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VOLUME 37, NO. 7
Remembering ... Ruth Lavinia By Bill Dougherty
Remembering Ruth Lavinia
Remembering Larry Malanfant
Society O’Connor Institute
Publisher La Dolce Vita
Inner-View Badgley Mischka
Society Gold Ball
Society Polo Championships
Society Phoenix Art Museum pARTy
Inner-View Carol Nalevanko
Society Beaux Arts, Scottsdale Artists School
an immediate bond. It’s a cloistered world that is not easily obtain-
Society Kids in Focus
able by the general public. We became great friends. How could you
Society An Evening of Trends
Inner-View Phoenix Heart Ball at 60 Years
Society Phoenix Heart Ball 60th Anniversary
Board, the Phoenix Heart Ball, ASU, the Phoenix Symphony, the
Fashion Samantha’s Favorite Finds
American Cancer Society and the Trends Charitable Fund were just
Inner-View Cooking with Sandrena
Weddings Wedding Bells
When I first heard of the passing of 1999 Trendsetter and 2016 Fabulous Phoenician Ruth Lavinia, I was relieved yet saddened at the same time. We had lost one of the finest people the social world in Phoenix has ever known. Her brave and very long battle with cancer was always greeted with optimism and wit by Ruth. When I first met Ruth and Bob Lavinia, they had just recently moved to town. It was around 1998. At the time, I was still a reporter for Trends and I believe we were all at a cocktail party together. Ruth came up to me and said “Linda Pope told me that you work for Southwest Airlines.” She smiled and said “My name is Ruth Lavinia and I used to work for Eastern.” Anyone who has worked in the airline industry has
not like Ruth? It was always a blast to be in her presence. Her effervescent personality and witty sense of humor were scarcities in an often humorless world. Ruth Lavinia was a person that always said yes to just about everything you asked her to do. Her countless efforts for the Barrow Womens
a few organizations where Ruth placed her Midas touch. I remember in late 1999 she helped me with check-in at the Scottsdale Artists School. We spent the entire night laughing. I still hear her intoxicating laugh. In the end, Ruth fought the bravest battle imaginable. Her unbelievable outlook on life and her destiny should be an example for all of us.
ON THE COVER
She was a beautiful and adored lady and she had the ability to make
Childhelp Drive the Dream Gala 2020
friends wherever she ventured. Her style, grace and deep love of her
Saturday, February 15, 2020 The Phoenician
two sons and her beloved husband were evident anytime you were in her presence. We have lost a great woman, a lovely soul who touched so many and did so much for those without. But we must remember, heaven has just gained one of its brightest angels and for that we should be thankful. We will miss her more than I can ever express.
2020 Gala Chairman Jacqueline Nerguizan, Ivy Ciolli and Dru Hammer Photography: Scott Foust Studios Hair and Make-up: Laura Flagler Location: The Phoenician, Scottsdale
SO C I E T Y | FA SHI O N | HO ME | D I N I NG | ART VOLUME 37, NO. 7
Remembering ... Larry Malanfant By Bill Dougherty
Just as the social season was kicking into high gear, we learned of the passing of Larry Malanfant. I was first introduced to Larry and his very glamorous wife Phyllis at a cocktail party given by Jazelle Ghiz in 1992. Phyllis had become a Trendsetter the previous year. The Malanfants were high flyers on the charity ball circuit. Over the next several years, I found myself constantly in their presence. They were an extraordinary couple. They lent their names to everything in town. Their commitment to countless organizations included the Phoenix Heart Ball, The Phoenix Symphony, the Arizona Opera, Childhelp, Scottsdale Artist’s School and Trends Charitable Fund. Larry Malanfant never said the word “no” and he always had a smile on his face. Every time I was around Larry, I had a good time. He was an extremely accomplished gentleman. He owned businesses in several states. Yet to know Larry and Phyllis was to love them. They were both hysterically funny people. I remember sitting next to Larry and laughing to the point of loss-of-control! He used to tell me that my talents were better suited for that of the silver screen then that of a society reporter. Even today, some 27 years later, that compliment still resonates with me and it’s something I’ve never forgotten. But that was Larry. He preferred to humor and flatter those around him than put the spotlight on himself. Most people knew of Larry’s success; but I bet few, if any, knew he quietly did much more. He was a parishioner at St. Maria Goretti Catholic Church and a quiet and steadfast volunteer for the church. He was also a Mason, a Shriner and an Elk. But he chose not to wear his success on his sleeve. We must remember Larry Malanfant was a kind gentleman that did so much to help our Valley grow to what it is today. He led an amazing life and always believed in giving something back, no matter how big or how small. In Larry’s case it was always big. He will be missed.
