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Healthy New Year! Along with wishing you a Happy New Year, we’d like to wish you a healthy one as well. That’s why we’ve dedicated this issue to the American Heart Association and its Go Red For Women movement, a local and national campaign to spread education and awareness about heart health. Our special “red issue” not only promotes good health, but also advocates a healthy attitude, a healthy appearance, healthy recreation, healthy finances and healthy business through its smart editorial. Wouldn’t it be great to be healthy in all aspects of life? That’s something we can strive for in the New Year. So, as a starting point, dig into Phoenix Woman magazine—your resource for all things healthy. Since February is national Go Red month and heart disease is still the number one killer of women, we are proud to present our special heart healthy supplement. Within this section, you’ll meet a few prominent Valley men who support heart health awareness and education for women. Special thanks goes out to all who participated, including Phoenix Mayor Phil Gordon, former Arizona Diamondback player Luis Gonzalez, radio host Dave Pratt and Phoenix Fire Chief Bob Khan. Flip to our features section to learn about our cover girl, Robin Sewell, and how she has evolved her on-camera career, her involvement with the Phoenix Heart Ball, and who will always take center stage in her life. Then, to promote a more active and culturally diverse lifestyle, experience our robust and flourishing downtown through the eyes of Phoenix Woman. If you haven’t been there in a while, a lot has changed and it’s worth a visit. Also in this issue, Nellie Jackson, the woman behind the lively Barrett-Jackson Car Collector Show, shares her story and gives us a peek into her long and happy life. In addition, it’s an honor to introduce to you our 2009 Woman of Excellence, Mary Peterson. Her idea to help our community bloomed into something she had once only dreamt about. Read her impressive story on page 64. Let’s not forget to enjoy a few indulgences! You’ll be in good shape with our latest trends in fashion and hair. And, since Valentine’s Day is right around the corner, don’t miss our gift guide for fresh new ideas. Then, check out our fare section; we’ve got you covered with some of the Valley’s most romantic places to enjoy with your sweetheart. This year, let’s put ourselves first on the list and make a commitment to getting not only heart healthy, but also healthy in all facets of life, in the most “focused, fun and fiercely local” way possible.



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Financial Freedom Ensure a Secure Future for Your Special Needs Child by Chris Schneck

While today’s uncertain economy is proving difficult for many families, parents of children with special needs face even more unique challenges. If you’re a parent of a special needs child, you know all too well that it’s very easy to neglect your short and long-term financial goals as you prioritize the care of your child. Caring for a child with disabilities requires lifetime financial support that can often affect every area of your financial life. Parents of children with special needs face important financial decisions. From estate planning to insurance, it’s important to approach any financial strategy in a balanced, integrated way that considers the financial needs of every family member.

BENEFITS OF A SPECIAL NEEDS TRUST A Special Needs Trust (SNT) is a fund that can be set up with the help of an attorney. It can be an effective way to help ensure that your child will have the financial resources necessary to preserve a comfortable quality of life. The essential purpose of an SNT is to provide for funding and care without disqualifying your son

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or daughter from eligibility for public benefits, such as Medicaid and Social Security’s Supplemental Security Income (SSI). Therefore, it’s important for the trustee of an SNT to understand what public benefits programs might be available to the beneficiary and how receipt of income, or provision of food or shelter, might affect eligibility. With numerous programs, competing—and sometimes even conflicting―eligibility rules, and at least two different types of SNTs to contend with, the resources and options are filled with opportunities to make mistakes. Because of the complicated eligibility criteria and importance of proper planning for the sake of your entire family, partnering with a financial advisor sensitive to your situation can help you to navigate these issues and find a solution designed to best help you meet your family’s financial goals.

PLANNING FOR YOUR OWN FUTURE There are several ways to provide for adequate funding of an SNT for your child. The most important consideration is to remember that you can’t care for your child if you haven’t first prepared for your own financial future. It’s imperative that you work with your outside professional advisors to help you put an estate plan into place that is designed to provide for the care of your loved one. While balancing all of your goals may seem difficult to achieve, the good news is that with a team of knowledgeable legal and financial professionals who specialize in managing the issues of families of children with disabilities, you can build a strategy that addresses all of your financial objectives. pW Chris Schneck is a Certified Special Needs Advisor and Wealth Management Advisor at Merrill Lynch in Mesa.

LIFE INSURANCE Funding your SNT in the most effective and tax-efficient manner is also important. You may take into consideration the tax treatment and any limitations of lifetime gifting and at-death bequests to the trust, as well as the taxation of the assets that are held in the trust. In addition, it's important to consider the level of funding for the trust, depending upon the age of the special needs individual and the desire to provide for any other children, among other factors.


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Top 10 Eco-Celebrities These Entrepreneurs Make ‘Green’ Glam by Marianne Archibald

Right now the color of Hollywood is green—in fact, it’s the new black. Nowadays celebrities are lending their names and their support to the global message for environmentalism. Their massive shift toward environmental consciousness has made green sexy and appealing for the rest of us and has drawn more attention to the environmental cause than ever before. And in the green world, as in life, some are more committed than others. The following list, in no particular order, acknowledges those famous folks who have gone the extra mile in eco-conscious living—beyond the PR and pats on the back for their selfless efforts, the following “Eco-Celebrities” seem to be truly set on making a difference.

ONE: LEONARDO DiCAPRIO He’s undoubtedly an environmental all-star, but his recent purchase of a state-of-the-art green condo in New York City cements his place as one of the leaders of the celebrity eco-movement. Riverhouse, his new home overlooking the Hudson River, features a fresh air filter system, an in-house water treatment facility, low-emission paints and finishes, and rotating solar panels. Become DiCaprio’s neighbor at Riverhouse:

TWO: STELLA McCARTNEY When it comes to earth-friendly high fashion, Stella McCartney reigns supreme. The British designer and dedicated vegetarian goes a step beyond being eco-conscious; her studio and website are powered by wind energy, and online shoppers are given the option of shipping their organic clothing, shoes and bags carbon neutral. Shop the spring 2010 collection:

FIVE: SALMA HAYEK THREE: ED BEGLEY JR. Long known for his commitment to low-impact living, Ed Begley Jr. deserves Hollywood’s highest green honor. The reality television show “Living with Ed” on HGTV chronicles him and his wife, Rachelle Carson, as they give friends and other celebrities “green audits” and cope with the challenges of green living. Find out how you can live like Ed:

FOUR: DARYL HANNAH Daryl Hannah is no stranger to conservation in her personal life. She has been a vegetarian


since childhood and off the grid for over 10 years. Recently Hannah, along with Willie Nelson, created the Sustainable Biofuels Alliance to help educate the public about how the harvesting, collection, production and distribution of biodiesel fuels can help the U.S. move toward a sustainable energy future. Join the movement:

As a member of the board of Global Green USA, Hayek is hard at work fighting global warming and helping to provide clean drinking water to nearly 2.5 billion people. In another effort to combat climate change, her Los Angeles home is outfitted with solar panels and she drives a fuel-efficient hybrid. Help foster a global shift toward a sustainable future:

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SIX: NATALIE PORTMAN Veganism and sex appeal were pretty much mutually exclusive before Natalie Portman. For many, the vegan lifestyle conjured images of unwashed locks and tofu blocks before this A-lister made herself a public proponent of the movement. A longtime supporter of animal rights, Portman has traveled to Rwanda to help save silverback gorillas and eschewed leather and fur. She raised the vegan profile in 2009 with the introduction of a chic line of shoes for Te Casan composed of all man-made materials. Join vegans and vegetarians around the globe:

SEVEN: CAMERON DIAZ Like DiCaprio, Cameron Diaz was one of the first celebrities to be outspoken about environmental issues. In 2005, she teamed up with MTV for an eco-adventure series called “Trippin,” where she and her friends traveled as far as Bhutan, Patagonia and Yellowstone to help educate people on endangered species, energy consumption, and the environment. She still practices what she preaches, driving a Prius and using offsets for carbon-neutral traveling. In June 2009, Diaz was dubbed “Queen of Green” by Vogue magazine. The issue features her wearing

eco-chic clothing and accessories.

Now, “The Green” on the Sundance channel is dedicated to environmental programming.

EIGHT: STING The rainforest is home to more endangered species of animals and plants than any other place on earth. But they’ll have more of a fighting chance thanks to Sting and his wife, Trudie Styler, who created The Rainforest Foundation in 1989. They work in the tropical rainforest regions of 15 countries, and have already protected more than 71,000 square miles of land in Brazil, Latin America, Africa and Southeast Asia. Adopt a tree or donate to a project at

NINE: ROBERT REDFORD At age 24, Robert Redford spent his last $500 on two acres of land in Utah. Redford’s love for the environment led him to create the Sundance Resort and Institute in Utah, where he formed the Redford Family Nature and Wildlife Preserve on 860 acres. He fought for 20 years to protect the 1.7-million acres of the Grand StaircaseEscalante National Monument in Utah from development and succeeded when President Clinton closed it to development in 1996.

TEN: BRAD PITT Strip away the chiseled face, perfect wife, gorgeous brood of international children and multi-million-dollar box office career, and you’re left with one hell of a humanitarian. Brad Pitt’s philanthropy efforts are admirable not only because of the compassion aspect, but also because they keep eco-friendliness in mind. His “Make It Right” foundation is in the midst of building affordable and sustainable homes in New Orleans’s Lower Ninth Ward area to house Hurricane Katrina victims in eco-friendly buildings with innovative water collection and recycling systems, all for less than $175,000. pW Marianne Archibald is the City of El Mirage Economic Development Coordinator and Director of the Women Ecopreneurs’ Project, a workshop that teaches women to use their entrepreneurial skills and passion to make this world a better place. You can reach Marianne at 623.876.2962 or

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They don’t come much more local than Robin Sewell, executive producer and host of “Arizona Highways” television. During the show’s six years of existence, this award-winning journalist and mother has been all over our beautiful state exploring nooks and crannies you’d never think to visit otherwise. And as if her television career weren’t enough, Sewell devotes an enormous amount of time and energy to a wide range of Valley charities. Yet for her, it’s all in a day’s work. STORY BY MORGAN BENAVIDEZ / PHOTOGRAPHY BY RJ COOK PHOTOGRAPHY / MAKEUP BY JULIA VENEGAS / HAIR BY JENNY STREBE


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Chatting with Sewell, it’s obvious that she has a special place in her heart for Arizona. “You can be lying by the pool during the day if you want, then go see the green ponderosa pines or be somewhere totally different within an hour,” she points out. But Sewell never envisioned her present career when she was starting out professionally. In fact, she majored in theater at UCLA and pursued an acting career before turning to the world of broadcast journalism. While staying busy with auditions, Sewell waited tables. Just when she was becoming jaded with the unforgiving nature of show business, she received some advice from the late Hal Fishman, a premier LA anchor who came to know her after frequenting the restaurant; he suggested she forge a career in broadcast journalism. With that, the wheels were set in motion. Sewell moved in with her father in Arizona and obtained an internship with Channel 10, where she got her first taste of the news world. The road was not without speed bumps; she laughingly recalls a mortifying experience that she says almost brought her TV career to an abrupt end. “Back then—and this will date me—they used to have paper prompters. One of the jobs of the intern was to run the paper prompter [for the nightly news].” One night while Sewell was running the prompter, the machine got stuck, bringing the news reading to a halt. Needless to say, the befuddled anchor was not happy. “You should’ve heard the language going on in that newsroom,” Sewell says. “Basically, he said, ‘Get that intern out, she’ll never work in this business a day in her life!’ So I thought that was the end of my career, but it actually turned out to be the beginning.” Several years later, Sewell was working in Phoenix as head anchor at ABC15. The station was casting auditions for a new male anchor and she received an unexpected blast from the past. “The anchor from when I was an intern called inquiring about the job and said, ‘I really like that Robin Sewell—she was a really great intern,’” Sewell laughs. “How ironic is that?” Despite the embarrassing incident, Sewell flourished in her news career and continued to advance. Even though she is talented in her own right, she credits the many mentors she’s had over the years for helping her to achieve success. “I will tell you that mentorships are everything,” Sewell says. “If it weren’t for mentors in every aspect of my life—when I was a newscaster and starting my own business 18

beginning ‘Arizona Highways’ television—I truly believe I wouldn’t be where I am today.” One of her most influential mentors, Jim LeMay, gave Sewell her first on-air assignment. “I did the Arizona International Auto Show,” she says. “I’d never been on the air before—it was like throwing someone into the fire. But he just said, ‘You have to do it.’” In addition to knowing the right people, Sewell points out that you must be able to recognize your own shortcomings and seek help. “It is very much about relationships, but it’s also about having the courage to admit that you don’t know what you don’t know and not feel intimidated.”

STAYING GROUNDED Throughout her career as a news anchor, television host and business owner, Sewell has met some highly famous and influential people. Her most memorable interaction happened with country singer Garth Brooks on “Arizona Highways” television. “I’ve had a great opportunity to interview so many incredibly high profile, interesting, significant people in the country and world, but what I remember about Garth Brooks so vividly is that he was such a real, down-to-earth person,” Sewell says. While visiting with Brooks off camera, Sewell happened to share that her mother had recently been diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease. “He was so compassionate and thoughtful and so interested in my story,” Sewell recalls. “This was a man who didn’t even know me, but I really felt he was incredibly genuine; this was not phony whatsoever.” Sometime later, Sewell had a reason to call Brooks for an unrelated matter. She was touched by what he had to say. “He stopped the conversation in mid-sentence and said, ‘Robin, I owe you an apology … how selfish of me. I meant to ask, how’s your mother doing?’” The experience hit home for Sewell and forever impacted her outlook. “It showed me no matter how big of a star you are, no matter how successful you are, you’re still a real person and you should always treat people with dignity and respect,” she says. “That’s the way that I’ve always lived my life; I never treated the floor crew any different because I was the anchor and they were running the camera.”

