Signature Fundraising Event Recognizes Community and Impact on Individuals with Autism and Their Families

“With You, We Can” was the theme of this year’s Annual Community Breakfast, hosted by Southwest Autism Research & Resource Center. More than 1,600 guests gathered on Thursday, April 26, at the Arizona Biltmore for SARRC’s 20th event. Event co-chairs were Kathy and Mike Bosco and Stephanie and Socrates Papadopoulos. All proceeds support SARRC’s mission to … Continued

Brunch at Arizona Science Center

On May 20, friends of Arizona Science Center gathered for brunch to honor Stevie and Karl Eller for providing much-needed seed money to the center in the early years. Thanks to their support, Arizona Science Center has grown to become an amazing community resource that inspires, educates and engages curious minds through science. Photography credit: Haute … Continued

Childhelp’s 25 Men Who Think They Can Cook

The Phoenix-based nonprofit dedicated to the prevention and treatment of child abuse celebrated 25 Men Who Think They Can Cook on Saturday, May 12, at Aunt Chilada’s Squaw Peak. The tasty extravaganza netted a record of more than $52,000 for Childhelp programs and services in Arizona. Attended by more than 200 people, the culinary fundraiser was emceed … Continued

Third Annual NDP I Heart NDP Breakfast

On Wednesday, April 18, more than 250 people filled the Dale M. Jensen Gymnasium at Notre Dame Preparatory to listen to Arizona State University men’s basketball coach Bobby Hurley, the keynote speaker at the Annual I Heart NDP breakfast. In his talk, he shared stories about the lessons he has learned through sports and how … Continued

12th Annual Childhelp Wings Fashion Show Luncheon

The event, held at the JW Marriott Camelback Inn Resort and Spa and co-chaired by Abby Leadon and Alexis Earnhardt, included a celebrity runway, live and silent auction and the latest trends from top brands like Dillard’s. It netted $185,000. Nick Ciletti hosted the event alongside actress Kat McNamara. Awardees included Luke Airforce Base, Childhelp … Continued

Swirl, Sip & Savor

On April 13, more than 160 guests came together to support Southwest Autism Research & Resource Center at the Royal Palms Resort & Spa to raise awareness and funds for ThinkAsperger’s, an initiative creating awareness, early diagnosis and solutions for individuals with Asperger’s syndrome and their families. The event raised more than $375,000, and featured … Continued

Ruby Farias Design Launch

Ruby Farias is a long-time artist who turned to painting on clothing and accessories in January 2014. Her latest project includes having her paintings photographed and having those images printed on fabrics. She has taken that fabric and has created her new line. Photography by Marion Rhoades Photography.

Phoenix Children’s Hospital Foundation Beach Ball Gala

Benefiting the Newborn Intensive Care Unit at Phoenix Children’s Hospital, Noche en Havana, the 25th anniversary of the gala, was held March 3 at the JW Marriott 
Camelback Inn Resort & Spa. Since its inception, the gala has contributed more than $17 million to provide hope, healing and the best health care for children and families.

Hotel Adeline Media Reception

Hotel Adeline, a stylish new boutique hotel in Old Town Scottsdale, hosted an exclusive media reception March 1. Guests at the housewarming party-themed evening enjoyed bites and craft cocktails from the hotel’s three restaurant concepts, live music by the J Forte Duo and behind-the-scenes tours. Photography by Keith & Melissa Photographers.

Chef Zipora Book Release Reception

Guests mingled and shared stories at a special reception held for Chef Zipora to celebrate the release of her book, Recipe for a Delicious Life, on March 3 at Royal Palm Resort and Spa. The book shares interesting anecdotes and adventures of her time traveling the world as a private chef. Photography by Kat McMahon.

Childhelp 14th Annual Drive the Dream Gala

Childhelp, a Phoenix-based nonprofit dedicated to the prevention and treatment of child abuse, celebrated its 14th Annual Childhelp Drive the Dream Gala at the Arizona Biltmore Resort. Grimaldi’s Pizzeria presented the sold-out extravaganza that netted more than $1.4 million for Childhelp programs and services, including the Childhelp Children’s Advocacy Center of Arizona dedicated to Linda Pope.

FIX24 Health Summit

FIX24 co-founded and recently participated in a health summit at the Musical Instrument Museum where they educated the public on the importance of Joint Biomechanics and structural health. The presentation can be found on YouTube @drmikerobb! Photography by Bullseye Video & Photo.

