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VOLUME 38, NO. 1


Style Best Dressed List 2020


Trends in Dining Flint by Baltaire


Publisher La Dolce Vita


Trendy Reading The Boys In The Boat


Society VMLC Luncheon



Inner-View The Travel Mom

Trendy Reading The Boy Who Followed His Father into Auschwitz


Society Ambassador’s Ball


Trendy Reading The Resistance Women


Wow Worthy Specialty Cakes 2020


Wedding Bells Nevarez/Guerithault


Trendy Reading Supreme Glamour


Society White Christmas Gala


Society The Board of Visitors Luncheon


Society ACI Holiday Luncheon


Society Starry Night Gala


Retrospective Desert Foundation Auxiliary


Society Desert Foundation Auxiliary Ball 2019


Fashion Evening Wear and Fine Jewelry 2020


Society Phoenix Symphony Ball 2019


Inner-View PANDA Luncheon 2020

2019 Desert Foundation Auxiliary Ball Debutantes

ON THE COVER Fashions courtesy of Danese Creations, Phoenix Fine Jewelry courtesy of Oliver Smith Fine Jeweler, Scottsdale Models courtesy of Ford Robert Black and Independent Contracted Model Hair and make-up courtesy of Karen Hall Photography courtesy of Scott Foust Studios, Scottsdale






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LA DOLCE VITA The Season October to May By Bill Dougherty

From all of us at Trends Magazine and the Trends Charitable Fund,

I arrived this year, as I have done for the

we hope you had a Merry Christmas, a Happy Hanukah and a very

last 26 years, I was delighted to see that

safe New Year. There was a lot happening in December, more than

they embraced a holiday theme. In the

we’ve seen in a very long time. First, our annual Best Dressed list

often media-driven political correctness,

is out again. This year the men outnumber the women selected

organizations are too afraid to celebrate Christmas. Boy did Dennis

by our top secret panel of judges. Funny, I don’t ever remember a

Thompson of the White House Design Studio put a stop to that!

time when American men were so vain. In all my trips to Europe,

The room was a candy cane wonderland! It was so nice to see a

Asia and South America I always marveled at how men on these

return to a beautiful and festive holiday atmosphere for a change.

continents put themselves together. I always thought American men

Dillard’s showcased some wonderful and youthful fashions. That’s

looked sloppy in the last 20 years or so. But that seemed to change

because savvy events coordinator Denise Ames is so fantastic at

about 10 years ago. Now I feel like I’m on the streets of Rome,

her job. Many of us have wondered just how she manages to keep it

a city I consider to have the most decked out men in the world!

all together. She has a grueling travel schedule, more fashion shows

Now could someone please convince American women that tennis

that you could imagine, excellent tastes in pulling the latest and

shoes and yoga pants are not a fashion statement? It’s an absolute

greatest ready to wear and all done with a smile on her face. I was

tragedy when Lululemon becomes an American fashion statement

backstage for what most would think a chaotic scene of teenagers,

for women.

models, little ones and grandparents. The atmosphere was calm,

People are talking about The Board of Visitors (BOV) and their

cool and collected. Are you really surprised? The festivities ran like

splendid and triumphant 60th annual fashion show luncheon. When

Continued on page 12



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the well-oiled machine that makes The Board of Visitors so excep-

spoke to the ladies regarding the life-long friendships forged during

tional! I had the pleasure of working again with Andrea Moseley,

the year. All the moving parts came together the night of the ball at

who handled PR this year. We have worked together in the past and

the Phoenician. I was on hand for the first time in years to watch the

she’s always such a joy to be with. I’ve said often that she looks like

splendor created by ball chairs Wendy Dewane and Jill Hegardt.

the actress Michelle Lee, who I had the opportunity to meet once

However, I realized that I was quickly overshadowed by our very

at a cocktail party. Both ladies are as beautiful on the outside as they

senior society photographers Sally and Peter Krzykos. The dynamic

are on the inside. Congratulations to Joanie O’Conner who chaired

couple joined our staff in 1985 almost 10 years before I did. They have

and all the fine women who worked and have worked so hard to

attended the ball for more than three decades. These two lovelies

make BOV the oldest and one of the most important charities in

were clearly the stars of the show and they’re always the best danc-

our state!

