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Supporting Valley Philanthropy Since 1982 volume 28, No. 4
Special Features 6
TCF Grant Recipient: Teen Lifeline
Remembering … Courtney Denton
Charity Spotlight: Crossroads
2010 Heart Ball
Charity Spotlight: Board of Visitors
New York Fashion Week 2010
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47 Charity Spotlight: Veterans Medical Leadership Council Tableau Brian Hall and Paul Beyer with Chuck Munson
Dinner in the Stacks Mel and Thelda Williams
Phoenix Symphony Alexis and Michael Christie
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48 Wedding Bells: Courtney Lyn Sierk and Brian Gaintner 49
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Volunteer Opportunities – ADULTS Fundraising: Help contact community residents and businesses to educate and inform them of the nature and importance of the Teen Lifeline’s fundraising activities. Host and/or serve on the third party fundraising committee who will put on 3 events annually. Time commitment: 3-5 hours per month. Golf Committee: Organize and market the spring golf outing to golfers and business sponsors. Time Commitment: 5-8 hours per month. Gala Committee: Serve as a member of the Gala committee, securing sponsorship, auction items, attendance and help in the set up of the big event. Commitment: 6-10 hours per month. Administration: Help in office, especially coordination of mailings. Time commitment: Flexible. For more information about Teen Lifeline as well as volunteer and donation opportunities, please visit www.teenlifeline.org or call Nikki Kontz at (602) 248-8337.
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At the age of 45, Courtney Denton passed away peacefully in her sleep on Sept. 4, 2010, of heart failure. Courtney was deeply loved by her family, friends and community, not to mention her dog, Kisses. She was effusive, sparkling and radiant – a ray of sunshine for all who met her. An Arizona native, she was strong in her Christian faith and loved her Bible study. Charitable endeavors were a huge part of Courtney’s life, and she gave tirelessly to many organizations and causes. She was, in fact, knee deep in work for the Crossroads benefit when she passed, and had impressed other committee members with her negotiating skills for the event location. Courtney was honored for her work in 2005, when she was named a Trendsetter. Courtney’s charitable resume is too long to recount, but here are a few highlights. She chaired the PULSE luncheon with Jennifer Collins in 2008 and worked on Compassion with Fashion for the Arizona Humane Society for years. She was a founding member of the women’s organization Las Palomas, and a member of Junior League. She chaired Key to the Cure, raising money for the American Cancer Society, and served on the Heart Ball committee. Courtney attended Kiva Elementary School, Chaparral High School and Arizona State University, where she received her degree in textiles. She worked in retail for many years before working in advertising at Trends magazine and a commercial real estate publication. Regardless of her education and career, Courtney will likely be remembered by her laugh, sense of style and generous spirit. When a friend would fall ill, she was the first to call and offer to bring soup over or run an errand. She had a heart for the helpless, especially children and animals, and worked tirelessly as a volunteer to help those who could not help themselves. Of course, it would be irresponsible not to note Courtney’s love of fashion and all manner of stylish things. She had great taste and it showed in her work on décor committees for charitable events and in her own personal style. Nothing spoke more volumes than the beautiful and touching celebration of life for Courtney at El Chorro in September. Over 100 friends came to share their love for Courtney, as we flipped through photo albums and yearbooks and reminisced about days gone by. Wouldn’t it be lovely if more people did a celebration of life instead of a solemn funeral service?
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human figure. The people of Guatemala, Peru and Mexico inspired him. The scenes of their everyday interactions in market settings confirmed his belief in representational art. Like a lot of artists who moved West from large gray cities, Rivera’s paintings got much bigger and exploded with color. “It’s really a love affair I have with those people, the Guatemalan people especially. There’s a different energy field there, it’s more from the heart. That’s my read on it. It inspires me to paint humanity in the most humanistic way possible. The world is desperately in need of it.” Reproductions of Rivera’s work don’t do justice to their size. The paintings are often enormous. Not too long after being signing on with Riva Yares Gallery, Rivera was given the chance to paint on canvases measured not in inches but in feet. Paintings with that much color spanning 12 or 16 feet have an impact that’s hard to describe. Look for a show by Rivera at one of Yares’ galleries in Santa Fe or Scottsdale. They’re expensive paintings, beyond the range of most casual collectors, but looking is free and the impact is inspiring. Rive Yares Gallery in Scottsdale is at www.rivayaresgallery.com. 480.947.3251.
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By Bill Macomber SEEN ON THE FREEWAY: Driving through rush hour on Loop 101 near McDowell Road, I saw Casino Arizona’s giant moving sign advertising $2.50 sangrias and $2.50 beers. In the ad’s background was a picture of backed-up traffic. The idea was: Exit here, kill some time, have sangrias. Later, merge onto the freeway and sail home. Alcohol as an alternative to a traffic jam – maybe the worst idea I ever saw advertised in public. P.S. I’m told that 3 a.m. at any Valley casino is a good time to rub shoulders with meth users who haven’t lost all their money and teeth yet. At least not all their money. A friend who gambles thinks they’re drawn to flashing lights and bright sounds, a little like zombies. AT LAST: The Phoenician is opening the new $40 million Camelback Ballroom. My congratulations to whoever decided to put clerestory windows high along the wall. How many giant ballrooms feel a little gloomy because there are no windows? Women past a certain age might not applaud natural light sifting down onto them. Oh, well. Just wait until dark. P.S. The Phoenician’s Web site declares its location as Scottsdale. Check a map. It’s squarely in the City of Phoenix. Hence the name: PHOENICIAN! BEST RESTROOM: America’s Best Restroom award for 2010 has gone to the Fountain on Locust, a St. Louis ice cream parlor. The award honors style AND hygiene. “We are absolutely thrilled and honored to have been chosen by the public as having the best restrooms in America,” says Joy Christensen, owner of the Fountain on Locust. The restroom has secured its place in the America’s Best Restroom Hall of Fame (www.bestrestroom.com). I admit it. I’m envious. These are truly royal throne rooms.
