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On the Cover LOCATION Flagstaff Pullian Airport PHOTOGRAPHY Thurlkill Studios


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TABLE OF CONTENTS {june 2017, volume 15, issue 6}

34 EDITOR’S NOTE......................... 05 Mike the Sauce NEXT DOORS............................. 06 When the Arts Thrive, Our Community Thrives COVER STORY........................... 10 United Blood Services Gets Help Via The Sky KITCHEN DOORS....................... 20 Where We Ate This Month OFFICE DOORS.......................... 22 Ji Mi Choi of ASU


GIVING IN STYLE....................... 26 Fashion in the Philanthropy Lane HEAR HERE................................ 30 News, Updates & Events GIVING BACK. . ........................... 34 Leukemia & Lymphoma Society BOOKMARKED........................... 38 Who’s Reading What this Month A SECOND ACT.......................... 42 with Judy Pearson OPEN DOORS.. ........................... 44 Spring Season in Review 4 | FRONTDOORSMEDIA.COM

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EDITOR’S NOTE {on the job}

As a magazine editor you encounter a much wider circle of people than you would if you were not a magazine editor. Through these encounters at ribbon-cuttings, fundraisers and award ceremonies you get to enter worlds you wouldn’t normally access and meet people you wouldn’t get the chance to meet. For Frontdoors — because of what we focus on — these glimpses into other worlds tend to reveal our better selves. I get to meet the people who want to help people. With that, I put myself not only in the shoes of the helpers but of those who are in need of it. In listening to nonprofit leaders and others who take the time to attend events for causes, a picture begins to emerge: a stream of despair, need and pain that exists in our community is countered every minute of every day by a million sparks of kindness and impulses of love.

Evidence: A Peoria couple adopting six children to become part of their family.

A new program at Southwest Autism Research & Resource Center that focuses on finding employment for young adults with autism. An effort backed by Desert Botanical Garden to fund a farm that will enable families in south Phoenix to have affordable access to healthy food. Arizona Cardinals players turning out for their coach’s fundraiser to help neglected kids finding their way through the court system. Arizona Diamondbacks players milking a cow to draw attention to the hunger that exists in the Valley, which will lead to milk donations. Airplane pilots donating their time and resources to help ensure blood gets to those who need it. Suffering, inevitably, continues. Judging by what I see on the job, its antidote will always be there.

Mike Saucier Mike Saucier EDITOR


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NEXT DOORS {ahead of the curve}



It’s a Friday night in May, and The Missus and I are out by the Peoria Sports Complex — not for a baseball game, mind you, but to catch a Tony Awardwinning musical. We’re at Arizona Broadway Theatre, and if you haven’t heard of it, you should check it out. Tucked away just south of Arrowhead Towne Center is a gem that will get your attention the instant you walk in — a surprisingly large dinner theater with an expansive stage, hundreds of seats and a nicely diverse menu. But what will really get you is the quality of the performance. Arizona Broadway Theatre


is no volunteer-only troupe — it showcases a talented cast of professionals, many of whom are aspiring actors recruited from New York and other more famed locales, and gives them a chance to bolster their resumes. It doesn’t quite reach the heights of some of the Broadway touring shows you’ll find at ASU Gammage Auditorium, but it’s pretty darn good, and some of the performances particularly shine. We were there to see “Oliver!”, the precocious rollercoaster of a musical set in Victorian London. We were accompanied by the theater’s Development Director, Ellen

Versen, and her husband Walt. Now in its 12th season, Arizona Broadway Theatre produces eight shows per year. “We’re not new, but we’re young,” Ellen Versen explains — and the performance we take in is packed. The theater is becoming a staple in the West Valley, and is now working to expand its presence Valleywide. Arizona Broadway Theatre’s productions are now not just confined to its West Valley home, but are also heading downtown for performances at the Herberger Theatre. The Arizona Broadway Theatre

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Arizona Broadway Theatre “Fiddler on the Roof”

production of “A Christmas Carol The Musical” on the Herberger Center Stage last December was the initial collaboration. This year the show will return for the holidays, and they will also take Disney’s “Beauty and the Beast” to the Herberger for two weeks this summer.

doesn’t exactly have a reputation around the globe as a Mecca for the arts, but we’ve come a long way, baby — and in sound economic times, the foothold the arts gain in our community grows stronger.

“The partnership is expected to thrive as audiences have responded to the shows enthusiastically,” said Kiel Klaphake, CEO/Executive Producer for Arizona Broadway Theatre.

The world-class Broadway touring productions are firmly engrained in the civic psyche, and anchored by the smash hit “Hamilton,” Gammage has sold out its season tickets for the Broadway shows for the first time in 52 years — all before a single performance takes place.

The arts in Arizona can seem as though they are always on precarious footing. Phoenix

And it’s not just theater that is thriving. The Phoenix Symphony is enjoying a run

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of increased popularity in the community thanks to a mixture of the classics, pops performances and outreach to families and younger audiences. The Arizona Opera’s new facility on Central Avenue is a sign that the future is now. Valley Youth Theatre has had the spotlight shine brightly on it as former student Emma Stone has emerged as one of Hollywood’s brightest stars. There’s no shortage of visual arts, either, with the ongoing quality of the Phoenix Art Museum’s offerings, expansion and groundbreaking exhibits at the Heard Museum, robust programming from galleries



Arizona Broadway Theatre “Jesus Christ Superstar”

such as the Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art and a litany of new museums and galleries popping up across the Valley. (We’ll get into all of this in more depth come August, when Frontdoors Media will release its first-ever Arts & Culture Preview Issue). Why is all this important? Because Phoenix and the Valley as a whole are still growing up. And we’re not going to grow up and be a truly cosmopolitan city — one where people want to live because of more than just a nice winter climate — without providing the kind of diverse experiences for our residents that you might see in Los Angeles, San Francisco, Portland, Denver, Seattle or any of the other “hip” cities in the western United States.