ers on the floor. Since Mr. Krzykos grew up behind the Iron Curtin in

Another major debutante ball had a lot to celebrate last month as well. Desert Foundation Auxiliary presented a beautiful group of college-age young ladies to society. This year I became better acquainted with Gina Forester and President Ronnie Kiefer. We met during the long, hot summer to discuss a retrospective on the 54 years of tradition the ball has enjoyed. I was filled in on the very traditional afternoon tea that was held at the impressive home of Dyan Getz and put on by Michelle Walker. I’ve been told that famed socialite Barbara Dunlap addressed the debutantes-to-be regarding the fine work and lives the organization has helped change. Mrs. Dunlap’s lovely and exceptionally witty daughter Robin Snyder also

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Ken Kocialski, Tarasa Haase, George Bliss and Dave Barnes

Sam Young and Mike Broomhead

Veterans Medical Leadership Council hosted their much-anticipated luncheon a few weeks ago to a sold-out crowd. This year Valley philanthropic Joel Barthelemy of GlobalMed served as the presenting sponsor for the day. Corporal Peter MacDonald, a Navajo Code Talker and also a World War II Veteran, delivered the keynote speech. This glorious afternoon provides the opportunity to honor and celebrate our Veterans and military


Paul and Adrienne Morell with Gordon James

Tom Meaker with Cowgirls and Denny McComb

Nora and Gino Mei

service members. Jay Curtis, CEO of First Credit Union, served as this year’s Honorary Luncheon Chairman and The BGEN Tom Browning Community Heroes Award was presented to Salt River Project. We are honored to have such a prestigious lunch in our Valley. A special thank you to the women and men who have served and are currently serving our country.

Coverage courtesy of Trisha Anthony


The Travel Mom: Emily Kaufman How did you get your start? I started my career as a professional in early childhood education; teaching parenting classes, mommy and me and preschool. I met a producer of the local news at the park playing with our kids and he suggested I come on his show to share some parenting pointers. I began appearing as “The Professional Mom” on local and national shows. What led from The Professional Mom to The Travel Mom? Once I started to appear frequently on television, a destination contacted me and invited me to visit. They were hoping I would go on TV and talk about how great it was to other moms. That’s where the idea of “The Travel Mom” was born. The Travel Mom started long before social media, how did you make it work? I have never considered myself a blogger or influencer. In fact, none of those mediums existed when I first started. I built my brand the old-fashioned way by sending VHS tapes of past performances to television shows asking if they would have me on.

What was your first trip as The Travel Mom? My first trip as The Travel Mom was to Northwoods Resort in The Big Bear/Lake

How has family travel evolved?

Arrowhead area of Southern California.

Family travel has become much more

It was a family ski trip. I am forever grateful

experiential than it used to be. Historically

to the first PR person that worked with

it was enough to go to the beach or

me, Susan Bejekian, and continue a

a theme park. Now families are more

professional relationship with her even

sophisticated travelers and want to have

twenty years later.

a more immersive experience.

How do you select your destinations?

What’s been your best travel

I schedule my TV projects by themes

experience yet?

and markets that are meaningful to

I recently returned from my first

destinations. For example; in the fall

Crystal Cruise and it exceeded my

I talk about grown-up getaways, around

expectations. The food, the staterooms,

the holidays I share travel tips and I do

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Shari Morrison with James Linsmayer and Patti Stillman

Steve and Jeanne Chanen

Maryanne Weiss with Steve Chucri and R. Glenn Williamson

Jim and JoAnne Lane

Al Molina and Glenn Williamson chaired this year’s triumphant 30th annual Ambassador’s Ball. The lovely eveing was held at Montelucia and brought out some of the finest people from the worlds of diplomacy and foreign dignitaries. Italian wines were passed during a lavish cocktail recep-


Lin Sue Cooney and Scott Blaney

Branch and Karen Williamson

Pia Toscano, Ingrid Hirstin Lazcano, Brittany O’Connor, and Jordi Caballero

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Supreme Glamour by Mary Wilson In 1986, Mary Wilson would pin her memories of being one of the three founding members of The Supremes. The book, Dream Girl, would become the biggest bestselling book written about Rock & Roll. More than three decades later; she has returned with a lavish coffee table book, Supreme Glamour. The book is dedicated to the heart-stopping glamour that would make The Supremes the most fashionable music group in history. Ms. Wilson begins the book with the rags to riches success of founding members: Diana Ross, Florence Ballard and herself; who all meet in the Brewster Housing projects of Detroit. The group is slow to chart in the early 1960s but always beautifully dressed, appointed and charmed by Motown founder Berry Gordy Jr; something other Motown acts find off-putting. In

