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MARCH 2018 VOLUME 16, ISSUE 3

10 QUESTIONS WITH KRISTEN MERRIFIELD + TRANSFORMATIVE FASHION CHARITY SPOTLIGHT: CATHOLIC COMMUNITY FOUNDATION MARCH 2018

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PUBLISHER Andrea Tyler Evans

“I love LUSH, especially the Charity Pot body lotion. It’s amazing for your skin and the proceeds go to grassroots organizations that advocate for the environment, animals and people in need.”

EDITOR Karen Werner “Drink Down 64 is a water bottle that tracks water consumption between 8 a.m. and 6 p.m. so you can stay properly hydrated. But the BEST part is, for every bottle sold, $2 is donated to a local animal shelter.”

CREATIVE DIRECTOR Cheyenne Brumlow CONTRIBUTING EDITOR Tom Evans WEB EDITOR Jamie Killin

“My favorite product that gives back is Shine Project jewelry. It’s created by inner-city youth and sold to fund scholarships for those in need.”

CONTRIBUTING WRITERS Lynette Carrington, Judy Pearson, Carey Peña FASHION WRITER Tyler Butler “I love to purchase all of Paul Newman's quality food products because 100 percent of the profits go to support various organizations around the world.”

ADMINISTRATIVE ASSISTANT Jillian Rivera BEAUTY PARTNER - MAKE-UP The Sparkle Bar BEAUTY PARTNER - HAIR STYLING Julia Mendez PHOTOGRAPHY PARTNER Thurlkill Studios

On the Cover PHOTOGRAPHY Thurlkill Studios

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What is your favorite product that gives back?

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TABLE OF CONTENTS {march 2018, volume 16, issue 3}

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BRANDS SUPPORT BREEDS

EDITOR'S NOTE........................... 05 Shopping for a Cause NEXT DOORS............................... 06 American Alliance of Museums COVER STORY............................. 10 Brands Support Breeds CAREY'S CORNER. . ...................... 20 Transformative Fashion 10 QUESTIONS WITH................... 22 Kristen Merrifield KITCHEN DOORS......................... 26 Where We Ate This Month OFFICE DOORS............................ 28 Rachel Egboro, ‘The Whole Story’ GIVING IN STYLE......................... 32 Fashion in the Philanthropy Lane HEAR HERE.................................. 38 News, Updates & Events CHARITY SPOTLIGHT.................. 40 Catholic Community Foundation BOOKMARKED............................. 44 Who’s Reading What this Month A 2ND ACT. . ................................. 46 Gray Matters Foundation OPEN DOORS.. ............................. 50 Creating Beauty for Good

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EDITOR’S NOTE {on the job}

Shopping for a Cause It was a fashion frenzy. Thousands of shoppers on a Saturday morning, all on a mission to shop. Armed with big hearts and open wallets, they flocked to San Francisco’s 7th on Sale, the fashion industry’s megabenefit for local AIDS organizations. This was the scene I found myself in a couple of decades ago: standing in a cavernous exhibition hall, watching women strip down to their undies so they could try on and possibly score a designer wedding gown marked down to 20 bucks. A bit dazed, I didn’t fill the garbage bag I was given. But when I attended 7th on Sale on the opposite coast the following year, I gave New York’s gonzo shoppers a run for their money. My tactic was to chat up the design houses about their work — I left with a handful of sample items, specially selected for me. At first glance, fashion and philanthropy seem like strange bedfellows. One seems selfcentered, about making oneself look good, while the other is about selflessly giving to others. But for decades these two concepts have been intertwined as the fashion industry has become a major supporter of philanthropic causes. Whether its TOMS “One for One” model, Lauren Bush Lauren’s FEED products, Tommy

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Hilfiger’s support of autism research or Donna Karan’s Urban Zen Foundation, the fashion community is flexing its corporate muscle to bring about positive change. That’s why I’m delighted that Frontdoors is spotlighting local efforts to pair fashion and philanthropy, such as the dynamos behind My Sister’s Closet — Ann Siner and Tess Loo — and their work with the Arizona Humane Society, or Tracey Martin, the author and designer Carey Peña profiles in her new column this month, who believes personal transformation can start with our wardrobe. They’re all hip to a simple fact: People want to feel like they’re making a positive difference in the world, and fashion is one way to make customers a part of something greater. Because in the end, trends come and go, but giving back is always in style. That’s why if you see me kicking my heels up on my desk, the word “SAMPLE” is very likely scrawled in large letters across the soles.

Karen Werner EDITOR

@kwerner409

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NEXT DOORS {ahead of the curve}

‘PHOENIX ISN’T KNOWN FOR ITS MUSEUMS.’ UNTIL NOW. Tom Evans | CONTRIBUTING EDITOR

We may live in the fifth-largest city in the United States, but one thing we don’t have is truly special, unique museums like other major cities. Right? Well, unless you count the Heard Museum, which is only the premier showcase of Native American history and art in North America. But other than that … There is the Musical Instrument Museum, a facility that’s not only a magnificent tribute to the history of music — one of the most fundamental concepts in our society — but also a tremendous community gathering place and resource in its brief history in the Valley. And yeah, there’s also the Arizona Science Center, an architecturally stunning icon that boasts some of the world’s finest exhibitions around science and education on a regular basis. And of course we have to count the Children’s Museum of Phoenix in the mix, which provides joy and learning to

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hundreds of thousands of children each year in an ever-expanding mix of activities and exhibitions. I guess we should also mention the Phoenix Art Museum and its decades-long track record of bringing exceptional works from some of the world’s most renowned artists to the desert. And the Arizona Heritage Center at Papago Park, which showcases the state’s 106-year history. And Pueblo Grande Museum and Archaeological Park, which celebrates the impact of the Hohokam on the Valley. I’m on a word count, but you get the idea — for a city not known for its museums, we sure do have an awful lot of good museums. “The growth and development of the Valley’s museums and cultural institutions over the last 10 years or so has been very exciting,” said Chevy Humphrey, the Hazel A. Hare president and CEO of Arizona Science Center. “Visitors are recognizing

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Chevy Humphrey, CEO of the Arizona Science Center, and Tina Marie Tentori, executive director of the APS Foundation, were instrumental in bringing the American Alliance of Museums conference to Phoenix.