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Jan Lewis and Ellen Katz with Margot Knight
Fred Pakis with Rebecca, Sandra and Richard Pierson
Gay Wray and Sue Glawe
The Sandra Day O’Connor Institute honored Founding Father Alexander Hamilton at its Annual History Dinner on November 9th at The Phoenician. Dinner With Hamilton – The Man and The Musical featured acclaimed author and historian Ron Chernow. The sold-out evening was attended by 800 guests in support of the O’Connor Institute’s educational programs. SRP and the White House Design Studio magically transformed the ballroom into colonial Philadelphia, with the menu and music of the evening also paying tribute to the historic era. Ron Chernow artfully educated and
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Ron Chernow, Penny Gunning, Jon Kyl and Jacquie Dorrance
entertained the crowd with his extensive knowledge of Alexander Hamilton and our nation’s founding. In addition to his remarks, the audience delighted in a performance from the hit Broadway musical – Hamilton – with permission from Lin-Manuel Miranda. Senator Jon Kyl conducted the traditional fireside chat with Mr. Chernow, which further illuminated the remarkable life of Alexander Hamilton. Jacquie Dorrance, Penny Gunning, Erin Gogolak and Carrie Hulburd co-chaired the memorable evening.” Coverage courtesy of Sandra Day O’Connor Institute
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LA DOLCE VITA The Season October to May By Bill Dougherty
People are talking about Susie Muzzy and Vicki Vaughn. In my
ceremonies. Famed Flamenco guitarist
26 year affiliation with Trends Magazine, I have never seen two
Estaban together with Teresa Joy lent
people raise more money than these two lovelies did. But since it’s
musical talents. Famed artist Ed Mell
not polite to talk about figures, let’s just say they broke the bank for
not only helped to design our invitation, but also donated a mag-
TGen this year. Everything they did from start to finish at an Evening
nificent piece of art for our auction.
of Trends this past November was flawless. Their sophisticated and effortless approach to presenting the perfect night was true magic. I’ve seen just about everything imaginable in all my years here. Beat The Heat was always a themed event. By the time I purchased the publication at the end of 2000, those themes had run their respective courses. We decided to produce a more sophisticated program starting in 2002. The fashion shows went away a few years
As you know, we honored our 10 new Trendsetters as we have since 1985. This is still the oldest award in Arizona to honor women, believe it or not! We also presented a Fabulous Phoenician award which serves to honor a couple or individual for a lifetime of achievement. That trend was started in 1982. It was an incredible night filled with high achievements and merriment. You should have been there!
ago. While our good friends at Neiman Marcus continued to lend
Kristine Thompson and her Executive Leadership Team of Heart
us their magical talents, we felt more changes were needed for the
Ball 2019 created supreme magic the other night at The Phoenician.
event. Nothing could have prepared us for the tremendous talents
Mrs. Thompson is the third legacy to follow in her mother’s footsteps
these two wonderful ladies brought to our stage. Lin Sue Cooney returned once again to lend her own touch of class as our master of
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and chair the famed ball. It was absolutely splendid! I’ve been told
who referred to the property back in the late 1980s as “too much
by many that they are not happy with the recent changes to the
beige and too new money.” Society has a very short memory.
