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TABLE OF CONTENTS {february 2018, volume 16, issue 2}



EDITOR'S NOTE........................... 05 On the Job NEXT DOORS............................... 06 The Phoenix Open COVER STORY............................. 10 Happy Birthday, Arizona! 10 QUESTIONS WITH................... 24 Girls Scouts Alumnae KITCHEN DOORS......................... 28 Where We Ate This Month OFFICE DOORS............................ 30 Jerry Wissink, BHHS Legacy Foundation GIVING IN STYLE......................... 32 Fashion in the Philanthropy Lane HEAR HERE.................................. 38 News, Updates & Events CHARITY SPOTLIGHT.................. 40 Save the Family BOOKMARKED............................. 44 Who’s Reading What this Month A 2ND ACT. . ................................. 46 with Judy Pearson OPEN DOORS.. ............................. 50 A Treasure Trove of History




EDITOR’S NOTE {on the job}

When I was a freshman, new to my school, a girl named Julie invited me to her house for a sleepover. When we woke up on Sunday, she asked if I wanted to go to church with her family. Later that morning, we entered a spare, unadorned hall where a man in uniform spoke to a small group of people, many who were down on their luck. We sang songs, ate a meal, and I returned again the following week. When Thanksgiving came, I found myself packing cardboard boxes with meals for hungry and homeless people. At Chrismastime, Julie and I stood in front of the mall, singing carols and ringing bells in front of a kettle. It was my first brush with philanthropy, and it made my heart feel good.

Army’s 125 years in Arizona — my first writing assignment as the new editor of Frontdoors. I am a person who believes in signs and this one felt propitious. The Salvation Army was my first volunteer experience, so writing about the organization in a publication dedicated to giving in its many forms felt like a breadcrumb confirming I had come to a place I should be. That trail has meandered from those high school days to UC Berkeley to graduate school at NYU. Along the way I’ve held many positions on magazine mastheads and edited several books. For the past few years, I’ve shifted my work to providing communications support to arts organizations and nonprofits. My goal here in this new perch is to help tell the stories of organizations and people making the Valley — and the world — a better place. I couldn’t be more grateful for the chance to collaborate with the wonderful team at Frontdoors in an effort to shine a light on those working to create a vibrant and sustainable community.

Somewhere along the line, my friendship with Julie slipped away the way high school friendships often do. But my feelings about The Salvation Army’s warm welcome and humble service remained. So I smiled inside when I was asked to write this month’s cover story about The Salvation


I hope that with every issue we carve out a space where readers can get inspired, raise awareness and find opportunities to better themselves and their community. And I hope it inspires the good feelings of altruism I first felt when I was 14.

Karen Werner EDITOR



NEXT DOORS {ahead of the curve}



Ah, the Waste Management Phoenix Open. Our community’s annual chance to show the rest of the world why they should move here, and the first leg of the Valley’s Adult Spring Break. Truly the most wonderful time of the year. As we’re going live with our February issue, some of the world’s finest golfers are teeing it up for the big bucks at TPC Scottsdale, and tens of thousands of people and their coworkers are watching from the sidelines with a cold one in hand. The Thunderbirds, the 81-year-old charitable organization that runs the tournament, likes to call it “The People’s Open.” But they don’t just call it that because a lot of people attend, or because it lacks the usual haughtiness one associates with golf. They call it that because the impact the tournament has on the people of the Valley is significant. First, about the tournament itself this year: There’s going to be a bunch of new stuff. New bleachers on the 17th and 18th holes,


an expanded El Rancho area on 12 with a new bar, a new craft beer area, even more new corporate areas and clubs on the 17th and even a new, white façade on the famed 16th hole’s stadium setup. The goal, of course — pack in as many people as possible, while generating a ton of money from ticket and sponsorship sales. “We work on the tournament the whole year,” said Carlos Sugich, 2018 Waste Management Phoenix Open Tournament Chairman for The Thunderbirds. “My work started the Monday after the end of the 2017 tournament. The group gathers more than once a month to start coming up with new initiatives and start selling sponsorships.” But the tournament itself is really the sausagemaking. It’s what happens to the dollars generated that really makes an impact. This year, the amount The Thunderbirds have raised for Valley charities over the years will cross the $125 million mark. Last year’s tournament cracked the $10 million




barrier alone, and there’s no reason to think the growth will slow. “What gives us pride is that all of the monies raised are given back to the community,” Sugich said. “Last year, we raised a record $10.1 million for the community. It’s the first time we exceeded $10 million, and the third straight year over $9 million.” The money raised from the event is spread throughout the Valley to dozens of charities annually, with some major donations designed to really make an impact. Phoenix Children’s Hospital has been on the receiving end of $750,000 over the past three years, and St. Mary’s Food Bank Alliance has received more than $450,000 in the past two years. The Thunderbirds also started their own charity, The First Tee of Phoenix, in 2003. “We’re big supporters of other sports in the Valley, as well as The First Tee of Phoenix,” Sugich said. “The idea was to provide affordable access to golf for young people, and we now impact more than 120,000 youth annually with youth programs.” The Thunderbirds also enjoy a special relationship with Special Olympics of Arizona, which includes helping run the competitions themselves. “We donated $150,000 so they can have those competitions, but also The 8|

Thunderbirds and our families were out there giving out trophies, and helping with the operations and organization,” Sugich said. “It’s something we feel very proud of.” There are other impacts as well. While most attendees are enjoying a day away from the office, Sugich said an estimated 100,000 people come into the Valley each year for the tournament. An economic impact study commissioned by The Thunderbirds and conducted by Arizona State University estimated an annual economic impact on the Valley of $390 million. And unlike, say, a Super Bowl, that’s money the Valley sees each year. So as you watch the best of the best tee it up, and while you knock down your favorite beverage, you can feel good about it all — after all, you’re helping the community in the process. “There’s something for everyone,” Sugich said. “People know that by supporting the Open, they are supporting hundreds of charities across the Valley.”





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onward, Christian soldiers!

Left to right: Major Nancy Dihle, Salvation Army Metro Phoenix program coordinator; Jeff Taylor, Salvation Army Phoenix advisory board chairman; Marlene Klotz-Collins, advisory board member of The Salvation Army Metro Phoenix; and Colonel Olin Hogan, divisional multicultural ministry director. Photo: Thurlkill Studios

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COVER STORY {by karen werner}

ARizona! happy Birthday,

February 14 isn’t just Valentine’s Day. It’s also Arizona’s birthday. In honor of the occasion, Frontdoors spotlights several nonprofits marking milestone anniversaries this year.


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This dusty saloon was the unlikely home of Phoenix’s first Salvation Army corps.