the value these institutions have on their daily lives to provide educational experiences, inspire thought and creativity or provide pure entertainment.” People nationwide are starting to notice. Not just the tourists who end up being pleasantly surprised after planning a visit for spring training or to see the Grand Canyon. But also, the Valley’s quality museums are gaining notice in the museum world, if you will. In May, the American Alliance of Museums (AAM) will hold its annual meeting in Phoenix. Not New York, not Los Angeles, not Chicago — in Phoenix. The gathering brings in more than 5,000 cultural experts each year to provide opportunities for networking and information-sharing. MARCH 2018

According to the organization’s leadership, they picked Phoenix because of the incredible amount of diversity and education that our own museums provide. Humphrey was critical in putting Phoenix’s bid together and ensuring the Valley would host the conference. “AAM has been around for over 100 years and this is the first time the conference has been hosted in Phoenix,” Humphrey said. “The nation is recognizing the impact our institutions and its leaders are having on our community and this is our opportunity to show colleagues in our field the great work we are doing to inspire Valley residents, but also the thousands of visitors Phoenix sees each year.”

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The Musical Instrument Museum

By the way, speaking of diversity, the first five museums I mentioned above have women as their CEOs or executive directors. And that’s just a snapshot of the diversity you see when you look at each institution — diversity that carries through not only what is exhibited but through the people that make the museum experiences possible. So what’s next? More of the same, but by “same” I mean dynamic growth for many of these organizations. The Heard Museum just completed an expansion, and the Children’s Museum continues to open new exhibits and features. The Arizona Science Center is currently hosting one of its most significant exhibits ever with “Pompeii.” In short, our

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established museums are thriving, and new offerings are popping up all the time. Phoenix may not be known for its museums — at the moment. But that’s starting to change, and as we grow our museums, we’ll grow our identity as more than just a sunny spot in the desert.

Tom Evans CONTRIBUTING EDITOR

@tevans927

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My Sister's Closet co-owners Tess Loo and Ann Siner are teaming up to benefit the Arizona Humane Society. Photography by Thurlkill Studio.

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COVER STORY {by tyler butler}

Brands Support Breeds The Chic Co-Chairs of Compassion with Fashion Bring Eco-Fashion to the Runway ne sister claims to have been born with a kitten in her hand while the other says she sprang from the womb with a handbag in tow. Two sisters with very different styles and skills are leveraging their strong suits and putting their passion for animals at the forefront as they serve as co-chairs of the 2018 Compassion with Fashion luncheon.

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The dynamic duo is Ann Siner and Tess Loo, two of the highest-profile business leaders in the community. These ladies, along with their third sister, Jenny, founded My Sister’s Closet in 1991, which has gone on to become the largest designer resale brick and mortar retailer in the country. Now, they are joining forces to take the Arizona Humane Society’s signature event to the next level. Compassion with Fashion has been a Valley favorite for years and will be celebrating its 20th anniversary this month. Thanks to its

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supporters, the Arizona Humane Society event is one of the area’s most popular fundraisers. Among the supporters is Ann Siner (the sister born cuddling a kitten), who has served on animal welfare boards for three decades and sat on Arizona Humane Society’s board for eight years. Her counterpart Tess Loo (the sister who came out clutching a handbag) has served the organization in a creative capacity for several years. Their partnership is nothing new. The two have been shaking up the Valley for more than 25 years, since My Sister’s Closet reshaped how people in Arizona shop. Today, they boast six stores in total, filled with clothes that are among the best consignment stores have to offer. Style- and price-conscious women raid these locations in search of their favorite labels. But there is a deeper intention behind the stores. Along with the inherent sustainability of reselling designer duds, Siner and Loo embrace the chance to leverage what they do for the community’s benefit. “Everything that doesn’t sell gets split between charity-based thrift stores,” Siner said. Arizona Humane Society has three thrift store locations and, in 2014, after recognizing the need to aid those less fortunate, My Sister’s Closet put their own 501(c)3 charity into place, giving 100% of net profits to Arizona Humane Society and a few other philanthropic partners. To date, My Sister’s Closet has contributed more than $300,000 to local causes. It has also donated unsold goods and money, now totaling nearly $7 million, to animal welfare organizations in both California and Arizona, all in an effort to help “save the lives of those without voices.” The sisters’ dedication to eco-fashion is evident as the stores also repurpose the

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damaged, ripped or discarded items they often receive to a bulk fabric collector who then uses the materials to create new fashions, ensuring that nothing that enters the stores goes to waste. Though their charitable methods have changed over the years, their mission has remained the same: help those who need their help most. Siner and Loo have designated their primary causes as wildlife, the environment, homeless pets and helping women. Has having such active supporters transformed the Arizona Humane Society? In many ways, yes. For years, Arizona was listed as one of the states with the worst pet overpopulation problem in the country. The reason: Our warm weather allows for breeding to happen year-round. Thanks in part to partners like my My Sister’s Closet and PetSmart Charities, Arizona is no longer on this list. Nearly four years ago, the state was removed because of the roughly 60,000 additional dogs and cats that had been rescued. “Arizona Humane Society has made a conscious effort to focus on the hospital and rescue component of saving pets’ lives, rather than so heavily on spay and neuter,” Siner said. Arizona Humane Society has also continued to advocate and assist with spay and neuter programs in critical neighborhoods, but has incentivized these procedures by covering the cost and providing pet owners with a $25 gift card. Over the years, Compassion with Fashion has served as the strongest vehicle to drive support to Arizona Humane Society and the programs that are critical to our community. The event sells out every year and has a strong following; however, innovating has been critical to its continued success. With

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SNEAK PEEK For the first time in Compassion with Fashion history, the organization will hold a live auction. The featured item will be a custom 48�x48� painting by famed pet artist Ron Burns. Burns, whose work is known for capturing the essence of dogs, has contributed his talents to the Arizona Humane Society many times over the years. So when board member and Compassion with Fashion co-chair Ann Siner asked him to create something special for the 20th anniversary of the event, he graciously agreed to pick up his brushes to support the pets of Maricopa County once again.

