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SPECIAL FEATURES 6
Remembering … Carole Machiz
20 Crimes Against High Society: The Joan Hill murder 36
Trends in Dining: The Texaz Grill
Leader of the Band: The Gene Press Orchestra
Interview: 10 Questions for … Rita Wilson
43 Trendy Reading: “Full Service” – the sex lives of the stars 45
A cookbook by the House of Broadcasting
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SOCIETY Fresh Start Anne Mariucci and Lauren Rautbord with Kathy Munro
Galaxy Gala Nancy and LeRoy Gaintner
28 Trio 33
Phoenix Suns’ Jump Ball Gala
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Artist Profile: Bentley Gallery’s Neo Chroma
La Dolce Vita
On My Mind
Spotlight on the Heard Museum
Spotlight on the Phoenix Art Museum
29 Spotlight on the Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art 30
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Remembering ... Carole Machiz By Bill Dougherty
Carole Machiz was one of the greatest people I’ve ever known. She also just happened to be one of the greatest philanthropists Phoenix has ever seen. The 2002 Trendsetter passed away late this winter surrounded by family and loved ones. She lived a long and remarkable life. On a hot summer’s day in 1977 I met Carole while stopping by Nutty Candy Store with Julia Brophy at Town & Country mall. The candy store provided a teenage reprieve to Julia’s mother’s dress shop in the same shopping center. It was there that we came across a beautiful auburn haired lady who was dressed in skin-tight Calvin Klein Jeans, a look that would be her trademark well into the early ‘80s. Carole was picking up chocolates for her own store, the ultra chic Green Apple at the front of the mall. The second we met the three of us became instant friends. Carole took us to her amazing shop and introduced us to every tenant in the mall. She was clearly the star of the mall. By the early 1980s Carole decided that her wildly successful store should come to an end. By this time she had spent more the 40 years in the clothing business. As she told us, “I’m just too tired.” She retired for about five seconds. Within that very year she became the top sales clerk at The Clotherie. It was there that she talked me into my first double-breasted suit in late 1981. And it was there that she would meet the man who would change her life, Bob Machiz. In 1994 on one of my first outings as a photographer for Trends I ran into Carole and Bob at a Phoenix Suns gala. Carole adored the Suns. She told me that night that she never knew she could love someone the way she loved Bob. They became the toast of Phoenix society! The Phoenix Sun Charities, the Trends Charitable Fund, the Heart Ball, Celebrity Fight Night, Southwest Center for HIV and AIDS and Phoenix Theatre were a few of her favorite things. Carole was also perhaps the first socialite in the Valley to receive the title of Live Auction Queen. It was amazing to watch her! They broke the mold when they made Carole. She, together with her husband, Bob, did so much to make this a better place for all. In the end Carole only wanted a place in the sun, and I believe she got it!
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“Neo Chroma” at Bentley Gallery Prepare to have your color adjusted. Bentley Gallery, which sad to say for Scottsdale’s downtown arts district has moved to Phoenix, is staging “Neo Chroma,” a bright exhibition that’s all about color.
tional chords in us that we usually aren’t even aware of. Color looks so simple. It truly takes a skilled artist to handle it correctly.
Of all the elements of art – form, subject, idea, light and dark – color punches our buttons like no other. It’s what draws most people to art in the first place, striking emo-
The six artists included in “Neo Chroma” use color as the main subject of their paintings. The artists are Tim Bavington, Ali Smith, Daniel Brice, Oliver Arms, Jill Moser and Feodor Voronov. The paintings are abstract, leaving color the star of each work.
Tim Bavington, “Quadrophenia,” synthetic polymer on canvas, 72” x 72”
Tim Bavington, “The Lonely Surfer,” synthetic polymer on canvas, 60” x 84”
Oliver Arms, “Reach the Shore,” oil on canvas, 58.5” x 60”
Ali Smith, “Impact Site,” oil on canvas, 60” x 72”
Here’s a glimpse behind the scenes at one of the painters. Tim Bavington’s bright vertical lines are sprayed paint. Bavington applies the paint as visual translations of classic rock ‘n’ roll hits. He draws inspiration from guitar riffs and heavy beats. The other artists in the show work with color in various other ways. Feodor Voronov, “Harbinger,” acrylic, marker, ball point pen, Color is what they all have spray paint on canvas, 46” x 47.75” in common. The canvases are mostly large, and the impact is sudden and dramatic. “Neo Chroma” will hang at Bentley Gallery, 215 E. Grant St., Phoenix. Call 480.946.6060 or visit www.bentleygallery.com.
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La Dolce Vita By Bill Dougherty
Please visit Trends’ Web site at www.trendspublishing.com for more social events and up-to-date calendar listings. Visit us on Facebook/Bill Dougherty www.facebook.com/bill.dougherty.585 https://twitter.com/Trends_Magazine Even though I wrote at great length about my dear friend Carole Machiz in Remembering Carole Machiz, I still felt I had more to say. I met Carole decades ago when she owned Green Apple at Town & Country mall. She was one of the smartest businesswomen in the Valley long before most women were taken seriously. She was stunningly beautiful and her look always changed with the start of each season. She never took a bad photo. She wore Bob and some of the most beautiful Carole Machiz
diamonds imaginable. Carole also did more to support the community than most, and that alone, given the mass amounts of philanthropy we see, is simply amazing! A generous hostess, Carole along with her husband, Bob, made sure their friends were always seated with them at the best tables on the charity circuit. Had she not been snagged by the world of high fashion, I suspect Carole would have become a major Broadway star. She loved the arts. She was also responsible for getting me my first of many celebrity interviews with her friend Nancy Sinatra in 2002. Carole lived a long and simply incredible life. I was always amazed that she never replaced the license plate on her Mercedes convertible, which read “WANNABE,” because as far as I’m concerned Carole got to be everything to everyone. That’s what made Carole the toast of the town. I suspect she’s starring in her own Broadway play up in heaven as we speak! I’ll always leave the light on for you, Carole. You were one of finest people I’ve ever met! The other afternoon I found myself yet again back at Randy’s Restaurant in Scottsdale. I’ve decided it’s my new hangout because they have Continued on page 14
La Dolce Vita – Continued from page 13 great food and it’s not a chain. Late last fall at Randy’s I met Katherine Woods, Ann Graham and Judy Edwards, who was single-handedly responsible for almost everything connected with the production angle of Trends for two decades. It was great to catch up with all three ladies. Anyway, the other afternoon I was back yet again at Randy’s lunching with our former sales manager, Suzanne Eder, and our editor, Bill Macomber. I was disappointed that Suzanne didn’t arrive in one of her signature velveteen track suits accented with expensive jewelry and dangling Rolex watches. Her daughter Jennifer Mumford of Hub Clothing and G-Star fame must have finally had an intervention. It was so great to catch up with both of them together. Suzanne, like Judy Edwards, helped to build Trends into the publication it is today, while Bill Macomber ran Art-Talk, the now-defunct art publication. We had an amazing group of talent at one time and all under one roof. I wish Phoenix was still like it was when I arrived at Trends as a reporter/ photographer back in 1994. We had an amazing group of people all together and all at one time. And for my waistline’s sake I wish that I’d take a pass on all those outstanding homemade pies every time I dine at Randy’s. Speaking of outstanding food, I dropped by El Chorro the other night to grab an order of their famous sticky buns. No, they were not for me! The joint was packed! Everywhere I looked I saw someone I knew.