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The social scene kicked off with Trends’ own Beat the Heat at the tail end of September to a packed house at the Arizona Biltmore Resort. It was an amazing evening packed with everyone you know and adore in attendance. This year Deborah Bateman, Suzanne Dickey, Carolyn Evani (who was not able to make the event due to her daughter’s college send-off), Sue Fletcher, Kathy Harris, Sheila Ingram, Jan Lewis, Penny Nissley, Helene Presutti and Erica Stottlemyre were honored as Trendsetters. They were and are an extremely impressive group of ladies. And out of more than 40 applications they made the final grade! Incidentally, the Trendsetter award is the first and oldest award in the state to honor women for their outstanding civic and charitable contributions. It has been greatly imitated over the years by many organizations. It is still the first and still the most prestigious. This award, ladies and gentlemen, is the Oscar for women in our state. The rest are merely Golden Globes. You get the picture. US Airways was honored for their amazing commitment to the Trends Charitable Fund and Trends magazine alike. C. A. and Nan Howlett (the dynamic duo) accepted the award, and well they should have, since they are both truly amazing people. I wish the airline’s CEO, Doug Parker, had been able to share the stage with them, but given his travel schedule it was next to impossible. It was a marvelous and empowering evening for all in attendance. You should have been there!
The other afternoon, I found myself standing in front of the richly paneled modern double doors of the home of Marcia and Sanford Roth. For the past 18 years I have stood in front of the same set of doors with guests in tow many times. I’ve pushed many to peer inside of what I and many others consider an absolute masterpiece of midcentury architecture and furnishings. Over the years the Roths have hosted countless events ranging from Board of Visitors swim parties to the Arizona Opera League and even private dinner parties on behalf of the architectural preservation organization Gnosis, Ltd. Anyway, several years ago at one of our countless cocktail parties the Roths struck up a conversation with noted architect Richard Doria and his fetching wife, Susan (the current TCF president). Of course I wasted no time inserting myself into the conversation and suggested that the Dorias visit the Roths’ magnificent home. It may have taken a couple of years, but the wait was worth its weight in gold. This time my wife and I brought Sallie Brophy Najafi along, too. We sipped cocktails for a while and then Marcia led the six of us on a tour. Every time I pass though their home I find something I haven’t seen before. It’s that good! It’s also no secret that the home graced the cover of Phoenix Home & Garden and that I’ve featured the home in this publication. I’ve always said that if I could have any home in Arizona, the Roths’ home would tie with that of Janis and Denny Lyon. Although they are vastly different, both are majestic and amazing in every sense. Enough said for now. Just last week we had the opportunity to lunch with famed international hostess and socialite Pat Goldman at L’ Amore, a restaurant I consider to be one of the very
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and wine, which by the way not everyone drinks. A glass of beer has more calories than a brownie, and many people, including myself, are allergic to wine.
As we send the social season into full gear, I stop once again to comment on the 16 years of nonstop charity balls, luncheons and parties I’ve attended. My first beef: no-host bars. There is nothing more insulting than a no-host bar. If you can’t afford to include a full bar into the ticket price of an event, then you need to find another hotel or venue to work with. When an invitation says “cocktails,” you’d better not be serving just beer
Third beef: It’s too hot to have any event outside in the Valley day or night until after Halloween, no matter how positive you may want to be about the weather. And please don’t make us sit through another video on your charity. We all know why we are there. Plus, you should only give a speech for two minutes or less. After two minutes you lose your audience. And last but most important, please always RSVP.
My second beef: It’s best to arrive at a private home with a host/hostess gift, something I violated last week when I attended an event at the lovely home of Ina and Murray Manaster. If someone goes to the trouble of opening their private home, a bottle of wine or candle is an easy addition to the evening.
I hope all of you have a wonderful and very profitable social season. Thank you for making our community such a better place! In cocktail polo news you should know: That an in-your-face couple who lost their club membership has now resorted to climbing the fence to gain access to the place … That a short-fused socialite just got snapped at by two other ladies, sending the bully crying to the restroom ... That one of the finest philanthropists in the Valley is about to give an organization a huge amount of money anonymously … That a well-known socialite’s table manners are absolutely appalling … That one of the grand dames of high society has a new companion … That someone you know and love is about to be honored for the very first time … That a career gold digger has latched onto a very unsuspecting and well-liked gentleman … Now you’re all caught up for the next 15 minutes …
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When the Mazda MX-5 Miata first hit the market in 1989, it was a huge hit. The tiny car’s irresistible combination of go-kart steering, snappy performance, sleek European styling and low sticker price made the two-seater sports roadster one of the best selling convertibles ever.
