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PHX ARCHITECTURE A BESPOKE DESIGN EXPERIENCE For over 18 years, Erik B. Peterson and his incredible team of designers have been designing bespoke, luxury resorts, clubhouses and homes for Arizona’s elite. Every one of PHX Architecture’s projects are designed to not only meet the client’s needs, but to also honor the very site the home sits upon. The PHX experience is unparalleled as the firm prides itself on a client forward approach to the design process. Transparent and innovative from start to finish, PHX is dedicated to providing each client with a positive and memorable experience. Comprised of some of the best design minds the industry has to offer, the team at PHX Architecture continues to produce award-winning and press worthy designs of every architectural style. The firm, which is headquartered in Scottsdale and has a satellite office in Beverly Hills, CA currently has projects not only in Arizona and California - but also Utah, Hawaii, Montana, Oklahoma, Texas and even Calgary, Canada. If you are looking to design a custom home or renovate an existing one, give PHX a call 4 80.477.111 or email You can also find them on Instagram, @phxarch.

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CONTENTS Jamie’s Wine Bar at the Wrigley Mansion





Helios Education Foundation’s

Many wedding dreams had to be

The Wrigley Mansion greets 2021 with

stunning new headquarters in

scaled back—or even postponed—in

new dining and event venues. Chef

midtown Phoenix was built for

2020. Ali Craig and Marc Magas

Christopher Gross is over the moon

perpetuity. The design reflects the

began with plans for 150 guests at a

about his new eponymous restaurant

organization’s roots in Florida and

1747 farmhouse near the Magas family

with its contemporary glass design and

Arizona as well as its mantra that

home in Maryland and ended with

a roof that opens to the stars. Plus, with

education is not going away. They hope

35 guests at a Payson trout farm in

a second wedding venue, the Mansion

the building will inspire generations of

Arizona. For this couple, the “Plan B”

can provide even more top-of-the-

leaders to improve education, making

ceremony turned out to be exactly what

mountain marriage celebrations.

it accessible to all.

they wanted.


VOLUME 4, ISSUE 2 Society • Culture • Luxury MANAGING EDITOR Cindy Miller MARKETING DIRECTOR Perrine Adams DESIGN David Imes PRODUCTION ASSISTANCE Mary Winters CONTRIBUTING WRITERS Sue Doerfler Karen Fernau Michelle Glicksman Michelle Jacoby Beverly Medlyn CONTRIBUTING PHOTOGRAPHERS Tina Celle Mark Lipczynski Melissa Mulera EVENT PHOTOGRAPHY Courtesy Organizations CONNECT WITH US 910 E. Osborn Road, Suite C Phoenix, AZ 85014 602-445-7168 Email Twitter @azredbook Instagram @azredbook Facebook @azredbook


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17 A Refreshed Restaurant


18 A New Gastropub and A New Store

New Yorker Patsy Tarr gifts more than 350 Geoffrey Beene

20 A Road Trip

designs from her personal wardrobe to Phoenix Art Museum’s

21 A Top 20 Spa Resort

fashion design collection. To her, Beene's clothing represents

STYLE 23 The Art of Love 24 Gifts for Her 26 Gifts for Him 28 Elopement Checklist 30 The Perfect Bridal Registry SOCIETY 33 Nonprofit Fundraising Events

style, comfort and convenience—a perfect fit for Phoenix. 46 C OLLABORATION BY DESIGN Interior designer Robert Burg brings custom details to his clients through his use of The Workroom, a to-the-trade-only couture boutique upholstery firm run by John Krier. When Burg and Krier put their heads together, magic happens. CALENDAR 68 Social Events 70 Culture THIS IS ‘ME’ 72 R enee Parsons, President and Executive Creative Director, PXG Apparel


ON THE COVER The Helios Education Foundation building in midtown Phoenix. Photo by Melissa Mulera, Studio No 5


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Transforming the Landscape of Health Care Education Creighton University’s cutting-edge health sciences campus is rising up in the heart of Phoenix. With its completion, Creighton becomes the largest Catholic health professions educator in the nation—dedicated to training the next generation of healers at a time when they’re needed most. We’re building on a decade of care to Arizonans. And we’re just getting started.


projected jobs created on the Phoenix campus over 10 years

Phoenix campus opening spring 2021

to serve 900 health sciences students



he age-old idiom says that hindsight is 2020. This past year added a twist to the idiom—at least 2020

is now in the rearview mirror. While most of us were glad to greet 2021, I think all of us can find bright spots in 2020, whether in our personal or our professional lives. I appreciate time spent on a family Disney cruise at the beginning of March, summer weekends in Flagstaff, a road trip to Kansas City to meet our newest grandson, and simple evenings spent around an outdoor fire sipping a glass of wine. While businesses faced challenges, it was interesting that when we started to put together this Design issue, we learned about so many significant projects that emerged


from a difficult time. Though it has just recently made its debut on 32nd Street, the new Helios Education Foundation building turned out to be spectacular in every way—inside and out. From its open interior to its canyon-like courtyard, the building is modern, and has The Gathering Towers by artists Rosemary Lonewolf and Joe Ray, is one of the many art pieces at the new Helios Educateion Foundation building

staying power. Read about the mission and design aesthetic that produced it (p. 56). In the world of fashion, New Yorker Patsy Tarr shares how her love affair with Geoffrey Beene designs made her a devotee and significant collector. She has donated more than 350 items of clothing to the fashion design collection at Phoenix Art Museum (p. 42). In the world of interior design, Robert Burg shares how his collaboration with John Krier of The Workroom, produces bespoke details for his clients (p. 46). Finally, it’s time to make reservations at the stunning new Christopher’s at the Wrigley Mansion. The contemporary glass design offers a top-of-the-world experience that will be unparalleled, to say nothing of Chef Christopher Gross’ stellar cuisine. And speaking of stellar, the roof opens for dining under the stars. Cindy Miller Managing Editor


Leon Polk Smith HIDING IN PLAIN SIGHT FEBRUARY 5 - MAY 25, 2021 An original Heard Museum exhibition exploring the influence of Indigenous creative expression on the work of this American master of modern art. A fully illustrated publication will accompany this exhibition available at 2301 N. CENTRAL AVE. PHOENIX, AZ 85004 • 602.252.8344 • HEARD.ORG Constellation Happy Day, 1971, acrylic on canvas, 80½ x 77 x 1 inches

GET A FIRSTHAND LOOK INTO THE SHATTERED MIND OF EMILY STILSON Grand Canyon University’s College of Fine Arts and Production invites you to livestream Ethington Theatre’s opening night performance of


Told from the perspective of a stroke victim, “Wings” tells the story of Emily Stilson and her difficult journey to recreate order and rediscover reality. Watch in awe as memories flood Emily’s brain and she comes to terms with her new reality.

