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VOLUME 39, NO. 8


Remembering Bob Bondurant


Travel Escape to Palm Beach


Publisher La Dolce Vita


Society Arizona Sports Hall of Fame


Fashion Neiman Marcus


Charity Spotlight PANDA


Fashion Samantha’s Favorite Finds


Charity Spotlight Childhelp


Health and Wellness Laurene Hayden


Society O’Connor Institute


Inner-View Matt Haugen


Society Phoenix Heart Ball 2020


Society VMLC Luncheon


Trendy Reading


Travel Escape to Boise


Trendy Reading


Entertaining Patsy Lowry


Wedding Bells


Travel Escape to Tulum


Jewelry Trends Freida Rothman

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Bob Bondurant By Bill Dougherty

Just as we were closing our offices for the holiday season, we learned of the passing of race car legend and Valley philanthropist Bob Bondurant. I was first introduced to Mr. Bondurant in 1992. Marie Granatelli and the late Jazelle Ghiz were the chairs of Childhelp’s “Racing Against Child Abuse” Luncheon at the Arizona Biltmore Resort. The luncheon at the time was one of the biggest in the state. It seemed that every celebrity and every race car driver around was there on that big day. I had been assigned to look after the actor Robert Mitchum. He didn’t seem to want to be there and stood in the back of the ballroom during the fashion show. I got him a Bloody Mary from the bar and offered him a cigarette from my late fathers 1965 black leather Dunhill case. He seemed to tame. Just then, Bob Bondurant walked by. I introduced myself and asked if he might say hello to Mr. Mitchum. For the next forty-five minutes Mr. Mitchum sat glued to a vacant side table with Mr. Bondurant hanging on every word the race car legend said. It was a brilliant move and Mr. Bondurant could not have been any nicer nor more humble to the famed actor. Few race car drivers tasted the success that Bob Bondurant did. His racing career spanned more than six decades. In 1968, he started Bondurant School for High Performance Racing. The school eventually moved to Phoenix in 1989. His awards in the field of racing are that of a legend. He won and placed at Le Mans, the Targa Florio, Monaco and countless US races. He was also a proud member of the Shelby American, Ferrari and Eagle teams. He was one of the most famous drivers to emerge from the Southern California racing scene in the late 1950s and helped to put the Chevrolet Corvette on the map! Bob Bondurant was a man who never said the word no. As soon as he moved to Phoenix in 1989 he immediately aligned himself with countless charities, including Childhelp, the Phoenix Heart Ball and the Phoenix Art Museum. He constantly donated lessons at his world-famous driving school to any charity that asked. Together with his lovely wife Pat, the couple became a force to be reckoned with in the world of philanthropy and fund raising. Bob Bondurant was a gentleman and a scholar. A soft-spoken man who took little credit for his international achievements. I’ll never forget that afternoon back in 1992. He took a lion and turned him into a prince. He will be missed by not only the racing world but the philanthropic community too. He had an amazing life!


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LA DOLCE VITA The Season October to May By Bill Dougherty

The other afternoon I received a call from the Board of Visitors. They

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are the oldest and most important charity in our state. They wanted

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tickets to their much-anticipated holiday fashion show. I was so taken

ties that still value the press.

back by the call. Yet, to know the Board of Visitors is to love them. They understand the necessity of the press and they have cultivated that relationship for more than 100 years. I was immediately reminded of my conversations with the late great and iconic socialite Pat Goldman. We had worked in secrecy together on my Jeanne Tovrea story shortly before her death a few years ago. Mrs. Goldman was very upset about the turn in the social community toward the almighty dollar. She went on to say that when she got into philanthropy in the early 1960s fundraising was about making a difference and not about just making money. Mrs. Goldman thought it was appalling that people announced their numbers from the stage at luncheons and galas alike. She also thought it was in bad taste to tell the press they were welcome to stop by the reception of an event but couldn’t stay for the rest.