Those experiences not only draw new residents and create economic growth, they make the quality of life for those of us who have lived here for decades even better. They provide opportunities for our children to experience culture in ways they wouldn’t otherwise enjoy. So if you’re looking for something to do on a hot summer night, don’t just hit Netflix. Head on out to Peoria or down to the Herberger and enjoy Arizona Broadway Theatre, or support any of the myriad beneficial theater groups, musical performances and art galleries that are becoming such a critical part of the Valley. You may be surprised at what you find.




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COVER STORY {by mike saucier}

How Volunteers Fly to Keep Blood Flowing It’s six in the morning on a recent Monday and Scott Smith is carrying a box of blood platelets to his plane outside his hangar at Falcon Field in northeast Mesa.

Veronica Wallace, who had dropped off the box that Smith would take to Flagstaff. She would do the same for another pilot that morning, this one bound for Show Low.

Smith, the former Mesa mayor and gubernatorial candidate, slides the hangar’s giant door open, revealing a four-seat Cirrus SR22, a 26-foot airplane he flies for leisure and also in his role as a volunteer pilot for Flights for Life.

Smith and 125 or so volunteer pilots who rent or own aircraft make similar trips every weekday. Many are retired Air Force and commercial airline pilots who just love to fly. They are all committed to the cause —ferrying blood by air with unmatched views of desert expanse all around them. Through Flights for Life, they help the critical blood flow continue in Arizona.

He pulls the plane out of the hangar and prepares for a 37-minute flight to Flagstaff, where the platelets box will be picked up by a United Blood Services driver and transported to Flagstaff Medical Center, the only trauma center north of the Valley. The blood it receives from Flights for Life saves lives. It was a United Blood Services driver,

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Pilots in the Phoenix area formed the group in 1984 to help United Blood Services, the state’s top blood supplier, in addressing health care problems plaguing the Southwest for years: getting blood to small or remote medical facilities and helping avoid blood shortages. In



Scott Smith on a blood run to Flagstaff for United Blood Services

2016 alone, they flew 1,019 missions that carried 2,103 boxes of blood. Smith, the CEO of Valley Metro, found out about Flights for Life by chance six years ago at Falcon Field. He was looking for a way to keep flying and was sitting outside of his hangar one day and noticed the hat of the guy renting the hangar next to him. It was a Flights for Life hat. “I had been talking about how I was frustrated that I was so busy I wasn’t able to fly as much and he said Flights for Life will give you a reason to fly,” Smith said. “And boy he was right. I never stopped.”

United Blood Services Driver Veronica Wallace


Smith now flies two or three times missions a month to deliver boxes of blood platelets, usually to Flagstaff or Show Low. He estimates he’s done 130 mission flights, all of them out of Falcon Field, an airport established during World War II to train British Royal Air Force and American pilots.

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Everyone in Flights for Life donates their plane, their time and their fuel – it’s just a great way to get out and know you’re doing good. Smith, who wanted to go into the Air Force when he was younger, said he’s always wanted to fly. His wife gave him flight lessons for Christmas one year after he spent a good chunk of a night out with friends talking about his love for flying. “I didn’t really want to go,” Smith said. “I was busy and everything — and this friend was just persistent and said, ‘I’ll meet you out there at six I the morning, you have no excuse.’ And once I got in the air and actually started flying I just got the bug, I loved it.” Smith typically makes his blood flights early in the morning because it fits into his work schedule better. “Everyone in Flights for Life donates their plane, their time and their fuel — it’s just a great way to get out and know you’re doing good,” he said. “It’s almost like you shouldn’t get credit for doing it because I love flying, especially in Arizona. And if you’re delivering blood it just makes it special. “ The missions by Flights for Life pilots serve the need for a safe and ample blood supply in Arizona. There are many parts to the broad system of blood centers, hospitals and health care. But the key

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player linking it all together is United Blood Services, Arizona’s largest nonprofit community blood supplier for more than 60 Arizona hospitals. United Blood Services supplies 90 percent of the hospitals in the state — and the need is always there. Nearly 500 blood donors are needed every day across Arizona and about one out of every five hospital patients need blood. Volunteer donors supply almost all blood and its components, which are tested, processed, stocked, and distributed by United Blood Services at its main facility in Scottsdale. That’s where the platelets that Smith brought to Flagstaff were separated from the whole blood, allowing several patients to benefit from a single blood donation. Platelets are often needed by patients with leukemia and cancer. The blood is often driven from Scottsdale to hospitals all across the state. Flights for Life pilots cut the travel time for the blood, and also help save United Blood Services save money on drivers, gas and vehicle maintenance. Flights for Life missions carry no cost to the nonprofit. “Without them we would have to find