To livestream “Wings” on Nov. 18, visit

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Chef Scott Conant at The Americano



ames Beard Award-winning Chef Scott Conant

prime and American Wagyu beef—house-made pasta,

and his SC Culinary Inc. team have partnered

organic salads, Italian antipasti and Mediterranean

with Creation Hospitality for the ownership and

seafoods including Italian crudi. Harkening back

operation of The Americano, an Italian-inspired

to his early New York City days, Conant has also

steakhouse in north Scottsdale. Conant leads the

incorporated a selection of Japanese-style crudo and

culinary vision and operation of the restaurant

chilled seafood served with Italian accompaniments.

along with Paride Guerra, director of operations

The Americano blends a European style of

and operating partner. Similarly, SC Culinary and

personalized, tableside service with contemporary

Creation Hospitality now co-own Mora Italian in

Italian-inspired dining to create a convivial

Phoenix, where Conant continues in his executive

experience. The menu shares the spotlight with an

chef and active-ownership role.

inventive cocktail program. It also features a curated

Conant has debuted a new menu at The Americano

selection of 200 distinct wines from established

that includes recognizable dishes that have helped

and emerging Italian and American labels, including

define his career in addition to steaks—including

Conant’s private label, SC Wines. FEBRUARY 2021 / 17


Jack’s Gastropub



n October, Desert Highlands

take on a historical clubhouse,

golf club unveiled Jack’s, a lively

and Jack’s incorporates an entire

gastropub inside the clubhouse

interiors refresh designed by

named after golf legend and

Sam and Mike Hatch of the Hatch

course architect Jack Nicklaus.

Design Group.

Led by award-winning

Construction of the gastropub,

architect Erik B. Peterson of PHX

along with a renovation of the

Architecture, Jack’s is a high-

Desert Highlands kitchen, was

energy space that diversifies

part of a $2 million project

the dining options at Desert

that began in June 2020. The

Highlands. A large custom

kitchen renovation, completed

communal table provides a bar

in September 2020, includes the

experience for up to 22 people.

creation of an efficient layout

Jack’s also features high tops, flat-

that allows the club’s culinary

screen televisions and images that

team to be more imaginative. An

pay homage to the influence of

additional 16 feet of space allows

Nicklaus and other golf legends.

Todd Allison, executive chef,

The design also incorporates a

to oversee the entire operation

piano bar and upgraded lounge

and create direct service lines

area. Additionally, the eatery’s

for both the gastropub and the

entrance offers a “walk through

club’s Ventana Room. Additional

memory lane,” featuring images

enhancements include improved

and classic golf memorabilia. The

acoustics for a more positive

overall aesthetic is a modernized

overall dining experience.




vlgari has opened its new 2,100-square-foot store in

Scottsdale Fashion Square. It features a design concept by Peter Marino with materials that are quintessentially Roman, while staying true to the original architecture of the space. There is a private VIP area for hosting top clients, and Andy Warhol artwork adorns the walls throughout the store.

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his spring might be the perfect time for the ultimate road trip. About a four-and-a-half hour drive from

suspension from day-to-day life. Adventure activities include hiking to Horseshoe

Phoenix, Amangiri in southern Utah’s Canyon Point

Bend, Paria Overlook or Resurrection Canyon, touring

has earned multiple awards for its remarkable design,

Monument Valley, exploring the well-preserved cliff

intuitive service and luxurious proximity to the state’s

dwellings of the Navajo National Monument and

beautiful desert scenery. It is cradled by the greatest

kayaking, fishing or boating on Lake Powell. Guests also

concentration of national parks in the United States—

have access to e-bikes.

Zion, Grand Canyon and Bryce among them. Just 25 minutes by car from the nearest town of

Camp Sarika, a new luxury encampment, sits on 55 acres and is a 30-minute hike from Amangiri. While camp

Page, Arizona, Amangiri (which means “peaceful

guests enjoy full access to the resort’s facilities whenever

mountain”) blends into countless untouched square

they wish, everything they need is conveniently located

miles of spectacular red rock country. Its 34 suites

within the camp. It comprises 10 tented pavilions, each

feature private terraces, fireplaces and private

with its own spacious outdoor deck and private plunge

courtyard entrances. Amenities include several dining

pool. The pavilions are placed to provide seclusion and

locations, an outdoor swimming pool and hot tub, a

unimpeded views, while still allowing easy access to the

spa and fitness center, and Pilates and yoga studios, in

camp’s main pavilion with its two spa suites, restaurant,

short, it is a world apart, offering total seclusion and a

sun deck, swimming pool and jacuzzi. .




ondé Nast Traveler named Scottsdale’s Sanctuary on Camelback Mountain Resort & Spa among the

top 20 destination spa resorts in the United States. The ranking was included in the results of the magazine’s annual Readers’ Choice Awards, the longest-running recognition of excellence in the travel industry. More than 715,000 Condé Nast Traveler readers rated their travel experiences around the globe. Sanctuary Spa blends ancient and modern world practices. Its menu of services includes Asian-inspired spa treatments and an exotic collection of facials, massages, body treatments and aquatic experiences. Architectural design trademarks include the Zen Sanctum, a private stone-walled outdoor treatment space for two, and a cocoon-like Women’s Quiet Room. Sanctuary is known for its Satori Wellness offering, which was the Phoenix area’s first destination spa program, and access to Sensei Therapists, who take a holistic approach to spa therapy, addressing the mind and spirit in addition to the body.

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STYLE New Wave SL 181 Loulou sunglasses, $325, SAINT LAURENT, Scottsdale Fashion Square,


THE ART OF LOVE This February, we celebrate love . . . and healthy hearts. Making an extra effort on Valentine’s Day starts with a good gift. From small luxuries to the priceless, there's something for every elegant woman and every sophisticated man.

FEBRUARY 2021 / 23





Plan the perfect Valentine’s Day gift for her





1. Serpenti Forever bag, $2,650, BVLGARI, Scottsdale Fashion Square, 2. Amethyst and Diamond Bezel Dancing Bee earrings, 18k gold, amethyst and diamonds, $2,695, SAINT BY SARAH JANE, 3. Larger Than Memory tumblers, $19.95 each, HEARD MUSEUM SHOP, 4. Danissasti dress and Binthysa


jacket, $1,550 and $2,175, ESCADA, Scottsdale Fashion Square, 5. Pink Peruvian opal with red pink beads bracelet, $100, ROSEMARY HOLUSHA JEWELRY DESIGNS, instagram. com/rosemaryholusha 6. Brigitte sculpture, $645, COPENHAGEN,

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1. LCD-1 open back foldable headphones by AUDEZE, $399, ACOUSTIC DESIGNS GROUP, North Scottsdale, 2. Le Petit Prince cufflinks, $275, MONTBLANC, Scottsdale Fashion Square, 3. Torrey Pines Tiger Woods Heritage86 hat by NIKE, $39,95, THE GOLF SHOP AT TORREY PINES, 4. FF logo belt by FENDI, $450, SAKS


FIFTH AVENUE, Biltmore Fashion Park, 5. Stressless Sunrise chair and ottoman, $2,995, COPENHAGEN, 6. “Le Demoiselle” collector set including a Cartier Santos-Dumont Limited Edition “La Demoiselle” watch, 18k white gold cufflinks and a leather travel pouch, $43,600, CARTIER, Scottsdale Fashion Square,


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STYLE Embrace the micro wedding trend





