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SOCIETY | FASHION | HOME | DINING | ART VOLUME 41, NO. 3 8 Publisher La Dolce Vita 10 Society Almost There Rescue 12 Fashion Samantha’s Favorite Finds 14 Society New York International Debutant 16 Entertaining Patsy Lowry 18 Society Brainiac Bash 20 Interior Design Barbara Kaplan 26 Society American Cancer Gala 32 Inner-View Literary Society 34 Society Phoenix Heart Ball Kickoff 36 A Few Minutes Avanti Restaurant 50th Anniversary 38 Society Childhelp Drive the Dream 2023 40 Epicurean Trends in Dining Sel Restaurant 42 Society Arizona Science Center Gala 2023 44 Society Honor Ball 2023 46 Artist Profile Ann Morton 51 Wedding Bells Hendricks/Kmak ON THE COVER Patsy and Angiolo Live celebrate 50 years of Avanti, Phoenix Location: Avanti Restaurant 2728 E. Thomas Rd. Phoenix, AZ 85016 Tel. 602.956.0900
and makeup: Karen
Photography: Scott Foust Studio 480.947.4214
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LA DOLCE VITA The Season October to June

People are talking about Chef Markus Ford. Since arriving in the Valley just a few short years ago, the handsome and exceptionally witty epicurean has made quite a name for himself. The other evening, he gathered some of the finest people in the social community for a pop-up Valentine’s Day dinner in Old Town Scottsdale. “Aphrodisia,” as it was called, was a splendid offering of multi course 5-star dining in an intimate setting. Champagne flowed and course after course followed. The guest list read like a Who’s Who of Phoenix. But since it was a private affair, we’ll just have to keep you guessing. Who knows who’ll make the guest list next year, maybe even you.

Elsewhere Gisell the famed ballet by Adolphe Adam and Jean Coralli debuted at Madison Center for the Arts. I must tell you that the structure is quite impressive. Though some find the new venue small, it’s refreshing not to have to trek downtown to the once beautiful and once architecturally significant Phoenix Symphony Hall. I remember how distraught Jack Clifford, Marcia and Sanford Roth, Glenna and Larry Shapiro and dozens just like them were

horrified at what the City of Phoenix did at the Symphony Hall more than a decade ago. For those who weren’t here, Phoenix Symphony Hall once resembled New York’s famed Lincoln center. All the false promises the City of Phoenix gave to the arts community were changed and redesigned without the knowledge of many who had poured millions into the once magnificent structure. How sad!


Apparently, a group of well high-heeled ladies loudly discussed the wonton antics of another socialite at a recent well attended kick-off. The woman in questions cougar-like prowl is not directed at ladies’ husbands but their sons! You’d better be careful honey. Nothing will get you drummed out of high society quicker than this behavior. Remember, mothers will always protect their cubs and you’re far too old to act this way.

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Almost There Rescue (ATR), founded by Geri Hormel, wrapped up 2022 with Vanity Fur, their banner fundraising event. The Vanity Fur soirée was hosted at the historical Wrigley Mansion. The Wrigley Mansion is a major sponsor of the event and Almost There Rescue. Guests dressed up in their best cocktail attire and enjoyed a glamorous evening of cocktails, hors d’oeuvres, a silent auction, puppy races, live music, and more, as they raised tens of thousands of dollars to save the lives of homeless mama dogs and puppies! In addition to the Wrigley Mansion, SJS Investments was a major sponsor. Other generous sponsors included

Schultz Development, Old World Tile, Crescent Crown Distributing, and Candelaria Design. “We are honored to have the resounding support of community leaders, difference-makers, and influencers as we strive towards an Arizona with more rescue advocates and no more homeless dogs,” said Heidi Leyva, ATR’s Development Director. The next Vanity Fur is slated for November 3rd, and its organizers are promising and even bigger, more lavous affair! As always, 100% of the proceeds will go towards ATR’s mission: To save mama dogs and pups, provide care and enrichment, and find loving, forever homes.