another way to get platelets up to Flagstaff,” said Brian Beach, hospital services manager at United Blood Services who works with Flights for Life to coordinate all the deliveries. “They’re not only for scheduled missions. If we get a stat right now to Show Low, we’ll put out a page to all of the pilots and someone will respond, weather permitting. Obviously it’s a lot quicker for us to fly up there than it is to drive.” Beach said Flights for Life saves United Blood Services about $1 million every three years. The platelet flight such as the one Smith made to Flagstaff happens every day, Beach said. “What he has in that box can pretty much handle everything in the region,” he said. “The platelets stay at the Flagstaff Medical Center but if the other hospitals need them we have a carrier service.” Getting the blood where it needs to be, as soon as possible, is a constant logistical dance for United Blood Services. “In the outlying areas we’re putting product on their shelf and we do it strategically,” Beach said. Smaller hospitals in Yuma, Page, Show Low and Winslow need platelets and rely in United Blood Services to make sure they have them. Beach coordinates the flight missions to Flagstaff, Yuma and other outlying areas. Every month, the volunteer pilots sign up for their missions and Beach schedules them quickly and according to need. “When we have a stat, to us that’s when they really shine,” he said of the Flights for Life volunteer pilots. “Obviously, it’d take us four hours to get to Show Low. They 14 | FRONTDOORSMEDIA.COM

can fly over the mountains in a half hour. So it’s incredible to have them.” The pilots “love to fly and they like to do something that’s good for the community,” he said. That’s a sentiment contained in the words of Flights for Life’s founding president, Ed Gentry, who said the group was formed was because pilots “wanted to do something more important with their planes than poke holes in the sky.” Beach said that before Flights for Life, pilots used to say that they flew their planes for “a $100 hamburger,” meaning that they would spend $100 in fuel just to go somewhere — Flagstaff, or maybe Yuma — to grab a hamburger for lunch. Now, they may still get a hamburger, but because they’re also carrying blood, their flights have acquired a whole new meaning. “They’re doing something important,” Beach said. And it’s getting noticed. Flights for Life units are being established in New Mexico and Texas. There is a request for Flights for Life in California and Nevada. They have also received calls from pilots from Alaska and Tennessee saying they too want to help out. Sue Thew, a spokeswoman for United Blood Services who has been with the nonprofit for 30 years, said the role the Flights for Life pilots play is crucial because blood picked up from blood drives in outlying locations needs to be processed within eight hours after donation in order to get plasma. The clock begins ticking as soon as the blood leaves the donor. It may have to JUNE 2017

Blood processing at United Blood Services in Scottsdale

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Sue Thew of United Blood Services

travel by car to an airport and, from there, by plane to the Valley, where it is driven to Scottsdale to be tested and processed at the United Blood Services lab. It is only then that it can be distributed to the hospitals that have requested it. “You only have so many hours to get it into the freezer,” Thew said. United Blood Services, founded in 1943, is a 24/7 operation. It is the largest nonprofit healthcare organization in the state, and it does whatever it takes to get blood where it needs to go — “whether it be through a Flights for Life pilot who donates all their time, their fuel, their plane to get blood wherever it’s needed, or drivers in the Valley,” who cover shorter distances, Thew said. The Scottsdale lab is the heartbeat of all this activity, the central distribution facility for all the blood that goes to any hospital in Arizona (with the exception of Bullhead City, which is serviced by the Las Vegas 16 | FRONTDOORSMEDIA.COM

facility because it’s closer). “A lot of people don’t realize that you can’t wait until an emergency to donate blood,” Thew said. “Since it takes 24 to 36 hours to test and process blood you have to make sure it’s on the shelves when you need it. So United Blood Services has already recruited the donor, processed and tested the blood and perhaps even given it to a Flights for Life pilot for delivery to a hospital before a patient even has a chance to receive it. Stories abound about people whose lives have been saved from blood transfusions. One of these is the story of Tempe Police Officer Scott Tipton — who, responding to a call in 2000, was shot seven times and, as a result, required 27 blood transfusions, which had to be flown in. For Thew, that is what helps drive home the point that she is part of a system that can be the difference between life and death. Tipton credits blood donors for saving his JUNE 2017

life and, 15 years later, speaks at Flights for Life events. Flights for Life has also delivered blood for United Blood Services during other emergencies, such as the deadly shooting at Northern Arizona University in 2015 and countless accidents that don’t often make headlines. Thew understands first hand the importance of a robust blood supply and well-run blood system. In October her brother had a hemorrhage and was rushed to the hospital. “Over the next 36 hours, he received more than two dozen transfusions. While the blood wasn’t enough to save his life, she said, “it gave him his only chance of survival and for that I’m truly grateful.” Back near Falcon Field, Smith is checking the gadgets on the dashboard as he’s about to land his Cirrus. He has dropped off the box of blood platelets at Flagstaff Pulliam Airport; the platelets are bound for patients at Flagstaff Medical Center and beyond. Flying around Arizona for Flights for Life has enabled him to see the state in ways not many get to see it — from above, in all its splendor —while also playing a part in saving lives. “Once I started getting to know United Blood Services and hearing the stories about the people who had their lives saved, people who had been in horrible accidents, and how United Blood Services and Flights for Life respond in an emergency and fly liters of blood up to a remote hospital and basically save a person’s life, you hear stories like that and then you feel you do have a personal connection, even though you don’t know the person,” Smith said.

