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Publisher La Dolce Vita


Society Vino con Stelle


Company Profile Scott Grigg


Spotlight Phoenix Art Museum


Society PANDA


Fashion and Style Samantha’s Favorite Finds

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Arizona Humane Society Pets of the Month


Society 2021 A Grand Toast to Barrow


Inner-View Suzanne and Michael Lawton


Inner-View Sandy and Mike Hecomovich


Inner-View Diane Might


Inner-View Kolby Moffatt


Trends in Dining The Lincoln


Society Board of Visitors Flower Girls 2020


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ON THE COVER 2021 Barrow Grand Ball A Grand Toast to Barrow Photos by Jared Pladd

Publisher: BILL DOUGHERTY Editor-in-Chief: BETTY McRAE Travel Editors: LAUREN AND IAN WRIGHT Food Writer: LAURIE FLORENCE-MANUCCI Advertising Manager: PATRICE METZLER 480.276.2282 | Executive Consultants: TRISHA ANTHONY | SUZANNE EDER | HEATHER MORRISON Art Direction: STEPHANIE SWEET, SWEET DESIGNS Fashion Photographers: SCOTT FOUST | JOHN HALL Senior Society Photographers: SALLY AND PETER KRZYKOS Trends Makeup and Hair Stylist: LAURA FLAGLER | KAREN HALL | MARY BETH YORK Design and Style Editors: CHRISTOPHER COFFIN | RICHARD DORIA BARBARA KAPLAN | PATSY LOWRY Fashion Editors: SAMANTHA DEROSE | HILLARY LITTLETON Health and Wellness Editors: LAURENE HAYDEN | JOHN SPEAD Protocol Editor: HEATHER WAGENHALS Society Editors: CAROL BENNETT | GEORGE BENNETT | J.J. BREWER GRACE CARPENTER | VERONICA COOK | MAYA FOX GAIL LITTLETON | MICHELLE ROONEY | KATHY SCHEIB FRANK SCHMUCK | BOB STEARNS | NICOLE STEARNS CONNIE SUNDAY | SHEREE TWITTY Certified Public Accountants: THOMAS S. HOLLY, CPA, PLLC Printing: INTERACTIVE PRINT SOLUTIONS Information Technology: BEN AMES Music Production: CHRIS BECKLEY/THE PRODUCTION GROUP Fashion Coordinator: MARGARET MERRITT Trends Charitable Fund Board members are Marilyn Alexander, Nikki Balich, Charlene Berge-Blum, Carol Cook, Lee Courtney, Molly Stockley and Susie Wesley SUBSCRIPTIONS: To guarantee receiving every issue of TRENDS, send a check for $25 (one year), $45 (two years) or $70 (three years) to Trends executive office (address below). Subscription will start the next month of publication. No refunds. Please send checks and address changes to: TRENDS Publishing 5150 E. Orchid Lane, Paradise Valley, AZ 85253 Phone: (480) 990-9007 Website: Trends Magazine is also distributed at AJ’s Fine Foods locations including: Central Ave., Camelback Rd., Lincoln Dr., Pinnacle Peak Rd. and The Paper Place, Marshall Way, Scottsdale Published monthly October – May by Trends Publishing. Editorial E-mail: Advertising E-mail: © 2021 ISSN 0742-034X



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Hostess Gifts for Any Occasion By Hillary Littleton When showing up to a soiree with a bottle of wine seems too contrived, one must think outside the (gift) box. Impressing that friend who is a master entertainer, world traveler or simply just “has everything” surely is no easy feat. Look no further than these thoughtful finds that will show both your gratitude and impeccable taste as you move through your social events ahead.

