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The Camby Hotel Opens in Phoenix

The Camby, the highly anticipated independent lifestyle hotel in Phoenix, is now open, revealing an elegantly urban respite where tradition meets invention. A captivating blend of sophistication, cutting-edge style and statement-making design, this one-of-a-kind hotel experience delivers refined revelry and is the first hotel in Arizona to be a part of Autograph Collection Hotels – Marriott International’s curated portfolio of hotels recognized for celebrating individuality. The Autograph Collection promises that their properties will be exactly like nothing else, and The Camby certainly delivers. The Hotel offers 277 luxury guest accommodations; a new restaurant, Artizen, Crafted American Kitchen & Bar; two new bars; a fresh rooftop pool experience; Zest, a boutique spa; and a contemporary fitness center. For more information, please visit

20th Celebration of 
the Fresh Start Gala

The 20th Celebration of the Fresh Start Gala will honor two decades of support for Fresh Start Women’s Foundation on Saturday, March 12, 2016 at The Phoenician. Guests will be treated to incredible live entertainment, dancing, a gourmet dinner and many more memorable surprises throughout this special evening. The Gala will also include a heartfelt presentation of Fresh Start’s prestigious Founders’ Award, which will honor Nancy Hanley, an ardent community volunteer and supporter. For more information, please visit

2015 Woman of the Year Award

After 12 months of recognizing extraordinary women in the Valley for the differences they have made in the community, 99.9 KEZ and Beth McDonald are getting ready to crown one special woman with the 2015 Beth McDonald Woman of the Year Award, presented by Shea Homes and the Hyatt Regency Scottsdale Resort & Spa. The winner will receive a $2,500 check from Shea Homes and a weekend getaway from the Hyatt Regency, along with a special Woman of the Year trophy from Tiffany’s. For more information, please visit

3rd Annual Italian Festival

The Italian Festival brings Italian culture, food, fashion and more to Scottsdale for its biggest year yet. Hosted by the Italian Association of Arizona, a local 501c(3), this two-day celebration will double in size, taking up the entire Scottsdale Waterfront on Saturday, March 19 and Sunday, March 20. The event features everything from live music and unique, hand-crafted Italian items to wine tastings, authentic Italian cuisine and artists straight from Italy. Of course, no Italian event would be complete without gelato, Italy’s favorite dessert. With over 10,000 visitors last year, the Italian Festival is expecting even higher numbers this year with more vendors and entertainment for everyone to enjoy. For more information, please visit

Annual Heather Farr 
Memorial Golf Tournament

The Xavier Preparatory Dad’s Club will host its Annual Heather Farr Memorial Co-Ed Golf Tournament on Friday, March 11th at the Arizona Biltmore Golf Club in Phoenix. The event will begin at 10:30 a.m. with registration, pre-tournament activities and lunch. There will be a shotgun start at 12:00 p.m., and an awards cocktail reception following the tournament. Ticket prices begin at $250 for a single golfer, with all proceeds benefitting Xavier’s students. For more information, please visit

College Professor Wins 
Prestigious National Art Award

Xavier College Preparatory alumna April Bojorquez (Class of 1999) has been honored with the prestigious Creative Capital Award to continue her collaborative work with artist Matt Garcia in exploring relationships between art, ecology and society. In 2010, the two artists created their desert ArtLAB in Phoenix to inform a discourse regarding dryland ecologies through multimedia performance and visual and social art. April is currently a faculty member in the Department of American Ethnic Studies and an assistant curator at the Marianna Kistler Beach Museum at Kansas State University.

Looking for the Next 
Hit Business Reality Series

Owners Joni Sucato and Susie Merwin of the Screening Room Agency are conducting an open call submission contest for a Reality Series featuring Arizona-based businesses. Have you always thought you or your business should be the next new reality series? If so, this is your chance! Rules for submission are: No professional footage; 1.5-2 minutes long; vertical phone footage, and a short one-page description of your business and the people that make it successful. Deadline is April 15 and all submissions should be submitted to the Screeningroomagency The winner will receive a professional sizzle reel production experience.

Seasonal Table Dinner Series at Desert Botanical Garden

The Seasonal Table Dinner Series at the Desert Botanical Garden will feature a four-course dinner of fresh, locally-sourced seasonal cuisine with wine pairings. Each dinner will be held in a special Garden location chosen for its beauty. This year’s series invites guests on a journey to experience some of the world’s best-loved wine regions through food, drink and music. Guests will enjoy cocktails, hors d’oeuvres and al fresco dining amidst the beauty of the desert. Musical entertainment accompanies your four-course dinner and each meal is created by a distinguished chef who will be on hand to discuss the menu. On Thursday, March 3 travel through the rich flavors of Argentina with Chef Matt Taylor of Gertrude’s. For more information, please visit