property. Many feel that the posh nuances applied to the resort by Mary Elaine Keating have all but been extracted by Marriott. Truth be told, most of those stylish elements including the suede wraparound skirts worn by the cocktail waitresses, disappeared with the arrival of the RTC in the early 1990s. I can tell you that the renovated guest rooms look amazing and were in desperate need of updating. It’s no secret the hotel was in decline and looked dated and worn out. However, white rock that replaced the opulent flower beds leading to the lobby does indeed look tacky and should be removed. The additions to the lobby bar were drastic. Perhaps all are not happy with the changes, but at least it’s more up to date. We need to remember that the 1980s were a time of surreal excess and so was The Phoenician. I think it’s funny that the very people that now complain about the changes made to the resort are the same people
As we closed the 2019 season; we learned of the passing of top model and socialite Kris McMillan, who died of an aneurism. Many of you who attended Beat The Heat or An Evening of Trends will remember her well. Kris was the beautiful and elegant silver haired model, who always opened and closed our runway shows with that dynamite smile. I had the opportunity to work with her for decades. She was as beautiful on the inside as she was on the outside. She will be missed by Trends and the Trends Charitable Fund families as well as anyone who had the privilege to know her. BAD SOCIAL BEHAVIOR: Apparently two ladies that often make up and break up are at it again. Somehow they have decided to anoint themselves judge and jury for the rest of the social community. Both have rolled in more mud than any barnyard animal, yet the two have managed to dust themselves off and reapply their lipstick and officious behavior. Everyone is aware of your sticky fingers and wanton behavior ladies. You both have more skeletons in your closets than a serial killer. Nice try…
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Making the World Beautiful Q&A BADGLEY AND MISCHKA For decades the design team of Badgley Mischka has wowed the crowd with their heart-stopping fashions. They dropped by Neiman Marcus, Scottsdale for a recent trunk show and Trends Heart Ball cover for our November issue. We had the opportunity to sit down and speak to these fine gentlemen for a few minutes. Here’s what they told us … What’s the latest fashion craze? There are really no trends anymore. Now there’s something for everyone. What are you currently working on? Believe it or not, we’re working on Fall 2020. What types of Trends are we seeing in wedding dresses, hand bags and shoes? For dresses we are designing classic silhouettes, but with couture details. This includes our ready-to-wear collections too. Handbags have extra special attention to detail and are classic in style. Our evening shoes are comfortable and very padded. There’s nothing worse than seeing a barefoot woman on a dance floor or walking around an event
What do you think of the consolidation of boutique stores?
shoeless at the end of the night either.
We have been extremely cautious about freestanding stores.
What are you currently doing with evening wear? Structure is very noticeable in evening gowns. There is a nice return to the evening tuxedo for ladies. We have them in a beautiful hue of gold liquid sequins and traditional black as well. Our current signature is the white evening gown. The line has the appeal of quiet elegance. Do you have exclusives with any specialty stores? Currently, we can proudly say that we are working exclusively with Neiman Marcus and Bergdorf Goodman
When we saw what was happening on Rodeo Drive, we decided the once internationally famous street was no longer where we wanted to be. Sadly, it ended up becoming a tourist destination and no longer a place where fashionable people went to build outstanding wardrobes. The street has changed so much in the last 5 years that we decided it was time to look elsewhere. We are very pleased with our new boutique at Sunset Plaza in West Hollywood. What’s in store for your next collection? Tasteful designs structured with a hint of 1980s flare!
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Todd and Kelly LaPorte Allan and Debbie Alford
Clark and Sandi York
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Linda and Frank Surdakowski
The autumn leaves of fall bring with it one of the most anticipated charity balls of the season. The Gold Ball brought out some of the finest ladies and gentlemen in the fields of healthcare and medicine. This year the sell-out night, stopped to thank Honor Health CEO Todd LaPorte and his lovely wife Kelly for their tireless efforts in building Honor Heath into such a dynamic force in the health care world. Debbie Alford shimmered in shades of winter white and made a dazzling entrance. Linda and Frank Surdakowski along with Sandi and Clark York were all there as they have been for decades to lend their constant support. It was a beautiful and brilliant ball!
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NINTH ANNUAL BENTLEY SCOTTSDALE POLO CHAMPIONSHIPS For the last 9 years, the well-to-do have marked the early part of November for the annual Bentley Scottsdale Polo championships. More than 11,000 people made their way to WestWorld again this season. They mixed and mingled and watched some of the finest polo players in the world come together for a great day and a great cause. Famed international polo player and top Ralph Lauren model, Nacho Figueras, returned again to lend his talents and charm to the event. Southwest Wildlife played off against Arizona Equine Rescue. They tied in a 4 to 4 split and gave an impressive purse to charity. Barrett-Jackson showcased a sneak preview of rare collector autos. Bentley Scottsdale wowed the crowd with equally impressive toys too.