I was delighted to see the community support of the famous restaurant. When Jacquie Dorrance and Kristy and Tim Moore purchased the place a few years ago they reinvented the wheel. All I can say now is that they sure have gotten it right. And I was one of the sharpest critics. We took an out-of-town guest there just the other morning for brunch and the place was packed and the food was simply outstanding! I’ve been told they’ve even brought back their famous happy hour. Bravo! The three of you need to pat yourselves on the back for a job well done. I almost forgot to mention that it’s truly one of the most beautiful restaurants in all of Arizona. In Cocktail Polo News You Should Know: That a recently divorced socialite went to cash in the family jewels only to realize that they were all fake … That someone who blew out candles on a recent cake also blew out a friendship they were trying to repair … That one of the nicest couples you know and adore In Cocktail Polo News you should just made sure a staggering charity stayed in know: business … That two home-wreckers are now talking publicly about their future together, and we all know that will end well … That two ladies who detested one another are now best friends again … That the community needs to reach out to a lovely lady in need of a big hug. Now you’re all caught up for the next 15 minutes.
ON MY MIND
Old Town art scene gets blurry By Bill Macomber If you haven’t driven down Marshall Way lately north of Indian School, it’s a far cry from the bustling hive of art activity it was through the 1990s when I was editor of Art Talk. I still have contacts in the gallery world and I’ve heard some discouraging words lately about the gallery scene in Old Town Scottsdale. One gallery worker recently told me his boss had to move her major contemporary art gallery to Phoenix from her beautiful building on Marshall Way. I pried a little and found out she actually owned this impressive building but felt she had no choice but to leave. The street had deteriorated around her and just wasn’t the draw for serious art buyers it used to be. Some of this was laid at the feet of local landlords. Property owners in Old Town have asked huge rents and art galleries can’t pay, especially when they’re already staggering under the weight of a bad economy. Marshall Way has another problem that Main Street’s art row shares – it’s an older neighborhood and many properties look dated and run down. I guess that’s a landlord problem, too, isn’t it? The owners of those buildings don’t seem willing to invest in Old Town’s future by renovating or tearing down dated properties. More bad news was the loss of the prestigious Cowboy Artists of America show. Back in the day, the CAA show each October drew huge numbers of wealthy, enthusiastic art buyers to the Phoenix Art Museum for what can only be described as a feeding frenzy. While in town those buyers would spend even more money along Old Town’s art gallery row. The show moved to Oklahoma City, which is sad for us. Long story short: The decline of the gallery scene in Old Town Scottsdale is a real shame for the neighborhood and the gallery owners who, in some cases, have been there for a couple of generations. It’s also sad for the rest of us who enjoy living near a thriving art scene. We used to rank up there with Santa Fe as an art destination. Let’s hope it turns around before the only thing you can buy in Old Town is a T-shirt with a roadrunner on it.
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to and even better, in some cases, than its more expensive counterparts. Crossroads is extremely grateful to the Trends Charitable Fund for its assistance in getting women on the right track to becoming physically, emotionally, and financially prepared to successfully reintegrate into their families and society. How you can help the women in the Right Track Program Crossroads for Women welcomes campus visitors so that we can share our life-changing work. Please consider scheduling a campus tour. You can also help the Right Track women and their children through donations including monetary donations; grocery/ retail gift cards; tickets to family-friendly events such as movies and museums; haircuts/ salon services; new undergarments and feminine products; new towels, washcloths, and pillows and twin-sized bedding; fullsized toiletries; and laundry detergent, paper towels, and toilet paper. If you would like more information about Crossroads’ Right Track for Women program, to schedule a campus tour, or would like to make a donation for the women in Right Track, please contact Shannon Casazza, Director of Community Development, by phone at 602.281.6574 or by email at email@example.com.
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Phoenix Theatre Applause!
Brian Ford and Jennifer Ringle
Dawn Roberts and Jeff Aman
Lisa and Ali Kahn
CURTAIN CALL Jane Christensen, Sandy Magruder, RobertÂ Black, Dave Howell, Sue Sisley and Ted Diethrich were honored. THE MUSIC MAN Director Michael Barnard STANDING OVATION Carole and Bob Machiz BEST COSTUME Lisa Kahn
Ira and Cheryl Gaines
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Elva and Lattie Coor
Sandy and Mac Magruder
Fresh Start 20th Anniversary
Angie and Luke Kory
Bill and Kristen Bloomquist
Debbie and Greg Stanton with Sarah Suggs
Alexis Suarez with Adrian Larson
Fred and Barbara Stoiber
Jim Kleeman and Amy Videan
Carole Moreno and Pat Petznick with Jacquie Dorrance
RUNWAY READY Pamella Roland wowed the crowd with her collection. PLACES IN THE HEART Carole Moreno received the Founder’s Award. KEEPERS OF THE FLAME Founders Pat Petznick and Beverly Stewart. COVER GIRL CHAIRS Terry Roman and Tracy Bame
Terry Roman and Tracy Bame
Photos courtesy of Laura Bishop and J.J. Brewer
Fresh Start 20th Anniversary
Linda Pope and Cay Cowie
Kim and Chris McWaters
Mary and Rick Martuscelli
Robert Arnold-Kraft and Dwight Giese
Kim and Robert Kiyosaki
Nikki and Mark Tarbell
Steve and Susan Berman with Debbie and Sal DiCiccio
Linda Conti and Joelle Hadley with Kate Nasson
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CRIMES AGAINST HIGH SOCIETY
JOAN ROBINSON HILL:
The Plastic Surgeon and the Dead Texas Socialite By Bill Dougherty
The other afternoon I found myself in a
days began before dawn with cigarettes
cafe in south Texas having lunch. A group
before coffee, the horse show circuit and
of older but well-preserved equestrian
unfathomable amounts of charity work. All
women walked in at the same time as I did
this was done in her trademark platinum
and we struck up a conversation. They had
blonde ponytail and fire engine red lipstick.
flown in from Houston for a horse show
She was adored by Houston society and is
in Brownsville. Guessing from their age, I
also one of the most respected and awarded
quickly popped the burning question: “Did
equestrians in the United States. In the win-
you ride with Joan Robinson Hill?” From
ter of 1969 she would become one of the
that point on we were engaged for the next
most famous women in all of Texas.