1893 - 2018



The Salvation Army’s history in Arizona goes back to before Arizona was a state. In 1893, Captain William McIntyre, a 25-year-old Salvation Army officer, traveled the Western territory looking for places to start an outpost. He ended up at The Road to Ruin Saloon, located near Jefferson and Central, in the heart of downtown Phoenix today. The saloon was renamed “The Road to Heaven” and became Phoenix’s first Salvation Army corps. 12 |



From saloon to salvation, this became the pattern for The Salvation Army Southwest Division. “Early on, we began to move to those locations where we were close to the needy,” said Colonel Olin Hogan, who has spent nearly two decades as an officer with The Salvation Army in Arizona. “We do everything we can to reach out and meet that need.” The Army’s tradition of social service has spanned every war and natural disaster of the last century. In Arizona, the Army’s 25 corps community centers and 35 service centers help hundreds of thousands of people each year by providing food for the hungry, relief for disaster survivors, outreach to the elderly, clothing and shelter for the homeless, and opportunities for underprivileged children. “We serve people because we believe that they are loved by God,” Hogan said. “We have an obligation because we love Him.” In the Valley, The Salvation Army operates a dozen units, each an expression of local community needs. Major Nancy Dihle, Salvation Army Metro Phoenix program coordinator, has been an officer with the Army for 36 years. She explained, “Phoenix Citadel has a senior center that supports a large low-income senior housing development. In South Phoenix, the Kroc Center is a state-of-the-art facility that offers swimming lessons and other opportunities for kids. In Maryvale, one of our poorer areas, they are a beacon of light offering evening and weekend activities to keep kids focused and off the streets.”



museum of Northern Arizona

The Museum of Northern Arizona was established in Flagstaff 90 years ago to protect and preserve the heritage of Northern Arizona through research, collections, conservation and education. It aims to cultivate a love for — and a responsibility to — the region of the Colorado Plateau. Founded by Harold S. Colton and Mary-Russell Ferrell Colton in 1928, it remains the only accredited museum within 150 miles of Flagstaff. Today, the museum offers a variety of programs and events as well as exhibits, serving as a regional center for learning and research. It is a permanent home to more than 800,000 artifacts, objects and specimens, ranging from collections of anthropology and biology to fine arts. The museum is currently exhibiting its new acquisitions as well as “A New Form of Beauty: Glen Canyon Beyond Climate Change,” which features photography showcasing the effect of climate change on Glen Canyon and Lake Powell. The Museum of Northern Arizona also hosts events for guests of all ages — from “Thirsty Thursdays” with live music to STEAM events for kids to its Living Room Lecture Series.

In keeping with The Salvation Army’s roots, alcohol and drug rehabilitation is another key part of the Army’s work. In fact, the phrase “on the wagon” stems from the hay wagons that used to drive New York streets, picking up alcoholics to take to Salvation Army facilities. FEBRUARY 2018

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Xavier College Prep Founded by the Jesuit fathers of St. Francis Xavier Parish in 1943, Xavier College Prep graduated its first class in 1947. While the college preparatory Roman Catholic high school was initially housed on the second floor of Loyola Hall at Brophy, it opened its own location in the heart of downtown Phoenix in 1953 with just 11 faculty members and 174 students. Now, 75 years later, it continues its mission to prepare young women of faith with the skills and education needed to excel in a global society. Since its initial move, the school has added several new buildings, including the Virginia G. Piper Performing Arts Center, the Activity Center, and the Vestar Hall and Steele Educational Complex. Xavier College Prep has continued to be recognized nationally for its strong academics and was the first Arizona high school to be honored by the U.S. Department of Education as a Blue Ribbon School of Excellence multiple times. It has also been recognized by the Catholic High School Honor Roll and the Siemens Foundation and College Board, to name a few. Today, the school’s community includes 1,200 students, their families and nearly 9,000 alumnae across the world.

Jeff Taylor, The Salvation Army Phoenix advisory board chairman, has firsthand experience with these services. The youngest of six kids, he grew up in Phoenix and went on to become a stock options trader. During his 20s he became addicted to alcohol and cocaine and by the time he was 34, he was living on the Phoenix streets. After being arrested for drug-related felonies, he was sent to The Salvation Army Harbor Light drug treatment program, which changed the course of his life. He graduated the program, went back to college, and began running The Salvation Army’s Herberger Child Care and Nursery. “I can’t tell you the life that I lived,” he said. “What other organization would take a homeless drug addict and help him become the chairman of their board? There isn’t any other organization that would do that.” Another critical Salvation Army service is Arizona’s heat-relief program, known as the Red Shield Survival Squad. “Heat relief is distinct about our work here,” said Geoff Gephart, Southwest divisional director of community relations and development. “It’s not just water. It’s having air-conditioning. We have cooling centers in all of our sites. When an excessive heat warning is called, all of our centers activate and are open from 11:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.” The Red Shield Survival Squad served more than 10,000 people in 2017. “We’ve helped people find housing, shelters. We have literally saved lives,” said Colonel Hogan. Like an army on march, The Salvation Army identifies and adapts to changing needs and moves on to new ventures. “Programs come and go,” Gephart said. “The Army continues to meet the current need and if there are other organizations that will take it on or that need goes away, we refocus our services on unmet

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No reservations, no restrictions. The Salvation Army provides a festive meal to thousands of Arizonans each Thanksgiving and Christmas.

The Salvation Army Ray & Joan Kroc Center offers swim lessons for every stage of swimmer, along with a host of other activities.

needs. That makes us unique in the social service world.” Of course, some programs are hallmarks of The Salvation Army. Chief among them, the Army’s signature Red Kettle. Introduced in 1891 as a way to provide free holiday dinners to the poor, the Red Kettle provides a significant portion of the Army’s funds. In fact, Red Kettle collections make up 25 to 28 percent of donations to The Salvation Army in Metro Phoenix alone, helping to serve 325,000 people every year. “It’s really a holiday tradition,” said Marlene Klotz-Collins, an advisory board member of The Salvation Army Metro Phoenix for 35 years, as well as a member of the National Advisory Board for 19 years. “The Christmas carol ‘Silver Bells’ is about The Salvation Army. Those are our bells they are singing about!” FEBRUARY 2018

For many people, the Red Kettle provides their first experience with giving. “It helps instill philanthropy in families,” said Gephart. “All of us probably remember as a child asking mom or dad for change to put in the kettle. You can’t put a value on that.” Plus, when people donate, their dollars stay local, something the Army is very proud about. “Whether it’s Flagstaff, Tucson, Lake Havasu, it doesn’t matter,” said Taylor. “If you donate at the kettle or if you donate online and designate a specific ZIP code, that’s where the money goes.” The great majority of that money goes directly toward programming, rather than salaries or marketing costs. “83 cents of every dollar goes to services, unless it’s a disaster. If it’s a disaster, it’s 100 percent,” said Klotz-Collins.