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Juliska Florence Pitcher $185 at Neiman Marcus


Kim Seybert Sunprint 6-Piece Linen Cocktail Napkin Set $90 at Saks Fifth Avenue

Assouline Amalfi Coast Coffee Table Book $95 at Saks Fifth Avenue,

Lexon Design, Twin Mino+ Portable Bluetooth Speaker Set $50 at Neiman Marcus

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LA DOLCE VITA The Season October to May By Bill Dougherty

If Jennifer Moser and Oliver Badgio don’t go down in history as the

Merritt and Kitty Broderick, both

greatest hosts ever, then I don’t know what. Anyway, the other day the

who are integral parts of our maga-

two, one being a fabulous public relations agent and the other the

zine’s fashion and style component.

Chief Brand Officer at Prime Steak Concepts or Dominick’s, Ocean

Trends Charitable fund President and

and Steak 44, as they are better known to us, thew a great party. They

top model Susie Wesley introduced

came up with the idea of hosting our 2021 Fabulous Phoenician Tim

the 2021 board: Marilyn Alexander, Nikki Balich, Charlene Berge-

Braun and our 10 new Trendsetters: Ruby Farias, Ronnie Kiefer,

Blum, Carol Cook, Lee Courtney and Molly Stockley. The after-

Tracy Lytle, Sally Odegard, Diane O’Malley, Lisa Portigal, Kristen

noon was simply spectacular from start to finish. Champagne and

Sandquist, Robyn Snyder, Stacie Stephenson and Sandra Wilken.

passed hors d’ oeuvres greeted all who entered, followed by an

Ocean 44, not open for lunch, threw open its doors for this fantastic

extraordinary luncheon, dessert and coffee. Each Trendsetter was

group along with the staff of the magazine which included Betty

presented with our traditional yellow rose, a flower presented since

McRae, Patsy Lowry, Heather Wagenhals (who I forgot to intro-

1985. Mr. Braun received a yellow boutonniere. Everyone was intro-

duce,) Beth McRae, Barbara Kaplan and Patrice Metzler. Sally and

duced to one another and the afternoon was a smashing success!

Peter Krzykos who have been with Trends since the early 1980s, were

Together Trends and the Trends Charitable fund cannot thank

there, too. We are so delighted to have them back again after they

Mrs. Moser and Mr. Badgio enough for everything they did on the

took time away to raise two beautiful children. They are always a wel-

beautiful spring afternoon. Together they created memories for

come addition to any charity ball, and they are always the very best

these 11 people that will last a lifetime.

ballroom dancers in the room! We also included lovely Margaret


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People are talking about Sally Tryhus and Christine Watson. The two beautiful ladies have been hand-selected to chair the famed Honor Ball 2021. So, the other evening Sue Fletcher summoned me to the opulent home of Ina and Murry Manaster, for the ball’s

Pictured: Sandy Trznadel, Laurie Florkiewicz, Sue Fletcher, Ina Manaster and Christine Watson

kickoff. I never grow tired of being in their home and every time I’m there, I discover something new. They are always two of the greatest hosts and two of the most beautifully dressed and nicest people in town. From anywhere in the room, you could see Laurie Florkiewicz, Sandy and Frank Trznadel, Lynn Lancaster,

Anyway, the big ball is slated for December 4, 2021, at the

Vicki Vaughn, Patty and Keith Withycombe, Harriet and Jack

Camelback Inn. Maybe Mr. Watson will wear his “Gucci” tennis

Friedland, Sara Lee, Helene and Joe Presutti, and Priscilla and

shoes with his tux? You get the picture! That moment alone was

Michael Nicholas. If you walk into a party and see Mr. Nicholas,

worth making the impressive guest list. What a blast!

you might as well just go home, because he’s always going to look better than everyone else. Natalie and Ed Gaylord were there, too, and so was Lisa Kahn, Kolby Moffatt (our Barrow cover girl,) Amy and Ray Thurston, Prue and Gil Brito and others too numerous to mention. I was particularly taken by David Watson’s sporty and rakish approach to cocktail attire, which included blinding white tennis shoes. When I mocked him as I often do, he informed them that the footwear, better suited for a gymnasium, were “Gucci.” Dear God!