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PHOENIX ART MUSEUM GALA
Sharron Lewis and Jan Lewis with Gustavo Tabares
Mary Shangraw and Cathy Dickey
Diane and Patrick Oâ€™Malley
Ellen and Howard Katz
Cheryl Nocifera and Bonnie Conrad
Legends of Speed kicked off the season at the Phoenix Art Museum the other night to a huge crowd. Great and collectable autos were showcased throughout the grand affair. Susan Emerson and Laurie Florkiewicz chaired the big bash and did a fine job. Honorees for this season were none other than Ellen and Howard Katz who have done so much for the museum. The Rob and Melani Walton Foundation were the presenting sponsors
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for the exhibit as well. Since Carter Emerson and Rob Walton are both classic auto enthusiasts, you could not have asked for a better exhibition! The White House Design Studio headed by Dennis Thompson did their magic, spreading breathtaking flora throughout the stately museum. The garden is one of the most beautiful spots in town and it gleamed brightly as guests mixed and mingled there. What a beautiful night! Coverage courtesy of The Phoenix Art Museum
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CAROL NALEVANKO INNER-VIEW By Barbara Kaplan Carol Nalevanko, President of the Village Health Clubs & Spas, recently celebrated her 40th Anniversary with the four Village Clubs where she focuses her passion on creating healthy lifestyles.
different members it attracts. Carol is known by the staff and members alike to be a person of high energy, warm, open and smiling as she walks through the clubs joking and acknowledging everyone.
Carol is a woman who loves life and has fun every minute sharing her joy with everyone around her. She learned to make friends at an early age, since her dad was in the Air Force and her family moved eight times including to Italy and the Philippines.
She is always eager to lend a hand so that the club is up to standard and may even be found cleaning, wherever she sees necessary, and encourages the staff to do whatever it takes to make members comfortable and happy.
Carol attended the University of South Dakota, majoring in psychology. She also was interested in biology and wanted to be just like Jane Goodall. As her interests evolved, Carol found her focus and received her degree in Recreation Administration. After graduation; she joined her close friends, who all wanted to live in a warm climate, as they ventured together to Arizona.
Her personal life reflects her work life. She brings the same passion to both. She can be found hiking or on the tennis court every day. Carol is a huge sports fan and a great supporter of the Phoenix Suns. Carol and her husband of 17 years have an active social life. They socialize and spend time with their great network of friends. They love to dine out or entertain at home where they can even be found playing a competitive game of Rummikub. Her husband, who is a golf and racquet ball player, is the official cook in the family and loves to make Carol’s favorite recipe…his chicken kabobs with rice pilaf. She is especially grateful for his culinary talents!
In 1979 Carol began her career with the Village Clubs, where she is still making a difference today for thousands of members each year. She is living her dream, running the four locations. Carol knows, “how hard it can be to stay on top and people may want to knock you off the mountain.” She is dedicated to staying on top by working hard to add value and develop meaningful programs for Village members always promoting health and fitness. She is an advocate of work and fun coming together, which she practices in her own life. Her joy is communicating with all the different people who make up the culture of the Village Clubs and all the
On rare occasions, Carol will sneak away for an afternoon by herself; to read a best seller or watch TV, just to be mindless and will return shortly fully refreshed to join in one of her favorite activities. Work hard and play hard is definitely a fitting motto for this special woman!
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cylvia-Elvira Danese, owner of Danese Creations, has been in business since 1971. Through her gift of custom designing, men and women can get all their custom designing, tailoring, alterations, bridal wear and all accessories, fabric, jewelry and the best fitting bra. “I’m a 3rd generation Custom Designer/Tailor in my family, I follow My Mother Maria and Grandmother Chapita,” said Danese. “My designs have made it to the Emmys, The Country Music Awards, the Oscars, the White House, The Oprah show, I’ve also been featured on First Edition, total Divas, all the local TV channels. It’s been an amazing ride for these last 48 years!” While Danese is proud of the accolades and the high profile clients that have graced her designs, some of her fondest memories are the ones that have changed the lives of others. “I saved a brides wedding day by making a beautiful, custom
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The Beaux Arts Gala as in previous decades certainly did not disappoint. The stately Scottsdale Artist’s School played host to a more than impressive evening on a beautiful crisp fall night. Some of the most impressive art and sculpture pieces imaginable were there for the taking in a lavish auction. The night attracts collectors and art lovers from throughout the world.