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Two Designers Named Veronica drop by Neiman Marcus, Scottsdale What was your background before you had a fashion line? Veronica Miele Beard (VMB): I began my career in finance working with mostly men. I always loved fashion and the trading desk quickly became my daily fashion runway. Veronica Swanson Beard (VSB): I studied at Parsons and went on to work in sales for Narciso Rodriguez and Alberta Ferretti. Then I took a position as a buyer at Marissa Collections in Naples Florida. So fashion was in my blood. How did you get into the fashion business? VMB: Veronica and I are both entrepreneurs. We would talk about what didn’t exist in the market. We had a lot of ideas, but it was the concept of uniform dressing for women that really stuck with us. A man’s daily uniform was a suit and tie. It didn’t really have an equivalent for women. We came up with the dickey jacket – a blazer with detachable dickeys that could switch up your look – and that was how Veronica Beard, the brand, was born. VSB: Veronica and I met at a mutual friend’s wedding on the night I met my husband. We hit it off immediately, but it wasn’t until we became family (when we became sisters-in-law) that we started to talk seriously about starting our own business together. I was working in fashion at the time, and Veronica worked in finance but loved fashion, loved to get dressed, but was bored with the options for professional women. We saw a hole in the market, and we knew we could fill it.


Who inspired your craft? VMB: I was inspired by other working women with kids who get up every day and make it happen, in a chic, purposeful way. We set out to create the pieces of her daily uniform that put a pep in her step with ease. When you look good, you feel good, and you do good!! In VB, you can go from day to evening and feel chic and legit no matter what you’re doing. What do you hope to add to your line in the future? VSB: More items in the home category. Interior design and decorating are passions of mine and I was so thrilled to launch our limited-edition line of table linens last summer. I cannot wait to grow this category for the brand! What is your favorite element of design? VMB: I love choosing the colors and fabrics of the season, then building our prints and silhouettes. We design from our customers’ lifestyle and think about where they’re going and what they’re wearing! VSB: Anticipating trends. What 7 people living or dead would you invite to your dinner party? VMB: My father, the legend, Anthony P. Miele Jr.; Mick Jagger; Michelle Obama; Oprah; YSL; Michael Jordan; Steve Jobs VSB: Stevie Nicks; Mick Jagger; Oprah; Adele; Yves Saint Laurent; Halston; Steve Jobs

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Massage Anyone? By Laurene Hayden

Have you ever wished for a single self-care routine that would cover you for overall wellness and feeling great? Abhyanga – or “oil ­massage” – is a pleasant daily ritual recommended by the ancient healing system of Ayurveda. Not only is it wonderfully good for you, it is very easy to do for yourself and feels fantastic!

Here are some truly amazing benefits associated with regular Abhyanga: Tone the organs and the whole physiology

Calm your nervous system

Increase circulation

Nourish the whole body

Lubricate your joints

Stimulate mini detox

Increase daily stamina

Enhance vision

Get better, deeper sleep

Get luxuriantly thick, soft, glossy hair

Enhance mental alertness

Pacify the doshas

Increase oxytocin

Impart softer, smoother skin

Balance hormones

Support immunity of skin

Relieve fatigue

Enhance complexion and glow of skin

When? Ayurvedic massage is normally done in the morning, before your bath or shower, for releasing toxins that have accumulated during the previous night while we sleep, during our bodies’ nightly rejuvenation and detoxification regimen. What Oil? Sesame oil is traditionally chosen for its penetrating nature, although other oils may be recommended based on your particular body type and potential imbalances. Ask your practitioner which oil is best for you. Generally, olive or sunflower oil would be neutrally safe, and they are easy to get from a local market. If you tend toward being hot or having excess heat in your body, coconut oil is a more cooling choice especially during summer months. Be sure to choose organic and unrefined oils. How? Use comfortably warm oil. Fill a mug half full of hot water. Fill a small jar with oil and set into the mug to heat. Pour a small puddle of oil into your palm and rub hands together, applying to each body section starting with the head. Hair oiling is optional, perhaps once a week. Cover the skin without dripping. After you have oiled your entire body, massage in, using even pressure. Circular motions are best over rounded areas such as your head and joints, use straight strokes on your limbs, and clockwise circular motions on your abdomen. Finally, allow the oil to soak in for 5 to 20 minutes. Do some other daily hygiene tasks at this time (i.e. shave or trim nails), or enjoy some gentle yoga, meditation, or just relax.