GOTCHA! Two women who have rolled in more mud than a barnyard animal better be careful. You might remember that both passed severe judgement on another socialite, even though their past is more clouded that a thunderstorm. Given your sordid backgrounds, ladies, it might be best to just sit this one out. Hell, hath no fury than a woman scorned.

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Advancing Health Innovations in Arizona As president & CEO of AZBio, Joan Koerber-Walker works with hundreds of organizations that are discovering, developing, and delivering treatments and cures for some of our greatest health challenges. For a decade, Joan has worked with Arizona’s leading universities, hospitals, research institutions, and companies to advance health innovations for people in Arizona and around the world. Our Trends Team caught up with Joan to learn what’s happening today and what’s on the horizon. What’s happening today? Over the last two decades, Arizona has made major investments in our universities and our healthcare delivery systems. The result is new discoveries that can lead advancements in cancer care, pain management, neurological diseases and more. These investments also provided needed resources as COVID-19 spread across Arizona. What’s on the horizon? More treatments and cures for some of the world’s greatest health challenges. What keeps you up at night? That the health solution someone needs now is not ready for them yet. That is why AZBio is working to create AZAdvances. This endowment-based model is designed to invest in early-stage life science companies and get the health innovations moving forward faster. How can we learn more? has the latest news from across Arizona’s health innovation sector and provides opportunities where all of us can come together to help advance the treatments and cures that patients are waiting for.


VINO CON STELLE 2021 Stacie and Dick Stephenson should have been quite pleased with the tremendous outcome they had just the other evening at the Royal Palms Resort. Their celebration of fine wines and people centered around a grand cocktail reception and dinner. This was followed by a fine and hugely successful auction spearheaded by non-other than Leticia Frye. They raised tons of money. The eyes have it! Kristine Thompson arrived and departed with the most magnificent smokey eyes and copper-frosted lips. She was heart-

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stopping! Jane Christensen stole the show in sequins and beads to the floor. Always one of the most beautiful ladies in the room. Larry Fitzgerald was honored for his quiet and extraordinary philanthropy. Everyone was delighted to finally gather for the first time in a year. The White House Design Studio created sheer wonderment under the stars with spring flora and a fairytale environment. It was a brilliant affair!

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SOCIETY OF CHAIRS Just the other evening a roomful of luminaries gathered to honor leaders in the nonprofit world. Emceed by Carey Pena and Andrea Tyler Evans, the event had a great vibe, especially since people were so elated to be out and dressed to the nines. The always-fabulous Billie Jo Herberger took top honors while her handsome hubby Jude watched. Oscar de las Salas and Gary Jackson received a special award which was well deserved. This event really brings home the fact that we have an incredibly charitable and vibrant community. Congrats to all of the honorees!

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Jennifer Moser and Liz Agboola

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Paradise Valley’s Go-To Realtor Sees Big Demand After over a year of living and working at home amidst a global pandemic, luxury living has become a top priority. So much so, that not only are AZ residents looking to upgrade, but out of state buyers from California, Seattle, New York and Chicago are heading to the Valley of the Sun in droves to find that perfect mix of indoor/outdoor living not nearly matched by their apartment home lifestyle. “Right now our inventory is at a historical low within the luxury home market,” said Scott Grigg, owner of The Grigg’s Group and the go-to realtor for Paradise Valley. “The quality of life that Arizona offers is in the spotlight following the pandemic; 300+ days of sunshine with expansive patios, pools and outdoor living amenities combined with top of the line luxury indoor amenities; such as home theaters, chef’s kitchens, gyms, and even indoor air quality has become key for our buyers.” While one would think the opposite may be the case; as jobs, companies and industries have been at stake during these uncertain times; the pandemic has made home life, comfort and luxury a top priority. Grigg’s year-over-year revenue proves this point, as his team is on track to close over $120M in sales for 2021 (compared to $88.5M in 2020). With anywhere from 40-50 listings at a time, closing nearly 100 homes per year, The Grigg’s Group sees no sign of slowing down. “We currently don’t have enough product to handle the demand we’re seeing,” said Grigg. “The out-of-state buyers specifically see Arizona as a bargain compared to what they see in their own back yards, so they are buying up everything.” Not just focusing on private listings, Grigg’s team also handles resort-style living projects at posh resorts such as The Phoenician and Mountain Shadows. “If buyers aren’t able to get a private listing, having the option of buying at a resort is oftentimes more attractive due to the additional amenities and lack of a need for upkeep,” said Grigg. “We only have two opportunities left at our Village at Mountain Shadows Community (which includes 40 single family homes ranging from $2M-$9M), two left at our Village at Paradise Reserve at 39th St and Lincoln (where there are a total of 46 homes ranging from $1.9M-$2.8M and hillside homes ranging from $3M-$8M), Ironwood Golf Villas only has four listings left and we have already closed 13 properties at the Phoenician.” In order to handle the demand, Grigg’s client Seven Desert Mountain also has three move-in-ready homes available. Is there an end in sight or will the market continue on like this through year’s end? Time will tell but in the meantime Grigg’s clients are taking advantage of the low interest rates. “Many that would