1. Maisel 100 nappa leather sandal, $1,995, JIMMY CHOO, Scottsdale Fashion Square, 2. Cartier Love ring, small model, 18k rose gold, diamonds, $4,700, CARTIER, Scottsdale Fashion Square, 3. Beaded crepe illusion column gown by MARCHESA, $5,995, SAKS FIFTH AVENUE, Biltmore Fashion Park, 4. 18k yellow gold with diamond Love in Verona bangles by ROBERTO COIN, $7,450, HYDE PARK JEWELERS, Scottsdale Fashion Square, 5. Cloud clutch with pearl clasp, $2,475, JIMMY CHOO, Scottsdale Fashion Square, 6. Wool-linen two-piece suit by ERMENEGILDO ZEGNA, $3,250, NEIMAN MARCUS, Scottsdale Fashion Square, 7. Nauges S. Walk Man sneakers by LORO PIANA, $1,175, SAKS FIFTH AVENUE, Biltmore Fashion Park, 8. Classic Fusion 40 Years Anniversary Titanium 45 mm watch, $8,300, HUBLOT presented by HYDE PARK JEWELERS, Scottsdale Fashion Square, and




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HOT LIST Little luxuries newlyweds wish for









1. Handmade dinnerware by JULISKA BERRY & THREAD, $36 - $42, CORNELIA PARK, Biltmore Fashion Park, 2. Street serving tray, Street chip and dip, Street cheese platter by ORREFORS, $125-$150, MAIN DISH, Old Town Scottsdale, 3. X tal lamp by AMBIENTEC, $245, MAIN DISH, Old Town Scottsdale, 4. Shito long chair by PAOLA LENTI, price on request, SPACE BAZAAR, Old Town Scottsdale, 5. G lass berry bowl by PRESTON SINGLETARY (Tlingit), $8,000, HEARD MUSEUM SHOP, 6. P icasso Fleurs et Mains pillow, $175, COPENHAGEN, 7. P ure Humidify + Cool Cryptomic air purifier, $899.99, DYSON, 8. A ston sideboard by CATTELAN ITALIA, $5,373, COPENHAGEN, 9. U sonian flat weave rug, $229, FRANK LLOYD WRIGHT STORE at Taliesin West,

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Nonprofit Fundraisers

A.J. DICKEY ARENA On Nov. 7, Hunkapi Programs celebrated the grand opening of its newly renovated arena. With a donation by her family in memory of A.J. Dickey, who passed away in 2019, the facility was named the A.J. Dickey Arena. Now covered, it will allow Hunkapi Programs to continue its horse-therapy programs without cancellations due to rain or heat. FEBRUARY 2021 / 33

SOCIETY Nonprofit Fundraisers OCT. 24 NIGHT OF HOPE GALA Amanda Hope Rainbow Angels Amanda Hope Rainbow Angels hosted its first hybrid fundraiser on Oct. 24. The eighth annual Night of Hope Gala included an intimate, in-person gathering at Dominick’s Steakhouse in Scottsdale Quarter while hundreds of guests were watching, bidding and donating virtually. Guests raised more than $428,000 during the Roaring 20s themed evening. Carey Peña served as emcee and Kelee Lee as auctioneer for the evening. 1 2

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1. Founder/CEO Lorraine Tallman, photographer McKindree Wilson and Aimee Patton 2. Anna Lyluu and Jake Pappa 3. Hillary and Andrew Leto 4. Board member Libby Banks hosts a virtual party 5. Dr. Korinne Grieger and Brett Bush 6. Nicole Fischer, Lisa Glomsky, Barb Spitzock and Christine Thompson



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Nonprofit Fundraisers OCT. 29 PRO-AM TOURNAMENT Hospice of the Valley The 2020 Pro-Am Golf Tournament, presented by Cigna Healthcare of Arizona, pushed the 20-year total raised for Hospice of the Valley to almost $883,000. Proceeds at the event, held at Grayhawk Golf Club’s Talon Course in Scottsdale, benefit notfor-profit Hospice of the Valley’s patients and families. This year, 24 foursomes and 24 pros from the Southwest Section of the PGA competed. Jay Hoselton chaired the tournament. 1 2 3 PHOTOS COURTESY HOSPICE OF THE VALLEY


1. Pro RW Eaks 2. Pro Barry Hernan, Jennifer Veretto, Manny and Norka Carrasquillo and Marcus Montoya 3. Tim Louis 4. Pro Ben Weir, Bill Blount, Pierce Braun, Jay Hoselton, Phil Lyle and Pete Robinson 5. David Levan, Brent Tally, David Baum, Michael Brownell and Charlie Von Arentschildt 6. Golfers honoring the late Larry Mayhew, longtime Hospice of the Valley board member

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SOCIETY Nonprofit Fundraisers OCT. 31 ONCE IN A BLUE MOON Heard Museum More than 90 guests gathered virtually to celebrate the conclusion of the Heard Museum’s Once in a Blue Moon campaign, which raised $890,053 for the Museum. They enjoyed Southwest favorites in gift boxes delivered prior to the event, watched the blue moon rise and were the first to see the newly dedicated Blue Moon Garden. The evening honored U.S. Poet Laureate Joy Harjo (Mvskoke) and longtime Museum supporter and volunteer Betty Van Denburgh. Janet and John Melamed led the campaign committee.

1. Gabriel Ayala (Yaqui) 2. David Roche, Heard Museum director and CEO 3. U.S. Poet Laureate Joy Harjo (Mvskoke) 4. Betty Van Denburgh 5. Wick Pilcher 6. John and Janet Melamed






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Nonprofit Fundraisers NOV. 1 WILDLIGHTS FOR WILDLIFE Phoenix Zoo Phoenix Zoo hosted hundreds of guests as they cruised through the Zoo for the firstever Wildlights for Wildlife: A Charity Drive. Valley Toyota Dealers presented the event. Almost 170 vehicles journeyed through the millions of lights, hundreds of light sculptures and nearly 70 glowing lanterns. Guests enjoyed fare from food trucks, snacked on kettle corn and sipped hot chocolate. An inperson and virtual silent auction contributed to the $226,000 raised by the fundraiser. 1 2 3



1. Linda Schweitzer and Jan Laufer with their children 2. Rose and Harry Papp 3. Safari Cruises 4. Lana Lofshult and Gael Parks 5. Bert Castro, president and CEO, Phoenix Zoo, and his wife, Janice 6. Logan Mynor Mauldin, Alison Lewis, Peter Ax and Craig Krumwiede

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SOCIETY Nonprofit Fundraisers NOV. 5 18TH ANNUAL HEROES PATRIOTIC LUNCHEON Veterans Medical Leadership Council The Veterans Medical Leadership Council hosted its 18th annual luncheon virtually this year. GlobalMed returned as the sponsor, and George Bliss chaired the occasion, which celebrates veterans and military service members. Vietnam veteran and six-year prisoner of war Charlie Plumb, Captain USN (Ret.), delivered the keynote. Glenn Kasprzyk served as the honorary chair. The Community Heroes Award was presented to Cancer Treatment Centers of America, and Molly Stockley accepted it on behalf of the hospital. 1 2 3


1. Roger Engelbrecht 2. Scott Ford 3. Lynn Bennett 4. Sam Young, VMLC immediate past president 5. Tom Elsinger, VMLC president, and George Bliss 6. Vietnam veteran Billy Lamar Ward and Thom Meaker





