Frontdoors Magazine January 2022

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Community, Philanthropy & Lifestyle

JAN 2022



Rosie’s House hasn’t had its own permanent home since 2000. But that hasn’t stopped its incredible growth.

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TABLE OF CONTENTS { jan 2022, volume 16, issue 1 }

06 EDITOR’S NOTE A Toast to What’s Ahead

08 1 0 QUESTIONS Kathie Lee Gifford, celebrated entertainer and four-time Emmy winner

11 CHEERS TO THE CHAIRS A preview of the Valley’s premier philanthropic events

12 CREATING CULTURE Tools of Healing

17 BOOKMARKED Sophie Allen-Etchart, founder and CEO of Read Better Be Better

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ACT Doing Good: The Value of the Helper’s High ND



Way Institute Strong Media + Fiesta Bowl Charities + Local First Arizona + notMYkid + NourishPHX + Phoenix Zoo + Read Better Be Better + Rosie’s House: A Music Academy for Children + Diva

29 STYLE UNLOCKED Modern Home Office

33 NONPROFIT PRO TIP Danielle Williams

34 COVER STORY Music Is the Muse

41 GOOD NEWS 2021 National Philanthropy Day Honorees

45 45 NEXT DOORS A Place to Be Well

50 OFFICE DOORS A Day with Dr. Kris Volcheck, CEO and founder of Brighter Way Institute



64 LAST LOOK Welcome to the World

EDITOR’S NOTE { on the job }



his issue brings together profiles of

enhancing health and quality of life in our community.

powerful people. First, our cover story

Over the past two decades, BHHS Legacy Foundation

delves into the origins and aspirations

has invested more than $110 million in nonprofits and

of Rosie’s House. This local music

programs to improve the lives and health of Arizona’s

academy for children, founded by one

citizens. This issue of Frontdoors highlights several

woman’s vision, has been taken to the next level

organizations BHHS Legacy Foundation supports.

by a new group of leaders, dedicated to changing

In them, we think you’ll see our community’s drive,

children’s lives.

creativity and resilience.

Then there’s Dr. Kris Volcheck, who gave up

But there’s more! You’ll also find ski fashions,

his dental practice to serve homeless people …

restaurant recommendations, tips for refreshing your

and found himself in the process.

home office, and a Q&A with Kathie Lee Gifford.

And there’s Megan Macintosh, a mother

As we kick off the start of 2022, we will continue

devastated by the death of her 18-year-old son, who

to share more of this mix — the stories that lift, inspire

transformed her grief into a larger purpose.

and define our community, as well as the unique

Education, healthcare, mental health — these

things that make this place home. And though we

landscapes are in the midst of a metamorphosis,

don’t have a clue what this new year will bring, we

and the people in our January issue are part of the

are excited to tell the stories yet to come.

vanguard, finding new settings and ways to serve.

BHHS Legacy Foundation, an Arizona grantmaker,

Cheers to 2022!

partnered with Frontdoors on this issue to help celebrate people and organizations that are

Karen Werner | EDITOR IN CHIEF

20 JANUARY 2022




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10 QUESTIONS { fascinating people }


It’s a new year! What’s on your wish list for 2022? I’m excited to start a brand-new year. This past year has been one of the busiest of my life, and I’ve enjoyed it so much. I have a new film that I’ve been working on for several years called “The Way,” which will debut (Lord willing) at Easter time, followed by a companion book, “The God of the Way,” with my friend, Rabbi Jason Sobel, which will be out late August.


You look so vibrant these days. Any healthy living tips you can share? Everything in moderation, and enjoy every sip and every morsel with an attitude of gratitude.


Do you have a favorite, nutritious snack you count on during a busy day? Unsalted peanuts; love them!


Can you share any takeaways you learned from living through the pandemic? I think it was God’s way of creating a forced Sabbath for all of us because we very rarely follow the commandment to rest. I loved having so much quality time with my family and close friends.


What are you most looking forward to as we return to more in-person activities? Seeing smiles and hugging necks!


Celebrated entertainer and four-time Emmy winner JANUARY 2022




You’ll be coming to town for the 18th Annual Childhelp Drive the Dream Gala in February. When did you get involved with Childhelp? Decades ago.


What impressed you about the organization? What impressed me and continues to is the devotion of its founders, Sara O’Meara and Yvonne Fedderson, two amazing women of God.

Growing thoughtful, confident leaders and lifelong-learners since 1963.

Among the big things Gifford has planned for 2022 — a grandchild. Her son Cody and his wife are expecting their first child this year.


When you are here in Arizona, what do you like to do? I enjoy time with my friends there and get a little sunshine.


What’s your motto these days?

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Same as always, “I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.” Philippians 4:13

10 Anything you’d like readers to know? Don’t be afraid of new seasons in your life. They’re full of treasures and blessings, if you’re open to them.

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CHEERS to the Chairs!

A preview of the Valley’s premier philanthropic events and who’s leading these important efforts

Celebration of Angels

Alisa’s Angels Foundation BOARD CHAIR: Liz Wallendorf EVENT DATE: January 21, 2022 DETAILS:

Barrow Grand Ball

Women’s Board of Barrow Neurological Foundation CHAIRS: Katie Mueller and Jacquie Dorrance EVENT DATE: January 22, 2022 DETAILS:

An Enchanted Evening featuring Kristin Chenoweth

Mesa Arts Center

CHAIR: Traci Beagley EVENT DATE: January 29, 2022 DETAILS:

Galaxy Gala

Arizona Science Center CHAIRS: Rebecca Ailes-Fine and Lynn Madonna EVENT DATE: February 5, 2022 DETAILS:

2022 Drive the Dream Gala


CHAIRS: Mike and Sheila Ingram CO-CHAIRS: Budd and Laurie Florkiewicz EVENT DATE: February 12, 2022 DETAILS:


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KEY TO THE GOOD LIFE { creating culture }

Photos by Scott Foust


of Healing

Dr. Robert Kravetz shares fascinating items from his collection of antique medical instruments Dr. Robert Kravetz is a healer, historian and educator. A retired gastroenterologist, he is on the faculty at the University of Arizona College of Medicine in downtown Phoenix. Over the years, Kravetz has amassed a vast personal collection of medical antiques and artifacts. Here, he shares a few of his favorites.


