Society of Chairs 2021 Honors Billie Jo Herberger, Celebrates Stories of Perseverance in the Valley

Melani Walton & Billie Jo Herberger

The Event: Society of Chairs gala benefiting TGen via The Sauce Foundation

Award Sponsors: Cancer Treatment Centers of America, Tito’s Handmade Vodka, Rob & Melani Walton Foundation

COVID Creativity Award Sponsors: Arizona Community Foundation, BHHS Legacy Foundation, National Bank of Arizona, Virginia G. Piper Charitable Trust & The Phoenix Symphony

Event Partners: Cre8ive Rentals, Latest Craze Productions, Straight to the Plate Catering, Inspired Media 360, Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts, Auction and Event Solutions, Maximo Branding, Charity Charms, DJ PBody & The Phoenix Symphony

Event Date: April 28, 2021

Venue: Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts

Notable Moments: As you will see in the images below, there were eleven Community Champion Awards presented in addition to the seven sponsored award at the 2021 event, which celebrated incredible stories of leadership and volunteerism that occurred throughout the pandemic. Congratulations and thank you to all of our partners and vendors for your support of our efforts to come together safely and raise funds for the important work being done at TGen. – The Frontdoors Media Team

Photos Courtesy of Marion Rhoades Photography (award presentation) & Scott Foust Studios (arrivals)

Judd & Billie Jo Herberger
Presenter Molly Stockley of Cancer Treatment Centers of America & Nurse Sarah Cossette accepting the award honoring all Healthcare Heroes
Honoree Oscar De las salas, Presenter Courtney Bennett of Tito’s Handmade Vodka & Honoree Gary Jackson
Presenter Jerry Wissink of BHHS Legacy Foundation & Honoree Aimee Runyon of the Assistance League of Phoenix
Honoree Suzanne Wilson of The Phoenix Symphony & Presenter Pam Keefe of National Bank of Arizona
Honoree Dr. Joshua LaBaer of the ASU Biodesign Institute & Presenter Mary Jane Rynd of the Virginia G. Piper Charitable Trust
Presenters Molly DeFilippis & Oliver Harper with Honorees Molly Kjartanson, Debby Gaffney & Ben Reeves representing Snell & Wilmer
Joseph & Kate Specter of Arizona Opera, Community Champion Recipients
Sean Daniels & Geri Wright of Arizona Theatre Company, Community Champion Recipients
Carmen Heredia, Community Champion Recipient
Holly Rose of Check for a Lump!, Community Champion Recipient
Liz Agboola, Community Champion Recipient
Gena Bonsall & Penny Gunning, Community Champion Recipients
Andrea Tyler Evans of Frontdoors Magazine & Sandy Bruner, Community Champion Recipient
Event Host Gerd Wuestemann of Scottsdale Arts presents the Toast
Fernanda Santos Saucier representing The Sauce Foundation
Erin Massey representing TGen
Wally & Martha Henkle
Camaley Jennings, Julia Patrick & Linda Herold
Richard Sanderson & Lisa Pagel
Mike Fornelli, Courtney Bennett & Holly Cheesman
Alan & Char Augenstein
Deborah Bateman
Kristen Atwell & Craig Bohmler
Lisa Moore, Angela Zdrale & Afiniki Maita
Heather Locke & Teresa Strunk
Beth McRae & Jennifer Moser
Sandy & Jim Bruner
Gary Jackson, Sean Daniels, Rusty Foley, Oscar De las salas, Bob & Karol Cooper
Jeff & Leslie Rich
Paula Taylor & Troy Corbridge
Tom Flood & Lin Sue Cooney
Nick & Paige Ashmore
Nick Lowery & Debbie Gaby
Susan Dale & Barbara Simons Davis

The 2021 Awards Presentations may be viewed here:

Society of Chairs History – The Society of Chairs gala was started by Linda Herold in 2010 and then presented by National Bank of Arizona from 2014 to 2017. Since 2018, Frontdoors Magazine is honored to continue this tradition of inviting the Valley’s philanthropic community to join us for this special evening as well as the tradition of presenting awards to deserving individuals with event sponsors.

Giving Back – Event proceeds will benefit TGen via the official foundation of Frontdoors Media, The Sauce Foundation, in honor of our former editor and dear friend Mike Saucier who passed away from pancreatic cancer in 2017. Not only has TGen continued to make great progress in both the treatment and early detection of pancreatic cancer, their work on COVID-19 — from testing to tracking to advanced genomic studies — has also made them internationally recognized pandemic experts who regularly serve and advise international, national, and local agencies.

2022 Award sponsorships and other types of sponsorships are now available. For more information contact Andrea Tyler Evans at 602-448-5959 or

We would be privileged to work with you on behalf of all the good work being done in our community. Sponsorship packages include advertising across several Frontdoors platforms.

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