McNight to Remember Under the Sea Gala

Ronald McDonald House Charities hosted the McNight to Remember Under the Sea Gala on November 11 at the J.W. Marriott Desert Ridge Resort. It was a record-breaking night: 667 attendees raised $563,350 to ensure families staying at the Valley's three houses will not be turned away. Both numbers broke previous highs. 
Photography by Gudenschwager Photography Inc. 

Green Goddess Holiday Open House

Several hundred people came to Green Goddess' Annual Holiday Open House and enjoyed the beautiful Arizona weather and food from Manuel Mexican Cantina. Gelato Spot stopped by and dished out their yummy gelato. The seventh annual fundraising raffle raised more than $2,400 for the McKenzie Monks Foundation. 

Notre Dame Prep Culinary Festival Gets an A+

On November 1, more than 400 guests gathered at Notre Dame Preparatory to celebrate all things delish at the annual Culinary Festival. This magical evening took place under stars and party lights and featured signature dishes from 17 local restaurants, beer from Scottsdale Beer Company and music by Elvis Before Noon. Photography by Casey Green Studios.

Galaxy Gala MMXVII Kickoff Event

Arizona Science Center recently celebrated their Galaxy Gala committee kickoff with a reception at the beautiful home of Ben Lytle. The evening was hosted by chairs Tracey and Larry Lytle and vice chairs Susie Wesley and McKenna Wesley.  “A Night in Pompeii” will be held Saturday, February 3. Photography by Eric Cosh.

Fashionably Pink Survivor & Celebrity Runway Show powered by Tal Barkel at Talking Stick Resort

Breast cancer survivors and local celebs took the runway, during October's Phoenix Fashion Week, to model more than $1 million in Tal Barkel Designs jewelry and fashions by Glam Squad Couture. Community and fashion came together to raise more than $15,000 for breast cancer charity Don’t be a Chump! Check for a Lump! Photography by James Almanza, Almanza Photography.

An Evening of Luxury

Scottsdale Fashion Square hosted An Evening of Luxury, an exclusive reception and shopping event on Friday, September 29. 
A percentage of the evening’s sales benefited Colleen’s Dream Foundation and TGen to fund ongoing ovarian cancer research.

Arizona’s Largest Annual Autism Awareness Event

On October 29, nearly 20,000 people gathered at Tempe Beach Park in support of the 12th annual Autism Speaks Walk in Partnership with SARRC. The event raised an estimated $885,000 for autism programs and research. Half of all money raised will stay in Arizona. Photography by Sydnee Schwartz and Kat McMahon.

15th Annual Heroes Patriotic Luncheon

The 15th Annual Heroes Patriotic Luncheon, hosted by the Veterans Medical Leadership Council and presented by TriWest Healthcare 
Alliance, featured a keynote speech by retired Command Chief Master Sgt. Scott H. Dearduff and brought more than 500 individuals together at the Arizona Biltmore to pay tribute to our nation’s veterans and to thank current service members. 

Childhelp Drive the Dream Kickoff

Childhelp, dedicated to the treatment and prevention of child abuse and neglect, recently hosted the 2017 Childhelp Drive the Dream Kickoff at a private automobile museum. Drive the Dream, sponsored by Grimaldi’s Pizzeria, will take place Saturday, January 13 at the Arizona Biltmore. Proceeds will benefit Childhelp programs in Arizona.

Josper Charcoal Oven Produces New Menu Sizzle

Lincoln, a JW Steakhouse located at the JW Marriott Camelback Inn Resort & Spa, introduces a modern American steakhouse menu boasting hand-cut prime and wagyu butcher’s steaks perfectly seared at 1,200 degrees in the Valley’s only Josper Charcoal Oven. Photography by Kat McMahon. 

V.I.P. Mortgage Celebrates New Scottsdale Corporate Offices

V.I.P. Mortgage celebrated their new Scottsdale corporate offices by hosting an open house September 27. Attendees were treated to live music, refreshments and hors d'oeuvres.

Dominick’s Steakhouse Hosts Fitz’s Supper Club

Larry Fitzgerald and the Grand Illusion took center stage at Dominick’s Steakhouse on Monday, August 28, for the Ninth Annual Fitz’s Supper Club - Celebrities at Your Service.  Raising more than $550,000 for the First Down Fund, guests enjoyed an evening filled with trickery, 
wonderment and excitement all night long.