Nonprofit Fundraisers NOV. 20 26TH ANNUAL FRESH START CHARITY GOLF CLASSIC Fresh Start Women’s Foundation For the eighth year, Valley Toyota Dealers presented the Fresh Start Charity Golf Classic. The 26th annual event was held at Talking Stick Golf Club on Nov. 20. The tournament was hosted by the Fresh Start Women's Foundation Men's Board, with Jim Henika as the chair. Richard Swetonic chairs the Men's Board. The tournament raised more than $200,000 to benefit the programs and services provided by Fresh Start. 1 2 3




1. Jim Henika, Oleg Bortman and Richard Swetonic 2. Kristine Campbell, Leigh Ann Ciccarelli, Pam Risoleo and Cindy Ketcherside 3. Event chair and Men’s Board member Jim Henika with Fresh Start President and CEO Susan Berman 4. All-new 2021 Toyota Venza donated by the presenting sponsor: Valley Toyota Dealers 5. Fresh Start Women’s Foundation Men’s Board

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SOCIETY Nonprofit Fundraisers NOV. 18 - 19 DINNER OF DREAMS Baller Dream Foundation The Baller Dream Foundation held its inaugural Dinner of Dreams series at two locations: Silverleaf and Mountain Shadows Resort. The organization was founded in 2013 by Frank DeBlasi after he had been diagnosed with testicular cancer. Those the Foundation serves are referred to as “Ballers,” a term suggesting one is doing well and in control. The purpose of the events was to bring awareness to The Baller Dream Foundation, raise funds for the Ballers and celebrate five young people. 1 2 3

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1. Samantha Preston and Jane D’Amelio 2. Marsha Petrie Sue and Al Sue 3. Deborah Farrar, Christian Corbett and Monica Monson 4. Brittini Bowers and Arianne Graumann 5. Frank DeBlasi with Elizabeth and CP Drewett 6. Grace, Briggs, Bret and Shelly Brimley





Nonprofit Fundraisers OCT. 23 11TH ANNUAL BUCKLES & BANGLES

Specializing SpecializingInIn Coronado CoronadoLuxury LuxuryProperties Properties

UMOM UMOM held its 11th Annual Buckles & Bangles Gala and legacy celebration to honor Darlene Newsom’s 18 years of leadership. Newsom retired this year, and Jackson Fonder was selected as the new CEO. This year, the organization’s major fundraiser went virtual and raised more than $450,000 to advance UMOM’s mission to prevent and end homelessness for families, single women and youth. Guests dined on a “Party- in-a Box” and enjoyed a Tito’s Handmade Vodka cocktail kit. 1


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Patsy Tarr, wearing a gown by Geoffrey Beene, attends the New York City Ballet 2009 Winter Gala at David H. Koch Theater




A Classic

To Patsy Tarr, Geoffrey Beene designs represent style, comfort and convenience—a perfect collection for Phoenix Art Museum



t started, in 1979, with one

president of 2wice Arts Foundation in New

design lines, Jean says. His “garments

garment. Then another, and

York and founder and publisher of 2wice

that are loose and comfortable around the

another. There was something

magazines and books. “But time and again, I

shoulders and chest, fit perfectly around

in the way the apparel fit that

ended up buying his clothing because it just

the waist, and they release around the hips.

kept drawing Patsy Tarr back to

seemed to capture something about how I

There’s no bagginess or droopiness.”

Geoffrey Beene’s designs.

wished to look and express myself. So, after

Initially, “I was just a regular

Tarr says, “Even though they were

many years, I just threw in the towel and

generous in their cut, you still had a shape,

shopper, wandering around the department

decided I would wear only Geoffrey Beene.”

and it was just very flattering.”

store, and a salesman directed me to the

Ultimately, Beene started making garments

Geoffrey Beene area and said, ‘This might

just for her.

work for you,’” says Tarr, who recently gifted

An American designer who died in

Her gift, which includes jumpsuits, gowns, boleros, trousers and collars purchased over 25 years, will be highlighted February

her collection of more than 350 Beene

2004, Beene designed apparel that

11 during a virtual fundraiser, Geoffrey

garments to Phoenix Art Museum. “I tried

“makes women look beautiful and feel

Beene: A Duet of Fashion and Movement.

on some clothes, I liked them, I bought them.

comfortable,” says Helen Jean, Jacquie

The event, presented by the Museum and

And I started wearing them.”

Dorrance Curator of Fashion Design at

Arizona Costume Institute, an affiliate group

Phoenix Art Museum. Having attended

that supports the museum’s fashion design

need to refresh the wardrobe. “I had no

The years would go by, and she would

medical school before becoming a designer,

department, will also unveil the Museum’s

intention of buying only Geoffrey Beene. I

Beene understood anatomy—how the

new Geoffrey Beene Archive, among other

actively looked at everything,” recalls Tarr,

body moves—and employed that in his

features. An in-person exhibition is planned FEBRUARY 2021 / 43

Geoffrey Beene, Jacket, pink satin bolero with multicolored embroidered, beaded and trimmed flowers down sleeves. Gift of Patsy Tarr

for the future.

she often needed to go straight from

“This collection of 350 pieces is quite significant,” Jean says. “It fits well here in Arizona because of our spirit of individuality, of freedom of movement, of wide-open spaces,

time to change clothes. Visiting Beene at his office, she explained her schedule and asked him for a suggestion of a garment she “‘could wear all the time without putting

of taking great leaps of faith both

too much thought into it.’ He said to

figuratively and literally. I find

me, ‘You are just exactly the perfect

it to be a beautiful connection

person to wear jumpsuits. You wear

with our community.”

them all day, and then at night, you’ll

For Tarr, donating

change your jewelry, you’ll put on a

her collection to

scarf, and maybe put a little jacket

Phoenix Art

over it and change your shoes. But


you’ll wear the same jumpsuit all day

made sense.

and all night. This will solve all your

In 2009,

problems.’ And it did!”

the museum

Tarr started visiting Beene’s

had featured

studio, asking for garment ideas for

some pieces

events she needed to attend. “He

in a previous

would come up with something—


sometimes, it was a gown; other


times it was a jumpsuit. I spent time

Beene Trapeze,

with him when I would buy these

the result of

clothes, and after many years, he

a connection

moved to the level of making clothes

Tarr had with

for me. That was very special.”

the Museum’s

Like the collection itself, “this was

previous curator,

something I had never foreseen or

Dennita Sewell. A

intended. But it was an evolution of

roof leak in the home

the friendship.”

where the collection

Other big-name fashion designers’

was stored made her

brands are still being continued

realize it was time to

posthumously—and successfully.

consider the future of

But Beene’s women’s apparel lines

the garments. “It just

ended with his death, Tarr says. “I

seemed completely

have spent much time wondering

logical to give them to

if Beene made the right decision to

Phoenix Art Museum,”

terminate his business upon death

she says.

or whether he should have allowed

Tarr’s go-to garment


work to an evening event, with no

that route to be followed,” she says.

was the jumpsuit, which

“I would love nothing more than to

Beene created for both

be able to continue to buy Geoffrey

winter and summer

Beene clothes, even if they were a

wear. After her children

shadow of what he himself would

grew older, Tarr found

have designed.” ❖

Geoffrey Beene, Jacket, red bolero with white chainstitched palm tree appliquĂŠ on back of jacket. Gift of Patsy Tarr