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MEDICAL SCHOOL TICKETS These original tickets date from the 1860s. At that time, anyone could attend medical school. They would simply pay for individual tickets to attend various courses, some of which are noted here. Tickets were $5 to $10 and, at the end of two years, students took a test to graduate.

ENGLISH APOTHECARY JAR, 1770 Storage containers for drugs were essential for the practice of pharmacy. They were fashioned from pottery, metal and wood before the 1500s. The words “Ung. Sambucin” on this Delft glazed jar refer to ointment from the elderberry tree, the medicine chest of the common people.


Until the early 1800s, the ears were regarded as little more than bilateral scoops to hear with. In 1832, the first otoscope was invented to examine the ear canal. The brass instrument seen here dates from 1863. There is an eyepiece for magnification and a cone-shaped speculum at the other end to insert into the ear. The flared opening at the bottom was an opening for a light source from a candle to illuminate the canal. Battery-operated instruments came into use in 1915.


An astute French physician, René Laennec, invented the stethoscope in 1816. Embarrassed to examine a female patient, he rolled a paper sheet into a tube to listen to her chest. This classic ebony instrument is an excellent example of the monaural type, purchased in Paris, and developed from his idea.


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KEY TO THE GOOD LIFE { creating culture }


Bleeding was recognized as a delicate operation in the medieval period. Barber-surgeons performed bloodletting through the 17th century. In the 18th and 19th centuries, better-educated surgeons took charge. Special bowls to catch the blood from a vein came into fashion in the 14th century. They often doubled as shaving bowls with a semicircular indentation to slip under the chin.


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The practice of bloodletting, or phlebotomy, dates to antiquity. Every known medical condition was treated by this method. It rarely benefited the patient, but at least everyone felt something was being done. This single-blade device was springloaded, and the blade released when the trigger was pressed. It dates from the early 17th century. The case top is inscribed “Traumihsticht,” which translates to “Watch out, it sticks.”


Made from a variety of materials over the ages, the mortar and pestle were the first tools used to grind and make medicines from herbs. This early 16th-century brass mortar is highly prized by collectors because of its rarity. The pestle has been lost.

You can see more of Dr. Kravetz’s collection at UArizona College of Medicine in Phoenix, the Abrazo Central Campus, and Maricopa County Medical Society.


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BOOKMARKED { what are you reading? }

SOPHIE ALLEN-ETCHART Founder and CEO of Read Better Be Better


“The Daughters of Erietown” by Connie Schultz


“This book was recommended to me by an intelligent and thoughtful friend and supporter of Read Better Be Better, so I immediately knew it was going to be good. It is a story that beautifully illustrates human complexities. While I usually might be someone who skips over the scenery, this book uses detail to create a powerful portrait of the characters. The story seems, at least in part, to be in the minute details of the characters and their context, and I love it. Reading this book now, more than ever, brings me joy because it makes you think beyond people being “good” or “bad.” Humans are beautifully nuanced — each and every one of us is perfectly imperfect, which is why we need each other. The opportunity and strength of our community are to seek, accept and encourage us to be our happiest, best selves.”


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A 2ND ACT { helping is healing }

Doing Good The value of the helper’s high Judy Pearson I Contributing Writer

Despite a worldwide event unprecedented in our generation — the COVID pandemic — Americans gave more than $471 billion in 2020, an increase from 2019.


he mission of the magazine you’re reading is to “celebrate the people and groups who give generously and work to build the future of our community.” Valley

of the Sun residents give to such an extent that their stories fill every issue throughout the year. And we aren’t alone. Despite a worldwide event unprecedented in our generation — the COVID pandemic — Americans gave more than $471 billion in 2020, an increase from 2019. Sixty-nine percent of that amount came from individuals (as opposed to corporations or foundations), also an increase over previous years. Those who had more gave more: 86 percent of households with a $200,000 annual income and above maintained or increased their charitable giving, according to the National Philanthropic Trust. But among the galas and golf tournaments, what really happens when humans give something to others?


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Our body’s command center, the brain, is always working — often behind the scenes — reacting to whatever we experience. According to neuroscientist Jorge Moll, giving money to charity activates the reward reinforcement system, which in turn releases the body’s good-vibe chemicals like dopamine and oxytocin. They, in turn, curb stress, reduce harmful inflammation, and make us feel good about the world around us. This experience is so well-known in the scientific world that it’s been dubbed “the helper’s high.” But there’s more. Altruistic behavior (which is “other”focused, as opposed to egoistic behavior, which is selffocused) gives us feelings of compassion, benevolence and kindness. According to Jill Neimark and Stephen Post in their book “Why Good Things Happen to Good People,” those feelings leave less room for negative emotions. Evidence also suggests that helping others is related to positive mental and physical health outcomes, including weight control, lower blood pressure and relief from depression. Have you pulled out your wallet yet?


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An estimated 30 percent of the American adult population volunteers their time, talents and energy to make a difference. The National Center for Charitable Statistics reported in 2019 that American volunteers’ 8.8 billion hours were valued at approximately $195 billion.

volunteers their time, talents and energy to make a

5 Keys to Good Giving

difference. The National Center for Charitable Statistics

Admittedly, the where and how much of donating and

What about all those people who help make the galas and golf tournaments run so smoothly? An estimated 30 percent of the American adult population

reported in 2019 that American volunteers’ 8.8 billion hours were valued at approximately $195 billion. Volunteering has the same kind of remarkable

volunteering can be overwhelming. These five keys to feeling good about doing good might help.

benefits that donating does, with the same release of the feel-good hormones. When surveyed by United Healthcare and Volunteer Match, volunteers said helping others improved their sense of well-being, made them feel physically healthier and helped lower their stress levels. Like donating, volunteering makes people feel kind. Kinder people are happier, and happier people are kinder. Equally interesting are these two interconnecting facts. First, volunteers are almost twice as likely to donate to charity than those who don’t volunteer. And secondly, adult children are more likely to give to charity if their parents gave to charity. By doing good, you’re teaching your kids to do good, too. Plus, all that altruism is witnessed by non-family members as well, with similar results.