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The only trouble with the Miata is that its overly-cute styling, complete with pop-up headlights, somewhat diminished the car’s aggressive power. It was easy to dismiss the Miata as a toy. In its latest incarnation, which was first unveiled in 2009, the body of the MX-5 finally matches what the car offers under the hood, making it a fun head-turner that no one will underestimate. Decked out with flared front fenders and a sleek, angular look, the MX-5 also sports Mazda’s new signature grinning grill. The test model was done up as a convertible hardtop, and the hardtop only furthered the car’s sleek, sporty lines. And when you want to go topless, the automatic roof folds back quickly, leaving you plenty of time before the stoplight changes. Under the hood, the MX-5 is still packing a punch with its 2.0L 4-cylinder engine, with enough kick to keep things interesting without going into criminal territory. The in-line four only puts out about 167 horsepower, but in a car this light, that’s more than enough. As one might expect from such a little car, the steering is amazingly quick, allowing drivers to pull the car around corners like a rally car. Steering can get a little too squirrely if you come around a turn too fast, but once you’re prepared for that, it can be a lot of fun. Inside, the MX-5 is delightfully simple, with a classy dashboard and straightforward controls. The interior is a little tight, and there aren’t any toys to play with, but that’s hardly the point. With the roof up, there is a considerable amount of road noise, and there are a lot of little creaks coming from the dashboard. For 2010, the MX-5 keeps everything that made this car such a success, while keeping things fresh and exciting. The latest styling loses some of the cuteness of the original, but it doesn’t mean the MX-5 has lost any of its fun-loving charm. It’s still a car built for zipping around with the top down, and loving every minute of it.
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Beat the Heat 2010
Trisha Anthony and Susan Doria
Ed and Bonnie Marshall with Rich Rector
Melissa Goett and Robin Lee
Jan Clayton and Linda Pope
Yvonne Moyano and Oday with Anne Robbs
THAT GIRL Patsy Lowry in sequins and shades of pink FITTING TRIBUTE 1991 Fashionality Ambassadors Marcia Roth, Jane Evans and Diane Ryan A HIGH FLYER US Airways was honored for tireless dedication to our community. PERFECT PITCH Emcee Fay Fredericks of NBC’s 12 News
Marcia Roth and Jane Evans with Diane Ryan
Photos courtesy of Peter Krzykos
Beat the Heat 2010
Holly Barrett and John Coumbe
Jennifer Collins and Jinger Richardson with Renee Dee
Jacqui Dorrance and Susan Palmer-Hunter
Rick and Carolyn Ross
Suzanne and Michael Eder
Robin Milne and Catherine Jacobson
Jenny Weinstein and Tara Farnswoth
C.A. and Nan Howlett
Photos courtesy of Peter Krzykos
2010 Beat the Heat Couture Danese
Saks Fifth Avenue
Saks Fifth Avenue
Photos courtesy of Evan Gunville
2010 Trendsetters on the Catwalk Kathy Harris
Photos courtesy of Evan Gunville
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Tas t e s of Eu r op e – T h e U l t i ma t e C ul i n a r y A d v e n t u r e From Oceania Cruises European Collection aboard the new Marina, Jules and Marita Klar, owners of Great American Travel, will be personally escorting a unique 16-day adventure featuring many exciting ports of call from London to Rome Aug. 10-26 with an optional three-night pre-cruise package in London. Jules and Marita have been in the travel industry for over 40 years and personally escort different adventurous cruises per year. This sailing has also been selected as the esteemed annual “Jacques Pépin Cruise,” featuring live cooking demonstrations, culinary events and special menus by the legendary Master Chef Jacques Pépin. The pre-cruise package begins with your arrival in London where you’ll be transferred to the new Park Plaza Westminster Bridge Hotel, just a few minutes’ walk from the London Eye, the Houses of Parliament and Westminster Abbey. The following afternoon, our tour guide will pick you up and transfer you to Buckingham Palace where you’ll have the opportunity to see the 19 State Rooms that are open to the public during the Queen’s annual visit to Scotland. On Tuesday you will be taken to Le Manoir aux Quat’ Saisons, nestled in the picturesque
Oxfordshire village of Great Milton. Created by celebrated chef Raymond Blanc, Le Manoir has been delighting guests since 1984 and has been awarded two Michelin stars. After lunch we will visit Blenheim Palace, home to the 11th Duke and Duchess of Marlborough, and birthplace of Winston Churchill. The next morning after breakfast you’ll be taken to Leeds Castle in Kent, en route to Dover. You’ll enjoy the castle’s history; an eclectic mix of period architecture, with sumptuous interiors and family treasures. You’ll then be dropped off in Dover to board Marina for your exciting 16-day cruise.
Paris and Bordeaux are among the fantastic headliners in France. Portugal impresses with an excursion in historic Oporto that tours a wine cellar and offers samples of the city’s famed fortified port. For connoisseurs of art, Seville mesmerizes with its 17th-century Alcazar, a Moorish palace set among stately gardens. This cruise even dips into whitewalled Casablanca to partake of the many charms of Morocco. For more information about this once-in-a-lifetime adventure, please contact Great American Travel at 602.279.4746 or 800.929.8638.
PA R T I E S
Hospice of the Valley
Jo Watson and Jay Hoselton
Mia and John Bridges
CHEERS! Guests sipped and bid on some of the finest wines available. ROYAL TREATMENT The Royal Palms provided an exquisite sunset setting.