The magic: It’s time for a warm bath or shower. The warm water causes the oil to penetrate deeper while toxins are drawn out by the combined action of oil plus warmth. The water washes the toxins away and you are left with soft, clean skin. There is no need to soap off, as your skin is now cleansed, but do soap strategic areas where wastes exit the body. Common sense: Don’t do Abhyanga directly after eating or vigorous exercise, or if you feel ill. Do not do it during menstruation, and check with a practitioner if you are pregnant. If you have a thick white coating on your tongue, postpone and see an Ayurvedic health practitioner for help with a customized detoxification regimen. Tip: To easily get the oil out of your hair, place shampoo on the hair before you put any water on. It will lather up with a little water and minimizes the amount of shampoo you need to use. You may need to rinse, repeat ; ) Home care: Although rarely a problem if you use the correct amount of oil and give adequate time for it to soak in, if you are concerned about clogged pipes, squirt a little Dawn dish soap on the shower floor and mix with water using your feet – it will cut the oil so it doesn’t clog. Use a tiny bit of Dawn in the laundry to get oil out of towels to prevent combustion in the dryer. Replace your bath towel periodically if it becomes heavy with oil, once or twice per year. Summary: Doing Abhyanga daily will bring you great comfort and amazing health benefits! It is easy and doesn’t take much time, so it is an accessible way to up your self-care results with a small investment of time and supplies for a high-value return. Laurene Hayden is a Board Certified Ayurvedic Practitioner, Holistic Yoga & Ayurvedic Healer specializing in Mental & Emotional Wellness, and the Founder of, an online counseling service for healing from Stress, Anxiety, and Depression. Reach out for a free 15-minute clarity call!


Catching up with Matt Haugen We’ve known Matt Haugen’s parents Dyan and Larry for their years of work in the philanthropic scene. Now their progeny is making headlines as a top drift driver who will compete in Japan next year. In your words, what exactly is drift-driving? Drifting is a form of motorsport where you slide the car around corners rather than maintaining traction. It’s like a big burnout but at high speed. It’s the biggest adrenaline rush you can have in a car and it’s basically controlled chaos. How did you get involved in drifting? I didn’t come from a racing family, growing up. I never knew anyone involved in motorsports at any level. Around nineteen years old, I got a Hyundai Genesis Coupe and built it as a fun streetcar/show car. During a fun track event put on by a local shop, we did an exercise where we learned to recover the car when the back end slides out unexpectedly. Instead of recovering it, I stomped on the throttle and drifted. That was my first experience or exposure to drifting and I was instantly hooked. From there I pursued it as a fun hobby during college, but I got hooked even more. Now I do it professionally and it’s a huge part of my life! Why do you continue to pursue the sport? The style and creativity of the cars and the driving keep me coming back and continually trying to compete with myself. I love giving ride alongs and entertaining at events. I grew up snowboarding, skateboarding and competitively wakeboarding and to me, drifting is the biggest adrenaline rush out there. What is one of your most memorable drifting experiences? My first time driving and drifting right-hand drive-in Japan was one of the most memorable experiences. I instantly fell in love and prefer RHD drive vehicles to this day. After I got back, we converted our then-competition car, a Hyundai Genesis Coupe, to right-hand drive. When running at a new track how many laps does it take before you master it? I don’t think you truly ever master a track, but I always take one hot lap (no drifting) before drifting a course. I always recommend that to drivers so that you know what’s coming and can prepare yourself. The worst thing you can do is go all out the first lap and crash, taking yourself out for the rest of the event.


What would you say to other people who want to become drift drivers? Don’t overbuild your car. Get out and practice, the most important mod is the “driver mod.” Spend time learning the skill, figure out what you like, then modify your car. We heard you are participating in the Formula Drift Japan contest next year, what are you doing to prepare for this competition? What are you most looking forward to? This time around, we aren’t getting any outside help on the build. My team at Haugen Racing plans to build my competition car all ourselves. I also built a racing simulator to practice drifting virtually at home. That’s been massive to practice and develop my skills. I’ll be coming in with more experience and knowledge to know how to do things right and do them on time. I’m most looking forward to the whole adventure. Japan is the homeland of drifting. I really want to live there someday, and this will be an experience of a lifetime. What are your plans for the future? What do you plan to do after the competition in Japan? I want to continue competing in Japan for multiple years. I’m hoping we attract some larger partners, and our YouTube channel grows so we can do bigger and better things in the sport.