FIND A MISSION THAT SPEAKS TO YOU. Whether you’re writing a check or caring for abandoned puppies, your time and resources are valuable. Channeling them into a cause you’re passionate about will give you twice the good feelings.


TO THE MISSION. Some charities have little to no overhead. Others spend a great deal on administrative costs. Less is more here, and charity websites should speak to how they spend your hard-earned money.

Among his many profound words, Martin Luther King Jr., said, “Life’s most persistent and urgent question is, ‘What are you doing for others?’” So, brother and sister Valley dwellers, ask yourself that same question. Find the answer, and then get busy doing good.

3 ANY AMOUNT COUNTS. If 20 bucks is all your budget will allow, don’t think for a minute it won’t be useful. And that’s especially true of smaller, local organizations. YOUR RESOURCES WISELY. 4 USE

Don’t feel bad telling the Girl Scout you can’t buy cookies because you support a homeless shelter (whether via donations or volunteering). Because of you, kids in that shelter have a far greater chance of becoming Girl Scouts down the road, or maybe a nuclear physicist.

IVING LOCAL IS JUST AS IMPORTANT 5 G AS BUYING LOCAL. There are many worthy national organizations, but we have a lot of great homegrown ones that would love your help. Want ideas? Read my past columns in the archives of for inspiration.


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January 21-23 • Louis “Satchmo” Armstrong

& The Queen of Jazz February 4-5 • Music of Frank Sinatra and

Beyond with Tony DeSare February 18-20 • Steve Hackman’s

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KEY TO THE GOOD LIFE { luxe living }



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KEY TO THE GOOD LIFE { style unlocked }

MODERN HOME OFFICE Create a stylish and functional working space Perrine Adams I Lifestyle Editor


ndrea Moseley, the president and CEO of AWE Corporate Interiors, has more than 37 years of success in the commercial furniture industry. Her long association with the industry and the local market

prompted her to create AWE Corporate Interiors in 2004. She combines her knowledge of furniture products and applications for a variety of budgets, needs and desires to ensure client satisfaction. AWE Corporate Interiors’ focus has always been commercial furniture for corporations, healthcare and hospitality spaces. However, since the start of the pandemic, the company has received many requests for a more comfortable chair, sit-to-stand workstation, and storage that doesn’t take up a lot of space in the home. It’s obvious at this point that some people are working remotely permanently. For those staying at home, one décor project that has been the priority is the office. Moseley shares professional tips and trends,

A well-designed home office can spark productivity, according to Andrea Moseley (above).

whether you are planning a new working environment in your home or need to refresh your current office space. FRONTDOORS MEDIA

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KEY TO THE GOOD LIFE { style unlocked }

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THAT DOES IT ALL One major 2022 home office trend that the pros are

You can get as creative as you want — or keep things neutral and balanced. But what are the most important factors to keep in mind? “When setting up a home office, you need to consider

keeping their eyes on: a desk that does it all. It’s not

the hours you spend at a desk. Many people forget to

just about form or style — it’s about both. Larger desks

practice good ergonomics while working, which can cause

and an emphasis on comfort will be top of mind going

a variety of aches and pains,” Moseley said. Good ergonomics can start with a good chair that has

into the new year. “Sit-to-stand desks and monitor arms create

lumbar support and height adjustment that fits your body.

an awesome aesthetic working environment,”

“We often recommend a sit-to-stand workstation to help

Moseley said.

provide movement throughout the day,” Moseley said. A solid tip for good ergonomics is to raise your chair up all the way every day and lower it so that your thighs are parallel to the ground. “This is also important for maintenance of the chair,” Moseley said.


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COVER STORY { by karen werner }



As CEO of Rosie’s House, Becky Bell Ballard (above middle) fulfills the mission Rosie Schurz (left) created for the organization more than 25 years ago.

Rosie’s House hasn’t had its own permanent home since 2000. But that hasn’t stopped its incredible growth. JANUARY 2022

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Rosie Schurz knew that a permanent structure showed a commitment to the children’s future. Rosie’s House would be there to prepare them for more than music.


osie Schurz believes in magic, at least when it comes to creating it. “The initial goal for Rosie’s House was to give a child who could not afford it a chance to take music lessons, something the war took away from me,” she said.

The initial goal for Rosie’s House was to give a child who could not afford it a chance to take music lessons.

Now well into her 80s,

Schurz still mourns the loss of her childhood violin. During World War II, Schurz’s family fled their home in Munich, forcing 7-year-old Rosie to leave her violin behind. Throughout her life — after immigrating to the United States and working as a nurse, photographer and volunteer helping the homeless community — she kept hearing music call. Finally, an encounter with Mother Teresa during the nun’s visit to Arizona inspired her to listen.


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Rosie’s House is dedicated to transforming lives through music by providing dynamic musical experiences and creating a community committed to artistic excellence.

In 1996, Schurz and her late-husband Woody renovated a small house in Phoenix’s Oakland neighborhood. They put in a garden and ran off drug dealers to transform it into an inviting space that provided free music lessons to underserved youth. Marvin Scott was there to see — and hear — the magic of Rosie’s House unfold. Then a Mesa Community College music student and now the program and community engagement director, he was hired to teach saxophone lessons on Saturdays. “I had maybe four students, and they were all neighborhood kids,” he said. Enrolling 15 students in its first year, Rosie’s House provided free music lessons out of its two bedrooms and had a desk in the living room for administration. “It was very small, but very welcoming,” Scott said. The community got wind of the positive impact Rosie’s House was having on kids, so the nonprofit added more instruments and programming and before long started to outgrow the house. “From the beginning, the mission was perfect, and the sense of community and closeness. It just kept growing and growing,” Scott said. Through a partnership with the Episcopal Church, they first moved to a space on 7th Avenue near Buckeye and continued to grow, adding mariachi and other performance groups as well as wraparound support services. Several years later, more growth would mean another move to Central United Methodist Church in downtown Phoenix.