Bill and Susan Levine with Barry Brasnell and Sabastian Diamond
KEEPER OF THE FLAME Susan Levine, who diligently oversees this much-needed service.
through faith and love Join us for St. Vincent de Paulâ€™s Community Fundraising Breakfast
Friday, November 19, 2010
Arizona Biltmore 2400 E. Missouri Ave., Phoenix, AZ 85016 Seating is limited. Reservations needed before November 1 Contact Sudonna at 602 850-6736; SDavis@svdp-phx-az.org; or online at stvincentdepaul.net. SPONSORED BY THE FIESTA BOWL HOSTED BY THE ARIZONA BILTMORE
Paulina and Jason Morris Photos courtesy of Tanner Flynn
Scott Savoy and Rita Melser
AWA R D S B ANQUE T
House of Broadcasting
Ava and Joe Arpaio
Bill Miller and Mary Jo West
RAISE YOUR GLASSES This year’s honorees included Win Holden, Susan Karis and Tom Chauncey II. MUCH-ADORED EMCEES Mary Jo West and Pat McMahon WHY IT’S SO IMPORTANT House of Broadcasting serves to preserve and honor broadcasting in Arizona. KEEPING THE MICROPHONE HOT Thanks to Mary Morrison for putting this worthy event in the spotlight
John, Mary and Heather Morrison
Del and Sharron Lewis
Ruth Rosenquist and Bill Shover with Ellie and Mike Ziegler
Marty and Wendy Manning
Pat and Duffy McMahon
Crossroads 50th Anniversary Party
Crossroads in Phoenix provides a safe and healthy environment, food, shelter and rehabilitative services to men and women who suffer from alcoholism and other chemical dependencies and who are committed to achieving and maintaining sobriety. Residents, who may stay for up to one year, pay $25 a day, hold down jobs and participate actively in their own recovery. Crossroads offers a hand up, not a hand out. 50 Years of Miracles will be held Nov. 6 at the Fairmont Scottsdale Princess to help raise money for this worthy organization. Susan Van Dyke is chairperson of the event.
What are some of Crossroads’ accomplishments over the past 50 years? Founded in 1960 with a handful of alcoholics helping other alcoholics, Crossroads has grown to six facilities serving thousands of grateful recovering men and women each year, a total of 50,000 lives turned around. What is hard to quantify is the positive effect on spouses, children and employers as well as the relief of the financial burden to society caused by addiction untreated.
who emerges from Crossroads free of addiction is a true miracle. Just ask those who love them.
Why did you decide to chair the event? I am honored to serve on the Crossroads board of directors as vice president. I have gotten to know the people who are Crossroads. I couldn’t resist the opportunity to work with the amazing leadership at Crossroads to design a 50th anniversary party.
What surprises do you have planned for your party attendees? Partygoers will mingle and dance to a live band. They will spin the “wheel of fortune” in the ballroom and indulge in fabulous culinary treats. They can sit and socialize on the gorgeous plaza enjoying food, drink and even a hand-rolled cigar while listening to a second helping of live music. Of course a fabulous silent auction and raffle will be part of the fun.
Can you describe the program that this year’s event funds will support? Crossroads is introducing a new program called Right Track. It is an intensive threeweek program that gives new residents a great start in living without drugs and alcohol. Job counseling and assistance lead to employment and self sufficiency.
What is the theme for this year’s party? Everything about this event is fun and celebratory, casual elegance, not stuffy. The official theme is 50 Years of Miracles because every man and woman
For more information about Crossroads or this event, call 602.279.2585.
PA R T I E S
Michelle Clarke and JoEllen Doornbos
Deborah Berkley and Betty Boles
Jeff and Ronda Cools
Judy and Tom Edwards
Michele Trevor and Connie Conway
Michelle and Steve Monthofer
GIRLS GONE WILD Chairs JoEllen Doornbos and Michelle Clarke completely reinvented a decades old event. SWINGING FROM THE TREES Guests moved to the sounds of Keith Johnson and Sankofa. JUNGLE JUICE Fine spirits and wine complements and courtesy of Southern Wine and Spirits or Arizona TALK TO THE ANIMALS Proceeds helped pay for a day at the zoo for children in need.
Mark and Kathleen Spangehl
H E A R T B A LL
Grace & Gratitude
2010 Heart Ball Chair Sarah Cheek Ball gown courtesy of Fashions by Robert Black 480.664.7770 www.fashionbyrobertblack.com Fine jewelry courtesy of E.D. Marshall Jewelers 480.922.1968 www.edmarshalljewelers.com
H E A R T B A LL
Grace & Gratitude
2010 Heart Ball Vice-Chair Brenda Howard Ball gown courtesy of Fashions by Robert Black 480.664.7770 www.fashionbyrobertblack.com Fine jewelry courtesy of W.R. Williams Fine Jewelry (602) 263-8404 www.wrwilliams.com
H E A R T B A LL
2010 Heart Ball Vice-Chair Lynn Love Ball gown courtesy of Fashions by Robert Black 480.664.7770 www.fashionbyrobertblack.com Fine jewelry courtesy of Robert C. Wesley Jewelers 480.947.2416 www.robertcwesleyjewelers.com
H E A R T B A LL
Grace & Gratitude
2010 Heart Ball Sweetheart Sandy Magruder Ball gown courtesy of Fashions by Robert Black 480.664.7770 www.fashionbyrobertblack.com Fine jewelry courtesy of Jacqueline Nerguizian Fine Jewelry 480.595.0452 www.jacqdesigns.com
H E A R T B A LL
2011 Heart Ball Chair Elect Julie Prusak Ball gown courtesy of Fashions by Robert Black 480.664.7770 www.fashionbyrobertblack.com Fine jewelry courtesy of James Elliot 480.368.9009 www.jameselliot.com
H E A R T B A LL
Grace & Gratitude
2010 Heart Ball Honorary Chairs Robin Lee and Rich Rector Ball gown courtesy of Fashions by Robert Black 480.664.7770 www.fashionbyrobertblack.com Fine jewelry courtesy of Lauren Cole Designs 480.948.1968 www.laurencoledesigns.com
PA R T I E S
Phoenix Symphony Encore
Jim Risoleo and Pam Overton
Julie and Conrad Prusak
Chad Howlett and Cari Szkotnicki
I HEAR A SYMPHONY … AND MORE Guests were treated to a great orchestra and Donna Summer, too. NEW DIRECTIONS C.A. Howlett steers the fundraiser in an innovative direction. GRACIOUS ENCORE Past event chairs were recognized for their contributions. SPECTACULAR NEW SETTING Guests were wowed by the opulence of the convention center’s new ballroom.
