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SOCIETY | FASHION | HOME | DINING | ART VOLUME 41, NO. 4, APRIL 2023 8 Publisher La Dolce Vita 9 Society Boy & Girls Clubs of the Valley Gala 2023 12 Entertaining Patsy Lowry 14 Society Aaha! Gala 16 Etiquette Heather Wagenhals 18 Society Dancing With The Stars AZ 2023 20 Fashion Samantha’s Favorite Finds 26 Society Goodwill Gala 2023 30 Inner-view Anthea Hartig 31 Society Legacy Luncheon 32 Inner-view Berge Family Legacy 34 Society Make A Wish Gala 2023 36 Inner-view Charlene Berge Blum 39 Society Fresh Start Gala 2023 42 Epicurean Bob Stearns STK 44 Trendy Reading Contagion Chaser 49 Wedding Bells Smith/Hrubula 51 Wedding Bells Ghandour/Harper ON THE COVER April 2023 Celebrating Arizona Philanthropy Charlene Berge-Blum, Nancy Berge and Barbi Berge Campbell. Photo courtesy
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LA DOLCE VITA The Season October to June

The rites of Spring bring us two new Fabulous Phoenicians and ten new Trendsetters. Amy and Derrick Hall are our Fabulous Phoenician recipients for 2023. This award dates to 1982. Our ten new Trendsetters include: Bijen Dyrek, Jean Feuer, Laurie Goldstein, Cindy Good, Suzi Hilton, Joanne Osbourne, Nancy Robertson, Darcy Royal, Kristin Shroyer and Amy Walters. This, the first award in the state to honor women, dates to 1985. The abovementioned will first become acquainted at a very private luncheon in May at Ocean 44. They will go on to attend countless cocktail parties all in their honor and finally be presented at An Evening of Trends on October 20th at The Camelback Inn. We want to congratulate these twelve extraordinary individuals for their tireless dedication to making our community and state a much better place for so many. We also want to thank all the Fashionalities and Trendsetters who submitted more than forty applications for these prestigious awards this year!

Elsewhere, Jimmy Walker and yet another fine group of renowned chefs in the state gathered again to feed the homeless. This year chefs Vincent Guerithault, Beau MacMillan and Mark Tarbell lent their award-winning talents to a group in need. Mr. Walker would later comment that many who stood in line for the delicacy had never tasted steak. What great American’s these men and women are who volunteered that day.

We’ve been told that acclaimed and much-awarded journalist Janna Boomersbach has not only released a new book, sure to be a best seller, but also has joined the podcast world. It’s no secret that everything Ms. Boomersbach touches turns to gold. In her latest investigative true crime book, she brings to light new evidence in the Debra Milke case. Titled A Stolen Life, The Debra Milke Story is sure to be a tremendous success! Her podcast can be heard on Criminal Minded Media. Stay tuned, there’s always more.


One of the most revered socialites in the community apparently has a lot of detractors. Many who attended high school and college with her, refer to her as a mean girl. Racial slurs, same sex disparaging comments and outright hatred are just a few of her favorite things. And this is not an isolated group of communityminded ladies either. You may have dropped your nickname, bobbed and blonded your hair and applied your trademark fire engine red lipstick, but leopards don’t change their spots. Society may have a short memory but bullied highschoolers never forget.

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The gala was hosted at the Westin Kierland, to honor Buzz Sands and Sands Chevrolet for their longtime commitment to Boys & Girls Clubs of the Valley and many other local organizations. At the gala, Valley philanthropists and business leaders Bob & Renee Parsons surprised attendees by announcing a $1 million matching donation to Boys & Girls Clubs of the Valley from The Bob & Renee Parsons Foundation to help make summer programs more affordable for working families. With the match

quickly fulfilled by event attendees, the Parsons’ pledged additional support after the event, bringing the total to $1.4 million.