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We offer the entire opportunity, the instrument, and all of the classes for free to those who qualify for the program.

In 2008, Becky Bell Ballard was hired to lead the organization. A talented French horn player from the Midwest, Ballard came to Arizona for ASU’s renowned brass program and stayed to manage The Phoenix Symphony’s education and outreach programs. Through that work, she saw the disparity in arts education in Maricopa County. “I realized how meaningful it was to be on the ground and very much part of both system change and change for the kids,” she said. “When I had those opportunities, I knew this is the work I wanted to be doing.” Ask anyone involved with Rosie’s House and they will tell you: This place changes lives. “We offer the entire opportunity, the instrument, and all of the classes for free to those who qualify for the program,” Scott said. Kids literally grow up in Rosie’s House. “We are there every step of their journey as young people,” Ballard said. The average retention at Rosie’s House is a little over five years, and there are many alumni who started when they were 6 and graduated at 18. “So if you think about your own childhood, anything you did for that length of time is a significant part of your development as a young person,” Ballard said. Aldie Lopez, the assistant principal of Pastor Elementary School in Phoenix, saw this firsthand. Then the band teacher at Pastor, he pricked up his ears when he heard about this music program developed to target and support the students who need it most.

Lopez saw two of his students — twin sisters who came to Pastor when they were in fifth grade — grow with their involvement at Rosie’s House. One sister played flute, the other played saxophone, and Lopez watched their trajectories change. “They were good musicians, but I really saw them take off when they joined Rosie’s House. To see them getting that quality instruction from music educators and musicians, and watching them make strides and grow and achieve, was incredible,” he said. Lopez now teaches clarinet at Rosie’s House while working as an administrator at Pastor. “It’s my outlet,” he said. “I don’t have to do it. I truly want to do it. One, because of the kids and, two, because Rosie’s House is so cool!” So why is music education the catalyst for changing children’s lives? “Because it’s hard,” Ballard laughed, before citing some of the reasons music education is so valuable to personal development. “You have to work through challenges. You have to have the dedication and discipline to set up a practice regimen. And the goals that you’re setting are small and gradual and take years to have something big come together.” Plus, music helps cognition and the brain. Scores of studies show that music training helps the brain learn to learn. And then there is the community that music creates. “That’s key to kids — having a place outside of school where there’s different relationships that can validate you and your identity,” Ballard said.


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We exist because there’s a problem in the system in terms of equity in access to music education. We’re trying to solve that problem.

Rosie’s House has been offering that identity to kids for 25 years by eliminating barriers to high-quality music education. “We exist because there’s a problem in the system in terms of equity in access to music education. We’re trying to solve that problem,” Ballard said. Rosie’s House is about more than music. Music is the start of helping kids develop their full creative potential, and their potential as young people. Accordingly, in addition to instruction in piano, strings, guitar, winds, choir, mariachi, digital music and advanced chamber ensembles, Rosie’s House provides a range of programs outside the classroom, including mentorship, service-learning opportunities, college-readiness assistance and even healthy meals. The organization’s growth has been remarkable, even to founder Rosie Schurz. “Starting out in a tiny house with a dozen students, it was hard to imagine, even in my dreams, how the organization could reach so much growth and success,” she said. But it’s not just Rosie’s House that has been successful. Its students have gone on to achieve big things, too. Take Ivan Martinez Morales, a musician who joined the Navy after leaving Rosie’s House. After four years in intelligence surveillance, he went to ASU to study computer science and went on to receive the prestigious NASA Space Grant Scholar Award. “Ivan credits his whole trajectory as a young person to the opportunity that he had to learn music,” Ballard said. “The people at Rosie’s House — his teachers, the other staff members, the other families — helped him expand his worldview and have a vision for what his career and future could be.” Ivan’s younger sibling is now enrolled at Rosie’s House. In this way, as kids are exposed to new pathways and opportunities, Rosie’s House lifts individuals, families and communities. In the past five years, 97 percent of Rosie’s House graduating seniors have gone on to attend college, compared to 53 percent of their peers. That’s why educator Aldie Lopez is so passionate about the organization. “Rosie’s House is that opportunity for our most needy students to be able to get that music education to truly be well-rounded, develop their leadership skills and develop their other inherent abilities to be successful in life,” he said. Over a quarter century, Rosie’s House has served approximately 10,000 students between the ages of 5 and 18. Whether in that tiny house off of 17th Avenue and Van Buren or a church downtown, the organization has created a second “ People should come away feeling inspired and excited by the next generation of kids coming through Rosie’s House, because they’re amazing,” said Rosie’s House CEO Becky Bell Ballard. “They are trailblazers and leaders.”


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sized spaces. These classrooms will also double as meeting spaces and gathering spots for families. Meanwhile, a café in the front of the building will distribute meals to children. “We’re going to do about 5,000 meals this year. Basically, any kid that walks in this building that’s under 18, can eat a meal from St. Mary’s for free,” Ballard said. Expect robust community-building activities, too, because finally the space will be their space. “We will get to grow and provide more services to the community with the time and the space. That’s really, really important,” Scott said. Located downtown, right off of light rail, the new Rosie’s House location is accessible from most of the Valley. Both its accessibility and its permanence will be key. “Symbolically, it’s really important for Rosie’s House to have a permanent home. The community of Phoenix has seen the value in having a cultural asset that is around equity,” Ballard said. As one of the largest free, afterschool music programs in the country, Rosie’s House uses achievement in music as a bridge to achievement in life.