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One of the largest providers of human services on the planet, The Salvation Army operates in 129 countries, running orphanages, hospitals, schools for the deaf and blind, and working to oppose human trafficking, among other things. Because it touches so many services and lives — and has for so long — those who wear the Army’s uniform are often sought out and thanked.

“It helps instill philanthropy in families,” said Gephart. “All of us probably remember as a child asking mom or dad for change to put in the kettle. You can’t put a value on that.”

“Somebody will come up to you in the store and say, ‘My brother graduated from the drug treatment program and I will forever be grateful to The Salvation Army for it,’” said Major Dihle. “As the person wearing the uniform, I’m grateful to the people who have gone before me who have been faithful in their service and have really honored the mission of The Salvation Army.” Stretching back 125 years to Captain McIntyre and The Road to Ruin Saloon, The Salvation Army of Arizona has made a significant impact on the state. “We have a long history of doing things and moving on,” said Colonel Hogan. “We don’t know what the next need is, but we do know this: If we’re called on, we’re going to make a difference. And we’re going to do it as quickly and as well as we can.”




hacienda HealthCare

Approximately 50 years ago, Hacienda HealthCare got its start when founder Ilene Butler learned she would not be permitted to adopt children due to her single marital status. However, Butler, who had previously worked with children with special needs, was allowed by the state of Arizona to foster three young children who had been abandoned by their families and institutionalized. With the help of nurses and family members, Butler was able to care for seven more children with special needs — a total of 10. Unfortunately, this led her to encounter zoning issues, prompting her to incorporate her business as Hacienda de los Angeles — Home of the Angels. By 1970, Butler had 19 children, 10 employees and several volunteers. Thanks to generous donations and the support of the community, Hacienda de los Angeles continued to grow and open new locations. In 2006, its name was changed to Hacienda HealthCare. The organization is now the “umbrella” for several Phoenix-based healthcare programs and services for infants, children, teens and adults. Hacienda HealthCare is the leading provider of specialized services for medically fragile and chronically ill infants, children and young adults. Services include autism programming, medical and non-medical group homes, inhome care and much more. Other Arizona organizations celebrating a golden anniversary include: ++ Back to School Clothing Drive ++ Devereux Arizona

++ West Valley Symphony

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ChandleR SymphonY Orchestra

When the orchestra conducted by Maestro Jack Herriman at Mesa Community College lost its rehearsal space in 1991, the majority of the group decided to band together, creating the San Marcos Orchestra in 1993. Thirteen years later, the orchestra was renamed the Chandler Symphony Orchestra, partially in an effort to support the Chandler City Council and former mayor Boyd Dunn. Today, the symphony provides several free classical music concerts each year to its 10,000 patrons, thanks to the volunteer time of talented, professionally trained musicians. The symphony’s 25th season will include six produced symphonic concerts, two chamber music concerts, an annual holiday fundraising concert and a collaboration with Southwest Youth Ballet Theatre to perform live music for “The Nutcracker Ballet.” In addition to providing the community with free musical performances, the symphony aims to cultivate an appreciation of classical music and to educate audiences and future generations. The symphony’s music director is Jack Herriman and the associate conductor is Alex Zheng. There are nearly 100 symphony members performing the violin, viola, cello, double bass, flute, clarinet, horn, harp and more. The symphony primarily performs at the Chandler Center for the Arts. Congratulations to another organization celebrating its silver anniversary: ++ Free Arts of Arizona

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The Salvation Army was established in London in 1865 by evangelist William Booth and came to America in 1880 and to Arizona in 1893. Here is a timeline of key events in The Salvation Army’s time in Arizona.


The Salvation Army opens the Phoenix Citadel Corps at The Road to Ruin Saloon (later renamed the “The Road to Heaven”) and also begins work in Tucson and Prescott.


The first Salvation Army Thrift Store in Arizona opens.


The Army partners with food vendors and grocers statewide to gather food and money for Christmas dinner for those in need.



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The Adult Rehabilitation Center — funded by thrift store sales — opens to provide a free substance-abuse recovery program.


The Phoenix Silvercrest residence for lowincome seniors and the Laura Danieli Senior Activity Center open. Also, the Army partners with several state utility companies to provide assistance through SHARE (Service to Help Arizonans with Relief on Energy).


Camp Ponderosa Ranch in Heber hosts its first annual summer camp, providing character-building and an array of activities for hundreds of disadvantaged youth.


The Army starts a heat-relief program for excessive heat warnings (now known as the Red Shield Survival Squad).



The Herberger Center, Southwest Divisional Headquarters opens at 2707 E. Van Buren St. in Phoenix.

The Salvation Army Ray & Joan Kroc Corps Community Center opens at Phoenix South Mountain, providing athletics, recreation, education, spiritual guidance and support to the community.



The Salvation Army Christmas Angel program begins with NewsChannel 3 (now 3TV). The program currently serves more than 50,000 Arizona children in need each year.


Project HOPE (Homeless Outreach to Place and Empower) launches, taking an active role in helping homeless families and individuals move off the streets.

The Army serves more than 9,000 meals and 20,000 beverages during the Yarnell Fire near Prescott.


The Salvation Army of Arizona provides support during the Goodwin Fire near Prescott as well as to those affected by hurricanes across the continental U.S. and Puerto Rico, and after the Las Vegas mass shooting. Arizona Governor Doug Ducey proclaims “Salvation Army Red Kettle Day” on November 17.

Frontdoors editor Karen Werner is a writer, editor and media consultant. She has interned at The New Yorker, worked at Parents Magazine, edited five books and founded several local magazines. Her work has appeared in Sunset, Mental Floss and the Saturday Evening Post.

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Children’s Museum of PhoeniX

The Children’s Museum of Phoenix is an award-winning facility that has encouraged imagination, inspiration, creativity and fun among children from birth to 10 years for the past decade. In 1998, the museum was founded as the Phoenix Family Museum by a group of volunteers. Three years later, Phoenix voters approved funds for the museum to purchase and partially renovate the historic Monroe School to become the museum’s new home. In 2005, renovation plans were set and the museum changed its name. Renovations began the next year and the museum opened the doors of its new facility in the summer of 2008. Today, the 48,000-square-foot museum encourages kids to explore 300 play experiences spread across three floors. The museum provides no signage or directions on how to interact with the exhibits, letting children inherently experience the museum in a way that suits their developmental level. Exhibits include the Art Studio, BlockMania!, Book Loft, Noodle Forest, Pedal Power and more — including an entire space for children 3 and younger. The museum also offers a variety of classes and events — from seed planting and paleontologist pretend play to baby yoga. In 2011, the museum was included in Parents Magazine’s list of top 10 children’s museums in the country. Kudos also go to another organization celebrating a decade of serving the community: ++ Dress for Success Arizona

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Girl Scout Alumnae

It's Girl Scout Cookie season! To celebrate, 10 Arizona women leading the way in the nonprofit sector shared how being a Girl Scout prepared them for business leadership and success.