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ARIZONA HUMANE SOCIETY LIFESAVING PROGRAMS For nearly 60 years, the Arizona Humane Society has been committed to serving the pets and people of our community. Its mission is to rescue, heal, adopt and advocate for sick, injured and abused animals. What began as a mission to save more pets ended up transforming an entire community through vital programs such as these: Emergency Animal Medical Technicians Second Chance Animal Trauma Hospital Animal Rescue Services and Cruelty Investigations Kitten Nursery Parvo Puppy ICU

Loo directing the event’s look, design, program and fashion components, Compassion with Fashion has been able to keep up with other causes that tout lavish, unique affairs. In fact, the sisters see their commitment to Compassion with Fashion as the pinnacle of their contributions to Arizona Humane Society. By leveraging Siner’s business savvy and Loo’s creativity, they are enhancing the Arizona Humane Society brand and bringing a cool quotient to the event. It will be this leadership and vision that take center stage on Sunday, March 25, at the 20th Annual Compassion with Fashion luncheon, which will feature a silent auction, a champagne raffle, a Ron Burns original painting and mystery Dazzle Boxes. Afterward, guests will be treated to a delicious lunch accompanied by a highenergy fashion show presented by My Sister’s Closet and Well Suited. Over their six years of hosting the fashion show, the sisters have proven that they know how to please their audience. “The décor will be bright, bold and happy and will leave a smile on everyone’s face, a skip in their step and joy in their hearts,” Loo said. The goal this year is a lofty one — the committee has been challenged to raise $1 million through the event. With 1,200 guests expected and ingenuity added thanks to creative mascots such as Brad Pitbull, Kate Spayed and Cindy Clawford, Compassion with Fashion has more than a good chance of reaching its goal and saving the next 60,000 furry lives in need of a voice.

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HELLO, FURSACE & SNIFFANY! My Sister’s Closet chief fashion officer and the visionary behind the Compassion with Fashion event, Tess Loo has created a variety of custom characters to portray the spirited side of animal welfare. For five months, Loo sketched and painted and through the process created a host of kitschy critters. Compassion with Fashion attendees will have the chance to snap photos with life-size cardboard cut-outs of these adorable figures and use paddles with these images on them for the silent auction. At the conclusion of the luncheon, guests can purchase greeting cards and T-shirts branded with these cuddly friends.

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Meet the Sisters of My Sister’s Closet Ann Siner is the founder and businesssavvy brain behind the My Sister’s Closet chain. Her work with animal welfare organizations has brought her five dogs and three cats, many of which she rescued from the euthanasia lists of Maricopa County Animal Control. Siner describes her style as conservative, classic business nerd. Tess Loo is an artist who joined her big sis to grow the My Sister’s Closet brand. She has one adopted dog and a cat that Siner gave to her daughter, making her house a home filled with furry friends. Loo considers herself fickle about fashion and uses clothing to convey her mood, pairing items such as a kimono with combat boots. She believes the best accessory is confidence.

Ann Siner

Tyler Butler

FASHION WRITER @givinginstyle

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CAREY’S CORNER {transformation tuesday}

TRANSFORMATIVE FASHION Carey Peña | CONTRIBUTING WRITER How do you radically transform your life, become stronger (not just physically), healthier, more relaxed and happier? How do you shed the baggage and streamline? It all sounds pretty good.

continues to evolve and help others do the same.

That’s why we felt we had to create our new podcast, Transformation Tuesday. There is so much to learn from experts in various fields about how to transform and grow in ways that benefit us all.

During our interview, we talked about transforming the way we think about ourselves. She outlined 10 steps to radically transform your thoughts, beginning by saying, “You cannot measure future success with past action” and rounding out the list with, “Give a damn about your life and measure it by something other than yourself.”

One of our first guests, Tracey Martin, is a sustainable lifestyle leader, designer, author — and, in general, a woman who

Martin’s mission, in her words, is to grow people and create abundance to do good in the world. Having been in the

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fashion industry for 19 years, she likes transformational thinking to begin in a place that might seem a bit unexpected: the closet. “Because fashion touches our lives every day, every person can have a hand in changing the way it is consumed,” she said. “I am so passionate about sharing this because so many people want to do better and help this world — but they feel overwhelmed. Just by making betterinformed consumer decisions and voting with your dollar, you actually can have a big impact on another’s life, in the environment and, ultimately, in your own well-being.” As a designer and sustainable lifestyle leader, Martin speaks extensively on the topic, both here in Arizona and across the country. Recently, she realized a dream by publishing a book, Sustainable in Stilettos. Her hope is that more people will become mindful about what they put into their closets. Just as so many of us have begun thinking more about food choices and where we buy groceries, the same can be said for fashion. “It really matters. It takes 1,800 gallons of water to grow enough cotton to finish one pair of denim jeans. How many do we own?” she said. What this comes down to is more intentional thinking. According to Martin, we all have the ability to make choices to benefit the greater good.

measure future success with past action”? My past actions, when it comes to consuming, had been a bit on the excessive side. Working in TV news and getting promoted along the way until I became a main anchor, all I wanted to do was buy, Buy, BUY. But that’s the thing about transformation — you can make change. And, as Martin pointed out to me, “Once a mind has been stretched, it never goes back to its original size.” I’ve realized that being mindful about my wardrobe choices and learning more about how and where clothing is made — and by whom — is worth my time. Also, quite simply, I’ve realized that I don’t need so much. More is not more. “I want to empower individuals to create a better life and, in turn, a better world,” Martin said. “No matter how small the movement, it matters.” That is transformation. To hear our entire 50-minute interview and Tracey Martin’s 10 ways to transform your thinking, go to transformationtuesday.tips or inspiredmedia360.com.

After our interview, I thought quite a bit about this. I massively scaled down my own closet and am trying to make my personal fashion choices more about meaning than abundance. I’ve also sharpened my focus on making sure my clothing is repurposed, whether by donating to great causes (Dress for Success!), or bringing my clothes to one of the incredible consignment stores here in the Valley (like TBC by Chrissy Sayer). And, I’ve started seeking out more vintage. Remember what Martin said, “You cannot MARCH 2018

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10ABOUTQUESTIONS ARIZONA GIVES DAY WITH‌ Kristen Merrifield CEO of Alliance of Arizona Nonprofits 1. How did the concept of Arizona Gives Day come about? FirstBank, the main sponsor of Arizona Gives Day, is headquartered in Colorado and had been the major sponsor of their Giving Day for quite a few years. The Alliance of Arizona Nonprofits, a trusted resource and advocate for the nonprofit sector, and Arizona 22 |

Grantmakers Forum were natural choices for starting and building this statewide program. There are many other states, regions and cities that offer giving days throughout the US. The growing availability and popularity of online giving has really sparked the growth of these types of online giving campaigns.