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BLOOD FACTS Who can give blood? A person can start donating at 16 years old. Boys who are at least 5 feet tall and weigh at least 110 pounds and girls who are at least 5’3” and weigh at least 124 pounds may donate. How long does it take to give blood? The whole procedure takes about an hour. The actual donation time is less than 10 minutes. How much blood is drawn? About one pint, or two cups, is donated. How soon will my body replace it? The fluid (plasma) is replaced within 24 hours; the red cells in three to four weeks. Who will get my blood? One pint of blood may be separated into different components so your donation can help save several lives. More info:

Plus, there’s the added bonus of meeting like-minded people. “I’ve developed a whole new group of friends,” Smith said. “That’s what’s been fun.” It’s not yet 10 in the morning and Smith has flown to Flagstaff and back. As an executive of an agency that specializes in moving people safely from point A to point B, it’s fitting that he has many more miles under his belt before noon than most people will have the entire day.


Fall Arts & Culture


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KITCHEN DOORS {where we ate this month} LADERA TAVERNA Y COCINA North Phoenix The first thing you need to know about Ladera (if you haven’t been) is that it boasts one of the nicest outdoor dining patios in the Valley. This may not be the perfect time of year to experience it (although they do have misters), but you’ll want to make a note to grab a drink and a bite on a nice Arizona evening. We hit Ladera twice in the last month — once for brunch and once for dinner. Brunch was a little underwhelming, but dinner was excellent — the missus enjoyed some delicious tacos and I endulged a bit and got the barbacoa, which was nearly perfect. The service can be a bit leisurely, but if you have the time, Ladera is a great place to spend it. — Tom Evans

Photo Credit: Ladera Taverna y Cocina

FIRED PIE Downtown Phoenix It all seems too good to be true. You go in, you pick your dough type, sauce, cheese, meat and veggie toppings and fresh herbs. A few minutes later your carefully curated creation is placed under your awaiting face. After your first Fired Pie experience you can understand why they have 18 locations in Arizona – it’s the real deal and it’s true you can make your own magnificent pizza, have it baked in short order and pay a reasonable price. The pizza is light, fresh and the crust has just the right thickness and crispness. I went with the house-made dough, tomato sauce and mozzarella. For meat toppings I picked pepperoni and spicy sausage. My veggie choices were jalapeno, green pepper and white onion. Herb: oregano. The pizza I ate at the 3110 N. Central Ave. location was just the right size – not too big, not too small, not too thick or thin and fresher than any pizza I’ve tasted in years. — Mike Saucier

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ÜBERRITO Arcadia Sometimes, you don’t realize you need something until you have it. That’s how I felt after eating at Überrito at 44th and Indian School, which could best be described as “Chipotle, but a 2.0 version with significant upgrades.” The concepts are exactly the same for the most part, except Überrito does everything just a little bit better. It offers eight types of protein choices instead of four or five; it offers Spanish rice as well as regular rice and adds refried beans to the mix; it offers four different types of tortillas instead of just one. Nachos(!) are even an option as you step up to the plate. Out of the eight(!) types of available salsa I chose the hottest, and it was actually…really hot. My steak burrito was a delight and tasted like a steak burrito, which isn’t always the case at a fast-ish-food place. — Tom Evans 20 | FRONTDOORSMEDIA.COM

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T. Cooks

Royal Palms Resort

The renowned T. Cook’s inside the Royal Palms celebrated its 20th anniversary recently and released its light and fresh summer menu. The anniversary celebration featured three stations highlighting several of the restaurant’s most memorable dishes, including an unforgettable paella, lobster tortellini and the cream cheese crème brulee. The dishes all proved to be worthy of their classic status, and stood as a testament to the restaurants’ two decades of success, especially in conjunction with

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its high-end atmosphere and standout, ornate décor. When creating the summer menu, executive chef Todd Allison took advantage of the great Arizona growing weather by incorporating several local, inseason ingredients, like fresh chickpeas, morel mushrooms and green garlic. Featured items from the new menu include Pan Roasted Alaskan Halibut, the Colorado Lamb Rack, Lamb Torellini and Cacio E Peoe. — Jamie Killin

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OFFICE DOORS {leadership}



Jamie Killin | CONTRIBUTING WRITER Ji Mi Choi works long hours across the country — by choice. She’s driven not only by a desire to improve higher education at Arizona State University, but to “pay it forward” to dedicated students. When her father died during her sophomore year of college, she received a grant from an anonymous donor that allowed her to continue her studies and graduate. She views her contributions to higher learning as her way of giving back, after the assistance she received. As an associate vice president at the Office of Knowledge Enterprise Development at ASU, she spends hours reading and writing grant proposals, and spends even more of her day meeting with ASU faculty members and partners, occasionally spending her evenings attending events. 22 | FRONTDOORSMEDIA.COM

She jokes that a successful week means she’s been in every Arizona municipality at least once, but her reach extends far beyond the state. She travels nationally and internationally to extend the university’s scope and to create and foster partnerships. Her role on paper is to advance corporate engagement and economic development through strategic partnerships and help foster the sense of entrepreneurship and innovation that ASU has become known for. Essentially, this position allows her to work with people by building partnerships and creating opportunities for ASU’s students. She keeps up her industrious schedule because she enjoys the part of her job that allows her to work with people, especially those who are looking to better themselves and their lives. Choi is JUNE 2017


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inspired by those who are impacted by the programs and initiatives she’s helped put into place. “No one is coming here thinking ‘How can I be more mediocre tomorrow than I am today?’” she said. “This is an environment where everyone is trying to move forward with optimism and community.”

“ASU is not trying to be Yale in Arizona, it’s trying to be ASU in Arizona,” she said. “We’re taking advantage of who we are and where we are. ASU doesn’t try to build skyscrapers where there are none.” Choi also notes the university’s welcoming environment and its space for growth and new ideas.