“It’s around the idea that regardless of a child’s socioeconomic background, there should be a place where they can have an amazing opportunity to learn and grow and be part of a community.” It’s a community Rosie Schurz started in 1996, when

home and community for kids, with its own culture of creativity, collaboration and excellence. Now, after 25 years of service, growth and dedication to and from the community, Rosie’s House is looking to put down roots. A state-of-the-art campus on Jefferson and 9th Street will be its new, permanent home, with a formal grand opening planned for later this year. “The new campus will allow us to double the number of young people who can be a part of Rosie’s House,” Ballard said. “We initially started working on this campaign during the early days of the pandemic by

she listened to the music and decided to bring that magic into children’s lives. Today, she is thrilled to see how the organization has evolved. Just ask Marvin Scott, who has known Schurz since the organization’s early years. “You can definitely see the joy in Rosie’s eyes about this place, knowing how far it’s come over all these years,” he said. Music was the muse that tied her life’s work together. “Music has continually enriched and guided me throughout my entire life,” Schurz said. “My hope for Rosie’s House is that it will be a beacon of light and hope for the next 25 years and beyond.” To learn more, go to

talking with a small group of dedicated supporters. We are overwhelmed by their enthusiasm and shared vision for what Rosie’s House can be.” Through the More than Music campaign, Rosie’s House has already secured more than $5 million in donations and is well on its way to achieving its $6.5 million goal. That’s music to Rosie Schurz’s ears. “We finally are going to have our own home!” she said. “A young, dedicated generation has taken the school to the next level.” Indeed, the new building will offer various

If you are interested in learning more about the More than Music campaign, call Becky Bell Ballard at 602.252.8475, ext. 105.

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NEXT DOORS { ahead of the curve }

A Place to

Megan Macintosh (left) found a way to transform her grief into helping other families.

BE WELL notMYkid helps young people battle addiction and the effects of the pandemic

Tom Evans I Contributing Editor


t was just one pill. But it created one of the most

that. But because he was 18, he made the decision one

heartbreaking tragedies imaginable.

night to do something that felt right to him in that kind of

Megan Macintosh’s 18-year-old son Chase went to see friends one night in January 2021. She didn’t

fully understand the ramifications at the time, but Chase had started experimenting with drugs — Percocets, specifically,

undeveloped part of the brain. He did it, and the longterm effects have shattered outward and affected many other people.” It’s every parent’s worst nightmare, an unthinkable

an opioid-based painkiller — a few weeks before. But on this

turn of events that’s heartbreaking even to consider.

evening, the pill he took wasn’t a Percocet. It was fentanyl —

It’s hard to imagine anything positive coming out of

and it led to an overdose that caused his death.

such a tragedy.

“It caught us totally off guard,” Macintosh said. “He

But Megan Macintosh must be wired a little differently

started experimenting in December, and he was dead just a

than most people — because what happened next took

month later. And I know he had trauma, and I know he was

an astonishing amount of inner strength and willingness

feeling lonely and depressed, and I was with him through all

to help others. FRONTDOORS MEDIA

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NEXT DOORS { ahead of the curve }

First, Macintosh decided that Chase’s memorial service would be an opportunity to teach Chase’s friends a critical life lesson. “I knew that a lot of his friends would be there, and I wanted to be sure I spoke very frankly to this crowd,” she said. “I wanted this event to be sobering in a way

“ After this pandemic, there is a second pandemic, and it is mental health.”

that probably nothing in their lives would be.” At the time, Macintosh was a yoga instructor. One of her students and friends happened to be Kristen Polin, the CEO of Phoenix-based nonprofit notMYkid. Polin attended the service, heard Macintosh’s impassioned remarks — and came up with an idea. We’ll get to that in a minute. But first, more about notMYkid.

was growing.” Within a couple of years, the addiction had become lifethreatening. Debbie said that 90 percent of addiction starts in the teen years and escalates from there. “We’re very lucky that we still have our son,” she said. “At the time, my husband and I realized that we had no one to turn to, didn’t know how to get help, didn’t know how to get

__________ The organization was founded in 1999 by Steve and Debbie Moak, whose son — an otherwise model teenager — developed a substance addiction. As the name of their nonprofit implies, the Moaks never thought it would be their kid with a problem. Until it was. “Our son was everything on a résumé you would want a son to be,” Debbie Moak said. “Fifth man on the basketball team, captain of the team, great grades, ran track, had a state track record — just all-around great kid. And all that time, we had no idea that addiction

started. We saw such a lack of resources, and we found as we started to speak out, everyone sought us out.” It’s almost like a secret club in Arizona, and in every city everywhere else. “Unless you are part of it, you really don’t know how bad it is,” Debbie said. The Moaks decided to take action and start their own nonprofit to help families deal with teen substance abuse. Over the years, notMYkid’s programming has expanded and now includes prevention education, early intervention and counseling. Most recently, notMYkid started offering

notMYkid programs are delivered in schools, community organizations, at the workplace and via podcast.


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Over the years, notMYkid has served more than 3 million people and is gearing up to reach millions more through its statewide and national programs.

outpatient behavioral health services and an innovative peer support program that partners certified peer counselors with other young people to help them through their challenges. It’s difficult work. It was difficult work before the opioid crisis exploded over the past decade — but then the pandemic hit. “After this pandemic, there is a second pandemic, and it is mental health,” Moak said. “We are poised to meet the needs of thousands of thousands more kids. We became a state-licensed treatment provider. We’re doing peer support, prevention, intervention — like I said, we had no idea the problem would grow like it is today.” With the unique challenges of the pandemic amplifying an already raging crisis, notMYkid’s leadership realized that a more holistic approach was needed to help young people protect their mental health and fight substance abuse. Which brings us back to Megan Macintosh. __________ Polin, the CEO, was so moved by what she heard

Polin knew that kids are hurting and they need us to show up for them now more than ever. “I was determined to see Megan join notMYkid and do this heart work in Chase’s honor,” she said. She was grateful that the answer was yes. Macintosh said, “To be six weeks out from my son dying and consider a total career shift was alarming, but I knew personally that my son would be like, ‘Mom, go save some kids.’” As a yoga practitioner, Macintosh had focused heavily on meditation, mindfulness and mental health — the perfect set of skills for notMYkid’s approach to helping young people. There’s not the shame that used

at Chase’s memorial service that after a few weeks, she

to be associated with drug use. Instead, there’s an

reached out to Macintosh — to see if she wanted to

understanding that treating the core problem is essential,

work at notMYkid.

and ensuring that young people have support is critical.

