Bookmarked: Laura Huser

President of the Literary Society of the Southwest RECOMMENDS: “The Vanishing Half” by Brit Bennett Her Take “The Literary Society has introduced me to many excellent books, each offering diverse tastes and subject matters. You may have read about The New York Times bestseller ‘The Vanishing Half,’ but if you haven’t yet cracked the cover, you don’t […]

Cheers to the Chairs! October 2021

A Night in the Valley Valleywise Health Foundation CHAIRS: Nita & Phil Francis, Nancy & John Hoopes EVENT DATE: October 16, 2021 DETAILS: valleywisehealthfoundation.org/in-the-valley Saddle Up II Western Spirit: Scottsdale’s Museum of the West CHAIR: Stephanie Johnston EVENT DATE: October 16, 2021 DETAILS: scottsdalemuseumwest.org Toast! Homeward Bound CHAIR: Julie Friedly EVENT DATE: October 17, 2021 […]

10 Questions With…Patty & Keith Withycombe

Arizona Humane Society Capital Campaign Cabinet Co-Chairs What brought you to Arizona? PATTY:We moved to Arizona in 1972 from Ohio, where Keith was stationed as an Air Force officer. We were married in Arizona and loved the state and Phoenix — so much opportunity for a young couple!   How did you get involved with […]

Key to the Good Life: Style, Stack and Stun

Why wear one ring when you can build your own custom stacked creation? Featuring jewelry from: Schmitt Jewelers, Phoenixschmittjewelers.com Robert C. Wesley Jewelers, Scottsdalerobertwesleyjewelers.com Neiman Marcus,Scottsdale Fashion Squareneimanmarcus.com Blue Nile,Scottsdale Fashion Squarebluenile.com Kendra Scott, Scottsdale and Chandler locationskendrascott.com

Cheers to the Chairs: August-September 2021

A preview of the Valley’s premier philanthropic events and who’s leading these important efforts VYTal Affair-athonBenefiting Valley Youth TheatreCHAIR: Risa KostisEVENT DATE: August 21, 2021DETAILS: vytlive.com Evening on the DiamondArizona Diamondbacks FoundationHONORING: Mike KennedyEVENT DATE: September 2, 2021DETAILS: mlb.com/dbacks/community/foundation Wine, Women & ShoesBenefiting Fresh Start Women’s FoundationCHAIRS: Rayme Lofgren & Carina LukasEVENT DATE: September 18, […]

Charity Spotlight: SOUNDS Academy

ORGANIZATION SOUNDS Academy LEADERSHIP Founder & CEO | Kirk JohnsonBoard Chair | Ian Fischer ANNUAL BUDGET $440,000 ORIGIN: SOUNDS Academy began in September 2014 with 10 students and one teacher at Buchanan Music in Mesa. The students worked hard and used the community as their stage, performing at Phoenix Children’s Hospital, the Orpheum Theatre and […]

Office Doors: A Day With Julio-César Sauceda

8 A.M. >> A HUMAN PRODUCTION I have two dogs, Bubulubu and Si-Si, so I take care of them in the morning. Following that, the theater staff has a quick, 20-minute meeting designed as a check-in. During COVID, it was difficult to maintain our focus on transparency and inclusivity among our multigenerational staff and stay […]

Next Doors: Creating Art and Improving Lives

Creative aging programs help older adults engage and connect Youth is wasted on the young. It’s a quip with a variety of origin stories. Some have attributed it to George Bernard Shaw, some to Oscar Wilde. The gist of the saying, of course, is the notion that the best and most productive years of one’s […]