Choi, who has over two decades of experience in higher education, previously worked at some of the most formidable universities in the nation, New York University and Columbia University.

“We all want to be here and choose to be here,” she said of ASU’s faculty. “There’s a sense of intimacy for an organization so large. We have a well-rounded sense of who we are and what we do.”

She admires ASU’s strong ties to Arizona, and its ability to become greater through its connection to the environment and community.

A large part of ASU’s impact has been built through partnerships, like the university’s partnership with Starbucks, which gives its employees the opportunity

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OFFICE DOORS {leadership} to go to school for free. “It’s about how we can take best and full advantage of what a partner has to offer, and how they can take best and full advantage of what we have to offer,” she said. Choi, who was the first in her family to graduate college, and remains the only one in her family to hold an advanced

“I like entrepreneurship, not because I think everyone needs to start their own business, but because I think everybody needs to be a problem solver,” she continued. These values are something she strives to instill in her nine-year-old daughter, encouraging her to be a problem solver in everyday life, instead of someone who’s merely a “problem spotter.”

This is my path, and this is where I feel the most comfortable,” she said. “This is where I feel I can make the most impact. degree, has felt the impact of programs similar to the ones she works to help implement today.

“I tell her, ‘Let’s be people who think about how to make things better,’” she said.

These programs include initiatives that help give women and under-served minorities access to entrepreneurship resources they historically have not received their fair share of.

Her way of making things better is by furthering ASU’s mission and by helping the students there who are working to make their own lives better.

Her passion for entrepreneurship and helping to provide aspiring entrepreneurs with the resources they need is clear. She admires small businesses, which she refers to as main street entrepreneurship.

“This is my path, and this is where I feel the most comfortable,” she said. “This is where I feel I can make the most impact.”

“There’s nothing small about wanting to be your own boss,” she said.


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GIVING IN STYLE {fashion in the philanthropy lane}

Kendra Scott’s Philanthropy Motivated by 3 Small Words:

‘You Do Good’ Tyler Butler | SOCIETY AND FASHION WRITER By now most of Arizona’s philanthropic fashionistas have taken note of the Kendra Scott brand and its proclivity for giving back. So it should come as no surprise that the company itself has been developed with the intention to make a positive difference. From the start the core of Kendra’s business has been family, fashion and philanthropy. At its core the entire organization realizes that there is truly no greater joy than that of giving back to others in need. Having philanthropy at the hub of their business values enhances the upbeat, luminous atmosphere you find at every Kendra Scott location. So what brought this vibrant woman to combine her passion for fashion with her desire to aid society? As Kendra says, “It all comes back to three words my stepfather Rob spoke to me during his battle with cancer: You Do Good. He taught me that the most important thing I could do was use my 26 | FRONTDOORSMEDIA.COM

talents to make a difference in the lives of others. So, when I founded Kendra Scott, I was determined to make philanthropy a core part of my business, and that whenever someone came to me for help, I would always have something to give. Fifteen years later, we still practice that same attitude of giving, and it has built incredible relationships with our customers and communities as a result.” Even in Kendra’s first entrepreneurial fashion foray, The Hat Box, the proceeds benefited cancer research. While the Hat Box ran its course Kendra continued to find herself drawn to her desire to create. Kendra noticed that there weren’t many jewelry companies creating beautifully, handcrafted pieces at an attainable price point, so she started designing with that in mind. She launched her company with just $500. She transformed what was essentially her “daily escape” hobby of creating jewelry into a fashion powerhouse that now calls celebrities like Katherine Heigl and Sofia Vergara clients. JUNE 2017

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Kendra believes that “fashion, by nature, is fleeting, and that customers today are so often overwhelmed by the vast range of brands they see around every corner.” Kendra’s belief is that by tying her designs to a cause, to something meaningful, that she can create something that will outlast the latest trends of the season. The fervent concept that they are doing something good through these beautiful designs is the leading reason that the brand has such a strong, loyal customer base. Customers feel proud to be a part of this generous company. Like many designers Kendra understands that all the fashion industry needs is the initiative to start giving back. Her method of donating things like jewelry, or even her time, has done so much for the community. Kendra Scott works closely with each charity organization to make sure they serve them in the

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best way they can. For example, in their partnerships with the Breast Cancer Research Foundation, they donated pieces of jewelry in Rose Quartz to women undergoing chemotherapy, because Rose Quartz is known as the Healing Stone. Kendra Scott tailors its givebacks to every person and every cause, always thinking about how they can give back in a way that matters most to them. Of importance to Kendra is her philanthropic work with cancer research. There is one giveback program that is very dear to her heart: the Kendra Cares Program, where an interactive Color Bar experience is brought to child cancer patients and their families. Each child and their caregivers can choose from a range of styles and colors, and design their own unique piece of jewelry. The program first started at MD Anderson in 2014, and will expand into 10 hospitals across the



