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Cocktails & Clothes Restocks AWEE Boutique

Looking for a chance to give your “less than loved” clothes a new lease on life? Cocktails & Clothes is the chance to donate new or gently used clothing to the Arizona Women’s Education & Employment (AWEE) free Clothing Boutique for participants to have for job interviews or first week on the job.

Clothes can be dropped off at the annual event tomorrow, March 4, from 4:30 to 7:30 p.m. at the 19th Hole at the Adobe Golf Club at the Arizona Biltmore Resort, 2400 E. Missouri Ave. The event includes a raffle featuring custom-designed gift baskets each valued at $300 or more, a live auction, cocktails and hors d‚oeuvres.

Tickets are $65 each and can be purchased at the door or by contacting Susan Lagasse at susanlagasse@awee.org or by calling (602) 223-4333).

Each year, Cocktails & Clothes provides hundreds of new and gently used professional dresses, suits, slacks, blouses, shoes, briefcases and purses, and slacks, shirts, ties, shoes and sports jackets for women, men and young adults entering or re-entering the workforce.

Sperry Van Ness is the Diamond Sponsor. Sapphire Sponsors are Alliance Bank of Arizona and Avnet. Topaz Sponsor is AmTrust Bank. Emerald Sponsors are DMB and Dunlap & Magee.

The event is organized by the Friends of AWEE. Committee members are Phyllis Dumond, Judi Butterworth, Jami Savage, Kathy Jorgenson, Heather Moos, Nicole Ridberg, Carol Vernon, Sharon Contorno, Judy Jones, Arica Bec, Alison Harris, Roseann Marchett, Joe Hogan, Wendy Carlos, Victoria Benavidez and Shannon Ellermann.

For more information, visit www.awee.org.

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Steptoe hosts Construction Industry Tax Seminar

Contractors, developers, construction managers, and homebuilders are invited to attend Steptoe & Johnson’s 10th Annual Construction Industry Tax Seminar co-sponsored by the AzBusiness Magazine. Steptoe’s tax lawyers will bring participants an annual update on the latest developments in Arizona’s sales and property taxation.

The seminar will take place September 27, 2013 and the Arizona Biltmore Resort.
The program will focus on new legislation, which if passed and signed by the Governor, will turn the sales taxation of contracting upside down–from taxing the prime contractor to taxing the sale of building materials, except for road and bridge construction where the prime contractor will still be taxed (H.B. 2111). In addition, seminar leaders will bring you up to date on legislation (already signed by the Governor) that does away with the “permanent attachment” test under the exemption for installing exempt machinery and equipment (H.B. 2535).

Speakers include Pat Derdenger, Dawn Gabel, Frank Crociata and Ben Gardner, all members of Steptoe’s Tax Group in Phoenix. Steptoe’s tax lawyers bring to clients decades of consulting, transactional, and advocacy experience in all substantive areas of federal and state taxation.

The luncheon speaker will be Hon. John Shadegg, partner in Steptoe’s Phoenix office and former US Congressman. He will give his perspective on the Affordable Care Act and how it will impact Arizona businesses.

For more information, call 602-257-7708. Register online at www.steptoe.com.

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Steptoe hosts Construction Industry Tax Seminar

Contractors, developers, construction managers, and homebuilders are invited to attend Steptoe & Johnson’s 10th Annual Construction Industry Tax Seminar co-sponsored by the AzBusiness Magazine. Steptoe’s tax lawyers will bring participants an annual update on the latest developments in Arizona’s sales and property taxation.

The seminar will take place June 13, 2013 and the Arizona Biltmore Resort.

The program will focus on new legislation, which if passed and signed by the Governor in the coming weeks, will turn the sales taxation of contracting upside down–from taxing the prime contractor to taxing the sale of building materials, except for road and bridge construction where the prime contractor will still be taxed (H.B. 2111). In addition, seminar leaders will bring you up to date on legislation (already signed by the Governor) that does away with the “permanent attachment” test under the exemption for installing exempt machinery and equipment (H.B. 2535).

Speakers include Pat Derdenger, Dawn Gabel, Frank Crociata and Ben Gardner, all members of Steptoe’s Tax Group in Phoenix. Steptoe’s tax lawyers bring to clients decades of consulting, transactional, and advocacy experience in all substantive areas of federal and state taxation.

The luncheon speaker will be Hon. John Shadegg, partner in Steptoe’s Phoenix office and former US Congressman. He will give his perspective on the Affordable Care Act and how it will impact Arizona businesses.

For more information, call 602-257-7708. Register online at www.steptoe.com.

