wife signs on as chair of the impressive ball, you lose a good portion of your life for more than a year. Both Joel and Sandy believed that the men always seemed to get kicked to the curb. So after speaking with both, we decided to run with the idea. Joel and I agreed to hold a dinner for the husbands of past and present ball chairs. I contacted Nancy Silver (the Paper Princess) of The Paper Place fame to conjure up the invitations. By the way, did you know that Nancy and her sister Betsy Hendricks are now selling clogs! My prediction may have taken a little time, but I knew sooner or later that the Clog Barn inside The Paper Place would materialize. Sales are so good that Nancy is now manning a drive-through window complete with headset to take orders, as Betsy runs for the clogs. Anyway, the first annual Guys with Hearts dinner was held in the private dining room at Tarbell’s in mid-October. It was an amazing evening full of splendid conversation and many Heart Ball-related stories from the men who had suffered through it. It’s quite an odyssey. Mark Tarbell and Jim Gallen put together a remarkable menu and a remarkable evening. We just did not expect the two to underwrite the dinner. The Tarbell’s Team has been so generous to our community for such a long time. This was an unexpected and very thoughtful surprise to all the gentlemen in attendance. We have to remind ourselves that in these tough economic times, the gift of giving is the best gift anyone can receive. Something very important is happening in Encanto Park. Recently named one of the most beautiful public parks and residential areas in America by Forbes magazine, Encanto Park with its breathtaking homes
To the horror of many in attendance at a recent luncheon, a high profile socialite proceeded to bad-mouth several longtime Valley charities and black-tie balls. First, why would anyone who claims to be altruistic slam a charity or fundraising gala? Especially in this economy! Second, the only reason you’re so mad is that your event continues to decline each year. You have no one to blame but yourself. Many have tried to intervene on your behalf. Bottom line: You’re just jealous.
is a force to be reckoned with. Many of us have watched in horror as affluent parts of Phoenix and Paradise Valley have become what many refer to at Tuscanized! The homes of Encanto Park still preserve the rich territorial, mid-century and Spanish Colonial architecture that made Arizona famous. The other evening Michael Saavedra and George Abrams opened their stunning 1940s deco-style home to about 100 of their closest neighbors. Their home became famous in the 1950s for an alleged mob-style murder that made headlines across the country. In the crowd, I noticed Pam and Ray Slomski, Angela and Mark Karp, and Virginia Foster, who has lived in Encanto Park for more the 40 years, as well as Brenda and Jim Howard, who occupied the estate built by the Diamond department store family, and on and on. The mission of this group is to make sure certain standards are upheld in their park and their neighborhood. Given the architectural abomination that has taken place in Arcadia, the Biltmore area and Paradise Valley in the last decade, I believe this preservation is crucial. I’ll never forget the day I was lunching at a private home in the Biltmore and watched the estate of Claire Booth Luce being carted away on a flatbed truck! I suspect the days of tear-downs, starter palaces and McMansions may have gone by the wayside for a while. So perhaps there is some reprieve. For those of us who remember the splendid buildings in downtown Phoenix that were scrapped in the 1980s, we have to remember that preservation of fine architecture is needed. I commend the people in Encanto Park for choosing to make a difference. If you don’t see your event in this issue, check our Web site – www.trendspublishing.com – and click on “What’s Hot” or “Photos.” You’ll see our online calendar there, too. Geoffrey Beene Reception • Breath of Life Gala • UMOM Event Florence Crittenton Holiday Dinner • Desert Botanical Garden Reception Xavier Holiday Party • Junior League Luncheon • VMLC Luncheon White Christmas • Beaux Arts 2009
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Trends Charitable Fund announces 2010 “The Art of Fashion” Celebrity Luncheon Honored as Featured Speaker – Karen Katz, President and CEO of Neiman Marcus Trends Charitable Fund (TCF) is pleased to announce Karen Katz, President and CEO of Neiman Marcus, will be “The Art of Fashion” Celebrity Luncheon 2010 Featured Speaker. Katz oversees the strategic direction, merchandising, operations, creative services and expansion of Neiman Marcus stores, in addition to other corporate responsibilities. Katz will share her love of fashion and reveal some of her favorite tips to attendees. “The Art of Fashion” Celebrity Luncheon is a fashion forward event with substance. All proceeds from the Luncheon are directed by TCF to its annual grant recipients. The TCF grant program focuses on helping Arizona programs that positively impact women, children and their families in significant ways. This year’s grant recipients are: Arizona’s Children Association, Desert Mission, Inc., Phoenix Day, Phoenix Rescue Mission, Teen Lifeline, and UMOM New Day Center. The Arizona Biltmore Resort & Spa 2400 East Missouri Avenue • Phoenix, Arizona 85016 Thursday, April 15, 2010 10:30 a.m. ~ Reception • 11:30 a.m. ~ Luncheon Event Chairman: Carrie Hall Tickets starting at $150 per person. Sponsorship and underwriting opportunities are available. For more information please contact Betty McRae at (480) 991-0601.
December 2009 / January 2010 Issue of Trends Magazine - Russo Steele