The program also recognized 11 outstanding Club teens, the “Youth of the Year.” These Boys & Girls Clubs members have overcome incredible obstacles to succeed and shared their inspirational stories. The show was hosted by ABC 15’s Craig Fouhy, who was a volunteer coach at the Clubs many years ago.

Shaun Mayo, Lanisha Tibbs, Latasha and Sullivan Causey Geraldmy and Renee Parsons
Jennie Patel and Jen Barnett Cullen Maxey, Ted Geisler, Kerri Geisler, Brenda Maxey Bob Parsons and Marcia Mintz Bob & Renee Parsons with Youth of the Year Renee Parsons at the Raise the Paddle
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How To Set A Glorious Dinner Table

“The dining room table is the centerpiece of the evening.”

The dining room table is a gathering space. It is often the heart of the home and the most used piece of furniture people own. Dinner parties are to be celebrated. Think of setting your dining room table in a celebratory, glorious, brand new way. For every dinner party, I always set our table differently. I think in terms of the theme, color, texture, composition, taste and style. What works best that I haven’t used before?

Begin setting your table a few days before your dinner party. Observe! Experiment! Stretch your imagination!

Challenge yourself! Take risks! Have you always played it safe? Too safe? Visualize your table as a blank canvas. Ask yourself, what can I add to the table that is relevant, unusual, magical? What works well together? Discard what isn’t needed and doesn’t add to the beauty you are creating. You can elevate your atmosphere by focusing on what is interesting, lavish, lovely, attractive and appealing to you. Open your eyes to a wider vision and a more creative you!

Give yourself permission to “go for it!” Why not set a table that is inspiring, unique, interesting, beautiful, captivating and memorable? While developing your artistic eye, remember to have fun and enjoy your creative efforts.


1. Use china that gives your table setting a blend of patterns and colors.

2. Install a dimmer switch in your dining room, if you don’t have one. Mood lighting is important.

3. Consider using decorative chargers. They are an attractive, underused element of a place setting.

4. Make sure that your chairs are roomy and comfortable.

5. Use large water glasses at each place-setting. Have plenty of ice and cold water on hand for refills.

6. Fresh flowers in small, low vases scattered throughout the table add beauty.

7. Combine fabrics, patterns, colors, and anything that you love to create a more exquisite table.

Dinner parties are to be celebrated. They are an opportunity to share friendship, great conversation and create new memories.!!!!!



Our incredibly generous community helped raise a record $650,000 to support Hospice of the Valley’s innovative dementia care programs. A spirited crowd of 420 filled the JW Marriott Camelback Inn ballroom for lively bidding on fine art, jewelry, high-end dining and luxury travel.

“We are beyond grateful for everyone’s generosity,” said Executive Director Debbie Shumway. “Together, we are enhancing quality of life

for countless families in our community and helping them live well with dementia.”

Monies raised help the nonprofit serve more families at its new Dementia Care and Education Campus and through its in-home Supportive Care for Dementia program that provides education and resources at no charge. More at

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Electronic Etiquette

Electronic communications have changed our access level for interpersonal communication, including text messaging. Here’s how to navigate the briefest form of communication successfully.


COLD TEXTING: Spamming/initiating texting without permission will get you reported as “junk” and create future deliverability issues. Instead, introduce yourself over the phone or through a third party.

ADVERSE NEWS: Breakups and catastrophic events, such as employment termination, death, etc., are better communicated over the phone or in person.

NOVELS: If your communication is lengthy, opt for a phone call, FaceTime, or in-person conversation.

DANGEROUS SITUATIONS: Avoid texting while driving, operating machinery, or in hazardous conditions. If you need urgent instructions or directions, opt for a hands-free call instead.

GHOSTING: Ignoring messages is rude. Acknowledge communications as soon as possible and let the sender know that you cannot respond thoughtfully at this moment and will call or text at your next availability.


DIGITALLY EMOTE: Emojis help to convey the missing audible and nonverbal visual cues and may elicit the intended understanding.