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Deborah Arteaga

Elizabeth Banta

Executive director of the Tempe Community Action Agency

Executive director of Duet: Partners in Health & Aging




“Badges related to service, arts and writing — all my favorites!”

“At Girl Scouts, all of the girls — regardless of ethnicity or economic background — were on equal ground. Together, we learned to plan and succeed. We learned to take risks and try something new. We learned how to connect with people who were different, and we learned to finish what we started — all of the essential skills for leadership roles in any sector.”



Chrisie Funari Founder of the Arizona Cancer Foundation for Children YEARS AS GIRL SCOUT:


“Cooking — because I was allowed to make brownies and turn the oven on and off by myself.” “Donning the uniform meant that we stood for something bigger than ourselves. It was an idea of the achievement of women. Today, I’m charged with leading the way to develop science that will help many people, and I rely on those leadership skills to build my team and guide them so that we can achieve great things together.”



CEO of Focus on Lyme 3


“Being a Girl Scout helped me become more confident and connect with others. I loved times around the campfire and doing service projects. Learning to be resourceful, have empathy for others and communicate have helped me lead Duet forward in service to our community.”



Service “I recall a time we visited a nursing home and we each got assigned to make a craft with a different resident. I will never forget the smile the older lady had on her face while we were there. Just the fact that I was sitting there with her, talking with her made her day, and it made mine too. When I visit with families suffering from pediatric cancer, it’s similar to that day at the nursing home. Families are grateful to have someone to talk to, to understand the burdens they are feeling and to have a supporting friend.”

Maureen Jorden VP & development director at the Southwest Autism Research & Resource Center YEARS AS GIRL SCOUT:



Girl Scout Way

Photo: Tammy Crawford (right) with her daughter Jessica. Credit: with permission.


“One of the most valuable lessons I learned as a Girl Scout was ‘to always leave a place better than you found it.’ This simple motto has helped guide me, personally and professionally. Without a doubt, Girl Scouts helped me better understand how successful leadership works and how to promote a positive working environment. I am grateful for my troop leaders and the individuals in my life who instilled this lifelong principle in me.” | 25


Barbara Lewkowitz

Elizabeth Reich CEO of Make-A-Wish Arizona

Executive director of Justa Center, Inc. YEARS AS GIRL SCOUT:

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“I became a First Class Scout in 1970. It is now called the Gold Award, which is the highest achievement in Scouting.” “I learned a variety of life skills which prepared me to evaluate situations quickly and respond appropriately. Those include planning and completing projects, desert survival skills, business techniques, camp songs in three-part harmony, how to swim (with the sharks) and most important, advocating for the rights of women and girls and those with no voice.”

Camping “I can still remember going door to door to encourage people to purchase cookies and having to share that we were out of Thin Mints because we only received a limited number of boxes. Today, I think of that when I think of our donors and supporters, because you always want to know your audience and make sure you are filling their needs by having all the ‘Thin Mints’ they could want.”

Laura Rolfe Executive director of the Arthritis Foundation

Sunnee D. O’Rork


Executive director of the i.d.e.a. Museum





“Visual arts – I always loved the arts.” “Girl Scouts provided many lessons on compassion, community and integrity, which influenced my career path and gave me a strong foundation for career success. Through the badges and activities, I learned the importance of inclusiveness and diversity; this has been essential in launching ideas and working together to build a stronger community. I discovered the importance of perseverance; this helped me set goals and focus. I learned the importance of service leadership, being honest and working together. Being a Girl Scout also showed me the potential I had through wonderful female mentors. I really wanted to be like them.”

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“Nature – I still have my sash with all the badges I earned.” “Girl Scouts taught me as a girl I can do anything I want to do. Girl Scouts provided an opportunity to be well-rounded, earning several different types of badges with varied learning opportunities. It also taught me sales skills through cookie sales and how to negotiate with others on how we wanted to spend the money we earned.”

Carrie Smith COO of the Foundation for Senior Living YEARS AS GIRL SCOUT:



Cooking and Pets “The Girl Scout model exposes you to new things, so you are constantly learning and exploring. It also encouraged me to serve and exposed me to the value of giving back to the community and helping those in need. Many of my leadership qualities and desire to succeed come from my early years as a Brownie and Girl Scout.” FEBRUARY 2018


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KITCHEN DOORS {where we ate this month}

MOWRY & COTTON AT THE PHOENICIAN Scottsdale Mowry & Cotton opened in late 2017, but it has quickly emerged as a favorite on the Valley foodie scene. The gorgeous wood flooring and ceilings are just the start of memorable aesthetics that also include massive sliding barn doors leading to a private dining area, a chef’s table and an exhibition kitchen that begs diners to come and watch the food prep fun. The menu incorporates hearth cooking, including flatbreads, fish, meats and plenty of veggies. But you simply can’t miss the buttermilk buns, the crispy potatoes or the grilled pheasant. Most dishes are big enough to share. — Lynette Carrington Photo: Mowry & Cotton

CHINO BANDIDO Phoenix The sign on the wall says, “To eat is human, to Chino divine.” Yeah, they got that right. Frank and Eve Collins opened their “hole-in- the-wall” (their words, not mine) Chino Bandido in 1990. They’re native Arizonans, although Eve has Chinese roots. The marriage of Mexican and Chinese food that takes place in their kitchen is nothing less than heavenly. Most everything is served in a bowl, and you must order it with fried rice — it’s divine. So is the Pollo Diablo, but it’s NOT for the tenderfoot, or tender-mouthed. If you’re in that category, you’ll still be in heaven with the Jade Red Chicken, swathed in a celestial spicy-sweet sauce. Wash it down with a Mexican or Asian beer. You’ll depart knowing it was one of your best meals here on earth. — Judy Pearson Photo: Chino Bandido

ZUZU AT HOTEL VALLEY HO Scottsdale Hotel restaurants can be hit or miss but in the case of ZuZu at Hotel Valley Ho, it’s a definite hit. ZuZu offers fun retro décor and a level of warmth that’s missing from many hotel restaurants. Fortunately, the menu is just as comforting as the atmosphere, with classic dishes that are sure to please. ZuZu offers favorites like pan-roasted chicken, salmon and plenty of steak options alongside more exotic fare like the crispy calamari with jalapeños and the Hawaiian ahi tuna tartare. ZuZu boasts an impressive wine and cocktail list as well, but the real stars of the menu are the desserts, specifically the “Show Stopper Shake.” I’ve had a lot of desserts in my day, but this creamy chocolate shake topped with an ice cream sandwich (yes, an ice cream sandwich ON TOP of the shake) and a brownie may have been the most impressive yet.— Jamie Killin 28 |