Joan Robinson 1955
two hours. Her third marriage was to a handsome plasJoan Robinson Hill was the only child of
tic surgeon, John Hill, in early 1958, and the
Rhea and Ash Robinson, one of the richest
couple had one child. They settled into an
oil families in the great state of Texas. Her
enormous mansion in River Oaks, the most
Rhea, Joan and Ash Robinson 1964
exclusive residential section of Houston. The home was just one of the many gifts from the Robinsons showered on the beautiful couple. But the mansion had a long and dark history. A suicide, a high-profile divorce and several long-suffering deaths had all taken place on the grand estate. And the home sat on the market untouched for many years. However, the Hills were more than happy with the wedding gift. It quickly became Joan, Madison Square Garden 1968
a showplace for all of Houston, and they entertained there constantly. From the start their marriage, largely funded by Joan’s parents, had been rocky and reckless. Joan preferred horses and the charity ball circuit. John preferred to listen to complex music and attend recitals. They shared little in common. By 1969 Dr. Hill took a mistress, another Houston socialite, sapphireeyed and raven-haired Ann Kurth. A divorce seemed imminent. However, Joan’s father, Ash Robinson, cautioned his son-in-law that The Hills’ River Oaks mansion, Houston
if he divorced Joan he would not only lose
Ann Kurth and John Hill 1970
embalmed, washing crucial evidence of her
Joan and John Hill 1969
death into the sewers of Houston. He also wasted no time marrying Ann Kurth. In 1971 Dr. Hill was tried for murder by omission in the death of his wife for failing to give Joan much-needed medical attention. However, a mistrial was granted due largely to the theatrics and media circus the his Cadillacs and the medical practice Ash had helped to fund, but also John’s justfinished palatial music room in the couple’s impressive Georgian mansion. Then suddenly and mysteriously Joan Hill became ill. John seemed unfazed by his wife’s sickness and the concerns expressed by their weekend houseguests. Days later, the Hills’ maid and the Robinsons demanded that an ambulance be called. John, refusing their plea, slowly drove his wife by Cadillac to an out-of-the-way general hospital, passing the state-of-the-art Texas Medical Center only miles from their home. It was there that Joan would die an agonizing and horrific death the next morning. Houseguests from that weekend would later tell Ash Robinson that John had repeatedly fed Joan and them a series of French pastries, insisting that Joan could not exchange or share her treats with their guests. Joan’s funeral was attended by more than 1,000 mourners. Noted Houston Chronicle society columnist Maxine Messenger would comment that there was not a single flower left in the city of Houston after Joan Hill’s funeral. Ash Robinson wasted no time getting the district attorney to indict his son-in-law. But John Hill had immediately had Joan’s body
case created. Ann Kurth was by then in the process of divorcing John Hill. She claimed on the witness stand that he had tried to kill her as well and that while they were dating, Dr. Hill was obsessed with a strange bacteria he was concocting in a petri dish.
home would both perish within months of one another in the house, returning the
But things didn’t stop there. Returning from
much-photographed estate to its haunted
a medical convention with his third wife,
Connie Hill, in 1972, John Hill was shot and bludgeoned to death in the marble foyer
Two bestselling books were written regard-
of his mansion while his mother and son,
ing the case. First there was “Prescription
hog-tied, watched in horror under the dim
Murder” by Ann Kurth. But she was unable
shadows of sparkling crystal chandeliers.
to cope with her new-found celebrity, and Houston society turned its back on her as
Though two women would be tried in a
well. She and her sons went into seclusion
murder-for-hire case, both implicating Ash
on a private lake outside of Austin and dis-
Robinson for the deed, the crusty oil man
appeared forever. She died of an aneurism
was never brought to trial. The alleged hit
in 1990. Thomas Thompson’s meticulously
man was shot by police for resisting arrest
written and award-winning international
before he could be tried.
bestseller, “Blood and Money,” would follow. The book would remain on the bestseller list
In 1977 the Hills’ only child, Robert, who had
for over two years.
severed all ties with his wealthy grandparents, filed a civil suit against Ash Robinson
In 1981 a made-for-television film, “Murder
together with his grandmother, Myra Hill,
in Texas,” was made. It starred Farrah
and second stepmother, Connie, for the
Fawcett as Joan Hill with Katharine Ross
wrongful death of John Hill. It was almost
as Ann Kurth, Sam Elliott as John Hill and
immediately thrown out of court.
Andy Griffith as Ash Robinson. The twopart movie remains one of the most success-
Connie Hill would continue to live in the
ful made-for-television films to date.
River Oaks Mansion for the next two decades with her stepson. They would open
In the end Ash Robinson’s money brought
the home many times for music perfor-
him nothing but unhappiness. He and his
mances and parties in the home’s heart-
wife, Rhea, spent the rest of their lives exiled
stopping music room. She would eventually
in Florida, estranged from their only grand-
sell the mansion when Robert left to pursue
child, their high-society friends and the state
a law career on the East Coast. Connie Hill
they had helped build into an empire. They
would marry again and move to Denver
had all the money in the world, yet it could
where she remains active in the arts even
never purchase the one thing they desired
today. Yet the next occupants of the stately
most – their beloved Joan.
CH A R I T Y BALLS
Beach Ball 2013
Ferial and Scott Clay
Brenda and Dave Osborne
Chris and Kiffy Robbins
Nicole and Greg Stanton
Steve Schnall and Rhoda Rizkalla-Couvaras
Jill Krigsten and Mark Siegel
Matt and Yvonne Malley
HEART-STOPPING CHAIRS Ferial Clay and Rhoda Rizkalla-Couvaras UNIQUE UNION The University of Phoenix and the Phoenix Children’s Hospital BELLE OF THE BALL Yvonne Malley in crimson folds to the floor PERFECT PALACE The Phoenician Resort
Rosanna Godi and Sylvia Lorts
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Spotlight on the Heard Museum “I sometimes think the contemporary white American is more culturally deprived than the Indian.” – N. Scott Momaday
In addition to being a Pulitzer Prize-winning author and playwright, N. Scott Momaday (Kiowa Indian) is an artist who has illustrated many of his books and poetry. The Heard is
presenting an exhibit that pairs Momaday’s paintings and monoprints with selections from his writing to create a powerful blend of the two. His work, “House Made of Dawn,” was awarded the Pulitzer Prize for fiction in 1969. It is considered a classic of Native American literature. Momaday was born in 1934 at the Kiowa-Comanche Indian Hospital in Lawton, Okla. He was awarded a PhD. from Stanford University in 1963. In
many circles he is considered the founding author of what has come to be known as the Native American Renaissance. His paintings complement his writings, and offer a look into the mind of probably the first American Indian to break into the mainstream modern literary world in a big way. Seen on this page are three works: “Child and Bull,” a monoprint from the collection of the artist; “Ancestral Voice,” an acrylic on canvas from 1979; and “Story of a Well Made Shield,” a print. This exhibit will be at the Heard Museum through June 23. For more information, call the Heard Museum at 602.251.0209 or visit www.heard.org. The Heard is located at 2301 N. Central Ave., Phoenix.
