June 2015 Around Town

Local Reproductive Endocrinologist Utilizing New Form of Genetic Screening

A new form of genetic screening that allows would-be parents to detect birth defects and high-risk pregnancies has made it possible for in virto fertilization doctors to identify these complications before a woman even become pregnant. Pre-Implantation Genetic Screening is a new, highly-advanced form of testing that made it possible for doctors to screen for conditions such as Down syndrome, significantly reduce the risk of miscarriage in women with recurrent pregnancy failure, and ensures a safer pregnancy for women past the age of 34. Dr. John Couvaras, a Scottsdale-based Board Certified Reproductive Endocrinologist, is leading the way in utilizing Pre-Implantation Genetic Screening (PGS), which is performed along with Assisted Reproductive Techniques to ensure a healthy and safe pregnancy for both mother and baby.

“The ability to perform this highly advanced, highly specialized form of screening is a major advancement in the area of genetic testing,” says Couvaras, Laboratory and Medical director for IVF Phoenix. For more information about IVF Phoenix visit IVFPhoenix.com.

Lawrence Dunham Vineyards Announces Release of Three New Wines

From planting their first vines along Ash Creek in the Chiricahua Mountain foothills in 2008 to putting the finishing touches on their Scottsdale-based wine gallery and tasting room in the fall of 2014, Co-Owners Curt Dunham and Peggy Fiandaca of Lawrence Dunham Vineyards (LDV) have been busy building a highly successful collection of wines to please the palates of even the most sophisticated wine aficionados. Recently, LDV added three new releases to its collection — the 2013 Sky Island Viognier, 2012 Grenache and 2012 Syrah. Each of these new wines has its own unique notes.

“We’re thrilled to be introducing these three wines this spring and hope that wine drinkers will continue to enjoy the varieties we produce,” says Dunham, who is the winemaker at LDV. Lawrence Dunham Vineyards Wine Gallery is available for private event hosting seven days per week. It is located at 6951 E. 1st Street in Scottsdale.

Valley Surgeon Develops New Alternative to the Traditional Facelift

After 20 years of research, a renowned Scottsdale-based plastic surgeon has developed a new alternative to the face-lift tailored specifically to each where each individual falls on the aging spectrum. The GENXLIFT™ is a revolutionary new procedure developed by Dr. Daniel Shapiro that addresses the continuum of aging that begins in the 30s and continues through the 50s and the first minimally-invasive procedure of its kind that offers rapid-healing and a less invasive alternative for patients not ready for a “full facelift” or want shorter downtime. This procedure does not need to be performed in the operating room and can be done as an in office procedure with local anesthesia and oral sedation, making the GENXLIFT an ideal alternative to the traditional facelift for Generation X, or people whose birth date fall between 1961 and 1981.

“Until now there hasn’t really been a procedure that specifically addresses just the intermittent signs of aging that are different for each person depending on their age, their genetics and other factors,” Shapiro says. For more information about Dr. Daniel Shapiro and the GENXLIFT visit ShapiroPlasticSurgery.com or call 480.451.1700.

Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central Arizona Honors Quarles & Brady with President’s Award

The national law firm of Quarles & Brady LLP today announced that its Phoenix office was selected to receive the 2015 “President’s Award” from Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central Arizona (BBBSAZ), a honor given to longstanding corporate, foundation, or individual donors who have helped advance the organization’s mission. Quarles & Brady was honored during the BBBSAZ 60th anniversary gala, which recently took place at the JW Marriott Camelback Inn Resort in Scottsdale. Long-time BBBSAZ board member and Quarles & Brady partner Roger Morris, a North Scottsdale resident, accepted the honor on behalf of the firm, along with fellow partner Jacque Westling, who joined the board in 2014.

DAD Box available at Sprinkles Cupcakes June 19-21

Just in time for Father’s Day, Sprinkles Cupcakes is featuring their tasty DAD box. Topped with special DAD decorations and sealed with a “DAD Digs Cupcakes” sticker, the box features an assortment of peanut butter chip, red velvet, black and white and vanilla milk chocolate cupcakes. The DAD box will be available at Sprinkles from June 19 to 21. Sprinkles is located at 4501 N. Scottsdale Rd. For details or to place an order, visit Sprinkles.com or call 480.970.4321.

Muhammad Ali’s Celebrity Fight Night XXI Raises $7 Million

On Saturday, March 28, stars and athletes from around the country converged at the J.W. Marriott Desert Ridge Resort & Spa in Phoenix, Arizona for Muhammad Ali’s 21st Anniversary of Celebrity Fight Night. Country music superstar Reba McEntire returned for her tenth year as emcee. A resounding LED Drummers patriotic performance kicked off the night that was immediately followed by a stirring tribute to our country’s wounded veterans. Multi-platinum recording artist Josh Groban, Seattle Seahawks’ quarterback Russell Wilson, and philanthropists Glenn and Mindy Stearns were honored with 2015 Muhammad Ali Celebrity Fight Night Awards. Following the awards guests were treated to a host of performances under the direction of the multiple Grammy award-winning songwriter and producer David Foster, who returned for his 16th consecutive year as the evening’s musical director. The black tie event also featured a cocktail reception, a silent auction, an elegant dinner and an exciting live auction including one-of-a-kind luxury items. Celebrity Fight Night Foundation is a nonprofit organization that was founded in 1994 by Jimmy Walker to support the Muhammad Ali Parkinson Center at Barrow Neurological Institute in Phoenix, as well as numerous other charities. For more information, visit CelebrityFightNight.org.