Blair Barnoli and Katy Straight with Alex Onken and Michael Gibson Caleb Roman and Camille Crujido
Gillian Hormel and Caitlin Pigott Nat Barlow and Geoff Gengrich Megan Wiewel and Geri Hormel Emina and Daniel Paredes Mallory Mellen, Leslie Rachels and Levi Mellen
Coverage courtesy of Almost There Rescue
Charlie Touché Chelsea and Dan Tyrrell


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Samantha’s Favorite Finds

Embrace the trend of electrifying yellows with this Alexander McQueen ruffle top.

Available at Neiman Marcus located at Scottsdale Fashion Square.

Full of movement and light. Let the spring sunshine work its magic with these delicately modern rutilated quartz earrings.

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

When it comes to experimenting with your style, accessories make all the difference. You can’t go wrong with these Celine sunglasses.

Available at Neiman Marcus located at Scottsdale Fashion Square.

Lingerie details such as corsetry, boning and lace are big for spring and showcase femininity in more edgy styles.

Available at High Society Resale Boutique located at 10805 N 71st Way.

A chic Chanel bag is always a good investment. This structured shoulder bag delivers versatility to elevate even the most casual outfit.

Available at High Society Resale Boutique located at 10805 N 71st Way.

A kite shaped slice of onyx paired with lustrous 14K yellow gold make this necklace by Gabriel & Co. a striking focal piece to add to any look.

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



Representing Arizona at the International Debutante Ball, Katherine Maclean Getz, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. George F. Getz and Cristina Jane Glascock, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Bonsal Hays Glascock from Paradise Valley, made their bows to family and friends in the Grand Ballroom of the Plaza Hotel in NY. Twenty-two smart and accomplished young women represented Belgium, England, France, Greece, Iran, Scotland and five American states. The International Debutante Ball supports the ongoing mission of the Soldiers’, Sailors’, Marines’, Coast

Guard and Airmen’s Club of New York City, a home away from home for the armed services.

A colorful and patriotic event, the International Debutante Ball is a traditional family occasion in the New York social season. The Ball provides an exciting social setting in which young women and men from all over the world meet one another, have a wonderful time, and form lasting friendships.

Photos courtesy of the International Debutant Ball Committee Bert and Sandra Getz with Katherine Maclean, Dyan and George Getz 68th International Debutants Katherine Maclean Getz and Cristina Jane Glascock Cristina Jane and Philip Glascock Philip Glascock, Lauren Dickey, Angela Mankin, and Jim Geishaker Alexis and Bonsal Glascock Jolie Vanier and Katherine Ann Johnson Gordon Cooper, Julia Irene Kauffman, Margaret Hedberg and Gregory Hedberg
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Be the Hostess with the Mostess


Think of the happiness and joy of being invited to someone’s home for dinner. You feel special and appreciated. What a pleasure it is to look forward to spending time with friends, enjoying delicious food and sharing stories and experiences. I am encouraging you to give the gift of a dinner party to your friends.

The best dinner parties always combine the same elements, although there is no one right way to give a party. It is always best to follow the Golden Rule. “Do unto others as you would have them do unto you.” Treat your guests the way that you would like to be treated. It’s as simple as that.

A great hostess’s primary concern should be to make sure that every guest feels comfortable, welcomed and happy. Remember to introduce each guest and say at least three interesting things about them. This will relax people and create opportunities for interesting and good conversation.

Food is about nurturing; not only physical but also emotional nurturing. Give recipes your own style by being a little adventurous. Cook as much food in advance as possible so that you can mingle and circulate with your guests. Always share your best energy, humor and charm – the hostess sets the tone for the evening.

1. Greet your guests at the front door. Smile, give each person a compliment and a welcoming hug.

2. Stand up at the dinner table and make a welcoming toast. Practice in advance so that you will feel relaxed and know what you are going to say.

3. Find out in advance if any guests have food allergies or don’t eat certain foods.

4. Be dressed, ready with all the lights on, the bar set up and music playing at least fifteen minutes before guests are due to arrive.

5. Send a reminder the day before the party, including the time, the date, your address and phone number.

6. Set a beautiful table with place cards with the name of each guest in large letters on the front and the back of the card.

7. Tell guests in advance what time the party will end. Then announce that it is time to leave and tell them how much you have enjoyed their participation while walking them to their car, not just the front door.