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Splendid Visions Over the past 60 years, Phoenix Art Museum has developed a distinctive Asian art collection of more than 6,000 objects from China, Japan, India, Sri Lanka, and beyond, thanks to the deep generosity of donors from across the Valley of the Sun, including the late Amy and Robert Clague, who passed away in 2020 and 1995, respectively. From 1982 to 2020, the Clagues gifted more than 300 objects to the Museum’s Asian art collection, a selection of which will be on view this spring. Opening April 24, 2021, Splendid Visions: Gifts From the Robert and Amy Clague Collections spans four decades and showcases intricately carved Hindu manuscripts, vibrant textiles, and masterfully crafted dishes, vases, and censers. “Amy and Robert Clague were visionary collectors who, over the years, gifted many works to Phoenix Art Museum with the goal of bringing them to

Unknown, Buddhist ritual diadem, Ming dynasty. Silk of broken twill weave, embroidered with polychrome silk threads using laid and couched, split, satin and outline stitches. Collection of Phoenix Art Museum, Gift of Amy S. Clague.

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Unknown, Incense burner with sculptural handles and cover, Qing dynasty, early 18th century. Cloisonné enamel. Collection of Phoenix Art Museum, Museum purchase and gift of Mr. Robert H. Clague.

Unknown, Champion vase, Qing dynasty, first half 18th century. Cloisonné enamel. Collection of Phoenix Art Museum, Museum purchase and gift of Mr. Robert H. Clague.


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PANDA LUNCHEON Chase Field provided a unique venue for the now world-famous PANDA luncheon. The brainchild of several philanthropists, the afternoon is now one of the most successful in the state. The vast amount of funds raised this year went to finding cures for childhood disorders. For more than two

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decades, PANDA has collaborated with the Steel Children’s Research Center. The PANDA Vision of Research Project more than met their goal. Field of Dreams was the title of this year’s luncheon and judging from their success, dreams certainly do come true.

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2021 FABULOUS PHOENICIAN AND TRENDSETTERS CELEBRATE AT OCEAN 44 On a beautiful spring afternoon, Champagne corks popped, and a group of beautiful and well – accomplished people arrived at Ocean 44 to raise their respective glasses to our Fabulous Phoenician Tim Braun and our ten 2021 Trendsetters Ruby Farias, Ronnie Kiefer, Tracey Lytle, Sally Odegard, Diane O’Malley, Lisa Portigal, Kristen Sandquist, Robin Snyder, Stacie Stephenson and Sandra Wilken. The afternoon was a

Stacie Stephenson and Molly Stockley

great success and perfect from start to finish. These fine individuals have done so much to make our community a better place for so many in need. We were delighted to toast their success! This tradition dates back to 1985 and is the first in the state to honor women for their outstanding civic and charitable contributions.