GIVING BACK As her career as a news anchor grew, Sewell relocated numerous times, but never really put down roots within any given community. “I was

always looking for that next opportunity and I knew that it was just going to take me somewhere else, so making strong relationships wasn’t a priority,” she admits. Once she returned to Arizona, things changed completely. “I realized this was going to be home and I said, ‘You know what? I need to vest in this community.’ Here I [was] every day on the news talking about issues that affect Arizonans … if I don’t see that for myself, how can I genuinely discuss it and be articulate and informed?” With that, Sewell made a commitment to herself to take on a more active role within her newfound community. “I thought, I owe it to my community that’s given so much back to me to start giving up my time and do what I can in my profession to get the word out about all the good works these non-profits do.” One of Sewell’s philanthropic passions is the arts; growing up, her family didn’t have much money, but from the time Sewell was about 4, her mother would occasionally splurge on tickets to the theater. “That was a real escape for us,” she recalls, “So the arts have always been important [to me] because I’ve seen the impact they can make on people’s lives. I think it’s important to have interesting cultural activities for kids at all ages.” But Sewell doesn’t limit herself to art-related causes alone. Rather, she goes where she truly believes she can make an impact. “Pretty much where there’s a strong need, I’m willing to do whatever I can,” she says. “Sometimes I use my media to donate my services or create something for somebody. I can’t just put my name on a committee and do nothing, because what would be the point?” Sewell’s non-profit work includes sitting on the committee of the Phoenix Heart Ball, an impressive organization devoted to heart-related issues. “I have always been amazed at the commitment of these women involved in the Phoenix Heart Ball,” she says. “It’s been around for 50 years now and they’ve done extraordinary things in terms of their ability to promote awareness of heart disease and raise money. I feel like what they’re doing to get their message out is an example other charities could look at when they’re looking to raise awareness.” In order to help out as much as she can, Sewell taps into both her media ties and writing skills. “I knew that I could do something … I could use my media and my resources to bring more awareness to heart disease,” she says. “So I started writing stories for magazines … if my story could save one person, then I’ve made a difference.

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“What a lot of people don’t realize is heart disease is really the No. 1 killer of women,” she adds. “We don’t necessarily think of heart disease as something we’re going to be afflicted with … I always thought of men as having heart attacks.” Sewell also makes sure to include her 4-yearold daughter, Milan, in her charitable works. “I think it’s important for my daughter, who I think is a very fortunate, privileged child, to see that there are other people out there that are not so fortunate,” she says. “She needs to learn compassion and philanthropy, and there’s no better [time] to learn it than at that age.”

HITTING THE HIGHWAY Naturally, with so many balls in the air, Sewell has to be careful not to spread herself too thin. She says that one of her greatest challenges is not always having enough time to spend with her daughter. “I heard a great quote once from Barbara Walters,” Sewell recalls. “They asked her, ‘Do you think women can have it all?’ and she said, ‘Yes—but just not at the same time.’ I never believed that, [but now] I tend to agree, because something gives. It is a little hard to give 100 percent all the time to all those things. Sometimes one of those has to take a backseat and try to do my very best to make sure my daughter isn’t that one.” Luckily, Sewell’s roles with “Arizona Highways” television and Robin Sewell Productions allow her to include her daughter

in many of her work-related adventures. “We make it work; I’ve got a great kid. I take her on the road with me,” she says. Sewell is quick to point out that her TV career has evolved into something vastly different from what it used to be. “As a news anchor and reporter, a lot of the time I was reporting on difficult issues,” she says. “My profession now is just the opposite; I never have to report on bad news anymore. I’m still very much a journalist, but I’m all about doing good news stories, discovering wonderful treasures all over our state and encouraging people to have fun and be proud of this beautiful place where we all live.” But the show wouldn’t be possible without the help of its generous sponsors. “These sponsors have been with me since the day our show started,” Sewell says. “These are the most philanthropic, giving companies that I’ve ever seen—and I’ve lived in a lot of other states. I’m able to do what I do because of them and that’s a great thing.” Sewell talks about “Arizona Highways” television with unmistakable pride and exuberance. “This is not just any ordinary TV show,” she says. “Yes, it is an entertaining show—it is about travel, tourism, and enjoying and exploring your state, but this show is more about economic development. It’s about sustainability. It’s about getting out to these communities most people don’t even know exist and telling their stories.”

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Robin Sewell with her daughter, Milan.

And the results are often astounding. “We’ve gotten amazing letters from people saying they were about to close their doors, then once we did a story about them their phones started ringing,” Sewell says. “These are mom-and-pop businesses that live and breathe by people walking through their doors.”

NEW HORIZONS In the little downtime she has, Sewell enjoys spending quality time with her daughter, being with friends, going to the theater and exercising. Recently, she’s also been revisiting some of the places featured on her show. “When I’m on ‘Arizona Highways’ [television], I don’t get a chance to really enjoy the places we visit because we’re working, so what I’ve started to do is when I have time off I’ll try to go back to some of these places. I really like to support local, so as much as I can, I patronize the places that we talk about.” With “Arizona Highways” television gearing up for its seventh season, Sewell and her crew are still looking for ways to improve the show and build Robin Sewell Productions. “Next year, we’re building a big website so we can feature more places in Arizona, give a lot more information and reach a broader audience,” Sewell says. “We’re really excited about building our business in a place like Arizona that’s so open to businesses—women’s in particular.” She also has a project in the works called Celebrate Arizona. “What we’ve decided is that in these tough economic times, these smaller communities need a voice,” Sewell says. “We’re going to celebrate them and do stories. It’ll be a way to really showcase and help these communities.” In addition to TV-related endeavors, Sewell plans to do more public speaking in order to help inspire others to follow their dreams. “I want to be able to impart my history and experiences and [tell] people, ‘Don’t let anything stand in front of you. You can do it—you can be and accomplish whatever you want.’” One thing’s for certain: Robin Sewell is unstoppable. Through talent, determination and hard work, she’s managed to go from budding news reporter to anchor to business owner and television host in a relatively short time. And she’s not done yet. “It doesn’t matter where you are in life,” she says. “You can choose any career you want and be whoever you want to be.” pW Morgan Benavidez is the Managing Editor of Phoenix Woman magazine.


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nellie jackson Barrett-Jackson’s Woman at the Wheel BY BRITTANY WARREN/ PHOTOS COURTESY OF BARRETT-JACKSON

Nellie and Russ in 1944

Ordinarily, the name Barrett-Jackson might bring to mind images of impressive, classic automobiles, animated auctioneers, lovely spokesmodels and giant crowds. It’s a timeless event that draws car aficionados, collectors and families alike. But few people tend to reflect on the woman behind the scenes—Nellie Jackson. She may be a gentle soul, but in the world of cars, she’s an immense force. Known as the “Matriarch of the Barrett-Jackson Auction Company,” Jackson was one of the founders of the Barrett-Jackson Collector Car Auction and played a crucial role in making this grand event what it is today.

THE BIRTH OF A COMPANY Barrett-Jackson was officially founded in 1971 by Jackson and her late husband, Russ, along with Tom Barrett. Headquartered in Scottsdale, Ariz., the company has expanded to Palm Beach, Fla. and Las Vegas, Nev. It’s designed to provide products and services to classic and collector car owners and lovers, in one respective area at one time. Other vehicles such as trucks, motorcycles, airplanes and boats are sold along with rock ‘n’ roll memorabilia.


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“My husband, Russ, and Tom Barrett were two good business guys who loved cars,” says Jackson. “They met when Tom placed an ad to sell a 1933 V-16 Cadillac Town Car that had been built for Joan Crawford. Russ was interested in buying the car. The deal never happened, but Russ and Tom became fast friends, which eventually led to them going into business together.”

Nellie and Russ in 1970

People may assume that Jackson’s involvement with cars began as a result of being with her husband. However, Jackson was working with cars long before she met Russ. She was born in Pontiac, Mich., where the car business reigned supreme. “I started at Fisher Body [a car builder] right after I graduated college,” says Jackson. “I went to a business college, so I had the financial knowledge to begin work in Fisher’s accounting department.” Of course, the job wasn’t exactly her dream; Jackson’s true intent was to start a clothing store with her financial experience. “Back then, it was just a job,” she says. “I never thought cars would be [my] thing. But then I met Russ and he really helped me learn about and appreciate classic cars.” Not long after that, she lent her financial skills to the business and became the treasurer of the Barrett-Jackson Collector Car Auction. Jackson may have started out simply being familiar with cars, but soon she would grow to love them. “Falling in love with cars was actually more about falling in love with my husband,” Jackson says. “He was always passionate about cars and it not only was his

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business but part of our family’s lifestyle.” The first car that held special value for Jackson was a 1934 V-12 Cadillac Opera Coupe. “Russ bought [it] from a junkyard and fixed it up well enough to help us drive across the country,” she recalls. “We drove that car when we moved from Michigan to Arizona more than 40 years ago, so it holds special meaning.” After the move, the business was established in Scottsdale and grew from there. Jackson’s position also elevated from treasurer to regional director of Barrett-Jackson. She was the first woman to hold this title.

Nellie’s new car in 1960

“Even though I had a lot of business experience, there were times when the men didn’t want to deal with me,” Jackson explains. “When I was a regional director, I never gained any support from particular regions like Nashville. Back then it was much more difficult to gain the support and respect needed in a director role.”

STAYING FOCUSED Jackson’s strong will has always given her the determination to follow her dreams in life. Although she wanted to run a clothing store after college rather than work for Fisher Auto Company, she considered the job a temporary stepping stone in her career. Then, after meeting Russ and marrying him, she ran into another obstacle. “They made me quit because company policy didn’t allow married women to work,” she says. So Jackson found herself as a new wife without a job and with a dream still left unfulfilled. But rather than feeling jaded by this harsh predicament, she picked herself back up again and focused harder on her goals. With business savvy and an eye for women’s apparel, Jackson devoted her time to starting her own clothing store. “I made this dream come true when I opened and ran ‘Nellie’s’ for seven years in Pontiac, Mich.,” she says. “We sold clothes for women and children and some gift items.” Watching the shop run successfully gave Jackson a great sense of pride, and reminded her that once she set her mind to something, there would be no stopping her. This confidence would later become necessary once she went into the car industry full time.

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For women interested in pursuing a career in cars in this day and age, Jackson says, “While it’s still a man’s business, more women are involved than when I first started. My advice is to be really good at what you do, because people will recognize your expertise. And don’t let detractors drag you down. No matter how successful you are, always remember and be considerate of the people around you.” Jackson and her husband passed this knowledge as well as an infatuation with cars onto their two sons, Brian and Craig. “I left all the car teaching to Russ,” Jackson says. “He taught the boys how to drive and fix up cars at an early age. I think Craig restored and showed his first car at about age 10 or so.”

Nellie Jackson poses by a black Cadillac reminiscent of the car she and Russ drove from Michigan to Arizona.

Jackson also passed on her will to succeed to her sons, who carried this insight into their adult lives. After her husband passed, Jackson’s sons stepped up to take his place in the business. “Craig is my youngest son. Brian was my oldest, 14 years older than Craig. Brian ran the auction business until he passed away. Then Craig took over and has really grown the business to what it is today,” Jackson says. “His dad would be so proud.”

PRESENT DAY Nowadays, Jackson spends whatever time she isn’t working giving back to the community by helping out with charities. “I was treasurer of the Scottsdale Women’s Club. And then, of course, [there’s] my continued involvement in

Childhelp, an organization that helps victims of child abuse and neglect,” she says. “The Barrett-Jackson Auction has helped raise millions of dollars for Childhelp over the years. That’s one thing that has been very important to Russ and I, and now Craig—the ability to use the auction to help raise money for worthy non-profit organizations.” In 2004, Jackson was officially recognized for her achievements with the Meguiar's Treasure of the Collector Car Hobby Award. The Meguiar's Award was created to honor people who have successfully improved and made the car industry more visible for collector car hobbyists. Many hope to receive this significant tribute, but few get the chance. Jackson says, “It was a true honor—especially as a woman—winning this award. It’s recognition of all the hard work we put in over the years.” Next time you think of Barrett-Jackson, remember Nellie Jackson—a woman who paved a path where there previously wasn’t one. And even though many women in the workforce still have the problem of not being taken as seriously as a man, Jackson believes hard work is the secret to success. She says, “When you combine a good business mind with your passion, you’re bound to succeed.” pW Brittany Warren is an editorial intern for Phoenix Woman magazine.


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Downtown Phoenix has been revamping, rebuilding and rebranding itself as the metro area has continued to expand outward in just about every direction. Have all or part of a day to spend stay-cationing? Lucky youâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;you have some time to discover some old and new gems in downtown Phoenix. By Elizabeth Shell

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Entrance to the Heard Museum’s exhibition galleries

Yoga at Just Breathe Wellness Sanctuary will let you indulge in a little bit of “me time” while doing your body good.

“Intertribal Greeting”by Doug Hyde, Nez Perce/Assiniboine/Chippewa (Heard Photos Courtesy of Heard Museum)

My Florist Café is a hot spot on weekend mornings, and is open for lunch, dinner and late night dining.

EARLY MORNING Head for Murphy’s Bridle Path to get your day started with a boost. Just north of the downtown area, Murphy’s Bridle Path is a well-worn dirt trail along the east side of Central Ave. The path is a favorite for local walkers and joggers, and plenty bring their toddlers in strollers or their dogs. The main appeal to the path is the beautiful scenery along the three-mile trail; located between Bethany Home Rd. and Northern Ave., this part of Phoenix will take you alongside houses and churches with perfectly manicured lawns and stunning architecture. Ash trees line and shade the majority of the path, which has been designated historic by the Phoenix Historic Preservation Office along with the irrigation lateral on the west side of Central Ave. Dirt is one of the best natural surfaces to run or jog on due to the softer impact on your ankles and knees. Combined with the fresh air, getting your heart rate up, and taking in the natural and man-made beauty, this earlymorning wake-up along Murphy’s Bridle Path is motivation to get out of bed and will leave your entire body feeling fresh and energized, without the soreness later.

BREAKFAST Next, visit My Florist Café for a yummy, classy breakfast. The best thing about doing breakfast at My Florist is it fits every type of food mood you could possibly be in. Vegetarian? Covered. Healthy granola and fruit? All over it. French toast that reminds you powdered sugar still makes you feel like a kid (and that’s not a bad thing)? Yep. Traditional eggs, bacon, sausage and buttered toast that will keep you full until tomorrow? Done, done and done. Driving east on McDowell toward 7th Ave. it’s hard to miss the café on the north side of the street—the giant purple sign that spells out its name in a

scripty font is a remnant from the actual florist shop that resided in the space for 49 years. There’s live piano entertainment in the evenings, and the art and ambiance create a cool, eclectic vogue. My Florist Café is a hot spot on weekend mornings, and is open for lunch, dinner and late night as well, but the breakfast—especially the granola—is not to be missed.

