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Supporting Valley Philanthropy Since 1982 VOLUME 31, NO. 2


Remembering … Eddie Basha


Lilly Pulitzer: The Accidental Fashion Star

22 Tovrea Castle: The Wedding Cake on the Phoenix Hill 23

Leader of the Band: Gene Press on what it takes

26 On Broadway: Mega-Agent Sue Mengers Takes the Stage 36 Interview: Fashion Director Ken Downing on What’s Hot 41

Charity Spotlight Shining on Florence Crittenton

47 Trendy Reading: Rita Davenport’s “Funny Side Up”

SOCIETY Fight Night Holly Simon with Kirk and Nicole Diller

Gold Ball Sandi and Clark York




Maxie’s House


Evening to Paws


O’Connor House Supreme Evening


Friends of the Arizona Cancer Center


Florence Crittenton


Celebrity Fight Night 2013


The Trends Charitable Fund Celebrity Luncheon


Compassion with Fashion


Board of Visitors


John C. Lincoln Gold Ball


Childhelp Wings


Compassion with Fashion Shane Powell and Gustavo Tabares

Evening to Paws Scott Campbell

ON THE COVER: The Arizona Biltmore Resort is one of the true architectural landmarks of our Valley. For event or booking information visit or call 602.955.6600. Hair and makeup by Laura Flagler Photography by Scott Foust, Image-Industry Models courtesy of the Agency Arizona Stylist Terri Camberlango





Spotlight on the Phoenix Art Museum


La Dolce Vita


On My Mind


Spotlight on the Heard Museum

24 Artist Profile: David Jonason at Marshall-LeKae Gallery 30

Trends in Phoenix

35 Spotlight on the Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art 42

Trends in Dining: The Rokerij

49 The Good Life: You Might Want to Think About … 50

Pets of the Month

51 Wedding Bells: Harris-Neher


Remembering ... Eddie Basha By Bill Dougherty

Eddie Basha will always be remembered for his love of his native state and his great dream to make all of Arizona prosper. The 1993 Fabulous Phoenician passed away in March. He had an amazing and extremely successful life and did so much to help his state and community. In 1955 Eddie graduated from high school in Chandler and left to pursue a degree at Stanford University. Upon his return he settled into the family business his father and Uncle Ike started in 1933. Following his father’s passing in 1968, Eddie assumed the presidency of the grocery store chain and began to make his own history. To list Eddie Basha’s civic and philanthropic achievements would take too long. Anyone who has lived in the Valley long enough knows that Eddie, along with the Basha family, turned sand into gold. Everything the fine gentleman touched left an indelible mark. His commitment to our education system, Arizona heritage and the arts were all a daily part of what made Eddie a true empire builder. In Eddie Basha’s life he would build Bashas’ markets into an untouchable force in the community, snuffing out huge national chains that did everything they could to obliterate the markets. He was the genius behind AJ’s Fine Foods and Ike’s long before such a concept even existed. Today, high-end and organic stores are a dime a dozen across the country. Eddie always held the belief that you get back what you put out. He always put his employees first as well as the community he helped to build. Eddie Basha is perhaps one of the finest examples of what it’s like to lead by the Golden Rule. He had a truly magnificent life and made sure our state was the recipient of his success. He will be missed more than I can ever describe in pen and ink.



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Spotlight on the Phoenix Art Museum The focus of this show is on the young artist Ahmed Alsoudani, an American-Iraqi painter who is busting out with his first major museum exhibition. The Phoenix Art Museum’s “Redacted” will present more than 20 of the artist’s sometimes tumultuous works. Alsoudani depicts war and the effects of war and violence on human lives. He grew up under the regime of Saddam Hussein in Baghdad and fled the city in 1995 when a youthful act of defiance put him at risk. He then lived in Syria before coming to the United States where he studied art at the Maine College of Art in Portland, and the Yale School of Art. His subsequent meteoric career led to solo and group shows around the world, where he has received much critical acclaim for his uniquely gripping and visceral compositions. Through his personal experience, the artist has developed a keen sensitivity to the effects of war, violence, terror and political unrest on a global scale. “I’m not just commenting on Iraq but on an experience that becomes universal,” Alsoudani said, referring to “Untitled, 2007,” a loose, abstracted depiction of the moment the statue of Hussein fell in Baghdad in 2002.

His splintered compositions and the overwhelming and sometimes harrowing scenes represented in bold, brilliant, almost primary colors, speak to the weight of violence. Conflict and brutality become a universal experience heightened by a violent culture in which Hollywood epics and first-person shooter video games are at times indistinguishable from the reality of war coverage and terror strikes. This show is cosponsored by the Portland Museum of Art and will travel there after leaving the Phoenix Art Museum. “Redacted” will remain at the Phoenix Art Museum through July 17. The museum is located at 1625 N. Central Ave. 602.257.1222.




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Kitchen on the Street Longtime Arizona resident Lisa Scarpinato and her family (husband Vince and daughter Taylor) were serving at various non-profits around the Valley but felt a deeper call to serve the hurting. During dinner one night in September 2006, Lisa asked friend Dennis Cagle, an Anglican Bishop and principal of Imagine Charter Schools, “Dennis, how is your school year going?” Lisa imagined he would respond with comments on enrollment or test scores. As the room fell silent (even the children stopped talking), tears began to roll down Dennis’ face. He described his recent experience watching a second-grade girl scavenge through the cafeteria trash and trays left by other students, picking up half-eaten sandwiches and pizza, food others had discarded as no good or not needed. As Dennis watched her wrap the food in napkins and put it in her pockets, his heart was broken. He followed her to class and found that she was a refugee from Sudan, her parents did not speak English, had no transportation and had difficulty in knowing what to buy at the grocery store or how to prepare it for the family. The food this little girl collected from the school trash was her way of providing her brother and sister with food on the weekends! Sadly, thousands of Arizona children receive breakfast and lunch at school but have no consistent source of food on weekends. Lisa’s heart broke for this little girl. She mentally traded places with the girl’s mother, wondering how she would feel if she had to tell her daughter on a Saturday, “I am sorry, honey, I know you are hungry today, but you will have to wait until you get to school Monday. We have no food.” At that moment, she and Vince exchanged a glance and no words were needed to express their thoughts. Dennis’ words were a call to action, an answer to prayer, the prayer of the Scarpinato family in who they should serve and how. That night they began the process of starting the 501c3 called Kitchen on the Street. Since that lifechanging night, the organization has grown from serving Bags of Hope (backpacks of food) to 30 students each weekend the first



year to serving over 1,100 each weekend in Arizona and Texas this year. Programs have expanded to include providing nonperishable food boxes to families in crisis, hosting monthly fresh food distributions to assist families in getting produce outside of their budgetary reach, and their most recent venture, a food truck that makes them an actual “kitchen on the street,” courtesy of the Arizona Diamondbacks Foundation. The Kitchen on the Street transforms the organization’s reach by allowing them to go into economically distressed neighborhoods and give food to people in need. It also allows them to proactively combat hunger by using it as a mobile classroom to teach cooking and nutrition classes with families. Finally, it acts as a revenue source to fund the Bags of Hope program by providing catering services for private and corporate events. Vince Scarpinato is a former Philadelphia chef. He volunteers his time to work alongside other volunteers, many of whom are former “kitchen” folks who have a heart for serving the hungry. The organization recently secured a facility of its own after many years of operating from the Scarpinatos’ home and a classroom at a school in Paradise Valley. Their facility is

located just off the Loop 101 Freeway and Cave Creek. The initial year’s rent was provided by Discount Tire. Over 25,000 Bags of Hope were given to hungry children last year through the Kitchen on the Street program. The organization relies on the generosity of the community in giving of their time, talent and funds to meet the needs of the hurting. There are ways to support this faith-based organization. Prayers are appreciated! You can volunteer. Join their Enews online at To stay informed of volunteer opportunities become a Kitchen on the Street Fan on Facebook. Adopt a hungry child for $25 per month. Less than a $1 a day feeds a child for the entire month! Host a food drive or an event to benefit Kitchen on the Street. Schedule the Kitchen on the Street mobile kitchen to cater an event (corporate luncheon, dinner party, social event, festival). All proceeds benefit hungry kids in Arizona. For more information please e-mail, visit www. or call 480.200.4968. Our address is 21006 N. 22nd Street, #C1, Phoenix.

