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CONTENTS 46 LIGHT THE CANDLES The founding chapter of Make-AWish America, Make-A-Wish Arizona turns 40 this year. The organization has made 6,470 wishes come true for Arizona children in its four decades. All told, in the U.S., 334,905 wishes have been granted to children with cancer, cystic fibrosis and more. It all started because one little boy wanted to be a cop. 52  M  OVED BY THE MAASAI When Rick Morro retired nine years ago, he planned a life of travel, golf and fishing. A visit to Tanzania changed all that when he saw the plight of the young girls, who are at the bottom of the cultural food chain. He moved to Tanzania and founded the Maasai Girls Rescue Center in Longido.  58  M  AJESTIC MOAI Ever wonder about the head-andtorso carvings that dot Easter Island? Internationally renowned anthropologist and archaeologist Dr. Terry Hunt is one of the foremost experts on the human-faced statues. University of Arizona honors students have the opportunity to travel and conduct research with him. There’s room for non-students, too! 64 H  APPY TRAILS Glamping in Arizona can mean luxurious, high-desert fun when you venue at Desert Mountain Club, and stay in tents provided by H2 Expeditions. These morning-toevening looks will take you there in high fashion.




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ith spring, our minds entertain thoughts of vacation—maybe it’s the schoolkid in all of us.

As we prepared this Travel Issue, I couldn’t help thinking about the ways our lives are enhanced when we leave our home base for parts afar. A friend once said to me that travel blesses us three times. The first is in the planning and anticipation. Long before we embark on a journey, especially if it is for pleasure, we enjoy the anticipation. In fact, we should savor it. Like a holiday or a special dinner, this phase might actually be the best part. The second blessing from travel—assuming all goes well—is the experience. There’s nothing like escaping our day-to-day existence to appreciate new surroundings, meet new people and enjoy new cuisine. And finally, the third blessing: Even after we’ve returned home, back to work and into our daily routines, the memories bring pleasure. Travel makes the world smaller. It helps us understand that while our cultures may be different, we have much in common Diana, age seven, attends Longido Primary School in Tanzania. See story, p. 52

with other peoples of the world. And, usually, it gives us a new perspective on—and appreciation for—our own lives. This issue is our last for the 2019-2020 season. Your next issue will arrive in mid-September. Wherever your leisure time takes you this summer, enjoy (three times) and be safe. Happy trails! Cindy Miller Managing Editor cmiller@azredbook.com


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ndigenous artists from North America represent some of the most exciting and engaging work of the 21st century. The Heard Museum will highlight this significant contribution in an exhibition that opens May 1. Larger Than Memory: Contemporary Art from Indigenous North America, curated by Diana Pardue and Erin Joyce, will feature

more than 40 works by 22 contemporary artists working across the United States and Canada in a variety of mediums. These include Cannupa Hanska Luger, recipient of the inaugural Burke Prize in 2019 through the Museum of Art and Design in New York and the 2020 Creative Capital Award. Larger Than Memory also will feature Heard Museum collaborator Jaune Quick-to-See-Smith, who has been exhibited widely both nationally and internationally, and is the recipient of many prestigious awards and grants including the Joan Mitchell Foundation Painters Grant and the 2020 US Artists Fellowship. Multidisciplinary artist Jeffrey Gibson, a 2019 MacArthur Fellow, also returns. The exhibition will run through January 3, 2021. APRIL 2020 / 11




he wait is over. Nobu Matsuhisa has opened

culinary distinction, Nobu aims to bring a unique kind

his namesake restaurant in Scottsdale. The

of star power to Scottsdale.

internationally renowned Japanese restaurant debuted

The Arizona outpost will serve signature dishes

its new 10,635-square-foot home as part of the

including yellow tail sashimi with jalapeño and black

Scottsdale Fashion Square luxury wing expansion.

cod with miso alongside exclusive Scottsdale offerings.

Chef Nobu rose to fame in the early 1990s with his

A mix of local ingredients will influence both the dining

meticulous approach to sushi and the reinvention of

and bar menu. Cocktail connoisseurs will delight in

Japanese cuisine. By coupling time-honored classic

Nobu’s ever-evolving collection of original cocktails,

Japanese dishes with inventive new flavors and cooking

curated by mixologists from around the globe.

techniques, Nobu has become an internationally

The restaurant’s striking interiors were

acclaimed lifestyle brand with more than 40 restaurant

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rizona’s acclaimed spa scene got a boost with a new five-star award.

The Phoenician Spa, which opened in March 2018 replacing the original Centre for Well-Being, has received the coveted 2020 Forbes Travel Guide Five-Star Award. It is one of just 24 spas worldwide receiving the honor for the first time, and one of 85 overall. The Five-Star rating is presented for extraordinary facilities and design, while emphasizing uncompromising service. It is the highest of all Forbes rankings. Forbes Travel Guide is the only independent, global rating system for luxury hotels, restaurants and spas. A three-story new build that took nearly a year to complete, the 37,000-square-foot spa features a rooftop pool, Drybar, 24 treatment



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iders of the Purple Sage: The Making of a Western Opera

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In 2012 Bohmler discovered Zane Grey’s most famous novel when he ducked into the Zane Grey Cabin Museum in Payson, Arizona, to escape a thunderstorm. Five years later, the musical adaptation of Grey’s beloved Western celebrated its world premiere as a fully staged grand opera with a state-of-the-art set designed by one of America’s preeminent landscape painters. Since Grey’s novel was published in 1912, Riders of the Purple Sage has been translated into twenty languages, made into five Hollywood movies and earned a spot on the Library of Congress list of “One Hundred Books that Shaped America.” Grey’s fondness for the Grand Canyon State, which he frequently referred to as “my beloved Arizona,” inspired the settings for many of his novels. Joseph Specter, president and general director of Arizona Opera, says Riders of the Purple Sage absolutely transformed our organization and our community’s perception of our art form.”



