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Celebrity Fight Night raises $7.2 million

On Saturday, March 23, 2013 stars and athletes from around the country converged on the J.W. Marriott Desert Ridge Resort & Spa in Phoenix, Arizona for Muhammad Ali’s Celebrity Fight Night XIX. The evening opened with the singing of the National Anthem by the Phoenix Boys Choir in which a rare Bald Eagle was released into the room. GRAMMY Award winning leading lady of country music Reba McEntirereturned for her eighth year as emcee, kicking off the night by introducing a special performance by Steve Martin & The Steep Canyon Rangers. With Muhammad Ali on stage, international superstar Jennifer Lopez, actor and musician Steve Martin, and philanthropist and owner of the Washington Companies Dennis Washington, were honored with the 2013 Muhammad Ali Celebrity Fight Night Awards. The awards portion of the evening concluded with a special video tribute to Muhammad and Lonnie Ali from legendary musician Paul McCartney.

Following the awards guests were treated to a host of performances under the direction of the multiple GRAMMY® Award-winning songwriter and producer David Foster, who returned for his 14th consecutive year as the evening’s Musical Director. Performers included Billy Ray Cyrus who sang “Hillbilly Heart,” “Achy Breaky Heart,” and “Johnny B. Goode,” along with American Idol finalist Haley Reinhart who sang her rendition of “Bennie and The Jets.” Actress and musician Rita Wilson returned to the Celebrity Fight Night stage to perform “Personally,” followed by the winner of The X Factor, Tate Stevens, who sang “I Got This,” and “Power of a Love Song” for the crowd. Andrea Bocelli gave an unforgettable performance including songs “Ave Maria,” “Funiculì, Funiculà,” Elvis Presley’s “Love Me Tender,” “O sole mio,” “Con Te Partirò,” and a special duet of “Quizás Quizás Quizás” with Jennifer Lopez, marking the first time the duo have ever performed together. Jennifer Lopez closed out the evening with incredible performances of “Get Right,” “Love Don’t Cost a Thing,” “Club Tropicana,” “Let’s Get Loud” and “On the Floor.”

The black tie event also featured cocktails, a silent auction, an elegant dinner and an exciting live auction featuring one-of-a-kind luxury items. The live auction featured a dinner with Reba McEntire at her Beverly Hills, CA home, with special guests Tom Hanks, Rita Wilson and David Foster, which went for a total of $800,000 – two bidders paying $400,000 each. Tom Hanks also threw in two tickets to his upcoming Broadway show “Lucky Guy” plus a backstage meet and greet via phone to seal the bids. Also included in the auction was a week long trip to Tuscany plus a special VIP performance by Andrea Bocelli followed by a private dinner with the musician himself, which sold for $550,000. Celebrity Fight Night XIX raised a total of $7.2 million benefiting the Muhammad Ali Parkinson Center at Barrow Neurological Institute in Phoenix, as well as numerous other charities. Each year dozens of celebrity guests attend the event that has raised $87 million dollars in 19 years.

Additional celebrity guests included Billy Crystal, Yank Barry, Jerry Colangelo, Bo Derek, Keith Harkin, Evander Holyfield, Mannie Jackson, Michael Johns, Nancy Lieberman, Mario Lopez, Nick Lowery, Harvey Mackay, Joe Manganiello, Sam Moore, Frankie Muniz, Lute Olson, Chris Rich, Ralph Sampson, Kevin Sorbo, Verne Troyer, Kenny Williams and many more.

Cigars

Scottsdale Stogie Seduction: Cigar Tips For Men & Women

To many men, there is nothing sexier than a woman with a cigar.

And, while women certainly can attest to their powers of seduction — stogie or not — a growing number are puffing now and then for a completely different reason: taste!

“Much like a fine wine, cigars are something to be enjoyed and savored,” says Brad Berko of the Scottsdale Cigar Club, which is among the most beloved and most uniquely stocked retail cigar stores in Arizona, focusing on popular hand-rolled tobacco brands. The Club offers anyone who comes in a free membership that includes the use of the best and largest cigar lounge in town with eight large-screen televisions and more.

Berko has certainly noticed an uptick in female members in recent years — as well as a rise in female clients in general. Given this rise in popularity among women, Berko often finds himself teaching newbies the intricacies of the world of cigars.

As such, he sat down with us to provide some helpful cigar tips to both men and women.

How to cut

“There are two parts of a cigar: the head (closed part) and the foot (open part),” Berko says. “When cutting the cigar, you always want to make sure you cut the head a 16th of an inch.”

The more you cut the bigger draw or bowl of smoke into your mouth.

Types of cuts

“The standard cut is called a ‘Double guillotine,’ which slices the sides,” Berko says. “Then there is a ‘Bullet’ or ‘Punch Cut,’ where you press in and pull out the tobacco.”

The final cut is a “V Slice,” which cuts a slice into the cigar.

Lighting a cigar

“First you need to know how to light a cigar,” Berko says. “Start by lighting the foot of the cigar and turning it dark. This process is called toasting.”

Next, put it in your mouth, light the cigar and draw on it until you have an orange ember. This indicates that it’s lit. The proper way to smoke a cigar is to draw in a small amount of smoke and hold it in your mouth until you get the flavor. Then blow it out.

“Never inhale the smoke,” warns Berko.

Cigars are not cigarettes

Unlike a cigarette, cigars have no chemical ingredients.