La Dolce Vita By Bill Dougherty

People are talking about Sandy Hecomovich and her triumphant

as always. You could have heard a pin drop

­success as chair of the Trends Charitable Fund Celebrity Luncheon

as he spoke. And you very likely could have

held just weeks ago at the Arizona Biltmore Resort. Everyone you

broken ribs from laughing at his quick wit

know and adore was there. And I mean everyone. Ken Downing,

and sense of humor.

fashion director of Neiman Marcus in Dallas, flew in to address the well high-heeled crowd of the most fashionable ladies and men, too, in the Valley. Mr. Downing and I go all the way back to I. Magnin & Co., where we, like the rest of the team there, were put through a rigorous crash course in everything related to fashion. We all like to say we walked in the door knowing little and walked out with a Ph.D. in fashion. I doubt any specialty store puts their respective employees through such training anymore. Anyway, Mr. Downing was exceptional,

We also had the chance to present our new 2013 Trendsetters to the community. They are Marilyn Alexander, Shannon Barthelemy, Joelle Hadley, Lisa James, Lori Larcher, Mari Lederman, Diana Lents, Joyce Santis, Joette Schmidt and Vicki Vaughn. What a wellaccomplished and impressive group of ladies. You will see and hear more from them on Sept. 28 at An Evening of Trends at the Arizona Biltmore. We hope to see you there. We also stopped to honor five Trendsetters from 1993 who have remained so active in making our community a better place that we felt they needed to be recognized

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once more. Shelley Adams, Jill Alanko, Moll Anderson (who I forgot to introduce), Claudia Fanning and Beth McDonald (who lent her beauty and vocal talents as our emcee) were all thanked again profusely for everything they continue to do. We are blessed to have these ladies among us. You get the picture. Continued on page 12



La Dolce Vita – Continued from page 11 The other evening down on Marshall Way I attended a little cocktail

Our other great feature is on Sue Mengers, who took Hollywood by

party for the opening of Matthew and Main Dish. Not since the days of

storm for several decades, becoming the first true power agent to

Warner’s have I seen such an opulent and spectacular place and table-

the stars. She became for a time as famous as her clients. I would

top store combined into one terrific showroom. Matthew Boland,

direct anyone who’s interested to the YouTube version of the 1975

who for a long time has topped the list as one of the premier interior

“60 Minutes” TV interview with Mike Wallace. Decades later it’s simply

designers in the state, has combined his talents with Aundrea Pagni of

amazing to watch Sue Mengers in action.

Main Dish to create a posh atmosphere and visual fireworks not seen in Phoenix in decades. You need to drop by.

In Cocktail Polo News You Should Know: That a bizarre socialite

This month we did two feature stories, one on Lilly Pulitzer, who

is researching just about everyone you know on the Internet …

passed away this spring, and another on Hollywood superagent

That a gentleman who prefers to remain anonymous just saved a

Sue Mengers, who died a few years ago. I had the opportunity to

small charity from extinction … That an adulterous lady is quickly

meet Lilly Pulitzer in 1993 at her home in Palm Beach. Her waspy and

finding herself marginalized … That several socialites who have

very festive line was about to be relaunched by Sugartown Worldwide.

chosen to go with the fresh-as-a-daisy no-make-up look might

Needless to say the line today is even larger than it was in the 1960s

want to rethink their decision … That chairs strong In Cocktail Polo News you several should ball know:

and ‘70s. I credit the Valley’s own Holly Dunlap, who served as head

and able need to take their elbows off the table … That a blonde

designer of the line for a while, with its great success. Lilly was a great

and recently wed socialite is in grave danger and doesn’t even

dame! She was not the least bit affected by her wealth or great design

realize it … That you get back what you put out, and that’s pre-

fame. Her home was spectacular, filled with Lilly Pulitzer prints galore

cisely why one lady who used to lunch is not friendless … That

and some of the most impressive and famous art I’ve seen outside a

you need to fear three socialites who travel in a pack. Now you’re

museum. She held a cocktail party that night. All of Palm Beach society

all caught up for the next 15 minutes.

was there. It was a memorable evening.




The Great Pacific Garbage Patch By Bill Macomber Most people have heard of the floating island of trash that’s building in the Pacific Ocean between California and Hawaii. The island is the result of the North Pacific Subtropical Gyre, currents and prevailing winds that trap floating things and hold them in place. The Pacific marine trash island isn’t the only one, just the most famous. There are others in the Atlantic and three or four other oceanic gyres around the world. Ninety percent of the floating trash is plastic. This includes water bottles along with plastic bottle caps, plastic bags, cups and billions of pounds of raw plastic pellets called nurdles. Nurdles are the byproduct of making plastic products. Every time I see a shirk-wrapped case of bottled water I think about where those plastic bottles are going to end up. We all use the recycling bin. Education, peer pressure and legitimate feelings of guilt have trained most people to be aware of what we’re throwing away. I can’t help but wonder how, if we’re all recycling, did those floating trash heaps get so big? Getting to the bottom of that question would be next to impossible. No one admits to dumping truckloads of plastic in the ocean. That kind of person would be looked at like a smoker exhaling into a baby’s face. Maybe that’s what needs to happen to those of us who still use bottled water. If we apply the same peer pressure to people with a bottle of water in their hand that we use on smokers, it could help. The peer pressure machine is a great behavior changer. I’m thinking it’s time we got serious about using metal (or reusable plastic) water carriers. Buy one today and fill it up. If you don’t have an under-the-sink water filtration system and you can afford it, get one. The water is delicious. These simple actions can make a huge difference to our grand­ children’s world.

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Spotlight on the Heard Museum The Heard’s collection of Navajo pictorial textiles runs rich and deep. The many ways in which the weavers’ creativity and imagination have been woven with technical mastery are being showcased in “Picture This!” at the Heard. Many weavers draw on important imagery from the Navajo culture, while others work in a popular folk-art style that infuses images from the modern world into a distinctively Navajo perspective. A good example is a weaving by Helen Begay on this page. It honors the famous Navajo code talkers of World War II with a depiction of the well-known image of the U.S. flag being raised on Iwo Jima. As the story goes, in 2002 Begay learned that Navajo

Code Talker David Tsosie, a resident of a nursing home in Bloomfield, N.M., was belatedly receiving a Congressional Silver Medal for his service in World War II. She informed herself about the code talkers and wove the piece and at least two others to honor the code talkers’ courage and their accomplishment of creating an unbroken code using their Navajo language.