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he art of hoop dance honors cultural traditions from multiple Indigenous communities, reflecting the form’s roots in traditional healing ceremonies. Today, hoop dance is shared as an artistic

expression to celebrate and honor Indigenous traditions throughout the United States and Canada. In early February, Scott Sixkiller-Sinquah (Gila River Pima, Hopi) of Phoenix won his first adult world hoop dance title at the 30th annual World Championship Hoop Dance Contest at the Heard Museum. The 26-year-old master of hoop dancing outshone 22 of the best hoop dancers in his division in precision, timing, rhythm, showmanship, creativeness and speed. In total, more than 80 top American Indian and Canadian First Nation hoop dancers competed in the competition for cash prizes and the title. “The Heard Museum continues to be honored to host the World Championship Hoop Dance Contest and we could not be more thrilled with the turnout for the 30th anniversary event,” says David M. Roche, Heard Museum Dickey Family Director and CEO. “This year’s competition drew in the largest number of participants in its history. We’re delighted to provide a home to the members of the hoopdancing community.”




iggy’s Sister, a sculpture by Al Beadle, now resides at Scottsdale

Artists’ School, which is housed in the historic Loloma School in Old Town Scottsdale. The cool, blue, eight-foot-tall modern piece was designed by Beadle and donated to the city as an anonymous gift in honor of the Beadle Family. Beadle (1927–1998) was considered one of greater Phoenix’s most important architects of the post-World War II generation and is well-known for his Mid-Century Modern buildings in the Valley. He began his career as a designer and builder in 1950 with an approach to his projects that included simple modernism. His architectural projects typically included one of his sculptures, usually left as rusting steel or painted red or yellow. Ziggy’s Sister is one of only two Beadle sculptures to be painted blue. The sculpture is based on plans and a maquette Beadle created before his death in 1998. It was fabricated posthumously, two years later.

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1. Gold-filled 30mm hoops with bezel set gemstone changeable drops by JEWEL YA, $84, jewelya.com 2. C  ady silk tee, Fillmore Cardigan and Jerome skirt by THE CAUSE COLLECTION, $198, $425 and $218, thecausecollection.com 3.  Leather sneakers, $425, ESCADA, Scottsdale Fashion Square, escada.com 4.  T  ravel essentials set by HERBAL DYNAMICS BEAUTY, $59, herbaldynamicsbeauty.com 5.  Dalynne top, $475, ESCADA, Scottsdale Fashion Square, escada.com 6.  A  bbie brown shaded sunglasses with gold frame, $330, JIMMY CHOO, Scottsdale Fashion Square, us.jimmychoo.com 7.  Ophidia GG Flora belt bag, $1,150, GUCCI, Scottsdale Fashion Square, gucci.com 8.  Miller sandal, $228, TORY BURCH, Scottsdale Fashion Square, toryburch.com

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1. Ombrelle by PIERRE VAUX, $175, THE PRESENTEUR at SAKS FIFTH AVENUE, Biltmore Fashion Park, thepresenteur.com 2. Diamond necklace, $35,000, E.D. Marshall Jewelers, Scottsdale, edmarshalljewelers.com 3. C  Darling beaded column dress by CHOSEN BY ONE DAY, $4,495, NORDSTROM, Scottsdale Fashion Square, nordstrom.com 4. D  iamond studs, price upon request, MOLINA FINE JEWELERS, Phoenix, molinafinejewelers.com

5.  E  ternity roses bridal bouquet by VENUS ET FLEUR, from $849, venusetfleur.com 6. C  lassic fit silk and wool suit by ERMENEGILDO ZEGNA, $3,545, NORDSTROM, Scottsdale Fashion Square, shop. nordstrom.com 7. N  eil floral silk bow tie, $49.50, NORDSTROM, Scottsdale Fashion Square, shop.nordstrom.com 8. M  en’s wedding bands, price upon request, MOLINA FINE JEWELERS, Phoenix, molinafinejewelers.com

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1. Newport canapé plates, set of four, by JONATHAN ADLER, $98, MODERNIQUE, Uptown Plaza, shopmodernique.com 2.  Multicolor gemstone floral ring, $1,750, HYDE PARK JEWELERS, Biltmore Fashion Park, hpjewels.com 3. Newport teacup and saucer by JONATHAN ADLER, $36, MODERNIQUE, Uptown Plaza, shopmodernique.com 4.  N  ido chair and ottoman by PAOLA LENTI, price upon request, SPACE BAZAAR, thespacebazaar.com 5.   W  ater lilies jacquard napkin, $17.95, FRANK LLOYD WRIGHT STORE at Taliesin West, shop.franklloydwright.org 6.   T  ulip Scape wall art $595, COPENHAGEN, copenhagenliving.com 7.   C  aneleto pink vase by ÚNICA, $885, THE PRESENTEUR at SAKS FIFTH AVENUE, Biltmore Fashion Park, thepresenteur.com 8.   M  yFlower cocktail table, $3,395, COPENHAGEN, copenhagenliving.com


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RISE IN STYLE Phoenix Suns Charities hosted “Rise in Style: Fashion for the Future” on January 11 at Talking Stick Resort Arena. Suns players Kelly Oubre Jr. and Deandre Ayton co-chaired the inaugural fashion show that drew almost 700 guests. The pair also helped develop the aesthetic and creative programming elements for the show. As part of the interactive event the entire Suns team plus head coach Monty Williams and general manager James Jones, flaunted their style on the runway alongside youth representatives from local nonprofit organizations throughout the Valley. Proceeds from Rise In Style benefit Phoenix Suns Charities, which works to improve the lives of youth and families throughout Arizona by actively creating and supporting programs that focus on education, recreation, health and human services. APRIL 2020 / 29

SOCIETY Nonprofit Fundraisers FEB. 8 DINE WITH YOUR DOG Phoenix Children’s Hospital Foundation The annual Dine With Your Dog brunch at Monterra at WestWorld raised $131,000. An additional contribution by a generous donor brought the total to more than $168,000. Proceeds benefit the PetSmart Charities Paws Can Heal Animal-Assisted Therapy program at Phoenix Children’s Hospital. Canine cuisine was prepared by Phoenix Children’s own Chef Spiro Andreopoulos. Human companions enjoyed brunch courtesy of M Catering at Monterra, plus mimosas and Tito’s Handmade Vodka Bloody Marys. Lee Courtney and Kimberly Jacobsen co-chaired the event.




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SOCIETY Nonprofit Fundraisers FEB. 8 GALAXY GALA Arizona Science Center Galaxy Gala at Arizona Science Center had something for each of the 450 guests—a cocktail welcome, a delicious dinner catered by M Culinary Concepts and an after-party in Heritage Square Park. But the star of the evening was Victoria, the world’s largest touring T. rex, now on exhibition at the Center. The $450,000 raised during the evening benefit the STEM learning opportunities at the Science Center. Lori Reiman, Paige Heavey and Suzanne Hensing co-chaired the event. 1 2 3



1. Décor by White House Design Studio 2. Francis and Dionne Najafi with their son, Luke Najafi 3. Paige Heavey, Lori Reiman and Suzanne Hensing 4. Henry and Everett Estes, Dennis and Margot Knight, and Jenny Estes 5. Chevy Humphrey, president and CEO Arizona Science Center, with Pat and Regina Edwards 6. Victoria, the T. rex 7. Phoenix Mayor Kate Gallego and Ella Goldfader