country this year. It’s Kendra’s dream that one day her company will be able to bring the Color Bar to every hospital in America. When Kendra decided to open one of her premiere boutiques in the luxurious Scottsdale Quarter, Arizona unknowingly became home to this haven of giving in fine form. Kendra and her husband were married in Sedona, so there was an affinity for Arizona’s unique vibe prior to the launch of this successful concept store. Her entire family now enjoys time in the beautiful desert whenever they visit the Scottsdale or Chandler locations. Kendra recognized that the fashion community in Arizona was extremely giving and she felt compelled to become a staple in its landscape. Since 2014 the Scottsdale Quarter location has given back more than $106,000 to local charities through their Kendra Gives Back Events. The team has worked with over 200 local charities including Phoenix Suns Charities, Arizona Humane Society, Valley of the Sun 2030 and Assistance in Healthcare. And in 2016 alone, Kendra Scott was able to give back $3.5 million and donate over 75,000 pieces of jewelry throughout the U.S. Kendra’s policy of, “Never say no,” has led them to support a variety of causes rather than selecting a specific cause area or charity of choice. Instead, the stores have collectively partnered with over 3,500 local and national charities across America, creating a culture of diverse giving and acceptance of all causes who seek to beautifully aid Tyler Butler


their respective constituencies. This year is promising to bring even more positive change both to Arizona and nationally through the brands stance as a good corporate citizen. The company has set its eyes on giving back more than $5 million in America this year. Locally, Kendra Scott will be participating in the Phoenix Fashion Week show, Fashionably Pink, which benefits local breast cancer charities throughout Phoenix. Supporting local organizations and charities in the community will continue to be a top priority for the company, not just here in Arizona but in each of their over 60 store locations across the country. The significant growth over the past few years can be attributed to the brands proactive outlook on corporate responsibility and there are no plans to slow down anytime soon. The brand will continue to expand its product lines and move forward with its legacy of impacting positive change for future generations.



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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.

IN PEORIA, 6 ADOPTED KIDS IN 3 YEARS MAKE OPEN HEARTS FEEL FULL They are a family of 11 living in Peoria. Two loving parents, with their three biological children and six others by way of the foster-to-adopt process. Nine children under one roof – three girls, six boys. White, black/Hispanic and Native American. From nine months to 12-years-old.

For the parents, Nicole and Ben (last names omitted to protect the adopted children), it all started when they met in seventh grade and became best friends and then began dating after high school. Nicole said fostering and adopting children was just always something they wanted from a young age. READ MORE ONLINE


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Photo credit: Yeung Photography

FOR BRUCE AND CHRISTINE ARIANS, HELPING KIDS FROM BROKEN HOMES IS CLOSE TO THEIR HEARTS The kids helped by Christine Arians still keep in touch with her, years later. There’s 22-year-old April, who Christine Arians helped through the court system at age 9. She now lives on her own, holding down a job and going to school. And there’s Nicholas from the Arians’ days in Indianapolis, who still keeps in touch.

The enduring connections are “all because of Chris,” said Bruce Arians, head coach of the Arizona Cardinals, referring to his wife’s dedication to children she helps through her and Bruce’s dedication to Court Appointed Special Advocates, or CASA. CASA helps children who are involved in the court system as a result of abuse or neglect by their families. READ MORE ONLINE

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A COW MILK-OFF IS AN UDDER SUCCESS IN HELPING HUNGER FIGHT There were no boos at the ballfield. Just moos. Maybe you herd about the event at Chase Field on Tuesday at which the Diamondbacks milked media attention for a serious cause: feeding the hungry. A cow milk-off held at Chase Field raised the steaks for kickoff events. D-backs pitchers Archie Bradley, Andrew Chafin and J.J. Hoover used their skills, honed in the farm league, to see who could coax the most milk from Pokey the Cow, standing in the right field pasture.

Photo credit: Mike Saucier

Bradley makes a squeeze play. Hoover had onlookers exclaiming, “Holy cow!” as he was able to capture the most milk from Pokey. But Bradley and Chafin had no beef with their winning teammate (they weren’t crying over spilled milk) as they acknowledged that the real winner in the contest was the cause. The udderly successful event served as the kickoff of this season’s new Grand Slam Milk Drive program.



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Kind-Hearted Kid Chef Donates Bike Prize to Homeless When 11-year-old kid chef, Katie Cafferelli won the Blue Cross Blue Shield of Arizona’s Walk On! Kids Cooking Challenge, and a bike of her choice, she made the philanthropic decision to donate the bike to a local charity.

With the help of Blue Cross, Cafferelli decided to donate the bike to UMOM, the largest shelter for homeless families in Phoenix.


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GIVING BACK {charity spotlight}

Leukemia and Lymphoma Society Jamie Killin | CONTRIBUTING WRITER

The CAUSE It is estimated that every three minutes, someone in the Unites States is diagnosed with a blood cancer, and every nine minutes, someone dies from a blood cancer. It’s expected that over 10 percent of the 1,688,780 new cancer cases diagnosed in the country this year will be leukemia, lymphoma or myeloma. Blood cancers, which include leukemia, lymphoma, myeloma and myelodysplastic syndromes (MDS) affect bone marrow, blood cells, lymph nodes and other parts of the lymphatic system. There is currently no known way to prevent blood cancers, and there are no early detection methods. “There’s no mammogram for leukemia,” said executive director of the Leukemia


and Lymphoma Society’s Arizona Chapter, Jim Brewer. “There’s no early detection and no prevention.” Fortunately, those diagnosed with one of these cancers are facing new treatment options, and higher survival rates, largely thanks to research funded by organizations like the Leukemia and Lymphoma. Fifty years ago less than 10 percent of those diagnosed with a blood cancer survived, now more than 90 percent of patients survive, according to Brewer. “Even in the last 20 years targeted therapies have changed the treatment landscape,” he said. “There won’t be one single cure for cancer. There will be a cornucopia of different things that can help depending on what kind of cancer you have.”