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John Krier, The Workroom




PERSONALITY PERSONALITY Robert Burg, Robert Burg Design

by Design

One and one sometimes make four when designer Robert Burg and Workroom owner John Krier put their heads together FEBRUARY 2021 / 47

Custom banquette sofa created by The Workroom for Robert Burg’s design in the Chateau on Central competition


n interior design, the details make the

with storefronts and street-side café tables, in a

difference. And for designer Robert

hotel ballroom for a birthday party. “The vision is

Burg, who owns Robert Burg Design in

usually in my head,” says Burg. “When I work with

Scottsdale, exquisite and unique detailing

The Workroom, I can move my hands around,

defines everything he creates for his clients.

saying, ‘This is what I want.’ And I’ve worked with

Like other designers, he uses The Workroom, a to-

(The Workroom) for so long that they can produce

the-trade-only couture boutique upholstery firm

exactly what I want.”

to bring those details—and his visions—to life. The collaborations can be as simple as designing


John Krier, who runs the Scottsdale-based workroom, adds: “One and one might make four,

a pillow or redoing an heirloom chair with a lacquer

because once you get together, there’s always

finish and adding an English pleat for detailing, or

something that neither one of you thought about.

as fancy as recreating a Paris street scene, complete

You play off of each other.”

Take the tablecloth Burg designed to adorn a

reminiscent of that of the staircase railing.

table at last year’s Independent Woman Luncheon

Or the ballroom birthday party, where the

at Phoenix Art Museum. Done in a quilted blue and

tablecloth design was inspired by a remnant of

white checkered pattern with a ruffled blue flange

Hermes scarf that The Workroom had used in a

around the bottom, it featured a white overlay with

previous project. Around 100 custom tablecloths

trim around the edge. It wasn’t just any trim: It was

were needed, along with more than 200 overlays and

a leaf-shaped lace design interspersed with hand-

750 napkins. “I don’t know how many hundreds of

sewn jeweled beads in varying shades of blue.

yards we ordered,” Burg recalls, “but it was a lot.”

Laying the trim flat didn’t look right, Krier

He adds, “If you can imagine it, The Workroom

says, “so we took the trim apart and spaced it

can certainly do it—and I have a big imagination.”

out, We were able to lift up the leaves and stick

Krier’s philosophy is different from that of other

the jeweled beads underneath to make it three-

similar to-the-trade workrooms “where somebody

dimensional.” Additional beads—resembling

will cut the fabric, another person will sew it

berries—sewn on top of the leaves lend additional

together and another will finish it. I give the work

dimension and interest.

order to one seamstress who carries it through

Or consider the five-story model home at the

from start to finish,” he says. “Everyone does it just

Chateau on Central complex in Phoenix that Burg

a little bit differently and I find the pieces are much

was designing as part of a competition. The top

prettier if just one person puts their heart into the

floor was just one of the spaces begging for a unique

whole project.”

design—not the typical table and four chairs or

FROM LEFT: Custom-designed tablecloth John Krier created for Robert Burg’s table at Phoenix Art Museum’s 2020 Independent Woman Luncheon; Robert Burg and John Krier collaborate in The Workroom

For Burg, The Workroom is like an extension of

desk. There one day, Burg and Krier discussed the

his ideas. “It’s nice that I know a place where they

possibilities: Why not put a sofa in the space? But

can do things. There’s creativity here. You walk in

not just any sofa: a custom-designed banquette sofa

and you feel a spark, with all this creativity. And

that wraps around the wall, curving In a design

that’s what I like as a designer.” ❖

FEBRUARY 2021 / 49



A rendering of the new Christopher's at the Wrigley Mansion

Something Old, Something New Newly created contemporary restaurant keeps the focus on the historic Wrigley Mansion Text by BEVERLY MEDLYN â?– Photos by MARK LIPCZYNSKI

FEBRUARY 2021 / 51

A second wedding venue was added at the Mansion entry, reached by a poured concrete driveway that used to be asphalt


he historic

lamps have a magical element to illuminate the

Wrigley Mansion

people and the special setting.

has reopened to

Mansion’s main dining room that seats nearly

spectacular new

100, reopened in November. Ashley Goddard,

dining and event

chef de cuisine, offers refreshed menus for lunch,

venues, following a

dinner and brunch. Sunday brunch is served in

six-month closure in

new ways, with unlimited orders from the menu

2020 for renovation.

and baskets placed on each table rather than the

Christopher’s at Wrigley Mansion is making

its debut early this year, offering an upscale,

traditional buffet setup. Paola Embry, CEO and wine director, has

intimate dining experience for a select 26 people.

assembled what may be the state’s largest wine

The fixed-price menu is $250 per person, which

cellar, with more than 1,200 labels and 12,300

includes service fees but not wine.

bottles, including Arizona wines.

Christopher Gross, a James Beard Award-

A second wedding venue was added at the

winning chef, promises surprises are in store for

mansion entry, reached by a poured concrete

guests. “We are trying to put a lot of fun into it,”

driveway that used to be asphalt. The entire

he says.

mansion is now fully accessible and ADA

The contemporary glass design of the restaurant brings the outside in, with a rooftop that opens to the stars. Chefs overseen by Gross


Geordie’s Restaurant and Lounge, the

the public with

compliant. COVID precautions are taken throughout. “We want our guests to feel they are in a place

prepare fresh, seasonal courses on a centerstage

like their home, an understated elegance of

hearth, then personally present their creations to

fine dining in a comfortable atmosphere where

diners. Customized furniture comes with unique

everyone is welcoming and kind,” says Jamie

features like drawers in dining tables containing

Hormel, owner. “You will be surrounded by

tableware for guests to set their own places. Table


The Wrigley Mansion, 2501 East Telawa Trail in Phoenix, was built in 1932 by chewing gum magnate William Wrigley Jr. as a 50th

improved the property, adding the restaurant, a wedding venue and private dining rooms. Geordie Hormel died in 2006. A musician known

anniversary gift to his wife, Ada. The home’s

for playing piano at the mansion’s Sunday brunch,

architecture reflects Spanish, California

Hormel was heir to the Hormel Foods company.

Monterey and Mediterranean styles. It sits on a

Subsequently, Jamie Hormel and Christopher

hilltop with panoramic views of the mountains

Gross connected and have been partners ever

and the Valley, including the nearby Arizona

since—in business and at home.

Biltmore. The Wrigley family sold the property in 1973,

Gross is among the state’s best-known chefs, earning awards locally and nationally for his

and it went through several ownership changes. In

French-influenced cuisine. He owned and

1992—just before it was destined for the wrecking

operated Christopher’s & Crush Lounge—the last

ball to make room for condos—the historic

of his several eponymous restaurants—until 2018,

structure was purchased by the late Geordie

when he closed it and joined the Mansion.

Hormel and his wife, Jamie. They restored and

Christopher Gross and Jamie Hormel in the Mansion’s 12,300-plus bottle wine cellar

“We put in a beautiful kitchen, super FEBRUARY 2021 / 53

Christopher Gross is particularly proud of the bright blue Hestan range in the main kitchen, which provides food for all of the Mansion’s dining venues


functional, one of the nicest kitchens almost

you are with, the food, the newly lit historic façade

anywhere,” says Gross, who is particularly proud

of the Wrigley Mansion and the city lights below

of its luxury Hestan range. The main kitchen

are the stars. And the architecture recedes,” he

provides food for all Mansion dining venues.

says. Like the night sky, interior finishes are dark

Gross designed it himself, with construction by

with ebonized white oak floors.