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SOCIETY Nonprofit Fundraisers FEB.8 HONOR BALL HonorHealth Foundation The 44th annual Honor Ball was held at the JW Marriott Scottsdale Camelback Inn. More than 700 attended the elegant—and fun—affair, enjoying cocktails, dinner and dancing, featuring Impulse, West Coast Music of Beverly Hills. White House Design Studio created the vibrant décor, and 3TV’s Good Morning Arizona news anchor Scott Pasmore emceed the event. The evening, which raised more than $1.3 million, paid tribute to Jean and Curt Feuer for their commitment to the community. 1 4


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SOCIETY Nonprofit Fundraisers FEB. 8 WELCOME HOME GALA Save the Family Save the Family held its Welcome Home Gala at the Omni Scottsdale Resort & Spa at Montelucia. The 350 guests enjoyed a cocktail hour, silent and live auctions, raffle drawings, dinner, dancing and faux gambling. The program included client testimony and was emceed by Fox10’s Kristy Siefkin. The band Rock Lobster provided the entertainment. The gala raised more than $200,000 for Save the Family’s housing, case management and support services programs. 1 4


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1. Rock Lobster 2. Michael Garrison 3. Clare Mesnard and Jackie Taylor, Save the Family CEO 4. Kristy Siefkin 5. Kelsey Ferguson 6. Michael McDonald and Annie Mathisen

SOCIET Y Nonprofit Fundraisers FEB. 9 FRESH BRUNCH one•n•ten The 11th Annual Fresh Brunch at the JW Marriott Desert Ridge Resort and Spa drew 1,400 guests and raised a recordbreaking $759,000 in support for the accomplishments and future growth of one•n•ten. The event emphasized the theme of “visibility,” and honorary chair Phoenix Mayor Kate Gallego declared February 9 LGBTQ+Visibility Day. Honorary co-chair Daniela Astorga accepted the proclamation after sharing her visibility story. In addition to food and mingling, guests enjoyed a performance by the Phoenix Metropolitan Men’s Chorus. 1


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1. Phoenix Metropolitan Men’s Chorus 2. Stephanie Hewitt, Jeremey Schachter and Nick Speliopoulos 3. Nicole Stanton and Congressman Greg Stanton 4. Daniela Astorga and Mayor Kate Gallego 5. Darlene Richert with her son Peter Buck 6. Kevin Patterson with Secretary of State Katie Hobbs

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SOCIETY Nonprofit Fundraisers FEB. 9 OSCAR AT THE OSCARS VIEWING PARTY Valley Youth Theatre Valley Youth Theatre hosted its Oscar at the Oscars Viewing Party at Scottsdale Waterfront Residences. The intimate evening included a red-carpet entry followed by a live viewing of the 2020 Academy Awards presentation. The 72 guests—dressed in Hollywood glam—enjoyed cocktails, burgers and more, including a performance by the young people from VYT. The party was presented by Billie Jo Herberger, and Oscar De las salas served as emcee. Proceeds from the occasion benefit Valley Youth Theatre.

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1. Billie Jo Herberger and Oscar De las salas with the Valley Youth Theatre teens 2. Phoenix Mayor Kate Gallego and Bobb Cooper, VYT producing artistic director 3. Berney Streed and Mark Keller 4. Dennis Ranke and Deanna Bell 5. Denise and Chris Widener 6. Karol Cooper, Catherine Lewis and Elena Hamaed

SOCIET Y Nonprofit Fundraisers FEB. 15 DRIVE THE DREAM Childhelp More than 700 guests attended the Childhelp Drive the Dream Gala at the Phoenician. A highlight of the evening was the presentation of the Childhelp Spirit of the Children Award to Laurie and Budd Florkiewicz. Emceed by Reba and Baby Daddy star Melissa Peterman, the gala featured performances by REO Speedwagon, Phoenix Theatre Company and Childhelp Youth Ambassador Rosevelt Rals, a 12-year-old singer from Mesa. Ivy Ciolli chaired the event with Dru Hammer and Jacqueline Nerguizian as co-chairs. Proceeds benefit Childhelp programs. 1


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1. Urban Electra reflects the Mary Poppins theme 2. Childhelp co-founder Sara O’Meara, Joey and Ivy Ciolli, Jacqueline Nerguizian, Donald “DJ” Friese, and co-founder Yvonne Fedderson 3. Mark Victor Hansen and Crystal Hansen 4. Chad Michael, Cathy Cardenas and Mickie James 5. Tyler Butler, Pat Bondurant and Beth McRae 6. Allison and Peter Gentala with Bill and Becky Montgomery

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Art Meets Science

in a Vase Valley florist fuses horticulture, design and wellness



hen Morgan Anderson was young, she watched the Tom Hanks and Meg Ryan movie You’ve Got Mail,

along with millions of other Americans. But after Ryan’s character received flowers, Anderson made a declaration to her dad.

“I want to make people feel like that,” Anderson recalls saying, after seeing how happy Ryan’s character was. “I want to be a florist.” Despite suggestions that she consider a career in law or medicine, Anderson pursued her daisycomedy, and that pursuit has taken her to a unique intersection of art and science. Anderson, who owns The Flori.Culture, doesn’t just assemble pretty



inspired dreams, born from a late-’90s romantic


Morgen Anderson, owner of The Flori. Culture, in her home workroom

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bouquets. She is a student of the culture of flowers—

She created a ’90s collection, using bright

learning how they can be arranged, yes, but also

neons, and last fall she created a darker

understanding how humans can physically benefit

collection reflecting an emotional period for

from them and how to work with the earth to create

her. And, to reflect her appreciation for the slow

environments ripe for growth.

flower movement, Anderson recently challenged

“People are really striving to bring themselves

herself to create a collection from hyper-local

back to nature,” says Anderson, who earned a PhD

items that she did not buy, but instead sourced

in horticulture. “Anyone can pick up a book and read

from neighbors and the environment around her.

everything I know about plants. But I think that when

“It definitely has muses associated with it,”

you embrace some type of research methodology and

Anderson says of the pieces she designs. “It’s

question a hypothesis that’s interesting and intriguing

very emotional. You express yourself as an artist.

to you, your mind can expand and create new

It doesn’t have to be through paint. It can be

concepts based on the things you’re learning.”

through flowers.” ❖

It was while she was earning her master’s degree in horticulture at Kansas State University that she was introduced to the emotional benefits of her idolized profession in a course in horticultural therapy. That’s where she learned about the theory of biophilia, which suggests humans have a primal desire to connect with other forms of life. As those two concepts merged, Anderson began shaping a career that would blend the practice of floral design and the academic application of the theories she saw at work in the field. “I remember saying, ‘This is the reason I want to work with plants,’” Anderson says of her introduction to horticultural therapy and biophilia. “I realized that there is a lot of research out there . . . and the concept that we’ve evolved through nature thus we need nature . . . it’s kind of all connected.” Anderson learned of healthy compounds that are released from soil as it is jostled and tended, and oils that are released from trees as they are pruned. And she realized she could make someone feel well with a floral arrangement while also adding to her own wellness at the same time. “If you create an arrangement, it’s a form of wellness,” she says. “Certain science is even showing anti-cancer benefits and cellular benefits.” Few people need nature more than Anderson, who channels inspiration through a series of seasonal “collections,” much as a fashion designer would do. Anderson, who also teaches a floral art wellness class at Arizona State University, finds inspiration just about anywhere. 42 / THE RED BOOK MAGAZINE