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Sharon Powell and Catherine Marsh
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Guests mixed and mingled during a beautiful cocktail reception. Famed painter Joseph Lorusso was showcased as the gala’s Signature Artist. Internationally known sculpture Sandy Scott offered a stunning piece for this year’s raffle. Once again this was a magnificent affair and filled with some breathtaking art and sculpture. Yes, it’s that brilliant! Coverage courtesy Scottsdale Artist’s School
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This year’s Kids in Focus gala, Noche para los Ninos (Night for the Children), was a feast for the eyes. Everywhere you looked you saw tarot card readers, contortionists, food stations, guests in day of the dead attire and makeup and other forms of entertainment. Chairs Bobby Barnes and Colleen Katz hit a home run, tripling what was raised last year. One of the Valley’s most revered couples, Billie Jo and Judd Herberger were the honorary chairs and came dressed to impress. Kids in Focus pairs at-risk kids with professional photographers who teach them how to look at life through different lenses and produce work they can be proud of. Fun surprise of the evening: Michael Jackson “Thriller” flash mob of zombies replicating the music video’s exact dance moves.
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Montelucia opened its richly carved ballroom doors to An Evening of Trends 2019. Lin Sue Cooney lent her perfect pitch as this year’s Master of Ceremonies. Susie Muzzy and Vicki Vaughn chaired. Together they welcomed 10 new Trendsetters to the stage. They included Ivy Ciolli, Amanda Garmany, Abby Leadon, Tess Loo, Carrie Martz, Tiffany Quayle, Joan Raskin, Chrissy Sayare, Aimee Smith and DeeDee
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Vecchione. This is the oldest award in our state to honor women! Fabulous Phoenician Betty McRae rounded out the evening festivities and was honored for more than 5 decades of Valley philanthropy. Famed musician Estaban together with Teresa Joy lent their talents for the night. TGen’s Center for Rare Childhood Disorders and Ovarian Cancer Research served as the gala’s beneficiaries. Coverage courtesy of Peter Krzykos and Collier Porter
Lauren Mary and Maggi Heiser
Doris Ong with Leslie and Jeff Rich
Charlene Berge-Blum with Joe and Lee Courtney
Susie Muzzy and Vicki Vaughn
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Betty McRae, Penny Gunning Nancy Berge and Sandy Magruder
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Phoenix Heart Ball 60th Anniversary In 1959, famed Valley socialite Peggy Goldwater chaired the first-ever Phoenix Heart Ball. Her Co-chairman for the evening was Georgia Green. The event, which attracted around 200 people, was held at Jerry Lewis’s Koko Dinner Theater on 24th Street and Camelback Road. The location is now the site of the Esplanade office complex. The famous comedian was able to secure crooner Nat King Cole as the night’s entertainment. The first ball raised $1,600 which, by 1950s standards and the small size of Phoenix at the time, was a considerable amount of money. Although Board of Visitors would claim the first debutante ball a half a century earlier, the Phoenix Heart Ball would become the city’s first true charity ball. The evening set a standard of elegance and opulence the city had never before witnessed. The popularity of the gala would quickly move it to the Phoenix Country Club in 1961, following a magnificent remodel by famed architect Ralph Haver. Celebrating the 10th anniversary in 1969, the ball had moved to The Arizona Biltmore Resort. The hotel added a handsome conference center in 1968 that could easily accommodate more than 400 guests. The festivities were chaired by Thelma Kieckhefer. Her Cochairman for the ball was Barbara Bonoff. Emily Peagler, who had chaired the ball the previous year, returned as the first official past ball chair greeter. She arrived wearing palazzo pants, a black velvet cameo dog collar and the most baroque hair style the ball had ever seen. She likened her appearance to the hugely popular soap opera Dark Shadows, which at the time was an enormous fashion influence on the country. By 1979, the ball had laid claim to the fact that it not only sold out year after year; but was now donating more money to the American Heart Association than any other Heart Ball in the country. The festivities were chaired by Mary Helen Clancy. Mrs. Clancy would become the first legacy of the ball. Her mother Irene Foley had chaired the ball in 1975. The black-tie community raised its respective glasses to the 20th anniversary that year! The year 1985, although not technically a milestone anniversary for the event, would
