Fond Farewells & New Beginnings

Spring has finally arrived, and all the tell-tale signs of it are clear: days are getting longer, the weather is getting warmer, flowers are starting to pop-up along the roadside and the promise of summer lingers in the air. For many, spring is a time of growth, renewal and new beginnings with the coming of a fresh, brighter season. Yet…

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!

April 2017 Around Town

Southwest Autism Research & Resource Center (SARRC) recently opened its second Beneficial Beans Café location, nestled inside of Burton Barr Central Library. The cafe, which is part of SARRC’s social enterprise program, is now accessible Monday-Friday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., serving coffee and a variety of food items to library visitors and employees. However, its most distinct feature…

Beautiful Blooms

It’s officially spring, which, for many, means it’s time to plant all the flowers, fruits and vegetables possible while the weather is still tolerable. Even though continuous triple digits are just around the corner, Christine Fortman, owner of Berridge Nurseries, shares that there are still many plants that can bloom in the desert during spring, and year-round. Given that Berridge…

Handpicked Perfection

Cactus Flower imports blooms from around the world. But when Eric Luoma wants something that looks, feels and smells like Scottsdale, he keeps his eye peeled on the side of the road and creates a “Roadsidia” bouquet. He has a good sense of humor, but also recognizes the value in slowing down to smell the creosote.

Infinite Hearts

A woman’s heart is an incredible gift of nature. With every beat, it pumps out an infinite amount of love, warmth and strength to fuel the various roles she plays in life—as a mother, grandmother, wife, sister, aunt and friend. But what happens when that infinitely giving heart starts to falter, eventually giving in to the grasp of heart disease?…

The Big 2-0

Last year, PBS called Phoenix “the most autism-friendly city in the world,” and a lot of that honor is due to the work of Southwest Autism Research & Resource Center (SARRC), which celebrates its 20th anniversary this month.

Fashion In Bloom

Spring’s freshest looks come in the form of romantic ruffles, bold hues, super-sized stripes and dressed-up sportswear. It’s a season heavily influenced by the ’80s, aka the decade of decadent fashion, and minimalism is definitely taking a backseat.