Textiles by the family of Louise Y. Nez (Navajo), one of the leading families of Navajo pictorial weavers, also will be featured in this exhibit. In addition to those by Nez, weavings from her daughters Florence Nez Riggs, LaVerne Nez Greyeyes and Jane Hyden will be displayed. Also included in the exhibit are several examples from the gift of Navajo weavings donated to the Heard in memory of Dr. Doren Indritz of Scottsdale. “Picture This!” will be displayed through Sept. 2. For more information, call the Heard Museum at 602.251.0209 or visit The Heard is located at 2301 N. Central Ave., Phoenix.




Chateau Maxfield Wine Gala

Claudia and Brian Fleury

Jane Lucien-Scholle

Jacqui and Nick Firestone

A TOAST TO YOU Maxie’s House benefitted from the event. GREAT VINTAGE Jacqui and Nick Firestone, a fine-looking couple HILLSIDE HIDEAWAY The Sanctuary on Camelback Mountain hosted. WINE CELLAR Guests enjoyed an array of splendid wines.

Terri Yakich and Chris Reddington

Photos courtesy of J.J. Brewer and Laura Bishop

Julia Burke and Bonnie Maffi

Chris Bode and Amy Austin

Pat and Jackie Dukes

Kristen Martin and Jim Baker




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St. Joseph the Worker: Employment Heals For nearly 25 years, St. Joseph the Worker’s Employment Heals program has provided women, as well as men and families in delicate and trying situations such as homelessness or domestic violence, with the support and job development resources needed to find quality employment and become self-sufficient in today’s society. Last year, St. Joseph the Worker secured 577 job placements for needy Valley residents. The average wage was $9.20, and 63 percent of the positions were eligible for benefits. These encouraging life c­hanges were accomplished through personal attention from professional job developers, providing telephone/fax/internet access and a mailing address. They also helped to find guaranteed transportation to and from interviews or work, résumé development and financial assistance to pay for uniforms and shoes, certification or licensure fees. They help pay for day care, too. St. Joseph the Worker also focuses heavily on improving job readiness by teaching effective job-search strategies. These services are open to anyone in need and help create the path to a healthy future. Recently a young girl named Sophie patiently sat and played with her lovingly worn Barbie doll in an office at St. Joseph the Worker. She was waiting for her mother to meet with a job developer to create a detailed job-searching game plan. Her mother desperately wants and needs a job – for herself and Sophie. To understand this mother’s desperation and motivation, you would need to see the fresh bruises covering her and Sophie. They are currently planning their exit from a turbulent, violent life of domestic abuse and realize a job is a critical key to unlocking their freedom. With St. Joseph the Worker’s expertise and caring help, finding employment will start the healing process for this mother and daughter. St. Joseph the Worker’s ability to provide support to people in trying situations like Sophie and her mother is a direct result of the community coming together to help. Funded solely by private donations,



St. Joseph the Worker’s Employment Heals program – along with the support of Trends Charitable Fund – ensures people like Sophie and her mother will have the opportunity and resources needed to heal and become independently stronger. How you can help St. Joseph the Worker volunteers are at the heart of vital services. There are numerous opportunities including long-term commitments or one-time activities, and individual or group tasks that people can participate in and contribute their talents. If you are looking for a valuable community service project or team-building activity for your corporation, school, community organization or church, St. Joseph the Worker

invites you to make a difference. Project ideas include hosting a donation drive for anything from razors and deodorant to new socks and underwear, granola bars and office supplies. These types of donations enable St. Joseph the Worker to spend more funding from grants and monetary donations on direct client services. People can also contribute financially through the secure online donation portal at or by designating St. Joseph the Worker for Arizona’s Working Poor Tax Credit. To learn more about these opportunities and how you can become involved in healing lives, contact St. Joseph the Worker at 602.417.9854 or visit


An Evening to Paws 2013

Judith Gardner and Katherine Gunter

Pam Fox

Paige Krowski

Laura Johnsen

Vicki Vollmecke

IT’S CARNIVAL TIME Festive Mardi Gras attire and merriment ruled. BOURBON STREET MEETS SCOTTSDALE ROAD The Hilton Scottsdale Resort TOSS ME SOME BEADS PetSmart Charities sponsored the festivities. PURRING WITH DELIGHT Arizona Animal Welfare League

Bob Kroll

Photos courtesy of Bill Dougherty

Anita Fogarty

Jessica Smith




LILLY PULITZER The accidental fashion designer remembered By Bill Dougherty On a sweltering evening in November 1992 I landed in Palm Beach after a daylong ordeal of airport closures and freak thunderstorms. In early 1992 I read in W Magazine that a company out of King of Prussia, Penn., Sugartown Worldwide, was about to resurrect the Lilly Pulitzer line. I decided that since the store had been so successful at Biltmore Fashion Park during the late 1960s and well into the 1980s it would be an ideal fit for our store. At the time I was the manager and buyer for Arrival at Town & Country mall. Sugartown could not have been more helpful; they set up a meeting with Lilly Pulitzer at her home. The line was just about to debut at the ultraswank Mary Mahoney boutique on Worth Avenue in Palm Beach. The rest of the trip was magical! Lilly, her impressive Spanish Colonial home, her fabrics and the trunk show at Mary Mahoney were all amazing. We were sold! Lilly Pulitzer was the daughter of social royalty. She was an heiress and mother of three and a wife of two successful gentlemen, Peter Pulitzer and Enrique Rousseau. In the early 1960s she would become the most famous American designer, much by accident. Peter Pulitzer, Lilly’s first husband, owned several successful fruit orchards in the surrounding areas of Palm Beach County. So in 1959 Lilly decided to open a juice store to quench the thirst of upscale shoppers along Palm Beach’s prestigious Worth Avenue. The juice store proved an instant hit, but Lilly found herself covered in spills from the various juices she served. She needed a quick fix. She went to a local fabric store and selected some bright and happy fabrics that would camouflage the juice stains. She designed a simple shift with the fabric. Her shifts would



A room by Lilly

Lilly Pulitzer in her Worth Avenue boutique, Palm Beach, Fla.

also be an instant hit. So Lilly, ever the entrepreneur, decided to sell the brightly colored dresses in her juice store. Soon she was selling more shifts than juice. In late 1959 she founded Lilly Pulitzer Inc. and the rest is history!

Prior to Lilly Pulitzer, ladies of Palm Beach and surrounding counties wore twin sets and shantung silk pants. Their look was plain, colorless and not very cool. But when Lilly arrived on the scene her shifts were not only embraced by the youth of affluent

circles but also their mothers. The reaction to the creations was simply amazing. In 1962 Jackie Kennedy, a classmate of Lilly’s from Miss Porters’ School, was photographed in Life magazine wearing one of the shifts, and as Lilly once said, “When that happened they took off like Zingo.”