LATE MORNING Yoga at Just Breathe Wellness Sanctuary will let you indulge in a little bit of “me time” while doing your body good. Just Breathe is located a little off the beaten path on 2nd St. and Garfield. Like any good yoga studio, the atmosphere is serene and everyone is incredibly nice. The owner’s dog is usually around and is always available for petting, which is guaranteed to turn any sour mood around. What’s especially nice about Just Breathe is the small class sizes and responsive instructors, meaning there’s plenty of space and the class will be about what the group wants to focus on. Also like any good yoga studio, membership is a bit pricey, but they offer specials and the first session is usually free if you’re just interested in checking it out. There’s massage available too if you need the stretch and relaxation, but want a professional to do the work for you. Either way, after 75 minutes at Just Breathe, your stress will start to dissipate and your self-esteem will increase. That alone is worth the investment, besides the added flexibility, strength, toned shape and stamina a yoga practice can create.

LUNCH Once you’ve had your morning workout, head to Duck and Decanter for a great lunch in an epicurean setting. Duck and Decanter looks and sounds

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The dancing water fountain at Civic Space Park provides a fun activity for small children. (below) Niman Katsina, c. 1983, by Tina Youvella, Hopi Heard Museum Collection

The 30-foot-long art fence, “Indigenous Evolution,” by Rosemary Lonewolf, Santa Clara Tewa, and Tony Jojola, Isleta, greets visitors at the entrance of the Heard’s signature exhibition, HOME: Native People in the Southwest.

The Heard Museum’s World Championship Hoop Dance Contest draws nearly 10,000 visitors and dancers from throughout the United States and Canada, who compete for the world champion title.

like one of those places that’s going to be rather expensive. It’s not, and it’s one of those gems that the local professionals know to go to on their lunch hour for a meal that’s great and affordable. It’s a sandwich and salad shop, but even the lowly, comfort food go-to of PB&J is taken to the next level. The peanut butter is made in house. The cheeses are artisan. The meat is rich and the veggies are fresh. Even the pickles come in their own special pickle baggies. It would all seem pretentious if it weren’t so good and easily affordable. A specialty sandwich and drink runs under $10. The Smokey Forrest and the Bacon, Tomato and Cheese sandwiches are especially excellent. With free Wi-Fi, bottles of wine and bags of grind-your-own coffee for sale along with cutesy kitsch, Duck and Decanter is a convenient, yummy and cheerful place to have lunch.

AFTERNOON The Heard Museum is the place to go to when you’re not in the mood for a traditional museum experience. Judging the Heard Museum from Central Ave., it’s a complete fooler; it looks like a small if well-maintained building— the kind one might expect for a state history or local geological museum. Once inside, it’s a completely different story. The museum opens up into room after room of galleries and collections. Each area is overwhelmingly full of prehistoric, historic and contemporary Native American art. The various exhibitions in the 10 galleries are compelling and emotional on many levels—some are nostalgic, some show pride for individual tribes and some show the mundanity and joy of family and daily survival. The most gripping pointedly show the reality of war, the struggle for identity and the anguish of loss after the Europeans arrived. There are outdoor sculpture gardens, a cafe and a fun trading-post style gift shop as well. But for a really special treat, don’t miss the world-famous

hoop dance competition. The next event will take place on the weekend of Feb. 13-14, 2010. Be sure to arrive early—the competition takes place on the sweeping, circular front lawn, and the space fills up quickly. And take the Light Rail if you can—traffic slows to a crawl on Central Ave. as drivers slow to watch the event as they pass by.

LATE AFTERNOON PICK-ME-UP Hob Nobs is one of those local coffee houses every neighborhood wished it had. On McDowell and 3rd Ave., the great coffee and free Wi-Fi meet the basic requirements for a coffee house. But it's the spaciousness, comfy chairs and big tables (perfect for setting up your laptop, books, coffee, notes and phone without bothering anyone else’s space), full breakfast, lunch and pizza menus and diverse mix of music, local art and knick-knacks that make it an enjoyable place. If you’re in a noshing mood, be sure to pick up the fresh tomato and mozzarella salad (the balsamic vinegar dressing is addictive). It’s hard to go wrong on the coffee menu, but the cafe mocha is especially good.

DINNER Hula’s Modern Tiki offers healthy food that isn’t the same old, same old. Up Central Ave. toward Camelback is the new and decidedly hip island cuisine restaurant. Tucked in the same area as Haus Modern Living and Oliver and Annie boutiques, the open restaurant and fire pit lend a relaxed and friendly vibe. The menu is full of fish, coconut, mangoes, Maui onions, blackened chicken and fiery spiciness. Happy hour prices are great—signature drinks and appetizers for $5 each—and the menu is diverse enough to keep just about everybody happy (meaning there’s hamburgers and steak, but no chicken tenders. Sorry, kids).

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pW / FEATURE (far left) Located near Civic Space Park, ASU’s innovative new Walter Cronkite School of Journalism is breathing new life into the downtown area. (center) Patrons can enjoy a refreshing signature cocktail at My Florist Café. (below) Civic Space Park provides the perfect spot to walk off dinner while enjoying dazzling lights and scenery. (Civic Space Photos Courtesy of Phoenix Parks and Recreation Department)

Hula’s also carries a unique wine made from pineapple, and if you ask nicely enough you can sample it before committing to a full glass. If you like mixed drinks made with pineapple syrup, this wine is right up your alley. If not, spend your money on dessert. The key lime pie is fresh and bright, and is a great follow to the delicious, savory umami taste of Hula’s pan-fried hapu dinner.

EVENING ENTERTAINMENT Civic Space Park provides the perfect spot to walk off dinner while enjoying dazzling lights and scenery. The new, multi-use park is located in the block of land between Arizona State University’s downtown campus on Central Ave. and the YMCA on 1st Ave. It has a strong urban and ecofriendly feel, and the open grassy areas are perfect for a quick game of Frisbee or sitting to watch the stars. Night is when the Civic Space truly comes alive. The multiple light sculptures are mesmerizing, including poles of changing light along the Central Ave. side, and a mammoth art fixture fashioned out of colored wire and illuminated by colored lights floating stories above the park. The dancing water feature that shoots out of the ground amid colored lights is fun for kids of any age to play in. On certain nights the Civic Space plays movies on a big screen, hosts fairs and is a venue for shows. The recently restored historic A.E. England Building houses Fair Trade Café and Store, and is often used for public events or showcasing local artwork. Even if there’s nothing going on that night, the park is big and interesting enough to enjoy a meandering walk or bike ride among friends.

LATE NIGHT Downtown Phoenix is full of places for late night shenanigans. If children and those under 21 are part of the group, head to the Arizona Center between 3rd St., Van Buren and 5th St. It’s the perfect place to get local Cold Stone Creamery ice cream for the kids and catch a movie. The garden along the Van Buren is beautiful—wooden benches, dirt paths, little ponds and blue lights strung on the palm trees create a sweet and peaceful way to end the evening, whether by yourself, with a partner or in a group. If everyone in the group is of proper drinking age, then head to The Roosevelt Tavern on 3rd St. just south of Garfield St. On tap are lots of local favorites, including a wide selection from Four Peaks, and lots of unique local and regional craft beers that you’ve never heard of but have to try. The menu is small but almost everything is quite good and wards off that late-night hunger. The fact that the food is yummy should come as no surprise; Roosevelt Tavern owner Matt Pool is the owner, chef and proprietor behind Matt’s Big Breakfast, the insanely popular and insanely small breakfast place also in downtown Phoenix, as well as Giant Coffee, which is scheduled to open in winter 2010. The Roosevelt is the locals’ neighborhood bar of choice (it was awarded “Best Of” by Phoenix New Times last year). It’s a bit small, appropriately dark-lit, and there’s never quite enough space at the bar. It’s so good and such a match for the downtown Phoenix atmosphere that any day spent in the city should end here. pW Elizabeth Shell is a freelance multimedia producer in Phoenix. INFOLINKS:;

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The Alto ristorante e bar The Alto ristorante e bar will have you at “hello.” From the moment you step foot onto the property of the Scottsdale-Hyatt, you sense that there is something special in the air. The courtyard is a symphony for your senses as you amble through this fairytale setting garnished with warm fire pits, ridiculously comfortable outdoor seating, vibrant music, running falls, and majestic palm trees set against a vast blanket of stars. Cross over the bridge to the casual elegant Italian setting of The Alto, a dining experience offering you fresh and flavorful dishes with an emphasis on “the season”. Dinner is served both indoors and alfresco nestled around terrace fire pits, creating more than just a good meal accompanied with the perfect bottle of wine. It’s the bottling of a timeless moment. Sous Chef Salvador Prado will inspire with a delicious menu written especially for this season of love, including Alto’s signature dessert, the Gondolino—a crispy pastry gondola dipped in chocolate and filled with berries, floating on vanilla bean Crème Brûlée. Or, if you’d rather keep to the more traditional Italian dessert, you can always save room for the tantalizing Tiramisu. But that’s not to say that Chef Salvador isn’t both willing and able to whip up something that’s not on the dessert menu, but more so what’s on your imagination. Dinner and dessert are pure poetry coupled with a gondola ride aboard one of the beautifully named (and exquisitely carved) gondolas for a complimentary—if not quixotic—moonlit ride offered with the purchase or your entrees. It’s all the rage in Venice, baby! Your gondolier, a literal master in music, will lull you with a song so sweet it will take your breath away, and in effect, may spark spontaneous applause from surrounding balconies. Just don’t forget your after-dinner mints because it very well could turn out to be one of those irresistibly kissable moments. Now that’s amore! Dinner for two: $80 and over 7500 E. Doubletree Ranch Road, Scottsdale 480.444.1234 x 79

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Table for Two

Romantic Dining by Natalie June Reilly

The Melting Pot Want to melt your lover’s heart? Dip into something different at The Melting Pot in Scottsdale—a unique and interactive restaurant that takes fondue to a whole new level. It’s the “just right” rendezvous if you’re looking to really heat things up. They offer romantic packages for two that include a four-course meal combined with a bouquet of red roses and a clever variety of sweet nothings left on your table. All you have to do is pick up the phone and make the reservation. Ask for the Perfect Romance Package or any one of the packages they have available. Want to step it up a notch? Ask to be seated in Lover’s Lane, an exclusive little nook built for two that is hidden away from the rest of the world; it is even draped for privacy. Discover many tasty ingredients from breads to cheeses, shrimp to beef, vegetables to fruit, white chocolate to dark chocolate. No matter your skewered selection, you are in for a unique dining experience that includes exceptional service and a real taste of romance dipped in both cheese and chocolate. And as delicious as their dinner menu is, multiply that by ten when it comes to their dessert menu. Seriously, if love means never having to say you’re sorry, then The Melting Pot’s chocolate fondues mean never having to say you’re sorry for indulging in such guilty pleasures. No lie, their desserts are to die for! Dinner for two: $85 and over 8260 N. Hayden Road, Suite A100, Scottsdale 480.607.1799


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Trader Vic’s Home of the original Mai Tai, Trader Vic’s is an exotic Polynesian-inspired paradise that just celebrated its 75th anniversary! With service that is distinctive and lighthearted, you will find this remarkable upscale island destination to be just what the love doctor ordered. Trader Vic’s is long on both appetite and atmosphere with a South Pacific taste and feel, anchored by fish nets, bamboo tiki lamps, tribal masks, a giant Chinese wood-burning oven, beach-style fireplace and a legendary style all its own, beginning with the mood-swinging totem pole you’ll meet face to face in the lobby. Don’t be shy when it comes to the menu; it’s a good time to be daring. For those seafaring appetites, you might partake in one of Trader Vic’s favorites: Ginger Steamed Alaskan Halibut with Jasmine Rice. Or you could simply sink your teeth into any one of the delicious menu items, including the Pressed Almond Duck with Steamed Baby Bok Choy and Plum Sauce. When it comes time for dessert, you may be tempted by the many sinfully sweet options like the Pineapple Upside Down Cake or the Polynesian Snowball. But let it be said that you haven’t tasted heaven until you’ve tasted Chef Justin’s Famous Bread Pudding—a little slice of his childhood dream. Perfecting his late grandmother’s bread pudding recipe, this dessert will woo your socks off. It’ll make your toes curl; it’s that good. Add an after dinner drink—say a hot buttered rum. Even an ordinary cup of coffee at Trader Vic’s tastes like a tropical vacation in a cup. It’s the perfect island escape for two that’ll save you and your Valentine the cost of a plane ticket. Dinner for two: $80 and over 6850 E. Main Street, Scottsdale 480.421.7799

Ah, love is in the air! And its delicious aroma is aimed straight for you—like Cupid’s arrow—from the heart of some of the most romantic kitchens in town. Local chefs are hard at work cooking up a little something special for those in the mood for L-O-V-E. It just may be the perfect invitation for you to slip into that little black number of yours and deep into the arms of your favorite Valentine for an unforgettable and hopelessly romantic dinner for two. pW

Donovan’s Steakhouse If it’s an exclusive upscale steakhouse you’re looking for, the toast of the town this season is Donovan’s Steakhouse—a real meat and potatoes landmark cloaked in white linen, rich mahogany architecture, private booths, private dining rooms, a spectacular wine cellar, VIP wine lockers, crystal chandeliers, a vast collection of original artwork, a cigar lounge and exceptional service that you won’t find any place else. It’s classic romance at its best! Donovan’s is known for their phenomenal Oscar-style Filet Mignon and their Australian Rack of Lamb; coupled with an order of the garlic-smashed potatoes, you’ve got a match made in heaven. Chef Robert Nixon, a creative genius in his own right, has designed an impressive menu for the hearty appetite, and with the help of Donovan’s staff, will stop at nothing to ensure that you and your Valentine receive the V.I.P treatment. With musical masters such as Sinatra crooning in the background and the ambient flickering of tea lamps, you can’t help but get the feeling that you’re being wined and dined a la New York style. For added romance, you can order a beautiful bouquet of roses for your table when you call to make your dinner reservation—and not just for Valentine’s Day. Donovan’s will arrange flowers especially for you any day of the week. And if you really want to impress your Valentine, you can also ask to reserve Table 158—the best seat in the house. Dare for dessert? Donovan’s is known for their sinfully decadent Crème Brûlée, made in-house with fresh cracked vanilla bean; one bite and you can’t help but fall head over heels. And if it’s chocolate you fancy, ask for the Triple Chocolate Brownie, topped with a hearty scoop of Häagen-Dazs ice cream. This is Donovan’s over-the-top way of saying, “You’re welcome!” Dinner for two: $90 and over 3101 E. Camelback Road, Phoenix 602.955.3666