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Foundation donates $500,000 for TGen research

The Seena Magowitz Foundation has donated $500,000 from two charity golf tournaments dedicated to supporting pancreatic cancer research at the Translational Genomics Research Institute (TGen).

Past donations from the Seena Magowitz Foundation have helped fund significant scientific research that is making a difference in the lives of pancreatic cancer patients and their families.

In January, TGen Physician-In-Chief Dr. Daniel Von Hoff presented study results at a San Francisco cancer symposium, showing that the drug Abraxane (nab-paclitaxel) when combined with gemcitabine, significantly extended the survival of pancreatic cancer patients. The Seena Magowitz Foundation helped fund the clinical trials that led to this advance.

“A decade of advocacy and fundraising is really paying off with concrete results that are actually helping pancreatic patients survive longer,” said Roger Magowitz, President and Co-Founder of the Seena Magowitz Foundation. “Our supporters deserve to take a bow, because the research behind these advances might not be possible without their help.”

Pancreatic cancer is the fourth-leading cause of cancer death in the U.S. and annually takes the lives of more than 38,000 Americans. A staggering 75 percent of those diagnosed die within the first year, and only 6 percent survive more than five years.

The most recent $500,000 donation to TGen from the Seena Magowitz Foundation represented funds raised during the 10th annual Seena Magowitz Golf Classic on Dec. 8 at the Arizona Biltmore Resort, and also from the 3rd annual Atlanta Golf Classic, organized Oct. 1 by pancreatic cancer survivor Howard Young, President of General Wholesale Beer Company. Young is a TGen Foundation Board Member and Chairman of TGen’s National Advisory Council for Pancreatic Cancer Research.

“TGen could not have made the progress we have against this disease without the unflagging dedication of special people like Roger Magowitz and Howard Young, and the hundreds of supporters they have inspired over the past decade,” said TGen Foundation President Michael Bassoff.

Magowitz informed the TGen Foundation of the $500,000 donation during the March 28 Evening on the Diamond, an annual fundraising event hosted by the Arizona Diamondbacks at Chase Field.

“We are experiencing a remarkable confluence of forces between the Seena Magowitz Foundation, Major League Baseball and TGen in the fight against this most aggressive and deadly of cancers,” Magowitz said. “It is this kind of concerted effort, backed by prominent individuals and organizations, that eventually will lead to a cure for pancreatic cancer.”

Evening on the Diamond included the presentation of the Arizona Diamondbacks Foundation Community Leadership Award, now named in memory of Lee Hanley, the late TGen Foundation Board Member who passed away in 2012 from pancreatic cancer. The newly named Lee T. Hanley Community Leadership Award was presented to former Arizona Sen. Jon Kyl for his 26 years of service in the U.S. Congress. Past winners include TGen Board Chairman Bill Post, TGen Foundation Board Member Karl Eller, and TGen President and Research Director Dr. Jeffrey Trent.

Singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Alyssa Bonagura, who performed Dec. 8 during the 10th annual Seena Magowitz Golf Classic, also performed during Evening on the Diamond.

In March, Brian Cashman, Senior Vice President and General Manager of the New York Yankees, at the invitation of D-backs President and CEO Derrick Hall, joined TGen’s National Advisory Council for Pancreatic Cancer Research. Both MLB officials’ fathers died from the disease, and Hall was master of ceremonies at the Seena Magowitz Golf Classic.

Major sponsors of the golf tournament include: Leggett & Platt, Mattress Firm, Sealy, Mattress Discounters, Sleep Inc., Serta, Comfort Revolution, Ellman Family Vineyards, General Wholesale Beer Company, Morley Company, Simmons, Raymond James, Customatic, and the Arizona Diamondbacks.

Roger Magowitz founded the Seena Magowitz Foundation in honor of his mother, Seena, who died of pancreatic cancer in 2001.

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Golf tournament benefits TGen pancreatic cancer research

Nearly 450 participants, including 288 golfers, are expected Dec. 7-8 at the 10th anniversary Seena Magowitz Golf Classic, benefiting pancreatic cancer research at the Translational Genomics Research Institute (TGen).

The weekend charity tournament at the world-famous Arizona Biltmore Resort and Spa is sponsored by the Seena Magowitz Foundation, which helps fund TGen’s global effort to eradicate pancreatic cancer, the nation’s fourth leading cause of cancer death.

The Golf Classic, which this year is expected to raise more than $500,000, also will feature celebrity emcees and two leading scientists in the field of cancer research.