Photo: ZuZu


Photo: Tom Evans

The Stockyards Phoenix Recently, the missus and I felt like celebrating Arizona as we approach the 106th anniversary of the date it joined the lower 48. So we headed off to one of the Valley’s oldest dining institutions, The Stockyards. Founded in 1947 on the site of, well, stockyards, the venerable Arizona institution has been a destination for visitors, politicos and plain old folk for decades. And there’s a reason why a restaurant lasts 70+ years — it’s good. We enjoyed bourbon and an exceptional dry martini before dining,


and then feasted on the bison meatloaf with potatoes, among other treats. The artwork in the bar — along with the beautiful wood bar itself — is worth the trip alone, and you definitely feel like you’re a part of Arizona’s Western heritage. You may not get what you expect if you order the calf fries, though — unless you’re a fan of Rocky Mountain oysters, if you know what I’m talking about. So if you’re looking for a great way to wish Arizona a happy birthday, The Stockyards is the place. — Tom Evans

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OFFICE DOORS {leadership}

JERRY WISSINK CEO OF BHHS LEGACY FOUNDATION CREATES NONPROFIT HUB Karen Werner | EDITOR Recently, Jerry Wissink, CEO of BHHS Legacy Foundation, presided over the dedication of Legacy Place II, a renovated building on Coronado Road in downtown Phoenix that houses nonprofit agencies dedicated to improving the quality of life and health in our community.

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A longtime and respected community leader, Wissink likes nothing better than to bring key people together. Luckily for Arizona, those people are usually well-connected and always know someone who knows someone who can make things happen.


That was the case in 2014, when BHHS Legacy Foundation pioneered the creation of a nonprofit hub by opening the original Legacy Place. Wissink offered the space to eight nonprofits, and the building was filled in short order. By focusing on nonprofits that fit Legacy’s philanthropic mission and providing shared amenities for them — meeting rooms, a courtyard for al fresco dining and outdoor events — it encouraged all of the agencies to collaborate. “When they’re all in a common campus, they tend to work more closely together, which is a huge piece of this model,” Wissink said. Because of the success of Legacy Place, Wissink continued to look for opportunities to create synergies among nonprofits by creating another shared space. The perfect spot presented itself in 2015. Located at 340 E. Coronado Road, just down the street from BHHS Legacy Foundation and the original Legacy Place, the building provided the ideal setting for a second nonprofit center. So Wissink took on the role of project manager along with Plaza Companies as he oversaw the renovation, landscaping, interior design and more. Today, Legacy Place II is home to four new tenants dedicated to doing good in the community: Amanda Hope Rainbow Angels, the Association of Arizona Food Banks, Brighter Way Institute and Smiles Beyond the Bars. “We’re very excited to be here,” said Dr. Kris Volcheck, CEO of Brighter Way Institute. His organization needed the space — the administrative team had been working inside a mop closet at one of its clinics. “Not only is Legacy Place II a great space, it offers


an opportunity to collaborate and have community among the nonprofits here.” For BHHS Legacy Foundation, the renovated buildings are both an investment in real estate and an investment in the community. “They will help revitalize the area and provide nonprofits a very good space to carry out their missions,” said Wissink. The concept of a nonprofit incubator makes sense — so much so, other organizations are contacting Wissink to follow his lead. The Community Foundation for Southern Arizona is creating a Legacy Place in Tucson, and the Legacy Foundation of Southeast Arizona is creating one in Sierra Vista, too. Looking ahead, Dan Oehler, BHHS Legacy Foundation board chair, sees Legacy Place II as second in a string of facilities that will help the foundation carry out its mission. “When can we get started on Legacy Place III?” he asked. A spirit of camaraderie prevailed at the dedication as nonprofit executives mingled and Fr. Bud Pelletier, spiritual advisor at St. Vincent de Paul, offered a blessing of the renovated building. Wissink looked on and smiled, pleased that BHHS Legacy Foundation had a hand in fostering these connections. “We felt this would enhance the collaborative spirit that needs to be present in the nonprofit field,” he said. The tenants agree. “We are so grateful to Jerry Wissink,” said Lorraine Tallman, founder and executive director of Amanda Hope Rainbow Angels. “He clearly sees how to help people. Some people get caught up in the minutiae of things and he doesn’t. He’s there to help.”

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GIVING IN STYLE {fashion in the philanthropy lane}


Charms Phoenix at the Childhelp Gala Tyler Butler | FASHION WRITER

A petite figure with a sweet voice said to the audience, “I’ll be right back. There’s something wrong with my shoe.”

circumstances like these give the star unique perspective about the challenges that the children benefiting from Childhelp face.

Moments later, the diminutive artist returned. A hush fell over the usually boisterous Childhelp Drive the Dream Gala crowd. And unlike previous years, everyone took their seats. Jewel and her guitar went to center stage and a mesmerizing acoustic set followed.

Homeless at 18, Jewel attributes her resilience to the good people who “helped her rise above.” The other saving grace that helped her through hard times was her voice.

The energy of this Grammy-nominated artist was palpable as she paused from her set to share an intimate memory of her own childhood struggles. Jewel spoke about her experience with delinquency and nearly shoplifting an item in her youth. When she saw herself in the mirror making this mistake, she wondered “Is this me?” It’s a question she’s been asking since girlhood. Jewel’s mother left her family when Jewel was just 8. Her father suffered from PTSD from the Vietnam War. Today, 32 |

Jewel’s life experiences make her an ideal advocate for the work being done by Childhelp because her mission is to help children growing up in tough circumstances. What’s more, Jewel is taking her mission one step further by giving struggling kids the tools they need to take charge of their lives. This special moment at the 2018 event came about because of a coincidental meeting between Jewel and Joseph Ciolli, Grimaldi's Pizzeria CEO and presenting sponsor of the event. They met at the SkyBridge Alternatives (SALT) conference and Jewel immediately felt a connection to Childhelp’s mission. As Ciolli shared details about the



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Since 1998, Childhelp Children’s Center of Arizona has served more than 140,000 abused and neglected children by providing treatment, intervention and investigation services.