Lilly Pulitzer through the years

Life magazine would go one to showcase the line in 1963, and 75 Lilly Pulitzer boutiques would cross the country. It represented one of the early youth quake lines in America with a simple, unconstructed design, a touch of flare and a burst of vibrant color. Lilly Pulitzer became the first designer to capture the preppy chic crowd. She would also go on to design a hugely successful men’s line. Frank Sinatra, Paul Newman and even Steve McQueen would all be photographed wearing Lilly jeans and pants. A children’s line and home collection would follow. They would also be a smashing success! By 1984 Lilly Pulitzer had grown tired of the daily grind. She wanted to retire and spend more time with her husband, Enrique Rousseau. Fashion was returning to a colorless and safe norm after the swinging 1960s and ‘70s. In 1984 Lilly closed all her signature stores and shut down the line. The entire social world and country club set was devastated. In 1992 James Bradbeer and Scott Beaumont formed Sugartown Worldwide approached Lilly Pulitzer about resurrecting the line. The face that launched a thousand Lillys, the Kennedys in 1962

She agreed to be involved as a design consultant but not on a daily basis. The line was successfully relaunched and a new generation embraced all things Lilly. In 1997 Paradise Valley export Holly Dunlap joined the team and became head designer for the line. She left several years later and started her successful and Lilly-inspired Hollywould in New York. Today Lilly Pulitzer is a mainstay in the world of high fashion. The line constantly revisits a rich tradition of men’s, women’s, children’s and accessories lines as well as a wildly successful home furnishings collection. In 2010 Sugartown Worldwide sold the company to Oxford Industries, where it continues to flourish. As we observe the recent Passing of Lilly Pulitzer this spring, it’s nice to stop and look at the tremendous success of the famed and accidental designer. Like Marie Gray of St. John Knits, Lilly became famous for dresses she designed for herself. I remember that evening at her home in Palm Beach in 1993. I was under the impression we would talk business. Instead we sipped cocktails by the pool. Lilly passed homemade hors d’oeuvres and we talked about Palm Beach society. She was an amazing lady! I’m glad I had the opportunity to meet her. I’m sure her collections will live on for a very long time.




O’Connor House Supreme Evening

Anne Bales and Bill Lykins

Chris and George Brochick with Lois Savage

Hon. Sandra Day O’Connor

DANCE, DANCE, DANCE Guests moved to the sounds of the Jacqueline Foster Orchestra. AND THE PROCEEDS GO TO … Civil talk leading to civic action BELLE OF THE BALL Chair Nancy Harris Heltne in bronze A MORE-THAN-IMPRESSIVE EVENING The Phoenician Resort was resplendent. Karen Williams

Marilyn and Dan Quayle



Sallie Brophy and Carolyn Warner with Christi Warner Beyer

Mary Ellen and Bob McKee

Photos courtesy of Bill Dougherty

Jeanne and Gary Herberger

Marguerite Brown and Sarah Suggs with Robin Milne

Jerry and Andrea Lewkowitz

Stevie Eller and Gay Wray

Gabrielle Brown

Sharon and Mike Lechter

Len and Debbie Gaby

Steve Methvin and Brett Allison with Tanner Flynn

Photos courtesy of Bill Dougherty




TOVREA CASTLE The wedding cake on the hill rises again By Jillian Littleton Valley residents have passed by Tovrea Castle near Van Buren and 48th Street in Phoenix for years but have never really understood what is there, how it got there, why it was built or who bothered to build it. Well, that should change because this historic landmark deserves to be recognized.

the castle full-time until 1936 when the widow married a Prescott newspaper publisher and started spending summers up north. She lived in the castle part-time during winters until she died in 1969 and the Tovrea family trust took over the property.

The “castle” was completed in 1931 by Alessio and Leo Carraro. Alessio was an Italian immigrant who sold a sheet metal business in San Francisco and moved to Arizona. He pictured a beautiful building surrounded by desert landscaping and hoped to turn the property into a sort of private resort. That vision didn’t last long. It was around then that his neighbors started building cattle pens to supply a meatpacking plant owned by the Tovrea family. Carrerro, no doubt thinking about the odor of his new next-door neighbors, sold the castle to Della Tovrea in 1931. Della lived in

The castle and surrounding 44 acres were bought by the City of Phoenix in 1993. Four years ago, the city was planning to open the site to the public so everyone could have a closer look at “the wedding cake on the hill.” The cost of the operation delayed the opening to February 2012, Arizona’s Centennial. Thanks to a partnership with the non-profit Tovrea Carraro Society, history buffs can now tour the property. The wood and stucco wedding cake structure reflects the Italian heritage of the building’s original owner. Over 5,000 cacti cover the grounds of the park and are managed by volunteers from the Tovrea Carraro Society. This prominent landmark can be seen from miles away and fully represents the unique nature of Phoenix and its residents.

The next time you are in the area, visit Tovrea Castle. Tours start at 7:30 a.m. and 10:30 a.m. on Fridays and Saturdays in May. In June and July, tours begin at 7:30 a.m. on Fridays and Saturdays. Tickets for adults are $15, children $10. Don’t miss the opportunity to experience one of Phoenix’s most notable and beautiful landmarks. And let’s hear it for the City of Phoenix for preserving this piece of our past. For more information call 602.262.6412 or visit and type in “Tovrea Castle” in the search engine.




The Leader of the Band Choosing the right bandleader for your event By Gene Press

So you think that choosing the right music for your event is as simple as sampling a music file or viewing a band at someone else’s event? Not everyone knows what goes into making the right choice for music. There are many elements that come into play (no pun intended), so here are just a few questions: • What kind of event are you planning? • Does the band’s musical concept and instrumentation meet your musical requirements? • Last, but not least, have you given any thought as to the bandleader’s level of expertise? How about for this issue of Trends, we focus on that last question first?

guests what they should dance to. Rather, the dance floor should dictate what the bandleader calls throughout the evening. Have you ever noticed when there’s no flow to the party and the dance floor is empty? More times than not, the problem lies within the bandleader’s ability to call the right music at the right time. A bandleader with blinders on calls what he knows, whereas, an accomplished bandleader approaches the party with eyes wide open. If the party is what I call shifting gears, going from first to second to third gear, the bandleader needs to musically feed the right songs and styles. If your guests need oxygen from dancing in fourth or fifth gear, he or she needs to know what to perform, such as a standard or contemporary ballad or love song. That’s what is called in the industry as pacing the party!

Always remember when making your decision, no matter how talented the musicians and vocalists are within the band (and you certainly want them to be), the music can only be as successful as your bandleader’s expertise. There’s more to come in the following issues, but I thought this was a good place to start. Should you have any thought-provoking questions, I’d love to hear from you, and if selected, we’ll publish the Q & A in upcoming issues of Trends. Never forget that when choosing music for your event, it’s much more than simply music to your ears! To contact Gene Press, call 888.329.0950 or e-mail

As a professional musician, but more importantly, a “professional bandleader” (for more years than I’d like to admit), I’d like to help you make that important decision. Remember – music can make or break your event! Not every bandleader has that level of expertise to read the dance floor and cater to the musical needs of you and your guests. That’s probably the single most important factor in musically creating a ­successful event. Many bands in the industry have their own set list of songs that they perform day in and day out. Rather than the bandleader going with the flow of the party, he or she will call the songs that the band does best. An important point to remember is that the band shouldn’t be dictating to your




David Jonason In this painter, cubism meets the Southwest in all its brilliant color. “The American Southwest has the biggest skies, the ‘reddest’ rocks, the most dramatic spires and buttes,” says David Jonason. “Of all landscapes, I love the desert the most. It represents to me the grandeur of nature, a sense of peace and serenity.” Jonason opened a show of his dramatic cubist landscape paintings in March at Marshall-LeKae Gallery in Scottsdale. Jonason is an L.A. native who remembers driving through Arizona as a child and being entranced by the shape and color of the canyons and the red rocks. Asked why he uses a cubist approach to painting landscapes, Jonason says it’s because the subject matter was made for the painting style. “The stark angular qualities of the Vermillion Cliffs, Grand Canyon, and Canyon de Chelly easily lend themselves to cubist interpretations,” he explains. “The exposed horizontal layers of sedimentary rock that dominate the landscapes of Arizona are always exciting to paint and remain one of my favorite subjects. These multi-colored bands of sandstone were deposited over the course of 2 billion years and shaped by erosion.”