National Builders and Edward Don & Company

Art also plays an important role at

out of Chicago. The flooring was selected by

Christopher’s, from high-impact paintings

Jeffrey Rausch.

and photographs to repurposed items with a

Jamie’s Wine Bar, designed by Wendy Black Rodgers, was added next to Geordie’s

local connection. Touches of blue throughout are inspired by

Restaurant. With mahogany walls, crystal

notable French artist Yves Klein (1928-1962),

chandeliers, candlelight and music, the cozy

creator of the famed IKB (International Klein

gathering spot boasts 25 wines by the glass and a

Blue). A work by Rotraut Klein-Moquay, Klein’s

bottle list of 850.

widow, greets guests at the restaurant’s entrance.

Gross began envisioning his dream restaurant—

On a lighter side, Gross asked famed

”a glass-enclosed, very small dining room with a

Phoenix artist Ed Mell for any castoffs from

roof that opens to the sky and the stars—cooking

his sculptures that could be turned into

in front of people on a hearth 20 feet away.”

candlesticks or doorknobs.

Noted architect Wendell Burnette was chosen

“Then I went to Arcosanti,” Gross says. “I said,

to make the vision a reality. “We saw it as an

‘Hey, I’m not here to insult you, but could I take

extraordinary opportunity,” Burnette says. “We

one of your bells and maybe take the chain off and

were very excited to do a contemporary building

put a handle at the top of the bell and use it as a

added to a historic structure.” A tenet of

plate cover to present dishes?’ They’re making me

historic preservation is that any addition should

32 with the dingers inside.”

enhance, not imitate, the original building, he says. He describes the glass restaurant as “a garden pavilion.” “From a guest experience, the idea is that who

The Wrigley reflects a marriage of the old and the new. These peacock lamps are original to the Mansion.

Gross, 64, is clearly having a good time and hopes his guests will, too. “Some people wind down at my age,” he says. “I’m winding up.” ❖ FEBRUARY 2021 / 55

Built to Last

The new Helios building is designed to inspire generations of leaders to work toward education equity Text by BEVERLY MEDLYN ❖ Photos by TINA CELLE, MELISSA MULERA and DENNY COLLINS



One of Paul Luna’s favorite spaces is the interior courtyard, which is designed to look like a canyon

FEBRUARY 2021 / 57

The fountain that extends from the underground parking area to the oculus greets guests at every level of the building



Vince Roig, founding chairman of Helios Education Foundation, wants the new building as well as Helios, to inspire generations of leaders to commit themselves to improve education

he vision of Helios Education Foundation is unabashedly lofty: ensuring that every individual in Arizona and Florida has the opportunity and preparation to succeed in postsecondary education. So it is only fitting that the Foundation’s new headquarters in midtown Phoenix was built to last in perpetuity. “We want this facility to represent that education is not going to go away,” says Vince Roig, founding chairman of the Foundation. “The organization’s founders, the current leadership, our employees—we may all be gone. But what the building stands for and what Helios stands for will inspire generations of leaders to commit themselves to improve education.” The keys? Community. Equity. Investment. Partnership. FEBRUARY 2021 / 59



The oculus seen on the cover is at the pinnacle of a fountain that has its base in a pool in the underground parking garage. Visible from the garage as well as from the main level is The Gathering Towers by artists Rosemary Lonewolf and Joe Ray, one of the many pieces of artwork seen throughout the grounds and building


Katie Tennesen Hooten, executive director of Teach for America-Phoenix, says the “Helios campus is a collision space for people working collectively”

“All our fundamental beliefs are reflected in the campus,” says Paul Luna, president and CEO. “We view this as an investment in education. We want it to be a place for community work.” A “COLLISION SPACE“ Construction began in 2017 on the building at 4747 North 32nd Street, Phoenix. A phased-in opening is currently underway. The 65,000-square-foot building also serves as permanent headquarters for three nonprofits with a common purpose: Teach for America-Phoenix, College Success Arizona and Expect More Arizona. “Proximity matters,” says Katie Tennessen Hooten, executive director of Teach for America-Phoenix. “When people are proximate to each other, they are more likely to work together. The Helios campus is a collision space for people working collectively for educational equity. The future of Arizona is dependent on the strength and health of our kids.” FEBRUARY 2021 / 61

Education-related meetings and activities are held at the Vince Roig Convening Center, named after the leader who first imagined such a place when the Foundation was created in 2004 with an initial endowment of $524 million. INTENTIONAL, THOUGHTFUL DESIGN John Kane, founding partner and design principal at Architekton, was selected to design the campus. “As architects, we always are looking for projects that make a difference, and this project is that,” Kane says. “These organizations are doing amazing work and we’re proud to help design a project to advance their objectives.” Architekton faced several challenges, including a sun-drenched, west-facing front along 32nd Street south of Camelback Road; fitting into longestablished neighborhoods; making the most of iconic mountain views; creating a structure that resources; and fulfilling Roig’s requirement for an underground parking garage that could be converted to office space in a future without cars.


would last a century; maximizing efficient use of

The building extends in a wedge shape jutting north, and slopes down on the south and east to blend with adjacent residential areas. Windows

Gathering Towers—five poles reflecting Helios’

are placed as focal points for mountain views

intention to gather people and ideas together.

and to protect against the summer’s harsh sun. Rather than erecting the typical monument to


exhaust fumes, the underground garage is half

In 2018, Helios Education Foundation and Arizona

exposed to dappled daylight, with an uplifting

State University formed a partnership to create

mural welcoming all who enter.

the Decision Center for Education Excellence.

One of Luna’s favorite spaces is the interior

Discussions take place in a round theater with

courtyard, designed to look like a canyon. “It’s

seven screens, where data is processed by computer

like what you might see hiking in northern

for various scenarios to project long-term

Arizona, feeling one with nature,” he says.

outcomes. The goal is to find out what works and

“When it rains, the water will cascade down the

what doesn’t.

sides of the walls, much as it does in a canyon.”

The Decision Theater that has been operating

All water coming into the campus will be

at ASU will be replicated at the Helios campus,

captured in a retention system and recycled on

bringing leaders together for analysis and

the grounds, he says.

discussion, Luna says.

