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La Dolce Vita This fall started off with several very grand people receiving invitations to the 40th birthday party of Heather Wagenhals. You might remember that her much-celebrated Hong Kong wedding to Fred Wagenhals, the NASCAR die-cast model godfather, was the talk of the social community several years ago. Anyway, a small group of people assembled at yet another Fox Restaurant Concepts creation, Modern Steak, at Scottsdale Fashion Square. I have to say that this concept is among the most beautiful. Crystal chandeliers, pale color choices and a mod vented patio make the gathering place a force to be reckoned with. When we walked in, Sam Fox himself greeted us with his two beautiful children and fetching wife in tow. That was a nice surprise. Following our entrance we were escorted to where Heather and Fred were greeting guests in a glassed-off private dining room. The wait staff could not have been more attractive and professional, even though most were wearing tennis shoes! Heather looked spectacular in a long red and black chiffon number, and her hair was pulled up on the sides and cascaded down her back. She is so beautiful! The guest list included Gino Tutera, the famed hormone replacement therapy physician, and his attractive and very witty wife, Carolann. Next to arrive were Paul Beyer and his wife, Christi Warner, another beauty with an almost identical hair style to Heather’s. Christi had just returned from China and had a great deal to say. Then there were Sandra and Lee Ploszaj. Anyone who knows Sandra realizes immediately that she is always one of the most beautiful and well-dressed ladies in the room. She didn’t disappoint in feathers and endless strands of pearls. Teresa and Tod Wagenhals were there. Adam Stempel had just flown in from New York to attend. Terry and Jim Marrion of Scottsdale Real Estate School fame made the scene, and Cotton Hill flew in from Shanghai just

By Bill Dougherty for the party. Dinner was splendid, and midway through the endless courses and toasts, David Cantor, the top criminal attorney and one of the sharpest dressers I know, dropped in to say hello. David decided to return around dessert with his lovely wife, Joo, and the couple’s daughter, McKenzie, for yet another chat. After he was able to get his daughter to make fun of me, I threatened to summon security and have him removed from the private dining room. A little bit of David goes a long way. You get the picture. It was a splendid party and one hell of a restaurant. Elsewhere, Christine and David Watson hosted a splendid gathering poolside for St. Mary’s Food Bank. I’ve passed through a lot of beautiful homes, but I must say the Watson estate is one of the most tasteful and beautifully adorned homes I’ve ever seen. Those who strolled around the grounds included Monte Stewart, Sandy and Frank Trznadel, Kathy Harris, Ruth and Bob Lavinia, Sue Fletcher, Shelley and Rick Kuhle, Jerry Bisgrove, and Erin and John Gogolak. St. Mary’s presented a touching video on their crusade followed by impressive speeches, including the Watsons, who are very hands-on with the food bank. It was a very humbling evening. On another note, I was truly touched at the end of the evening when goodbyes were exchanged. Jerry Bisgrove happened to be in the company of several beautiful ladies he at one time or another had dated. As each one passed into the night, each exchanged overwhelmingly tender salutations with him. I think this speaks volumes of Jerry’s character, his charm and his level of sophistication. What a gentlemen. What a lovely night! Joel Cohen and 2004 Heart Ball chair Sandy Magruder both had an idea for the husbands of past Heart Ball chairs. Let me tell you that when your

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Trends Dec 2009 / Jan 2010  

December 2009 / January 2010 Issue of Trends Magazine - Russo Steele

Trends Dec 2009 / Jan 2010  

December 2009 / January 2010 Issue of Trends Magazine - Russo Steele

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