Lauren  Leopard Pants - True Religion $216; Graffiti Tank - William Rast $114; Silver Blazer - Eight Sixty $118; Pearl Necklace - Nordstrom $58; Bracelets - Nordstrom $28 (each); Shoes - N.Y.L.A. $120 Anna Lisa  Grey Sweater - Larok $328; Polka Dot Dress - Haven $98; Brown Belt - Nordstrom $48; Purple Bag - Rebecca Minkoff $435; Boots - Steve Madden $190

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Photographer: RJ Cook Photography Stylist: Jillian Jacobsen Assistant Stylist: Morgan McDonald Makeup: Julia Venegas for Smashbox Cosmetics Photo Assistant: Megan Marvin Models: Anna Lisa & Lauren H. from The Ford Robert Black Agency Clothing provided by: Nordstrom Scottsdale Fashion Square

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Hit the Streets in Style

Hobo-chic has never been so hot. And this year, layering is key. Take a peek into the depths of your closet and rediscover the oversized sweaters, DayGlo, fringe, sequins and shoulder pads (we know they’re hiding in there). There’s nothing cooler than effortless style, so throw together pieces that aren’t a perfect match for a street-ready look that will stop traffic. pW



Lauren Dark Brown Leather Jacket - June $298; Cream Blouse - Nanette Lepore $198; Gold Mini Skirt - Free People $58; Earrings - Kate Spade $48; Boots - N.Y.L.A. $120 Anna Lisa  Orange Pants - J Brand $158; Blue Vest - Literature Noir $154; T-Shirt - Obey $38; Necklace - Nordstrom $68

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Anna Lisa Grey Tank w/Necklace - Haute Hippie $475; Gold Mini Skirt - Pleasure Doing Business $132; Grey Striped Sweater - Free People $108; Blue Pumps - BCBGeneration $79 Lauren  Motorcycle Jacket - Kenna-T $478; Blue Dress - Karini Grimaldi $174; Tights - Hot Sox $23

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Anna Lisa Blue Cardigan - Literature Noir $176; Neon Green Mini - Pleasure Doing Business $88; Necklace - Nordstrom $98; Boots - N.Y.L.A. $120 Lauren  Blue Sequined Dress - Haute Hippie $495

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Lauren Purple Shirt - Robert Rodriguez $286; Lace Leggings - Rock And Republic $155; Earrings - Nordstrom $22; Purse - Rebecca Minkoff $330; Shoes - Jessica Simpson $79 Anna Lisa  Brown Fur Vest - Members Only $98; Hot Pink Tunic - Amanda Uprichard $184; Torn Leggings - Joes Jeans $98; Bracelets - Kate Spade $175 (each); Necklace - Nordstrom $138

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Anna Lisa Pink Sequined Sweater - Trina Turk $198; Navy Skirt - Haute Hippie $246; Black Tights - Hot Sox $15; Earrings - Nordstrom $32; Boots - Jeffrey Campbell $140 Lauren  Purple Fur Vest - Numbers Only $148; Gold Dress - Bailey 44 $200; Pink Gloves - Echo $28; Silver Booties - Dolce Vita $100

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Understanding Drycleaning Solvents and Fluids by Stu Bloom

Very briefly, there are five major components to a drycleaner’s service: cleaning, finishing (aka pressing), inspecting, repairing and packaging. The drycleaning solvent or fluid used in the cleaning process is probably the most critical part of the cleaning component.

There are primarily four drycleaning solvents or fluids in use in Arizona today.


benign. In the event of a major spill, siloxane degrades quickly in the environment into silica and trace amounts of water and carbon dioxide. Contrast this to perc or synthetic petroleum; in the event of a major spill, a cleaner using siloxane will need a bucket and a mop, whereas a cleaner using perc or synthetic petroleum would require you to summon your fire department’s hazardous materials unit. First aid measures for siloxane state that no action is required when siloxane comes into contact with skin or is inhaled or ingested. This differs markedly from first aid measures (wash, flush, consult a physician) for perc and synthetic petroleum solvents.

Perchloroethylene (aka perc or PCE), a chlorinated solvent, is the most common drycleaning solvent in use. Used by approximately 90 percent of the 26,000 cleaners in the USA, perc (brand name: Dowper from Dow Chemical) is valued for its grease-cutting properties.


In recent years, perc has been attacked by governmental agencies and environmentalists as a potential human carcinogen as well as a ground water and air pollutant. Perc has been scheduled for phase-out in California by the year 2023. By contrast, advocates for perc have argued that perc, used in accordance with existing environmental laws and regulations, is perfectly safe.

Today, this water-based process is often called “wetcleaning.”

The debate over perc is ongoing and contentious with a wealth of scientific and anecdotal evidence supporting both sides of the debate. But health and environmental safety is not my beef with perc. My concern is that perc is a relatively fabric aggressive, dye-stripping solvent. Way too damaging for the bespoke, made-to-measure, designer, high fashion, specialty and couture garments in which I specialize.

Water is the oldest “solvent” and is often used in combination with drycleaning to ensure that both oil-based and water-based stains and soils are removed from garments and household textiles.

It is important to note that wetcleaning is not “washing.” Even the most technologically advanced home washing machines or professional shirt washers cannot match the capabilities of today’s specialized, computercontrolled wetcleaning equipment. Micro-processors control water temperature, cylinder speeds, mechanical action and moisture removal.

Where to from Here? Now that you know the specific solvents or fluids in use in Arizona today, it’s important to find out three things from your cleaner: • What specific drycleaning solvent or fluid (perc, synthetic petroleum and/or siloxane) does your cleaner use?

Synthetic petroleum

• What are the specific properties of that solvent or fluid?

About 7 percent of cleaners use synthetic petroleum, a hydrocarbon solvent that's a byproduct of the manufacture of gasoline (brand name: DF-2000 from Exxon Mobil or EcoSolv from Conoco Phillips). Synthetic petroleum is often falsely positioned as an “organic, green, non-toxic and environmentally friendly” alternative to perc.

• What is the impact of the specific solvent or fluid on your fine garments and household textiles?

While synthetic petroleum is relatively more gentle than perc, it is subject to the same federal, state and local environmental laws and regulations as perc, both in how it's used and how it’s disposed of. Many cleaners that use synthetic petroleum like to refer to themselves as “organic cleaners.” Technically, synthetic petroleum is “organic” because it contains carbon. But nuclear waste is also technically organic because it contains carbon. And so is perc, the “bad” drycleaning solvent that synthetic petroleum was supposed to replace. To suggest that synthetic petroleum is organic in the same way that an apple is organic is deceptive and misleading. Actually, it’s more than that. It’s a scam.

Siloxane Fewer than 3 percent of all cleaners use siloxane (brand name: Green Earth). Siloxane is completely odorless and dermatologically friendly. You can even wash your face and hands in it. It’s extremely gentle. So gentle, in fact, that it’s been used for decades as a base ingredient in many personal care products you drip into your eyes and rub into your skin on a daily basis, such as shampoos, antiperspirants, deodorants and moisturizing creams. It’s also chemically inert, which means that siloxane won’t “bleed” or “fade” your colors. From an environmental point of view, siloxane is much more than just environmentally friendly. It’s biodegradable. And it’s environmentally

In answering these questions, forget about popular terms such as natural, sustainable, pollutant free, biodegradable, non-toxic, toxic free, essentially non-toxic, practically non-toxic, EPA approved, non-regulated, non-ozone depleting , ozone friendly, ozone safe, VOC free, environmentally friendly, environmentally safe, environmentally preferable, environmentally superior, earth friendly, earth safe, eco friendly, eco safe, green, organic, alternative, hypoallergenic, allergen free, or any other similar description your cleaner can conjure up. It’s also important to recognize that many cleaners use these terms to intentionally confuse or obfuscate, not to educate or enlighten. Many cleaners are purposely ambiguous about the solvent or fluid they use (they just don’t want you to know). Also, some clean in perc and claim they clean in synthetic petroleum, while others clean in perc or synthetic petroleum and claim they clean in siloxane. Knowing the specific solvent or fluid used, its properties and its impact is critical to cutting through the fog of confusing terms in the drycleaning marketplace. How Can I Help You? 8480 E. Butherus Dr., Scottsdale Call: 480.998.8266 Stu is President of RAVE FabriCARE (, a nationally recognized, full service fabricare specialist and couture drycleaner. Located in the Scottsdale Airpark, RAVE offers in-store service, valleywide pickup and delivery and nationwide clean by mail. Contact Stu at 480.443.1005 or at Follow Stu on his blog,


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Linda Milhaven Senior Vice President Wells Fargo Bank

LEARN FROM THE BEST! Join a group of leading women to connect, learn and grow. Inspire is a monthly opportunity to build your network of professional women. Learn, up close and personal, from the best and brightest women in the Valley. Speakers share their personal journey of success and key lessons they’ve learned along the way. Presented by

A successful businesswoman and outstanding community leader, Linda was recently awarded Scottsdale Leadership’s Frank B. Hodges Alumni Achievement Award. Linda, a graduate of Paradise Valley High School, received her BA in psychology from Wellesley College and her MBA in finance from Columbia University. She has been in the Scottsdale banking industry for 20 years, becoming a highly-respected woman in the industry. Linda has received numerous awards for her business and community leadership. Currently she serves as the board chair for the Scottsdale Cultural Council, is a STARS advisory committee member and serves as a Scottsdale City Commissioner.

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In 2004, Kandi Lee had a vision to start her own company… and $1.11 in her bank account. She put the $1.11 in an envelope and placed it under her pillow. From that moment on, Kandi became a Maniac on a Mission. Immediately she felt both fear and excitement. She had a paradigm shift; a shift in the purpose and vision for her life. Kandi decided she would no longer be limited by her bank account. She made a commitment to take care of her daughter, take charge of her life and started One-Eleven Companies, a coaching, speaking and training company that uses personal growth, accountability and business strategies to improve professional results.

Inspire Luncheons are held the third Wednesday of each month. 11:30 a.m. Registration & Networking 11:45 a.m. – 1:15 p.m. Luncheon & Program Scottsdale Chamber Members $35; Guests $45 Advanced registration required.

Register at or (480) 949-6282. For partnership opportunities, contact Beth Burnett,, or (480) 949-6288.





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Go Red For Women® celebrates the energy, passion and power we have as women to band together to wipe out heart disease and stroke. Thanks to the participation of millions of people across the country, the color RED and the red dress now stand for the ability all women have to improve their heart health and live stronger, longer lives. Today, our near-term goal is nothing less than a 25 percent reduction in coronary heart disease and stroke risk by the year 2010. As we work toward that goal, we’re working hard to change the perception that heart disease is a “man’s disease.” And it’s working! By teaching more and more women how to talk to their doctors about heart disease, we can save thousands of lives every year, because the good news is that heart disease is often preventable! And in case anyone still believes that heart disease is only a concern for older women, we encourage you to read some of the inspiring stories in this Go Red For Women Special Section. Together, they make the case plain and simple: The time for action is now!




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(from left) Robin Sewell; Phoenix Fire Chief Bob Khan; Mayor Phil Gordon; Mark Curtis; Nathan Laufer, M.D.

The Men Who Support Go Red For Women by


What brings some of the most prominent and influential Valley men together in one room? One cause: the American Heart Association’s Go Red For Women movement. These men, through their professions or personal lives, have all been touched in some way by heart-related issues. In honor of Go Red For Women, they decided to partake in a special photo shoot with Robin Sewell, host of Arizona Highways television and avid AHA board member, and help spread the message of heart health, prevention and awareness from within the pages of Phoenix Woman. During the shoot, each gentleman expressed his own unique and special reason for valuing Go Red. For instance, Channel 12’s Mark Curtis experienced a close call with his brother. Cardiologist Nathan Laufer, M.D. has dedicated his entire career to helping patients beat cardiovascular disease. Phoenix Fire Chief Bob Khan and his team of 1,800 firefighters engage in heart-related rescues every day. The Phoenix Suns gorilla and Luis Gonzalez of the Arizona Diamondbacks simply believe in community service and supporting important causes. But no matter how different their stories may be, they all share the same goal: to spread the word to women that heart disease, which is often called the “silent killer,” is not just a “man’s disease.” And, with the proper awareness and education, thousands of lives can be saved each year.

“Just as a healthy downtown pumps life into the entire city, it takes a healthy heart to pump life into each one of us. The best thing men and women can do to take care of themselves, is to take care of their hearts.” - Mayor Phil Gordon “This amazing movement illustrates how with passion, strength, and perseverance, we can overcome obstacles and come together to educate the world about women and heart disease.” - Robin Sewell, “Arizona Highways”television


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(from left) John Schaller, M.D.; Luis Gonzalez; Robin Sewell; Phoenix Suns Gorilla; Dave Pratt, Radio Personality; Rick Welts, President and CEO of the Phoenix Suns

“I am proud to support the American Heart Association and the American Stroke Association, as my father suffered a stroke late in life. I am thankful for this opportunity to help others. I even brought along my friend Gonzo. We rented our suits!” - Dave Pratt, Radio Personality

Join Go Red For Women! Your participation in Go Red For Women includes a monthly e-newsletter filled with heart-healthy tips, plus invitations to events in your area, as well as access to Go Red merchandise, special programs and more. Sign up is free! For more information, visit TM Go Red trademark of AHA, Red Dress trademark of DHHS.


