19th Annual PANDA “Children Helping Children” Fashion Show and Luncheon

Mark your calendars for April 14 as the 19th annual PANDA “Children Helping Children” Fashion Show and Luncheon will be held at the JW Marriott Scottsdale Camelback Inn. The theme for this year’s event is “A Jewel in the Desert” and the event will benefit epilepsy. The PANDA Children’s Epilepsy Project will support the Steele Center’s exploration, in partnership with Rady Children’s Genomic Institute in San Diego. 

Featuring 55 “children helping children” from across the Valley and Tucson, the fashion show will showcase spring fashions provided by Ralph Lauren. The luncheon will also include a live and silent auction and raffle. 

To date, the Phoenix Women’s Board of the Steele Children’s Research Center, known as PANDA, (People Acting Now Discover Answers) has raised more than $9 million to improve treatments and cures for devastating childhood diseases as well as fund and recruit internationally recognized pediatric physicians and scientists to Arizona. For more information, visit AZPanda.org.

“Bodies Revealed” Exhibit at 
OdySea in the Desert

Amram Knishinsky, founder of Scottsdale’s newest entertainment destination, OdySea in the Desert, plans to bring one of the world’s most sought-after traveling exhibits to Arizona. Opening March 1, the “Bodies Revealed” exhibit explores the human body giving visitors an unprecedented way to view what lies beneath the surface of the skin. 

Developed by Premier Exhibitions Inc., “Bodies Revealed” provides an in-depth view of the beautifully complex and intricate network of internal organs and systems in a very up-close-and-personal way. Guests are lead through nine self-guided galleries, each one a precise and detailed look into a specific part of the body, its functions and its importance to the rest of the body. 

“Seeing promotes understanding, and understanding promotes the most practical kind of body education possible,” Dr. Roy Glover, chief medical director for “Bodies Revealed,” says.

The 12,000-square-foot exhibition will remain on display until March 2019.

For more information, visit OdySeaInTheDesert.com.

2018 ATHENA HAIL Awards Honors Paradise Valley Resident

Dr. Eileen Borris of Paradise Valley has been chosen as the 2018 Athena Leadership Award Recipient by Athena Valley of the Sun, a Mesa-based nonprofit. Borris, a psychologist and author, is internationally recognized as the world’s leading expert on forgiveness, relationship building, peace building and reconciliation, and is one of the few individuals invited to address the United Nations General Assembly on the healing of nations. She and six other outstanding women in the community will be recognized on March 8, International Women’s Day, at the 2018 Athena HAIL Awards, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Phoenix Airport Marriott. The event is open to the public. Proceeds will provide leadership programs for area women. For more information and to register, visit AthenaAZ.com

Savor the Symphony is 
a Sellout Success for the 
Sixth Straight Year

The Phoenix Symphony’s signature Savor the Symphony Women’s Luncheon recently brought food and music together for a good cause at Symphony Hall. Three hundred women from across the Valley enjoyed an exclusive sneak peek performance by Canadian trio The Tenors followed by a delicious lunch prepared by chef Gio Osso of Virtu and Nico.

Thanks to the generosity of corporate and individual sponsors, the 2018 Savor the Symphony was the most successful event to date. The funds raised support The Phoenix Symphony’s Education and Wellness programs, touching the lives of 125,000 individuals each year.

Guests enjoyed pomegranate Champagne cocktails and behind-the-scenes access to the rehearsal of The Tenors and The Phoenix Symphony orchestra while they performed their signature blend of classical and contemporary pop. Guests were also delighted as they purchased mystery boxes, raffle tickets and took part in a live auction.

Sue Glawe, vice president of community relations for Blue Cross Blue Shield of Arizona, served as honorary chair, alongside co-chairs Deborah Bateman, vice chairman of the board of directors for National Bank of Arizona, and Molly Stockley, hospital growth/vice president of Cancer Treatment Centers of America.

Celebrating its 70th anniversary season, The Phoenix Symphony presents an annual season September through June at Symphony Hall in downtown Phoenix, as well as concerts in Mesa, Prescott and throughout central Arizona. For more information, visit PhoenixSymphony.org.

SARRC’s Annual 
Community Breakfast 

The beautiful Arizona Biltmore will once again host one of the Valley’s most admired fundraising events, Southwest Autism Research & Resource Center’s (SARRC) Annual Community Breakfast. Scheduled for Thursday, April 26, this year’s event will be co-chaired by Kathy and Mike Bosco and Stephanie and Socrates Papadopoulos, longtime supporters of SARRC.

SARRC’s Annual Community Breakfast is one of the Valley’s premier outreach and fundraising events. Funds raised during this signature SARRC event go directly back to the organization’s innovative programs, services and research initiatives. Guests experience a moving portrait of SARRC’s impact among individuals with autism and families served through their programs and services.

Each year, the breakfast draws community and business leaders, sponsors, parents, volunteers and public officials, and has grown to be one of the largest and most anticipated charity events in Arizona.

For more information or to register, visit