Sidney and Judy Zuber
Priscilla and Michael Nicholas
Ellen and Howard Katz
Richard and Sally Lehmann
Harriett and Jack Friedland
PA R T I E S
Dinner in the Stacks
Ginny and John Walsh
Jennifer Cramer and Laura Moser
Joshua Fletcher and Melanie Hansen
Kim and Dean Thomas
Jose Rodiles and Susan Lincoln
Char and Bill Hubble
FETCHING LIBRARIANS Chairs Char and Bill Hubble BOOKWORTHY ARCHITECTURE The Burton Barr Central Library FEAST OF INFORMATION Guests wined and dined surrounded by magnificent literature. GROOVE INTO THE GROOVE The Groove Merchants added the perfect hullabaloo.
Richard Stegg and Evie Berry
Photos courtesy of Tanner Flynn
Board of Visitors
The 57th Annual Board of Visitors Fashion Show Luncheon will be held Dec. 4 at the Arizona Biltmore Resort. Dillard’s will present the fashions and the 2011 Flower Girls will model along with grandchildren of Board of Visitors members. The featured grant beneficiary will be the St. Vincent de Paul’s Virginia Piper Children’s Dental Clinic. Meredith Walton and Katie Orcutt are co-chairs of this event.
into what is now St. Luke’s Hospital. The Board of Visitors offered moral support to the patients at the hospital and provided monetary support. When the hospital was sold to a for-profit organization in 1995, the membership dropped St. Luke’s from its name. The “new” Board of Visitors chose as its mission “serving the health care needs of women, children and the elderly.”
1970s. The Flower Girls have been involved since 1996. Over the years, what were the different venues for the fashion show? The first two fashion shows were held at the Phoenix Country Club. The show then moved to the Westward Ho’s Thunderbird Room. There were no reserved seats. When the doors opened, there was a “mad dash” to save a table. Goldwater’s presented fashions from Irene. The Townhouse was the next venue. After moving to the Registry in Scottsdale, designer clothing from the hit TV shows “Dynasty” and “Dallas” were presented. After the Registry, the show moved to the Camelback Inn and from there to the Biltmore.
What is the history behind the fashion show? The first fashion show was held in the 1950s. The show was presented at the Phoenix Country Club. Tea was served. 836 tickets were sold and $2,414 was donated to St. Luke’s Hospital. During the next few years, the designers came and personally presented their shows.
What revenues have been raised from Who are the Board of Visitors? The the fashion show? Since 1995, the show Board of Visitors, Arizona’s oldest has generated proceeds of more than charitable organization, began in 1908, four $1 million for our beneficiaries. years prior to Arizona’s statehood. Sixteen How long have the grandchildren of women from the Phoenix community and the Board of Visitors members and the Trinity Episcopal Mission were recruited Board of Visitors Flower Girls been to cheer up patients at the “St. Luke’s featured at the luncheons? They have Home,” a tuberculosis p h o t o gsanatorium. r a p h y Over & design studio been modeling in the show since the early the years, the “St. Luke’s Home” grew
In your estimation how many hours does it require to produce this event? It requires more than 500 volunteer hours with the help of our partners, the Arizona Biltmore Resort and Dillard’s. Our aim is the same: Make a difference. For information and reservations, please contact the Board of Visitors at 602.235.9554 or http://boardofvisitors.org.
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AWA R D S B ANQUE TS
Michelle Cook and Pat Morganosky
Tableau, Ryan House
Patty Stelton and Erika Oâ€™Connor with Ann Holmstrom
Sue Ann Aronson and Karen Wirrig
Vernon and Vicki Vaughn
Benito and Tina Mellino
Christi Warner and Paul Beyer
Debbie and Daryl Simons
TABLES TOP Designers vied for the best table decoration of the evening. HOPE SPRINGS ETERNAL Ryan House, a place for children, families and the support they need PEOPLE WITH TASTE International Furnishings and Design Assoc. carried off a great and unique event.
LU N C H EONS
Carrie Bell and Susan Van Dyke with Heather Novak
Amanda Eisenfeld and Marilyn Alexander
Jennifer Stringfellow-Moser and Mandy Haber
Mary Martin and Jill Krigsten with Beth Worsham
Robert Black and Doreen Picerne
Veva Eickelberg and Michelle Gerard with Mary Pace
SHOP TILL YOU GIVE Sales from boutiques benefitted Camp Sunrise and the Foundation for BlindÂ Children. SPLENDID SETTING Montelucia provided the perfect ambiance. DOVES OF PEACE Las Palomas made this great event happen.