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HEROES PATRIOTIC LUNCHEON The Veterans Medical Leadership Council (VMLC) welcomed all patriots to join them for the 19th Annual VMLC Heroes Patriotic Luncheon, chaired by VMLC council member George Bliss, owner of Bliss Realty and Investments, and presenting sponsor Joel Barthelemy, CEO of GlobalMed.

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Guess Who is Coming to Dinner? By Patsy Lowry

“Don’t wait for the right opportunity. Create it.” – George Bernard Shaw Dinner parties are a celebration!

These happy gatherings sustain us, carry our lives forward with happiness and create precious memories. Surprise, delight and flatter a friend by creating a WOW moment! Invite someone you haven’t seen in a long time. For example, on one occasion I invited a couple I knew would be flattered and delighted. I called and surprised my friend with an invitation to dinner. He responded by saying, “Patsy, you brought tears to my eyes.” Encouraged by his response, I invited him to bring along a couple that he and his spouse would enjoy being with, people who also would enjoy meeting Ed and me.

ENTERTAINING IDEAS: 1. Surprise your friends by letting them know that you have been thinking of them. Invite them to dinner. 2. Have them bring two guests. You, the

Soon afterward a surprising thing happened. I went for a swim at a resort. There was only one person in the entire pool area. She opened the gate at the exact moment that I was entering the pool area.

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She looked at me and said, “Are you Patsy? I am coming to your house for dinner this week.” I had never seen her before so I asked her how she recognized me? She said that her friend had invited her and her husband as our guests for dinner. Our mutual friend suggested that she Google me. She recognized me from pictures on the Internet. One never knows what doors (or gates) will open! I also invited one couple.

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I created a “Native American table” after I learned that everyone invited was interested in Native American culture. It created a theme for the occasion. Use your imagination! Opening your home to longtime friends and new people, as well, creates a special sort of magic.

two guests. you are inviting and learn something new about each person. 4. When introducing your guests, share something unique and interesting about them. 5. Look up interesting facts to share around a topic of interest to everyone. Let them know the theme for the evening. 6. Send a reminder the day before the dinner with your address, directions to your home, and your cell phone number. 7. Have a fabulous time!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


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Escape to Tulum By Bill Dougherty If you’ve already visited most of the resort towns of Mexico, you must not forget to visit Tulum. The small jungle of a city is located on the Yucatan Peninsula just an hour and a half drive from Cancun. The water is breathtakingly turquoise and clear. The food is exceptional, but 1970’s Acapulco expensive. The shopping is unbelievable. Glass cubes, reminiscent of a Federico Fellini film, line the main streets. Inside these astonishing structures are chic fashions, home goods and culinary stores. The resorts are plentiful but we especially enjoyed Amansala. The famed resort is owned by Phoenician Melissa Pearlman and attracts the beautiful jet-set from all corners of the world. The resort town has grown vastly in popularity. However, strict building restrictions and zoning prevent another resort city of highrise land sprawl. Sadly, that became the standard Mexican norm in the 1980s and ‘90s. If you haven’t been, we suggest you drop in. It is the perfect answer to overcrowded resorts that are abundant throughout the world.


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A Jewelry Legacy For more than 20 years, second generation jeweler and Brooklyn native Frieda Rothman has made an indelible mark in the industry. Handcrafted jewelry and accessories are all designed with effortless elegance and timeless style. This together with hip and modern aesthetics, give the empowering and mesmerizing line an elegant but cool vibe How did you get into the fine jewelry business? I’m a second-generation jeweler. I started experimenting with mixing metals and art and created my own line slowly but surely. How long have you been in business and how many locations have you had? I’ve been in the business for 20 years. I’ve been in the same place in Brooklyn since 2013. What is the biggest challenge in your business? Staying current and changing with the times. Who inspired your craft? The Streets of New York. Manholes, the Brooklyn Bridge, and anything else that’s a reflection of the city. Sadly, the concentration camps my family perished in during World War II. What changes or trends do you see for the future of the jewelry business? Covid changed everything about how people shop. We are doing a lot with in-home jewelry shows. Selling directly to the consumer. This has become an integral part of our brand. What is the biggest mistake people make when buying fine jewelry? People tend to think jewelry should only be worn for special occasions. People need to have fun with what they have. Wear everything you have and make it fun!