7. A great hostess will always help her guests feel as if they participated in a truly special, intimate occasion. Thank your guests for coming and for bringing anything that they brought. Share how special it was that they came to your home by creating such beautiful memories. XO

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This years 2023 Brainiac Bash Soiree, held January 14 at Montelucia, was an entertaining and energetic night supporting Brain Injury Alliance Arizona. In it’s second year, the event brings awareness to the importance of supporting Brain Health. Kathryn Pidgeon chaired the event that raised over $330K. Continuing in the tradition of honoring four courageous individuals, who were willing to share their personal journey with a brain injury, honorees included Letitia Frye, Brandon Lee, Bryan Danielson, and Missy Byrd. Carrie Martz was announced

as 2023 Advisory Council Chair. Dance performances charmed the audience partnering with Fred Astaire Paradise Valley. Our local celebrities included, Angela Hallier, Lindsay James, and Bob Lavina. Judges for the night Lin Sue Flood, Dina Shacknai, and Johnjay Van Es did an outstanding job critiquing the dances giving high marks to all. Emcee, Kyle Kittleson kept the evening moving. Title Sponsor was Jerry Bisgrove, Stardust Foundation. The event was spectacular and produced by Toast Collective, Kim Rivera

Carrie Martz Carolyn and Craig Jackson
Angie Hallier and Jonathan Hancock Larry and Lisa Shaw
courtesy of Carrie Martz
Brie Danielson, Kathryn Pidgeon, and Bryan Danielson Scott Gauthier, Stacey Romano, Dina Shacknai, Bob and Lavina Trish with Casey Mears Yvonne Fedderson, Judi Yates, Sara O’Meara and Michael Medoro Cameron Martz with Brooke and Robert Leach Hunter, Letitia, and Duke Frye Rob and Rebecca Turner, Lindsay and Kevin James, with Cassie and Korbie Koga

Ways to “Love Your Home” Part 2

Enjoy being empowered & inspired with these ideas to create your happy home!

15 SEE WHAT YOU HAVE WITH DIFFERENT EYES. Change the seat at which you eat all your meals today. Look around and see your room from a different perspective. Is there anything you see that you would like to change or that you didn’t see before?

16 ENJOY THE PIECES YOU ALREADY HAVE. Go to the cabinet that has your fine pieces of China, flatware, crystal, serving pieces, vases, and bowls, etc.. Take out the ones you love the most. Keep them out for several days to use and enjoy. Hopefully, you’ll never want to hide them again.

17 NEW HARDWARE CAN MAKE CABINETRY LOOK LIKE NEW. If you like the cabinetry in your home, but wish it could be spruced up or updated, change the hardware. New handles will make a huge difference. You can change the handle shape, style and even the finish. Go from conservative to formal or funky. It will be like getting new cabinets. Be sure you put different handles in each room. The kitchen shouldn’t look like the bathroom or the hallway.

18 STARTING YOUR DESIGN PROJECT. Starting to decorate doesn’t have to be overwhelming. If you first start with a piece, you love or adore, it is easier and more fun and will give you greater pleasure because it reflects you. Even if you must spend extra on it, build around it. Beginning your project with pieces you love, and sticking to the theme, will ensure the happy outcome you will want to live with forever.

19 WORD OF THE YEAR IS “OCCUPY”. How are you occupying your most personal space, your home? Is it a reflection of you? Have you expressed your style, taste, collections, and hobbies. If you have, great; if not,

now is the time to do it! Begin with a list of what you like and don’t like in your home and decide how you would like to live and be seen.

20 KNOW YOURSELF BEFORE DECORATING. Before you begin a decorating project write a brief journal or answer a few questions about yourself and how you want to live. Interview yourself or have a dialogue with someone who really knows you. This is great to do with someone you live with.

21 CREATE A ROMANTIC EVENING AT HOME. Plan a dinner in a room in your home in which you generally don’t eat. It could be your family room, bedroom or garden. Use a small table with a pretty tablecloth and comfortable chairs. Buy two special dinner plates and definitely have candles everywhere.

22 SING AND DANCE IN YOUR HOME. Purchase your favorite dance music and move the furniture aside to create a dance floor. Dance by yourself, with a partner or invite friends. Your home can be a source of fun and joy. Any other ideas to bring fun in?