Spotlight on the Phoenix Art Museum The digital world in the last two decades has touched everything, including fashion design. In an innovative show, the Phoenix Art Museum will present “Digital Print Fashion” to highlight the amazing explosion of choices digital imaging allows designers. Digital textile printing has infused the fashion industry with a new range of bold, eye-catching patterns and colors. Advances in graphics software, photography and inkjet printing have expanded the range of image sources. Image manipulation and the rapid production of intricate patterns in limitless colors are two huge boons for designers. The notion of design repeat in fashion design, once restricted by the limits of production methods, can now be based solely on aesthetic choices because of digital technology.
This exhibition features more than 40 works by contemporary designers and includes Mary Katrantzou, Alexander McQueen, Ralph Rucci and Issey Miyake. All incorporate digitally printed textiles in their designs. In addition, a selection of works outlining the history of printed textiles from Phoenix Art Museum’s fashion design collection will give context to these revolutionary looks. “Digital Print Fashion” will run at the Phoenix Art Museum through July 14. The museum is located at 1625 N. Central Ave. 602.257.1222. www.phxart.org. Alexander McQueen (British, 1969-2010), Dress, Spring 2010. Printed organdy, cut leather
Basso and Brooke (British, founded 2003), Coat Dress, Spring 2006. Printed silk organza
Ralph Rucci (American, b. 1957), Tunic, Camisole and Trousers, Spring 2008. Printed silk chiffon
Mary Katrantzou (Greek-born British, b. 1983). Left: Dress, Fall 2012. Printed organza. Right: Tunic and Skirt, Fall 2011. Printed cotton pique
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ASIA MEETS THE SOUTHWEST The Phoenix Art Museum is home to greatÂ Asian arts. DYNASTY Eileen Yeung and Lily Yee, keeping the dream alive TIRELESS EFFORTS Natalie Kaan, Doris Ong and many others CHANGE OF VENUE Great Wall Cuisine provided an authentic setting.
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Desert Mission Food Bank Desert Mission Food Bank/ Snack Pac Program Children who are hungry can behave badly. On Mondays, after eating little over the weekend, they might even grab food from other students at school. In 2004, it was happening at a Sunnyslope school, and the principal called Desert Mission Food Bank, part of the John C. Lincoln Health Network, for help. In response, Food Bank staff created the Snack Pac program, providing at-risk students with food such as mac ‘n’ cheese, soup and tuna over weekends. From its start at one school, the program has expanded to serve 25 schools, a community center and a library in the Washington Elementary School District. In 2011, the Food Bank provided 30,000 Snack Pacs.
The need for Snack Pacs continues to grow. Thanks to the Trends Charitable Fund grant, more hungry children can be fed over weekends. And that means less hunger-driven bad behavior. Serving the Community Community service is the cornerstone of the John C. Lincoln Health Network. The network began in 1927 as Desert Mission, addressing the health and social needs of struggling families in North Phoenix. Desert Mission today encompasses a food bank, a children’s dental clinic, a learning center, a health clinic, a family resource center and an affiliate community development corporation. Working together, staff and volunteers at each of these resource areas contribute to Desert Mission’s goal: to meet
the basic needs of the community’s most vulnerable members and to help people reach their best potential for health and self-sufficiency. Ways to Help You can help by donating money or nonperishable food and other items to Desert Mission. You also can help by becoming a volunteer. For more information, please call the Desert Mission Food Bank, 9229 N. Fourth St., Phoenix, at 602.870.6062, or visit www.JCL.com/foodbank.
PAR T I E S
Jacquie Dorrance with Denny and Janice Lyon
Fred and Patti Lau
Billie Jo and Judd Herberger
Penny Galarneau and Ellie Shapiro
Richard and Nancy Joaquim
Barbara and Terry Fenzl
Maggie and Richard Blankley
THREE IN ONE Phoenix Symphony, Ballet Arizona and Arizona Opera performed. COUPLE NO. 1 Maggie and Richard Blankley TEAMWORK 13 prominent ladies made this happen. ROLLING PARTY Merrymakers moved from Symphony Hall toÂ the Convention Center
C.A. and Nan Howlett
Photos by Peter and Sally Krzykos
Spotlight on Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art The Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary art is staging a show in a medium that can be challenging to lovers of traditional art. “Mashup: New Video Art” includes installations that demonstrate how video art refers to culture and plays on our assumptions about modern life. A mash-up recombines elements of two or more pre-existing songs or videos. Mash-ups mirror the ubiquity of popular culture, the Internet and the group mind of our culture. Artists Cory Arcangel, Natalie Bookchin, Christian Marclay and Michael Robinson’s artworks pay homage to mass media in the form of film, music, television and YouTube videos. One video work in this exhibit is by artist Michael Robinson, 31, who combines a scene from the TV series “Little House on the Prairie” in which Mary learns she is blind with karaoke text along the bottom of the screen from the Thompson Twins’ 1980s pop music hit “Hold Me Now.” The text of the love ballad runs as Mary attacks her husband and punches a window pane. Another Robinson work crosses Michael Jackson’s music video “Remember the Time” with images of Elizabeth Taylor from “Cleopatra.” Jackson and Taylor were friends, and Robinson splices clips of their performances to make it appear as though the two lived in an alternate universe surrounded by ancient Egyptian royalty.
The show is organized by the Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art. It will run through May 19. SMoCA is located at 7374 E. Second St. Visit www.smoca.org or call 480.874.4666.
“Mashup” plays with cultural concepts and bends what we think we know about ourselves.
TRENDS IN PHOENIX
By Bill Macomber
PUT A SPARKLE ON YOUR EVENT Alison Johnson noticed something when she worked as director of events for the American Cancer Society: Things have changed in the fundraising world. “It’s just not the same as it was in the past. Women who used to be able to volunteer to put on these events are trying to juggle everything in their lives. What charities need more than ever is someone who can handle all the details.” So Alison started Sparkling Events by Alison Johnson. She has some pretty unique qualifications for the work. Besides staging events for the American Cancer Society, Alison did events for Neiman Marcus and along with way forged strong connections with the sometimes complicated world of corporate sponsorships. She does full planning of events like fundraisers, weddings, galas, and also is available for what she calls “day-of” coordination. “I have a great skill set for handling whatever might come up,” she says. She also knows how important it is for charities to make the most of events and put money in the right place by keeping expenses low and quality high. Sparkling Events by Alison Johnson can be found on the Web at www.sparklingeventsaz.com. Or call 480.206.1354.
3 MONTHS, POUNDS AWAY Tons of people at our gym are trying this Vi 90-Day Challenge. The idea is to set your own goal for the next three months. The goal may be bulking up (yes, some people actually want this), slimming down, eating healthier, training for a marathon or losing a few pounds for a wedding. Body by Vi has a variety of kits designed to help hit any of these goals. The basic kit (which sells for $49) contains 30 servings of a balanced nutrition shake meant to be taken once a day. The plans range all the way to the more comprehensive Fit Kit ($299). A marketing feature of the Vi challenge lets you get your kit free by helping three friends hit their goals. The shake and supplement combination claims to burn fat, support heart health, curb hunger, improve cognitive function and enhance joint health. One feature of Vi challenge might be the most important of all in helping you hit your goal: Online and offline tools to help you stay on track, meet new friends and learn new ways to eat. For more information from a local source, Nick Ferrara, call 602.882.2483 or visit www.90daysaz.com.