CLOCKWISE FROM TOP LEFT THIS PAGE: Blue reigns in the “Copenhagen” 2017 Spring Collection. RIGHT: This monochromatic arrangement from the “Bali” 2017 Spring Collection features the clean sculptural lines Anderson often prefers. BOTTOM: A simple, but detailed, cacti arrangement from Morgan Anderson’s Summer 2019 Collection

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uzanne Wilson was little when she was first introduced to the arts. When she heard and watched as an orchestra provided the soundtrack for the musical that was on stage before her, she was sold. “Once I saw that, I was hooked,” Wilson says. “It was my

intro to music outside of the radio.” That one interaction with live performing arts would lead

Wilson through a lifetime of music, progressing from piano lessons to vocal performances to summer camps to her latest post as the new president and CEO of The Phoenix Symphony. “It really is my dream job,” she says, noting that

she started her career as a ticket taker before rising through the administrative ranks. Wilson, who succeeded Jim Ward following his retirement, joined The Phoenix

Symphony after serving as executive director of the Midori Foundation in New York and previously as chief of staff for the New England Conservatory in Boston. Her passion lies with music education and outreach, a practice where The Phoenix Symphony excels. Speaking from experience, she knows the performing arts have the ability to take their participants to unexpected places, from performance venues to a place of personal growth and confidence. The opportunities she had as an artist fuel her desire to connect more people with the arts. “There are world-class musicians here in Phoenix,” she says. “These musicians come off the stage and go to hospitals, public schools and health-care providers, and they bring the very best music into the communities that can’t come to Symphony Hall. There’s a real sense of commitment to making sure everyone in our area can be a part of this orchestra.” For Wilson, the more people who are touched by The Symphony, the more who will support it and the greater arts and culture community in Phoenix. Support, for an organization that relies heavily on philanthropic giving, is critical for the success of the organization. “We’re always trying to balance the vision with our mission and the resources,” Wilson says, referring to The Phoenix Symphony, but also the greater performing arts industry. “We’re all in it together to ensure that live music continues to be successful.” As Wilson anticipates the future, she looks to become increasingly familiar with The Symphony’s supporters, its staff and its musicians. And she will work to expand a local network that she says has already been so friendly and welcoming to her. “My vision is to invite as many people as possible to embrace this symphony,” she says. “I think collaboration is the most important piece to success. It may sound like a cliché, but partnerships, innovation and people are the centerpiece to success. I’ve been consistently struck by the generous spirit and willingness of strangers to welcome me into this community.” A wide range of orchestral performances, from the music of ABBA, to classical favorites to Hollywood-inspired evenings, draws music lovers of all types to The Phoenix Symphony. And, Wilson says, that’s the idea. “We all recognize the benefits of a creative economy, and we recognize the arts can enrich education, energize a community and inspire an individual,” she says. “Music is universal. It brings together people of all walks of life.” ❖


New Phoenix Symphony CEO leans on outreach to bring music to the masses

Touched by the Arts Text by LISA VAN LOO â?– Photo by TINA CELLE

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Hannah Benkel, diagnosed with Stage 4 Hodgkin’s Lymphoma at age 14, and her family took a trip to New York to meet Anthony Bourdain


Light the Candles Make-A-Wish celebrates four decades of bringing joy to critically ill children. It all started here



annah Benkel’s birthday wish for an Arizona nonprofit organization commemorating 40 years of bringing joy to critically ill kids is wise beyond her 23 years. “My wish would be for

Make-A-Wish to continue to be a beacon of genuine charity,” the Phoenix woman says. “Every dollar in is a dollar out, completely clean of corporate greed or personal gain. It’s extremely admirable.”

Benkel is among 6,470 young Arizonans who since 1980 have been given

something to look forward to by Make-A-Wish Arizona. The nation’s founding APRIL 2020 / 47

Chris Greicius, the first Wish Kid, received a “Smokey Bear” hat and a badge, becoming Arizona’s first and only honorary DPS officer. He passed away four days later with leukemia

chapter, it is the driving force behind the 1983 incorporation of Make-A-Wish America, the national headquarters in Phoenix, and the subsequent formation of 60 chapters around the country. Additionally, Make-A-Wish International serves children in more than 50 countries on five continents. All told, 334,905 wishes have been granted to children in the United States with cancer, cystic fibrosis, kidney disorders, congenital heart defects and other medical calamities. It’s an exact number Richard Davis, president and CEO of Make-A-Wish America, insists upon because every wish, every child, matters. “We ask people, ‘What would you do for a child whom you knew was critically ill?” Davis says. “The answer is always, ‘anything.’ And we say, ‘Great. You’ve come to the right place.’” Make-A-Wish Arizona began because Chris Greicius wanted to be a cop. The 4-year-old Phoenix boy was diagnosed with leukemia in


1977 and had just a 50 percent chance of survival with treatment. His mom vowed to make his remaining days matter. “We visited Old Tucson a couple of times a month,” says Linda Pauling, whose son always wore his sheriff’s outfit, toy gun belt and officer’s hat. “The cowboys got to know about him and picked him out of the crowd to help with the gunfights.” When U.S. Customs and Border Protection agent Tommy Austin heard about the sick boy and his desire to “catch bad guys,” he jumped into action. Austin arranged with Arizona Department of Public Safety officer Ron Cox to fly Chris in a helicopter from Scottsdale Memorial Hospital to DPS for a tour. The boy received a “Smokey Bear” hat and a badge, becoming Arizona’s first and only honorary DPS officer. A child-sized DPS uniform and motorcycle officer’s wings were rushed to Chris’ hospital room, where he died four days later. “The founders said, ‘There have to be other kids out there like Chris. Let’s go find them,’” says Elizabeth Reich, president and CEO of Make-A-Wish Arizona. The first donation, from a grocery store manager, was $15, and a year later, $2,000 had been collected, enough to grant another wish. It went to Poncho “Bopsy” Salazar, who got to be a fireman, visit Disneyland and ride in a hot-air balloon. “Linda’s willingness to have Chris’ story told created a movement that changed hundreds of thousands of lives,” Davis says. “Adults tend to want to engineer a child’s wish, but Linda never messed that up. Chris’ wish was what it became. She sat back and let them do it.” Make-A-Wish relies on medical professionals to refer children ages 2 to 18 who haven’t received a wish from another organization. A misperception is that only terminally ill children qualify, but 70 percent of wish kids do survive their illnesses. Wish team volunteers meet with eligible children and their families to ask not ‘What is