Peggy Goldwater 1959
introduce Jamie Lendrum as the youngest ball chairman ever at age 32. Mrs. Lendrum also introduced the very first Heart Ball Sweetheart. Barbara Bonoff would take the honor the first year and would continue to receive the prestigious honor two more times in her lifetime. Cay Cowie would become the ball’s chair in 1989 and Penny Gunning would be her “vice chairman,” as they were now called. The two ladies would put on the most successful ball yet. Now in its 30th year, the Phoenix Heart Ball proved unstoppable! Penny Gunning would have the distinction of selecting the first Honorary Chair the next year. Sue Stuckey had moved the ball to The Phoenician in 1988, where it is held today. Julie Young was asked to chair the 40th anniversary of the ball in 1999. Her elegant choice of silver and black gave the evening a touch of quiet elegance. Attendance once again hovered around 950 guests. Jamie Lendrum would be honored as Heart Ball Sweetheart that year. Beth McRae would become the ball’s second legacy to chair the night in 2009. Her mother Betty McRae, who had the distinction of chairing the largest ball ever with 1,149 guests, had previously chaired in 1991. Although the American Heart Association was celebrating the trememdous success of its Phoenix ball, the country was in the middle of a devastating recession. That night the ball paid tribute to its past ball chairs,
Thelma Kieckhefer 1969
Barbara Bonoff 1970
with more than 21 past ball chairs assembled on stage for the night’s 50th anniversary. Kristine Thompson became the third legacy to chair in 2019. Her mother Sandy Magruder had chaired the ball in 2004. The 60th anniversary of the biggest charity ball in the state was another huge success. Neiman Marcus, who had been a generous and good friend to the ball, showcased gowns of past chairs in the vestibule of their Scottsdale store just as the upscale Dallas specialty retailer had done several years prior. Attendance and funds raised that night soared once a gain, continuing to cement the Phoenix Heart Ball’s legacy in Phoenix and beyond! Special thanks to 1997 Ball Chairman Priscilla Nicholas.
Irene Foley 1975
Mary Helen Clancy 1979
Jamie Lendrum 1985
Cay Cowie 1989
Betty McRae 1991
Julie Young 1999
Sandy Magruder 2004
Beth McRae 2009
Kristine Thompson 2019
SOCIAL CIRCLE BY TRENDS
PHOENIX HEART BALL THIRD TIME IS A CHARM
Priscilla Nicholas, Sandy Magruder, Kristine Thompson, Charlene Berge-Blum, Amanda Garmany and Jennifer Moser
Ruth Rassel and Walt Brown
Allison and Mark Brenner
Kristine Thompson became the third legacy to chair the Phoenix Heart Ball. She follows in the footsteps of Mary Helen Clancy and Beth McRae. Their mothers Sandy Magruder, Irene Foley and Betty McRae all chaired the largest and oldest charity ball in the state at one time or another. This year the sold-out bash celebrated Priscilla and Michael Nicholas as the ballâ€™s Honorary Chairmen and Mrs.
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David Dwyer and Aimee Josette
Thompson paid special attention to her lovely mother, who was bestowed the honor of Heart Ball Sweetheart 2019. A festive mix of silver, gold and hues of winter white throughout created a magnificent ballroom at The Phoenician. Erika Dickey took home top honors as Belle of the Ball. It was a spectacular night! Coverage courtesy of Carol and George Bennett
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Amanda Garmany with Brenda Howard and Kelli York
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THE COUPLE Nancy Hobbs Hanley Ronald John Eriksson
CEREMONY Grace Chapel at Scottsdale Bible Church
RECEPTION Paradise Valley Country Club
WEDDING PLANNER Nancy and Ron
FLOWERS AND DÉCOR Angelic Grove, Mark Karp
PHOTOGRAPHY Christine Johnson Photography and Bright Bokeh Videography
WEDDING BAND OR MUSICIANS The Hamptons
SOMETHING DIFFERENT • Nancy and Ron walked down the aisle together. • It was a family affair with 17 grandchildren ranging from 2 to 24 years of age. Ron’s son Steve Eriksson, who is a pastor at New City Church, performed the ceremony and the rest of their children served as attendants. Nancy’s granddaughter Tessa Mansour sang, “There’s Something About That Name” at the wedding ceremony and granddaughter Chloe Mansour sang 2 songs at the reception. • The favor table décor at the reception included a 26” white wedding car filled with and surrounded by beautiful white and blush pink flowers.
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