24th Annual Celebrity Fight Night

Get your tickets now to enjoy a once-in-a-lifetime experience as legendary frontman Steven Tyler performs in front of special guests, celebrities and VIPs at Celebrity Fight Night on Saturday, March 10.

The 24th Annual Celebrity Fight Night will be hosted by Grammy Award-winning leading lady of country music Reba McEntire for her 13th year at the JW Marriott Phoenix Desert Ridge Resort & Spa. The event starts at 5 p.m. and supports the Alzheimer’s and Memory Disorders Program at Barrow Neurological Institute, as well as other charities. There will also be a special presentation of the Muhammad Ali Celebrity Fight Night Award by Lonnie Ali.

The action-packed evening will also be filled with exciting live auction items including musical performances by many of today’s hottest stars and many surprises throughout the evening. Sixteen-time Grammy Award-winning songwriter and producer David Foster will return for his 19th year as musical director. For more information, visit CelebrityFightNight.org.

Local Author Provides Love 
Story Read For Valentine’s Day

Longtime Paradise Valley resident Elliot Rovinsky recently released The First Royal, A Vampire’s Story Of Love. It’s a remarkable tale of a vampire, Count Von Rovinsky, and his love for a beautiful viola soloist, Sara Mei. The count’s desperate desire: to keep his true identity hidden from her. Her purity and innocence, weighing a great burden on the count’s struggle to keep Sara from learning the truth. A love story of good and evil. What will the count sacrifice to save Sara’s innocence and her love for him?

The author’s grandmother, a so-called gypsy, was born 5 miles from the castle of Vlad Dracul (Dracula) in Romania. The tale originates from her diary following the life of Count Von Rovinsky. According to her journal, he lived from 1443 to the year 1925 with no record of his death. For more information, email Rovinsky at rovaiser@cox.net.

Hashknife Pony Express Mail 
Delivery and Community Celebration

The oldest officially sanctioned Pony Express celebrates its 60th year Friday, February 9, with riders blazing their trail from the tiny town of Holbrook, Arizona, to the streets of downtown Scottsdale. Arriving on horseback and covering a relay mail route of more than 200 miles, the annual delivery consists of 20,000 pieces of first-class mail that bear the Hashknife Pony Express insignia. At noon, riders arrive at the Western Spirit: Scottsdale’s Museum of the West.

Surrounding this historical event, outdoor activities for the whole family take place from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. including family-friendly games, storytelling, crafts, face painting, on-site food trucks, horse and rider meet and greet and autograph-signing party following the mail delivery, and live entertainment. Activities are free (suggested donation of $5 per adult, $2 per child/student). For more information, visit HashknifePonyExpress.com.

Janice Dinner is Elected to the Board of Governors for Jewish Family & Children’s Service

The board of governors for Jewish Family & Children’s Service is pleased to announce that Janice Dinner has been elected to serve a three-year term. In this role, Dinner will be collaborating with other members of the board of governors to carry out JFCS’ mission to strengthen the community by providing quality behavioral health and social services to people of all ages in accordance with a Jewish value system that cares for all humanity.

“We are honored to have Janice Dinner as part of our volunteer leadership here at Jewish Family & Children’s Service,” Lorrie Henderson, president and CEO of JFCS, said. “Her knowledge of the health and social services community and her years of advisory experience will be a tremendous asset to our organization.”

Dinner is the senior associate general counsel for Banner Health as well as the general counsel for Sonora Quest Laboratories LLC and Laboratory Sciences of Arizona. She also serves on the boards for the Arizona Association of Health Lawyers and the Southwest Center for HIV/AIDS.

Join 1MISSIONS Bikes 
Fight Poverty Ride

1MISSION’s ninth annual Bikes Fight Poverty ride will take place February 10-11. An estimated 120 cyclists will launch from Phoenix early on Saturday morning and will arrive in Puerto Peñasco, Mexico, the following day.

Since the first event, Bikes Fight Poverty has funded more than 100 houses as part of 1MISSION’s commitment to providing housing for families in Mexico, El Salvador and Nicaragua who are living in poverty.

To learn more about Bikes Fight Poverty or to donate to the riding team, visit 1Mission.org/BFP

Dancing With 
The Stars Arizona 
Features Lifestyle 
Publications Partner

You might know Judi Scanlon-Svendsen, the busy owner of Griffin Estate Sales as well as Griffin Antiques, a shop inside Scottsdale Marketplace, but nowadays, she is putting on her dancing shoes and taking dance lessons to perform in the Arizona Kidney Foundation Dancing With The Stars Gala. This charity event closely follows the phenomenally successful ABC TV show “Dancing With The Stars.”

When told her name was submitted she knew she had to do it! Her dad, who was diagnosed with kidney cancer, had to have a kidney removed. Judi will be dancing for him, as well as the 600,000+ Arizonians who suffer from chronic kidney disease.

The gala will be held on February 23 at the Arizona Biltmore Hotel. For more information on the gala, sponsorships and fundraising, visit CrowdRise.com/
DancingWithTheStarsAZ18. For more information on the National Kidney Foundation of Arizona, visit AZKidney.org.