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Marilyn Alexander, Molly Stockley, Carol Cook, Charlene Berge Blum and Susie Wesley

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2021 Trendsetters with Tim Braun

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Photos courtesy of Sally and Peter Krzykos

Cagney An absolutely gorgeous girl, Cagney loves to show off her stunning good looks any time she prances into the play yards at the Arizona Humane Society. The twoyear-old German shepherd certainly is a sight to behold any time she walks around but especially when she shows off how athletic she is while playing. Transferred to AHS through its New Hope program from Maricopa County Animal Care and Control when they were too overrun with pets, it has been found that this cute pup loves all of the attention to herself and would be best as the only pet in the home. And although Cagney can be a bit shy at first, it takes no time at all for her to warm up when she gets treats in exchange for showing off how well she knows all her basic commands (she’s not all looks)! Meet Cagney (658948) at AHS’ Campus for Compassion location off 15th Ave. and Dobbins Rd. in Phoenix by scheduling a Virtual Adoption by Appointment at Her adoption fee is $350 and includes her spay surgery, current vaccinations, a microchip and a free follow-up wellness exam with a VCA Animal Hospital.


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With big, bright yellow eyes and a silky mane, anyone who comes into contact with Simone cannot help but be mesmerized by her charm. The loving four-year-old domestic longhair kitty is quite the showstopper and even has some natural auburn highlights throughout her raven fur. Simone was rescued by an Arizona Humane Society Cruelty Investigator in February of this year after she was found abandoned. Once in AHS’ care, it was found that she had a little kitty cold and needed some time to heal with a loving Foster Hero. Now that she is back to feeling like her regular self, Simone would love to go to a cat savvy home who understands all her adorable quirks and will give her shiny coat a nice brushing to help keep it in tip-top shape. Meet Simone (657700) at AHS’ Campus for Compassion location off 15th Ave. and Dobbins Rd. in Phoenix by scheduling a Virtual Adoption by Appointment at Her adoption fee is $50 and includes her spay surgery, current vaccinations, a microchip and a free follow-up wellness exam with a VCA Animal Hospital.


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Mike Hecomovich and Sandy Hecomovich, Women’s Board 2020 Chairman Photos by Jared Pladd



Michael T. Lawton, MD, President and CEO of Barrow Neurological Institute and Chair of Department of Neurosurgery and Suzanne Lawton


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Diane Might and Kolby Moffatt, Co-Chairs Barrow Grand Ball 2021

Photos by Jared Pladd



Expanding the Reputation of Barrow Neurological Institute Where are you both originally from and how did you meet? SL: I am from West Virginia. ML: I am originally from Chicago. We met in the ICU (Intensive Care Unit) when I was a surgical intern, and Suzanne was an ICU nurse. Her level of kinetic energy and warmth at the same time drew me to her. Do you have any hobbies together as a couple? ML: We enjoy hiking, skiing, trail running, mountain biking, writing, and swimming. With such busy schedules, how do you plan time for the two of you? SL: Weekends are key. ML: We had a home in Tahoe and would spend our weekends skiing together in the winter. We enjoy miscellaneous sports in the summer. Mrs. Lawton, what are your interests and passions? SL: I enjoy hiking, horseback riding, photography, swimming, writing, gardening, and mountain biking. Dr. Lawton, when you eventually retire, what would you hope your Barrow legacy will be? ML: To expand the reputation of Barrow Neurological Institute. I want to walk out the doors on my last day having brought Barrow a stronger research


focus to complement our clinical prowess. I also hope to have made it a magnet for entrepreneurial clinician-scientists who have an interest in innovation. Plus, a few buildings to expand campus … Dr. Lawton, what big plans do you have for the future of Barrow Neurological Institute? ML: My goal is to change the nature of health care through big data, transparency, and an “Institute of Excellence” model of delivery. You can watch this journey by following me on Instagram @michael_t_lawton.


