Charity Spotlight: An Act of Faith

One couple’s infertility struggles transform into hundreds of homes for foster children OrganizationAgape Adoption Agency of Arizona LeadershipCo-Founders — Leslie and Douglas ReprogleCEO — Leslie ReprogleBoard chair — Dr. Janel White Taylor Origin“Agape was founded as an act of faith,” said Leslie Reprogle. When Leslie and her husband Douglas Reprogle were unable to conceive, Leslie […]

Bookmarked: Battinto L. Batts, Jr., PhD

Dean and Professor at the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication Recommends: “Reframing Organizations: Artistry, Choice and Leadership” by Lee G. Bolman and Terrence E. Deal His Take:“This book examines organizational leadership and dynamics through four frames: Structural, Human Resource, Political and Symbolic. My theory is that the process of organizational change faces […]

A 2nd Act: Painted Perspective

Melissa Rupoli-Katz didn’t know the title but was immediately drawn to a painting at the inaugural “Hues for Hope” fundraiser. It wasn’t her typical taste in art, being what she describes as Jackson Pollock-like splatters of vibrant colors, but she instantly felt a connection. The painting is the first piece of art guests see when […]

A 2nd Act: Singing On

There were many times in Herbert Washington’s childhood when things didn’t fall his way. He never met his father or older brother. His mother had schizophrenia. At 7, he was taken out of South Phoenix by child welfare services and sent to live with an aunt, uncle and cousins in Tempe. It was a roof […]

Carey’s Corner: Stepping Up for Older Adults

FSL is committed to helping seniors “My mother called me up and said they wouldn’t let me in to see Gammie. Can you do something about it?” Gov. Doug Ducey shared this story with me during the statewide Town Hall I co-moderated a few weeks ago. I asked the governor about how this pandemic is […]

A 2nd Act: Together We Can Make Something

Thoughtful, committed citizens changing the world “Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world; indeed, it’s the only thing that ever has.” When she said them decades ago, anthropologistMargaret Mead could never have guessed how many applications those simple words would go on to have. And they fit perfectly […]

September 2019: Bill and Cindy Abbott

September 2019 Honorees Bill and Cindy Abbott Co-Chairs of Cooks and Chords benefiting the National Multiple Sclerosis Society, Arizona chapter Why do you support the National Multiple Sclerosis Society? Cindy: I was diagnosed with MS in December 2012 and invited by a friend to attend Cooks and Chords. I thought it was a great […]

August 2019: Nan Howlett, Maja Langbein and Sandy Magruder

August 2019 Honorees Nan Howlett, Maja Langbein and Sandy Magruder Co-chairs of Centennial Applause! Gala benefiting Phoenix Theatre Company; Why do you support Phoenix Theatre Company? Sandy: There are only five other theaters in the United States that can claim 100 years of continuous operation — and no other in Arizona. The Phoenix Theatre […]