The Seventh Annual HopeKids Boots and Bling Gala

The Seventh Annual HopeKids Boots and Bling gala took place at the home of Mark and Bev Nuessle in Scottsdale. Thanks to the generosity of 190 attendees, $86,260 was raised to provide hope and an ongoing calendar of events to more than 1,400 Arizona families who have a child with a life-threatening medical condition.

Sip, Shop & Style—Fashion and Beauty Trends for Fall 2017

Fashion lovers were out in force for Sip, Shop & Style, hosted by Saks Fifth Avenue and Mom Style Lab. The stylish guests sipped bubbly, while style expert Angela Keller of Mom Style Lab and Lisa Moore, Saks beauty adviser, presented key fashion and beauty trends for fall 2017. Photos courtesy Mom Style Lab. 

Mix and Mingle with The Miksta Team and Lifestyle Publications

V.I.P. Mortgage's The Miksta Team graciously hosted Lifestyle Publications' partners and friends at their new location. The guests enjoyed a variety of delectables from Emily's Events as they mingled and connected in the spacious community room. Visit them at TheMikstaTeam.VIPMtgInc.com.

Classic Abstraction

Gallery curator John Reyes and notable Arizona artist John Armstrong hosted a recent art opening at The Gallery at Mountain Shadows. The event included complimentary wine and hors d’oeuvres from Hearth ’61. Classic Abstraction, the exhibition, juxtaposed the hard-lined compositions of John Armstrong with the color fields of Dorothy Fratt. Photos by Shane Baker Studios.

New Leadership for Notre Dame Prep

On July 1, Jill Platt became the fourth principal of Notre Dame Preparatory, located in Scottsdale. She is the first woman to lead the high school in that role since it opened its doors in 2002.

Backpack Drive

The fifth annual Backpack & School Supply Drive donation drop-off event was held July 15 at Office Max on East Thomas Road and helped fill 5,000 backpacks. The backpack drive is sponsored by Executive Council Charities benefitting Arizona Friends of Foster Children Found, Arizona Helping Hands Inc. and Voices for CASA children.

Scottsdale Fashion Square Renovation Event

Members of the media and blogging community attended a behind-the-scenes “soft hat” media tour of Scottsdale Fashion Square on Thursday, July 27, where they received an up-close look at how the best address keeps getting better. For more information about Scottsdale Fashion Square's renovation, visit FashionSquare.com/SFSRedevelopment. Photos by Haute Photography and Videography.

ALS Bite Nite

ALS Bite Nite on Saturday, June 3, raised a record $250,000 and more than 750 guests attended! ALS Bite Nite is an opportunity to bring hope to people living with ALS, raise money for a cure and come together for something you care about. 
Photography by Ben Arnold and Brian Flora.

VALLEYLIFE Bernice Kussell Society’s Annual Cinco de Mayo Party

At their exquisite Paradise Valley home, Drs. Cie and Aaron Scott hosted the VALLEYLIFE Bernice Kussell Society’s annual Cinco de Mayo party. Society members and guests gathered for an evening of fun, food and entertainment in support of VALLEYLIFE’s mission to enhance the quality of life of people with disabilities.

Hash Kitchen Hosts Lifestyle Publication’s 
Connecting with Community 

North Scottsdale Lifestyle and Paradise Valley Lifestyle shared an evening of connecting with fellow partners and guests at the creative breakfast and bar, Hash Kitchen. Taste buds were treated to menu items like caprese skewers, carnitas hash and the BYOBM bar as attendees enjoyed the upbeat atmosphere.

Vino Con Stelle

Richard J Stephenson, Cancer Treatment Centers of America and Gateway for Cancer Research founder and chairman, and Dr. Stacie J. Stephenson, CTCA chair, Functional Medicine and Gateway board of directors, hosted “Vino con Stelle” at The Silverleaf Club. The exclusive evening under the stars was inspired by Vincent van Gogh’s "Starry Night." For information on Gateway, visit GatewayCR.org.

notMYkid’s Annual Fundraiser

“Come Fly with Me,” notMYkid’s annual fundraiser, featured a reception, live and silent auctions and Vinum 55 hosted champagne lounge. The program included a tribute video to honorees, award presentation, concert by Sal Valentinetti from America’s Got Talent, dancing, photo booth and Microsoft virtual reality flight simulator.