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Running the Distance Valley Survivor Hits Her Stride in the Fight Against Stroke by


Helen Keller once said, “Character cannot be developed in ease and quiet. Only through experience of trial and suffering can the soul be strengthened, ambition inspired, and success achieved.” It’s a quote that strikes a chord with 37-year-old June Estrada of Chandler. Five years ago, Estrada was on top of the world. An avid runner, she had seven marathons to her credit, and life was very good. Like many of us, when it came to a stroke, Estrada thought it was something that only afflicted the elderly. She soon found out otherwise. While on a business trip to Florida, Estrada’s life underwent a drastic change. When she awoke her first day, she noticed her right hand had a strange numbing sensation. She thought little of it and made her way to the hotel gym to work out. Midway through her workout her right hand lost its grip on the machine’s handrail. Still, Estrada didn’t give it much thought and headed back to her room. While getting ready for work, the first major warning signs of her stroke began. “I felt a very painful wave of numbness starting at my right shoulder and moving down to my hand,” Estrada recalls. “As it moved down my arm I lost total control of my limb and it became very heavy like an anchor hanging from my side. I was terrified.” She was taken to a nearby urgent care center by a coworker, where the physician diagnosed her with a pinched nerve. As the day progressed, Estrada’s condition worsened. The paralysis had expanded down her leg and it was becoming difficult for her to speak. She decided to take the first-available flight home the next day. By then, the right side of her body was completely paralyzed. Convinced the problem was in fact a pinched nerve, Estrada decided to continue with her travel plans. But after landing in Phoenix, she went into full convulsions while being pushed in a wheelchair from her gate. She remembers drifting in and out of consciousness. Estrada had suffered a massive stroke. Upon arriving at St. Joseph’s Hospital and Medical Center, doctors discovered three blood clots in her brain. The right side of her body was completely paralyzed. Her doctors didn’t know if she would ever walk again, let alone run. But Estrada had other plans. Refusing to give up, she made a promise to herself as she laid helpless in the ICU. “I vowed that I would not only run again, but I would qualify for and compete in the


June Estrada (Photo by Rich Cruse)

Boston Marathon.” This was a goal Estrada had never accomplished in her seven previous marathon attempts. Estrada’s motivation would eventually carry her through months of rehabilitation, during which she slowly regained movement on the right side of her body. Then, it would be only a matter of time before she laced up her running shoes and hit the pavement. “Through this entire nightmare, I never allowed myself to forget how great it feels to run,” she says. “It’s that feeling that I hung onto at times when I thought things couldn’t get any worse.” Once she reclaimed her life, Estrada wasted no time in contacting the American Heart Association and the American Stroke Association. Estrada said she wanted to volunteer her time to help raise stroke awareness. She’s done that—and much, much more. As a member of the Train To End Stroke marathon running team, Estrada raised more than $20,000 for stroke research. She competed in her first marathon comeback during the P.F. Chang’s Rock ‘n’ Roll marathon in 2006. Later that same year, Estrada raced again in the Kona Half Marathon, placing first in her age group with an astounding time of 1:37.21. In October 2006, Estrada ran The LaSalle Bank Chicago Marathon, achieving her goal of qualifying for the Boston Marathon with a finishing time of 3:38.41. “Participating in the 111th running of the Boston Marathon on April 16, 2007 was a dream come true,” she says. “Not only was this a huge accomplishment as a runner but even more so as a stroke survivor.” With the help of inspiring women like Estrada, the American Heart Association is able to raise stroke and heart disease awareness in a profound way. As the old Chinese proverb says, “If you get up one more time than you fall, you will make it through.” And no one exemplifies this better than Estrada. “I hope my story inspires others to accomplish every potential in their own recovery,” she says. “A stroke may take the life you had, but it does not have to take away the life you have. Dream big!” Nancy Keane is the Director of Marketing Communications with the American Heart Association.

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HEART ATTACK Some heart attacks are sudden and intense, causing someone to gasp dramatically, clutch her heart and drop to the ground. No one has any doubts about what's happening. But most heart attacks start slowly, with mild pain or discomfort. Often the people affected aren't sure what's wrong and wait too long before getting help. Here are some signs a heart attack may be happening:

Cardiovascular Disease 101 If you or someone you know shows signs of heart attack or stroke, call 9-1-1 right away. An Emergency Medical Services (EMS) team can begin treatment as soon as it arrives. What's more, the EMS team is also trained to revive someone whose heart has stopped, which saves hundreds of lives each year. If you have symptoms and you can't access EMS, ask someone to drive you to the hospital immediately. Don't drive yourself, unless there's just no other option. What Is Cardiovascular Disease? Cardiovascular disease (CVD) includes diseases of the heart and blood vessels. Most heart and blood vessel problems develop over time and occur when your arteries develop atherosclerosis, a process that begins in childhood and involves a gradual buildup of plaque inside your arteries. Plaque contains fat, cholesterol and other substances, and can grow large enough to significantly reduce blood flow through an artery. Most of the damage occurs when a plaque becomes fragile and ruptures. Plaques that rupture can cause blood clots to form. These clots can block blood flow at the site of the rupture or can break off and travel through the artery to another part of the body. If either happens and blocks an artery that feeds the heart or brain, it causes a heart attack or stroke. What Is Stroke? Stroke, the No. 3 killer of women, is a type of vascular disease that affects the arteries leading to and within the brain. A stroke occurs when an artery that carries blood, oxygen and nutrients to the brain either bursts or is blocked by a clot, causing the oxygen-deprived area of the brain to die. When part of the brain dies from lack of blood flow, the part of the body it controls is affected. Strokes can cause paralysis, affect language and vision, and cause other problems. Seeking early treatment can minimize the potentially devastating effects of stroke, but to receive them, a person must recognize the warning signs and act quickly. For more information about stroke and its effects, visit

• Chest discomfort. Most heart attacks involve discomfort in the center of the chest that lasts more than a few minutes, or that goes away and comes back. It can feel like uncomfortable pressure, squeezing, fullness or pain. • Discomfort in other areas of the upper body. Symptoms can include pain or discomfort in one or both arms, the back, neck, jaw or stomach. • Shortness of breath. This feeling may occur with or without chest discomfort. • Other signs of discomfort. These may include breaking out in a cold sweat, nausea or lightheadedness. As with men, women's most common heart attack symptom is chest pain or discomfort. But women are somewhat more likely than men to experience some of the other common symptoms, particularly shortness of breath, nausea/vomiting and back or jaw pain. If you or someone you are with has chest discomfort, especially with one or more of the other signs, don't wait longer than five minutes before calling 9-1-1 for help.

STROKE WARNING SIGNS • Sudden numbness or weakness of the face, arm, or leg, especially on one side of the body • Confusion, trouble speaking or understanding • Trouble seeing in one or both eyes • Trouble walking, dizziness, loss of balance or coordination • Sudden, severe headache with no known cause Not all these warning signs occur in every stroke. If you or someone with you has one or more stroke symptoms that last more than a few minutes, don't delay! Immediately call 9-1-1 or the EMS number so an ambulance (ideally with advanced life support) can quickly be sent to you. Also, check the time so you'll know when the first symptoms began. It's very important to take immediate action. If given within three hours of the start of symptoms, a clot-busting drug can reduce long-term disability for the most common type of stroke.



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Wendy Parr

Heart Survivor, Arizona

Grand Canyon University Commits to Sponsorship of Go Red For Women Only two years ago Wendy Parr’s life was in full swing. From her career as a dental relations representative to becoming a new mother-in-law and awaiting the arrival of her first grandchild, Parr’s life was fantastic, and very busy. With so much going on, Parr put physical activity on the back burner, and would squeeze in a quick swim or walk when she could.

University Plans Campus Events to Benefit Cause

Though she lost her father to a heart attack at age 56, neither Parr nor her doctors thought she was at high risk for heart disease. In addition, Parr’s physical examinations indicated her cholesterol was only slightly elevated, and that her electrocardiogram appeared normal.

"With our penetration in the local healthcare market and our ability to advocate through our 30,000 students, faculty and staff, we can take the community education component of the Go Red For Women effort to a very grassroots, but also broad-based level," says Fran Roberts, RN, Ph.D., vice president of Strategic Business Alliances of the College of Nursing & Health Sciences at Grand Canyon University (GCU).

One day while swimming, Wendy noticed her chest felt tight. After a few minutes, the sensation went away. However, later that night, she awoke to severe chest pain. Still able to make it to the phone, Wendy contemplated not calling 9-1-1. She was scared, but decided it was the right thing to do. Paramedics arrived just in time. En route to the hospital, Wendy drifted in and out of consciousness, and remembers very little from the time paramedics picked her up to the minutes and hours following an emergency procedure that would save her life. After her stent procedure, Wendy was told by her cardiologist that she was lucky to be alive—she had a 100 percent blockage in her main artery. Now 58, Parr serves as a spokeswoman for the Go Red For Women campaign. Her goal is to help educate women on their risk for heart disease. Parr says she’s grateful for everyday that she’s here, and cherishes every minute with her new grandson and family. Wendy has also learned to prioritize time for herself, including visiting the gym at least three to four times a week. In addition, she’s changed her diet and tries each day to reduce her stress level. Through Go Red For Women, Parr feels that her heart attack has given her a new passion and energy, which she plans to use to help others!


Many Valley residents still don't realize that heart disease is the number one killer of women, but with longstanding healthcare educator Grand Canyon University (GCU) putting its muscle behind the annual Go Red For Women campaign, you can bet that the issue will soon be on everyone’s mind.

Roberts is chair of the 2010 annual Go Red For Women campaign and luncheon, and GCU has agreed to a three-year sponsorship of the program. The power of GCU's reach through its campus students and faculty, as well as its online student population will take the outreach well beyond the Valley's borders. "The multiplier effects of our partnership should really help drive home the message throughout our community that heart disease continues to be the number one health threat to women," says Roberts, who will lead a community speakers bureau of advocates within GCU to promote the heart healthy message. GCU already has plans underway to mark the importance of the cause, making an effort to integrate components of the program into every aspect of the University, from food choices in the student union to "going red" at sporting events, and bringing Go Red messages into its community events that reach tens of thousands of residents each year. The University will wear red with pride as the Grand Canyon team participates in the Start! Phoenix Heart Walk on Feb. 27, and will celebrate National Heart Month with a variety of activities. The entire campus plans to be immersed in red on a designated date in February—including faculty, staff and students, and wrapped buildings—while the University hosts a "Wear Red" fashion show on the campus Promenade the same day as a significant basketball season rivalry. In addition, GCU will host a "Hearts in the Arts" competition in the spring, encouraging high school students to celebrate heart healthy living in a competition to benefit the Heart Association and in conjunction with the University's launch of its new College of Fine Arts & Production. "Red represents much more than a color on this campus," Roberts says.

Fran Roberts, RN, Ph.D.

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Women on ‘Prudent’ Dietary Pattern May Reduce Risk of Death Women who eat a diet rich in vegetables, fruits, legumes, whole grains, fish and poultry may reduce their risk of death from cardiovascular disease and all causes. Women who follow a traditional “Western” diet of red and processed meat, refined grains, fries and sweets may increase their risk. That’s the conclusion of researchers who reported the results of a Harvard School of Public Health study in Circulation: Journal of the American Heart Association. The study of 72,113 healthy women found that high adherence to the “prudent” dietary pattern was associated with a 28 percent lower risk of death from cardiovascular disease and a 17 percent lower risk of premature death from all causes when compared to the lowest adherence. In contrast, high adherence to the “Western” dietary pattern was associated with a 22

percent higher risk of death from cardiovascular disease, a 21 percent higher risk of premature death from all causes and a 16 percent increase in death from cancer when compared to the lowest adherence. Women on the “prudent” diet didn’t have a statistically significant reduced risk of cancer deaths after adjustments for age, body mass index, physical activity, smoking status, hypertension, hormone replacement and vitamin supplements, according to researchers. “These results highlight the importance of intensifying public health efforts to promote the adoption of a healthy overall diet including high intakes of vegetables, fruit, legumes, whole grains, fish and poultry, and low intakes of red and processed meat, refined grains, French fries and sweets,” says Christin Heidemann, Dr.P.H., M.Sc., lead author of the study and a research scientist in the

epidemiology department at the German Institute of Human Nutrition in Germany. “Traditionally, there has been a focus on single nutrients or foods, but in terms of longevity, a greater focus on dietary patterns can take into account the complexity of the overall diet.” The study followed healthy women, 30 to 55 years old, from 1984 to 2002, from the Nurses' Health Study cohort. The women had no history of heart attack, angina, coronary artery surgery, stroke, diabetes or cancer. Participants completed food frequency questionnaires every two to four years. To determine dietary patterns, researchers aggregated answers to the questionnaires into 37 to 39 food groups, depending on the year. The women gauged their intake of foods from “never” or “less than once per month” to “six or more times a day.”

ȩHow Healthy Is Your Heart? For a healthy heart, you probably know you need to eat right, exercise, not smoke, and monitor your cholesterol level. But do you know the level of calcified plaque in your heart’s arteries? Plaque is the substance that builds within the walls of the arteries and can cause a heart attack. A simple, pain-free screening known as a coronary artery calcium score can quickly provide you with a glimpse inside your heart. Know your calcium score and take control of your heart health. *The calcium score test, only $99, requires a physician referral to SMIL.


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Go Red For Women Luncheon Friday, May 14, 2010 9 a.m. – 1 p.m. Sheraton Downtown Phoenix Hotel 340 N. 3rd Street Phoenix, AZ 85004

Our choice. Our hearts. Learn more about your personal risk of heart disease. Highlights will include an auction, heart-healthy lunch, shared survivor stories and a medical message. • 9:00 - 11:00 a.m. Educational Heart Health Breakout Sessions • 9:00 - 11:00 a.m. Health Screenings: BMI, blood pressure, glucose and cholesterol • 12:00 - 1:00 p.m. Program and Lunch, Keynote Speaker, Lin Sue Cooney, 12 News

For information, call 602.414.5358


As doctors learn more about cardiovascular disease, they're also discovering steps you can take to help keep your heart healthy. The American Heart Association offers you an overview of those discoveries in “ABCs of Preventing Heart Disease, Stroke and Heart Attack.” All you have to do is visit and click on the “Heart Healthy at Any Age” tan. Along with the facts and advice you'll find at, this is just the kind of information you need to understand the risks of cardiovascular disease in general. You'll also find key facts that can help you assess your personal risk for heart attack, stroke and related conditions. Just as important, you'll also learn how to lead a heart-healthy lifestyle. From engaging in regular physical activity to eating healthy and reducing stress, you'll not only keep your heart happy, you'll put a smile on your face, too!




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EVENTS OF NOTE BOTOX & BAUBLES CHARITY GARDEN PARTY Supporters gathered under the stars to celebrate the season and give back to local children in need. Dr. Suzanne Bentz and the Red Mountain Med Spa hosted two charity events on Oct. 16 and Oct. 30, 2009, to raise money for Sunshine Acres Children’s Home. Guests enjoyed complimentary food, boutique vendors and a charity raffle—all for a good cause. Dr. Suzanne Bentz smiles with friend and former runway model, Charlotte Neil.

K2 ADVENTURES LAUNCHES The New Year gets kicked off with a new local charity called K2 Adventures. Founders Kevin Cherilla and Kristen Sandquist are proposing exciting and fun adventures, local and abroad, for children with all levels and types of disabilities. Their first fundraising dinner will be held on Feb. 19 at the Silverleaf Country Club in North Scottsdale. For more information, call 602.686.6146 or email Kevin Cherilla and Kristen Sandquist, founders of K2 Adventures, pose during a planning meeting.