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2. When did Arizona Gives Day begin and how has it changed since then?

5. What kinds of organizations benefit from Arizona Gives Day?

Arizona Gives Day began in 2013, and we are now planning the sixth Arizona Gives Day to take place on April 3, 2018. We have increased giving from around $750,000 the first year to nearly $3 million in 2017 to become Arizona’s largest online fundraising event. We have continued to expand the marketing and promotion to not only donors, but also to nonprofits, which has allowed us to grow the program to more than 1,000 participating nonprofits last year. We have also made significant changes to the technology platform over the years to make the experience as user-friendly as possible.

All kinds! Any qualified 501(c)3 organization that resides in or serves Arizonans is eligible to participate in Arizona Gives Day. We have a wide variety of organizations that participate each year — from youth, health, environment, animal, human services and everything in between.

3. How is Arizona Gives Day cultivating a culture of giving back? Arizona Gives Day proves that anyone can be a philanthropist. Gifts of any size are encouraged and welcomed, and our donor survey continues to show that donors feel good about giving a gift on Arizona Gives Day. It also allows the community to learn about so many types of nonprofits and their missions, all in one convenient spot online. AZGives.org has evolved into an online resource and donation tool available year-round. Donors can now establish their own donor account to manage and keep track of their giving any time of the year.

4. What has been the impact of Arizona Gives Day? We have now raised $10.14 million dollars in the first five years of holding Arizona Gives Days. Arizona Gives Day has also helped many nonprofits learn more about online fundraising and utilizing social media to communicate with current and new donors. There are many nonprofits that now utilize Arizona Gives Day as their main fundraiser for the year, because it can be less expensive and labor intensive than holding large in-person events.

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6. Why is it important for Arizonans to give back through initiatives like Arizona Gives Day? It shows that we believe in the power of collective giving and supporting the organizations dedicated to serving our communities and the causes that touch each of our lives every day as Arizonans. We often hear incredible stories from participating organizations saying they were able to hire their first executive director or CEO or start a muchneeded program with the donations they received from Arizona Gives Day. These are not only huge advances for the nonprofits, but the communities and individuals they serve as well.

7. What are the benefits of donating through Arizona Gives Day? The AZGives.org platform makes giving quick and easy. Donors can easily search for their favorite nonprofits, or learn about new nonprofits that are doing things that matter to them. They can enjoy a “shopping cart” experience, allowing them to easily make donations to multiple organizations at once. Also, donors can rest assured knowing that all participating nonprofits listed in AZGives.org are registered charities with the IRS, and the donation platform is secure to receive their donations. Donors also have the chance to help their nonprofits of choice win one of the many cash prizes by giving on Arizona Gives Day.

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8. Are Arizona Gives Day donations eligible for state tax credits? Donors can search the site to find nonprofits that are qualified for an Arizona Charitable Tax Credit, Public or Private School Tax Credits, or the Foster Care Tax Credit. Donations to these organizations will be followed by electronic receipts that include language approved by the Arizona Department of Revenue, which can be used in filing their taxes.

9. How can the community become involved in Arizona Gives Day? There are so many ways! Individuals or businesses can create their own fundraising pages for their favorite nonprofits, compete with friends, and promote giving. Nonprofits can register to participate and promote the day of giving to their donors and volunteers. Businesses can help promote the day to their customers and employees, or even offer special incentives or deals that day. Media can provide coverage of the day and highlight participating nonprofits. The best way to get involved is to check out the Get Involved tab on AZGives.org.

10. In what ways do you envision Arizona Gives Day growing? Our goal is to grow in all ways each year — more nonprofits participating, more brand-new donors giving for the first time, more prize money to give away, and overall more people understanding that they can be a philanthropist, no matter what size of gift they give on Arizona Gives Day or any day of the year. Together, we can ensure that our nonprofit organizations are fully supported and able to carry out their missions.

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KITCHEN DOORS {where we ate this month}

S & V URBAN ITALIAN Scottsdale I recently visited S & V Urban Italian, formerly Stone & Vine. Executive chef Al Fonseca has incorporated a fresh approach into the menu and I loved that entrées included a generous fusion of fresh veggies and lighter sauces. My favorite entrée was Milan’s Chicken, named after the chef’s daughter. It was piled high with red onion, avocado, tomato, basil and lemon juice resting atop a bed of asparagus. The mix-and-match variety bruschetta using S & V’s own fresh bread was outstanding, especially the whipped ricotta and black mission fig. The signature fresh fruit martinis were also refreshing. — Lynette Carrington

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LA GRANDE ORANGE Arcadia Writing about La Grande Orange is like writing about our own kitchen — the palatial Frontdoors Magazine world headquarters is directly across the street, so between all of us, we probably hit LGO somewhere in the neighborhood of 20 times per week. But the reason isn’t proximity. We genuinely dig the extremely flavorful coffees and pastries that fuel our mornings. Whenever I decide, “Screw it, I’m eating a full breakfast this morning,” I usually end up there. I’m actually eating their Thai chicken salad as I type this, and it’s yummy. Even my kids — one of whom is an extremely picky eater — love to get pizza and PBJs “where the orange kisses the lemon.” If we took the money we spend on LGO and turned it into an investment, we might own the place. But at least we’re getting lots of great food and coffee out of it. — Tom Evans

Photo: La Grande Orange

ISA’S PIZZA Phoenix A native New Yorker, my husband likes to tell the story of getting mugged as a boy on two consecutive days for a pizza. “Why go to the same place two days in a row if you got mugged?” I asked. “Because the pizza was that good,” he replied. So it’s no surprise that when we passed Isa’s Pizza, a nondescript pizza joint not far from Moon Valley Country Club, we quickly pulled over the car. Opened by Manhattanites Joe and Myrah Aiello, Isa’s has won accolades such as “Top Ten Pizzerias in Phoenix” from the Arizona Republic and “Best Slice in the Valley” from Phoenix Magazine. It’s no wonder why. Both the Neapolitan and Sicilian styles boast a crispy-bottomed crust, flavorful sauce and just the right amount of cheese. After enjoying a few slices — including the not-to-bemissed Nana’s Pie, a billowy crust topped with sweet plum tomatoes, fresh garlic and basil — my husband deemed it “mug-worthy pizza.” — Karen Werner 26 |

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Dorian

Scottsdale

Dorian, an Old Town Scottsdale restaurant themed like Oscar Wilde’s novel, The Picture of Dorian Gray, is winning over fans with its creative fare, imaginative decor and lighting that transforms before guests’ eyes. Wilde would be proud of the homage and surely

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approve that his once scandalous words visually spring to life again in Scottsdale. We asked Frontdoors writers Lynette Carrington and Jamie Killin to check out the scene and they surreptitiously shared their thoughts by text. Here is their "Wilde" exchange.