Where do you see your business in 5 years? I’d like to accessorize women from head to toe. Shoes, belts, and lots of gold and black accents with a twist. Are you recruiting any family members into the jewelry business? My husband is a vibrant part of my brand and a great legacy to what we want, we have done, and hope to do. What 7 people living or dead would you invite to your dinner party? Just my family and my grandmothers. They were so inspirational to me and to my brand. To see Freida’s Collection locally, contact Susie Muzzy at, or click on to see the Collection online.



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Years of Research and Care of the Steele Children’s Research Center This year, PANDA celebrates its 23rd anniversary. More than two decades of children with colorful jackets zipped up, shoes buckled, and smiles resting on young faces while walking the runway in PANDA’s annual “Children Helping Children” Fashion Show & Luncheon. Twenty-three years of enthusiastic support from the community that has embraced the stories of sick children who have ­ benefited from the medical research, treatments and cures PANDA has championed.

Robyn & Penny at first fashion show 1999, Penny Gunning and Robyn DeBell

After being introduced by mutual friends in 1992, Robyn DeBell and Penny Gunning bonded immediately and found within each other a similar desire to help children in Arizona through supporting the Steele Children’s Research Center, the only academic pediatric medical research center in Arizona. “PANDA was born from our shared passion to fund research on diseases that rob innocent children of a healthy future. We both had friends who lost children to cancer and other diseases that devastated their families – research for prevention and cures were the only solution,” co-founder Robyn DeBell said. In 1999, PANDA (People Acting Now Discover Answers) was founded. “Our first Fashion Show showcased 32 children and we had only 30 tables and 300 guests. Founding PANDA board members’ daughters ran backstage and Saks Fifth Avenue provided the clothing. “We raised about $85,000,” Robyn remembers. Penny’s thought was to have a runway show with a multi-generational approach, “Having grandmothers, mothers, and children involved was the best way to nurture a long-lasting tradition. What better way to support the Steele Children’s Research Center than children helping children?” Since then, PANDA’s Fashion Show & Luncheon has grown to become a highlyanticipated, sold-out event with more than 1,200 attendees who donate millions of dollars over lunch, but the core and mission has remained the same. “We have had many funny moments, from kids jumping off the runway to hug a parent, butterflies in the tummy that didn’t end well, and last-minute refusals to model, we take it all in stride,” Robyn said. Many former child models now have children of their own and they look forward to their children carrying on the tradition that has contributed over $22 million dollars to the Steele Children’s Research Center. Helping garner these donations is longtime PANDA auctioneer Letitia Frye. “The women of PANDA never rest upon their laurels or successes, but rather continue to push the envelope again and again to raise more money for the life-saving


research and care of the Steele Children’s Research Center. There is no one and nothing overlooked in their quest to help as many children as they can, and I consider it a humbling honor to be a part of it all each year that I am there,” said Letitia. The money raised by PANDA has been the catalyst to more than $100 million in grants for the Steele Children’s Research Center. Some notable projects include the Women in Science program, the PANDA Children’s Epilepsy Project, Cancer Immunology Program and the “White Coat Fund” which helps attract the world’s leading research-scientists to Tucson. “I’m most proud of the impact we have had on furthering research and we are so fortunate to have our ‘Man of Steele,’ to guide us,” Robyn said. The ‘Man of Steele’ is Dr. Fayez K. Ghishan, director of the Steele Children’s Research Center. Not only does the charismatic Dr. Ghishan lead the team of 200 researchers, graduate students, and physicianscientists, he is actively involved with PANDA’s co-founders and board. Each year, he works closely with the women to select a new project to focus on and is a regular guest speaker at PANDA’s monthly board meetings to ensure the women understand the complex topics and can fuel both parts of their mission: to raise awareness and private-funding. Last May, PANDA’s board (also referred to as the Phoenix Women’s Board of the Steele Children’s Research Center) led by President, Erin Ashby, voted to focus on funding the purchase of a new NovaSeq 6000 System, a genome sequencing machine that will allow physician-scientists to make breakthroughs in cutting-edge research. “Medicine and science offer us a priceless perspective. Together, they remind us of the incredible privilege it is to continually create knowledge and then translate that to advance the well-being of the world’s children,” said Dr. Fayez Ghishan. “If I spend an hour with one child, I help one child. If I spend an hour in the lab, I help 1,000 children,” said Dr. Ghishan. With renewed spirit and energy, the 200 PANDA Board Members are eager to add to the story that Robyn DeBell and Penny Gunning began writing over two decades ago. “What has inspired me the most about this journey is not only the number children we have all been able to help, but the continued involvement of our Founding board, our amazing Golden PANDAs, and the remarkable sisterhood of active philanthropists PANDA has nurtured,” Penny said. PANDA’s next “Children Helping Children” Fashion Show and Luncheon, presented by Fox Restaurant Concepts, is set to take place on May 7, 2022 and will feature a “Somewhere Over the Rainbow” theme. Put on your ruby slippers and join us at The Fairmont Scottsdale Princess. This event will surely remind you that “There’s No Place Like Steele.” 2022 Event Details PANDA’s 22nd Annual “Children Helping Children” Fashion Show & Luncheon May 7, 2022 at The Fairmont Scottsdale Princess 2022 PANDA President Erin Ashby 2022 Event Chairs Jamee Emens, Jules Koechling, Colleen Luke, Mandi Schnepf