Before becoming a fine artist, Jonason worked as a commercial artist for print and

TV projects. From the start he was attracted to the painters of the Taos School, names

like Andrew Dasburg, Ernest Blumenschein, Nicolai Fechin, Harold “Buck” Weaver and others. Although the show at MarshallLeKae is called “The Majesty of Arizona,” he recently started working on smaller canvas “miniatures,” paintings sized at 9” by 12”. Working on a small painting helps him stay focused on what is most important to the image. He said, “You can only put so much information in such a tiny space.” His work is selling well, according to the Scottsdale gallery, and his prices are still reasonable. You might want to take a look at this painter before the cost for one of his canvases goes as high as peaks of northern Arizona. Marshall-LeKae Gallery of Fine Art is located at 7106 E. Main St. in Scottsdale. 480.970.3111.




And then came Sue By Bill Dougherty

Sue Mengers will always be remembered

entire episode around the

as the pint-sized super-agent who took

famed Broadway actress.

Hollywood by storm and hostage, too, in the

She also secured projects

late 1960s and ‘70s. Although she passed

for Anthony Perkins, who

away at 79 in late 2011, her spirit and chutz-

had not worked in the U.S.

pah will long be remembered. Next month

since he was type-cast after

her long-time friend Bette Midler returns to

“Psycho” in 1960.

Broadway to play her in a one-women show called “I’ll Eat You Last” by John Logan.

In the early 1970s Sue was hired by Creative Management Association, a boutique agency

Ryan O’Neal, Dyan Cannon, Candice

owned by Freddie Fields. The agency

Bergen, Ali MacGraw, Steve McQueen,

represented the most powerful names in

Brian De Palma, and Faye Dunaway, and

Hollywood. In late 1974 Mr. Fields sold

on and on.

the agency to Marvin Josephson and

When Sue Mengers entered the world of show biz in 1955 she was a lowly receptionist at MCA, the agency that represented some of the most powerful stars on the planet. She quickly moved to the William Morris Agency, recognizing an emerging television force. She so impressed its executives that she was made a talent agent by Tom Korman, who took her along with him when he departed in 1963 and formed his own agency. Sue scored big on one of her first outings in television. She was so persuasive with her then-client Julie Harris that she was able to convince the writers of “Bonanza” to do an



International Creative Management was

By this time Sue was famous for largely con-

formed. Sue Mengers would by this time

ducting business from the bed of her chic

represent the biggest names in Hollywood,

Hollywood Regency mansion in Beverly Hills.

including Robert Redford, Paul Newman,

She married Belgian writer-director Jean-

Joan Collins, Barbra Streisand, Gene

Claude Tramont and the two became one

Hackman, Gore Vidal, Cher, Burt Reynolds,

of the most powerful couples in Hollywood.

long friendship between the two was never repaired. The loss of Ms. Streisand proved a devastating blow to the once-mighty agent and her appeal began to fade. Sue retired from ICM in 1986 to spend more time with her husband, who died of cancer in 1996. She briefly returned to the William Morris Agency but preferred to host salons in her much-photographed and impeccably decorated home. Her final years were spent in almost Norma Desmond-like “Sunset Boulevard” seclusion. She passed her time in bed chain-

Bette Midler as Sue Mengers

smoking and eating chocolate and tuna

Her wisecracking and biting wit made her

in the same breath. In 1973 Dyan Cannon

the toast of the town, this combined with

portrayed her in the film “The Last of Shelia”

her trademark blunt-cut blonde Sassoon

as a bitchy, overweight, chain-smoking and

bob, oversized granny glasses, multi-colored

charming power agent. Needless to say,

She will always be remembered as a girl

caftans and 3-inch stilettos. All this made her

Ms. Mengers and Ms. Cannon would not

who broke Hollywood’s glass ceiling and

instantly recognizable at any A-list party. She

part amicably.

ran roughshod over a cut-throat, male-

out of the can. Her health began to rapidly deteriorate as well.

dominated industry, a ruthless industry that

survived on a diet of cigarettes, champagne, marijuana and chocolate. She didn’t give a

The 1980s proved a game-changer for Sue

would eventually kick her to the curb, too.

damn what anyone thought of her. She was

Mengers. The buttoned up Creative Artist

There will never be another Sue Mengers.

either adored by all of Tinsel Town or hated

Agency swept into town and spit out people

However, she lives on in the bright lights of

like Sue. She also began to lose high-

Broadway through the eyes of Bette Midler,

profile clients, including Barbra Streisand,

who looks so identical to her late friend

who Mengers suggested should pass on

that it is almost haunting. You won’t want

“Yentl.” The film would go on to garner

to miss this.

five Academy Award nominations, but the

Sue Mengers’ beautiful Beverly Hills home




Friends of the Arizona Cancer Center

Craig Berge with Stevie and Carl Eller

Joan Thomas and Nancy Berge

Suzanne Hanson and Jo Fitzpatrick

IT MIGHT AS WELL BE SPRING Montelucia provided a beautiful venue. PUTTING IT ALL TOGETHER Chairs Suzanne Hanson and Jo Fitzpatrick DAPPER DAN Justin Fitzpatrick COUPLE NUMBER ONE J.J. and Paul Komadina Justin Fitzpatrick

Paul and J.J. Komadina



Marilyn Black and Michelle Targun with Judy Sommer Halter

Ellen and Dave Grounds

Shirley Polk

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Julie Seidel and Beth Komadina

Lauren Brogger and Chad Ragland

Robbie Schamp and Donna Egan with Terry Paz

Lori Moore

Mickey Rufenacht

Kirin Christianson and Kelly Withers

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Karen Rogers

Sandy Wood and Mary Kolbe

Michelle Walker and Alex Boyle




By Bill Macomber

20 LOUNGE BOUTIQUE NAIL BAR 20 Lounge Boutique Nail Bar feels it has found an affordable price point that allows Valley consumers to splurge on a service that is often considered a luxury. The boutique strives to create a hip neighborhood beauty bar atmosphere with a luxurious twist at an affordable price. Customers can access nail services, professional waxing and facial treatments. 20 Lounge also offers a fashion-forward retail boutique modeled after the retailer Fred Segal as well as a Bubbly Bar that offers customers a glass of champagne, beer or wine during treatments. The nail bar has a simple service menu: a $20 manicure, a $30 pedicure and a $40 facial every day. Customers can also join Club 20, a monthly membership program that offers deeper discounts to regular visitors. Along with discounted services, Club 20 members receive a bottle of Butter London nail polish on their birthday, 20 percent off retail on the 20th day of the month and 10 percent off retail every day. It’s a marketing model that seems to be working. There’s one 20 Lounge at Seville Plaza, and toward the end of May another is due to open near Greenway Parkway and Scottsdale Road. The current location is at 7001 N. Scottsdale Road, Suite 166. For information about the new location visit 480.699.8900.