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Shortly before the Christmas rush, Ryan House gathered a dashing group of Valley philanthropists for their muchanticipated White Christmas Gala. Originally the gala was the brainchild of socialite Sarah Suggs and her tribute to Irving Berlin and the music he created at the Arizona Biltmore almost a century ago. At the time many in our community had no idea the world-famous composer had written most of his holiday tunes at the magnificent resort. Since then, the gala has become a festive favorite of many who support Ryan House and their countless efforts to aid in lifelimiting and end –of- life journeys for children. This year the opulent affair was chaired by Pepper Kincaid-Sizer and Jennifer Whitesides. They both did a spectacular job!

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2020 Flower Girls

Andrea Moseley and Joanie O’Connor

Dee Callan and Ann Mulchay

Beverly Reading and Shelley Dupuy

Bill Bayless with Jim Grant and David Kolbe

Just before Christmas, luncheon chair Joanie O’Connor and her massive committee threw together a huge fashion show luncheon at the Camelback Inn. The Board of Visitors celebrated the 60th annual holiday luncheon and had a spectacular afternoon of all things holiday. The White House Design Studio pulled out all the stops with a candy-cane-themed ballroom


Cindy and Emily Good

Elizabeth Benoit and Sally Guenther

Kristin Hamrick and Dianne Goldwater

complete with red and white swirls through-out. Beautiful young debutantes and generations of families graced a massive catwalk, showcasing Dillard’s fashions. Music master Chris Beckley spun dynamic sounds all afternoon to the delight of a festive and well-attired audience. Congratulations to the oldest charity in our state on a magnificent afternoon! Coverage courtesy of Bill Dougherty


Cheryl and Jam Najafi Carolyn Cantor and Lisa Kahn

Mitch Sayare with Tonne Goodman and Chrissy Sayare


Mary Ann Sheeley

Nancy Teets


Chrissy and Mitch Sayare threw open their swanky Paradise Valley estate to host the ACI VIP party the night before the lunch. Major donors were there for a private meet and greet with ACI featured speaker Tonne Goodman and her collaborator Ivan Shaw. At the luncheon the next day, Tonne did not disappoint as she regaled the audience with colorful stories from her numerous years in the fashion industry (she is currently a features editor at Vogue and just released her book “Point of View�). Jennifer Carmer did a splendid job chairing the sold-out event, held at the Phoenix Art Museum and sponsored by TBC. Attendees came decked in their fashion finest so the people watching was phenomenal!

Joe Presutti with Michael Nicholas and Chip Carmer

Pat Watts and Liz Agbolla

Donna Johnson and Lauri Tremansen

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Billie Jo Herberger with Bob and Karol Cooper

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Not even a gentle rain of a late fall Saturday evening could keep hundreds from attending Starry Night at the Scottsdale Arts Center. The big and very much anticipated gala was chaired by Oscar De Las Salas. The night stopped to honor the tireless efforts of Billie Jo and Judd Herberger and their amazing “just say yes,� to all-things philanthropic. Everyone who


Ruth Rosenquist and Ellie Ziegler

Dina Shacknai

Gary Jackson and Oscar De Las Salas

matters was there and that must have pleased the beloved President and CEO of Scottsdale Arts, Gerd Wuestermann. It was a magical night filled with wonderment, lots of beautifully dressed people and an artistic flair people have come to expect from the world-renowned center. Micheline Etkin took home top honors as Belle of the Ball. Are you surprised? Coverage courtesy of JJ Brewer and Michelle Rooney

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A Grand Tradition

What year did DFA start and where was it held? Desert Foundation Auxiliary was founded in January 1965 when a group of prominent Scottsdale residents decided that Scottsdale, Paradise Valley and Carefree should have their own Debutante Ball, separate from the city of Phoenix. These women included Mrs. Stillman, Mrs. Goldwater, Mrs. Herberger and Mrs. Thorne; as well as many other prestigious members of the growing Scottsdale community. The first Debutante Ball was held on December 29, 1966, at the Safari Hotel in Scottsdale. Has the organization always benifited a charity? Yes! Our founders saw the need to support the local community of Scottsdale and the surrounding communities; and they wanted to invest in that growth by helping small, emerging charities, who might not exist today without the financial seed money granted