REREAD: Catch mistakes in communication before they happen with a quick edit for clarity and mistaken autocorrect issues.

CONFIRM RECIPIENT: Take a moment to confirm your intended communication partner is the one you selected for confidence and privacy in your conversations.

SUCCINCT: Keep conversations memorable and invoke your inner Shakespeare, minding brevity as being the soul of wit.

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If Ashleigh Schufeldt doesn’t go down in the records book, then we don’t know anything. In just a few short years, she has doubled the attendance of Dancing With The Stars Arizona and tripled its profits too. The savvy development director once again proved that you can’t run out of talent, and you can’t run out of local celebrities. Can’t Fight The Moonlight, this year’s theme and huge success, brought together some of the sharpest minds and community activists to dance with some

of the most talented dancers in our state. Shauna and Tom Connelly were honored with the prestigious “Guiding Star Award.” Eleven philanthropic leaders danced the night away. The bash was chaired by Kristin Hartman and Valerie Pesch. Together with the help of The Phoenician resort, they created magic. Proceeds from the evening served to benefit the National Kidney Foundation. Oh, what a night!

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Samantha’s Favorite Finds

Feel like your outfit is missing that extra special touch? Try a pop of texture and color with this mesh raffia crossbody bag by Stella McCartney.

Available at Neiman Marcus located at Scottsdale Fashion Square.

Turn every hour into golden hour with these timeless Chanel textured gold earrings.

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A perfect mix of gold and diamonds, this covetable Ramage Eternelle ring by Buccellati exudes sophisticated charm.

Available at Oliver Smith Jeweler located at 8787 N. Scottsdale Rd. Suite 116.

Ballet flats have been having a major comeback this year, and I’m here for it. What better way to rock the trend than with these classic and chic Chanel ballet shoes.

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Time to bloom. This Girard Perregaux Cat’s Eye wristwatch with rotating pink lotus and moon day/ night indicator is an awe-inspiring and impeccably feminine piece to add to your collection.

Available at E.D. Marshall Jewelers located at 10261 N. Scottsdale Rd.

Rethink spring suiting. This tailored vest and mini-skirt combo by Veronica Beard can be worn together or easily mixed and matched with other pieces in your closet.

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Goodwill of Central & Northern Arizona hosted its annual fundraising gala, An Evening of Goodwill,presented by Red Mountain Group on Saturday, March 18, at Chateau Luxe. Featuring opening remarks from Phoenix Mayor Kate Gallego, the event united 300 community supporters for a night of fashion and fundraising. More than $400,000 was raised to support Goodwill’s community impact initiatives to help people build pathways out of poverty.

“Today, one in eight Arizonans lives in poverty and can uniquely benefit from the no-cost social services Goodwill offers that can lift people from a minimum wage to a family-sustainable wage,” said Jackie Halleen, President of Goodwill of Central and Northern Arizona. “Goodwill is so much more than your friendly, neighborhood thrift store – we are truly a social impact engine that meets Arizonans where they are, upskills them, and helps them maximize lifetime earnings.”

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A Woman’s World at The Smithsonian

Will you tell us a little bit about your background?

I hail from the greater Pomona Valley Southern Californian. After earning a history degree from the University of California, I continued my studies at the College of William & Mary, UofC, Riverside until 2001. I began teaching history courses in various venues. Additionally, I founded a preservation consulting firm, served as Senior Planner for Riverside, CA and in 2005 I was named director of the Western Office of the National Trust for Historic Preservation. After six years with the National Trust, I was named executive director and chief executive officer of the California Historical Society. Now I am President-Elect of the Organization of American Historians. I write and lecture as often as I can and was honored to receive the 2011 California Preservationist of the Year Award from the California Preservation Foundation.

When did you first become interested in historical preservation?

Professionally in graduate school, but in my heart as a child when I saw so many buildings and cultural landscapes demolished and gone forever.