Copper metal and creamy limestone, natural

Roig welcomes the data and the people. “The

materials with special meaning to Arizona and

thing I have always been concerned about in

Florida, are incorporated into the building. Works

Arizona and Florida is we tend to take positions

of art have been purchased from local artists,

on education, but we are not all working from the

including a Native American design called The

same set of facts,” he says. “The Decision Theater


The exterior of the Helios Education Foundation building as seen from 32nd Street in midtown Phoenix

process will allow us to agree on the set of facts.

languages. He married a Puerto Rican woman

We may still have our own positions—left, right

and the couple emigrated to New York City,

or who knows what. And that’s OK. But we need

where Roig was born. His father started out as a

to work from the same set of facts.”

hospital cook and rose through the ranks to head dietician at Belleview Hospital, feeding 3,000

ROLE MODELS FOR STUDENTS Roig and Luna are emblematic of the students Helios aims to serve. Both are from Hispanic families who value

people a day. “Watching his tenacity and his willingness to make things better made an impression,” Roig says. Roig attained a master’s degree, then

education and view it as the key to success. Both are

worked as a financial aid officer in New York

the first in their family to graduate from college.

and Arizona. From there he formed and led

Luna grew up in the small Arizona mining

Southwest Student Services Corporation for 20

town of Miami, where his father was a miner.

years, a student loan company with affiliates in

Luna’s athletic ability on the baseball field

Arizona and Florida. In 2004 the company was

caught the eye of a Stanford University coach,

converted to the Foundation and named after

who urged him to apply to the university. He was

Helios, the Greek mythological God of the Sun,

accepted, awarded a scholarship and graduated

for the two sunshine states.

with an engineering degree. Roig’s father was born in Spain. With a

Roig, a 73-year-old grandfather of eight, is proud to see his life’s work embodied in the

fifth-grade education, he became a merchant

campus. “At this point in life, my job is to inspire

marine, traveling the world and learning eight

others to carry on,” he says. ❖ FEBRUARY 2021 / 63

Love in the

Time of COVID A ‘Plan B’ ceremony turns out to be exactly what one couple wanted



wo years ago,

Town Scottsdale bar. Marc Magas, an assistant

Alexandria “Ali”

controller for Aerotek, had reluctantly joined

Craig decided

friends at the same bar to watch a hockey playoff

enough was

game after they convinced him their team would

enough. No more

lose if he stayed home.

looking for love. The Arizona

The two fell fast and hard for each other. Two months to the day later, Marc read Ali a poem

native and Stanford

on a San Diego beach and asked her to be his


girlfriend. A year and a day later, following a

graduate deleted all dating apps. Love, she

time-honored tradition from ancient Roman

believed, happens only if it Is meant to be.

times, he proposed in grand style at sunset on

A month later, on June 2, 2018, it was. Ali

met her future husband the old-fashioned, non-virtual way—on a girls’ night out at an Old 64 / THE RED BOOK MAGAZINE

a seaside balcony in a room blanketed in rose pedals at the Hotel del Coronado. So goes the first chapter of their love story.

Mr. and Mrs. Marc Magas

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The second chapter is their wedding, one that began with plans for 150 guests at a 1747

CEO of Fry Laboratories. Through a mutual friend, Joseph had recently

farmhouse near the Magas family home in

met Kim Nichols in Payson, a retired owner of a

Maryland and ended with 35 guests at a Payson

Phoenix advertising agency with an expertise in

trout farm where Ali picked berries as a child.

lighting large-scale events.

It was in May, with coronavirus cases rising,

Ali wanted lots of lights, so Joseph asked for

that the couple decided to reschedule their Sept.

Nichols’ help, and she signed on with two other

19, 2020, wedding at the 500-acre Tusculum

friends, Sini Olive and Charles Milton.

Farms to the same date in 2021. While willing to postpone the wedding, the

To fulfill Ali’s light fantasy, they lined the 900foot driveway to the reception with luminarias

couple decided to legally marry on their original

and lanterns. She also wanted chandeliers,

date. “We just thought it would be vows, a

and they hung plastic ones Joseph bought at a

step above the courthouse. No big hoopla,” Ali

discount retailer from the garage ceiling. Next,


they transformed Joseph’s tired looking garage

So much for plans. Marc’s parents, Cathy and

into a reception hall by hanging a disco ball from

George Magas, and their three other sons decided

his apartment dining room to reflect 29-year-old

to attend the micro-ceremony at Rancho Tonto

Marc’s love of music.

Catch-A-Trout, once included in a book by novelist Zane Grey. The wedding party did as well. Although their fish-farm wedding, followed by a reception in the dressed-up garage at her

Instead of painting, Nichols covered the tired walls with craft paper. When the white linens were placed on the tables, their work was done. “I was so happy we could make it special for

family’s second home nearby, was a downsized

them,” Nichols said. “I’d never done anything

version of their original, it turned out to be

quite like this before, so I just went with my heart.”

joyfully perfect. “Everything on my Pinterest board came to life in Payson,” says 35-year-old Ali. “It was everything I’d hoped for.” Theirs also gives hope to others that a wedding-

The ceremony and reception went off without a hitch. All ate Mexican food, drank margaritas, and danced and danced. While on their honeymoon, moved to Cabo San Lucas after the coronavirus shut the airport to

smashing pandemic is no match for a couple

Belize, the couple experienced an aha moment and

determined to marry.

canceled their Maryland wedding. They realized

In romantic comedies, the bride and her mother are always losing their minds. Not so with Ali,

they could never recreate their Plan B wedding. “The Payson ceremony was so intimate that

who works in insurance industry acquisitions and

it allowed us to really experience the wedding,”

mergers, and her mother, Judy Joseph, a retired

Marc says. “I wanted a large wedding with 150-

Maricopa County Superior Court judge.

plus people, but after experiencing a smaller, more

The two efficient planners, faced with a fourmonth deadline, went to work with an ad hoc team of friends and family. Ali’s first task was hiring an officiant—her mother. “I learned as a judge how to hold back my emotions, to be stoic during difficult moments like

intimate setting, I recommend to all future married couples to make theirs as small as possible.” The Magases, however, will host a party on the same date in 2021 in Maryland, with one extra guest on the invitation list. “I got pregnant on the honeymoon,” Ali says, “so

sentencing, but when I opened the card asking

we will be bringing our three-month-old to our

me to marry them, I cried,” says Joseph, who is

wedding party. It’s so amazing how everything

married to Dr. Stephen Fry and now works as

just worked out perfectly.”


CLOCKWISE FROM TOP LEFT: Ali and Marc with Marc's parents, Cathy and George Magas. Isaiah O'Toole, Ali's nephew, and Ali Angelini, Ali's third

cousin, walk the "aisle" at Rancho Tonto Catch-A-Trout. The Honorable Judy Joseph officiates at her daughter Ali's marriage to Marc Magas

FEBRUARY 2021 / 67



11 - 21 Scottsdale Arabian Horse Show While the events listed here were up-to-date at the time of printing, please check the organizations’ websites to confirm. We also maintain a continually updated nonprofit fundraising calendar on

FEB. 1 – FEB. 7 Waste Management Phoenix Open The Thunderbirds TPC Scottsdale FEB. 11 – FEB. 21 Scottsdale Arabian Horse Show Arabian Horse Association of Arizona WestWorld of Scottsdale, 8 a.m. FEB. 11 Welcome Home Gala Save the Family Virtual, 6 p.m. Geoffrey Beene: A Duet of Fashion and Movement Arizona Costume Institute Virtual, 6 p.m.


FEB. 20 AIDS Walk Arizona & 5K Run Aunt Rita’s Foundation Tempe Beach Park, 3 p.m. FEB. 27 Furry Friends Fine Arts Festival Shemer Art Center and Museum Association, Inc. The Shemer Art Center, 8 a.m.