Linda Pauling's son Chris Greicius was the first Wish Kid. What would Chris have to say about all of this? “Neato!”

your wish?’ but ‘Why is it your wish?’ There are five wish categories—to be, have, meet, go or give—the latter added after Hurricane Katrina. “Since then, more children have opted to give their wishes to others,” Reich says. “These kids have a level of maturity that we’ve never seen before.” An added benefit is that, through the wish-granting, children see how many strangers— community members, donors, volunteers—care. And just as children are different, so are their wishes. Omar hugged a penguin at Sea World. Paula received multiyear family memberships from the Prescott YMCA to swim year-round. Tamyka, whose teeth were damaged by

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Jazmin was blessed by Pope Francis and had her last rites administered by a cardinal in St. Peter’s Square


sickle cell disease, got braces, and smiled. William caught a ride in a classic automobile to the Barrett-Jackson Auction with author Clive Cussler. Darrius chased “bad guys” with Arizona Diamondbacks staff, a stunt that ended before a cheering crowd in Chase Field. Jazmin was blessed by Pope Francis and had her last rites administered by a cardinal in St. Peter’s Square. “The anticipation of the wish sustains them,” says Reich, noting community partners of all types step up to help them come true. In 2011, Benkel was diagnosed with Stage 4 Hodgkin’s Lymphoma at age 14. She was an avid fan of CNN’s Parts Unknown and the late Anthony Bourdain. When Make-AWish offered her a sky’sthe-limit opportunity, “My dad made it clear I could ask for something we couldn’t do ourselves.” She and her family were flown to New York City, where they met Bourdain at Le Bernardin, a Michelin three-star restaurant in Manhattan. They talked about the role of food in culture and making the world a better place, not about her cancer. “He was one of the most endearing, genuine people, and he didn’t treat me like I was sick,” says Benkel, now a sous chef at The Mission in Scottsdale. “He was a big role model for me, and I need to be what he was to me for someone else.” For more than 20 years, Gabe Trujillo has been a quadriplegic, having been diagnosed as a teenager with a rare form of Hopkins syndrome, a neurologic disorder triggered by severe asthma. Trujillo wished to meet the stars and cast of The X-Files, a wish that was fulfilled, and he also went on backstage tours of several Los Angeles studios.

LEFT; Hannah Benkel, sous chef at The Mission and former Wish Kid. RIGHT; Elizabeth Reich, president and CEO of MakeA-Wish Arizona

He pursued a journalism degree at Arizona State University and is now a senior digital video producer at KPNX-TV. “Make-A-Wish gives kids and families who, almost on a daily basis, are going through life-changing decisions and activities the ability not to think about doctors, surgeries, what it’s going to be like as a kid in a wheelchair,” says Trujillo, 36. The next 40 years of Make-A-Wish will be driven by critically ill children giving their wishes to others whom they feel need it more, Reich says. Her vision is that the wish of every eligible child in Arizona be granted within the coming decade. Linda Pauling knows what the little boy who started it all would think of that. “He’d throw up his arms and shout his favorite word. ‘Neato!’” ❖

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Beautiful Tanzania is home to incredible wildlife— and poverty. Giraffes and other wildlife roam free


Moved by the

Maasai A trip to Tanzania becomes a life-changing experience Text by BEVERLY MEDLYN â?– Photos courtesy MAASAI GIRLS RESCUE CENTER


hen Rick Morro retired nine years ago, he envisioned a life of travel, golf and fishing. During his career as a business manager for multinational companies, Morro had traveled to most of the world’s industrialized countries. He was looking forward to exploring at a more leisurely pace, with time for recreation and friends. That lasted about six months. APRIL 2020 / 53

A former hostel serves as the Center’s main building. Fundraising is underway to build a larger facility to accommodate 100 girls on land that has been donated by the Tanzanian government

Thirteen-year-old Momoi came from a very poor family, as evidenced by this structure where she slept. Because she helped her mother with the daily chores, she had never attended school. Momoi had been cut (FGM) and promised in marriage with the down payment already made. When her father heard the government was looking for families who were not sending their girls to school, he asked Rick Morro to take her to Maasai Girls Rescue Center. She has been there a year and a half, has worked her way through four grades and is at the top of her class in Longido Primary School


"I started to feel empty,” Morro says. “I knew there had to be a more significant way I could spend my remaining days.” Initially frustrated in his efforts to find meaningful volunteer opportunities, Morro’s participation in a Christian men’s group led him to a Scottsdale Bible Church outreach program that was based in Tanzania. Through the men’s group, Morro met Scottsdale attorney Daniel Martineau. As divorced fathers of grown children, they were both at a “what’s next” juncture and looking for ways to make a difference. A CHANGE OF SCENE Morro dove in. “I have to admit I was not too excited about Tanzania at first as I pictured it as a beautiful place

Rick Morro visits the family home of Naioponoi, who holds her cousin. Naioponoi lives at Maasai Girls Rescue Center

Maasai girls—some younger than 10—are forced into early marriages to much older men with multiple wives. Most girls are subjected to female genital mutilation, performed sometime between infancy and age 15. The rite of passage causes lifelong pain and health issues. Though governments and health organizations are working to stop FGM, it is

to visit because of the wildlife but was not aware of

estimated there are 200 million women and girls

the poverty and living conditions of the people,” he

alive worldwide who have undergone the procedure,

says. “Once I arrived and met the Maasai people I

according to the World Health Organization.

was hooked.” Morro moved from the Valley to Tanzania in

Morro knew the girls would need a safe place to live and nutritious meals. He made an arrangement

2013. He supported the church’s work through

with a local nonprofit organization in 2017 to

sustainable projects such as building a three-acre

renovate a 20-room hostel that could house 40

drip irrigation garden for a school. He observed

girls on the 20-acre property. That year the Center

and learned about the culture for more than two

accepted its first four girls.

years before he determined his personal mission

Currently there are nearly 50 girls, most between

and founded the Maasai Girls Rescue Center in

ages 5 and 10 but ranging up to age 15. Local women,

Longido, Tanzania.

matrons, care for and teach the girls. Morro, 70,

“I saw the girls are at the bottom of the food chain

oversees the operation, which he pays for himself with

in the Maasai culture,” Morro says. “I believe if you

help from donors and sponsors for individual girls.

educate girls, they will educate their families and

Fundraising is underway to build a larger facility to

develop the skills and knowledge that will help them

accommodate 100 girls on land that has been donated

climb out of poverty.”

by the Tanzanian government. APRIL 2020 / 55

Each afternoon a teacher helps the girls with their schoolwork in the Center’s tutoring room. Because most of the girls have never previously attended school, the tutoring helps them catch up to their classmates