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OFFICE DOORS {leadership}

RACHEL EGBORO Jamie Killin | WEB EDITOR For Rachel Egboro, discovering her calling was anything but expected.

decided that I needed to be, so he put my name down,” Egboro said.

She had been working in early literacy when she became interested in podcasts. Her interest led her to start attending storytelling events, where she found herself becoming a part of the storytelling community as an audience member. That was, until someone entered her into a storytelling competition.

Once she realized she’d have to tell a story on stage, she began jotting down notes about a family story she’d been telling for years. Ultimately, the story won her the competition.

“I had no intention of being a part of the show but the person I was dating at the time

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“I was like, ‘OK, maybe there’s something to this,’” Egboro said. Her success at the competition led her to take a class on storytelling and to begin

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producing The Storyline Slam event series with veteran storyteller Dan Hull, but she continued to want to do more.

one that’s connected. You’re the one that has a platform,’ and they were like ‘No, Rachel, you need to lead it.’”

After about four years of producing that event and others, Egboro was still searching for her niche. “I was telling my story but I felt like there was more that I could do or there was an angle that I had that I wasn’t using yet,” she said.

Egboro decided to move forward, creating her live storytelling show, “The Whole Story,” which expands black narratives through the sharing of personal stories.

Egboro gained inspiration from the divisive political climate at the time, hoping to find a more positive reaction to recent police brutality cases, political protests and shootings. “The events of 2015, 2016 happened, and these events have been happening a lot, but they just became more apparent during those years with protests, forums, a shooting, a hashtag, another hashtag, the first and last name of an individual who had been shot,” she said. “There was just a lot of fear. I was afraid, and I didn’t think that was the reaction we needed.” Egboro decided to find a way to use her passion for storytelling to facilitate conversations and unite community members, but initially didn’t envision herself leading the initiative. “I said, ‘We need to have an ongoing conversation where we can see each other’s humanity and connect on a level beyond the skin.’ So I thought, well, I’m a storyteller and I’m black — what about a black storytelling show? People can hear stories from black people and see themselves in the stories, even if they don’t see a similarity physically,” she said. “I talked to people about starting this and said, ‘You should start this; you would be great. I could do it with you but you’re the

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At the beginning of 2017, Egboro hosted her first event at the Phoenix Art Museum during the last Friday of the Kehinde Wiley exhibit. What she imagined as a small, one-time event became a hit, and is now a quarterly feature at the museum. “The crowd was a rainbow, which was my goal for all people to come to this show,” she said. “Even though the stories were from the black perspective, that was really important. We’re not just preaching to the choir.” The storytellers featured at her events vary from people she’s met through work or church, or those who reach out to her after learning about the show. They’re poets and teachers and many have never publicly shared their stories. Through the show, Egboro is building communities of storytellers and audience members, what she calls her “frequent fliers,” which she continues to grow. “‘The Whole Story’ is my business now,” she said. “I’m growing that and getting opportunities to help people tell better stories about themselves at different events that they’re doing across the Valley, and eventually across the nation.” In the process, she’s connecting listeners and lives, one story at a time.

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Brenda & Kurt Warner’s

Celebrity

BEST NIGHT EVER. CELEBRITY GAME NIGHT! Brenda and Kurt Warner’s Celebrity Game Night was an evening filled with fun, laughter, competition, and great prizes! Guests enjoyed incredible food and live games while mingling with Arizona sports treasures including Allan Williams, Archie Bradley, Torey Lovullo, David Johnson and many more! Shane Doan, the evening’s honoree, was joined on stage by some of Arizona’s best-known hockey players and coaches for a fun game of Trivial Pursuit about his career and life. He also competed against Kurt — with help from some lucky guests — and earned the victory in Win, Lose, or Draw. The Warners surprised Shane with the announcement that the game room at Treasure House would be named in honor of him and his family. Overall, it was an entertaining evening no one will forget — and it raised a significant amount of money for Treasure House, a supportive living community for young adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities.

Want an opportunity to own a piece of memorabilia from this wonderful night? There are a limited number of autographed caricatures of Shane and Kurt available with a donation to Treasure House. But hurry – get yours here before they are gone! CLICK HERE TO GET YOURS! For more information, visit treasurehouse.org/gamenight

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Sparkle Bar co-owners Leiah Scheibel and Alex Bradberry believe every woman deserves a chance to sparkle.

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GIVING IN STYLE {fashion in the philanthropy lane}

THE SPARK BEHIND

The Sparkle Bar Tyler Butler | FASHION WRITER

Born from necessity, but specializing in luxury, The Sparkle Bar is the brainchild of two emerging female leaders. Alex Bradberry and Leiah Scheibel took a risk in self-funding their endeavor – one that is paying off and beautifying the Valley one face at a time.

Scheibel joining forces. As the story goes, Bradberry needed a makeup artist for a wedding she was attending. When Scheibel wasn’t able to fit Bradberry into her schedule, she kindly offered to call the usual makeup counter suspects, much to Bradberry’s dismay.

Their goal is simple. They help women “feel their most beautiful so that they can be open to endless possibilities and ultimately confident enough to change the world,” Bradberry said.

In Bradberry’s experience, artists at retail locations had a tough time matching her skin tone. What’s more, she often felt that she was being sold on products rather than receiving a superior application.