Couple Shares Passion to Support Barrow Neurological Institute What drew you both to Barrow in the first place? SH: The quality of the organization, the research they do and the lives that they save were instrumental in my desire to become involved with Barrow. Being a member of the Barrow Women’s Board fulfills all of those goals. The women are amazing and wonderfully dedicated. MH: I was asked by some friends to serve on the board. When I looked into its mission and quality of blending research and clinical performance, I was impressed and wanted to get involved. Did you ever think that your separate work on the Foundation and Women’s Board would bring you together someday? SH: I joined several years before Mike and we both had many reasons for joining. The fact that we both ended up in leadership roles on the respective boards at similar times was totally coincidental. We are for sure a dedicated Barrow Family and very supportive of the organization. MH: No, but Sandy’s involvement in the Women’s Board was a major factor in my joining BNF Board. What do you consider the best part about working on the Foundation and the Women’s Board? SH: The best part has been the ability to help raise needed funds for the life-changing research and clinical projects. Also, making referrals for friends and family to help them get diagnosis and extraordinary care for a number of neurological diseases. MH: The significant impact we are able to make on research and clinical procedures that save lives. Where do you hope to see the Women’s Board and the Foundation in 5 years? SH & MH: We would like to see the Barrow brand continue to build and have the BNI (Barrow Neurological Institute) recognized as the #1 Neuroscience Institute in the world. Do you both volunteer for Barrow exclusively or do you both have other philanthropic interests? SH: I have been involved in many Community Organizations in the past; JDRF, Fiesta Bowl, Valley Leadership, Heart Ball, etc. However, out of all of them, I am most passionate about Barrow! Since taking over running the family business nine years ago when my father’s health started to fail, Barrow has been the only one I have made time for, serving on a number of committees,

including 2016 Ball Co-Chair and just ended my term as Barrow Women’s Board Chairman. I couldn’t be more honored and thrilled to donate all of my charitable activities and time to this very worthwhile cause! MH: We are mainly focused on Barrow, but I also serve on the board for the US Naval Academy Foundation and was a past Chairman for the Fiesta Bowl. What are your hobbies? SH: Golf, traveling and our new puppy Khloe. MH: Golf, working out, building our businesses. If you each got to select 3 couples living or dead to come to your dinner party, who would they be? SH: Cinderella & Prince Charming (Love the story, reminds me of Mike & me), Princess Diana & Elton John (both interesting with challenging lives), Queen Victoria & Prince Albert. (Can you tell I am the romantic, whimsical one?) MH: Abraham & Mary Todd Lincoln ( Mary Todd is a distant cousin), John Ross, (well-known Chief of Cherokee Nation – Indian Name was Tsan-Usdi), my mom was part Cherokee, John Paul Jones, one of the founders of the US Navy.



Barrow Grand Ball Co-Chairs “Pivot” Towards Success How long have you been affiliated with the Barrow Neurological Women’s Board? I received a call from Carole Moreno nine years ago to join the Board. It was an honor to be asked to raise funds for this exceptional institute in the heart of Phoenix and to serve with such a dynamic group of women. Have you been involved in events or boards other than Barrow? Yes – Being chosen as a Trendsetter in 2004 was a result of my various community leadership roles both in education and non-profit fundraising. Did you volunteer to co-chair the Ball in 2021, or was it assigned to you? When you join the Board, it is understood that you will eventually be asked to chair or co-chair the Ball. Sandy Hecomovich, this year’s Women’s Board Chairman, did a great job selecting Kolby and myself for our complementary skills, experience, and connections. We became known as “Team M & M” and are now BFF’s. What was the most difficult part of making “A Toast to Barrow” happen? By October 2020, it was clear that we would have to make a grand “pivot” into uncharted territory. Coordinating a virtual event production in a short amount of time was challenging, but also exhilarating to have the opportunity to think “outside the box.” How did you come up with this winning and successful concept for the event? We pulled together a talented team to brainstorm a creative virtual event to honor our constituents and celebrate our friendships. The event needed to be personal, elegant, heartfelt, impactful, fun, and inspire our donors to continue their generous support. From our feedback, the production met all of our goals! Michael Barnard of the Phoenix Theatre was instrumental in crafting a fun parody of the Hairspray song, “You Can’t Stop the Beat”, into “Barrow Can’t be Beat.” In addition, we have to thank Matt Wright from BNF Marketing, Jeff Halpern from ZenVideo, Jim Manley from Manley Films and Mark Tarbell for exceeding our event expectations. Do you plan to return to the opulent Grand Ballroom affair if things return to normal in 2022? Absolutely. The Barrow Grand Ball 2022 is scheduled for January 22nd at the Arizona Biltmore!