FEB. 27 Dinner & Hall of Fame Induction National Quarterback Club Charities, Inc. Scottsdale Resort at McCormick Ranch 5 p.m. Come Fly Away Phoenix Children’s Chorus Socially distant, Lux Air Hangar Time TBD MARCH 6 18th Annual Hero Awards The Arizona Pet Project Location TBD, 5:30 p.m. MARCH 6 The Ovation Gala Rosie’s House: A Music Academy for Children The Camby, 5:30 p.m. MARCH 20 Arizona Wish Ball Make-A-Wish Arizona JW Marriott Scottsdale Camelback Inn 6 p.m. MARCH 27 Celebrity Fight Night Celebrity Fight Night Foundation, Inc. JW Marriott Desert Ridge Resort & Spa 5:30 p.m. MARCH 28 S.T.A.R.S.: Survivors Tell a Real Story A 2nd Act Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts 2 p.m.



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A Valley landmark since 1971, the Salt Cellar Restaurant continues to reign atop the “Best Of Seafood” lists. Their business philosophy is that consistency, quality, equitable pricing and great service are the key to success. The culinary adventure begins with its unique underground location.

A specialty women’s boutique located in the heart of the Arcadia neighborhood for 40 years. Whether it’s professional, cocktail, or travel, Kiss Me Kate showcases 200 labels to dress and accessorize for any occasion. Many refer to Kiss Me Kate as the “the” jacket store, known for a variety of classic or trendy jackets. Put Kiss Me Kate boutique on your “must shop” list.

ROSEMARY HOLUSHA JEWELRY DESIGNS 3001 N 17th Ave Phoenix, AZ 85015 602-264-5814; 602-432-3415 rosemaryholusha Rosemary Holusha Jewelry Designs creates original handcrafted items including cloisonné enamels, necklaces, bracelets, silverwork, gems and stones. Rosemary Holusha is a lapidary with a large supply of stones for designs. Starting with your idea to finish, Rosemary Holusha Jewelry Designs will create your special piece from original concept to completion.

JANET PRISET SANDINO Fine Art Consultation 602-680-6090 @prisetsandinoartconsulting Janet Priset Sandino is an art consultant with 35+ years expertise who works directly with clients or collaborates with designers and architects. Providing all genres of artwork–painting, sculpture, glasswork, photography and more–for residential or commercial clientele, she uses her network of artists, galleries and vendors to deliver the highest quality art.

CULTURE WONDER AT LARGE-SCALE, LIVING SCULPTURES Wife-and-husband duo Artists Natasha Lisitsa and Daniel Schultz created a series of large-scale living sculptures that will be showcased at Desert Botanical Garden for only a few weeks. Wind (through Feb. 19) is inspired by the wind and dust storms that move across the desert, Water (Feb. 23 - March 22) takes its cue from seasonal flooding, and Earth (April 3 25) is inspired by the sandstone strata of Arizona canyons.

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Waterlily Pond Studio Presents Wind, Water, Earth Desert Botanical Garden Select dates through April 25

Art takes center stage, from exhibits to dance to culture Text by MICHELLE GLICKSMAN ❖ Photos courtesy ORGANIZATIONS

HONOR SCOTTSDALE’S RICH NATIVE CULTURE This month’s Gold Palette ArtWalk theme is Native Spirit, and it honors Scottsdale’s rich Native culture and heritage. Explore the art galleries in the Arts District, where many participate with extended hours. Also, special exhibits and entertainment will showcase the best of Scottsdale’s Native Spirit. Native Spirit ArtWalk Old Town Scottsdale March 4

BE INSPIRED BY THE INTERSECTIONS OF ART AND FASHION View eight fashion ensembles and accessories spanning the 20th century that have been paired with paintings, sculptures and more by Museum curators, and explore how traditional elements of art and design can be applied to all, from color, line, form, texture and value. Each pairing includes interpretive texts. Collective Inspiration Phoenix Art Museum Through May 2 For more cultural events, visit


DELIGHT IN A UNIQUE DANCE PERFORMANCE MOMIX, an internationally known dance company under the direction of Moses Pendleton, presents a show filled with surrealistic images, using props, light, shadow, humor and the human body. For more than 40 years, these dancerillusionists have been presenting works of inventiveness and physical beauty. MOMIX Scottsdale Performing Arts March 7

EXPLORE HOW FASHION CAN EFFECT SOCIAL CHANGE Wander through this exhibit and explore how fashion icon Rudolph “Rudi” Gernreich—the innovative designer of the “monokini” topless swimsuit, the thong, unisex clothing and pantsuits for women— influenced fashion trends and perceptions of beauty, gender and identity. More than 80 ensembles will be on display, along with sketches, letters, personal papers, photographs, press clippings and oral histories.

LEARN HOW CHILDHOOD EXPERIENCES SHAPED AN ARTIST’S WORK This exhibition takes guests on a journey through the influence behind artist Leon Polk Smith’s work. A renowned Modernist painter and one of the founders of the Hard-edge Painting movement, he was influenced by American Indian culture in his native Oklahoma, including the colors and patterns of Southern Plains beadwork, ribbon work and painted hides.

Fearless Fashion: Rudi Gernreich Phoenix Art Museum March 11 - Sept. 26

Leon Polk Smith: Hiding in Plain Sight Heard Museum Feb. 4 - May 31

EXPLORE A NEW SOLO EXHIBITION London-based artist Zineb Sedira—who will represent France in the 2022 Venice Biennale—is showcased in this solo exhibition, which presents a new iteration of her work Standing Here Wondering Which Way to Go specifically for Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art. Inspired by the 1969 Pan-African Festival of Algiers, it is composed of four “scenes” depicting cinema, theater and music festival stages. Voice Over: Zineb Sedira Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art Feb. 20 - Sept. 5

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THIS IS ‘ME’ RENEE PARSONS President and Executive Creative Director, PXG Apparel Text by MICHELLE JACOBY • Photo courtesy PXG

HOMETOWN I grew up in a small town in Michigan, where people had Midwestern values and a strong work ethic. I started working at age 13 in my family’s restaurant business. FAVORITE CHILDHOOD MEMORY I’m the eldest of three girls, and we were lucky to have extended family living in our town, including both sets of grandparents, aunts, uncles and cousins. There was always a big gathering during the holidays. FUN IN THE VALLEY Of course, golfing at Scottsdale National Golf Club. It’s a beautiful piece of golf heaven. MOVIE My husband and I are both fans of Queen. For his birthday a couple of years ago, I surprised him by renting out a movie theater where we watched Bohemian Rhapsody. INSPIRATION Currently, our health-care workers with their selfless acts and diligent long hours inspire me. I’m also inspired by the fashion scene. I love to look at the innovators doing cool and different things in this space. PXG APPAREL The golf equipment side of PXG was started by my husband, and in mid 2018, we began talking about apparel. I’ve always been interested in fashion, and I love golf, so it was kind of the perfect storm. With some experience buying apparel for the pro shop at Scottsdale National Golf Club, I saw a real need for golf apparel, especially for women. PXG is bold and innovative; we’re a bit of a disrupter in the golf apparel market. We source fabrics from such places as Italy and pay meticulous detail to quality, touches and fine details. PHILANTHROPY The two major organizations we support through PXG are the Semper Fi & America’s Fund, and Team Rubicon. Both are veteran-led nonprofits dedicated to supporting veterans. Currently, we’re matching dollar for dollar up to $10 million. We aim to raise $20 million total for both organizations. INDISPENSABLE My husband, my puppies and my friends and family. ❖ 72 / THE RED BOOK MAGAZINE

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