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Committed to Helping Victims of Child Abuse Sara and Yvonne How Did You Meet? Sara: We met on the Ozzie and Harriet show. That was long before most of you all have been around. It was a classic comedy series. Yvonne played Ricky’s girlfriend and I played David’s girlfriend and automatically, we enjoyed the connection. We ended up as Sunday school teachers in the same church and members of the Hollywood Christian group together. We kept being thrown together by fate. Yvonne: I used to do a USO show every single weekend, traveling to different bases to perform for the troops. I invited Sarah one weekend and after that we were selected to go to Japan. Out of over 500 actresses, Sara and I were chosen to bring a little of the “spirit of home” abroad. While entertaining in Tokyo, we discovered 11 half-American and half Japanese orphans abandoned on the street and that is why we started our first orphanage. It’s really where Childhelp began. Yvonne, What Was it Like to Date Elvis Presley? Yvonne: I did a movie, Loving You, with him and he was such a gentleman to everybody. He was very kind. I was getting made up for a scene and he came right down, sat next to me, and started talking. We just became instant friends. I dated him and visited with his family in Graceland. He was wonderful. I can’t say enough about him, really, but we weren’t too serious. We were just good friends. He threw a great party for all my friends in Glendale, CA. Of course, they were very impressed that I knew Elvis and I was doing a movie with him. When we went to church, he would sit between his mother and myself, and he would hold my hand and her hand. He was very connected to his mother, and father, too, but especially his mother. He had a close relationship with her. I really had a good time with him, and we were friends, wonderful friends.


Yvonne Fedderson and Sara O’Meara

How and When Did You Meet the Reagans? Sara: After the US left Vietnam, and we led the rescue of thousands of children during Operation Baby Lift, Yvonne and I were asked to be the keynote speakers at a big luncheon in the Old Ambassador Hotel in California. Nancy and Ronald Reagan were there. At the time, he was governor of California. Nancy stopped us as we were coming back to our seats from the podium and said, “You are just the two that we need to do this,” and we asked, “Do what?” She leaned in closer, “Fight child abuse. It’s the best kept secret and the laws protect the perpetrator and not the child. The way you have gone to Japan and Vietnam was incredible. We need that here in America.” As she talked to us about child abuse, we had never heard of such cruelty happening in our country. It was hidden, unreported and not well understood. I said, “Well, that sounds unbelievable, but we could do a feasibility study to determine the need.” And she said, “Well, I know where we can get the money for that” and winked at Ronald, “Don’t you, Ronnie?” The next day, a check was delivered to our doorstep from the Reagan’s personally. Yvonne: And that was just the beginning of them supporting our mission! Sara: So, we called them back and said, “We will put together the best professionals that we can find that know about child abuse. We will organize a conference to find out what’s really

Nancy Reagan holding a child at the Village

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happening in America.” When we did, our eyes were really opened, but a lot of them said, you don’t want to touch this with a ten foot pole, because you don’t want to get into the business of parents and the people next door. You’re stepping onto a landmine. These children were worth it, so we went to Washington! We started by helping to change the laws and fortunately, with God’s grace, we were able to support legislation helping people safely report child abuse. With the new laws, even if they were wrong in their conception of what happened, they could not be sued. In the past, there were many cases where people reported abuse, and the judge would say, “Well, the child could have fallen down the steps instead of being shoved down the steps.” Then the abuser could turn around and sue the compassionate informant.