LUXURY RESORT, HIGH, HIGH UP Welcome to a luxury resort high in the Bitterroot Mountain Range of the Montana Rockies. A member of the prestigious Relais & Châteaux, Triple Creek Ranch offers rustic elegance in a mountain retreat featuring private log cabins and a comfortable lodge. Here, adult travelers enjoy a romantic setting with incomparable scenery, wildlife, outdoor activities year-round and a collection of Western-inspired art. Relax in world-class accommodations, dine on the freshest contemporary cuisine and sample the world’s finest wines while caring staff pampers you. Here’s what Zagat travel guide says: “Everyone should be lucky enough to go at least once” to this “romantic resort that delivers way beyond expectations.” This gorgeous spot is 78 miles south of Missoula. By the way, the Bitterroot Mountains, if you’ve never seen them, will make you pinch yourself for a reality check. Take a look online at

ROBERT BLACK: MOD FASHION Mod Fashion hit the streets of London in the 1960s with colorful or abstract prints, innovative designs and daring hemlines. The trend included space-age designs by Courreges, Cardin and Rabanne. The 1965 Mondrian dress by YSL featured in French Vogue caused a stir, as did the paper Souper dress inspired by Andy Warhol. To be Mod you wore colored tights, metallic go-go boots and Peter Pan collars. If you are looking for a museum-quality dress or simply daywear, visit Scottsdale’s Fashion By Robert Black boutique for the finest in vintage clothing and accessories. Fashion By Robert Black is located in Old Town Scottsdale at 7144 E. First Ave. Call 480.664.7770 or visit




Florence Crittenton

Sue Glawe and Maria Harper-Marinick

Kathy Munson and Kathleen Taddie

Mo and Cathy Stein

PERFECT PITCH Dr. Kellie Warren, the new head of Florence Crittenton A SECOND CHANCE Florence Crittenton offers and hand up to girls in need. DRESSED TO PERFECTION Mo and Cathy Stein Kellie Warren

Oonagh Boppart and Craig Thatcher with Susan Bansak

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Len and Debbie Gaby with Joelle Hadley




Celebrity Fight Night 2013

Jimmy and Nancy Walker

Andrea Bocelli and Jennifer Lopez

Brittany Dawn Brannon

BOXING RING Celebrity Fight Night Foundation and the Muhammad Ali Parkinson Center CHAMPIONS FOR THE CAUSE Jimmy Walker and Sean Currie SHOWSTOPPERS Jennifer Lopez and Andrea Bocelli wowed the crowd. SHIMMERING IN SAPPHIRE Brittany Dawn Brannon in blue sequins to the floor

Foster and Lynn Friess



Muhammad and Lonnie Ali with Walter Scott and Dennis Washington

Milena and Peter Arceo

Mary Dewane and Joe Anderson

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Doug and Melissa Bailey

Tom and Cindy Englert

Tara and Mark Cavanaugh

Randall and Brooke Porter

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Steve Martin

Wendi and Maury Tanner

Nancy and Robert Spetzler with Nancy Hanley

Tyler Butler

Yolanda and David Foster




Celebrity Fight Night 2013

Reba McEntire and Billy Ray Cyrus

Adi Wilmink and Helen Yeung

Brady Castro and Stephanie Holton

Haley Reinhart and Billy Crystal

Althea and Simon Beltran

Renee and Bob Parsons with Tara Hitchcock



Sean and Elizabeth Currie

Melissa Kenly and Armity Simon

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Night Circus at Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art Once in a blue moon Night Circus comes to SMoCA. Night Circus is the museum fundraiser that will be held on May 11. Video art, installations, performers, musicians, food, drink and the most interesting people in the Valley will enliven this evening of festivities, according to event organizers. Spread throughout the museum, the event will include contortionists, flying acrobats and cats playing Schoenberg – unusual even for a contemporary art museum. Night Circus is being planned to envelop, immerse and engage guests in a full experience of the senses inside the museum. The event will not be of the passive variety where an attendee sits at a table or in a large theater auditorium seat. Plans call for light shows, projection mapping, textural black lighting and fiber optics, and world-class performers within arm’s reach. Full, lush immersive installed “environments” will be created in SMoCA’s gallery chambers. The event will harness the talent and skill of over 200 artists, all Arizona-based. There will be lounge areas and places to sit, but food will be passed or in food station areas so that guests will be encouraged to mingle and peruse all the spectacles and entertainment environments available at the event. The money generated will exclusively support the work of the museum. Educational activities, such as the Visions program, which offers teenagers throughout the Valley the opportunity to learn from the best of Arizona artists, and Art Start, a program for the very young, are two of the programs that will be supported through the money raised by Night Circus. The event was virtually sold out at last report. A few tickets might be available. Visit the box office to find out, or for more information visit or call 480.874.4666. The museum is located near downtown of Old Town Scottsdale.




5 questions for ... Ken Downing Ken Downing was just in town for the Trends Charitable Fund luncheon. We asked this fashion director for Neiman Marcus about what’s fashionable right now. What’s new this spring? The biggest trend for the spring 2013 season is color. Blues in every shade are the news! Orange becomes spring’s new neutral. Every women needs an orange handbag and an orange shoe, it goes with everything. Fall 2013 news is all about Rocker Chic. With the announcement of the Metropolitan Museum of Arts Costume Exhibit and Ball having a Punk theme, London’s Victoria and Albert Museum mounting a David Bowie exhibit delving into his gender bending Glam Rock years and New York’s New Museum’s 1993 exhibit exploring the ‘90s and Grunge, designers have been inspired by many music references. The Biker Jacket becomes a pivotal piece for the season. Any footwear news? The Single Sole Pointed Toe Pump and Bootie are the major footwear message for fall. The platform continues, less exaggerated than seasons past. The platform shoe has become part of our footwear vocabulary. Fashion has given women an extra couple of inches of height and many don’t want to give it back. Where are inspirations coming from today? Fashion continues to be inspired by the streets, the arts, the social expression of society today. Designers each look to the heritage of the house and their personal ideas of dressing women to define their collections. Any collections getting your attention? Spring collections that I am crazy about include Proenza Schouler, Victoria Beckham, Peter Pilotto, Dries Van Noten, Yves Saint Laurent, Alexander McQueen and Dior. Fall collections I am obsessed with include Proenza Schouler, Christopher Kane, Prada, Chanel, Dior, and Givenchy. Who’s in style right now? Style icons of the moment that have my attention are models Karlie Kloss and Iris Apfel.