DOGGIE BEACH PARTY Get out your beachwear and make plans to bask in the sun at the 10th annual Gabriel’s Angels Doggie Beach Party, scheduled for Saturday, Feb. 27 at 10 a.m. at the Franciscan Renewal Center. Entertain your dogs and your kids with contests, games, food, music and fun to benefit Gabriel’s Angels, a nonprofit delivering healing pet therapy to abused, neglected and at-risk children. Families are encouraged to attend with or without their friendly canine family members. For more information, log onto or call 602.266.0875. (right) Dressed in a pink tutu, Chelsea the golden retriever basks in the sun at last year’s Doggie Beach Party. (far right) At last year’s outing, Daphne poses after competing in events such as “best dressed” and the doggie/owner look-alike contests.


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GOLDEN GRANNIES The Phoenix Suns held auditions on Dec. 5, 2009 at the U.S. Airways Center for the Golden Grannies dance team. The team is comprised of highly energetic women who will have the opportunity to perform at select Suns home games. The Golden Grannies perform at a 2009 Phoenix Suns game.

50 YEARS OF HEART BALL The Phoenix Heart Ball celebrated its 50th anniversary on Nov. 21 with a large crowd of Valley supporters and guests. The theme of the 2009 Heart Ball, which was held at the Phoenician Resort, was purple. Attendees were greeted by a purple carpet, royal jesters and a wonderful display of lovely gowns worn by the charity ballâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s leading ladies over the past 50 years. (L to R) Ann Mays poses with 2009 Heart Ball vice chairs Donna Johnson and Jill Krigsten.

DOLLARS FROM DOLLARHIDE The Dollarhide Financial Group and MassMutual made a $1,000 donation to The Virginia G. Piper Cancer Center on Dec. 17 to benefit breast cancer awareness, research and patients battling the disease. MassMutual Financial Seminars for Women, hosted during the month of October, are eligible for this annual donation. Special thanks goes out to Dr. Linda Benaderet for her care and commitment. (L to R) Christina Webb, Leah Vanpoelvoorde, Lindsay Thomas, Nancy McCutcheon and Anne Groth


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Gregory and Josephine Torrez (Right) were the winning bidders of “Bus Stop” by Josie Urban, Jodie Smith and Jenny Kern. Photo credit: Jeff Ignaszewski.

“Tatu,” by Kaitlin Benson, Cameron Craddock and Whitney Wolff

2008 CHAIRity event at the Phoenix Art Museum. Photo credit: Jeff Ignaszewski.

“Unzipped,” inspired by artist Claes Oldenburg and designed by Alicia Rampe, Jessica Denton and Ivet Gesheva, is this year’s winning CHAIRity chair.

CHAIRity Annual Benefit Raises Violence Awareness

Team “Unzipped”—Jessica Denton, Alicia Rampe and Ivet Gesheva—celebrate their victory. Photo credit: ASU Interior Design Program

by Julie Russ

“I know I need help. But I don’t know what kind of help I need or where to get it …” These words are heard all too often by the city of Phoenix’s Family Advocacy Center (FAC). Often referred by members of the Phoenix Fire or Police departments or identified through the caring eyes of teachers and friends, victims of domestic or sexual abuse have trouble seeing a way out of the turmoil and pain they live through each day. The Family Advocacy Center shows them the way out.


Today, FAC services are available not just to “traditional” victims of marital, spousal or family abuse, but also for educating and advocating for teens, college-age young adults and elder groups who may be subject to physical, mental or emotional abuse. One way this outreach to younger audiences has grown in the past several years is through a partnership with Arizona State University’s

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The Family Advocacy Center

“The Nest” by Carina Clark, Michelle Grams, Pei-Pei Kao Photo credit: ASU Interior Design Program

The Family Advocacy Center, which opened its doors in 1999, provides comprehensive services to victims and families to meet immediate crisis needs, and additional resources and knowledge that the primarily women victims need to break the cycle of abuse and begin to rebuild their lives on their own. The FAC helps with restraining orders or orders of protection, counseling, relocation assistance and short-term housing and childcare. Through a variety of partnerships that are co-located with the FAC, longer term case management and extended services are available. One partner, Shelter Without Walls, helps clients who are trying to live on their own by providing them with services that used to be exclusive to shelters. For more information or to seek help, visit or call 602.534.2120.

Interior Design program. Born out of an idea to auction chairs adorned and decorated by local artists, CHAIRity is an annual benefit event for the FAC that auctions one-of-a-kind, custom-built chairs, designed and constructed by ASU students.

A WORTHY ASSIGNMENT Through their first task of the semester—designing a chair—seniors in the School of Design Innovation’s Interior Design program learn about victims of domestic abuse. In one of the first class meetings, the Family Advocacy Center brings caseworkers’ information and victims’ stories to the students to help them understand the issues. Armed with this knowledge, the students seek inspiration from an artist or artistic movement, and the idea for a chair emerges. This year’s inspirations range from tattoo artist Kat Von D to photographer Ansel Adams. The students’ challenge is to raise funds for materials, and design and build the chairs in only five weeks. Approximately 30 students are teamed up in groups of three or four to collaborate on eight different chairs.

Because of tough economic times, the usual material and construction donations to build the chairs were not available. Faculty Associate Marci Lange, an interior designer with FM Solutions who has taught this segment of the course for the last several years, says, “The students were challenged to reach into new areas of their community. For example, the ‘Unzipped’ team set up a Facebook page about their chair project and connected it to a PayPal account where donations could be made. The page detailed the design project and its goals of educating fellow students, friends and family about reaching out to get help for victims of domestic violence and sexual abuse.” Another team went to professors in other courses asking if they could talk to their classes about their project along with issues of domestic and sexual abuse, and to ask for donations from their fellow students to fund the construction of their chair. Through this outreach to their peers, the students became the educators and advocates for issues of domestic violence. In fact, several teams collected more than enough to fund their chairs, donating the balance directly to the FAC.

UNZIPPED With a design influenced by Claes Oldenburg and a crisp, poetry-slam style for their presentation, the “Unzipped” team was judged and awarded a scholarship for the top design by the International Interior Design Association Southwest Chapter. Part of their presentation reads: So seal your battered mouth, and Play dumb to all who see. Once you return, keep those terrors zipped inside . . . There is hope just yet, But it is not without fear. You must muster all your strength and Unzip to reveal. Jessica Denton, Ivet Gesheva and Alicia Rampe, members of the “Unzipped” team, acknowledge that they learned about more than design through this process. “This project forces you to go out and make new connections,” says Gesheva. “You are searching for help but also for solutions.”


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For its 10-year anniversary of the CHAIRity event, the Fundraising Board of the Family Advocacy Center is planning a new and improved auction program for early 2010. “This year’s students and their amazing chair designs have inspired the CHAIRity planning committee to pursue a new venue for reaching and educating the community about the reality of domestic and sexual violence,” says JoAnn Del-Colle, FAC director. To see more photos of the chairs, visit and search for “chairity.” To learn more about the ASU Interior Design program, go to pW Julie Russ is a principal and co-owner of Studio J Communications, a graphic design and communications firm, and a member of the Fundraising Board of the Family Advocacy Center. INFOLINK:


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“Unzipped” 2010 Scholarship Winner

2010 annual event and auction Early Spring 2010 Kierland Commons Plaza 15205 N. Kierland Blvd. The event is hosted by Phoenix City Councilwoman Peggy Neely and the Family Advocacy Center Fundraising Committee to benefit the Family Advocacy Center. This annual event raises awareness about victims of violent crime and provides funding for enhanced direct services to victims. Last year, more that $34,000 was raised. “Bus Stop” 2008 Scholarship Winner

Unique pieces of chair art, designed by graduating students of Arizona State University Interior Design Programs, will be sold during live and silent auctions at the event. The chairs make a statement about domestic violence and sexual assult and reflect the art of photgraphers, fashion designers, musicians, artists and architects. Event sponsorships also are available.

“Embrace” 2008 Second Place Winner

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She’s Got

the Look...

FYI These looks were created by Dre’s Hair Salon utilizing the newest, most influential product line for 2010: Oribe Visit for more information.

Bringing back voluminous inspiration from the ’80s and pairing it with the sleek and sexy styles of today is what 2010 is all about. Whether it’s pairing a simple updo with a stunning lift at the crown or adding a cascade of curls to that limp land of layers, the new movement in hair is sophisticated volume. Dre’s Salon offers a sneak preview of suitable styles for both day and night, high fashion and casual. Whatever the ’do, the hottest trends for the new year are sure to turn heads.


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VIVACIOUS VOLUME AUBREY L. SHAWINSKY, PERSONAL ASSISTANT • Start by blow drying the bang section of the hair with a medium-sized round brush, pulling away and off to the preferred side. Take slicing sections across the back of the head, working from the base of the neck up, using a sturdy clip to hold excess hair away from the working section. • Using a medium round brush, take sections no wider than the round brush and blow each out and away from the head, ending with a slight curl to finish the ends. Continue working until you reach the crown of the head. • Randomly take sections, starting at the back of the top of the head, and round brush each up and forward toward the front of the head, over-directing the hair to create volume. • Once the section is dry, roll the round brush down so it’s sitting on the base of the section, letting the hair cool completely before removing. Remove the round brush in a manner that accentuates the created curl.

• Repeat on the remaining sections, using two brushes simultaneously for efficiency and speed, round brushing and letting each section cool before moving on.

• Finish the look by raking through the hair with your fingers or flipping your head upside down and shaking out the sections. Seal in shine by running a touch of smoothing serum through the bulk of the hair.

• Alternate between curling and misting the hair with medium-hold hairspray until finished. Using your fingers and molding wax, run your hands from underneath your hair upwards

through the curls to create a textured, defined look, being careful to avoid combing out the curls completely. Finish with an anti-humidity spray to lock out moisture.

LOVELY LOCKS MARIA ARONICA, RETIRED • After towel-drying hair, apply a combined quarter-sized amount of styling cream and molding wax throughout hair. Blow dry smooth with a medium-sized round brush • Part the hair into two sections, one from the ears down and the second from the ears up. Securing the top section out of the working space, spray a fine layer of medium-hold hairspray over the lower section. • Using a large-barrel curling iron, round the ends of the hair to creating a sleek, finished look. Working from the bottom of the top section, curl 1-inch sections in alternating directions. (Another technique for random texture: weave each section, curling in the opposite directions.)


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CAPTIVATING CURLS MORGAN MCCLURE, HAIR STYLIST • Part the hair into small random sections to avoid hard part lines. Using a curling iron or curl stick, start in the back at the base of the head and loosely wrap the hair around the iron to create definition to each curl. Continue curling, working from the back of the head to the sides, and finishing with the top and front. • Gather a medium-sized section (approximately 2 to 3 inches wide) of hair loosely from directly above your forehead. While pulling the hair away from your forehead, twist gently and push slightly forward to create volume. Secure in place with two or more bobby pins. • With the remaining hair on the right side of the head, gather another loose section and use the same twisting and pinning technique (minus the volume) as with the first section, this time directing the hair toward the top center of the head. Repeat on the left side of the head.

TANTALIZING TEXTURE CINDY CAMPBELL-NAVAL, TEACHER/GOLF COACH • Evenly distribute a small amount of styling cream throughout towel-dried hair. • Roundbrush the hair dry, over-directing random sections to create volume. • Spray a fine mist of heat styling spray toward the hair, simultaneously sweeping the blow dryer from side to side, randomly dispersing the product throughout the hair to create a textured look. • Continue around the head, randomly spraying and blowing the product into the hair. • Comb a molding wax through hair with your fingers to piece and define the completed look. pW Dre’s Hair Salon 4848 E. Cactus Road, Ste. 100 Scottsdale, AZ 85254 602.368.2009 INFOLINK:


• Gather the remaining hair from the left side of the back of the head and direct it across the head to the top right side, twisting and pinning. Repeat on the remaining hair on the left, crossing over and pinning on the right side. To complete the look, adjust the curls so there are

no visible “holes” in the hair, using bobby pins as needed. Finish with hairspray.

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And theWinner is…Mary Peterson! Meet Our 2009 Woman of Excellence by Jessica Parsons

Our Valley is brimming with some of the most interesting, innovative and philanthropic women you could ever hope to meet. These women are often in the background or on the sidelines making a difference and impacting one life at a time. Since we at PhoenixWoman have a front row seat, so to speak, to the business and philanthropic community, we had to shine a light on some of these remarkable women. We accomplished this goal on Nov. 13, 2009 at our first Woman of Excellence Award Luncheon, which was held at the Silverleaf Country Club in Scottsdale. Of the 10 outstanding women who were honored in front of a sold out audience for their commitment to improving the lives of others, their focus on worthy goals, their personal and professional growth and their positive outlook, one winner was chosen—and her name is Mary Peterson. “As I made my way to the podium, looking for a break in the chairs to squeeze through, I had the chance to look at the faces of many of the women there,” Peterson recalls. “I was struck by the genuine expressions of joy and encouragement!” Reliving the moment her name was called, followed by an explosion of applause and heart-felt standing ovation still brings tears to Peterson’s eyes. “Everyone’s heart stretched to celebrate with me!” she says. “I was stunned to be selected and stunned to have the room rejoice with me.” Peterson’s legacy started as a daydream in 1999, while sitting on her


couch. Her roommate at the time worked at a pregnancy help center called Aid to Women and often came home with stories of pregnant women who didn’t have a place to go. These stories inspired Peterson to tackle what she feels are the root causes of our social problems—extreme individualism, materialism and lack of love and dignity. She would counter these issues with love, respect and community through a special organization she called Maggie’s Place. “My heart wanted to share a life in common with people,” Peterson explains. “I wanted my life to reflect my most deeply held values and I wanted my home to be a place of welcome. Maggie’s Place started when those two things collided!” Maggie’s Place provides houses of hospitality for expectant mothers who are alone or living on the streets. A 1926 bungalow in downtown Phoenix, which was in complete disrepair, became the first home. After a nine-month renovation, Maggie’s Place welcomed its first mothers on Mother’s Day,

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(left) Peterson was presented with this beautiful, custom designed necklace from Coffin & Trout Fine Jewellers. (below, left to right) Elaine Birks-Mitchell, Kristen Sandquist, Lindsay Rattay, Pam Gaber, Peggy Bilsten, Margaret Dunn, Mary Peterson. (Photos courtesy of RJ Cook Photography)

“I’m really humbled and grateful for the opportunity and recognition of our work.”