The Sparkle Bar is different from other makeup application options because the company’s kits are hand-curated. Clients can come in and have an expert, on-on-one application based on their unique lifestyle, skin tone, texture and age. Importantly, Bradberry and Scheibel are thoughtful about what each client is comfortable with, making sure to understand how much time she typically spends on her makeup and how she usually looks, so that each individual feels like the best version of herself.

This conversation revealed a void in the Valley’s beauty business and sparked their idea to spread sparkle across the state. They combined Bradberry’s marketing know-how with Scheibel’s makeup talent and launched their new venture: The Sparkle Bar. The two selected a location on Marshall Way, in the heart of Scottsdale’s art district, because of its welcoming presence. It was important to them that their business didn’t feel pretentious and was also accessible for clients. The quaint location was the perfect fit.

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Through networking and hustle they drew some early adopters, and from there they gained steam, making traction with different sectors of the community. From bloggers and influencers to philanthropists and socialites, The Sparkle Bar attracts almost every type of woman. But before this makeup magic was possible, the pair had to address how a makeup business like theirs could operate in Arizona. They pushed for an easier way for makeup artists to open legal businesses while skipping the fees and classes required for a cosmetology license. The legislation they helped put in place allowed makeup artists to apply makeup without having to sell product. This allowed for the somewhat underground business of independent makeup artistry to bring their services to the public. The Sparkle Bar has set itself apart from the competition with astute branding and social media work. Their posts and popularity in local media have translated into a lot of support, giving them an almost cult-like following.

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But importantly, Bradberry and Scheibel are aware that with success comes the expectation of giving back. They’ve heeded this call and answered it by supporting several Valley nonprofits. Both women are members of Suns Charities 88 and raise funds for many causes supported by the Phoenix Suns Charities. They actively support Debbie Gaby Charities, Leukemia & Lymphoma Society, and Cancer Support Community Arizona. And they’ve particularly enjoyed having the chance to grant wishes for Make-A-Wish kids. Through this giving, these entrepreneurs are leveraging what they do best for the good of others. They understand that their skills can change the way a woman feels about herself, giving her confidence, allowing her to then support someone else in need. In this way, they see themselves as creating an everwidening circle of positivity. thesparklebar.com

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The Sparkle Bar's PRO TIPS FOR EVERY WOMAN PR I M E R

E Y E LINE R

 lways use a primer and setting spray. A The Sparkle Bar recommends Skindinavia because it locks makeup in place for 16 hours.

Use a waterproof eyeliner inside the waterline of the top lashes, creating definition without a lined look.

F O U NDAT IO N

LIP S AND C H E E KS

When applying foundation, start in the center of your face and work your way out, keeping it sheer all over and only adding more where you need it.

In a pinch, add a bit of your favorite lip color to the apples of the cheeks and blend toward the outside of the face with your finger. This brightens and lifts the face.

M ASCA RA When in doubt, add more mascara.

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GIVING IN STYLE {shopping guide}

COMING THIS SPRING:

STYLISH CHARITY EVENTS Tyler Butler | FASHION WRITER

Neiman Marcus Neiman Marcus will once again support Fresh Start at the organization’s annual gala being held March 10 at The Phoenician. The evening, which is presented by Bank of America, Merrill Lynch and U.S. Trust, will feature a cocktail reception, gourmet dinner, live entertainment, dancing and an inspirational Founder’s Award presentation recognizing Jacquie Dorrance for her philanthropic work in the community. Co-chaired by Erin Essert and Sally Odegard, the Fresh Start Gala will include a presentation by Neiman Marcus called “Art of Fashion.”

Dillard’s Also on March 10, Dillard’s will continue its ongoing support of Debbie Gaby Charities with a presentation of Eileen Fisher’s 2018 spring collection. Hosted at the retailer’s Scottsdale Fashion Square location, the fashion show will give guests a behind-the-scenes look at the designer’s new line. Attendees will have the chance to win a $500 Eileen Fisher wardrobe. Plus, Dillard’s will donate 10% of in-store Eileen Fisher sales to Debbie Gaby Charities.

Saks Fifth Avenue On April 5, Saks will host an event at Western Spirit: Scottsdale Museum of the West. Through a partnership with Scottsdale-based contemporary jewelry designer Coomi, the retailer will donate a portion of the proceeds to the museum. The event is unique because it doesn’t fit the typical event mold. Instead, it will focus on special guest Coomi. Saks is also hosting its third annual in-store event benefiting Free Arts on April 7. Lisa Portigal and Megan Schwalle are co-chairing the Art from the Heart Art Auction, where guests can enjoy a silent auction featuring masterful works by artist Fred Tieken of the Tieken Studio and Gallery AZ, as well as prominent Arizona artists.

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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.

VANESSA WILLIAMS For Vanessa Williams, a Grammy, Tony and Emmy award-nominated performer and philanthropist, making the world a better place is about helping others in small ways every day. “My philosophy is doing small things on a daily basis,” she said. “Whether it’s sharing information or helping somebody out in their day or connecting people that need to be connected, gving something away that you don’t need but that somebody else could need, or giving an extra tip to 38 |

somebody who’s down on their luck and could use an extra $20.” Williams, who is speaking at the Valley of the Sun United Way We Are UNITED Luncheon at the Arizona Biltmore on May 18, has been giving back throughout her life and career. “My parents were always involved in various clubs and groups. My dad was in the Rotary and my mother is a Link, which is a black woman’s organization. She also collected for the United Way growing up. They’ve always MARCH 2018


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been active,” she said. “It’s just what you do.” Williams continues to stay involved with organizations that she feels a close connection to, wanting her involvement to be organic and genuine. “The organizations that I contribute to and work with all have some kind of organic component, whether it’s a history with heart disease in my family or music education, because both of my parents were music teachers, or young women talking about personal experience and struggle,” she said. “In whatever aspect I give back, it comes from a personal connection.” For Williams, helping raise funds and awareness for United Way’s hunger in the classroom programs through her involvement with the luncheon speaks directly to her values.

“It just maddens me that there’s hunger in the land that we live in, the land of plenty,” she said. “We live in a fantastic country and the fact that there is a hunger issue is maddening.” At the end of the day, what’s most important to Williams is making the impact and taking action and creating positive change. “There’s a lot of talk, there are a lot of galas and fundraisers but when you get stuff done you know that it’s worth it,” she said. “I get asked to do a lot of stuff and you wonder whether things do get done and that’s the bottom line. Let’s make a change.” For tickets and more information on the We Are UNITED luncheon, visit vsuw.org.