TRENDS IN PHOENIX
By Bill Macomber
Step into excellence
A lot is up in the air about Arizona’s immigration law, including boycotts of the state. A San Diego businessman, Jason Ventetuolo, doesn’t like the idea that Arizona businesses have been (and in some cases still are being) boycotted. He started a Web site to sell silicone “Freedom Bands” for $3. The bands are embossed with “1787,” the year the U.S. Constitution was ratified. Half the proceeds from the bands will go to Arizona business affected by the boycott. Ventetuolo, a frequent political blogger, says the bands aren’t so much about taking a stand on the law (he’s married to a woman from Mexico), as they are about Constitutional freedom.
There’s an amazing talent behind Anita Joe Couture. Her exclusive high-end, hand-made boutique fashions reveal a finely tuned, dramatic sense of color, design and detail. Some of Anita Joe’s evening gowns require more than 100 hours of labor – stunning silk embroidery and beadwork on beautiful wools, linens and silks. She tackles the whole range of clothing. Day wear, business wear, cocktail, evening gowns, denim,
You can find Ventetuolo’s Web site at bandtogetherforfreedom.com.
accessories. This lady has a unique talent for it all. Don’t take our word. Check out her Web site at www.anitajoecouture.com. You’ll be impressed. Call Anita Joe at 602.995.6009. Her e-mail address is customerservice@ anitajoecouture.com.
Seasons 52 Biltmore Fashion Park is getting an edible addition. Seasons 52 will take a weekly approach to its menu with what’s ripe and ready for the plucking. That means aiming at “the peak of the flavor profile” for each menu. Cedar Plank Salmon, Caramelized Sea Scallops, Wood Roasted Pork (isn’t pork always in season?) and Spicy Chipotle Shrimp Flatbread with grilled pineapple, feta cheese and roasted poblano peppers give a brief preview. For décor, look for soft lighting, rich colors and lush greenery with wood and stone accents. A piano bar, too. The wine list looks outstanding. Seasons 52 is scheduled to open this fall. For more information, visit www.seasons52.com.
TRENDS IN PHOENIX
The Power of Pink
Chestnut Lane In a tough economy, Chestnut Lane Fine Foods boasts a 20 percent increase in business in the last year. The little café on the south side of Camelback near 44th Street does it all fresh – fresh-squeezed lemon and olive oil for dressings, freshly made pastries, cakes and cookies, turkey for sandwiches roasted in the tiny kitchen, and chicken soup made from Amish chickens. Except for the Amish chickens, owner Polly Levine uses ingredients from local, family-owned farms when possible and shoots for organic, sustainable produce. Sweet pickles, even, are made in-house. Everything’s done in small batches. Try something fresh for a change.
Valley-based Revolution Tea stormed the high-end tea market in 1998 and now sits on thousands of grocery store shelves. The wife of Revolution President David Watson, Christine, is a two-time breast cancer survivor. This personal involvement led to 3D Pink Grapefruit, a blend of white tea, fruit juice and vitamins in a chilled can. A portion of sales of Revolution’s 3D Pink Grapefruit will be donated to breast cancer charities. Pink grapefruit contains an antioxidant called lycopene. Antioxidants have been shown to neutralize free radicals in the body, the cellular damage of which can lead to diseases like cancer, according to the National Cancer Institute. Drink up and support the cause.
Chestnut Lane is at 4225 E. Camelback Road, Phoenix. Visit www.chestnutlanecafe.com or call 602.535.5439.
New facial in town For anyone who’s a Jan Marini fan, you can rejoice. Her signature line has come to the Joya Spa at Montelucia. She is the noted skin care researcher and glycolic acid pioneer, and her products help with acne, aging, sun damage and rosacea. They are acclaimed by the medical community for their therapeutic effects. Plus, you have the bonus of indulging in one of most magical spas in Arizona. If you haven’t visited Joya, you simply must.
Look for the 3D line at upscale food retailers. For more information, visit www.revolutiontea.com/3d.
Joya Spa is at 4949 E. Lincoln Drive, Paradise Valley. See www.joyaspa.com or call 888.691.5692 to book a Jan Marini facial.
Her name was glowla Her makeup kit was the secret to her seductive allure, her luminous complexion, her passionate pink pout. Benefit‘s new glowla kit brightens your face with a high-beam enhancer to hide shadows. Coral pink cheek powder sets the backdrop for drama, and 5-shade eye shadow palette brings the story to a climax. Glowla also includes mascara, brush and Life on the A List lip gloss. Shine a light on me, glowla. Look for it at Sephora now that the days have gotten shorter. Benefit is sold at Sephora or at www.sephora.com.