What did you achieve during your time at the California Historical Society?

During my tenure at the California Historical Society (CHS), I tried to reinvigorate the organization by expanding its budget, staff and relevance. Additionally, we launched the first digital library and created a free online history portal for K–12 students that brings the archive into the classroom.

What drew you to the Smithsonian?

As a public historian and public servant, there is no greater calling than this post. Welcoming millions of visitors to the

museum, close to 3M this year, and four times that online, is humbling when one sees us as the nation’s largest history classroom.

How does it feel to be the first woman to hold the position at the Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History?

As an historian, I know, understand, and appreciate greatly the many sacrifices women have made and barriers they have broken throughout the history of our nation. I treasure this unique experience as the first woman director of the Nation’s flagship history museum. It brings me enlightenment, connectivity, and belonging, for which I am so grateful.

What do you hope to accomplish at the Smithsonian in the future?

When beginning my tenure at the museum, my first course of action was to lead the museum in enacting a 10-year Strategic Plan that would create real change. We strive to become the most accessible, inclusive, relevant, and sustainable public history institution in the country.

Do you have a favorite area of interest in the vast museum?

Two new exhibitions opened on the Museum’s third floor (West) Culture Wing on 9 December 2022. The permanent exhibition, “Entertainment Nation/Nación del espectáculo” utilizes the Museum’s extraordinary collection of 1.8 million objects related to theater, music, sports, film, and television. Additionally, “(re) Framing Conversations: Photographs by Richard Avedon, 1946-1965” features twenty Richard Avedon images spanning two decades, curated from the Smithsonian’s extensive photographic history collection.

Additionally, I’d like to share a few of my favorite objects from our collections:

Billie Jean King tennis outfit, 1973 National Women’s Conference proclamation scroll, 1977

Helen Keller’s watch, ca. 1865

Tell us about Smithsonian American Women and why it was written?

Smithsonian American Women is an inspiring and surprising celebration of U.S. women’s history told through Smithsonian artifacts illustrating women’s participation in science, art, music, sports, fashion, business, religion, entertainment, military, politics, activism, and more.

Which seven people, living or dead, would you like to invite to your dinner party?

Can you imagine breaking bread with Harriet Tubman, Abraham Lincoln, Eleanor Roosevelt, Alexander Hamilton, Toypurina and Handsome Lake or Black Elk? I also would love to host Cassie Mason Myers Julian-James for dinner because she with Rose Gouverneur Hoes decided to create cases of “costumes of the White House Ladies!



A sold-out crowd of well heel ladies and gentlemen gathered at the Arizona Biltmore to hear a marvelous talk by Anthea Hartig. Dr. Hartig is the very first woman to preside over the Smithsonian Institution. Barbara Barrett did an effortless job as the perfect emcee for the afternoon. The luncheon was chaired by Carrie Hulburd and Alexa Schneider and they did a tremendous job. O’Connor Institute CEO Sarah Suggs addressed the lovely crowd as well. Jacquie Dorrance

and Ina Manaster showcased one of Justice Sandra Day O’Connor’s favorite Mexican dishes and wowed the crowd. Penny Gunning, Gena Bonsall, Harriet Friedland, Susan Palmer-Hunter and Sandy Getz lent their respective talents to Avant Garde flower arrangements and parting gifts for the guest speaker. Jan Lewis stole the show in a smashing luncheon dress. By the way, who is Kate Porter and where has she been hiding? It was a brilliant afternoon!

Coverage courtesy of Trisha Anthony and Bill Dougherty Amy and Tim Louis with Susan French Ellen Uhl with Melissa Glerum and Mary Gaston Heather and Harry Clark Gena Bonsall and Penny Gunning Kate Porter and Dyan Getz Judy LeMarr Sallie Brophy with Sarah Suggs and Natalie Vandeventer Carrie Hulburd and Alexa Schneider Sandy Getz, Barbara Barrett, Lincoln Ragsdale and Sharon Dupont McCord Kolby Moffatt, Penny Gunning, Jan Lewis and Ina Manaster Martha Martin Henkel and Dee Dee Vecchione


The Berge Family Legacy

Give us a brief history of your family.