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2016 WOMAN OF THE YEAR Geri Farr

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Photo Credit: Leukemia & Lymphoma Society



The Story The Leukemia and Lymphoma Society (LLS) was founded in 1944, and is now the world’s largest nonprofit health organization dedicated to funding blood cancer research and providing patient services. “The mission has remained pretty much the same,” Brewer said. “We’re the largest voluntary health agency in the world dedicated to fighting blood cancer, primarily through raising money.” The Arizona chapter, which was founded in 1963, funds research and helps to assist the nearly 21,000 Arizonans are battling a blood cancer with support networks, financial aid and other resources.

wherever it is, and look for projects that are truly transformational.” This research is funded in large part by the Arizona chapter’s four signature events - Light the Night, which boasts over a million participants nationwide, Man & Woman of the Year, Team in Training and Pennies for Patients. “There’s something for everybody; whether you’re a family, student, community leader, or someone who enjoys physical activity,” said Brewer. “We’re really, truly working in partnership with our community to save lives,” he continued.

“We fund research around the world,” said Brewer. “We support the best research

BOY OF THE YEAR Maddox Nagum



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We’re really, truly working in partnership with our community to save lives.” The EVENT This year will mark the fifth Man & Woman of the Year competition in Phoenix — an event that has grown in Arizona to include a Tucson event, and even a version of the event tailored for high-school aged participants called Students of the Year. The Man & Woman of the Year fundraiser challenges community leaders to raise funds for LLS in honor of local children who are blood cancer survivors - represented by the Boy & Girl of the Year.

The Grand Finale Celebration, and winner announcement, will take place on Saturday, June 10 at Talking Stick Resort, and reveal the total amount of money raised. The first year, the competition had 11 candidates who raised $220,000, and in 2016, the event boasted 17 candidates who raised $667,000 over the course of their 10week fundraising competition.

“It’s become well known as a fun and meaningful charitable thing to do,” said Candidates raise money through a variety of Brewer. different fundraising events that they plan, The Grand Finale celebration features a over a 10-week period. Each dollar they silent auction, live auction and cocktail raise counts as a vote, and the participant reception. with the most votes at the end of the competition wins.

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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.

Arizona Cardinals Edition Over the course of two events at Steak 44 we asked Arizona Cardinals what they’ve been reading lately.

Bruce Arians head coach

The Quarterback Whisperer: How to Build an Elite NFL Quarterback BY BRUCE ARIANS AND LARS ANDERSON

“I haven’t read a lot of books but I just wrote one so I’ve been reading the heck out of it. It’s finally coming out to press on July 11. To me it’s more inserts, I read inserts – things that strike me throughout the news, what

people say and how they say it. I’ve never been a big book reader. I kind of have my own book – it just came from inside and people who touch my life... most of them are named coach.”

Partick Peterson #21, cornerback

Fifty Shades of Grey BY E. L. JAMES

“The last book I read was ‘Fifty Shades of Grey’ with my wife. Me and my wife read that book. It was very intriguing. He was a wild, wild man.”


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David Johnson #31, running back

The Holy Bible AND Fox in Socks BY DR. SEUSS We’re Christian so we’re always reading the Bible, NIV (New International Version). I try to read daily. Other than that, now that we have a newborn, we’re always reading a lot of children’s books. We just got “Fox in Socks” by Dr. Seuss – that’s a tongue twister – but we’re always reading children’s books.

Larry Fitzgerald #11, wide receiver

Shoe Dog: A Memoir by the Creator of Nike BY PHIL KNIGHT “I just finished last night Phil Knight’s ‘Shoe Dog.’ It’s about how he pretty much graduated college and started Nike from his room in his parent’s house and how he built it into a $50-$60 billion organization. So it was a great read. The one thing I took from it is there can be obstacles and setbacks but your will to succeed can never falter, never quit, never lay down no matter what your dream is - and that struck me.”

Cardinal Photo credit: Yeung Photography

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BOOKED EVENTS {this month in books}

BEACH TOWEL AND POOLSIDE ESCAPES Meghan Leatherman | CONTRIBUTING WRITER Most of the books I have dog-eared these days are on parenting — discipline, toilet training, what to expect — or the piles by my bedside are the latest my kiddos have snagged from the library that I read on repeat. But with the hint of long summer days, I eagerly search for the next best author and book. That way, when I’m poolside or toes deep in the sand, I can escape to another place, another land. Here’s what I’m eyeing, which may serve as a guide for all you summer readers out there:


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EVENTS POISONED PEN Saturday, June 3. 2pm. Free. Jenn McKinlay “About a Dog” Romance and dogs — the perfect summer read! Thursday, June 15. 2pm. Free. Jillian Cantor “The Lost Letter” Historical novel based in WWII Austria and the letters of love connecting Jewish families. Sounds like a pageturner! Saturday, June 17. 2pm. Free. Karen Dionne “The Marsh King’s Daughter “ | If you liked Girl on the Train as much as I did, this sounds like a similar suspense filled equal.

SCOTTSDALE LIBRARY Ongoing June Author In-Residence Sharon Skinner, author of “The Healer’s Legacy” series and “The Chronicles of Tavara Tinker”, as well as several books for young readers, will provide one-on-one appointments to assist authors in their craft as well as programs to educate and develop your writing skills. Great opportunity to practice the craft!