THE MISSION IS BEAUTY Dermalogica of Scottsdale has two functions. It’s a retail store full of Dermalogica products where customers can get a Face Mapping skin analysis and a 20-minute MicroZone skin treatment. The 2,600-square-foot store in the middle of the Old Town arts district on Marshall Way also has an educational mission. It’s a post-graduate facility for skin care professionals. The hybrid Learning Center brings together consumer and professional education classrooms, professional treatments and retail sales. Guest speaker evenings are planned, and the store’s Learning Center is the first of its kind, intended as an incubator developed to support professional skin therapists in refining and deepening their skill-set and help them make their businesses more profitable. The post-graduate skin and body therapy curriculum claims to be the most advanced anywhere. As for Dermalogica products, they date back to 1986 when they hit the market with formulations that excluded common irritants, including SD alcohol, lanolin, mineral oil and artificial colors and fragrances. Visit Dermalogica at 4223 N. Marshall Way. For more information, please visit www.education.dermalogica.com.
TRENDS IN PHOENIX
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Watch out for butterflies at the northeast corner of Via de Ventura and the Loop 101 Freeway this May. Butterfly Wonderland is alighting at the Scottsdale spot. The 5-acre facility will house a glass atrium to provide a tropical rainforest habitat for thousands of butterflies from around the world. A theater, educational laboratories and interactive exhibits will also fill the space along with a gift shop and café. These beautiful creatures are just the beginning, if plans proceed as planned. Butterfly Wonderland is the first phase of a planned “Odysea in the Desert,” a 522,000-squre-foot entertainment complex that will eventually include the largest aquarium in the southwest, an IMAX theatre and a Ripley’s Believe It Or Not Museum. But back to the butterflies. The self-guided tour of the butterfly section will start with a 3D theater experience, followed by the Chrysalis Lab where, presumably, visitors can watch the creatures emerge, and then a visit to the rainforest for direct interaction with the butterflies. “Our facility is more than a museum. It is a living, sensory experience,” said General Curator, Dana Cooper. “The Scottsdale setting is a dramatic choice, as it juxtaposes two distinct eco-systems, allowing visitors to step from the arid Arizona desert directly into a tropical rainforest environment.”
Advanced Mineral Makeup is a 100 percent natural mineral makeup line created by Arizona-based TV and film makeup artist, Annie Mayo. Unlike conventional makeup, Advanced Mineral Makeup does not contain talc, perfumes, parabens, dyes or preservatives, making it healthy for the skin and ideal for those who suffer from hyperpigmentation, acne, rosacea and sensitivity. Used on the set of “NCIS” and “Grey’s Anatomy” due to its lightweight, camera-friendly components, Advanced Mineral Makeup uses fine ingredients. The products in the line are melt-proof, sweat- and water-resistant, and contain SPF — perfect for surviving under the scorching Arizona heat. See Mayo’s Web site at www.advancedmineralmakeup. com for some good tips on what toxic beauty ingredients to stay away from, good and bad foods for the skin and anti-aging tips for living in the desert.
Opening is planned for May. For more information call 480.951.2100 or visit www.butterflywonderland.com.
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One of the most innovative designers during the midcentury art movement was Native American Lloyd Kiva New, known as the Father of Contemporary Native Fashion. In 1945, LLoyd opened his famous boutique in downtown Scottsdale selling his clothes, accessories and most famously his handbags. He designed dresses, coats and shirts for both men and women and collaborated with Charles Loloma of the White Hogan for the unique metal detailing like buttons, clasps and buckles. The White Hogan is the current home of Fashion By Robert Black, where you can find items like these and more. Robert and Doreen are currently looking to purchase clothing and jewelry by Lloyd Kiva New and any of Scottsdale’s 1950s and 1960s fashion stores. Fashion By Robert Black is located in Old Town Scottsdale at 7144 E. First Ave. Call 480.664.7770 or visit www.fashionbyrobertblack.com.
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Phoenix Suns Charities 25th Anniversary
Nicole Garcia and Kathy Colace with Brianna Garcia
Kristen and Dave Clark
Robin and Richard Milne
SIMPLY AMAZING Robin Milne and her Midas touch SPECTACULAR VENUE Talking Stick Resort THREE FABULOUS LADIES Nicole Garcia, Kathy Colace and Brianna Garcia A SMILE FROM HEAVEN A special tribute to Carole Machiz for her decades’ long support
Anna and Steve Stine
Photos courtesy of Bill Dougherty
Tricia and Igor Kokoskov
Jordan Singletary and Staci Roland
Sherry and Noel Gillespie
Lynn Agnello and Charlie Mackey
CH A R I T Y BALLS
Scottsdale Honor Ball
Steve and Terry Roman
Mark and Louise Simpson
Amber Schoenberger and Bridgette Haley
Aubrey and Linda Maze
Bud and Laurie Florkiewicz with Naomi Gautier and John Berry
Nancy Harris Heltne
DANCE, DANCE, DANCE Guests moved to the sounds of the Jacqueline Foster Orchestra. AND THE PROCEEDS GO TO … Virginia C. Piper Cancer Center, Scottsdale Healthcare BELLE OF THE BALL Chair Nancy Harris Heltne in bronze A MORE-THAN-IMPRESSIVE EVENING The Phoenician Resort was resplendent.