Celebrity Luncheon 2013

...Thanks You

PATRONS Presenting Sponsor: Neiman Marcus Chic ($5,000 and above) Jane Evans, Ken Kendricks, Ann Siner, Ellie Ziegler

Stylish ($2,500 and above) Shelley and Dayton Adams, Moll Anderson, Citi Private Bank, Stevie and Karl Eller, Billie Jo and Judd Herberger, Carole and Arte Moreno, Linda Pope, National Bank of Arizona, Joyce Santis, Joette Schmidt

Tasteful ($1,750 and above) Marilyn Alexander, Sandy Hecomovich, Colleen Jennings-Roggensack, Diana Lents

Gorgeous ($1,000 and above) Rebecca Ailes-Fine, Jill Alanko, Shannon Barthelemy, Rebecca Bowman Nassikas, Carol Clemmensen, Susan Doria, Jacquie Dorrance, Claudia Fanning, Sue Fletcher, Laurie Florkiewicz, Nita Francis, Jazelle Ghiz, Carrie Hall, Dyan Haugen, Jeanne & Gary Herberger, Judy Hewson, Brenda Howard, Char Hubble, Arlene Inch, Donna Johnson, Shelley Kuhle, Lori Larcher, Ruth Lavinia, Sally Lehmann, Sharron Lewis, Suzan Makaus, Martha Martin, Diane Might, Kathy Munson, Sallie Brophy Najafi, Priscilla Nicholas, Doris Ong, Pat Petznick, Helene Presutti, Julie Prusak, Gerda Ray, Jinger Richardson, Carolyn Ross, Diane Ryan Hollinger, Lisa Shapiro, Nancy Spetzler, Sandy Trznadel, Vicki Vaughn, Melani Walton, Eileen Yeung

The Celebrity Luncheon Committee expresses their gratitude to those contributing after print deadlines.

Special Acknowledgements American Valet, Trisha Anthony, The Arizona Biltmore, Bellarri, Clyde Betts, ADV Productions, Tim Braun, Neiman Marcus, Barbara Caldwell-Taylor, The Capital Grille, Conn Valley Vineyards, Deseo at Westin Kierland, Dr. Dan Shapiro, Bill Dougherty, Trends Publishing, The Dry Bar, Roseann Dunteman and Greg Hague, E.D. Marshall Jewelers, El Charro Lodge, Fashion by Robert Black, Frog’s Leap Winery, Gary M. Shapiro, O.D./Optical Expressions, Carrie Hall, Sandy and Mike Hecomovich, Hillstone, Image Industry, Images by Michael Photography, Inn Suites Hospitality Trust, Jason Kaplan, Driver Provider, Jinger Richardson, Donna Johnson, Julia Baker Confections, Cathy Kent, Anna Leonard, A Rosebrush, Main Dish, Marc Reid Salon, Tom Meaker, CL Printing, MGM Grand, Montage Resort Laguna Beach, Montelucia, Kathy Munson, Stacey Murtaugh, Arizona Biltmore, Neiman Marcus, Nina McLemore, Inc., Lisa Pagel, Neiman Marcus, Phoenix Suns & Phoenix Suns Charities, Robyn Lee and Rich Rector, Vikki Reed Studio, Robert’s Catering, Diane Ryan Hollinger and Fox 10 News, Sanctuary Camelback Mountain Resort & Spa, Saks Fifth Avenue, Schnepf Farms, Robin Sewell, Ellie Shapiro, Stephanie Sweet, Tarbell’s Restaurant, Triple Creek Ranch, Vicki Vaughn, Verde Canyon Railroad, LLC, Vincent’s on Camelback, Westin New York, Ellie Ziegler


Trends Charitable Fund Celebrity Luncheon

Jennifer Collins

Ruth Ritz and Jill Krigsten with Naomi Gauthier

Carole Moreno and Lynne Love

Bob Smith and Deanna Clarkson with Mike Hecomovich

Sandy Hecomovitch and Julie Prusak

COMMUNITY ACTIVIST Neiman Marcus, because they support this Valley SPEAKING OF FASHION Ken Downing of Neiman Marcus LOVE THAT YELLOW Lynne Love in perfect luncheon attire A PAT ON THE BACK Chair Sandy Hecomovich

Karen Pratte and Pam Overton Risoleo



Robin Milne and Sue Fletcher

Bellarri Adelman and Barbara MacLean

Photos courtesy of Bill Dougherty

Debbie Gaby and Lin Sue Cooney

Melissa Turner and Carrie Hall

Kimberly Jacobsen and Nan Howlett

Beth McDonald

Robyn DeBell and Cindy Watts

Photos courtesy of Bill Dougherty

Jamie Herzlinger and Coral Sanchez

Libby Cohen and Bill Lykins with Patsy Lowry

Tim Braun and Margaret Merritt with Lisa Pagel and Ken Downing

Sarah Suggs and Priscilla Nicholas




Compassion with Fashion 15th Anniversary

Liz Flint and Jennifer Robertson

Ann Siner

Kim Carkhuff with Kiffie Robbins

FOUNDERS HONORED Beth McRae, Betty McRae and Stephanie McRae-Campbell TWO PAWS UP Fantastic chairs Kim Carkhuff and Kiffie Robbins PERFECT LUNCHEON ATTIRE Liz Flint and Jennifer Robertson, striking the perfect note STANDING ROOM ONLY A great afternoon with fashions by My Sister’s Closet/Ann Siner

Stephanie McRae Campbell with Betty and Beth McRae



B.J. Cole and Robbyn Salganick

Craig Pearson

Brenda and Larry Campbell

James and Mandy Holmes

Photos courtesy of Bill Dougherty


Florence Crittenton’s Teaming up for Girls The Teaming Up for Girls luncheon benefitting the programs at Florence Crittenton was held on March 14 at the Arizona Biltmore. The keynote speaker was Laura Ling, journalist, author and former North Korean prisoner. Jason Schechterle received this year’s Hope Award, and the Visionary Award was presented to Linda Volhein for 25 dedicated years of service to Florence Crittenton. The honorary co-chairmen were Valley philanthropists Debbie and Len Gaby. We interviewed Dr. Kellie Warren, the CEO of Florence Crittenton, about this great organization. Florence Crittenton is one of the oldest nonprofit service organizations in the greater Phoenix area. Can you share a little about the history? Founded in 1896, Florence Crittenton began as a home for unwed mothers. Today, we offer a full continuum of program services to meet the ever-changing needs of girls. The Florence Crittenton mission is to give every girl whose life we touch safety, hope and opportunity. As the new CEO of Florence Crittenton, what goals have you established for yourself during your first year? In collaboration with the agency’s board of directors it is my desire to implement

a three- to five-year strategic plan that would advance the agency’s ability to be responsive to the continuing needs of girls. The luncheon made a name change this year. What was behind the change?As part of our vision, Florence Crittenton is growing to service all girls in need. The agency has a rich history of supporting, empowering and celebrating the uniqueness of girls, which made it very fitting to include girls in the title name of this year’s luncheon. Can you tell us something about Florence Crittenton that our readers may not know about the organization? People are most familiar with the agency’s treatment services. However, the Girls Leadership Academy, located on our campus, is the first public all-girl high school in the state. Girls Leadership Academy empowers young women to succeed as leaders in their classrooms, communities and in their lives. Additionally, Flo’s on 7th is our resale store with all proceeds going to support the agency programs. We gladly accept gently-used clothing and furniture on a daily basis. What are your guilty pleasures when you have some time away from your job? I love to roller skate, dance, read, shop, write and direct musicals for my church. For information please contact Florence Crittenton at 602.288.4515 or e-mail