MARTINEAU CLIMBS KILIMANJARO—AND MORE Tanzania also is known as one of the world’s most spectacular travel destinations. Its wilderness areas include safari mecca Serengeti National Park and Mt. Kilimanjaro, Africa’s highest mountain. Martineau, 60, had a lifelong dream to climb Mt. Kilimanjaro. He had visited East Africa in 2008 with his family and wanted to return. His friend Laura Medved agreed to go with him on the perilous mountain expedition if they could go on safari afterward. The couple capped off those two peak experiences in August 2018 with a visit to the Maasai Girls Rescue Center. “That visit had a huge impact on me,” Martineau says. “My heart was so touched by the helplessness of these girls and the true miracles that Rick has brought to their lives.” He decided to sponsor two girls at the center with monthly stipends of $130 each. With his background in law and as administrator of his own charitable foundation, Martineau set up a nonprofit organization and board for the Center, along with Jay Budzien. Both men serve on the board. Next came Joyce and Bruce Hammond, owners of GrowthPoint, a marketing company in Michigan. They also knew Morro and were familiar with his charitable work. The Hammonds and their staff have volunteered to help direct the 56 / THE RED BOOK MAGAZINE

Center’s marketing and social media efforts, business systems and data base operations. “Joyce and I visited the Center last fall, which further

Rick Morro’s granddaughter served as a volunteer at the Center last summer

energized us to donate time and resources,” says Hammond. “Once you get involved to understand the need, it’s hard not to help.” EXPANDING THE NETWORK Morro and his supporters want others to have opportunities to expand their world through intentional travel and philanthropy. Martineau is working with local public radio stations KJZZ and KBAQ, which sponsor a Travel Club. “Our listeners care about the world and want to make a difference,” says Linda Pastori, general manager, development. Research and a scouting trip will take place this year, and if everything falls into place, a journey to Tanzania may be offered in 2021, Pastori says. Morro welcomes visitors at the Center any time. Guests give the girls exposure to people from other cultures. Visitors get the chance to change lives, including their own, he says. “I ask myself often: ‘Why do this?’” Morro says. “The answer is simple: I found what I was looking for. I am more fulfilled than I have ever been in my life. We are planting the seeds for future generations of these girls.” ❖ For more information, visit maasairescue.org. APRIL 2020 / 57

The Majestic A trip to Easter Island with a foremost expert on its monolithic statues Text by JANIE MAGRUDER â?– Photos by DAVID SCOTT ALLEN


Moai APRIL 2020 / 59



n the pages of National Geographic or in PBS documentaries, you’ve seen them—photos or footage of the iconic human-faced statues dotting a wild, green island in the Southeast Pacific. Some of the head-and-torso carvings are precisely lined up like soldiers guarding their home, Rapa Nui (commonly referred to as Easter Island). Elsewhere, a single stone figure juts skyward. Some of the figures slump backward, or forward, into volcanic hillsides, while others tower above, averaging 13 feet tall and weighing nearly 14 tons. Known as moai, these monuments were carved from quarries centuries ago by the Rapa Nui people, who then transported them great distances to their resting places on giant platforms. You can’t miss ’em: The 63-square-mile island has about 1,000 moai. In the “you-get-what-you-pay-for” vein, you could book an Expedia vacation to visit. Or you could travel there next

Rano Raraku Is the quarry where most of the Moai were carved. The ones seen here fell and never made it to their destination

year with an internationally renowned anthropologist and archaeologist, among the world’s foremost experts on human and environmental histories of the Pacific Islands.

The platform on which the moai stand is an ahu

annexed by Chile, nearly 2,200 miles to the east, in 1888. There’s been no shortage of speculation about the moai, their role in the island’s ancient civilization and how they were

And who lives in our state.

built and moved. Hunt has for two decades been involved in

“It’s the most fascinating place in the world,” says that person,

this research and has led study-abroad trips for students and

Dr. Terry Hunt, dean of The University of Arizona Honors

educational experiences for friends and supporters of UA and

College in Tucson. “The island tells you a lot about human

at his previous academic posts, the University of Oregon and

nature, not about the failure of an island population, but about

the University of Hawaii.

their success in a very remote place because of their investment in engineering, art and architecture.”

Their major work was disproving theories that the statues were horizontally relocated on wooden slides and rollers. Rather, Hunt and others determined they were moved along


well-prepared roads using a walking/rocking motion, as you

Rapa Nui, which was inhabited by Polynesians in about 1200,

might move a large appliance into your kitchen. The findings

was christened Easter Island by Dutch explorers in honor of

were published in The Statues That Walked: Unraveling the

the day of their arrival in 1772. The 63-square-mile island was

Mystery of Easter Island, co-authored by Hunt and Carl P.

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These round stone houses at the edge of the crater of the volcano Ranu Kau are part of the ceremonial village at Orango. It was here that the annual Birdman competition took place

Lipo, an anthropology professor at Binghamton University

enrolled in this interdisciplinary course learn to think

in New York.

critically about their research from scientific, historical and

Last year, Hunt’s team completed research on how the Rapa Nui people chose the final resting spots for their moai

culture perspectives, he says. And their involvement greatly enhances research, Hunt

in order to deify their ancestors. They were placed near the

notes. “They sometimes ask what may seem like a naive

island’s limited freshwater sources, so critical to the islanders’

question, but it turns out to reveal something that, after 20

existence. The researchers concluded that this positioning

years in this field, I never thought about.”

reflected generations of sharing, not only water and food, but also social activities, knowledge and resources.

Rachel Lindzon, an Honors College senior, earned six credits during her four-week study abroad to Rapa Nui last July. In addition to learning about the moai, she and others


were immersed in the Polynesian culture and conducted

This summer, Hunt will take UA Honors College students to

experiments with drones and other instruments.