23 SPLURGE ON ONE THING AND WORK AROUND IT. Everything doesn’t have to be expensive. Just buy one thing that is very special to you and decorate from there. Make it the focus of the room and add pieces that blend or contrast but not detract. Let your special choice be your inspiration.

24 “REFRESH” NOT REPLACE. To replace what we have in our home can be expensive so just “refresh”. Refresh means use it differently. Refresh is to move something in the same room or to another room, eliminate something, use it differently, rearrange your accessories or wall art. Let your imagination flow and do the unexpected.

25 BE SURE YOU LOVE THE COLORS IN YOUR HOME. If you have not originally chosen all the colors in your home, now is the time to change that. Paint a room, change your pillows, slipcover a sofa, paint a piece of furniture, eliminate old drapery. It could be as simple as new placemats. Be sure the colors you see every day are the colors you like.

26 KNOW YOUR STYLE. Decide if you want glamour, serenity, comfort, etc. and make sure you eliminate pieces that don’t reflect your taste. Every room doesn’t have to be the same. Especially if different people live in the rooms giving a different purpose and energy. Each room in your home can have its own personality.

27 BE AWARE OF ENVIRONMENTAL POLLUTION. In the home there are many sounds and many aromas. Be aware of them and make sure you are not negatively affected by them. Conversely you can have positive reactions to music, water running in a fountain, food cooking and flowers. Tune into your stimuli.

28 DIMMERS AND TIMERS LIGHT UP MY LIFE. I love dimmers to create mood in a room. It creates shadows, interest, and mood. Timers take care of you. You can time when you want lights on and off and never have to think about it. You will never be in the dark or return to a dark home.

29 NO HAVE TO’S IN SIGHT. Put work and exercise equipment out of your bedroom and away from the room you eat, entertain, or recreate. Creating a tranquil and peaceful environment is important and brings health and healing. It is preferable to have a separate exercise room and office.



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Arizona Game Changer Gala, as it’s now called, raised a ton of needed funds for the American Cancer Society. The other evening at the Clayton House in Scottsdale, more than 350 people arrived to support and toast the festivities. Kris Pickel played host to a glorious night, which was chaired by Stephen Macias and Amy Walters. Honorees for

the splendid affair included: Dave Dexter, Jeff Schriber, Linda Greer, Jennifer Lutjen, Lamont Yoder, Lee Courtney, Scott Heckmann, Vanessa Ramirez and Vince Kozar. It was a brilliant gathering and it raised money and awareness, while honoring some of the finest people in our community.

Jeffery Schriber and Kate Kelley Lena Spotleson and Amy Walters
Lamon Yoder and Arif Kamal
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Lee Courtney and Arif Kamal Amy Walters and Stephen Macias Kate Kelley with Natalie Morrison and Ashley DeGooyer Jeff Fehlis with Dave Dexter and Cameron Thomas Lee Perriera Jeff Fehlis with Vanessa Ramirez and Cameron Thomas
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Avery Lane Named Best Consignment Store

FIVE Years in a Row!


30,000 sq. ft. of fabulous designer treasures.

At cocktail parties, on the tee box and amongst the ladies who lunch, there’s a subtle whisper about an unusual design mecca—Consignment. The valley’s most savvy shoppers and discerning designers are regulars at Avery Lane Fine Consignments and they are rewarded with great deals on one-of-a-kind home décor. Avery Lane’s design style is “Paris Apartment” which is a curated aesthetic of items collected from a lifetime of international travels, inherited from generations or salvaged when the flat upstairs was vacated. And, the inventory is like a Parisian merry-go-round—constantly changing and revolving. Come check it out … sit for a spell … we’ll pour the champagne. Discover more at

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Literary Society of the Southwest

Tell us a little bit about the Literary Society of the Southwest and what makes it unique.

The Literary Society of the Southwest, a local non-profit, has been hosting unique connections for its members with best-selling authors since 2005. From November to April, Society members enjoy gathering at prominent luncheon locations for personalized book presentations and discussions with accomplished authors from various literary genres. The Society has hosted over 80 acclaimed authors, including Anthony Marra, Colum McCann, and Richard Ford. Some of this season’s featured authors are Maggie Shipstead, Katie Kitamura, and Patrick Radden Keefe.