Jamie Drinkwater with Dick Stockton and Stacy Tredell
Photos courtesy of Bill Dougherty
CH A R I T Y BALLS
Scottsdale Honor Ball
Joe and Sherilyn Sandor
Ann and Gary Goodman
Jack and Harriet Friedland
Carrie and Brian Hall
Michael and Shannon Bundschuh
Jessi and Terry Corcoran
Robert and Sherri Quinn
Photos courtesy of Bill Dougherty
Diane Ryan and Bob Hollinger
TRENDS IN DINING
Texaz Grill: Everything’s bigger in Texas … By Laurie Florence On a recent Friday evening, living in the “hood” with so many wonderful restaurants to choose from, we decided to revisit the Texaz Grill at 16th Street and Bethany Home. We had not been there in a while, and we were craving their world famous chicken-fried steak. Did I mention everything is bigger in Texas? Born and raised there, I think big hair (which I no longer have!) and big football (Dallas Cowboys and Texas Stadium, where even a bloody Mary costs $20!). Upon entering the 28-year landmark we noticed a considerable wait. The place is always crowded, so we headed to the bar. They use Tito’s handmade vodka, which is also from Texas and distilled six times at the Mockingbird Distillery in Austin. I had a bloody Mary, which was by no means near Texas Stadium prices! They have a full bar and also make homemade sangria. I was thinking hard about the chicken-fried steak, but since my fiancé ordered that and it’s enough to split, I opted for the smoked prime rib which is smoked over hickory and oak and cut to order and served with horseradish and smoky au jus. It is, bar none, one of the best prime ribs in town. Note: They only cook so much of it so they may run out! They also serve lunch, including burgers, with a variety of toppings like green chilies and sautéed onions. They even have a Sunday brunch! One of their specialties is the Eggs Bubba, two eggs cooked sunny side up atop biscuits and chicken fried steak and topped with cream gravy. Definitely not a place to go if you are watching your waistline! Although they do have a diet plate consisting of a boneless chicken breast, grilled and served with a side of cottage cheese. I haven’t seen anyone order that! Other items they serve are Southern-style pork chops, chicken-fried chicken, fried catfish, fried shrimp, brisket, shrimp cocktail and fried okra, and on Fridays they have beer-battered cod. They also have nightly specials offering everything from barbecue baby back ribs to beef liver and onions. All desserts are made in the kitchen from old family recipes, and of course they have yet another Texas tradition, Blue Bell homemade vanilla ice cream. They have bread pudding with whiskey sauce, pecan pie, hill country peach cobbler, and of course a hot fudge sundae. As we were enjoying our dinner we couldn’t help but overhear the people on each side of us. One couple lived at Happy Valley and Interstate 17 and had driven all the way here for the chicken-fried steak! The other couple lived out in Pinnacle Peak Ranch and come here every Friday night for the prime rib and beer-battered cod. It is truly an institution and a wonderful place to eat, and it made us realize and appreciate all the more that we live just a hop, jump and skip away and would definitely be coming back sooner rather than later! The Texaz Grill is located at 6003 N. 16th St., Phoenix. Call 602.248.7827 or visit www.texazgrill.com for more information.
CH A R I T Y BALLS
JDRF Promise Ball
Brian Ford and Jennifer Ringle
Dawn Roberts and Jeff Aman
Linda and John Vemo
A HUGE THANK-YOU Vickie Larsen and Barbara Murphy, chairs A BRIGHT FUTURE JDRF, curing Type I diabetes ON THE DANCE FLOOR Chris Parker Project Band PERFECT IN PURPLE Linda Vemo
Scott Petersen and Judy Munz
Photos by Layne Alexander
Lexie Carlson and Mary Beth Stern
Angel Wier and Debra Westin
Nancy Watson and Matthew Cortez
Dena Mills and Kelli Butler
E N T E R TA I N M E N T
THE LEADER OF THE BAND Gene Press on what it takes to make a big band Is there anything more elegant than a roomful of tuxedoed men with their beautiful ladies in ball gowns swaying under golden chandeliers to the sounds of a large orchestra? Great music is to fundraising galas what hot dogs are to baseball: Without it the experience just isn’t the same. Band leader Gene Press is an expert, one of the few, who really knows what it takes to make music work at elegant events. He started as a teenager in New York working in the music and entertainment business. Later he worked for years at New York’s famous Rainbow Room. He did Ronald Reagan’s second inaugural event held at the Library of Congress. He’s played in Europe. When he and his wife moved to Scottsdale in 1997, he kept his business going in New York and slowly started building a reputation in Arizona. Recently he put together a 15-piece orchestra for the Heart Ball. He’s done the Barrow Ball several times along with Heard Museum functions, not to mention weddings, birthdays, bar mitzvahs – you name it. It doesn’t take long when talking to this band leader to understand just how complicated his job is. While it looks easy when you’re down on the floor moving to great music, we thought it would be interesting to take a peek behind the curtain to see at what’s really involved in making the music a seamless and enjoyable part of a big event. Gene Press is a great person to ask. He clearly knows what he’s doing, has done it a long time, and still loves the work, including taking his turn on stage with a guitar. He offers clients one-stop shopping. He can arrange one musician to play at a wedding or round up talented musicians from New York, Los Angeles and Phoenix to stage a 22-piece orchestra. Either way, it’s much more complicated than it looks.
Lesson No. 1: Experience is everything “Success is knowing what guests are dictating to the orchestra,” Press says. “I learned how to pace a party and read the dance floor. I find a set repertoire counterproductive. I’ll see what styles of music are reaching the audience on a given evening. I’m calling the music based on what I see on the dance floor. I know how to test the floor and play to it.” Along these lines, Press says his early days in New York were invaluable to learning what to do when leading a big band. He worked with some of the most notable musicians in that city. He saw what worked, what didn’t work, and how to stay flexible up on stage under those hot lights. Lesson No. 2: Work with the best Playing big events and then having down time between gigs means hiring the right musicians. Press says there’s very little time for rehearsal in his world, so having the right contacts and knowledge about what and who is out there is critical. You have to fly people from other cities, often, hire musicians locally, and come together on the big night with very little preparation. And there’s only one chance to get it right. People are listening. “When you’re dealing with musicians at this level you need very little rehearsal unless there are special requests. Then my assistant sends out mp3s and sheet music ahead of time,” Press says. “Let’s say the dance floor is packed and I’m playing a medley of Motown, I’m thinking, ‘What’s the next stage of music.’ If I see the floor is shifting into third gear I’m trying to think how to get them into fourth gear.” That means what in football is known as “calling an audible” on the field and reversing direction. It also means he has to have musicians behind him who can stop on a dime, alter what they’re doing and, literally, not lose a beat. (A side note: Press doesn’t allow his musicians to drink on the job!) Lesson No. 3: Plan ahead and stay focused A successful job for Press means hiring the right musicians, as noted above, and employing good listening and educating skills before the event.
He says it’s important to really hear what fundraiser organizers, for instance, or fathers of the brides want for their event. What’s the mood? Who’s the audience? After that, he feels a duty to lend his experience. “The biggest challenge in this business is educating the client. That’s my primary focus so when they make a decision about what kind of music they want they make it based on knowledge. I’ll ask what kind of ear they have and educate them, because the night of the event it’s too late.” Beyond that, Press makes one thing clear: The night of the event, it’s his job to make it work and pull the music together. Experience has taught him not to be shy about that. “I have had the best musicians in this business working for me for a long time,” he says. “But the band leader is the show. He’s the one calling the shots for the evening. That’s always how it works best.”
PAR T I E S
Richard Porras and Monique Porras
Randi Lippe and Edmund Druilhet
Katie Brashear and Melissa Rein
WALKING THE RED CARPET Katie Brashear and Melissa Rein, elegant inÂ black and white BEST PICTURE Benefitting the Arthritis Foundation BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR Anthony Headley, honoree BEST DIRECTOR Connie Colla of ABC-15
Amy Gough and Deann McWhorter
Scott Conley and Ashley Lacy
Simer and Vicki Mayo
Susan Miller and Teri Schumacher
Photos courtesy of Laura Bishop
A few questions for … Rita Wilson What’s your worst habit? I stopped drinking caffeine about 20 years ago. I am going on close to one year of no sodas.
and was well reviewed by the New York Times I sort of had to pinch myself.