2019 Ball Chair Wendy Dewane and Co-Chair Jill Hegardt

by Desert Foundation Auxiliary. Proceeds from the Ball are used

What are the requirements to be selected as a Debutante?

exclusively for scientific, literary and educational purposes within

Desert Foundation Auxiliary selects high school senior girls who

our community. In 1966 the Desert Ball proceeds benefitted the

reside in the Scottsdale School District, city of Scottsdale and the

Boys and Girls Club of Scottsdale, Scottsdale Parks and Recreation

towns of Paradise Valley and Carefree. Each of our 60 members

and The Foundation for Blind Children. In recent years, DFA

is able to nominate girls from families whom they know and who

has donated to Waste Not, Hope House, For the Love of Travis,

desire to enjoy the unique experience of having their daughter

HEAL and Gigi’s Playhouse; among countless others.

be presented as a Debutante at our annual ball.

2018 Debutantes


What makes your Debutante Ball stand apart from others? The primary item that sets us apart from other balls is that our Ball is held during the holiday season after our Debutantes’ first semester of college, rather than in the spring of their senior year. In addition; the Desert Ball is the only Debutante Ball where each Debutante hosts their own table, which includes their escort and friends, as well as there being a separate table for their parents and family friends. Since we limit the number of Debutantes to 25, we are able to create an extremely elegant and intimate event, at which time-honored traditions established in 1966 are still followed to this day.

Jim Keeley presenting his daughter, Roxanne

served on traditional silver pieces with tea being served by past presidents. Several other traditions include hand-addressing our ball invitations in turquoise ink and introducing new members to our Active and Associate members at a new member cocktail party, held at a member’s home. Was DFA the first big black-tie ball when the Phoenician opened? The Phoenician has been the home of the Desert Ball since it opened in 1988. It was, in fact, the very first blackFirst Class of Desert Debutantes, 1966

Why is it always held during the holiday season?

tie event held there. We continue to hold the Ball at this beautiful venue and this year will be no exception.

For many of our Debutantes, the holiday season is the first time they are back home from college. It is a special time for the college kids to reunite with their high school friends and to gather with their family and friends to celebrate at the festive Desert Ball. For many families, it has become part of their holiday tradition. Your organization is rich with traditions and gatherings, please share a few. Our Mother-Daughter Tea held in May at one of our members’ homes is the first opportunity for our DFA Debutantes to be formally introduced to our membership and to one another. Prior to the event, Active and Associate members come together to prepare hand-made tea sandwiches and desserts, using recipes that have been handed down from our founding members and

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One of the most anticipated nights takes place shortly before the Christmas holiday. The Desert Foundation Auxiliary selects a very special group of young ladies and presents them to society on a beautiful winter’s night. Steeped with traditions that have been around for more than 50 years, the debutante ball is one of the very last events of the season and one of the


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Merrymakers gathered at the Arizona Biltmore yet again this year. Each season is officially closed out with the Phoenix Symphony Ball. This year guests were on hand to do that and close out the decade as well. Lucia Renshaw and Bruce Covill chaired this year’s ball and did a marvelous job attracting a whole new crowd to the evening. Hope Brick arrived and departed in flesh-toned shades and lace. She also took home top honors as Belle of the Ball for 2019. Happy New Year!

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PANDA is Hitting it Out of the Park for Kids The Phoenix Women’s Board of the Steele Children’s Research Center, known as PANDA, is hosting the “Children Helping Children” Fashion Show and Luncheon on March 28, 2020 at the Phoenician. Event chairs Colleen Chester, Sarah Frey, Courtney Gaintner and Kelly Vasbinder; along with PANDA President Tammy Ryan; shared their plans for the 2020 event.


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What projects are you funding in 2020? Tammy Ryan: For two decades, PANDA has collaborated with the Steele Children’s Research Center to fund a critical need. In 2020, PANDA is supporting Steele’s overall commitment to pediatric medical research to find solutions to childhood disorders and diseases.

What inspired this focus on research? Colleen Chester: Our inspiration comes from Dr. Fayez Ghishan’s quote, “If I spend an hour with one child, I help one child. If I spend one hour in the lab, I help 1,000 children.” Our 2020 project is focusing on three research areas: autoimmune research, Childhood Postinfectious Autoimmune Encephalopathy (CPAE), and genome sequencing.