My father immigrated to the United States at the age of 2 ½ from Lebanon. Thus, I grew up in a very Lebanese household. Very different from the upbringing of my husband. My mother’s family came from Atlanta, Georgia and settled in Phoenix. Both families lived their entire lives here in Arizona, so it’s the place I call home.

How did you and your husband get into the automobile business?

After college graduation, my husband Craig went to work for an engineering firm, AiR research. At the end of 5 years, he and his brother purchased his father’s partners half of Berge Ford.

How did your family get started in the philanthropic world?

My husband used to handle all of that, but he got too busy, sop he had me spread my wings and had me step into the philanthropic world of the valley of the sun.

What events or organizations have you supported in the Valley?

I began in Mesa as event chair and p0resident of the Desert Club. After working with Mesa Symphony Guild, I took a job in Phoenix with the Phoenix Friends of the University of Arizona Cancer Center. Through the years, I moved on to the University of Arizona charities and became involved with starting some charities, one being PANDA. Then I became

Are East Valley charities still prevalent or have they been overshadowed by larger organizations?

I must admit I am involved in the charities that are in the East Valley and from the University of Arizona at this time in my life. So yes, I would say they are still prevalent.

What charity does your family closely align with the most?

In our family, we try to support organizations that we hold close to our hearts. My main interests have been the University of Arizona Cancer Center and PANDA which supports the Steele Children’s Research Center. My oldest daughter, Charlene, is Chairman of the 2023 Phoenix Heart Ball which funds research for heart disease. My2nd daughter, Barbi, is on the board that manages the Arizona High School Rodeo Association which supports children going on to college rodeo to pursue a career in Agriculture. She is also on the National High School Rodeo Association Board which covers all 50 states plus Canada and Australia.

Many in the social community note that you have always kept a very low profile. Is this true?

Yes, it is.


Your daughters are both very hard workers. What do you attribute to their success?

They were both involved with helping me when I was working on events and witnessed their father’s support of my efforts. So, it was just quietly understood that when they had time, their turn was coming up next! Their father Craig made sure they understood the importance of hard work and helping others that were less fortunate. I’m lucky to have two daughters that have such large hearts.

What charity do you believe will become highly successful in the next decade?

I believe and hope PANDA. We have outstanding young women who are members that are highly motivated and carry the same vision and desire to achieve the highest level of research for children’s diseases.

If you could go back and change one thing about your role in building Arizona, what would it be?

I would’ve become a medical doctor. I have such a deep resp0ect and great interest in cancer research and would’ve loved to have been more involved in searching for cures.

Many say the Berge family discovered Robert’s Catering. True or false?

I guess one could say that. Robert was 19 years old the first Fiesta Bowl was approaching. My husband wanted to have a big party with lunch before and dinner after the game! He was a board member, so I met Robert and he catered the party. It has been a great relationship ever since. The ONLY caterer I have ever used.

What 7 living or dead people would you invite to your dinner party?

My husband Craig, My Mother & Father, Abraham Lincoln, Jane Austen, Maya Angelu, My best friend, Colletta MacMillian.


How did your family get started in the philanthropic world?

As long as I can remember, my parents always had a philosophy of paying it forward. When my sister and I started to become more involved, we followed this philosophy. Whenever you’re involved, in any organization no matter the size, you do whatever you can to further their mission or cause..

What events or organizations have you supported in the Valley?

My immediate family and I are specifically involved in the competitive horse world because of my children. The Arizona High School Rodeo Association (AHSRA) and the Arizona Junior Rodeo Association (AJRA) because of raising funds for scholarships. Also the AHSRA Special Needs Rodeo because it’s truly a blessing to be part of it!