Easter Island for three weeks to use drones, photography, 3D

Lindzon’s interactions with Hunt not only improved

modeling and other devices to discover additional mysteries

her research and critical thinking skills, but also helped

of the island’s archaeology and environment. Students

produce her project on soil analysis and writing papers on


Ahu Tahai at sunset

collapse and deforestation theories, among other topics. “I learned how to work independently and be more datadriven, to think for myself and to look at hard facts,” she says. “Rapa Nui is just magical, enchanting, really.”

soil erosion that’s going on. We need to work with the islanders to preserve these important ceremonial and religious pieces.” She and other guests stayed at an Explora Hotel that was off the tourist path and experienced horseback riding, nighttime photography that was literally and figuratively astronomical,


hiking and learning about the Birdman culture and Rapa Nui

You won’t get an argument on that from Heather Lenkin,

from the best.

who traveled there last summer with Hunt and a dozen other

“The opportunity to go with someone who has that much

Honors College supporters. Lenkin is a trustee for the World

expertise is reason enough,” Lenkin says. “But Dr. Hunt is

Monuments Fund, which placed Rapa Nui on its 2020 watch

totally in love with the people, and what he’s doing there is

list of cultural heritage sites needing protection.

unparalleled. I would never have had that experience with

“It’s one of the world’s most precious archaeology sites, and it is precarious,” says Lenkin, who also is a UA trustee

someone else.” Hunt’s next available trip for non-students will be late

and chair of the Honors College advisory board. “There are

spring 2021. ❖ For more information, email David Scott Allen

petroglyphs in a variety of precarious positions related to the

at dallen@email.arizona.edu. APRIL 2020 / 63

Nature meets luxury in Arizona’s panoramic high desert

Happy Trails Photos by ELLEN BARNES Styled by CAROLE COTTEN Hair and makeup by MORGAN TERESA Model: THE AGENCY ARIZONA Location: THE RANCH, A LUXURY CAMPING VENUE AT DESERT MOUNTAIN CLUB Special assistance: H2R EXPEDITIONS, h2rexpeditions.com

Boho Rider Long denim skirt paired with distressed denim jacket, both by Saint Laurent, from Saks Fifth Avenue

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Porch Drama

Black mini dress by Zimmermann Wear and tall stretch boot by Stuart Weitzman, from Saks Fifth Avenue. Vaquero black hat, from Watson’s Hat Shop, Cave Creek.


Inner Cowgirl Short fringe studded skirt, Balmain; Lia crop top, A.L.C.; distressed denim jacket, Saint Laurent; and leather ankle boot, Givenchy, from Saks Fifth Avenue APRIL 2020 / 67

Roughing It Quadrella dress, Brock Collection,

and black and silver denim jacket, Ashish Zombie. Courtney boots in black bike, Golden Goose, from Stephanie’s


Laced-Up Safari Beige safari dress,

Saint Laurent, from Saks Fifth Avenue. Model’s own boots

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S’more Time

Black leather paperbag shorts, Frame, and white tee, ATM, Nordstrom. Optimo Panama, from Watson’s Hat Shop, Cave Creek. Turquoise jewelry from stylist’s private collection


Trail’s End Silk pajama set, Kiki de

Montparnasse, from Stephanie’s

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4 Celebrity Fight Night 26

Legacy Luncheon




First Annual Westgate Benefit

Canvas & Couture

Charity Ball

St. Joseph’s Foundation

Scottsdale Artists School

The Board of Visitors

St. Joseph’s Westgate Medical Center

Hotel Valley Ho, 11 a.m.

JW Marriott Camelback Inn, 6 p.m.

5 p.m.



Art from the Heart



Free Arts for Abused Children of Arizona

Heroes of Education Recognition Dinner

Ending Homelessness Community

Saks Fifth Avenue, 4:30 p.m.

Maricopa Community Colleges Foundation



JW Marriott Scottsdale Camelback Inn


UMOM New Day Centers

5 p.m.

Arizona Country Club, 7:30 a.m.

Imagination NOLA Gala


Madison Education Foundation


Madison Center for the Arts, 6:30 p.m. Legacy Luncheon Honoring Sandra Day


Sandra Day O’Connor Institute

Celebrity Fight Night 26

Arizona Biltmore, 11 a.m.

JW Marriott Desert Ridge Resort & Spa


5 p.m.


celebrityfightnight.org Boogie Nights Anniversary Bash notMYkid

Porch Party

Scottsdale Resort at McCormick Ranch

Cancer Support Community Arizona

6 p.m.

5:30 p.m.






Dance With Me Gala


4 Imagination NOLA Gala

APRIL 17 Vino con Stelle Gateway for Cancer Research Hangar One, 6 p.m. vinoconstelle.com


17 Vino con Stelle

APRIL 18 Silver & Turquoise Ball Phoenix Indian Center

APRIL 20–25


Scottsdale Resort at McCormick Ranch

AZ Eco Fashion Week

Crozier Gala

AZ Apparel Foundation

Catholic Community Foundation

F.A.B.R.I.C., 6 p.m.

Hyatt Regency Scottsdale at Gainey Ranch


6 p.m.

5:30 p.m. phxindcenter.org


Dance With Me Gala Ballet Arizona


JW Marriott Scottsdale Camelback Inn

Lights, Camera, Auction!


Down Syndrome Network Arizona

Women Against MS Luncheon

Phoenix Theatre Company and Phoenix Art

Multiple Sclerosis Society, AZ Chapter

Museum campus, 6:30 p.m.

Arizona Biltmore, 11 a.m.



The Pressroom, 7 p.m.




Dinner on the Desert

22nd Annual Community Breakfast

Desert Botanical Garden, 6 p.m.

Southwest Autism Research


& Resource Center

6:30 p.m. balletaz.org Party with a Purpose Feeding Matters

Arizona Biltmore, 7:30 a.m. autismcenter.org

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Silver & Turquoise Ball


25 Crozier Gala

25 Dinner on the Desert


MAY 14

MAY 16

Unstoppable: A Celebration of Champions

Fund the Farm

The Art of Wine and Tastes

United Cerebral Palsy of Central Arizona

Desert Botanical Garden, 7 p.m.

of Summer

Mountain Shadows, 5:30 p.m.


Scottsdale Arts Scottsdale Center for the


Performing Arts

MAY 15 MAY 5

Arty Party

2 p.m.

WISP Presents: Addiction Medicine

Young Arts Arizona


Banner Health Foundation

Private Residence, 6 p.m.

The Henry, 11:30 a.m.

youngartsaz.org Â

bannerhealthfoundation.org MAY 6 Authors Luncheon Help in Healing Home Foundation Wrigley Mansion, 11 a.m. helpinhealinghome.org MAY 9 Thrive Gala Arizona Coalition to End Sexual and Domestic Violence Hyatt Regency Scottsdale at Gainey Ranch 6:30 p.m. acesdv.org




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THE SPORTING LIFE APRIL 3 Banner Children’s Open Banner Health Foundation Wildfire Golf Club at JW Marriott Desert Ridge 7 a.m. give.bannerhealth.com

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DT Open New Pathways for Youth Camelback Golf Club, 7:30 a.m. npfy.org HonorHealth Pro-Am HonorHealth Foundation Grayhawk Golf Club, 7:30 a.m. and 1:15 p.m. honorhealth.com Hope Fore Kids Charity Golf Challenge Hope Community Services Topgolf Glendale, 11 a.m. hcs-az.org APRIL 5 D-backs Race Against Cancer Arizona Diamondbacks Chase Field, 7:15 a.m. dbacks.com

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APRIL 18 Schuff Steel Charity Classic Desert Voices Oral Learning Center Palm Valley Golf Club, 6 a.m. desert-voices.org

