Cover Story: ‘There Is Power in Positivity’ 

There is a lot to unpack about Sybil Francis, so let’s get the parochial stuff out of the way. She grew up in a bilingual family of academics, speaking French at home and spending summers living with her grandparents outside of Paris. She is an accomplished flutist, a nuclear weapons expert and the wife of […]

86 and Thriving: Duet Volunteer Stays Active by Giving Back

According to the Mayo Clinic Health System, volunteering improves physical and mental health, provides a sense of purpose and increases social interaction. It also nurtures new relationships and helps build support systems based on common interests. Dennis Parker, an 86-year-old retiree, knows this from experience. He has volunteered for Duet: Partners In Health & Aging […]

Jared Kittelson to Succeed Marc Ashton as CEO of Foundation for Blind Children

Jared Kittelson will become the next CEO of Foundation for Blind Children, effective July 1. Marc Ashton is retiring after 17 years leading FBC, and Jared’s succession will mark the end of a long transition and the start of a new era for FBC. Kittelson is taking charge of a unique organization, home to the […]

10th Annual Foodist Award Winners Announced

This week, the Arizona Restaurant Association announced the winners of its 10th annual Foodist Awards. This decade-long event recognizes the best of the best in a variety of categories that represent culinary excellence in the Arizona food and beverage industry. Finalists and winners in each category are chosen by peers and the dining community at […]

UCP of Central AZ Breaks Ground on Outdoor Renovation Project

United Cerebral Palsy of Central Arizona recently broke ground on a $250,000 renovation project for its special needs adult day treatment program. Located in North Phoenix, the campus is expanding services and opportunities for adults with special needs thanks to a grant from the State of Arizona and Arizona Health Care Cost Containment System. The […]

Arizona Community Foundation Distributes Nearly $110M to Arizona Communities

The Arizona Community Foundation, its donors and partners announced a total distribution of $109,820,976 in grant, scholarship and loan distributions for its fiscal year ending March 31, 2024. This amount represented funds of the Arizona Community Foundation and its six statewide regional offices in Cochise, Flagstaff, the Gila Valley, Sedona, Yavapai County and Yuma. Excluding […]

Pat Petznick Continues Legacy with $1M Gift, Naming of Fresh Start Education Center

From its humble beginnings in 1992, providing makeovers to women in the back of Rolf’s Salon, Pat Petznick and her late sister Beverly Stewart built Fresh Start Women’s Foundation into a symbol of hope and transformation. To honor those beginnings and the enduring legacy of co-founder Pat Petznick, the Phoenix-based nonprofit dedicated to empowering women […]

Paradise Valley Couple Uses Pickleball to Raise Funds for MS Society AZ

Jim and Annie Kloss love pickleball. They were married on a pickleball court and moved to a new home because it had space to build two pickleball courts. But that lifestyle was interrupted by Annie’s multiple sclerosis diagnosis in 2018. Taking the cause to heart, Jim responded by establishing a tournament to raise funds to […]

Key to the Good Life: Host With the Most

With its roots entrenched in the art of hospitality, urbAna is more than a store – it’s four local destinations where entertaining meets elegance. “Our whole idea is that we are the first place you think of if you are hosting or being hosted,” said Ana Wells, who owns urbAna with her husband, Brian. We […]

United Sound Receives Grant to Foster Social Change Through Music

United Sound, a Mesa nonprofit that provides students with disabilities with meaningful music education and musical experiences, was recently awarded a $15,000 grant from Arizona Financial Credit Union. This is the largest grant to date awarded through its Local Causes Visa® debit card give-back program. This grant will fortify United Sound’s peer mentorship program and […]