“As heartbreaking as it was to watch a friend come to

“Our biggest focus at notMYkid is to eliminate that

terms with not being able to save her own son, I knew in that

shaming element, and do the complete opposite — to

moment that her message of hope and truth was going to

approach these kids as sensitively as we can, because

save countless other lives from that day forward,” Polin said.

we all have received a big trauma in the past two years,”

“It took my breath away when she looked right into the eyes

she said. “It’s a whole shift in prevention because it opens

of Chase’s closest friends — many whom I know personally

the door for true long-lasting change for them, when

— and urged them to see that they are all meant for more in

they really feel seen, heard, supported, understood. It’s a

this life.”

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After two decades of service, notMYkid has transformed to meet the unique needs facing youth and their families today.

Macintosh was only with notMYkid for a few weeks when an exciting development happened. Thanks to donor generosity, the organization had the opportunity to convert a 13,000-square-foot former Discount Tire regional office in Phoenix into a center where they could help young people. Macintosh and the notMYkid team went to work converting the building into a welcoming environment for improving mental and physical health. “It has incredible energy and a beautiful courtyard that all the suites look out to, so it’s self-contained. We came up with the idea for the name ‘The Well,’” she said. “My direct experience with what my son and three other kids needed — post-pandemic, pre-pandemic, during the pandemic — was a place to go and fill up on whatever goodness they could fill up on.” The Well provided a chance for notMYkid to expand its programs and reach thousands more people — and help young people reconnect after the isolation of the pandemic. “We took all these different rooms and suites on the

“ Everyone’s struggling, and the level of support that can happen when people are transparent is huge.”

campus and started assigning them a different identity to see what fit,” Macintosh said. “It’s evolved, but everything has its home now. And focusing on the well-being — emotional, physical, spiritual, mental well-being of our kids — is our number-one priority.” Now, Macintosh is honoring Chase’s memory by helping

“I think we all need to be very frank with ourselves and honest with each other and not be afraid to open up to people about what’s really going on,” she said.

ensure young people and their families don’t go through the

“Everyone’s struggling, and the level of support that can

same tragic experience they suffered. She wants to assure

happen when people are transparent is huge. We don’t

other parents that come in that they are doing things right,

know how to help people unless they open up.

even if their child is going through a difficult time. She said that being able to talk openly with others is critical to the healing process.


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“That’s how we’re going to make it through — by being honest and open and transparent,” Macintosh said. To learn more, go to


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OFFICE DOORS { valley changemakers }


Dr. Kris Volcheck CEO + Founder, Brighter Way Institute Julie Coleman I Contributing Writer


I wake up early because I am not a morning person. While that sounds counterintuitive, I spend an hour by myself reading, so no one has to interact with me when I’m in a morning mood. This spares everyone around me — my husband, family and employees. I then turn into the Kris who

The homeless are the group of humans I feel most comfortable with. I thank them every day for allowing me to

can be presented to the world!

find a little spot of ground that allowed me to flourish. As the


as much and miss that piece.

One day a week before I start my day, I hang out with the homeless on the Human Services Campus or on the street around the campus. This is the best way of beginning my day because it’s how I got started. I was a practicing dentist, which did not suit me. I decided to get my MBA because I thought I would do something with the MBA and DDS in a very traditional manner. Fortunately, I met Mary Orton, the founder and first executive director of Central Arizona Shelter Services (CASS), at my graduation. That woman was formidable and changed my life. She sensed I seemed a little lost and suggested volunteering with CASS while I figured out what I was doing. At this point in my life, I was disturbed about spending all those years in school and concluding this did not fit my sensibilities. I was scared to death at first of the homeless but within a couple of months, I realized I had found my place on earth. After volunteering for two years, I left my dental practice and CASS employed me as a case manager working with the homeless on the streets for seven years. That experience transformed me. We then opened a two-chair dental clinic in the field for the homeless, using a 40-year-old trailer. JANUARY 2022

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CEO and founder of multiple clinics, I’m not on the ground


I check with my lead directors at all the clinics to see if they need anything. If everything’s O.K., they go on their way as they’re very capable. We have a large collaboration on the Human Services Campus with a tight group working to provide all the services needed to become ex-homeless. The campus is built on the land where I worked as a CASS case manager. This is my home space and the dearest spot to me. I am regularly on phone calls working with our nonprofit and corporate partners. We would not be able to give complex and comprehensive care without these relationships. We manage the Boys & Girls Club Dental Center and a pediatric specialty clinic with Murphy Elementary School District. Our mobile dental unit donated by UnitedHealthcare visits Boys & Girls Clubs, the one•n•ten homeless youth shelter and the Murphy Elementary School District. In addition, our partnerships with national dental companies bring volunteer dentists throughout the country to provide free full mouth restorations and beautiful new smiles to veterans and the homeless at our downtown clinic.

happened to them. My goal is to get the community to know them because otherwise, there will never be a will from the people to house the homeless. It’s a daunting task for me personally, but it’s my mission. 2:30 P.M. >> GIVING EVERY PATIENT SOMETHING TO SMILE ABOUT

One of the greatest joys I have during my day is refurbishing Dr. Volcheck goes over X-rays with a dental assistant at the Parsons Center for Pediatric Dentistry and Orthodontics.