Are East Valley charities still prevalent or have they been overshadowed by larger organizations?

I can’t say anyone in particular, but the charities my family and I are involved with are the strongest to continue because they are raising funds for medical research. Also the National and State organizations I work with continue because there will always be generations of children continuing to compete.

What charity does your family closely align with the most? Medical Research at the University of Arizona is foremost. For my immediate family, the Scholarships for Arizona High School Rodeo Association “AHSRN” as well as the Special Needs Rodeo that the AHSRA puts on.

Many in the social community note that you have always kept a very low profile. Is this true? Yes.

What charity do you believe will become highly successful in the next decade?

I believe the AHSRA will continue to grow because of all the families who desire to continue to create more opportunities for their children to be educated about and continue the Western lifestyle.

If you could go back and change one thing about your role in building Arizona, what would it be?

I would do more philanthropic work. I would push harder to be more involved in things that are more important to me.

Many say the Berge family discovered Robert’s Catering? True. I would say because in our world, there is no other caterer.

What 7 living or dead people would you invite to a dinner party?

Craig M. Berge – Father, My Husband – Shawn Campbell, Nancy C. Berge – Mother, Benjamin Franklin, Ronald Reagan, Henry Ford, Nancy Reagan.



A soft breeze blew over the terrace of the Camelback Inn just as spring sprung. Make A Wish held their opulent and festive gala and what a night it was. Beautiful women and handsome men adorned in some of the very brightest shades of spring flora arrived and departed the sold-out night. The organization, based in the Valley, grants wishes to

children and their families in final end of life stages. This year Melissa Bouma and Jenny Wright split duties as ball chairs and they did a phenomenal job! The dapperest Dan, Jeff Wright in head to toe green. Belle of the ball, Kristen Sandquist in shades of coral and fuchsia and pearl strands galore! What a lovely affair!

Coverage courtesy of Beth McRae and Bill Dougherty

Bill and Janelle Nebeker Melissa Pearlman, Jill Krigsten and Beth McRae Audrey Alfano Christian Cecena and Steph Cook Ashley Jewett and McKenna Wesley Alison Schmitt with Brenna von Aventschidt and Kristi Neick Jason and Kendra Huth Jeff and Kristen Sandquist Ian Lopatin with Jeff Wright and Greg Halvorsan Jose Leyba, Debra Gomez, Yvonne Jimenez and Freddie Bracamont
Karen and Burt Hayenga

Ballet Arizona presents


May 4 – 7, 2023 with The Phoenix Symphony at Symphony Hall

Three spectacular ballets by the Father of American Ballet, George Balanchine.

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Ballet Arizona dancers Jillian Barrell and Helio Lima in George Balanchine’s Emeralds. © The Balanchine Trust. Photo by Alexander Iziliaev.

A Few Minutes with Charlene Berge-Blum

What was the first philanthropic event you worked on and how old were you? I was invited to become a member of the Desert Club of Mesa Christmas Idea House at the age of 27.

What was your first leadership role in Valley philanthropy?

I was Chairman of the PANDA Children Helping Children Fashion Show and Luncheon in 2006.

How long have you been on The Phoenix Heart Ball committee? In 2005, my dearest friend Libby Cohen became the Heart Ball Chairman and asked me to be a committee member. That was 18 years ago!

Did you ever dream you’d be asked to chair the ball?

No! I’m very blessed to be part of this wonderful organization which raises awareness and millions of dollars for heart disease and stroke.

The Phoenix Heart Ball was one of the first balls in the state, started in 1959. Why do you think it remains so successful?

The dynamic group of Past Heart Ball Chairmen and the working committee of 100 women are truly incredible. We are all very determined to take part in the efforts to end heart disease and stroke.

Many women dream of being on The Phoenix Heart Ball committee. Why is that?

The entire committee has had their family affected by her disease or stroke in some way. We are all very determined women to help raise needed funds and awareness in our community. It’s a wonderful committee to be on.