What are your hobbies outside of Barrow? Ocean sailing, skiing, snow shoeing and hiking What 7 people living or dead would you each invite to your dinner party? Having lived in Washington, D.C. for 20 years, the following come to mind. These powerful leaders exemplify solving complex issues through dialogue rather than the monologue that we so often see today. Katherine Graham – First Female CEO of a Fortune 500 company; The Washington Post, and DC hostess extraordinaire, Margaret Thatcher – former Prime Minister of the United Kingdom; Clarence Thomas – Supreme Court Justice; Steve Jobs – Co-founder of Apple and Technology Guru; Billy Graham – Religious Leader; Thomas Sowell – Economist and Ronald Reagan – former President of the United States.


Barrow Grand Ball Co-Chairs “Pivot” Towards Success How long have you been affiliated with the Barrow Women’s Board?

I have just finished my 3rd year on the Barrow Women’s Board. It is such an honor to serve on this board that is full of accomplished and driven women. And, a privilege to raise funds for such a deserving institution such as The Barrow Neurological Insititute. Have you been involved in events or boards other than Barrow?

I have been a member of Board of Visitors for the past 8 years. I have been on the TGen Key to the Cure committee, as well as TGen Women’s Auxiliary. I am currently a member of the Ladies of the Court and will be Co-chairing the Legacy Luncheon next March 2022. Did you volunteer to co-chair the Ball in 2021, or was it assigned to you?

Sandy Hecomovich, Women’s Board Chairman, asked if Diane and I would be interested. Diane and I had only met briefly prior, so we didn’t know each other well. But, as soon as we started working together, we became fast friends…forever friends. What was the most difficult part of making “A Toast to Barrow” happen?

The year itself, having to deal with the uncertainties that COVID was creating was probably the most difficult aspect. Making the firm decision to go virtual with our event was also very difficult. There were so many twists and turns along the way and we found out very quickly that we needed to be flexible and resilient. We became masters of “The Pivot”. How did you come up with this winning and successful concept for the event?

Our traditional Barrow Grand Ball is not a fundraiser, it is a celebration and thank you to our donors. We wanted to stay true to this and also add a little entertainment, and add impactful stories of how our donors’ contributions are being well spent. We are so proud of BNI and really wanted to highlight our doctors, nurses, researchers, and staff. Thankfully, we had creative people who stepped up to the plate to lend a hand; including Michael Barnard of The Phoenix Theatre Company, Jeff Halpern of Zen Video, Manley Films, our own Matt Wright, Megan Bourbeau, and the entire team at the Barrow Neurological Foundation.

Do you plan to return to the opulent Grand Ballroom affair if things return to normal in 2022? Yes. We already have our date reserved for January 22, 2022 What are your hobbies outside of Barrow? Biking, skiing, hiking, and golfing. What 7 people living or dead would you each invite to your dinner party? I love being with my family, so the first three people on the list would be my husband, Kenny, our son, Luke, and our daughter, Cassie. If we are talking a Barrow dinner party, then I would round out the last four spots with this year’s Barrow Grand Ball team of Diane and Tom Might, and Sandy and Mike Hecomovich. We have lots to celebrate!!!