The pandemic has been horrific but benefited us in how we’re now working and treating patients. We were able to pick pieces of the partnerships that weren’t working and redo them. We became leaner and more efficient, removing

or remodeling our clinics. I am currently working with a volunteer designer on refreshing a few spaces. I want our children, impoverished parents, homeless and veterans to walk in and experience a “wow” factor. The spaces are an indication of the care we give, and the visuals transmit respect and dignity. We provide a space where they can come in and feel really good about what is happening.

mistakes I would have liked undone but were baked into the formula. I ceased practicing “founder’s syndrome,” where I would make unilateral and often misguided decisions concerning the organization. NOON >> A MISSION OF UNDERSTANDING

While we primarily provide oral healthcare, my biggest job is exposing people to the homeless and getting them to understand who they are. I host tours introducing people to a population they can’t relate to and therefore don’t fund. There are very few homeless dental clinics across the nation because people don’t understand the issue, and there’s no insurance reimbursement like there is for medical care. Many believe the homeless are irresponsible, and if they had made better decisions, they wouldn’t be homeless. I try to get those touring to think of them the same way they would

Dentists from across the Valley and around the country visit Brighter Way Dental Institute on the Human Services Campus for training by providing services to individuals experiencing homelessness, veterans and low-income men and women.

homeless veterans who have PTSD from serving. I want them


to understand that almost everyone who is homeless has

I often meet partners or donors for dinner after work. We’re

PTSD. It isn’t who they are; it’s what happened to them. I’ve

expanding our services, so I’m meeting with many people

spent 30 years with the homeless on the street, and these

and making new plans. Our biggest expansion is our mobile

people are doing the best they can, but something traumatic

services with the Boys & Girls Club. Pre-pandemic, we served five clubs, and this year we will visit 27 clubs, visiting each one twice a year. My entire family, including siblings, cousins, nieces and nephews, moved here from Pittsburgh. We all live on the same street in a historic district in downtown Phoenix. I like villages, and it’s the daily overlapping that makes a quality of life for me. I may stop at my sister’s or walk with my brother to the pub at the end of the street or hang out on the front porch. Our village of having everyone around and interacting is almost as important as my homeless village. To learn more, go to

The UnitedHealthcare Brighter Way dental mobile unit relaunched this year, and will visit locations throughout Maricopa County.


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Mind, Body and Soul Nonprofit provides food, clothes, employment help — and hope

ORIGIN: NourishPHX got its start when an interfaith coalition joined forces in the late 1960s. The Community Clothing Bank (the clothing arm of the original St. Mary’s


Food and Clothing Bank), North Phoenix Corporate


Ministries and the emergency assistance program


community operations and dubbed the organization

running out of Trinity Episcopal Cathedral combined their

Executive Director Beth Fiorenza

Interfaith Cooperative Ministries, or ICM.

Board Chair Arturo Moreno, CPA

a nonprofit in the early 80’s and has been providing

ICM Food & Clothing Bank was incorporated as emergency services to those in need ever since. In 2019, ICM changed its name to NourishPHX to better describe the organization’s services, mission and goals — to “nourish” the mind, body and soul.


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We think of ourselves as a community hub, and the more we can do to partner with other agencies and collaborate to bring people together is what we are all about,” said executive director Beth Fiorenza.

PROGRAM HIGHLIGHT: SNAP to Work is a new program to help people get jobs. People who visit NourishPHX’s Job and Resource Center receive oneon-one training to use a computer, write a résumé, search and apply for jobs, obtain interview clothes, get transportation to and from interviews and be supported in their journey to finding employment. “Our goal is to work with employers and our customers to help find livable wages,” Fiorenza said. “For someone already on SNAP (food stamp) benefits, the program can also pay for skills training and obtaining a GED, among other things. We are excited to get the word out about the program and get more people enrolled to start their new journey in the new year!”

FINANCIAL LITERACY: NourishPHX works with volunteers — all trained or already in the fields of banking or finance management — to provide Financial Literacy 101 workshops. These classes focus on the importance of creating a bank account and saving as well as more advanced aspects of investing. They also cover the dangers of payday lending and identity theft.

CHALLENGES DURING COVID: NourishPHX NourishPHX has been fighting poverty in Phoenix since 1983.

operates with eight full-time employees and more than 75 volunteers each week. At the start of the pandemic, volunteers couldn’t come in, leaving staff to provide

KNOWN FOR: For years, NourishPHX was known as one of the largest food pantries in Central/South Phoenix, but the organization has grown in the last few years to include other services that not only meet people’s basic needs but provide a pathway out of poverty. For

services with the help of the Arizona National Guard. The Guard provided the people-power to keep NourishPHX running for nearly 18 months. Now, the organization is asking individual volunteers and corporate groups to come back and volunteer again.

example, NourishPHX is working with the State of Arizona to provide job assistance to help anyone write a résumé, get interview clothes and apply for jobs.

MOST SURPRISING THING ABOUT THE ORGANIZATION: The sheer size of its building in downtown Phoenix. NourishPHX owns a two-story warehouse recently adorned with a Lalo Cota mural on the entire front. “The mural really set the stage for our name change, new programs/services and partnerships.


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Among NourishPHX’s big plans: a social enterprise endeavor that will help diversify the nonprofit’s budget and open the door to even more opportunities.

“We started delivery of food boxes as well for those who could not make it to our food pantry, and have started working with 2-1-1 Arizona and DoorDash,” Fiorenza said. “Anyone without transportation can call 2-1-1 to receive a food box delivery and find the closest food bank near them.”

WHAT THEY’RE LOOKING FORWARD TO: “I am so excited to provide in-person classes and go back to a bit of normalcy in the new year,” Fiorenza said. Among NourishPHX’s big plans: a social enterprise endeavor that will help diversify the nonprofit’s budget and open the door to even more opportunities. NourishPHX is also completing a first-floor renovation that will not only refresh the space but provide dignity and care to clients. “Our facility is a community space, and we want them to feel welcomed and empowered the moment they walk through our doors,” Fiorenza said To learn more, go to NourishPHX helps with other basic needs like clothing, shoes and toiletries.