How has The Phoenix Heart Ball managed to attract a much younger crowd than other Valley black tie events? All of our fundraising efforts have taken place prior to the Ball. That night it’s time to enjoy the evening being together and celebrating!!!


Anything you might tell us that might be different this year?

Oh yes. Please buy seats to the Ball.

Do you have a platform for your ball?

“ACCELERATING CHANGE” in keeping with my automotive family history. ACCELERATING the CHANGES we need in our community. The basic knowledge of knowing your blood pressure numbers or stroke symptoms. We can help prevent the leading cause of death in the world.

What is your goal as Phoenix Heart Ball Chairman 2023?

To bring needed funds and awareness to our wonderful community. Heart disease and stroke affects every family in some way.

Any plans after you complete your year as ball chair?

My daughter Madisson is getting married. I have a wedding to help plan for 2024!



Coverage courtesy of Sally and Peter Krzykos Carolina Herrera Fashions, courtesy of Neiman Marcus, Scottsdale


The Phoenician hosted one of the most marvelous galas in recent memory. Fresh Start 2023 brought out some of the most refined movers and shakers in our community. This year, Katie Mueller and Helene Presutti did the honors as event chairs. They were splendid! Much-adored Founders Award Honoree 2022 Amy Thurston presented another adored socialite Carrie Hall the same award for 2023. Anyone who knows Mrs. Hall knows she certainly deserved it. Founders Beverly

Stewart and Pat Petznick greeted everyone. Neiman Marcus, Scottsdale presented a heart-stopping Carolina Herrera fashion show shortly before dinner was served. Margaret Merritt and Amy Videan did a tremendous job from start to finish with the various production angles of the show and event. Susan Brown stole the night with rakish style. The Hamptons kept everyone moving and grooving on the dance floor until dawn’s early light. You should have been there!

Coverage courtesy of Sally and Peter Krzykos Rebecca Pierson and Fred Pakis Madison George, Tanner Riordan and Kim McWaters Tobi and Frank Placenti Gee Gee Entz and Patti Lau Francis and Dionne Najafi Carrie and Brian Hall Katie Muller, Helene Presutti and Amy Thurston Pam and Jim Risoleo Beverly Stewart Jason and Susan Brown Tom McClammy and Mary Ellen McKee


Mark and Nancy Loftin Terry Roman, Carole Moreno, Pat Petznick Wick and Emile Rubinfeld Ron Miller and Matthew Samsill Tracey and Larry Lytle Jill Krigsten and Andrea Katsenes Diane Might Cathy Kleeman and Kristen Kleeman with Sandy Magruder Jacki and Phil Tatman Deborah Helitzer and Kristen Will Aimee Josette and Lauren Cousino Sally and Peter Krzykos Candyce Williams and Dwight Giese


STK Rooftop is an Experience

Amongst the many things that Arizona has to offer, our weather would have to rate among the highest. With three hundred days of sunshine per year, and the ability to enjoy most outdoor activities year-round, taking advantage of dining al fresco ranks right at the top. Laughing with friends, the sun on your face, the sights and sounds of a robust community, delicious food and libations is as close to culinary perfection as you can find. Coupled with a chic restaurant in the tony 5th Avenue district, exquisite shopping nearby and the canal at your footsteps, STK Rooftop beckons you to enjoy some of the finest cuisine in Scottsdale.

Walking into STK, you’re deciding if you’ve walked into a restaurant or a trendy nightclub. A multivenued restaurant with hip music, posh seating, stunning artwork, and a beautiful, attentive staff

awaits you. The restaurant features different dining areas from casual outdoor canal views to intimate fifth avenue posh. The STK rooftop is a modern combination of all of that. Spectacular views, comfortable seating complete with comfy thick pillows and a warming fire that spans the length of the patio. Simple flowers in individual vases adorn each table.