No one has been more faithful in supporting Celebrity Fight Night than celebrities Rita Wilson, and her husband, Tom Hanks. We asked Rita a few questions about herself and why she helps out with so many causes. Who are your favorite artists or musicians? Who doesn’t love Adele these days? She is so pure. I will always be inspired by Carole King, Joni Mitchell, James Taylor, Fleetwood Mac, Janis Joplin, the Beatles, Paul Simon, Aretha Franklin … I am not sure there is enough room to go on! So many. What do you consider your greatest hour professionally? It was really a thrill to be on Broadway in “Chicago.” And when my album, “Am/Fm,” came out last spring
Where would you like to live? Anywhere my family is! I am one of those people who believes that home isn’t where the house is but where the family is.
What’s the hardest part about your job? Nothing. I love what I do. I have been working for 42 years now and it never gets old. I feel blessed that performing is really the only job I have ever had.
Who inspired your craft? Sally Field has always been such an example of where you can start out, and where you can go, even when it seems improbable. Gidget to Norma Rae! Who are your heroes? My parents. They were immigrants. My dad was Bulgarian and my mother is Greek. I watched them raise a family with love, respect, hard work and happiness. They were married 58 years. We always felt grateful for what we had. I grew up hearing my dad say “God bless America” every day. On what occasion do you fib or exaggerate? I believe it is easier to tell the truth.
Why do you think Celebrity Fight Night is an important cause? It brings attention and awareness, and it raises money for the right reasons: to help people. Do you support causes other than Celebrity Fight Night? Both Tom and I have been supporters of Shakespeare Center.org in Los Angeles for the past 21 years. And for the last 18 years we have co-chaired with Steven and Kate Spielberg the Women’s Cancer Research Fund, raising money for research to prevent women’s cancers. We have also been active in causes supporting veterans.
Jeff and Tahnia McKeever
Barbara and Craig Barrett
Francis and Dionne Najafi
Sarah Suggs and Terry Roman
Ardie and Steve Evans
Melani and Rob Walton
CHARMING CHAIR Sue Glawe A VERY SPECIAL THANK-YOU Trisha Anthony, who made everything so effortless SNEAK PEEK Leonardo da Vinci, an exhibition of his genius COMPLEMENTARY CONTRAST Tahnia McKeever, a study in bronze and turquoise
Howard and Ellen Katz with Chevy Humphrey
Photos courtesy of Ben Arnold
‘Full Service’ ‘My Adventures in Hollywood and the Secret Sex Lives of the Stars’ By Scotty Bowers Scotty Bowers was slapped across the face by Lucille Ball at a Hollywood cocktail party for arranging escorts for her then-husband, Desi Arnaz. Years later he would warn Nancy Sinatra and Leslie Caron that their friends Roman Polanski and Sharon Tate were far too passive about the people who wandered in and out of their secluded Bel Air mansion, while tending bar at one of their many parties. But these are just a couple of anecdotes in Mr. Bowers’ bestselling book, “Full Service.” A handsome but unemployed Marine, Scotty Bowers finds himself looking for work in a post-World War II Hollywood. Stumbling upon a gas station just off Sunset Boulevard, Mr. Bowers wastes no time getting acquainted with the rich and famous as well as with Hollywood’s elite. At first he finds himself a boy toy to both men and women of the silver screen. Then he begins arranging tricks for just about everyone passing through the opulent Hollywood service station. In later years, Scotty Bowers becomes the keeper of everyone’s secrets. He goes on to become the most trusted bartender and party planner in Beverly Hills. He is richly rewarded by clients for his favors. For more than 50 years, he refuses to spill the beans on any of his clients until the last one has died.
His vivid recollections even today are absolutely mind-blowing. He makes no apologies for anyone he knew during his days in “full service.” He alludes to the fact that Katherine Hepburn and Spencer Tracy were just soul mates and not an item as was so often reported by the tabloids of the time. He is quick to condemn a sexually reckless Rock Hudson, whose escapades ranged from out-of-work actors to teenage runaways and even the homeless. Mr. Bowers refers to the late actor as the “biggest secret” in the history of the Hollywood studio system. He also outs Cary Grant and Randolph Scott, who he claims had a more than 50-year love affair. Mr. Bowers was trusted by the Duke and Duchess of Windsor and was hired for occasional dalliances. He also vilifies James Dean, Joan Crawford, Roddy McDowell, Montgomery Clift and Rita Hayworth for their often heartless and cruel behavior toward others. This book is a tremendous read for anyone interested in the secrets of Hollywood’s golden era. Be warned, though. It was not written for the faint of heart.
PAR T I E S
Brenlie and Jim Nagy
Eric and Kortne Bongiorno
Kathi Neal and Patty Sapp
BLUE SKIES Crisis Nursery helps break the cycle of child abuse. FLY ME TO THE MOON Guests enjoyed an early ‘60s ambiance. TWISTING THE NIGHT AWAY Chairs Kathi Neal and Patty Sapp LIGHTING UP THE NIGHT The Montelucia proved the perfect venue.
Suzanne and Erika Dickey
Mike and Ann Donovan
Jean and Pete Herges
Photos courtesy of J.J. Brewer and Laura Bishop
House of Broadcasting cookbook We’ve done cookbooks in Trends before, but never one with so many celebrity chefs giving up their kitchen favorites. The “House of Broadcasting Star-Studded Celebrity Media Cookbook” includes a dish from most of the on-air television and radio personalities working in the Valley. All the names you know are here: Jude LaCava (MaMa LaCava Lasagna), Pat McMahon (Chocolate Fudge Sauce), Beth McDonald (Beth’s K-E-Z Boursin Chicken), Royal Norman (Chorizo/Cornbread Stuffing), Lin Sue Cooney (Chinese Short Ribs), Mark Curtis (Carrot Ring cake) and John Hook (Betty’s Lazy Day Beef Stew), to name a few. It may sound obvious, but these 100 or so recipes prove that the people we listen to on the radio and see on TV each day have actual lives. They go home to real kitchens and eat actual food. The recipes prove it. Yes, our celebrities eat Brown Sugar Pork Chops (Willy D. Loon on KMLE Country 108 FM) and Chili (Steve Irvin, ABC 15 news anchor). The House of Broadcasting, for those of you who don’t know, is the largest private collection of Arizona media memorabilia. The museum was spearheaded by Jack Clifford. He founded and was chairman of the Food Network, but before that headed up KPNX-TV Channel 12 from 1970 to 1974. He and his wife, Beverly, still live in Scottsdale. To order this wide-ranging, down-to-earth cookbook, contact the House of Broadcasting at 602.944.1997, or visit online at www.houseofbroadcasting. com. HOBI is located in downtown Scottsdale at 7150 E. 5th Ave. HOSTESS GIFTS
Sleep like a royal Once thought to be simply a state of complete brain inactivity, we now know that sleep is anything but that. Over the past decade, scientific studies have demonstrated that prolonged, uninterrupted sleep can result in enhanced memory retention (by allowing the brain to clear clutter), healthier skin (via the production of growth hormone), and improved eating habits (by regulating hormones). Recent studies detailed in Science News magazine even provide clear evidence that various behaviors can be learned while one is sleeping. You probably have your own little tips and tricks to sleep better –
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PAR T I E S
Aaha, Hospice of the Valley
Adrienne and Charles Schiffner
Helen and John Stiteler
Loraine Eribes and Denise Eribes
Lanny and Marlene Lahr
Jim and Rebecca Cherry
Tricia Tilton and Cammy Sanders
Susan and Bill Levine
AMAZING AUCTION Everything incredible from generous Valley donors AN ABSOLUTE NECESSITY Hospice of the Valley THOROUGHLY MODERN MERRYMAKERS Amazing Roaring ’20s attire OUR FAVORITE FLAPPER Susan Levine, who spearheads this incredible organization
Photos courtesy of Kathy DeSanto
Celebrity Fight Night 2013 How did Celebrity Fight Night evolve into what it is today? Celebrity Fight Night has grown from a startup charity event in 1994 with comedic celebrity boxing in a full-size boxing ring raising $100,000 in one night … to an actionpacked night filled with top level celebrity entertainment raising millions of dollars in one night.