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Runway photos courtesy of Jennifer Polixenni Brankin
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Vassilios Kostetsos Runway photos courtesy of Jennifer Polixenni Brankin
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Beaux Arts 2010 Now in its 16th year, Beaux Arts 2010 will be a festive evening of fine art, hors d’oeuvres and supporters of the Scottsdale Artists’ School. Our annual fundraising event, which will be held 7 p.m. Nov. 13 at the school in downtown Scottsdale, offers for sale small works of art created by professional artists, many of whom teach at this nationally known school. Beaux Arts 2010 is co-chaired by Jane Horn and Kathy Van Arsdale, two longtime supporters – and students – at the school. What is the Scottsdale Artists’ School? Founded in 1983 by a group of artists and community leaders, Scottsdale Artists’ School is a nonprofit school offering more than 130 workshops and weekly classes each year in painting, drawing and sculpture. Located in the historic Loloma Elementary School, which was built in 1928, the school is dedicated to teaching the fundamentals of fine art to students of all abilities. Why are you chairing Beaux Arts? The school receives only a portion of its funding from tuition, and the rest of it must be raised through special events and donations. We both have taken many classes over the years and have enjoyed learning about art from some of the country’s best known professional artists. This event gives our supporters an opportunity to help the school while enjoying beautiful artwork, wonderful food and each other. What’s new this year? We are so fortunate that Richard Schmid has agreed to be our signature artist and has contributed an artwork for our auction! Mr. Schmid, who is best known for his alla prima painting style, is a master artist whose artwork can be found in prominent institutions such as the Smithsonian and the Gilcrease Museum. We are also very excited that Ruth Kaspar, who was executive director at the Scottsdale Artists’ School for many years, has agreed to be our honorary chair What can people expect to experience at Beaux Arts 2010? Guests will have an opportunity to bid on one or more of over 200 works of art by internationally and nationally known professional artists in all price ranges. We will have artist demonstrations, live music, hors d’oeuvres, and wine all in a festive, friendly atmosphere. Where does the money go? The proceeds from Beaux Arts go to support Scottsdale Artists’ School’s many adult and youth programs such as our Youth Academy, the Professional Development series for art school teachers, and the forensic art workshops we conduct for police artists. Guests can register the evening of the event at the school, 3720 N. Marshall Way, Scottsdale. Visit www.scottsdaleartschool.org or call the school at 480.990.1422.
The Linen Tree As the season of gift giving grows near, hectic schedules demand our time. Despite this we know how good it feels to find memorable gifts for our loved ones. The Linen Tree sells brands that have a rich history characterized by a passion for excellence. Case in point: Diptyque. Diptyque is a Parisian manufacturer of handmade fragranced candles, perfumes and lotions. Three artisans (Christiane Gautrot, Desmond Knox-Leet, and Yves Coueslant) opened a shop in Paris to showcase their avant-garde fabric designs and decorative items. It wasn’t long before the trio began to offer colored candles to match their fabrics. The candles are indisputably pure, safe and long-lasting. They are scented with delicately formed natural fragrances inspired by exotic travels and childhood memories. Diptyque fragrances capture the essences of green figs, orange blossoms, tuberose petals and black currant leaves. Perfect for everyday use, these fragrances capture the best of nature, boasting a knack for stirring up positive memories. They make the perfect gift for the coming round of holiday merrymaking, and Linen Tree owners Kirk and Mary Laibe are proud to offer this elegant French line. The Linen Tree is at 6137 N. Scottsdale Road, Suite 111, Scottsdale, (next to Starbucks). 480.483.2044. thelinentree.com
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Philosophy Founded locally in 1996, Philosophy is an internationally renowned favorite. The new Miracle Worker is an age-fighting treatment that delivers high-performance retinoid (HPR) formula on single-use pads to restore a healthy glow and improve the appearance of wrinkles and pores. Sephora, Nordstrom and Macy’s, among others, sell Philosophy products.
Urban Cookies Urban Cookies is a gourmet bakery making signature cookies and cupcakes using organic ingredients, European-style butter and local eggs. Opened in 2005 by a husband-and-wife team, they send out eco-friendly gift boxes. You can design your own box when ordering online. 4711 N. Seventh St., Phoenix. 602.451.4335 or www.urbancookies.com.
Galicia Fine Jewelers Sphinx Ranch Sphinx Ranch Gourmet Gift Market, a local, family-run business, creates gourmet gift baskets that include Arizona honey, salsas, jams, chips, coffees and brittles. Order online for local delivery or worldwide shipping or come into the market and enjoy a date shake while you shop! 3039 N. Scottsdale Road, Scottsdale. 800.482.3283 or www.sphinxdateranch.com.
Gypsy Bracelets, created by owner and local designer Lisa Garber at Galicia, come in a variety of gemstones and diamonds. Great worn alone or paired with your other favorite bracelets. Prices begin at $250. 4821 N. Scottsdale Road, Suite 105, Scottsdale. 480.421.9688 or www.galiciajewelers.com.
Ivo Pitanguy Active Body One dress – seven ways to wear it! This jersey knit maxi dress can be worn as a strapless, halter, one-shoulder, v-neck and more. Also comes in knee length. Active Body, a local favorite known for casual and yoga wear, is located at Scottsdale Road and Mercer Lane. 10830 N. Scottsdale Road, Scottsdale 480.905.8045.
Specifics Ultimate Eye Cream by Ivo Pitanguy is the miracle eye cream you’ve been looking for. Available at Neiman Marcus, Specifics targets deep wrinkles, loss of firmness and elasticity, puffiness and dark circles. The non-greasy, creamy texture goes on smooth and results are visible immediately.
