Around Town 15

Muhammad Ali’s 22nd 
Celebrity Fight Night

The Muhammad Ali Celebrity Fight Night Awards on Saturday, April 9 will be hosted by Grammy Award-winning country superstar Reba McEntire—this will be McEntire’s eleventh consecutive year hosting the event. The black-tie evening will begin with cocktails and a silent auction, followed by dinner, an exciting live auction and entertainment, including performances by Carrie Underwood, Reba, Brooks and Dunn, The Tenors, Sinbad and more. Grammy Award-winning songwriter and producer, David Foster, will return for his seventeenth consecutive year as the evening’s Musical Director. This year’s honorees include Carrie Underwood, Carson Palmer, Dr. Francis Yeoh, Yank Barry and the Argyros Family. For more information, please visit

The Scottsdale Resort 
at McCormick Ranch Reopens 
After Multi-Phase Renovation

The Scottsdale Resort at McCormick Ranch, A Destination Hotel, recently reopened following a massive renovation that took place this summer, transforming the independent resort and revitalizing its amenities. As part of the $10 million renovation, the resort boasts two new restaurants and a bar, a transformed main pool, a significant addition of outdoor meeting and event space, enhanced guest rooms and a more open, welcoming feel throughout. For more information, please visit

Sam & Betty Kitchell Family 
Heritage Garden Opening

The Desert Botanical Garden is pleased to announce the opening of the Sam & Betty Kitchell Family Heritage Garden. The Heritage Garden is located just north of the historic Webster Center and is home to many of the Garden’s oldest plantings, including the iconic cardones and the first accessioned plant, the creeping devil cactus. The renovation of this space interprets the Garden’s story and vision for the future, featuring horticultural displays designed to be as treasured and compelling in 75 years as the giant cardones are today.  Located within the Kitchell Heritage Garden are two new spaces, the Cardon Plaza and the Fine Family Contemplation Garden. For more information, please visit

Hopdoddy Burger Bar 
Opens at Town & Country

Hopdoddy Burger Bar’s first Phoenix location at The Shops at Town & Country has recently opened its doors. Famous for its all-natural, hormone- and antibiotic-free burgers ground in-house alongside freshly baked buns, this will be the second Arizona location for Hopdoddy, following its Scottsdale opening in 2013. In addition to the new location, Hopdoddy Burger Bar is pleased to announce its Phoenix/Scottsdale Goodnight for a Good Cause Burger partner Alice Cooper’s Solid Rock, which provides a facility for kids and students from all over the Phoenix area to learn and practice music, creative arts, dance, culinary arts and more. For more information, please visit

Modern Phoenix Week

Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art (SMoCA) presents the annual Modern Phoenix Week in partnership with Modern Phoenix LLC., from April 1 through April 10, celebrating midcentury modern architecture and contemporary design. Midcentury aficionados, homeowners and design lovers can look forward to 10 days of events spanning tours, films, educational seminars and mixers throughout the Valley. Highlights of the week include a tour of Paolo Soleri’s Cosanti, a tour of Hotel Valley Ho, Modern Marketplace and the 12th Annual Modern Phoenix Home Tour. For more information, please visit

Ballet Arizona Awarded 
$100,000 Grant

The School of Ballet Arizona (SBAZ) was awarded a 12-month $100,000 Implementation Award from the Flinn Foundation to support the growth and capitalization of the School of Ballet Arizona. This grant will provide a foundation of support, giving SBAZ finances to invest in staff, marketing resources and new class offerings. With a solid business plan to grow SBAZ, the grant will focus on specific marketing campaigns for the School, along with introducing and evaluating new class offerings. For more information, please visit

4th Annual Arcadia Fun Run

The 4th Annual Arcadia Family Fun Run, which raises money for research into Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS), the leading cause of death in infants between one-month and one-year of age, will take place Sunday, April 17 at 8:00 a.m. The event is organized by Katie and Mark Cosmas, whose five-month-old daughter, Taylor, passed away from SIDS in 2010. All proceeds from the Arcadia Family Fun Run will be donated to the Three Butterflies SIDS Foundation, which supports researchers like Dr. Hannah Kinney, whose work has led to the most promising development of our knowledge about SIDS. For more information and to register, please visit

Two Brothers Tapping Party

In celebration of its one-year anniversary in Scottsdale and the commencement of Arizona Beer Week, Two Brothers Tap House & Brewery recently hosted a public tapping party. The beer-centric event attracted nearly 150 guests who were among the first to try the newly brewed Soleil Quemadura, a French-style saison brewed with ancho, pasilla and mulato peppers for a light sweet spice with subtle, earthy chocolate and fruity undertones rounded by rye malt and grains of paradise to add a little extra zest. Guests also enjoyed live music and raffle prizes. For more information, please visit