2018 Society of Chairs Gala Celebrated those who Give Back


Frontdoors Media presented the Society of Chairs Gala on Wednesday, May 16 at the Westin Kierland Resort & Spa. Deborah Bateman served as the event chairwoman and Linda Herold served as the honorary chair.

The event, which returned after a hiatus and was re-imagined by Frontdoors Media, honored those who had chaired charitable events throughout the previous event season.

Title sponsors National Bank of Arizona and the Westin Kierland Resort & Spa and award sponsors Eide Bailly and SRP honored the work of Act One, Sarah Suggs of O’Connor Institute, Rob Leslie (in memoriam) and Linda Herold for founding Society of Chairs in 2010. Table sponsors included Fiesta Bowl Charities, the Phoenix Suns, Scutari & Cieslak Public Relations and Tito’s Handmade Vodka. The event also highlighted several local businesses. A copy of the event program can be viewed here.

The evening also served as the official launch of the Sauce Foundation which was created in the memory of Frontdoors’ late editor Mike Saucier. The foundation will fund pancreatic cancer research as well as scholarships in Mike’s honor for students at the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication at Arizona State University.

  • Frontdoors Publisher Andrea Evans, Honorary Chair Linda Herold, Event Chair Deborah Bateman and Director of Public Relations for the Westin Kierland Resort Jessica Abercrombie
  • Tara Murnin, Ruby Farias, Event Chairman Deborah Bateman, Tyler Butler, Pat Gillum and Cie Scott
  • Paige Knuth with Courtney Bennett of Tito’s Handmade Vodka
  • Oscar de Las Salas, Honorary Chair Linda Herold, Dr. Martin Bell, Carol Poore, Deborah Carstens, Camerone Parker McCullough and Gary Jackson
  • Robin & Jerry Bien-Willner
  • Fernanda Santos Saucier addresses the audience in memory of Mike Saucier
  • Jeff & Leslie Rich
  • Anna Chung & Angela Zdrale of Saks Fifth Avenue
  • Sharon Jarnagan, Ellen Verson, Terri Perillo and Lisa Platt representing Arizona Broadway Theater
  • Tracey & Larry Lytle
  • Deborah Bateman, Jared Leslie, Brent Blunt of Eide Bailly, Stephanie Huberty, Andrea Evans and Trent Leslie who accepted the Heart of the Community Award on behalf of his late father, Rob Leslie
  • Dana Jirauch, Terry Roman, Peter Hays, Nanci Bruner, Missy Turner, Sarah Suggs, Kathy Petsas, Natalie Vandeventer and Deborah Berkley
  • Carey Pena, Event Emcee
  • Dr. Susan Van Dyke, Charles Freedman, Colleen Steinberg, Karyn Fortin and Paula Boca-Bommarito representing JDRF
  • Jordan & Jose Moreno with Marcus Seiler and Steve & Beth Leach
  • Deborah Bateman, Arizona Heritage Award recipient Sarah Suggs, Peter Hays of SRP and Andrea Evans
  • Deborah Bateman, Geri Wright accepting the Arts & Culture Award for Act One and Mary Holman of National Bank of Arizona
  • Adrienne Schiffner
  • Christine & Brian Boubek
  • Rebecca Light & Josh Wertlieb
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