Why does your Phoenix Board support a research center in Tucson? Sarah Frey: PANDA was founded to support medical research at the Steele Children’s Research Center, the only academic pediatric research center in the state of Arizona. Seed money from PANDA has been the catalyst for more than $100 million in grants to fund pediatric medical research. This research benefits children throughout the state and the world.

What is the event theme this year? Kelly Vasbinder: We selected the theme “Field of Dreams” for PANDA’s 2020 event because baseball and children’s health have a lot of similarities, especially in that things can change in an instant. They both also need a lot of hope and require hard work. Steele fights to find answers, so we can again change a family’s life in an instant, but this time; for the better.

What does the theme mean to you? Courtney Gaintner: I grew up in Iowa, just down the road where the movie Field of Dreams was filmed. The line from the film “if you build it, they will come” perfectly describes the Steele Children’s Research Center. Steele has helped countless children and we are so lucky to have it in our backyard. PANDA could not be more proud to have helped build this world-renowned research center.

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For entrees we had the 18-ounce prime ribeye which our server explained to us had just been added to the menu that evening and it was a hit! The steak was wood fired to perfection and the flavor robust. We also had the pan roasted diver scallops that were moist, plump and delicious! For dessert don’t miss the olive oil pound cake, a moist and unique item that is not found often enough on most restaurant menus. My mom used to make the BEST pound cake so I am a bit partial to that one, of course, but nice to even see it for a change on a menu while dining out. They also have wood fired pizzas, and many other items from the wood grill including the FLINT burger, grilled lamb chops, pork chops, filet mignon and a few other seafood options. Overall, we thoroughly enjoyed our meal and encourage you to come and dine here at FLINT BY Baltaire.


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The Boys in the Boat by Daniel James Brown In 1936 nine Americans set off for the Olympic Games which are scheduled to be held in Hitler’s Capitol city of Berlin. The book traces the roots of these fine American boys and their Depression era dreams of going to the Olympics. They are the underdog in the United States and largely ignored by the media in the sleepy little towns they hail from in the state of Washington. However their luck, determination and drive quickly turns the tables on their elite East Coast competitors. The very tall and very handsome young gentlemen arrive in a Disney-like Berlin along with fellow Americans Jesse Owens and Louis Zamperini, who both become famous in their own right at the games that summer. Berlin is surreal and fastidious. The slums are gone, so are the homeless and city workers are reuniformed. There is no place like it in the world in all of 1936. An extended courtesy is granted to the globe from a city that will soon capture the continent. Swastikas hang everywhere and there are no signs of anti-Semite behavior. The Hindenburg makes low passes throughout the games to showcase German air advances to the world. Famed photographer Leni Riefenstahl captures every moment of the games with state-ofthe art cameras. The city and the games themselves almost resembles a movie set. We won’t spoil anymore of the nuances in this great read. Through a collection of journals and vivid memories you are literally transformed into the dusty and hungry Great Depression only to be lifted into a wonderment German facade for the entire world to see. This book is truly the American Dream!



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Resistance Women by Jennifer Chiaverini The year is 1937 and Wisconsin graduate Mildred Fish has just married a brilliant German economist, Arvid Harnack. She is delighted to return with her new husband to his homeland and the thriving city of Berlin. It is a place considered to be the cultural epicenter of Europe. There the newlyweds love and grow rich with lasting friendships and rewarding work. But a malevolent new dictator is about to change their world and the entire world around them forever. By the time Adolph Hitler finally seizes power, the Harnacks and their friends resolve to resist the ever-growing opposition to free speech, religion and every bizarre new law and consequence the Third Reich quickly establishes. Mildred Harnack quietly puts together a group of well-educated ladies including Martha Dodd, the attractive and coy daughter of the U.S. Ambassador to Germany, German author Greta Kuckhoff and literature student Sara Weitz. The women risk all to collect needed information on military officers, journalists and high ranking Nazi party members. The plan is successful for several years, then things go terribly awry. Jennifer Chiaverini does a fantastic job putting together all the intricate pieces of the vast but complicated and often misunderstood underground networks of World War II. Her approach to a complex subject is easy to read and comprehend. In an ever-growing world of bestselling World War II novels and historical fiction, Resistance Women is yet another great book on perhaps the most important and horrific times of the 20th Century.



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