Veterans Medical Leadership Council The eighth Heroes Luncheon hosted by the Veterans Medical Leadership Council, which is the group’s annual fundraiser, will start at 10:45 a.m. Nov. 5 at the Biltmore Resort. The VMLC is a group of military veterans who advocate initiatives that ensure needed medical care, enhance the quality of life and meet other needs for veterans and active military troops. Rita Brock-Perini, chairman of the VMLC Heroes One and All Luncheon, tells us about the luncheon and how it helps. How are the funds used? Funds are used to support programs that provide direct services. One example is the Returning Warriors Fund, which seeks to offer financial aid for food, rent, mortgage, transportation and to help prevent homelessness. There’s also the help for homeless veterans, including daily lunches and dental care at veterans’ shelters. We have an annual Veterans Stand-Down, a weekend offering veterans a one-stop site for many services. What permanent care do you support? We include financial support for postdeployment clinics. These include posttraumatic stress disorder programs, traumatic brain injury and blinded veteran clinics offering state-of-the-art treatment for combat-related mental health needs and treatment for injuries sustained as a result of improvised explosive devices. The VMLC also has sponsored the Veterans Day Parade since 1999. It will be held this year at 11 a.m. Nov. 11, starting at the V.A. Medical Center at Seventh Street and Indian School Road. Why is the VMLC important to you? I come from an American family of Hispanic descent, with a proud military history. My father and his seven brothers fought their way across the South Pacific, and my father, a Marine, was in Iwo Jima when the American flag was raised by Marines. During the Vietnam War, my youngest brother enlisted in the Marine Corps at the age of 17, while I served as an officer in the U.S. Air Force (Nurse Corps). A nephew served in Iraq with the Utah National Guard in 2009. We have done so to assure that we continue to be a free nation, to preserve our American way of life, and so our children will enjoy those freedoms for which all who serve have sacrificed so much.
W E D D I N G B E LL S
THE COUPLE Courtney Lyn Sierk Brian Taylor Gaintner MEET THE PARENTS Bonnie and Bob Sierk of Scottsdale Nancy and LeRoy Gaintner of Paradise Valley NUPTIALS The Royal Palms Resort THE FLOWERS White House Design Studio THE HONEYMOON Maui and Kauai SOMETHING DIFFERENT % Nine nieces and nephews of the bride and groom were part of the wedding party.
% The ring bearers carried the rings on pillows made of lace from the bride’s mother’s wedding dress.
% Wedding photos of the bride and groom’s parents and grandparents were displayed around the cake.
Brophy Fashion Show On Nov. 3, Saks Fifth Avenue and the Camelback Inn will feature the Brophy Mothers’ Guild Annual Fashion Show, and if you haven’t ever attended you are in for a treat. Brophy seniors choose their favorite Saks ensemble and give the crowd of about 1,200 women (and some intrepid dads) a great afternoon of great fashions and hope. Who benefits from this event? For more than 20 years, Brophy has done this show to support the Brophy Financial Aid Fund. Fifteen years ago Brophy was giving out almost $400,000 in financial aid a year. In 2010-11, the financial aid budget is $2.6 million! This show has been a big part of adding to financial aid awards. Who are the organizers? The Brophy Mothers’ Guild plays an integral role in the support of Brophy by sponsoring events such as the fashion show, supporting Brophy’s retreat programs, student life and faculty.
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What are you most proud of? One of Brophy’s finest qualities is that it can make the statement that no young man who qualifies to attend Brophy will be denied the opportunity because of financial need. Brophy’s admissions process is a “needblind” system, that is, students get in based on their qualifications, then apply for aid. If a young man proves need, Brophy will find a way to make sure he is assisted. How can people get involved? If folks cannot attend the show, Brophy would appreciate a donation, which will go directly into the financial aid fund. There are students at Brophy who get tuition, computer help, some clothing, spending money and support for extracurricular activities. Why do you support this event? Brophy is self-supporting with a balanced budget. Its teachers are the highest paid in the county, and every dollar of tuition covers the cost of education. Money raised by the Mothers’ Guild, Dads’ Club and the development office goes directly to the enrichment of the students and the community. How can people get in touch with you? For more information e-mail Adria Renke, Brophy vice president, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
St. Vincent de Paul Restoring Hope Breakfast The Restoring Hope Break is the largest fundraiser for the Society of St. Vincent de Paul. The breakfast provides a way for people from around the Valley and across Arizona to learn about the many programs and services available to the homeless and working poor. Susan and John Junker explain why the Nov. 19 breakfast at the Arizona Biltmore Resort – and the mission of St. Vincent’s – is so important. What does St. Vincent de Paul do? By providing charity dining rooms, a medical and dental clinic, transitional housing and other programs, St. Vincent de Paul empowers homeless and working poor individuals to become self-sufficient. Why should people attend? We’re certain that many guests will be surprised by the extent of services provided to clients and the great care and compassion with which they are treated. Hearts will be touched to hear first-hand how lives have been changed, one by one. A voluntary donation will be requested at the end of the program. Why did you decide to chair this event? We have been familiar with the work of St. Vincent de Paul for many years, and we admire the many people we’ve met who work so hard to serve others. Serving as chairs is really somewhat of a misnomer – in truth, there’s a breakfast organizing committee composed of about 25 key volunteers. How does it feel to chair an event as husband and wife? We’ve made it through this far without either of us considering resigning from the committee, so we’ll stay on. Conflicts never happen because John always does exactly and precisely what Susan tells him to do. Why should someone support St. Vincent de Paul? If a person believes it is important to help those in need, I’d advocate that there is also an obligation to do so most efficiently. St. Vincent de Paul does its work incredibly efficiently, not only because of their dedicated volunteers, but also because they are acknowledged experts. Visit www.stvincentdepaul.net to RSVP. Or call 602.266.4673.
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