As a non-profit, what is your mission?

Our mission is two-fold; to celebrate contemporary literature and authors and promote the cause of literacy throughout Arizona. We endeavor to be a premier membership forum for knowledge, appreciation, and promotion of literature while equally committed to promoting literacy by awarding grants to community organizations with a literacy mission.

What are the benefits of membership?

There are many benefits to becoming a member, and all are welcome to join. We offer open seating at our luncheons that encourages our members to meet new people, create new friendships, and engage with each author directly. Members can volunteer, and depending on their interests, members choose to work on committees that suggest and review books and authors for the upcoming season, volunteer at our events, serve as membership ambassadors, and help select our grant recipients.

Your board governs the organization and manages operations. Can you shine some light on how this all came to be?

Northern Trust Bank founded the Literary Society, and they were its sole sponsor until 2019 when we learned that this sponsorship was ending. The membership had a choice; let the Literary Society die on the vine or create a new Board, find new funding streams, and work diligently to save something that the members cared about and grew to love. Twelve dedicated members decided to do the latter, rolled up their sleeves, dug in, and worked hard to move the Literary Society and its mission forward. Today, we are not only surviving but thriving with a volunteer Board of fifteen, ten highfunctioning committees, and serving nearly 600 members!

What makes you the proudest?

I’m proud of our members who seek to enjoy literature and support literacy and the board’s desire to keep them satisfied by presenting esteemed authors and fulfilling our bifurcated mission.

Due to members’ generosity, we doubled our grant-making budget each season, and in twelve short months, we will have awarded over $100,000 to literacy programs in Arizona. I am incredibly grateful and proud of all the Literary Society has accomplished!

How did you get involved with the Literary Society?

I was first introduced to the Society when a friend brought me to a luncheon as her guest. As an avid reader, I immediately realized there wasn’t anything like this in the valley, and I decided to become a member. When I learned there was a threat to the Literary Society’s existence, I knew I wanted to be a part of the movement to keep it alive and build on what Northern Trust had started so many years ago; thanks to our members and a group of hard-working volunteers, we did just that!

Information about this year’s authors, books, and luncheons, as well as membership, sponsorships, and grants, are on our website


Change the Chanel


The most anticipated morning of the 2023 season kicked off early at Saks Fifth Avenue Phoenix. Ball Chair Charlene Berge-Blum did a magnificent job welcoming all and introducing the past Heart Ball chairs to the room. Robert’s Catering served an amazing breakfast. Chris Beckley spun amazing sounds. Margaret Merritt together with Saks Fifth

Avenue showcased drop-dead fashions and champagne flowed. Spotted: Maja Langbein in space-age silver, Robin Andrews in smashing jewels, Cay Cowie in sherbet orange and Pat Leach who we’ve all missed seeing. Dana Jirauch showed several people a photo of a new mystery date! It was a brilliant morning.

Sandy Magruder with Kristine Thompson and Shannon Barthelemy Gee Gee Entz, Jamie Lendrum, Pam Risoleo and Jane Christensen
Lee Courtney, Penny Gunning, Charlene Berge-Blum and Jamie Lendrum Nan Howlett with Betty McRae and Pat Leach Margaret Merritt and Lisa Pagel Robert Richter and Nancy Berge Natalie Gaylord with Lee Courtney and Marilyn Alexander Cay Cowie and Dana Jirauch Laurie Florkiewicz and Libby Cohen Coverage courtesy of Tiffany Lavoie
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Avanti 50th Anniversary with Patsy and Angiolo Livi

I was born in the historic city of Florence, Italy, known for its stunning architecture and mouth-watering cuisine. As a young man, I developed an enduring passion for cooking while helping my grandmother in her kitchen. She had learned to blend French sauces with classic Italian recipes and was renowned among family and friends as a “gourmet chef”. On weekends she would take me mushroom hunting in the nearby hills or teach me about herbs from her amazing herb garden. Thanks to her guidance I grew into a discerning palate capable of recognizing subtle nuances in food preparation – which still inspires me today to craft new flavor combinations that delight every time!

