risoleo, Bren Dodenhoff and Kristine Campbell

Celebrating its 21st year, the Fresh Start Charity Golf Classic presented by Valley Toyota Dealers welcomed almost 230 golfers. The Nov. 6 event at Kierland Golf Course grossed more than $360,000. Proceeds from the Golf Classic benefit the life-changing programs and services offered at Fresh Start Women’s Foundation.

“The Fresh Start Men’s Board has worked so hard to make this event a success,” says Brett Angner, Fresh Start’s Men’s Board chairman. “Of course, we couldn’t do it without the support of the community, volunteers and staff that believe in Fresh Start’s mission. The Men’s Board believes that the foundation of our society is women and children, and it is an honor to support Fresh Start’s work.”

Golfers enjoyed breakfast, lunch and beverages on the course and finished the event with a lively awards banquet and live auction. The format included a four-person scramble playing 12 par 3, four par 4 and two par 5 holes.

The unique tournament offered 12 hole-in-one opportunities to win an array of vehicles courtesy of Valley Toyota Dealers.

“Each year, the community looks forward to the Golf Classic, and it’s a tremendous way for everyone to come together in support of such an important service that is provided in the Valley,” says Susan Berman, president and CEO of Fresh Start.

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Melinda Karolin and Patty Kogutek

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Kim McDonald, Anne Mariucci and Echo Thatcher

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