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45th Arizona Fiesta Bowl Parade

Kick off the New Year with a much-loved Arizona tradition, the Annual Fiesta Bowl Parade, held on Saturday, January 2 at 11 a.m. in Downtown Phoenix. This year’s theme will be “Arizona’s Got Game,” as the Fiesta Bowl is known for more than just the two games that it puts on each year. At the Fiesta Bowl, they want to put as much emphasis as possible on the fact that the Bowl and its partners do so much more than simply hold the games. Their goal is to shine a spotlight on our communities and those that take Arizona to the next level. The Fiesta Bowl Parade is the largest single day spectator event in Arizona, and this year they will be highlighting 12 communities across the state—from Payson to Tombstone. There will also be 10 Arizona high school bands performing and 13 high-flying helium balloons. In attendance this year, expect to see Arizona Governor Doug Ducey, Sheriff Joe Arpaio, Phoenix Mayor Greg Stanton, Miss Arizona 2015 – Madi Esteves, as well as Grand Marshal and Arizona Diamondbacks Hall of Famer Randy Johnson. For more information, please visit

Buck & Rider Opens Phoenix 
Biltmore Location

In a building inspired by a house located in a swanky beach town on the coast of Australia, Buck & Rider, a new seafood-centric restaurant from the team at LGO Hospitality, focuses on a fun vibe, young attitude and clean recipe line up. The menu covers three basic categories: raw bar, rolled sushi and plated provisions. Fresh oysters, shucked to order, are flown in from all coasts for the raw bar. The menu also features eight different inventive and delicious sushi rolls, while provisions include dishes such as Harissa Shrimp Skewers with chorizo, Lobster Roll “Nik Niks” and Hong Kong Style Halibut. The wine list is curated by LGO Grocery’s award-winning Kimber Stonehouse, focusing on a food-friendly line up that is priced as mindfully as it is selected. For more information, please visit

Quarles & Brady Lends a Hand 
at Capitol School Festival

Nearly two dozen members of Quarles & Brady’s Phoenix office joined together to volunteer their time as “homeroom parents” at Capitol School’s Annual Fall Celebration. This was the first of three events during the 2015-2016 school year where attorneys and staff will volunteer their time to Capitol School, providing both treats and interactive activities to engage students from Kindergarten to sixth grade. While the Capitol School program kicked off with the attorneys and staff putting on homeroom class parties, the partnership quickly evolved into one that included reading and writing assistance, mentorship, fundraising, financial support to students’ families when in crisis, and even a donation to help remodel the school’s media center. For more information, please visit

Powerhouse Duo to Chair Fresh Start Gala

The dynamic husband and wife team of Pam Overton Risoleo and Jim Risoleo will chair the 20th Celebration of the Fresh Start Gala, Fresh Start Women’s Foundation’s signature fundraising event. Pam Overton Risoleo, shareholder at Greenberg Traurig, and her husband Jim Risoleo, executive vice president at Host Hotels and Resorts, will take the reins of what has become one of the Valley’s premier charity events. This marks a full-circle moment for Overton Risoleo, as she served as co-chair of the first Fresh Start Gala 20 years ago. She is also a founding member of Fresh Start’s Executive Board of Directors and received the Fresh Start Founders’ Award in 2012. The Gala, a fun and lively evening with purpose, will take place Saturday, March 12 at The Phoenician. Funds raised during the event will support the life-changing programs and services offered at Fresh Start, which empowers women to transform their lives through education and engagement. For more information, please visit

Inaugural notMYKid Winterfest

This free community event taking place Saturday, January 9th from 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. at Steele Indian School Park will offer a positive, family-friendly environment that embraces prevention and celebrates positive life choices. Families will spend the day exploring information booths offering age-appropriate resources for youth and valuable prevention tools for parents and caregivers. Entertainment will include food trucks, games, music, vendors and inflatables. The celebration is designed to engage parents and increase awareness about substance abuse prevention for all youth in grades K-12. WinterFest will provide an atmosphere where parents can talk to their children and family members about the information they are receiving and inspire positive dialogue. For more information, please contact Jansen Neff at 602.652.0163×110 or visit

MD Skin Lounge Opens in DC Ranch Crossing

MD Skin Lounge has opened in DC Ranch Crossing under the direction of board-certified plastic surgeon Brian Gawley, M.D., F.A.C.S. As an extension of his plastic surgery practice, Dr. Gawley believes plastic surgeons and dermatologists should be setting the standard in the MedSpa industry. The state-of-the-art skin care facility offers three unique offerings in its retail space: A Beauty Bar where patients can reapply their makeup after treatment and purchase cosmetics, a Juice Bar where guests can rehydrate after treatments with complimentary pressed juices, and a Skin Bar filled with medical-grade skincare products. Specializing in cosmetic and reconstructive surgery, Dr. Gawley brought together MD Skin Lounge’s medical team, including a physician assistant, registered nurse, certified technicians and concierges, all focused on delivering natural results that meet each patient’s aesthetic goals. For more information, please visit or call 480. 878. 5213

Capital Fund Provides Funding 
for Luxury Home Community 
in Arcadia

Capital Fund 1, an Arizona-based private money lender, has aligned with Empire Group to finance the development of a luxury home community at 40th Street and Osborn in the Arcadia, Phoenix neighborhood. The 40th Street property rests upon 10 acres of land and is plotted for a 44 luxury home community. The location was formerly home to well-known Bakers Nursery prior to Empire Group’s strategic acquisition of the property. While “pre-sales” of the homes will be opening up in the first quarter of 2016, the estimated completion of the community is slated for later in the year. In fact, Empire Group’s Ground breaking ceremony took place the week following Thanksgiving. To learn more, please visit