After the war life in Italy was difficult, so as just a teenager, I set out to take care of my family. My journey eventually took me to work on The Viking Cruise ships, where I rose from dishwasher to Maître’ during my travels around the world. On one fateful voyage between Cuba and Haiti, disaster struck as the ship erupted into flames – forcing us all to abandon ship so I went to work at The Kings Inn Resort in Freeport, Grand Bahamas.

One spectacular day I met Patricia there – an incredible model who had come for a photo shoot – we instantly fell in love. We married within a month and began exploring Europe. Our shared passion for food keeps our relationship as strong today as ever before.

We started with friends opening restaurants in Barcelona, Spain. A few years later, there was political unrest, and Patricia wanted to go home to America. One of my proudest moments was becoming an American citizen and Ronald Reagan himself handed me my certificate of citizenship with his own hand! We are proud parents of two Children, Maria and Jordi and our grandson Demitri is the apple of our eye, he is an incredible young man.

My culinary background is extensive, having had the opportunity to try so many different cuisines worldwide and develop recipes for my own restaurants. Throughout my career, I have owned and co-owned many restaurants, starting with the Portofino I and II in Barcelona Spain (1970), Avanti of Phoenix (1974), Avanti of Scottsdale (1976) –which also specialized in catering – PREGO café in Arizona (1983) Avanti of La Jolla in California (1983) and finally Avanti Trattoria at the Pointe Hilton (1990-1995). I have been humbled during endeavors haveing been recognized with various awards over the years, most notably Gourmet Magazine’s America’s Top Table Award and I was honored to receive the top Culinary Achievement Award, and in 2006 I became the youngest chief inducted into the Culinary Hall of Fame.


Every night is a party! Our staff are all part of our family, and many have been with us for over 30 to 45 years. I am very lucky to have Margarita making fresh pasta, our manager Sergio who makes everyone feel like a VIP, Charles Lewis on the piano, and our very talented executive chef Francisco.

It has been our pleasure to serve so many people for nearly 50 years. From Presidents, like Bill Clinton and Ronald Reagan, Royalty, Movie stars over many generations, Champion athletes Like Pele, Opera stars like Andre Bocelli, Famous Film producers like Steven Spielberg, Rock stars like Ringo Starr and Alice Cooper, and Promoters like Danny Zelisko who has brought numerous musicians and other celebrities to the restaurant over the years.

Avanti was one of the first restaurants in Arizona to offer Europeaninspired cuisine like, Escargot, Octopus salad, Carpaccio, and Fresh handmade Italian Pasta. Since the 1970’s, our success comes from the freshest ingredients and a deep desire to make sure every guest has the best possible experience when they come to Avanti and can enjoy traditional Italian flavors as well as modern twists.

Our secret comes from a deep desire to make sure every guest has the best possible experience when they come to Avanti. Seeing people smile and enjoy the food, atmosphere, and service we provide is incredibly rewarding for me and my staff. We strive to exceed expectations in all aspects of our business – from sourcing the freshest seafood from the East Coast to waking up every morning excited to go hunt for the highest quality produce and ingredients to craft unique menus – so that no one leaves disappointed. Additionally, I’m driven by my love culture and cuisine; it’s very important for me that each dish on our menu reflects both traditional Italian flavors as well as modern twists. Ultimately, it’s this combination of passion, commitment, and attention-to-detail that ensures an unforgettable dining experience for each guest who visits us at Avanti! It warms my heart when someone say they have never tasted anything so delicious in their life ... that is when I am the happiest.



The Phoenician hosted yet another sold-out gala this winter. Childhelp Drive The Dream, chaired by Kim and Rod Cullum and Shelia and Mike Ingram, bumped things up a bit this year with a “Boots and Bling” theme. This gave ladies a chance to ditch their high heels in favor of cowboy boots. Men had the option of cowboy hats and similar Western attire. Reba McEntire was there. Founders Yvonne Fedderson

and Sara O’Meara welcomed the overflow crowd. Politicians and many celebrities rounded out the fine night. They also raised a great deal to stop the spread of child abuse. Spotted: Lisa Khan, Jinger Richardson, Alexis and Bonsal Glascock, Missy Anderson, Jill and Burt Alanko and on and on and on. It was a perfect night!