CONNECTING WOMEN WHERE THEY WORK, LIVE OR PLAY Join us where you live, work or play to connect with like-minded women to share information, ideas, contacts and opportunities. Learn more at: eastvalleywomen.org | centralphoenixwomen.org | womenofscottsdale.org

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GIVING BACK {charity spotlight}

CATHOLIC COMMUNITY FOUNDATION Jamie Killin | WEB EDITOR

THE STORY The Catholic Community Foundation was founded 35 years ago to raise funds to support the future of Catholic education and communications.

“We were created to serve the people of the diocese of Phoenix, essentially on behalf of the diocese of Phoenix, because we’re a separate entity altogether,” Carabajal said.

“The point was to support Catholic education and to fill in the gaps for families trying to send their kids to Catholic school,” said Catholic Community Foundation CEO Deacon James Carabajal. “It’s expensive, so that’s where we were focusing. We also have many, many endowments for parishes and individuals that like to designate their funds for a particular purpose, such as scholarships for kids going to high school or college, or feeding or clothing the poor — those corporal works of mercy.”

Today, the foundation continues to support the diocese by making a Catholic education possible for community members through scholarship programs. It has granted millions of dollars back to the Catholic community, awarding more than $2 million in Catholic high school scholarships and managing endowment funds for 150 agencies.

Over the years, the foundation added several services, from youth associations that encourage Catholic leadership to legacy planning. In 2003, the Catholic Community Foundation became a separate nonprofit but continued its original mission of supporting the supporters of the Phoenix diocese.

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“We were created to love God and love one another, and by loving God we serve one another,” Carabajal said. “A Catholic education helps not only give them the basis to be able to reason through things in life but also to question, to think and to have that ability to understand what love is about.”

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Every year, the Catholic Community Foundation offers Christian Service Awards to students who selflessly give of themselves to benefit others.

THE CAUSE The Catholic Community Foundation supports the diocese through an array of programs, but particularly through scholarships such as its its service-based Christian Service Award and the Crozier Catholic School Scholarship for diocese and diocese agency employees’ children. “Our mission has not changed,” Carabajal said. “We just know that we have to focus because economically it’s more expensive to educate children in private schools, especially private Catholic schools. It’s very important to many faithful families. That’s where our continued focus will be.” “Without question, the Catholic Community Foundation educational scholarship fund truly serves our entire community,” said Crozier Gala co-chair Pat Bondurant. “Historically, so many Catholic and nonCatholic children in the Valley enjoy the privilege of attending the high-level private education provided at any of the 34 Catholic parochial schools.” Meanwhile, the Christian Service Award is bestowed upon students who embody the MARCH 2018

service-based teachings of Catholicism. One of its recipients has even chosen to join the priesthood. “It’s a focal point because we’re all called to serve one another,” Carabajal said of the award. “The Christian Service Award is our largest scholarship offering and it’s based purely upon service — young adults serving others, their brothers and sisters in Christ, here in the diocese.” In addition to its scholarship programs, the foundation offers several other programs, such as legacy planning and the Youth Ambassador Association, a program that aims to engage and connect Catholic youth by demonstrating Christ-centered behavior and the creation of philanthropic leaders. It also connects Catholic community members through its professional advisors program, which connects Catholic people working in finance, healthcare and charitable giving to other members of the Catholic church. Community members can also take part in the Catholic Leadership Circle, which | 41


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The 2018 co-chairs of the Crozier Gala are Pat Bondurant, Molly Stockley, Bob Bondurant and Bob Stockley, shown above.

allows participants to assist in the community grantmaking process by voting on which underserved Catholic organizations will receive funding from the foundation. “The Catholic Community Foundation embodies the importance of Catholic faith and dedication to our community,” said

Crozier Gala co-chair Molly Stockley. “It focuses on taking faith and turning it into action — servant leadership at its best. The Catholic Community Foundation has improved access to education, health and wellness, arts and culture, evangelization and an overwhelming outreach to the poor.”

THE EVENT The Crozier Gala is celebrating 30 years in the Valley, and its third year supporting the Crozier Catholic School Scholarship program. The event has raised nearly $1 million to provide 2,000 scholarships for children of diocesan employees, including educators, maintenance workers, administrative personnel, bus drivers and more. “It’s about supporting those who support the work of the diocese,” Carabajal said. “To recognize their hard work and to help make a Catholic education realizable for their children, because it is important.” This year’s Crozier Gala on April 14 promises to be the most dynamic yet with lots of

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entertainment, including a performance by the Crozier Choir, which is made up of choir students from Catholic schools in the area. “I want people to come and to be well fed and well entertained but with a moral umbrella over it,” Carabajal said. “I want people to walk away from this event saying, ‘Hey, that was an amazing event. I want to go back next year.’”

For information about the Catholic Community Foundation and the Crozier Gala, visit ccfphx.org.

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BOOKMARKED {what are you reading}

PHOENIX SUNS EDITION Jay Triano Phoenix Suns Interim Head Coach

IS READING “Open: An Autobiography” BY ANDRE AGASSI

H I S TA K E “I like reading biographies about people and how they became successful, or trials and tribulations that they went through in their lives. That helps me learn about them and

what it takes to be successful and not to make mistakes other people have made.”

Jared Dudley Phoenix Suns Forward

IS READING “Water the Bamboo: Unleashing the Potential of Teams and Individuals” BY GREG BELL H I S TA K E “Coach Jay gave every player this book. The whole theme of it is that if you are in sports or involved with anything you love, you have to practice every day. Just like when you

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BOOKMARKED {what are you reading}

Josh Jackson Phoenix Suns Forward

IS READING

“Rich Dad Poor Dad: What the Rich Teach Their Kids About Money That the Poor and Middle Class Do Not!” BY ROBERT T. KIYOSAKI

HIS TAKE “It’s a great book about what rich parents teach their kids and what poor

parents don’t teach their kids. I loved it. It definitely resonated with me.”