Packing clothes to send to the children in the orphanage in Japan

After that, everyone on our feasibility study committee said that if we were going to get the word out, we had to have media and get it publicized. They suggested we do a television special but we soon realized there wasn’t a program exclusively helping abused boys and girls. That gave us the idea to start a residential treatment center strictly for children recovering from child abuse. It was the very first residential treatment center and still serves children in California today. What Inspired You to Open the Childhelp Children’s Center of Arizona? Sara: We wanted everything a child needs under one roof. We had a dream of all the partners together: police, social service departments, medical professionals, prosecutors, and counselors cooperating for the love of a child. We really worked at getting everyone unified but the only way that we were able to do that is if we would pay for everything. Yvonne and I were never as happy as when we opened the first multidisciplinary children’s advocacy center. You can’t imagine what a different this makes it, the child doesn’t have to go from place to place to be interviewed. Yvonne: They can put the case together so much quicker. Because of our bright colors and friendly atmosphere with therapy dogs (and even ponies!) we were told it wouldn’t work, that child welfare spaces shouldn’t be like Disneyland.

Fiurst children to enter the Residential Treatment Center “Village” in California


SPOTLIGHT: CHIILDHELP (continued) Sara: Now, we’re thrilled to see that every advocacy center in this country has emulated that trauma-informed environment so that a child does not have to go through more suffering. We make an impact on the children that come to our center. We have even had children ask, “May I have my birthday party here?” That gives us a tremendous feeling. If You Could Go Back to 1959 and Talk to Your Younger Selves, What Advice Would You Give Them? Sara: I guess to not be so concerned about every little thing and never to be afraid of speaking up for a child. We feel we have done that but I think maybe we could have done more. Yvonne: You can never do enough to help these children. There is always more we can do, and we intend to keep bringing our very best to this mission every day. What Accomplishment are you Most Proud of? Sara: The thing I am most proud of is making sure that God gets the credit. We have had God in this organization from the very beginning.

Yvonne and Sara visiting children at CA Village

Yvonne: We’re just enhancing God’s work, being the hands and feet of His plan here on earth. He can’t do it without us, our donors, our staff, our volunteers, and our partners. And we certainly can’t do it without God. What is Your Hope for the Children in the Care of Childhelp Today? Yvonne: Well, we wish we’d go out of business and there would never be any more child abuse! Sara: We would like for these children to know that they are loved and that each one of them is unique. Their fingerprints are different from anybody else’s in the whole world. They each have a mission. God brings us into this world with a plan for our lives. They need to know how important they are, how loved they are, and how important they are to this world. What Is Your Future Vision For Childhelp? Sara: We hope to see it go on forever to help any child that needs to be helped. One day we hope that child abuse will be eradicated.

Marines helping send supplies to orphans

Yvonne: I want to say that we have a phenomenal board of directors and wonderful people that we feel will carry on the compassionate traditions of Childhelp. Sara: Well, obviously we are very fortunate, as Yvonne said, to have such a tremendous board of directors. Fabulous! We have also named our successors who will be stepping into our shoes and running Childhelp when God calls us home. Yvonne: But we also have others that are going to be working right with them. Absolutely fabulous volunteers and an amazing staff. Our children will be in good hands!


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A group of great Americans gathered at the Arizona Biltmore Resort to celebrate the Sandra Day O’Connor Institute. The evening’s featured speaker was bestselling author and historian David Eisenhower. He is the grandson of General and President Dwight D. Eisenhower. The evening was absolute perfection. The Biltmore did an outstanding job with service and a flawless fantastic menu. Mr. Eisenhower’s speech was interesting and was followed by a fireside chat with retired U.S. Senator Jon Kyl. The Sandra Day O’Connor Institute helps to advance civics education, civic engagement and civil discourse. Apple pie toped off the festivities in keeping with a salute to a brilliant man and his legacy and our great country.

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PHOENIX HEART BALL 2021 After two long years, the American Heart Association was finally able to highlight the oldest charity ball in Arizona. Ball Chair Jennifer Moser and her Executive Leadership Team that included Maja Langbein, Suzi Hilton, Amanda Garmany, and Heartball Sweetheart Char Hubble did a tremendous job making the night memorable for all in attendance. The Phoenician threw the big bash which included more than 950 merry mak-

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A Palm Beach Scandal 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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