Carol and Jim Hebets
Stacie and Richard Stephenson with Sarah O’Meara and Yvonne Fedderson Fred Miller with Marja and Tommy Barnett Shelia Ingram Paulette and Mike Valente Richard and Laurie Swetonic Bonsal and Alexis Glascock Lisa Khan Coverage courtesy of Bill Dougherty


Carey and Dave Pawley
Grant and Sarah Corell Laurie and Bud Florkiewicz MaDonna and Paul Newman Kim and Rod Cullum Victoria and Richard York Lindsay Cullum-Colwell and Paul Colwell Andy and Marta Worth Christopher Horning and Lisa Lloyd

A Special Place and a Special Gem

There exists a dichotomy in Scottsdale, an homage to its western roots and the very cosmopolitan city it has now become. A city where you can purchase a Lamborghini and a few short miles away purchase a Kachina doll or some native American turquoise jewelry. Walking amongst the posh boutiques and exquisite art galleries you find yourself reeling in both of these worlds, a land of history, and a land of unlimited potential. Amongst the myriad of galleries, I found myself falling in love with one gallery that had an unexpected surprise. The art in this gallery was all edible. This gallery was the restaurant Sel.

Settling into our blue velvet seats in embracingly posh, yet comfortable surroundings, upscale music played and the open kitchen was full of activity and excitement added to the experience. Sel is the brainchild of chef Branden and May Levine. Opened in 2016 Chef Branden embarked on a destination restaurant that features a four course, prix fixe dinner menu that changes seasonally and luckily for us, just two days earlier. Exquisite cocktails and an extensive wine and liquor menu add to the complexity of the menu. Having competed on Beat Bobby Flay and Chef Wanted with Anne Burrell, chef Branden is clearly comfortable in the kitchen and the stress that comes with it.

Our journey began with an Amuse Bouche of a delectable spoon full of daikon radish, trout roe in an exquisite miso sauce. Chef then presented us with a seared Hudson Valley foie gras atop a fermented

apple cobbler and a candied applewood bacon streusel. The subtle sweetness against the decadent richness of the foie gras was simply amazing. When you thought that foie gras could not be elevated any further, this dish took it to the next level.

The first course was an immaculate Maine Diver scallop crudo. This edible art presented itself as a seafood flower in a wasabi-ginger sauce,


white truffle and an avocado smoked trout roe foam nestled atop a tapioca crisp. The second course consisted of a saltimbocca prosciutto wrapped rabbit loin with the most divine brown butter potato mousseline. I’m still thinking about it. The third course was grilled tiger prawn in a kimchi spiced bouillabaisse sauce alongside a spicy squid ink rouille atop a nori crostini. Entrees were equally elegant with grilled Spanish octopus with crispy skin Iberico pork belly and a dried kalamata olive rubbed, roasted garlic sumac crusted lamb rack atop an applewood smoked sweet potato puree with perfectly crispy brussel sprouts. Absolute gastronomic genius!

Sel is the type of restaurant that is not only a special gem, but also the restaurant that you file away as that “special” place. A place that is set aside for a special occasion. A place that is for celebrations and romantic moments or that place that is just for time you need to remember where food became art. Sel is the restaurant that you want to scream to the world to come to but simultaneously want to keep to yourself. Regardless of what drives you to be here, just be here. You will forever be changed.


7044 E Main Street

Scottsdale, AZ 85251




The much-anticipated Galaxy Gala held on behalf of the Arizona Science Center arrived in all its wonderment for the new year. Daryl Weil and Lisa Shover Kackley did a tremendous job chairing the mammoth gala. This year the sold-out evening gave guests the opportunity to view: Dogs, A Science Tail.” Many including Sarah Suggs and Sallie Brophy had the opportunity to adopt dogs and they along with others walked away with furry K-9s. M Catering did an outstanding job in a

rather difficult spot and served the perfect dinner of the event. Spotted: Julie Rohr, Rebecca Ailes-Fine, Ardie Evans, Lisa Henry, Ellen and Howard Katz, Betty McRae, Karen and Burt Hayenga, Heather and Chip Hassen, Tina Huber, Sue Glawe and dozens more just like them. Michael Ziegler initiated a STEM educational program for the museum on behalf of his much-adored and much-missed wife Ellie Ziegler. That alone made for a winning evening.