At the helm of STK is Chef Sia Seifi, a former Iron Chef, who has developed a menu that reflects his extensive background in Italian and Japanese cuisine coupled with his Middle Eastern roots. We were given a multi-course selection of the restaurant’s finest appetizers, main courses, side dishes and desserts. The Tuna Tartare was breathtaking, not only in taste but in its presentation. Perfect Ahi layered upon fresh avocado with taro chips for dipping was simply amazing. Wagyu sliders were presented with a slightly sweet sauce and a simple dill pickle chip. Juicy and delicious. Flash fried calamari was light and crispy with a choice of two delectable dipping sauces. The pork belly wedge salad was beyond any wedge I have ever had. Generous chunks of fresh bleu cheese and perfectly crisped pork belly alongside heirloom tomatoes was a crisp, fresh addition.

Our entrees were simply delectable. Miso-glazed Chilean Sea Bass, perfectly cooked atop tender baby bok choy. The Filet Mignon, exquisitely medium rare, accompanied by your choice of a plethora of finish sauces was decadent to say the least. The crown in this experience was a Mushroom Tagliatelle with shaved black truffles. This dish would convert a non-mushroom lover into a mushroom convert. I’m salivating as I recount this experience. Sides were delicious and plentiful, large enough to be


shared by the table. A steamy concoction of creamy mashed potatoes with a crispy parmesan crust. Lobster mac and cheese was chock full of lobster and thick stringy cheese. Parmesan truffle fries were thick, crispy, and mouthwatering.

STK Rooftop is an experience. An experience in decadence. An experience in phenomenal cuisine. An experience in what a restaurant should be. An attentive, knowledgeable and friendly staff. An experience that you talk about on your drive home and an experience that beckons you back. If nothing else, to experience what it feels like to see, smell, taste and have that special feeling in your gut that you just had an occasion you will certainly never forget. Scottsdale certainly has its share of good, great, and phenomenal restaurants. STK rates among the best of venues this writer has had the privilege of dining at. Put it at the top of your list and enjoy a uniquely exquisite restaurant. Bon Appetit.

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Contagion Chaser

Former Paradise Valley resident Lee Walters is no secret to success. He is a noted physician and an internationally recognized and awarded infectious disease specialist. Dr. Walter met with great success with his first thrilling autobiographical book Rescue from the Sky in 2020. A year we’d all like to forget. Anyway, he returns with his second offering Contagion Chaser this spring.

The book chronicles Dr. Walters departure from after the US Coast Guard to become an infectious disease specialist. His first book takes on a nail-biting adventure on the high seas. While this book is still thrilling, it takes the approach that if diseases are not isolated and cured, we could face global epidemics. The story begins to unfold in the early 1980s as people start to literally drop dead from something later referred to as AIDS. But this is just the start of a fascinating tour through the often-cloistered world of preventive medicine.

Contagion Chaser is a tremendous offering to any reader interested in medicine and the world it encompasses. It’s an easy, yet fascinating read. Given what the world has just been through, it’s well worth the time to read. You won’t want to put it down.

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• Instead of a tent the couple created an intimate desert hacienda feel with pergolas, drapery, and lights.

• Designated “Party Marshalls” at every table kept the party going all night long.

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Reed Ghandour and Joseph Harper


Jomana Amara & Tarek Ghandour

Sharon & Oliver Harper


Western Welcome Party

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Wedding ceremony and reception

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The Phoenix Symphony

The Singing Coyotes

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• Blending of Reed’s Middle Eastern culture with Joe’s Southwestern roots at Hidden Valley Ranch on the Oak Creek in Arizona.

• Cowboy western welcome party at Mariposa Latin Inspired Grill.

• Wedding ceremony and reception at Hidden Valley Ranch, “black-tie under the sycamores and stars.”

• Guests danced ‘til the wee hours with belly dancers, tabla players (drummers) and late night Turkish Coffee and Falafel.

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