“If we continue working together in a hard-fought campaign to curb this brutal disease, I’m confident that our efforts will make a life-changing difference,” said Leggett & Platt COO Karl Glassman, this year’s tournament Honorary Chairman, who lost his mother to breast cancer and a good friend to pancreatic cancer.

Following the golf tournament on Dec. 8, Derrick Hall, President and CEO of the Arizona Diamondbacks, will co-emcee an awards luncheon with journalist and television personality Tara Hitchcock.

The luncheon’s featured speakers are: Keynote Speaker Dr. Daniel Von Hoff, TGen’s Physician-In-Chief and one of the world’s leading authorities on pancreatic cancer; and Dr. Victor Velculescu, a Professor of Oncology at Johns Hopkins Medical Institutions.

The weekend event kicks off from 6-11 p.m. Dec. 7 with a special Monte Carlo casino welcome, including live jazz from renowned trumpeter Jessie McGuire.

The golf tournament begins at 7 a.m. Dec. 8 with breakfast and registration, followed at 8:25 a.m. by McGuire’s special rendition of the National Anthem, which will begin the tournament’s shotgun start.

The luncheon — with special guests, a live auction and raffle — starts at 1 p.m.

The event caps off with an 8 p.m. Anniversary Music Concert, staring: pop artist Alyssa Bonagura, who just released a new album, Love Hard; Ira Dean, former member of the band Trick Pony; and Brooke Burrows.

“A decade ago, I don’t think any of us could have foreseen the tremendous progress that has been made by TGen to help conquer this disease,” said Roger Magowitz, President of the Magowitz Foundation, which he founded in honor of his mother, Seena, who died of pancreatic cancer in 2001. “The advent of TGen’s whole genome sequencing and the ability to search out each patient’s genetic vulnerability is a phenomenal biomedical advance.”

TGen’s use of whole genome sequencing in analyzing three pancreatic cancer patients was recently documented in a scientific study, funded in part by the Magowitz Foundation, and published in October by the Public Library of Science.

In addition, the Magowitz Foundation helped support a study that concluded in November that a new cancer drug combination demonstrated significant improvement in overall survival of late-stage pancreatic cancer patients, according to a clinical trial led by Scottsdale Healthcare’s Virginia G. Cancer Center Clinical Trials, a partnership with TGen.

“TGen’s groundbreaking pancreatic cancer research receives a tremendous boost from the Seena Magowitz Foundation’s annual December events,” said Michael Bassoff, President of the non-profit TGen Foundation. “Industry leaders like Leggett & Platt and Mattress Firm are making a difference in the lives of pancreatic cancer patients today.”

Pancreatic cancer annually takes the lives of more than 37,000 Americans. A staggering 74 percent of those diagnosed die within the first year, and only 6 percent survive more than five years.

Major tournament sponsors include: Leggett & Platt, Mattress Firm, Sealy, Mattress Discounters, Sleep Inc., Serta, Comfort Revolution, Ellman Family Vineyards, General Wholesale Beer Company, Morley Company, Simmons, Raymond James, Customatic, and the Arizona Diamondbacks.

A golf foursome, including the welcome and luncheon, is $1,750. Individual golfers are $450. For those who don’t play golf, and still want to participate, the welcome is $100 per person, while the luncheon is $150 per person.

Corporate sponsorships are available, ranging from $500 to $100,000. Sponsors may contact: Roger Magowitz at 602-524-7636 or roger@seenamagowitzfoundation.org; Liz McBeth, Tournament Director, at 757-773-7622 or liz@seenamagowitzfoundation.org; or Alison Bassoff, Vice President of Development, 602-361-7006 or Allison@seenamagowitzfoundation.org.

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Biltmore Helps Make Wish Come True

There was a time when Shelby might not have lived to see her 16th birthday, but after receiving a life-saving heart transplant Shelby is celebrating this milestone with a Sweet 16 party thanks to Make-A-Wish Arizona and the Arizona Biltmore Resort!

Shelby was only two months old when she was diagnosed with a congenital heart condition. After two open heart surgeries doctors determined that a heart transplant was Shelby’s only hope for survival. Now on the road to recovery, Shelby’s wish for a Sweet 16 party will be granted on Friday night at the Arizona Biltmore Resort.

“The Biltmore has been a longtime supporter of Make-A-Wish Arizona, said Elizabeth Reich,” President and CEO of Make-A-Wish Arizona. “When they decided to help us grant this wish and arrange to have everything donated for the party we were thrilled. Having support from the community is essential for granting wishes. We are extremely grateful.”

A special thanks goes out to all the valley business who donated everything from food to décor and entertainment for Shelby’s wish.