Daryl Weil and Lisa Shover Kackley Tim and Candice Clark
Mike and Robyn DeBell Pat and Regina Edwards Coverage courtesy of Grace and Scott Carpenter Anita Theisen and Guy Labine Betty McRae and Michael Stavros Elizabeth and Bryan Saba Kate Gallego and Ella Goldfader David and Pam Kolbe Peter Fine and Rebecca Ailes-Fine


High winds forced a remarkable guest list into the foyer of the Camelback Inn on a cold February night. But that was not about to stop the famed resort or ball chairs Sue Fletcher and Sandy Trznadel from showcasing a perfect evening. Christine and David Watson served as honorees for the grand gathering. Cocktails and hor d’oeuvres made their respective rounds. Everyone swooned at the balls’ bright and brilliant decor. Much

needed funds were raised on behalf of HonorHealth as well. Guests danced the night away. Spotted: Charlene Berge-Blum, Jim Howard, Natalie Gaylord, Art Mollen, Susie Muzzy, Jean Feuer, Brenda Howard and on and on and on. Belle of the ball Abby Borhan in scarlet red! You should have been there!

Joe and Helene Presutti
Charlene Berge-Blum, Natalie Gaylord and Lee Courtney Cameron and Grace Matthews Al and Abby Borhan John and Shaheen Neil Brenda and Jim Howard Sue Fletcher and Sandy Trznadel Ina Manaster
Coverage courtesy of Sally and Peter Krzykos


Harriet and Jack Friedland David and Christine Watson
Todd and Kelly LaPorte Dana Jirauch Karen and Craig Stull Jean Feuer Robert Pazderka and Missy Turner Nancy and Ron Eriksson Loralee and Jared Langkilde

Engaging the Hands of Many to Create Art

Phoenix artist Ann Morton is driven by a desire to employ her art as a voice for advocacy. The work she does reflects her own hand, but also orchestrates the hand work from a wide variety of community participants through public interventions that seek to harness the power in the act of making, and to socially engage the hands of many to create a larger whole. Her latest project was the Violet Protest, a nation-wide public art project that employed hand-made textiles as tools for protest against political divisiveness. The project focused on values we hold dear, rather than specific political or social issues. The color Violet symbolizes the literal combination of red and blue, familiar symbols of our nation’s differing ideologies. By completion, the project collected 13,500, 8 x 8-inch squares, made by over 2000 makers from all 50 states, yielding 25 squares that were then sent to each member of the 117th Congress in Washington D.C.

Now the Violet Protest has been invited to share the story of the project through a film documentary that will be presented by Arizona PBS. The Violet Protest is seeking support for the final production of this film. To donate, visit:

Gilbert Vicario, Contemporary Curator at Phoenix Art Museum, Ann Morton, and City of Phoenix Mayor, Kate Gallego during her visit to the Violet Protest at PAM. Violet Protest square made by: Doerte Weber, San Antonio, TX Violet Protest square made by: Savannah Kay Gordon, Beaverton, OR Violet Protest boxes addressed and ready for delivery to Congress. Overhead view of “US” stacks of submitted squares. Throughout the exhibition squares were added to these stacks. Beginning with approx. 7500 squares, by show’s end, these stacks included over 11,000 squares. Violet Protest square made by: Thuy Hadvab, Gilbert, AZ
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Lauren Hendricks and Adam Kmak


Ingrid Haas and Charlie Van Dyke

Tom Hendricks

Cathy and Tom Kmak


Royal Palms Resort


Sweetwater Strings for the ceremony and cocktail hour

Griffin and the Gargoyles from St. Louis for dancing


Caitlin Caval/ Rochelle Bare of Outstanding Occasions


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White House Design Studio


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Jos. A. Bank


• The bride’s step-father was the presider.

• Instead of a wedding cake, the couple elected to have a table of miniature pastries.

• On the ballroom patio, a Barista Bar was set up for coffees, espressos, lattes and cappuccinos.

• The first dance was on the lawn before moving into the ballroom for the party.

• The groom’s mother celebrated her birthday on the same day as the wedding.

• A private Sunday Brunch was served in the Camelback Vista garden for all wedding guests the day after. Sponsored

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