May 13, 2000. With the help of friends, Peterson has seen Maggie’s Place grow from a daydream into a reality that has expanded to five homes currently serving, sheltering and assisting expectant mothers and their babies. “Pregnancy is meant to be experienced in the context of family. To be abandoned, alone, or afraid during this vulnerable time is a cause for great suffering,” she says. “Maggie’s Place attempts to take away this suffering by providing a loving family and a home to prepare for the birth of a child.” Currently serving as the executive director, Peterson provides oversight and inspiration for the operations of all the Maggie’s Place homes. She continues to be transformed by the stories of the brave women who join the homes, and the changes they bring about in their lives when surrounded by a supportive community. “My ‘excellence’ is simply a reflection of the love and generosity of the many incredible people who have rallied behind our mission and the moms we serve,” says Peterson. “My role as the leader of Maggie’s Place is simply to direct traffic and create opportunities for people to do the ‘messy’ work of loving one another.” pW To view exclusive interviews with Mary Peterson and other nominees, visit INFOLINK:


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Heart Health Determine Your Heart Disease Risk in Eight Seconds by Sunil K. Ram, M.D.

Heart disease—it’s the No. 1 killer of women in the United States. It will take the lives of six times more American women this year than breast cancer. In fact, nearly every minute, a woman dies from heart disease. Coronary Artery Disease, often referred to as CAD, is the leading cause of death and permanent disability in the U.S. More than 16 million Americans are living with CAD today, and far too many don’t know it. It occurs when the coronary arteries supplying blood to the heart become narrowed or “hardened.” This narrowing is caused by a build-up of plaque in the arteries, which if severe enough, can restrict blood flow to the heart and deprive the heart of oxygen, potentially causing life-threatening heart attacks. CAD is a silent killer. What makes it so deadly is that too often, the first symptom for a woman is her last—a heart attack. During February, heart disease awareness month, every woman should take a little time to learn some important, live-saving facts and assess her own risk.

CORONARY ARTERY CALCIUM SCORING Understanding your risk of heart disease is simple. With the help of your physician, you can determine what risk factors you might have through a quick, non-invasive, test called Coronary Artery Calcium Scoring. A study published in a 2008 edition of the New England Journal of Medicine shows that Coronary Artery Calcium Scoring is a predictable indicator of whether there is evidence of coronary artery disease.

Many people with even one risk factor can experience heart disease.


Additionally, the American Heart Association states that Coronary Artery Calcium Scoring can be helpful for those who fall into the intermediate risk of heart attack category, based on certain risk factors. The test uses Computed Tomography (CT, sometimes called CAT scan) to measure the amount of atherosclerotic “plaque” in the arteries. The actual CT exam only takes eight seconds, then the computer processes the score and a complete report is provided to a patient’s doctor, typically within 24 hours. Coronary Artery Calcium Scoring helps patients and their physicians detect heart disease at an early stage. Using the score you receive from the test, your doctors can determine next steps for your treatment. Scores range from zero to 1,000-plus. If a patient’s score is zero, he or she is unlikely to have a coronary event any time soon. If the score is over 400, the patient is at high risk for a heart attack. Someone who racks up a score of more than a 1,000 is 10 times more likely to have a heart attack than someone with a score of zero. With that knowledge, a patient can work with his or her physician on a plan to reduce their risk of heart disease. Patients who don’t have symptoms but are at risk for coronary artery disease are ideal candidates for a calcium score. This includes people who are overweight, have a family history of heart disease, elevated cholesterol, high blood pressure and/or live a sedentary life style. In addition to getting screened for heart disease, it’s important to adjust your lifestyle. Certain factors, such as age and heredity, cannot be changed; however, you do have control over other risk factors such as stress and diet. In order to decrease your chances of heart disease, you should live an active lifestyle and eat healthy—cut back on fats, add more fruits and vegetables

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Heart disease will take the lives of six times more American women this year than breast cancer. Nearly every minute, a woman dies from heart disease.

Thursday, January 15, 2010 N “Luncheon” Thursday, February 19, 2010 N “Woman of the Year Celebration” Thursday, March 19, 2010 N “Luncheon” The Westin Kierland Resort & Spa N 6902 E. Greenway Parkway, Scottsdale

and foods low in cholesterol. Doing so will help you maintain a healthy weight and strong heart. It’s important to avoid the use of tobacco products and limit your consumption of alcohol. You should also be sure to get regular health check-ups and screenings. Even if you are considered low-risk for heart disease, it doesn’t mean you’re in the clear. Many people with even one risk factor, such as high blood pressure or cholesterol, can experience heart disease later in life if their condition is left undetected. So this month, take charge of your health and determine your coronary artery disease risk. Remember, early detection is the best protection—don’t be one of the millions of women annually who find out too late. pW Sunil K. Ram, M.D. is a Cardiac Radiologist at Scottsdale Medical Imaging, Ltd.

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Diet Rescue Debunking Weight Management Myths by Michelle May, M.D.

Diets are filled with dogma about when, what and how much to eat. Certainly “the rules” are usually based on observations that make sense, but unless you understand why you do certain things, you’ll break the rules as soon as the temptation is greater than your motivation. Let’s examine some of these myths, where they come from and how to make long-term changes that will work for you.

MYTH 1: DON’T EAT AFTER 7 P.M. Your metabolism doesn’t shut off at 7:01 p.m., so why is this rule so common? It’s based on the observation that a lot of people who struggle with their weight overeat in the evening. Most people have already eaten dinner, so they aren’t snacking because they’re hungry; they snack because of boredom, television, loneliness and other triggers. Rather than creating a rule to address those habits, ask yourself, “Am I hungry?” whenever you feel like eating in the evenings. If you truly are, eat, keeping in mind that your day is winding down so you won’t need a huge meal. If you aren’t, consider why you feel like eating and come up with a better way to address that need.

MYTH 2: EAT SMALL MEALS EVERY THREE HOURS This rule is based on the fact that many thin people tend to eat frequent small meals. However, most of the thin people I know don’t check their watch to tell them it’s time to eat—they eat when their body tells them to. They eat when they’re hungry and stop when they’re satisfied. Since that tends to be a small meal, they get hungry again in a few hours. Instead of watching the clock, begin to tune in to the physical symptoms of hunger to tell you when to eat. And remember, your stomach is only about the size of your fist, so it only holds a handful of food comfortably. By learning to listen to your body’s signals, you are likely to follow a frequent small meal pattern naturally.

MYTH 3: DON’T LET YOURSELF GET HUNGRY This one is based on the belief that overweight people are incapable of controlling themselves when they are hungry. In my experience with hundreds of workshop participants, once they learn to tell the difference between physical hunger and head hunger, the opposite is true. Think about it; when you’re hungry, food tastes better and is more satisfying. My grandmother used to say, “Hunger is the best seasoning.” Besides, if you aren’t hungry when you start eating, what’s going to tell you to stop? Of course, you also need to learn to recognize hunger and make time to eat before you get too hungry since it’s harder to make great choices when you’re starving.

MYTH 4: EXERCISE MORE WHEN YOU CHEAT I hate this one because it has caused millions of people to equate physical activity with punishment for eating. As a result, many people either hate to exercise or use exercise to earn the right to eat. While it’s true that your weight is determined by your overall calories in versus your calories out, exercise is only part of the equation and has so many other important benefits. Instead of using exercise to pay penance, focus on how great you feel, how much more energy you have, how much better you sleep and how much healthier you are becoming. In the long run, you are more likely to do something because it feels good rather than being forced to.

MYTH 5: FOLLOW YOUR DIET SIX DAYS A WEEK, THEN HAVE A CHEAT DAY This is absurd! What if you were a harsh, overly strict parent six days a week then completely ignored your kids every Saturday? How would this approach work for your marriage or managing your employees?


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“It’s time to give yourself a wider path that you can stay on forever.”

It just doesn’t make sense to try to be perfect (whatever that is) Sunday through Friday while obsessing about everything you’re going to eat on your day off. Then on Saturday, you overeat just because you’re allowed to and you end up feeling miserable all day. Personally, I would rather enjoy eating the foods I love every day mindfully and in moderation.

MYTH 6: EAT X NUMBER OF CALORIES OR POINTS EVERY DAY Does it make sense that you would need exactly the same amount of fuel every day? Aren’t there days when you are hungrier than others, maybe because of your activity levels or hormonal cycle? Rather than setting yourself up to “cheat” on those hungry days and forcing yourself to eat more food than you want on your less hungry days, allow yourself the flexibility to adjust your intake based on your actual needs rather than an arbitrary number. For this to work long term, you also need to learn to tell the difference between physical hunger and head hunger.

MYTH 7: CARBS ARE BAD (OR FAT IS BAD) This “good food/bad food” thinking makes certain foods special. As a result, you may feel deprived and think about them even more than you did before. Worse yet, healthy foods become a four-letter word. The truth is, all foods fit into a healthy diet. Since different foods have various nutritional qualities and calorie content, you can use the principles of balance, variety and moderation to guide you without trying to restrict an entire food group.

FACT: YOU ARE IN CHARGE I assume the “rule makers” are well-intentioned and don’t realize they’ve created a tight rope that most people will fall off of sooner or later. If your head hasn’t already told you all these rules are crazy, isn’t your heart saying there must be a better way? It’s time to give yourself a wider path that you can stay on forever. Allow yourself the flexibility to make any decision by considering the advantages and disadvantages of your choices, always keeping self-care in mind. pW Michelle May, M.D. is a recovered yo-yo dieter and the founder of the Am I Hungry? Mindful Eating Program, which received the Excellence in Patient Education Innovation Award. She is also the award-winning author of “Am I Hungry? What to Do When Diets Don't Work” and “Eat What You Love, Love What You Eat: How to Break the Eat-Repent-Repeat Cycle.” INFOLINK:



the Expert Q: Do women have different heart attack symptoms than men? A: Heart attack symptoms can vary greatly from person to person, and women’s and diabetics’ symptoms are sometimes more subtle than men’s. Your best defense is to be aware of as many different symptoms as possible, including: • Discomfort, fullness, tightness, squeezing or pressure in the center of the chest • Pressure or pain that spreads to the upper back, shoulders, arms, neck or jaw • Dizziness or nausea • Clammy sweats, heart flutters, or paleness • Unexplained feelings of anxiety, fatigue, or weakness—especially with exertion • Stomach or abdominal discomfort • Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing If you experience heart attack symptoms, call 911 immediately and take an aspirin to reduce blood clotting and to help blood flow through your heart. Even if you think you’re healthy, that call could still be a lifesaver. Not everyone experiences all of the classic symptoms of a heart attack. For instance, Cave Creek resident Andrea Markowitz says she had sharp pains in her ears and throat, shortness of breath, and the sensation of a straight jacket tightening around her torso and arms. Because she had never smoked, wasn’t overweight, ate sensibly and exercised regularly, she just let it pass. But the next morning, the symptoms struck again. Markowitz took an aspirin and asked her husband to call 911. She was successfully treated at Scottsdale Healthcare Shea Medical Center. Scottsdale Healthcare has a coordinated team approach to get heart attack patients taken care of as rapidly as possible. It begins with the paramedics, who call the emergency department physicians and communicate the patient’s EKG and symptoms. The Society of Chest Pain Centers has accredited Scottsdale Healthcare Shea Medical Center, Scottsdale Healthcare Osborn Medical Center and Scottsdale Healthcare Thompson Peak Hospital as Certified Chest Pain Centers. This means each hospital meets or exceeds a wide set of stringent criteria, including coordinated training and care between local emergency medical service providers and the hospitals’ emergency rooms, cardiac cath labs and cardiologists in treating patients with chest pain and heart attacks. “Women should know their numbers,” says Nurse Practitioner April Bramini of the Women’s Diagnostic Center at Scottsdale Healthcare Shea. “That’s why we offer a Heart Health Evaluation. In a one-hour appointment, tests determine your cholesterol breakdown, blood pressure, body mass index, blood sugar and your personalized risk of having a heart attack in the next 10 years. Results are provided during the same appointment.” To schedule a consultation or Heart Health Evaluation, call April Bramini at 480.323.3663. Visit for more information.


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Just Breathe Don’t Let Stress Get the Best of You by Christine L. Faraci

With the holiday whirlwind over, we resolve to slow down and take better care of ourselves. But even with the best of intentions, an ordinary life full of people, places, activities and responsibilities can be stressful. We often forget that stress can be positive and negative—energizing and paralyzing, inspiring and daunting. Whether caused by a hectic schedule, an argument with a loved one or a major life event, stress responses are the same: the heart beats faster, blood pressure rises, stress hormones such as adrenaline and cortisol flood the body, muscles tighten, breathing becomes heavier, and the senses sharpen. These responses, referred to as “fight or flight,” instinctually motivate, preparing to protect. UCLA research conducted by Laura Cousino Klein, Ph.D., suggests that oxytocin released from the female endocrine system actually buffers the fight or flight response to a “tend and befriend” response due to estrogen interaction. Tending to one another coupled with supportive communication helps us to de-stress. Stress management is the ability to respond positively to stressful situations—those we feel we cannot impact or control. For many, living with prolonged stress is as natural as breathing. Unfortunately, many health issues are linked to this, such as heart disease and stroke, depression, susceptibility to infections, gastrointestinal problems, diabetes, cognitive malfunction, sexual dysfunction, and even


cancer. Therefore, the amount of stress we handle is directly related to our health and well being. The healthier we are, the better we cope with stress. So how do we minimize stress? To begin, we must recognize that we are stressed. Some symptoms of stress include insomnia, decreased appetite, depression, weight gain or loss, irritability, fatigue, substance abuse, anxiety, cloudy thinking, headaches, back and/or neck pain. Secondly, we need to look at how we currently handle stress. Do we drink alcohol and/or eat excessively? Do we withdraw from those who care about us? Do we rush around to avoid facing our problems? Do we lash out at others? Unhealthy responses such as these actually perpetuate stress, so we

Christine L. Faraci is the President of the Elemental Life Center LLC, a facility dedicated to individual and corporate health, and wellness education and services. INFOLINK:

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Love is grand. Divorce is a hundred grand. “Stress management is the ability to respond positively to stressful situations.”

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need to adjust our thinking and our behavior. Here are some great stress-busting tips: • Take a deep breath. • This releases endorphins, relaxes muscles, and decreases anxiety and blood pressure. • Remember that the current situation is only temporary. • Practice effective time management. • This minimizes the stress of an overwhelmed schedule and aids in the completion of tasks. • Simplify—say no when you need to. • Eat healthy foods. • Be physically active. • Exercise increases health and decreases stress. • Get plenty of sleep. • Make time to relax. • Investigate stress reduction techniques and therapies to find a few that work for you. Some options include: ° Guided imagery and visualization ° Prayer ° Meditation ° Hypnotherapy and counseling ° Massage, Reiki, energy work, reflexology, and acupressure ° Journaling ° Music, chanting, and other sound therapies • Talk with a friend. • Hug your child, pet, or partner/spouse.