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Walk the Walk to End Homelessness UMOM New Day Centers Phoenix Zoo, 6 a.m. umom.org Greater Phoenix Take Steps Crohn’s & Colitis Foundation, Southwest Chapter Neil G. Giuliano Park, 8 a.m. crohnscolitisfoundation.org March for Babies March of Dimes Wesley Bolin Plaza, 8 a.m. marchforbabies.org

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THE SPORTING LIFE APRIL 27 Heroes Golf Classic Helping Hands for Freedom Moon Valley Country Club, 12:30 p.m. helpinghandsforfreedom.org

MAY 14 25th Annual Charity Golf Tournament Desert Foothills Library Desert Forest Golf Club, 11:30 a.m. dfla.org

MAY 8 Lou Grubb Friends Fore Golf St. Joseph’s Foundation JW Marriott Scottsdale Camelback Inn 10 a.m. lougrubbgolf.com

MAY 15 Golfer’s Dream Day Junior Achievement of Arizona McCormick Ranch Golf Club, 10 a.m. jaaz.org

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CULTURE DELVE INTO THE LIFE OF ARTIST MAYNARD DIXON Oscar-winning actress Diane Keaton narrates this featurelength documentary focused on the stunning art and complex life of popular artist Maynard Dixon. The film explores his life via his paintings and drawings; interviews with his family, friends and Dixon scholars; and family photographs taken by his wife, celebrated photographer Dorothea Lange. Maynard Dixon Art & Spirit April 25 Western Spirit: Scottsdale’s Museum of the West

Things Noted This month, culture takes center stage with exhibits, events and performances Text by MICHELLE GLICKSMAN ❖ Photos courtesy ORGANIZATIONS

EXPLORE HOW INDIA’S RICHES HAVE INFLUENCED WESTERN FASHION More than 40 garments and 20 accessories are displayed at this exhibition that showcases how fashion designers such as Pierre Balmain, Jean Louis, Branell, Bob Mackie, Versace, Olivier Lapidus, Halston and Givenchy have been influenced by Indian dress, aesthetics and artwork. It culminates with today’s Indian designers, revealing how they merge crafts of the ancient world with modern technology and aesthetics. India: Fashion’s Muse Through June 21 Phoenix Art Museum

WATCH INCREDIBLE DANCE SET AGAINST A DESERT BACKDROP Ballet Arizona wraps up its season with An Evening at Desert Botanical Garden. This year’s event features the world premiere of The Four Seasons, a show that takes the audience through winter, spring, summer and fall in movement. Choreographed by Ib Andersen, Ballet Arizona artistic director, the performance is set against the stunning backdrop of Desert Botanical Garden. The Four Seasons May 19–June 6 Desert Botanical Garden For more cultural events, visit azredbook.com/calendar


BID ON WORKS FROM ICONIC WESTERN ARTISTS Art enthusiasts and art dealers from around the country flock to Scottsdale to attend this premier Western art auction. More than 350 lots featuring Western, wildlife and sporting paintings, as well as sculptures, from artists such as Maynard Dixon, Charles Russell, Frank Tenney Johnson, Joseph Sharp, Bob Kuhn, Martin Grelle, Logan Maxwell, Bill Anton, Mark Maggiori and more will be on offer. REVISIT A CLASSIC MOVIE ACCOMPANIED BY LIVE MUSIC This family-friendly multimedia experience features Charlie Chaplin’s acclaimed 1931 silent romantic comedy City Lights shown on the big screen, set against the backdrop of The Phoenix Symphony performing live the score Chaplin himself composed. Charlie Chaplin’s City Lights April 24–26 Symphony Hall

Scottsdale Art Auction April 4 Legacy Gallery

ENJOY ART CREATED BY AN INNOVATIVE ARTIST This mid-career retrospective of artist Teresita Fernández— considered one of the most innovative artists of her generation— includes 50 large-scale sculptures, installations and mixed-media wall works. The contemporary art “reinterprets the relationships between nature, history and identity.” Teresita Fernández: Elemental Through July 26 Phoenix Art Museum


VIEW A UNIQUE COLLECTION FILLED WITH INTRICATE DETAILS This exhibit showcases 23 dolls created by Jamie Okuma (Luiseño and ShoshoneBannock), Rhonda Holy Bear (Cheyenne River Sioux and Lakota) and three generations of Growing Thunder family members. Microbeads were used to fashion the intricate details. The largest private collection of its kind, the dolls represent “indigenous peoples from the Great Plains and Great Basin regions who lived in those areas during the late 19th century.” Grand Procession: Contemporary Plains Indian Dolls from the Charles and Valerie Diker Collection Through April 17 Heard Museum

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THIS IS ‘ME’ ALICE COOPER King of shock rock and founder, Alice Cooper’s Solid Rock Teen Centers Text by MICHELLE JACOBY • Photo courtesy SOLID ROCK TEEN CENTERS


MISSION Solid Rock Teen Centers serve teens ages 12

ROCK START I was 15 years old and attending high school in Phoenix when I first heard this band called the Beatles on the radio. I thought, “Oh, I want to do that.” My friends and I started the band right then. We didn’t have a thing like the Solid Rock Teen Centers at the time to help us cultivate our talent. SOLID ROCK START As an adult, I recognized that having too much time on their hands is a teen’s worst enemy. With my music background, I could provide a place for teens to find their talent. Every kid has talent. Somewhere in you, there’s a talent that you

to 20 with free training in music, dance, art, sound and recording, lighting and staging, video production and more—all in a cool, supervised facility for teens to engage with their peers. Our mission is to make an everlasting difference in the lives of teenagers. Teens can be difficult, but they are worth the investment! ON THE HORIZON We have a lot of ties to the community in Mesa and were asked by city officials to consider expanding to that area. We have partnered with Mesa Public Schools to lease one of their buildings on North Country Club Drive, and we plan to open in the fall of 2020. We hope this expansion will be the first of many as there are teens in every community who need a creative outlet.

want to get out.

FAMILY AFFAIR We love serving as a family at the Salvation

We invite teens

Army Christmas Party we host each year at The Rock Teen

to come in and

Center Phoenix. Our kids use their talents in the recording

find their talent.

studio, give music lessons and help out with other projects

It might not

throughout the year.

be music. It might be art. It might be dance.

FAVORITE BOOK The Bible. I don’t read self-help books. FREE TIME Day to self? I’ve heard of them. I don’t believe such a thing exists. I’m still touring 200-plus dates a year.   INSPIRATION When someone does something better in a way that I would do it (golf, song writing, art), I’m curious and inspired to find what element I’m missing that they have—not to copy it, but to study and then create my own solution. There are only so many combinations of golf swings, lyrics, chords and shapes. Simplicity is incredibly complicated. INDISPENSABLE My wife, TV and salt. LEARN MORE alicecoopersolidrock.com ❖


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