Southwest Autism Research & Resource Center Annual Community Breakfast

Southwest Autism Research & Resource Center (SARRC) hosted nearly 1,800 guests at the Arizona Biltmore and were joined by individuals with autism and their families, business, community and elected leaders. Revolution: Redefining the Status Quo was the theme of the breakfast co-chaired by longtime supporters Kathy and Mike Bosco.

Lifestyle Publications and Eddie Merlot’s Meet & Mingle

An evening of food, fun and conversation was graciously hosted by North Scottsdale’s Eddie Merlot’s restaurant. Lifestyle Publications' partners and guests got an opportunity to connect in a casual, but elegant atmosphere on the restaurant's patio.

Colleen’s Dream Foundation Golf Tournament and Gala

It was a weekend made for miracles at the 4th Annual Colleen’s Dream Foundation Golf Tournament and Evening of Dreams Gala. Both events saw celebrities, prominent community leaders and guests all gather together to support ovarian cancer research. Photography Good Vibe Media

Fifteenth Annual Teaming Up for Girls Luncheon

Over 750 guests gathered at the JW Marriott Camelback Resort for Florence Crittenton’s signature event, featuring a delectable meal, Visionary Award recipient Darlene Shephard, and heartfelt testimonies from Simone Biles and Jen Bricker. Marion Rhoades & Ben Arnold Photography

Eighteenth Annual PANDA Luncheon

An incredible 1,100 supporters showed up for PANDA’s “Children Helping Children” Fashion Show and Luncheon at The Phoenician. The “It’s a Small World”-themed event featured a cocktail hour, delectable lunch and 55 child models strutting their stuff on the runway.

The Hermosa Inn VIP Reception

The resort hosted this fabulous event at LON’s Last Drop Bar to reveal a host of new and newly-remolded casitas, while guests enjoyed Arizona-inspired bites and cocktails, live entertainment and picturesque views. Debby Wolvos Photography

21st Annual Fresh Start Gala

The exquisite, black-tie gala held at The Phoenician saw guests sip on specialty cocktails and enjoy a fashion show presented by Saks Fifth Avenue, before heading to the ballroom for a gourmet dinner and incredible live entertainment.

Smithsonian Libraries Reception

Valley book-lovers rejoiced during this marvelous cocktail reception where guests enjoyed music, specialty drinks and light bites and a special appearance by best-selling author Steve Berry, all while perusing some of the Smithsonian’s collections. Photography Ronald Nachtwey

Jewish Federation of Greater Phoenix Women’s Philanthropy Luncheon

Hosted at the Paradise Valley Home of Sandy and Harvey Belfer, the event featured awar-winning former Middle East correspondent Israel Linda, who shared insights on how to empower college students on campus. Sandra Tenuto Photography

JFCS Brighter Tomorrow Luncheon

The Jewish Family & Children’s Services (JFCS) held this fabulous luncheon at the Arizona Biltmore, where attendees had the opportunity to learn more about JFCS’s Real World and Job Development Program. Photography Carl Shultz

A New Leaf’s 33rd Annual Camaraderie Gala

It was a night of Beatle-mania-inspired fun at the Omni Scottsdale Resort & Spa at Montelucia as guests gathered for a lavish cocktail reception, followed by a delectable meal, thrilling live auction and dancing. Photography Brielle Patterson

Van Dyke Aesthetics Open House

The open house was a huge success! Thank you to all of our current and new patients for attending, and for the vendors who helped educate our patients. We are proud to say that we raised over $10,000 for JDRF!

13th Annual Childhelp Drive the Dream Gala

Guests dressed in black-tie attire all gathered together at the Arizona Biltmore Resort for this spectacular “Journey to Oz” –themed extravaganza co-chaired by Dr. Stacie and Mr. Richard Stephenson, hosted by Mario Lopez, and featuring a performance by CeeLo Green. Phil Gudenschwager & Bob and Dawn Davis Photography

Andaz Scottsdale Resort & Spa Grand Opening Soiree

The Andaz Scottsdale celebrated its grand opening in lavish style, complete with cocktails, sumptuous cuisine, an art gallery to benefit Free Arts AZ, a ribbon cutting ceremony, and a generous donation to both Phoenix Children’s Hospital and Free Arts. Courtesy of Andaz Scottsdale Resort & Spa