The Foothills Focus - Zone 1 - 1.19.2022

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This Week

NEWS ................. 5

Forecasting 2022 real estate trends in the foothills

FEATURES ........ 16 Nicole Rowe is named the first Miss Anthem

YOUTH ............. 23 Curtis Finch shares the state of Deer Valley school district

OPINION ......................9 FEATURES ................ 16 YOUTH ...................... 23 CLASSIFIEDS ............ 25 Zone I


Serving the communities of Anthem, Desert Hills, Norterra, Sonoran Foothills, Stetson Valley, Tramonto, New River, Desert Ridge and North Phoenix

Anthem Area Edition


Wednesday, January 19, 2022

Purses for a Purpose helps local families BY ALLISON BROWN Foothills Focus Staff Wrier


he Anthem Giving Circle is hosting its 12th annual Purses for a Purpose at the Anthem Country Club’s Ironwood Ballroom on Tuesday, Feb. 1, to raise funds for families in need. Tickets are $50 and include admittance to a silent and live auction of 150 new or lightly used designer purses, a raf�le ticket for a Burberry purse valued at $1,000, heavy hors d’oeuvres and a free drink. According to Diane Steenman, chair of the Anthem Giving Circle, the purses for auction range in price from $50 to $500, with brand names including Valentina, Tory Burch, Kate Spade and Michael Kors. Dubbed the “Double Deuce” Purses for a Purpose for 2022, this year’s event has a Western theme, and participants are wel-

This Burberry purse will be raffled and the winner can keep it or take it to Nordstrom for a $1,000 store credit. (Photos by David Minton) come to dress in their Western attire. Steenman said Purses for a Purpose was started by a small group of women looking for a fun way to help the community, and

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Jill Hieb, left, and Diane Steenman are co-chairs of Purses for a Purpose, which is Tuesday, Feb. 1, at Ironwood Country Club.

Anthem chamber searching for new executive director

BY ALLISON BROWN Foothills Focus Staff Writer


he Anthem Area Chamber of Commerce is again searching for a new and experienced executive director to lead its board of directors after Kim Baker resigned from the position over the holidays. “Kim Baker, our executive director, has

encountered some personal challenges and had to make the difficult decision to resign her role as well,” the board said in a public statement. “While we are disappointed that she will not be able to lead the chamber into 2022, we wish Kim well as she tackles her new family dynamics.” Baker started as the new executive director in September. No other details

were provided about her resignation. Heather Maxwell, the former executive director, will now step in as interim executive director until the position can be permanently filled. “Kim gave her resignation just days before my last day on staff, so I agreed to stay on until they could hire and train

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