efforts he and his wife and chair of the 2018 event, Ivy Reed Ciolli, were making to support the cause, Jewel knew she wanted to help. With such a giving heart it should come as no surprise that Jewel has a rich history of giving back. Through her Jewel Never Broken Foundation, she has partnered with the Inspiring Children Foundation to “create the ultimate environment for at-risk youth, so they can survive, strive and thrive, using psychology, sports, entrepreneurship and mentoring.” An altruistic soul, Jewel proclaims that everything she does is motivated by the pursuit of wisdom and sharing, especially with children at risk. “I do this through my music, poetry, my book Never Broken, and in my new company, Jewel Inc., which is partnering with public school districts and Tony Hsieh and Zappos to invest in human capital by bringing mindfulness and emotional intelligence to the classroom,” she said. 34 |

Possessing an ethereal style and a message worth sharing, Jewel also has a clothing line, Lyric. And of course, she expresses herself through music, poetry and writing. Now she is using the opportunity to use “commerce and entrepreneurship to share and promote the wisdom that makes life a better place.” The designs and sayings featured on her Lyric clothing line come from the wisdom Jewel has gained from facing pain and transmuting it into love. Authenticity oozes from her as she expresses that everything she has done for charity or lent her name to has been 100 percent aligned with her values. “As an artist, advocate and human, I've always tried to be authentic in everything I do, and when it comes to all of my work, I only align myself with organizations and individuals that are striving to do the right thing,” she said. Jewel has taken her hard knocks and chosen to live life with a higher purpose, believing



that by marrying her passions and creative expression with her authentic self she will be able to make special things happen. Jewel believes this “happens with art, commerce

and especially in fashion.” Her visit to the Valley was genuine and heartfelt and an outstanding display of the joy she feels when using her gifts to support others.


To learn more about Jewel’s foundation, visit For details about Childhelp, visit For more about Grimaldi’s Pizzeria and their corporate giving, go to Lyric by Jewel clothing line


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GIVING IN STYLE {gift guide}


Best area businesses to find unique Valentine’s gifts


Bunky Boutique Specializing in timeless styles with modern twists, Bunky features lightweight, soft cotton pieces ideal for the Arizona climate. The store stocks fashion-forward “it” pieces and home goods by brands such as Chaser, Level 99, LaMade, Alternative Apparel, Grace & Lace and 7 Diamonds in addition to local and indie lines. You can find unique pieces from jewelers Kenneth Pierre, Melissa Zaki, Enchantments, Pure Life and Nom de Plume as well as

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Frances Vintage greeting cards and prints from local artists such as Pink Puddle, Paige Poppe and Bethy Cards. Pick up home and lifestyle goods from local Truce and Galeana 39, organic skincare from Urb Apothecary or the perfect gifts from Paula Lukey, Lettercraft and Capri Blue. You can even shop local clothing brands such as Overthrow and the in-house label AZ Love for men, women and children.

Georganne Bryant opened Frances, affectionately named after her grandmother, in the heart of midtown Phoenix in 2006. She personally curates Frances’ blend of unique clothing, jewelry, paper goods and handmade gifts. Bryant is dedicated to collaborating with other local businesses to enrich the community. The awardwinning annual craft fair “Frances Crafeteria” showcases hundreds of independent Arizona crafters and artists.


Local Nomad Local Nomad is a gifting and apparel shop in Phoenix carrying handcrafted goods from makers, artists and independent designers from all over the world. The store searches high and low to curate a collection of thoughtful gifts and strives to provide a sense of discovery to anyone who walks into the shop. The owners believe in the "slow fashion" movement and they want to pass this philosophy on to their customers, along with the stories behind their goods. Purchases made at Local Nomad can be considered investments in the creative endeavors of entrepreneurs.

Sphinx Date Co. Palm & Pantry


Sphinx Date Ranch has been an Arizona institution for more than 60 years, offering the freshest locally sourced dates and edible gifts with a traditional family approach. Today, the company honors a rich heritage by introducing a fresh collection of time-honored farm and artisansourced products to their carefully curated Arizona pantry. Create a custom food gift or let them create the perfect assortment, with shipping available worldwide. Their collection includes farmdirect, handsorted Medjool dates in gift tins and trays, dried fruit and nut gifts, locally crafted pantry goods, Arizona wines and craft beer.

The inspiration behind urbAna came to the owners six years ago, when they came across a picture of one of the owners, grandmothers painting window frames for her newly built home in the early 1950s. They were floored by her styling and the grace caught in the photo. A few years later, they came across her “entertaining diaries,” which listed details of the gatherings she had held over the years — who came, what was served and the reason for the gathering (from football games to holidays). The owners hope urbAna will inspire charm in everyday gatherings while highlighting products made in Phoenix and the U.S.

Tyler Butler is a corporate social responsibility practitioner, columnist, blogger and influencer. Through her endeavors with her firm 11Eleven Consulting and her column and blog, Giving In Style, Tyler is connecting communities, companies and causes to make positive change possible. FEBRUARY 2018

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HEAR HERE {news, updates and events} The best stories we saw this month about those who give generously and work for a better future.

TREASURE HOUSE’S GAME NIGHT FUNDRAISER IS NOT YOUR EVERYDAY GALA In just a few short weeks Brenda and Kurt Warner will be hosting their first Celebrity Game Night to raise funds for their charity, Treasure House — a soon-to-open supportive living center for young adults with developmental disabilities.

and something that caters to who the two of us are and what we like to do,” said Warner. “It’s going to be kind of like my living room expanded by about 300 people. We’re going to invite them in and we’re going to have a great night.”

The event, which will honor hockey legend and former Arizona Coyotes captain Shane Doan, plans to capture the warmth and fun of the Warners’ own living room.

One of the highlights of the evening — in addition to the variety of games, food and drink — will be an up-close interview with Doan where attendees will learn more about his life and career.

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“We’ll sit down, and we’ll talk to Shane about his career a little bit and get some background and go underneath the surface there,” said Warner. “Then my wife is going to come up and she loves to ask the personal questions — the things that people who may not be huge sports fans want to know.” Doan, an award-winning athlete who spent two decades with the Arizona Coyotes franchise, is looking forward to the event, and his growing friendship with Warner. “When Kurt called, it was something that I was excited about. I couldn’t wait to get to know him. He’s talked about with such reverence by everybody,” said Doan. “Over your career you meet a lot of different people, and it’s not too often you walk away more impressed because you kind of put people up on this pedestal. For me,

when I met him I got to see that everything everybody says about him is true and it was even more exciting for me to be a part of something like this.” Warner is looking forward to showing attendees his idea of a good time, which includes a low-key evening with games, laughter and plenty of friendly competition. “I’ve been to a lot of those galas and they’re great and they do a lot of great things but I’m more low-key than that,” said Warner. “I like to laugh and have fun. People may not know that about me but at home it’s always fun and games. So we thought, let’s create something that’s different. Let’s create something that’s fun; let’s create something that won’t be like anything else that somebody’s going to go to.”