Rokerij hits the spot By Laurie Florence On a recent Saturday night we ventured over to Richardson’s/Rokerij (the J is silent). Rokerij in Dutch means “smokehouse.” We frequent the place quite often, and as I mentioned in my last column, we are fortunate to live in the area. We often go downstairs to the hidden but very intimate underground cellar for cocktails in an atmosphere that is cozy, dark and dimly lit with candles and leather chairs in front of a nice fireplace. You can eat at one of the curved booths or at the bar. It is truly a hidden gem. On this occasion, however, we decided to eat upstairs in the restaurant. Upon arrival we were told the wait would be up to two hours! You can only make a reservation if you have four or more in your party. Since it was just the two of us, we were lucky to find a seat at the bar, which I must say was great because you are seated in front of the chefs and can see all their culinary skills as they prepare everything at the grill over pecan wood. It never seems to fail, every time we dine at the bar we meet people who are not from the area. In this case, the people next to us were from San Francisco and were here for a spring training game. They were staying in Scottsdale and someone told them to go to the Rokerij. They were very impressed. And we all know what great dining options are available in San Fran. We split the Caesar salad, which was very good. They have several salads to choose from including the house salad, and even a calamari salad. For our entrée I had lamb chops – two huge pieces of lamb split down the center served with a vegetable. I chose the Brussels sprouts and their world-famous GCP, which stands for green chili potato, which is like a twice-baked potato inside a green chili and then grilled. That comes with every entrée. Although the lamb was very good, it was the other dish that stole the show. It was a grilled veal chop served with mushroom sauce, grilled asparagus and the GCP. It was every bit as tender and juicy as any veal chop I have ever had. Another of my other favorite dishes is the Pasta Heidi, a green chili linguini pasta served with a chipotle cream sauce. They also offer a roasted garlic plate that is very popular, although maybe not if you are on a first date! In addition to scallops, shrimp and tenderloin skewers, a chili relleno platter, and a 16-ounce N.Y. steak served with jalapeno hollandaise sauce, they have chalkboard specials that are not on the regular menu. Happy hour is 2:30 to 5:30 p.m. during the week with great deals on appetizers and drinks, although you must sit at the bar. My only complaint is that happy hour should go to at least 6:30! They also have a reverse happy hour from 10 p.m. to close with all wines $5 a glass and great deals on appetizers. Again, at the bar only. They serve a weekend brunch with many items to choose from such as huevos rancheros, eggs Benedict with filet mignon and jalapeno hollandaise sauce. We had crème brulee for dessert, and it was perfectly caramelized and served with berries on top. After our meal we went downstairs to have a cocktail in our favorite spot, the bar, to cap off a perfect dinner. Rokerij is located at 6335 N. 16th St., Phoenix. 602.287.8900.



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Tom and Faye Tait

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Bill and Michele Thorpe

Leslie Berry and Deb Gullett

Patsy and Mike Tiffany

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Jennifer and Michael Rothstein

Bonsal and Alexis Glascock

Lauren Nickle and Donna Lane with Betsy Roudi

Lisa and Dan Shapiro

Julie Rauch and Steve Schnall

Ali Hudak and Jolene Walker




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‘Funny Side Up’ by Rita Davenport By Bill Dougherty

For decades Rita Davenport has been a beautiful and witty fixture in

only they have the ability to change

the Valley of the Sun. When we first met her she was the ever-gracious

and improve their own destiny. She

Southern talk show host who managed to snag just about every big

clearly paints a vivid picture of life

wig and celebrity who passed through Phoenix. Many described her

from the bottom to the top and the

as a white, skinny Southern Oprah Winfrey long before the much-

desire to constantly improve.

adored Oprah took her show globally. But there’s far more to this lovely Tennessee export than a talk show host, gifted public speaker

After reviewing most self-help books, I’m often tempted to drive to

and former president of an international company.

the author’s home and hurl the book through their window. This, however, is a masterful exception. Rather than tell readers what they need

In her latest release, “Funny Side Up,” Ms. Davenport describes her

to do to become a success, Ms. Davenport takes a bull-by-the-horns

humble beginnings in Flat Rock, Tenn., through several life-changing

approach combined with a strong belief in God. It’s a breath of fresh

careers to become a woman of the world. And all this was done with

air. Everyone should take time to read this inspiring book. It will leave

an amazing positive outlook on life and a dream to always chase

you full of life, wanting fresh flowers, using fine china for everyday use

rainbows and look for the silver lining. With the belief that disappoint-

and knowing that you can do anything!

ment and failure are just the feedback that gives us the opportunity to change, Ms. Davenport wastes no time in letting readers know that




Michael and Cheryl Pollack

Childhelp Wings

Renee Roebuck and Celeste Hopkins

Glen and Tran Appel with Bari and Stewart Clapick

KEEPERS OF THE FLAME Founders Sara O’Meara and Yvonne Fedderson A WORTHY CAUSE Childhelp provides hope for children ALWAYS SUPPORTIVE Michael and Cheryl Pollack Yvonne Fedderson and Carol Hebets with Sara O’Meara

Jinger Richardson and Lisa James

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You Might Want to Think About … ... Ideas to make the most out of life …


Looking for one person at the grocery store to hold the door for.

Buying a kite. Then finding someone you like spending time with to fly it.

Leaving your cell phone

in the car the next time you and your significant other are out to dinner.




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Taking your grandchildren to a museum instead of playing Wii at home.

Spending a morning at

the dog park without your dog (or just go, even if you don’t own a dog). Enjoy the dogs and enjoy the fact you don’t have to clean up after one.


Asking your kids to come

up with one “this day in history” fact to present at the dinner table tomorrow night.





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A perfect day for Freckles, a dachshund and poodle mix, would begin with a morning stroll through the park before dashing around in a spacious backyard. When he isn’t playing with other dogs or accompanying his owner on outings, his favorite pastimes include rolling in the grass and chasing after airborne squeaky toys. When it is time to settle in, Freckles will sprawl out on a dog bed and occupy himself with Kong toys and chew bones. He is sure to make you smile and win your love with his sweet and charming personality. Freckles and Bogey are available now at the Campus for Compassion located at 1521 W. Dobbins Road in Phoenix. Their adoption fee includes their neuter surgery and vaccines. For more information call 602.997.7585, Ext. 1045 and ask for animal ID numbers A432480 (Bogey) and A432506 (Freckles).




Sponsored by Main Dish, 480.751.2393 THE COUPLE Hailey Kathleen Harris of Cave Creek David Merrill Neher Jr. of Baton Rouge, LA MEET THE PARENTS Marilyn Williams Harris of Cave Creek Jerry Lee Harris of Scottsdale Carolyn Neher of Baton Rouge, LA, and the Late David Merrill Neher Sr. NUPTIALS Trinity Greek Orthodox Christ Church of the Ascension, Paradise Valley THE RECEPTION Paradise Valley Country Club THE RING Custom design by David Levy Diamonds, New York THE FLOWERS White House Design Studio THE BRIDAL GOWN Custom made by local designer Judy Fernando of J. Grandeu THE PHOTOGRAPHER Jennifer Bowen THE HONEYMOON Bora Bora SOMETHING DIFFERENT % The bride wore her grandmother’s diamond feather brooch in her hair.

% The groom’s cake was a replica of a boat that his father had owned in Baton Rouge.

% It was a bye week for Louisiana State University so that Baton Rouge/New Orleans friends and relatives would attend.

% Cocktails included a raw oyster bar on the lawn. % The flower girls (nieces of the groom) and ring bearer (godson of the bride) wore custom-made Hadleigh’s slippers from Italy.