Paradise Valley at Its Very Best The Verve When the restaurant originally opened several years ago, it had a spartan and cold vibe. But since COVID forced so many places to reinvent the wheel, the look is now airier. The establishment has added additional flora and greenery. The decor is much improved. If you can, book a table on the outside patio. Soft music plays as you sip cocktails and gaze at the remarkable views of Camelback Mountain. The service is typical of a Marriott property. It’s always outstanding! Starters Try the Lobster Escargot. This is a unique spin on traditional escargot and a nice option for people who don’t enjoy snails. The Shrimp Cocktail was fantastic. The shrimp were huge and tasted as though they had just been caught. We also suggest the blue cheese wedge salad. The portion is certainly big enough to split. The bacon, crisp lettuce and hunks of blue cheese are as expected but a very nice combination of flavors. You can soak up the salad dressing with the enormous cheese-infused popovers that greet you upon arrival. You’ll try to be good and pull off just a little bit and then you will quickly find yourself eating the entire bread creation and with butter too! Mains While The Lincoln is traditionally a streak house, they also offer a wide variety of fish too. The Agave Whiskey Glazed Salmon is tremendous and there is also a catch of the day. The restaurant offers several mari-


nated chicken and pork selections as well as a Vegan dish. The steak is simply amazing. The flavors and tenderness are perfection. We tried the Cedar River Filet Mignon 9 oz. It seemed far bigger than 9 ounces. The Oscar-style preparation of the Dungeness crab and hollandaise sauces combined with the juices of the meat were perfect. One of the very best steaks in our opinion.

Sides There are a ton of fine side dishes to add to your huge, portioned meals here. We suggest the Brussel Sprouts with pancetta and seasoned raisins. Then try the Mac N Cheese, which is so full of a variety of cheeses, you’ll eat the whole thing at once. The mashed potatoes and steak fries were also great, and all the sides arrived piping hot and very generous. Desserts Our server suggested two confections that didn’t disappoint. The cheesecake, again a huge offering and simply perfect. The graham cracker crust alone was worth eating by itself. The cheesecake was light and fluffy. The bread pudding was our next offering. Many people complain that most bread pudding has raisins in it. Thankfully, this one did not. Again, fantastic from start to finish and served with one heck of a whiskey sauce. The Columbian coffee was to die for! In the End Marriott has done a tremendous job with the restaurant. They needed to. Many had complained about the lack of ambiance, slow service and mediocre food. All of this has been resolved. The atmosphere is greatly improved. The service is excellent. The food is perhaps some of the best in the Valley and the portions are so very generous. There were problems with this restaurant and as far as we could see, they have all been addressed. The Lincoln is one of the finest dining establishments the city has to offer. Yes, it’s that good! Lincoln Steakhouse at JW Marriott’s Camelback Inn 5402 E Lincoln Dr. • Scottsdale, AZ 85253 Tel. (480) 905-7979


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By Susannah Marren Susannah Marrren returns to readers yet again with another tale of the rich and famous. She has managed to do this several times in the past in her Dominick Dunn writing style. Her latest offering takes us to the smooth sands of Palm Beach. Beautiful ladies sip martinis in Lilly Pulitzer shifts, poolside at The Colony hotel. Then they snap on their Tory Burch sandals as they walk up and down Worth Avenue in search of the perfect ball gown for their next charity ball. Men are handsome here. They stalk the bars of Taboo and Café L’Europe in navy blue blazers, khakis, and sockless Gucci loafers in a quest for the next big catch. Elodie and Aubrey are the beautiful offspring of Veronica and Simon Cutler. They are a dynamic Palm Beach family that moves easily in the circles of the affluent. While Aubrey has fled the wealthy enclave for South Beach with her band-promoting boyfriend, Elodie is the personification of all things Palm Beach. She is perfect in every way, but together with her handsome husband cannot conceive a child. The sisters conjure up an idea that will surely end in one of the biggest scandals the Florida retreat has seen, but that’s only the tip of the iceberg. For decades Palm Beach has fascinated. The coastal barrier island has had its fair share of fashion designers, political scandals, and racy newspaper headlines. Susannah Marren’s clever approach to the island and its secrets erupts in the juicy and well-written tale. It is a great glimpse into a day in the life of the social swim of one of the world’s most coveted places to live. You will not be disappointed.


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