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GIVING BACK {charity spotlight}


THE STORY Three decades ago, Save the Family was founded in Mesa to address the issue of growing family homelessness in the Valley. “Four businessmen decided to fund four housing units in 1988. Today, we’re serving over 700 families a year,” said Save the Family’s chief development officer Tina Lopez. “We have housing units and scattered site housing throughout mainly the East Valley, where we’re able to house our families while they’re getting the services

they need to become self-sufficient.” In 1991, Save the Family began offering educational programming for adults as well as children, who make up 60 percent of the organization’s client base. What began as a small housing program has expanded into a full-support agency for families struggling with homelessness — offering housing, career services, self-esteem coaching, budgeting workshops and more.

THE CAUSE While family homelessness is a difficult problem to quantify, it’s a problem many struggle with, and struggle to overcome.

homeless because they’re afraid their kids will be taken away from them. Unfortunately, in the state of Arizona that is a reality.”

“Family homelessness on paper doesn’t look like a problem. The reason why is you don’t see a mom with kids standing on the street corner with signs,” said Lopez. “Parents are afraid to let anyone know that they are

According to Lopez, the number-one reason Save the Family clients become homeless is domestic violence — but many have also faced job loss, eviction and changes in marital status.

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Save the Family provides clients with household items, clothing and more to help them on their path to self-sufficiency. To ensure their success, the organization offers career services, budgeting help, child care, transportation and self-development training. “In addition to the job piece, we also understand that often there are other underlying issues, like self-esteem. A lot of times there’s been an abusive situation, so we have classes around that such as parenting, how to raise a confident child, how to address your self-confidence, how to eat in a nutritious way, because all of that adds to the overall health of the family,” said Lopez. Save the Family also helps individuals overcome challenges such as high child-


care costs, lack of career skills and a lack of affordable housing. “Arizona ranks 49 out of 50 for affordable housing availability,” said Lopez. “There’s a lot of housing available but it’s unattainable for many of our clients because they have to work two or three jobs just to be able to afford some of the rents that are out there. The rents that are affordable usually have waiting lists or are in such undesirable areas that you wouldn’t want your kid getting off the bus while you’re at work.” Fortunately, Save the Family has produced several success stories — including one client who had suffered from domestic abuse, went through Save the Family’s programming and ultimately secured a job with the organization.

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New Pathways for Youth fundraising breakfast

THE EVENT Save the Family’s largest fundraiser is the annual Hearts of Gold Gala, which will take place on February 10 this year at the JW Marriott Camelback Inn in Scottsdale. “If you don’t have time to volunteer but are a social person, the gala’s awesome,” said Lopez. “It’s $200 a person but you get so much for it because we have an open bar, a silent auction, dinner with wine, a program highlighting some of the organization’s biggest success stories and a live auction. Afterward, we have live music and dancing, faux casino gambling, a cigar bar on the patio and a hot chocolate bar.”

Debbie Middleton, will allow Save the Family to continue providing its array of services for homeless families and their children. “The families we serve inspire us every day and the community that stands behind us makes possible what we do to help our families overcome the challenges of poverty and homelessness,” said Save the Family CEO Jacki Taylor. “This is our chance to acknowledge their support in a very public and very meaningful way.” To learn more about Save the Family, visit

This year’s event, co-chaired by Brian and

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BOOKMARKED {what are you reading} Where Frontdoors Media asks high-profile Valley visitors and residents what books they have been reading.

Marshall Trimble Arizona State Historian at Scottsdale Community College, Arizona Entertainer, Musician, Storyteller, Author, Teacher and Humorist

IS READING "The Phoenix Sound" BY JIM WEST H I S TA K E “The mid-1950s was a great time to be coming of age in Phoenix. I turned 16 in 1955, a milestone coinciding with this book. That was about the time music tastes of teenagers switched from Patti Page and Tony Bennett to Elvis Presley, Buddy Holly and Pat Boone. I caught most of the country music shows that performed at the old Madison Square Garden on 7th Avenue and Madison,

including Grand Ole Opry stars like Webb Pierce, Mel Tillis and Patsy Cline. Jim Miller and Lee Hazlewood were doing creative things at Floyd Ramsey’s 7th Street recording studio. All were pioneers who would bring national recognition to the desert community that in 1950 was the 95th largest city in the United States. That was all about to change.”

Tawn M. Downs Central Division Director, Arizona Heritage Center

IS READING "Tastes & Treasures: A Storytelling Cookbook of Historic Arizona" BY HISTORICAL LEAGUE, INC. H E R TA K E “This is a collection of recipes from well-known historic restaurants in Arizona. It includes dishes from El Chorro Lodge, Hassayampa Inn, El Tovar, Hermosa Inn and The Copper Queen Hotel. This is the first volume

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and volume two will be out in a matter of weeks. The food photographs in the next book are phenomenal! This book is available at the Arizona Historical Society and the new volume will be, too.”


BOOKMARKED {what are you reading}

Marshall Shore Arizona’s Hip Historian

IS READING "Buckhorn Mineral Baths and Wildlife Museum (Images of America)" BY JAY MARK AND RONALD L. PETERS

H I S TA K E “This hot-off-the-presses book talks about one of the most iconic neon signs in Arizona, beaconing folks on four highways to what is now an endangered time capsule dating from the 1930s. This is a place where the art of taxidermy led to the chance discovery of mineral water, thus

becoming the Valley’s first spa. All these factored into what became a jewel of roadside Americana, paving the way for the Cactus League to form through the association of Major League Baseball’s team, the New York Giants.”

Emily Hogan Books & More Buyer at Heard Museum

IS READING "Frida’s Fiestas: Recipes and Reminiscences of Life with Frida Kahlo" BY GUADALUPE RIVERA AND MARIE-PIERRE COLLE

H E R TA K E “This book is part biography, part food essay and part cookbook. Frida’s Fiestas is one of the cookbooks the Heard Museum Café referenced when it created recipes for the café during the Frida Kahlo/Diego Rivera Exhibit. This one is for true foodies!”