For quite a while now, Celebrity Fight Night has held the title as the most prestigious event in the state. On March 23 a blueribbon crowd will fill the J.W. Marriott Desert Ridge Resort for another round of merrymaking. The event, which has raised an amazing amount of money and gained international attention, is sure to be a sellout again. We asked Executive Director Sean Currie of Fight Night a few questions.
country. It is undergoing an expansion this year that will more than double its current space. In addition to the Muhammad Ali Parkinson Center, Celebrity Fight Night supports approximately 30 other charities throughout the year. How much money has been raised to date? Celebrity Fight Night has raised $80 million since its inception in 1994.
How was the organization able to partner with Lonnie and Muhammad Ali? We learned in 1996 that Muhammad Ali was being treated locally by Dr. Abraham Lieberman at Barrow Neurological Institute. We decided to work together to make Celebrity Fight Night a signature Muhammad Ali event, and he has been our featured guest of honor every year since!
Who is headlining the event this year? We are fortunate to have international superstars Jennifer Lopez and Andrea Bocelli performing this year. Plus, guests will enjoy seeing Steve Martin, Billy Crystal, Reba McEntire, David Foster, Tate Stevens, Rita Wilson and Haley Reinhart. Can you let us in on any secrets you have up your sleeve this year? There are always surprises at Celebrity Fight Night that get the community buzzing afterward. But, if I said what they are this year, they would no longer be surprises, would they?
Where do the funds that are raised go? The Muhammad Ali Parkinson Center at Barrow Neurological Institute is the primary beneficiary. It has grown into the most comprehensive Parkinson’s Center in the
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Dancing with the Stars Arizona 2013
Scott and Christina MacIntyre
Sheri and Colin Williams
Stephanie Sandor and Nicole Bidwill
Maria and Bill Smith
EVERYBODY YOU KNOW AND LOVE Sixteen people from all over the Valley competed this year. LUCKY BENEFICIARY National Kidney Foundation of Arizona SPECIAL GUEST STARS Elektrolytes & Scott MacIntyre Pamela Paul and Mark Neumann
Sheila Ingram and Donovan Dominguez
Andy and Sharon Warren
Photos courtesy of Bill Dougherty CHARITY SPOTLIGHT
The Health & Wealth Raffle The Health & Wealth Raffle, benefitting Barrow Neurological Institute and St. Joseph’s Hospital, is celebrating a decade of commitment to the health of Arizonans with bigger and better prizes, including $1 million in cash. This year, the raffle has more opportunities to win and a new prize category featuring once-in-a-lifetime experiences. “This 10th anniversary raffle is providing us with the opportunity to look back and see what we’ve accomplished over the last decade – and all the lives we’ve touched, thanks to raffle supporters,” said Terri Hoffman, Health & Wealth Raffle director. “The raffle is a unique fundraiser that lets everyone have a little bit of fun while helping raise much-needed funds for Barrow and St. Joseph’s.” Since its founding, the raffle has contributed more than $50 million to Barrow and St. Joseph’s. Thanks to the raffle, thousands of patients have had life-saving medical advancements at Barrow and St. Joseph’s. Valley resident Erik Humphrey is one of those patients. In 2003, Erik was diagnosed with a deadly brain tumor. Given a 20 per cent chance of beating the tumor, he agreed to participate in a trial for a new, aggressive treatment plan at Barrow. It’s been seven years since
Erik’s tumor, and he’s thriving and thankful to Barrow and St. Joseph’s for saving his life. Some of the prizes this year include backstage passes to meet the cast of “Phantom of the Opera” in New York City; a suite for 16 at a home Diamondbacks’ game; a European dream vacation; and a custom design experience with jeweler Oliver Smith. Cash prizes include a first place $1 million in cash and a second place $250,000 in cash. To date, the raffle has awarded more than 132,000 prizes to raffle participants, including 28 homes, 457 trips, 493 vehicles and more than $16 million cash. Tickets are $100 each with a limited number of three-packs for $250. You can get tickets at www.HealthWealthRaffle.org or call 866.658.4068. The deadline to purchase tickets is midnight April 18.
PETS OF THE MONTH
Mr. Tabby is a mature 2-year-old with a reputation of being the most loving cat in the world. Having spent weeks on the streets as a lonely stray, this affectionate cat craves attention and companionship. He doesn’t play much, nor is he high-maintenance … all he wants is a cuddle buddy. His motorboat purr revs up the moment you flash a smile his way, and before you know it he is sprawled out on your lap kneading his paws readily. Trusting of everyone, Mr. Tabby happily snuggles with feline fanciers of any age as long as they have excellent massage techniques. He will curl up under the covers in bed at night and prefers to sleep in on the weekends. Mr. Tabby is available at the Campus for Compassion and his adoption fee is only $20 since he’s been waiting over a month for a place to call home. His adoption fee includes his neuter surgery and first vaccines. Call 602.997.7585, Ext. 1045 and ask for animal ID number A427609.
Anonymous, Continental, circa 1912 Collection of Discount Tire Courtesy of Continental France
Joe Joe is loaded with energy and enthusiasm, and this Irish terrier is non-stop fun! Given up because his owner was moving, Joe now waits for a suitable candidate with a sense of humor to come along and adopt him. A dog lover with excellent tugof-war skills and the willingness to roll in the grass every now and then is preferred. Swift and agile, the thrill-seeking 5-month-old can maneuver his athletic frame to catch an airborn toy before it lands in the grass. A wise owner will invest in durable toys as Joe’s favorite pastime is tearing the stuffing out. Joe also serves as a creative “landscaper” and playing in a pile of leaves is his idea of “helping” his owner complete yard work. Joe is available at the Sunnyslope Adoption Center located at 9226 N. 13th Ave. in Phoenix. His adoption fee is $160 and includes his neuter surgery and first vaccines. Call 602.997.7585, Ext. 1045 and ask for animal ID number A429484.
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