  • Event Team
  • Pacific Events
  • Casino World
  • Let Them Eat Cake
  • Transtyle
  • Gourmet Foods
  • European Foods
  • Sysco Foods
  • Shamrock Foods
  • Jonathan Robbins Bakery
  • Up Church Candy Company
  • Shamrock Dairy Farms
  • Koerner Company
  • K and M Meats
  • Make-A-Wish Arizona
  • Arizona Biltmore Resort

For more information on Make-A-Wish Arizona and the Arizona Biltmore Resort, visit their websites at arizona.wish.org and arizonabiltmore.com.

What To Wear To The Kentucky Derby

What To Wear — And Where To Go — For The Kentucky Derby

The Kentucky Derby, also known as America’s Race, has been around for 137 years. This annual springtime sports party brings thrilling horse races to millions of Derby fans.

However, this May 5th, the horses won’t be the only ones captivating attendees and catching eyes at the Kentucky Derby. You can turn heads, too, by following a few Kentucky Derby outfit guidelines. Yes, this include ladies who will be watching at various viewing parties throughout Scottsdale, including Bourbon Steak at the Fairmont Scottsdale Princess and the Saguaro’s Derby Dandy Party (details are down below).

Showstopping hats

As you might have already guessed, a large part of this event is the fashion, especially the ostentatious hats. The bigger, the better as there are no rules when it comes to what you can put on these fun and, at times, zany hats.

Fruits, flowers, birds, feathers, gems — you name it! With such a creative accessory atop your head, you’ll need an understated yet still bright and cheery outfit.

Channel your inner Southern Belle or locate the perfect touring hat with the selection of hats at ladydianehats.com or Mumbo Jumbo Boutique.

For those with long hair, I suggest putting it in a side ponytail or braid while wearing one of these creations to both frame your face, and let the hat do the talking.

Dressing to impress

What To Wear To The Kentucky Derby
Two-piece suits in pastel shades of pale yellow, pink, light blue and cream are perfectly acceptable and will give you a preppy-chic look. If you’re willing to be bold, dresses with floral prints à la Lilly Pulitzer are a great choice too.

Balancing act

Whatever your choice, be sure to maintain balance between your hat and the rest of your outfit. If your hat is the creative kind, try keeping your outfit simple. If you opt for a classy, understated hat, then you can choose an outfit that’s a little more out there.

Men, this includes you, too

What To Wear To The Kentucky Derby

Men, of course, are not to be left behind. The typical Derby outfit for men consists of seersucker suits, a light-colored collared shirt made from breathable material, loud and flashy ties or bows. A sports jacket in a neutral color such as navy blue, brown, tan, grey, cream or white and a pair of mismatched trousers, also in a neutral color, can take the place of a suit.

As for hats, men can join in on the fun with derby hats made of straw adorned with a colorful ribbon. Fedoras are also common.

The Kentucky Derby has always been famous for its distinct fashion. Bright, fun colors, larger than life hats and intricate fascinators are all part of the Kentucky Derby experience. Overall, think semi-formal-Southern when getting ready for the Kentucky Derby, and let the race begin!

Where to Go:

Kentucky Derby Brunch at Bourbon Steak

“The most exciting two minutes in sports” will be celebrated at Bourbon Steak, located at the Fairmont Scottsdale Princess. Brunch and frosty mint juleps will be served from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday, May 5th. This fun-filled event will allow fans to view the races on plasma screens at 2 p.m. PST.

7575 E. Princess Dr.
Scottsdale, AZ 85255
Bourbon Steak’s Kentucky Derby Brunch is $69 per person.
RSVP at (480) 513-6002
scottsdaleprincess.com


Derby Dandy Party at the Saguaro

The Derby-ists can enjoy a Derby Dandy Party on May 5th from “noon ’til whenever” with prizes for the best dressed, table-top horse racing, a “betting” booth and $5 Juleps.

4000 N. Drinkwater Blvd.
Scottsdale, AZ 85251
(480) 308-1100
thesaguaro.com

Where to Shop:

Vera Bradley
2502 E. Camelback Rd.
Phoenix, AZ 85016
(602) 956-2500
verabradley.com

Pink Saguaro
Arizona Biltmore Resort
2400 E. Missouri St.
Phoenix, AZ 85016
(800) 950-0086

Mumbo Jumbo Antiques, Boutique & Haberdashery
34505 N. Scottsdale Rd., #E4
Scottsdale, AZ 85266
(480) 575-5858
mumbojumboboutique.com

Brooks Brothers
Biltmore Fashion Park
2502 E. Camelback Rd.
Phoenix, AZ 85016
(602) 957-2061
brooksbrothers.com