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PHOENIX PUBLIC LIBRARIES MESQUITE LIBRARY Saturday, June 24. 2pm. Free. Paul Mosier “Train I Ride” A young girl discovering the beauty of travel and finding family in those you hold dear.

BARNES & NOBLE AT DESERT RIDGE Tuesday, June 6. 6pm. Free. Patty Lou Hawks “Under Their Wings: A Daring Adventure Mentoring Girls” Hear from Pat as she explores a true-life story of a Girl Scout troop leader and her daughter.

BARNES & NOBLE AT PALM VALLEY GOODYEAR Saturday, June 24. 1pm. Free. Rachel Kirkaldie “The Unicorn Hunter” (teens, science fiction, fantasy) Can’t beat a young adult book to take you someplace magical. Definitely sounds less sugary than the Starbucks Unicorn Frappuccino.


A SECOND ACT {stories of perseverance}

TAPPING INTO BRUTAL PASTS TO HELP MAKE CHANGES Judy Pearson | CONTRIBUTING WRITER First it was sexual abuse in the bathroom. Over time it got physical, as every bone in her thoracic spine was broken. She watched her brother die from similar abuse just before his fourth birthday.

much left to fend on their own. I know what they’re thinking: ‘What does this white chick know?’” She chuckles. “But when I tell them my story, they understand that I’m actually one of them.”

But today, decades later, that horror at the hands of her adoptive father has made Mary Lyn Hammer not only a strong woman, but a strong advocate for other young people in similar situations.

Mary Lyn believes the best teachers and healers are human beings who have gone through pain. That makes her perfect for the kids she works with. She knows how lives can become increasingly overwhelming with home issues and school demands. She says the kids end up with no training, no social or life skills, and certainly no jobhunting skills. Often, they turn to crime or contemplate suicide.

“My father was a physician,” Mary Lyn says. “No one suspected him. And my mother drank her way through life. It was rough.” So she created Champion College Services, where she has the opportunity to be the bright spot in young lives. A division called Champion Empowerment Institute offers life skills classes and financial literacy training. But it’s her Champion for Success program that really makes her smile. “I walk into a room filled with at-risk kids who’ve been abused, bullied, and pretty


That’s where Champion for Success shines. In addition to the life and financial skills taught, she’s also able to guide them to grants that can help their home situation, covering costs for a safe place to live or to help caring for siblings. The organization currently serves young people in Arizona and Montana. But Mary

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Lyn, who often advocates for at risk kids in Washington D.C., is building statistics to replicate her program in other states. She sees local business involvement as a crucial component to the success of her programs. “We don’t teach accountability anymore, not in the home or at school. Getting a participation trophy doesn’t prepare people for real life. Kids need to learn how to lose and how to be a gracious winner.” That, layered on top of a bad, and often dangerous home life, plus lack of education is a sure recipe for a wasted life. And it’s not just a local problem, or even a small problem. As the number of at-risk children grows into adulthood, their inability to assimilate will affect society as a whole. “You can use your past as an excuse for your behavior,” Mary Lyn says. “Or you can use it to make a change. I chose the latter.

It makes all the difference to have someone say, ‘I believe in you.’” Mary Lyn didn’t hear those words until she was in college. That’s also when she first became a mentor in her home state of Montana. She worked with at-risk kids, one of whom was a 14-year-old girl who had been bullied and stabbed in the stomach. Despite looking for her, Mary Lyn had lost touch for over 35 years, until this past Christmas. Mary Lyn posted a picture of her wintery Montana home on Facebook. The young woman, now with a different last name, commented on the picture, saying she missed that view every day. Then she wrote: “You’re my hero. You changed my life.” And that’s Mary Lyn’s goal: one life at a time.

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}

SPRING SEASON OUTTAKES We made it! The great spring 2017 blitz of incredible fundraising events has come to an end and the slower summer season is here. While I’ve played a part in planning many of these events for the past 20 years, being invited to attend on behalf of Frontdoors Media has been an amazing experience. Starting with the Phoenix Suns Charities Jump Ball on January 27, the hectic season continued weekly (and sometimes daily) through Memorial Day weekend. There are so many special ladies out there that have gone out of their way to welcome me to learn about the causes they care about, and today I would like to give a few of them them a humble thank you: Sarah Krahenbul, Linda Herold, Debbie Gaby, Chevy Humphrey, Lisa Geyser, Erika Dickey, Kate Hickman, JoAnn Holland, Lisa


Julia Hou

Pagel, my Valley Leadership sisters, my Frontdoors mentor Julia Patrick and the countless public relations professionals that do such great work supporting our nonprofit community. And a special shout out to The Sparkle Bar and Julia Mendez – our amazing beauty team — who keep our fashion contributor, Tyler Butler, and I on trend. Enjoy the outtakes!

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Safe travels everyone,

Andrea Andrea Tyler Evans PUBLISHER


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pian Simone Biles doing her support of Florence Crittendon

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and Kathrin cietys Com e Cecala at Arizon passion wit h Fashion a

Carolyn OMalley, Jan Lewis and Nancy Gaitner at Teaming Up for Girls Luncheon benefitting Florence Crittendon

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Linda & Marty He Opening Night ev rold at the Frieda Diego ent at The Heard Museum

Dr. Lattie Coor & The Honorable Betsey Bayless at the Arizona Womens Hall of Fame induction ceremony

Leadership HQ Hanging out at Valley FRONTDOORSMEDIA.COM with Julia Patrick | 45

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