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A 2ND ACT {stories of perseverance}

UPHILL INTO THE WIND Judy Pearson | CONTRIBUTING WRITER Kathy Griffiths makes one thing perfectly clear: She is NOT a runner. But she was happy to support her daughter Carolyn in a 1999 Vancouver marathon. Kathy and her husband, Bob, went to the pre-race pasta dinner the night before and listened to inspirational speakers. One of them was running to raise money for multiple myeloma, a type of cancer that Kathy’s father had suffered from. That evening, a seed of raising money through athletics was planted in Kathy’s heart and head. Two years later, Kathy received an invitation to participate with Team In Training, the fundraising arm of the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society (LLS) that trains for endurance challenges. After 14 weeks of training, Kathy completed her first “century ride” of 100 miles and was hooked on cycling. Although Bob, who had been diagnosed with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), couldn’t ride, he served as the team’s support and gear man. Always the life of the party, he was an early expert at whooping them on at every stop. 46 |

Despite his illness, Bob took on century rides with Kathy in 2002, 2003 and 2004. Although COPD made him feel as though he were riding uphill and into the wind even on flat ground and windless days, he proudly peddled in El Tour de Tucson. His big heart often got more in the way than his disease as he kept stopping to help fellow riders who got flats or encountered gear problems. It was that same heart that betrayed him in 2005, when his COPD caused a fatal heart attack. His family, his team and the cycling community were devastated. But the seed planted in Kathy’s mind back in 1999 began to grow. In 2009, she founded Uphill Into the Wind, a cycling organization with loads of paybacks. “Often, people want to participate in fundraising rides, but they’re hesitant to spend a thousand dollars or more on a good racing bike,” Griffiths explained. “What if they don’t enjoy cycling? They’re stuck with a big investment. We take that pressure off them by loaning high-quality racing bikes. We FEBRUARY 2018

started with two that first year, and now we have 30 available in the Phoenix area and another 12 at our Tucson location.” Uphill Into the Wind has an online application that potential cyclists fill out. Applicants must agree to keep the bike a minimum of four weeks (the length of time their director of equipment has determined is the minimum amount of time for a body to adjust to a bike and learn how to safely use it) and a maximum of 14 weeks (the customary time for century ride training). They can only borrow a bike once. “We figure if they get hooked, they’ll want their own bike. And this way, it keeps our


loaner bikes available for others in the same boat,” Griffiths said. Best of all, while Team In Training riders who borrow bikes raise money for LLS, Uphill Into the Wind will loan to anyone raising funds for a 501c3-accredited organization. They’ve loaned bikes to raise money for the American Diabetes Association, the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, Habitat for Humanity, Special Olympics, Southern Arizona Gender Alliance, Susan G. Komen and more. “Those racers have raised $416,000 on our bikes,” Griffiths said proudly. Although Uphill Into the Wind is only able to keep track of what’s raised on the organization’s bikes,

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riders often go on to raise much more. “They buy their own bikes and continue fundraising for their causes. It makes me so proud that probably three times that amount has come from an original ride on one of our bikes,” Griffiths said. A case in point: a woman who borrowed an Uphill Into the Wind bike 22 years after her cancer diagnosis. Her goal was to raise $22,000, which she achieved. She then bought her own bike and raised another $50,000. “This organization has had so many wonderful stories,” Griffiths said. “We had a guy riding in El Tour de Tucson. He was

raising money for ALS—and he had ALS! Another guy borrowed a bike to fundraise for Big Brothers, Big Sisters. He totally underestimated the training required and came in last after riding almost 12 hours. He got serious after that. He purchased his own bike, trained like a champ and regularly beats that first time by several hours.” All told, in almost nine years, Uphill Into the Wind has loaned more than 310 bikes. In the organization’s terms, that’s 310 B.O.B.s: Bodies on Bikes. And those B.O.B.s are a great testament to Bob Griffiths, the inspiring man behind this organization.

Judy Pearson is a journalist, published author, and the founder of Her organization supports and celebrates women survivors of all cancers as they give back to the greater good in their 2nd Acts. Her passion is finding those who have have healed themselves by helping others.

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OPEN DOORS {publisher’s page}


OF HISTORY I love that Arizona’s birthday is on February 14. Yes, there is a big “Hallmark holiday” on that date too but since our great state celebrated its centennial in 2012, I think it’s great fun to talk about Arizona’s special day for other reasons than the red and pink cards that furiously get filled out by children the night before. So where can one go for some inspiration and be a part of the annual celebration that is Arizona’s birthday any time of the year? A great place to start is the intersection of North College Avenue and East Curry Road in north Tempe, otherwise known as Papago Park. That very large building up on the hill is the AZ Heritage Center and the surrounding area includes places every Arizonan should go and see. The AZ Heritage Center is the new name for the Arizona Historical Society Museum. Inside is what is now called the Centennial Museum as well as the official state archives. This place is a treasure trove of history, artifacts and stories to be explored. The lobby exhibit is a presentation of the state’s Historymakers — a selection of Arizonans who have been inducted into the museum by 50 |

the Historical League for their contributions to our state. Current exhibits include Footprints on the Desert: Frank Lloyd Wright in Arizona; a selection of gems and minerals from the state’s collection; and the museum’s collection of fun and interesting artifacts. They also offer family-friendly tours and host lectures and public events, including a statehood day celebration on February 13, 2018, with our state’s historian Marshall Trimble and Arizona’s official state balladeer, Dolan Ellis. I hope to see you there! Also, on the AZ Heritage Center campus is Justice Sandra Day O’Connor’s historic adobe brick home that was moved brick by brick from Paradise Valley to the Papago Park location in 2006. You can take a peek at the home when you are at the museum and this unique and historic venue is available for organizations to hold meetings and social events. Interesting to note: Volunteers come together for mudslinging each year to preserve the adobe brick. Finally, another not-to-miss site just north of the Center is the Eisendrath House, now the Eisendrath Center for Water Conservation. This beautiful 1930 two-story Pueblo revivalFEBRUARY 2018

style adobe structure is set with period furniture and galleries with interpretive educational panels highlighting the famed Arizona architect Robert Thomas Evans (no relation) and the importance of adobe revival in our valley in the 30′s and 40′s. Also housed in this historic former residence is a gallery dedicated to the history of water in our state, water conservation, and sustainability education and best practices, highlighting education partner SRP. And the views from the upstairs patio are incredible! Book a Thursday or Saturday tour in advance to see this historical gem. The weather is gorgeous and I’m willing to bet that you have not visited all of these wonderful places within one location … so, go and shoot me a note about what you discover from your visit!

Andrea Andrea Tyler Evans PUBLISHER



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2017-18 Tax Credit Directory A Tax Season Giving Guide for Arizona presented by

It’s finally here, just in time for tax season! It’s our 2017-18 Tax Credit Directory, providing a key resource for Arizona residents looking to receive a dollar-for-dollar credit on their state income taxes while helping a broad spectrum of nonprofits. Our Tax Directory provides an overview of tax credits, how they work and why they are important, and includes listings from dozens of organizations across the tax credit categories. CLICK THIS LINK TO VIEW THE DIRECTORY! 52 |


Frontdoors Magazine February 2018  

Celebrating Arizona's Birthday + Salvation Army's 125 Years + The Impact of The Open + MORE!

Frontdoors Magazine February 2018  

Celebrating Arizona's Birthday + Salvation Army's 125 Years + The Impact of The Open + MORE!