KITCHEN DOORS { let’s eat }


HEALTH AND FLAVOR COME TOGETHER Sapiens Paleo Kitchen offers nutritious, delicious options Photos by Roman Yasinsky

Sapiens Paleo Kitchen opened in North Scottsdale in 2019 to provide food that is not only nutritious but tastes good. The paleo diet highlights fresh, whole, unprocessed foods value that potentially contribute to obesity, allergies and and eliminates grains, legumes, sugar and most sources of inflammation. “Our chef understands how to cook fresh dairy to promote optimal digestion and health. ingredients and has learned how to adapt classic recipes Sapiens’ husband and wife owners Roman Yasinsky, and replace ingredients to make our dishes tasty, healthy who is from Ukraine, and Chef Aurore de Beauduy from and beautiful,” Yasinsky said. France, opened the restaurant with a purpose that is very Some of Sapiens’ most popular dishes include its personal — to provide delicious food while promoting signature burger with grass-fed beef and nitrate-free overall well-being and reducing health issues. applewood-smoked bacon on a paleo bun, meatloaf The couple has been married for more than 20 years made with veal and Kobe beef, duck confit with an orange and ran Vogue Bistro in Surprise for a decade. After having reduction sauce, and wild-caught seafood. Sapiens’ some health issues, they did extensive research and found desserts are made with tuber and root flour and sweetened that changing their diet significantly improved their health with monk fruit, including crème brulee, apple crumble and and well-being. The range of benefits from their new way a waffle tartine. of eating, from weight loss to better digestion and reduced “Many people come to Sapiens because we can meet inflammation, inspired them to open Sapiens Paleo Kitchen, their health needs in a delicious way,” Yasinsky said. “Some which caters not only to the paleo diet but also customers aren’t familiar with paleo, and keto, gluten-free, dairy-free and others. it makes me happy when a diner who “ It’s very Sapiens Paleo Kitchen’s French-inspired glutenhas no idea tells me the food is the best rewarding to free menu eliminates ingredients with low nutritional they’ve had. Anyone can enjoy delicious

be part of this change toward better health.”

food, and health is a bonus.” Sapiens also offers a meal prep service for paleo, keto and other diets, offering complete meals based on customers’ preferences and dietary needs. “It takes time to source, cook and prepare paleo meals from scratch. Our meal prep service makes it easy for people to eat healthily,” Yasinsky said. Being in the restaurant industry for decades, Yasinsky and de Beauduy have seen a shift. “As people are becoming more mindful about what they eat, there are more options,” Yasinsky said. “It’s very rewarding to be part of this change toward better health.” For more information, visit


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HAPPY LUNAR NEW YEAR Symbolic foods for the celebration In early February, several Asian cultures will celebrate the Lunar New Year, which signals the beginning of spring, and food is an integral part of the festivities. “The Lunar New Year is the biggest annual celebration across Asia,” said E. John Banquil Jr., the owner of Ling & Louie’s Asian Bar and Grill and Ling’s Wok Shop. “The feasts in celebration of the Lunar New Year are often multigenerational and meant to bring families together. Food plays an important role in the celebration, with many of the foods served having special meaning. The food is meant to symbolize abundance, good health and fortune going into the New Year.” Several foods are associated with the Lunar New Year, including: • Fish, as the Chinese word for fish sounds like the Chinese word for surplus and symbolizes abundance. • Dumplings symbolize wealth. • Spring rolls also symbolize wealth as they are shaped like gold bars. • Noodles are a symbol of longevity. • Several fruits have special meaning for the Lunar New Year, including coconuts, which symbolize togetherness; peaches, which represent long life; oranges, which symbolize good fortune; pineapples, which represent wealth; and lychees, which represent happiness.

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Photo courtesy of P.F. Chang’s

Restaurants around the Valley offer unique items to celebrate the Lunar New Year. “Ling & Louie’s offers a special menu featuring modern interpretations of classic dishes served during the Lunar New Year,” Banquil said. In addition to symbolic foods and a family feast, Lunar New Year is celebrated with elaborate decorations, fireworks and gifts of money in red envelopes for good luck. Lion and dragon dances bring prosperity for the year ahead. “The restaurant is decorated top to bottom with traditional Lunar New Year décor,” said Banquil. “On the night of the Lunar New Year, we top it off with a special lion dance through the restaurant so that our guests can get a taste of an authentic Lunar New Year celebration.” Meanwhile, P.F. Chang’s celebrates Lunar New Year at its restaurants from mid-January through March. “Preparing good luck foods and sharing them with family and friends is an important spring festival tradition that is believed to bring good luck for the coming year,” said Heidi Bergeron, senior director of brand marketing. To celebrate the Year of the Tiger, P.F. Chang’s will be launching a limited-time cocktail, Iwai of the Tiger. Each location will also be decorated with black and gold lanterns, which are believed to drive away bad luck. For more information, visit and


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KITCHEN DOORS { let’s eat }

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The winter film series includes: • “ How Arizona Farmers Survive a Pandemic,” which features several Arizona farmers and highlights how they endured the challenges of the pandemic and how they are continuing to survive.

SUPPORT LOCAL FOOD AND FILM The Good Food Film Series shares stories of local farmers and chefs Local First Arizona’s Good Food Finder is a resource for farmers, restaurants and food buyers, offering several programs, including the Good Food Film Series with independent short films documenting stories from Arizona food producers. The final installment of films launched in December 2021. “Our final installment of the Good Food Film Series focuses on the future of our local food economy and how we can get involved in building a more equitable and sustainable food system that supports our Arizona communities,” said Somlynn Rorie, manager of food and farms initiatives at Local First Arizona. “The film series has introduced many local food players and the work they are doing to safeguard our ability to nourish and feed Arizonans.”


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“ Our final installment of the Good Food Film Series focuses on the future of our local food economy.”

• “ From Farm to Restaurant” highlights Valley chefs and restaurateurs, sharing how local produce makes a massive difference in taste, the Arizona economy and their connection with farmers across the state. • “ Addressing Inequity in Arizona’s Food System” highlights accessibility and how where food comes from makes a difference for our economy and the health of Arizonans, and how we can build a stronger food system together. Films from the series can be viewed online for a fee, with proceeds supporting Local First Arizona’s food programs. In addition to the Good Food Film Series, Good Food Finder AZ hosts two annual events to bring together leaders of the local food movement and strengthen industry networks — the Arizona Food and Farm Forum and the Arizona Good Food Expo. As part of its work to strengthen local economies and connect the community, Local First Arizona is collaborating with the City of Phoenix on the Feed Phoenix initiative, which brings together chefs, restaurants and farmers to provide food to people impacted by COVID. To learn more, visit

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