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Dubai Delivers Experience This Oasis in the Desert by Brittany Warren


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More than wanting to travel in style, people are yearning to travel somewhere with style. Dubai is fast becoming a most desired hot spot for vacationers, including those among the celebrity crowd. Besides the pull of fabulous, high-end shopping and delicious eateries, this metropolis has unparalleled construction projects in the works, including a series of man-made islands—three of which are designed in the shape of palm trees. Named one of the world’s safest cities in recent years, Dubai is great for singles, couples and families alike.

HOTELS You don’t have to go far to experience the great culture of Dubai. In fact, it’s as easy as choosing from any of the 250 hotels in the area; each one offers a variety of live entertainment, restaurants, bars and shops. Dubai is home to the world’s tallest hotel, Burj Al Arab. Also known as one of the world’s best hotels, this structure is distinctive inside and out. For starters, it’s designed to look like the sail of a yacht and is positioned on its own island in the Persian Gulf. Guests are provided with personal chauffer service in their choice of a Rolls Royce or BMW, and there are private reception desks on every floor. Inside, 28 double-story floors hold 22 suites and the popular restaurant, Al Mahara—a seafood establishment built around a floor to ceiling aquarium. The Madinat Jumeirah is a resort made up of hotels and villas designed to be a mini Arabian city. It covers approximately two miles of land interspersed with waterways. Visit the Quay Healthclub for fitness classes devised for individuals of all levels, or enjoy the 25-meter indoor lap pool. Head over to Talise Spa to indulge in a massage or a trip to the sauna and

steam rooms. Guests can reach the water park, indoor Arabic market, and the many restaurants and bars by water taxi or golf cart. Outside the city, you’ll find the Al Maha Hotel Resort & Spa. This hideaway in the desert consists of less than 50 rooms with private, temperature

These include the InterContinental, the Sheraton and the Hyatt. Located along Dubai Creek, the hotels are close to town and the market if you feel like exploring on foot, and each location still showcases brilliant views of the water. The beach is a mere 20-minute shuttle ride away.


controlled swimming pools and magnificent views of Hajar Mountain. Each guest is assigned a Guest Relations Coordinator who will carry out duties such as arranging a private dinner for two at the utmost discretion. Other features of the resort include a library, media center, spa and gym. If you’d rather stay at a more familiar location, Dubai has large chain hotels as well.

Jumeira, Dubia’s main beach, stretches along one road and is separated by hotels and other smaller, public beaches. Hotel beaches are just as enjoyable as Jumeira; guests enjoy lavish facilities, a swimming pool and waterside food and drink service. Hotel beach clubs can be used by visitors for a fee. Those on family vacations may be interested in the Al Mamzar Park public beach, located in Deira. This site has playgrounds, barbecue grills, food kiosks and picnic areas. Dubai weather is at its best from November through April, with temperatures ranging from the 70s to 80s. Beaches are particularly crowded in the month of January, when temperatures are pleasant if somewhat humid. During the summer months, temperatures may rise above 100 degrees and the high humidity can keep many indoors.


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DINING There are so many savory dishes in Dubai, it’s hard to know where to start. If you’re feeling adventurous, try one of Dubai’s many Filipino, Pakistani or Indian restaurants. If you’re not sure your palette can take it, there are a number of Western options available at hotels as well as a number of Japanese, Thai, French or Italian restaurants. An absolute must for any visitor is a trip to the restaurant complex Century Village. Its design resembles a park with fountains, rocks, trees and benches. There are also a variety of menu options, which makes Century Village ideal for large groups—everyone is bound to find something they like. Some of the available options are Persian, Indian, Mediterranean, Portugese, Japanese and Arabian dishes. Eateries range anywhere from casual kiosks to more upscale, dine-in restaurants. If you’re seeking high quality food, try Verre, one of the most famous restaurants in Dubai. Located in the Hilton Dubai Creek, this establishment is headed up by multi-talented chef Gordon Ramsey. Don’t expect to be wowed by the scenery, as the décor is minimal, but prepare to be amazed by the food. One of Verre’s signature dishes is ravioli of wild quail. Other


main course items include salmon, horseradish and poached chicken. At the Hyatt Regency Dubai, you’ll find Focaccia. Boasting a Mediterranean feel, this restaurant offers fantastic views of the Gulf and a menu that ranges from scrumptious pastas and pizzas to seafood. The fresh, Italian bread is a popular starter—especially when accompanied by roasted garlic, balsamic vinegar or olive oil. As for beverage choices, Focaccia offers an extensive wine list. Don’t miss out on Fridays when the restaurant serves its delicious brunch buffet. The Blue Elephant is known as one of Dubai’s best Thai restaurants. When you first enter the doors, you’ll find yourself surrounded by lush plants, the fragrant aroma of wildflowers, herbs and spices, and the tranquil trickle of fountains. Familiar plates include Chicken Satay, Spring Rolls and Tom Yam Koong. For heavier dishes, try the Emerald chicken wrapped with Toey leaves or the lamb in Massaman sauce. Spicy dishes are usually flagged with a red elephant next to the entry, so all mild eaters beware! Wherever you go, save room for dessert. If you’re a fan of fruit, puff pastries and custard, Paul Café might be the spot for you. If cheesecake

is more your style, try Margaux. This restaurant’s dessert is light and airy, and served over a drizzle of wild berry coulis. Sugar Daddy’s is a great place for cupcake lovers. Baked from scratch, each cupcake is moist and topped by a creamy mound of frosting. Indego offers a slightly more pricey dessert with a crisp triangle design; your senses will be awakened as thick masala-spiced dark chocolate spills from its center.

HOT SPOTS Dubai is brimming with relaxing outdoor activities to take your mind off the city’s sizzling sun. Its two golf courses, Dubai Greek Golf and Yacht Club and The Emirates Golf Club, are impressive structures due to their fertile fairways and clubhouse designs. The Emirates Golf Club was the first grass course in the Middle East and hosts the European PGA Desert Classic every year. Water lovers can make use of the Dubai Creek Golf and Yacht Club, or save some money by simply renting ski boats at Jumeira Beach. Hotels also provide the equipment needed for activities such as jet-skiing, sailing, windsurfing, paragliding and water skiing. At some locations, diving excursions or boat rides along the Dubai Creek can be arranged.

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Clockwise (from top left): Jumeirah Mosque is one of the largest mosques in Dubai (top left), The Oasis Beach Hotel (top right), Dubai is famous for its many malls (bottom). Photos courtesy of Dubai Department of Tourism and Commerce Marketing.


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For a fun family outing, you don’t want to miss the Wild Wadi water park. It’s an outdoor facility with a temperature-controlled wave pool, two artificial surfing rides and numerous water slides, one of which is the largest water slide outside of North America. Another great feature is the park’s 59-foot waterfall, set to go off every 10 minutes. Not into water? No problem! The city’s other popular attractions include theme parks, playgrounds, the Dubai Zoo and indoor snow skiing. Ski Dubai, located in the Mall of Emirates, creates a true ski experience with 6,000 tons of snow. Visitors can surge down five slopes of a man-made mountain the size of three football fields.

MORE ATTRACTIONS Ready to shop ‘til you drop? Dubai is famous for its many malls. Deira City Centre is one of the most popular malls in the city, with over 350 stores among its three floors. Within the centre, you’ll find designer clothes, roughly 40 restaurants and cafés, a supermarket, jewelry and electronic stores, and a cinema. Other places to check out are the Mall of Emirates and the Dubai Mall—currently the largest shopping mall in the world. If you’re searching for local nightlife, visit the wide selection of bars and pubs located in hotels around the city, most of which provide live entertainment. Also, the exciting nightclubs in the area may introduce you to the unique styles of a few world-renowned DJs. But the better the DJ, the higher the cover charge; some clubs do allow free access, but make sure to call ahead and check if you’re unsure. Thursdays and Fridays are generally Dubai’s busiest nights. If you’re in the city for a more cultural experience, the Dubai Museum is located in Bur Dubai, across the Creek from Deira. The museum was originally the Al Fahdi Fort and is the oldest existing building in Dubai today. Another great site is the frequently photographed Jumeirah Mosque, one of the largest mosques in Dubai. Just hearing about all it has to offer really doesn’t do it justice, so experience it firsthand! The next time you’re searching for an exotic, exhilarating vacation that’s worth every penny, think Dubai and book your ticket right away. pW Brittany Warren is an Editorial Intern for Phoenix Woman magazine. INFOLINK:

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The Orpheum Renaissance Discover a National Landmark by Cynthia Weaver

The Orpheum Theatre is an internationally recognized, iconic symbol of arts and entertainment in the Southwest. A palatial venue inspired by Spanish Medieval and Baroque architectural style, the theatre was designed to present the illusion that one is enjoying the performance â&#x20AC;&#x153;al fresco,â&#x20AC;? in the courtyard of a Spanish villa. Completed in 1929, the Orpheum remains a premier theatre location for everything from stage shows and plays to dance, music, concerts, private events and more.


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Photos courtesy of the Phoenix Convention Center

This born-again national landmark regularly hosts touring Broadway groups, speakers, concerts and numerous cultural events, and provides the perfect backdrop for weddings and receptions. The Orpheum Theatre’s unique ambiance is the wedding location of choice for theatre buffs and those seeking historic charm. The Orpheum is owned and operated by the city of Phoenix Convention Center Department and boasts classic architectural features including an impressive mural lining the walls of the auditorium and ornate plastered columns with detailed niches complemented by zodiac designs in the lobby door panels. The circular staircase, which focuses on the peacock-designed ceiling above the lobby, as well as the ornate auditorium ceiling that changes from a golden sunset into a starry sky with moving clouds, are works of art in their own right. The theatre has a 4,747-square-foot stage area, orchestra pit, first-rate acoustics, lighting, rigging and sound system technology, as well as a green room, rehearsal room, and chorus and star dressing rooms. The fully staffed, state-of-the-art theatre is one of Arizona’s most beautiful and storied venues for arts and entertainment and is

The Orpheum Theatre, with its grand presence and history, provides an unforgettable experience.

recognized as an outstanding facility for live entertainment. The Orpheum Theatre first opened its doors on Jan. 5, 1929, and was considered one of the most extravagant venues of the era. For its first 50 years, the venue hosted the likes of Mae West and Frank Sinatra. The Orpheum weathered the storm of the Great Depression, the popularity of television and the rise and fall of downtown Phoenix. By 1984, the theatre had almost fallen into disrepair and was purchased by the city of Phoenix as part of the historic downtown renaissance. In 1985, Phoenix added the Orpheum Theatre to the National Register of Historic Places. The theatre went dark in 1986 to begin a $14 million restoration process. The project restored the theatre to much of its original splendor, with new accessibility upgrades and modern amenities. On Jan. 28, 1997, the Orpheum ushered in a brand

new era; at the historical venue’s grand reopening, the curtain rose once again for Carol Channing in "Hello Dolly!" The Orpheum experience is available for all to enjoy. The public is invited to attend the free monthly tours hosted by the Friends of the Orpheum Theatre. Upcoming events include “The Stephen Lynch Comedy,” “Silent Sundays Film Fest” and “Riverdance.” The theatre is truly a gem within the downtown Phoenix area. Whether you’re taking in a Broadway show, attending a concert, or celebrating a momentous occasion, the Orpheum Theatre, with its grand presence and history, provides an unforgettable experience. pW Cynthia Weaver is Director of Communications for the Phoenix Convention Center. INFOLINK:


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Daring and Determined Ana Frohmiller 1891-1971 by Heidi J. Osselaer, Ph.D.

FYI Women such as Ana Frohmiller have made major contributions to Arizona’s development, but their stories are missing from our history. The Arizona Women’s Heritage Trail links women’s history to historic sites throughout the state, educating the public on women’s leadership and promoting women’s history. Through collaboration with the ASU Institute for Humanities Research, this Centennial Legacy project will also include curriculum, driving and walking trails, tourist maps, a website and publications. For more information about Ana and the project, visit

Photo: Ana Frohmiller campaign card (97-8530) courtesy of Arizona State Library, Archives and Public Records, Archives Division, Phoenix.


Anastasia Frohmiller made history in 1950, when she became the first woman in Arizona to run for governor on a major party ticket. Her campaign slogan, “I offer you experience, not an experiment,” focused attention on the fact that her Republican opponent, Howard Pyle, was a newcomer to politics, and that she had 30 years of experience in elective office. Frohmiller worked her way up the political ladder the hard way. Her mother died when she was in high school, which left her with the primary responsibility of raising her seven younger siblings. It was during her stint working as a bookkeeper with the Babbitt Brothers Trading Company in Flagstaff that she was appointed Coconino County Treasurer in 1920. Frohmiller served as treasurer until 1926, at which time she ran successfully for state auditor, becoming the first woman to hold that office in the U.S. During her 24-year tenure as state auditor, she filed numerous suits against public

officials for fraud and waste of public funds, earning the title "Watchdog of the Arizona Treasury." In the process, she alienated a number of high-ranking officials who did not approve of her anti-corruption crusade. In 1950, Frohmiller announced her intention to run for governor. She surprised everyone in the Democratic party when she beat her five male opponents, including incumbent Dan Garvey, in the primary. She would face Pyle, a radio talk show host, in the general election. Until this time, only two women had ever served as governors in the U.S., and both had come into office to replace their husbands. But Frohmiller, a twice-divorced Catholic woman, fought to change this forever. Prior to 1950, the Democratic Party had dominated Arizona politics. But in the new election year, the Republican Party was fast emerging as a worthy opponent under the guidance of Arizona Republic Editor Eugene Pulliam and political newcomer Barry Goldwater, Pyle’s campaign manager. They were anxious for a victory and sought to wage a tough campaign against Frohmiller. Unfortunately, the public was uneasy with supporting a female candidate in 1950. She had trouble raising funds and finding volunteers, and only spent $875 on her campaign, while the Republicans spent over $11,000 on Pyle’s. Pyle eked out a narrow victory, and Frohmiller retired from politics to become the founding treasurer of Southwest Savings and Loan Association. She died in Prescott in 1971. pW Heidi J. Osselaer, Ph.D., is on the Scholars’ Committee for the Arizona Women’s Heritage Trail. She is also a Faculty Associate at the main campus of Arizona State University in Tempe. She is the author of “Winning Their Place: Arizona Women in Politics, 1883-1950.” INFOLINK:

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Phoenix Woman Magazine, January / February 2010 issue features a special feature on Go Red for Women, a profine on "Arizona Highways" host R...