Davon Reed Phoenix Suns Guard

IS READING “The Talent Code: Greatness Isn’t Born. It’s Grown. Here’s How.” BY DANIEL COYLE

H I S TA K E “I haven’t gotten that far into it. I’m three chapters in, but it talks about something called myelin

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A 2ND ACT {stories of perseverance}

WHAT REALLY MATTERS Brain cancer survivor forms foundation to support others impacted by the disease

Judy Pearson | CONTRIBUTING WRITER Lanette Veres’s grandmother was diagnosed with brain cancer in 1992. “She basically raised me,” Veres said. “But bizarre things began to happen. This woman who took me to her Bible studies suddenly started dropping the F-bomb and became incontinent. Obviously, something was wrong.” Nine weeks later, Veres’s grandmother died. And to her surprise, Veres learned that a number of her grandmother’s siblings had also died of the disease. The experience left Veres with a powerful urge to be a voice, though she couldn’t grasp what that meant. So she squeezed in volunteering at Hospice of the Valley between parenting and her day job in financial new business development. And then Veres was diagnosed with the “family disease”: anaplastic oligodendroglioma, an uncommon brain cancer. Her treatment protocol required the removal of the right side of her hippocampus

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and the tip of her temporal lobe, plus four additional trips to the operating room. Veres’s ah-ha moment came after her first surgery. No support groups or advocacy information accompanied her release from the hospital. “There was clearly a need,” Veres said. “I had sales skills, volunteer experience and a drive to give back. And now I had a cancer history as well.” A brain cancer conference in Florida held the key. A newlywed, Veres convinced her husband that the conference would be the perfect honeymoon destination. He agreed, and Gray Matters Foundation was born soon after. Since then, Gray Matters Foundation — and Veres, as she’s a one-woman show — are the go-to organization for brain cancer patients, survivors and those who love them. Need a child’s hospital room decorated? Gray Matters Foundation will do it. Got a question about scary Internet brain cancer info? Veres

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is the girl to call, but she’ll tell you, “Stay off the Internet. That information will give you the heebie-jeebies.” Patients and their family members become “Brain Buddies” via the foundation’s website. Veres spends time counseling the terrified newly diagnosed and runs the brain cancer support group for Barrow Neurological Institute. And then there’s her signature give-back: sending cards covered with stickers, inside and out. While the majority of her one-on-one work is done in Arizona, she’s sent cards to all 50 states and 23 different countries. Some of the work is heartbreaking. Several years ago, Veres caught a television news story about 2-year-old Carson, who had just been diagnosed with a baseball-sized brain tumor. Carson’s uncle had adopted him just days before the doctors gave him a death sentence.

Lanette Veres, the founder of Gray Matters Foundation, comforts young Carson, a fellow brain cancer survivor.

Veres met both Carson and his new “dad,” and then decorated his hospital room with Spiderman — Carson’s favorite superhero. She rocked Carson every day, giving his dad a respite. Veres arrived one day to find Carson alone. The nurses told her that his dad had been diagnosed with MRSA, a dangerous and potentially deadly form of staph infection. For a time, Veres was Carson’s only visitor, and from that point on, she became his “auntie.” The silver lining is that today, after brain surgery and a stem cell transplant, 5-yearold Carson has no evidence of disease. “We’re about support, not statistics, for children, adults and families facing brain cancer,” Veres said. “Brain tumors don’t discriminate, and they don’t arrive at a

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Lanette Veres at the podium, thanking the audience for her 2017 Hon Kachina Award.

convenient time. Gray Matters Foundation is always growing, but in a careful manner. I’m still a patient, too. Time management and organizational elements are difficult for me.”

“I want every patient and family that Gray Matters Foundation touches to feel there is someone who cares for them and believes in them,” Veres said.

Not so much so, however, that the community hasn't taken notice. For her dedication to brain cancer survivors and her work with Gray Matters Foundation, Veres was presented with the 2017 Hon Kachina Volunteer Award.

To date, the number of lives she’s touched reaches into the thousands. And that’s what really matters. graymattersfoundation.org

Judy Pearson is a journalist, published author, and the founder of A2ndAct.org. 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}

Creating

BEAUTY FOR GOOD When the team at Frontdoors sat down to start planning our special Fashion in Philanthropy issue, we gathered an amazing list of nonprofits, businesses and local brands that were using fashion and beauty as a way to raise funds and awareness for causes of all kinds. For me, meeting Kara Schnell, the director of Beauty for Good, at a ladies purse exchange benefit for the Pearce Family Foundation was the epitome of what our theme for this month is about. Beauty for Good is the nonprofit founded in 2015 by Dr. Ali Mosharrafa and Dr. Tamir Mosharrafa — brothers and plastic surgeons. After 20 years of Mosharrafa Plastic Surgery giving back to causes personal to the brothers and their patients, they felt they could do more: “The mission of Beauty for Good is to support local charities … causes that we feel connected to in some way.” The result is not only the selection of annual charitable partners but a fun event for their patients, business relations and anyone in the community interested in joining their efforts.

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The second annual Beauty for Good Gala will be held on Saturday, April 14, 2018 at the Arizona Biltmore with a Roaring ‘20s theme that spotlight the five organizations they are granting funds to this year: A 2ND ACT

A2ndAct.org PEARCE FAMILY FOUNDATION

pearcefamilyfoundation.com PHOENIX DREAM CENTER

phxdreamcenter.org PREVENT CHILD ABUSE ARIZONA

pcaaz.org BREAST RECONSTRUCTION AWARENESS CAMPAIGN

breastreconusa.org

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Dr. Tamir Mosharrafa and Dr. Ali Mosharrafa are the brothers behind Beauty for Good.

As the director of these efforts, Schnell described their course of action. “Being involved is more than writing a check. We choose our charitable partners carefully. We commit to being a true partner, not just a sponsor to their cause,” she said. And involved they are. I have seen them when attending the events for their partner organizations — participating and volunteering as true partners do. For me, this is a shining example of how to get involved and do something with heart and purpose.

Andrea

We started Beauty for Good to be more intentional and effective with our charitable efforts and expand the reach of our impact in our community beyond our practice walls.

— Drs. Ali and Tamir Mosharrafa For more information, visit beautyforgood.org. Andrea Tyler Evans PUBLISHER

@AndreaTEvans

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