“As such, if you leave the cigar in the ashtray, within three to five minutes it will put out itself,” Berko says. “Stamping out the cigar will create more of a mess.”

Savor now and later

Also unlike cigarettes, cigars can last weeks even after the initial lighting.

“The best way to store cigars is in a humidor, which keeps the cigar fresh,” Berko says. “You do not want to store your cigars in a refrigerator or cigar box. Unless you have a humidor, you will want to smoke the cigar within a week or so after purchasing the cigar.”

Plan a “tasting”

Just like with wine, it is important to keep in mind everyone has a different preferences and palettes when it comes to cigars.

Therefore, Berko always recommends cigar sampling — just as one would with a wine tasting.

A best bet for supreme sampling?

“Why not join celebrities and Valley leaders at the Bogies & Stogies Cigar Dinner at the Scottsdale Plaza Resort on February 7, where we will be sampling dozens of cigar ‘varietals’ while enjoying a lux dinner and auction to benefit the Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Scottsdale,” Berko suggests.

And the fun doesn’t stop there.

Rodney Strong Wines, Belvedere Vodka and Glenmorangie Whiskey have all signed onto the event as perfect pairings with the food and cigar menu.

“Lighter cigars mix perfectly with wines, while full-bodied cigars are known for their ability to pair perfectly with vodka and whiskey — brandyn too,” Berko says. “Especially the high-end, quality brands this event has been lucky enough to secure.”

Among the biggest fans of the pairing, local celebrities who’ve helped to make Bogies & Stogies into one of the best cigar events of the year with their support.

Tickets to the charity cigar event cost $150 and are available now at celebrityinvitational.org. For more information about the Scottsdale Cigar Club, please visit scottsdalecigarclub.com.

Bogies & Stogies 2012Bogies & Stogies Dinner

When: Thursday, February 7, 2013 from 6-10 p.m.
Where: Scottsdale Plaza Resort
7200 N. Scottsdale Rd., Scottsdale
Contact: (480) 344-5682
Tickets: Individual tickets for the dinner, $150; purchase tickets here
Online: celebrityinvitational.org

Breast of Scottsdale 2012

Sapporo Throws Scottsdale's Pinkest Party, Breast Of Scottsdale

Breast of Scottsdale 2012On Wednesday, September 12, Sapporo proudly opened its doors to breast cancer survivors, their family and friends with its first-ever Breast of Scottsdale, benefitting Arizona Institute for Breast Health (AIBH). Their event, which included half off all bottles of wine along with a pink theme, complimentary pink Belvedere signature drinks and pink treats all night long, helped the organization to obtain sponsors for its annual Pink Light District and served as a kick-off event for Sapporo’s planned breast cancer awareness menu this fall.

Breast of Scottsdale 2012“Over the summer, we came across AIBH,” said MaryAnna Ford of Sapporo. “This organization, which was founded by Dr. Coral Quiet, who is a trailblazer in breast cancer care and treatment nationwide, has a singular focus — to offer women who have been diagnosed with breast cancer a second opinion on all of their treatment options.”

Inspired by the critical service the organization provides, Sapporo put its head together with Belvedere Vodka and Clique Photo Station to dream up Breast of Scottsdale — Breast of Scottsdale 2012the pinkest party Scottsdale has ever seen.

Among the pink menu items debuted, each of which will be available all October long at Sapporo with a portion of proceeds being given to AIBH, were:

  • The Flirtini — Belvedere Vodka, Grand Marnier Cordon Rouge, cranberry juice, lime juice
  • The Pink Geisha – Belvedere Vodka, Grand Marnier Cordon Rouge, black raspberry liqueur, fresh strawberries, basil leaves, cranberry juice
  • Hollywood Cocktail – Belvedere Pink Grapefruit, fresh grapefruit juice, grenadine and egg white
  • Pink Panang Chicken Skewers
  • Pink-fin Ahi Tuna Poke
  • Sapporo Pink Rice Sushi Roll
  • Pink Velvet Cake Pops

Breast of Scottsdale 2012To get in, each guest was asked to sponsor a $25 pink light with AIBH.

“From now through October 31, Arizona and beyond has the opportunity to express its love, appreciation and gratitude for those impacted by breast cancer by sponsoring pink light bulbs, which will be placed on the Marshall Way Bridge in coming days,” said Christine Fenwick, a breast cancer survivor and executive director of AIBH.

Breast of Scottsdale 2012

These Pink Honor Lights will be illuminated the evening of October 4. The Marshall Way Bridge is located next to Olive & Ivy Restaurant, south of Camelback and west of Scottsdale Rd., across from the Nordstrom’s parking garage. These Pink Honor Lights will glow throughout October during Breast Cancer Awareness Month in recognition of all those touched by this disease.

 All proceeds generated from this unique fundraiser will benefit AIBH, and the funds will go directly to support women who are dealing with a breast cancer diagnosis.

Breast of Scottsdale 2012The event helped to sponsor about 250 lights, but thousands more are still available. Please visit ThePinkLightDistrict.org to sponsor lights today.

In addition, with the success of the half off bottles during the evening, Sapporo is pleased to announce it will continue to offer this deal on all of its wine all day, every day each Wednesday through the end of 2012. For full list of wines available, please visit sapporoscottsdale.com. And be sure to visit Sapporo in October to sample all of the pink items in honor of those you live touched by breast cancer.

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Sapporo presents the 2012 Breast of Scottsdale

Did you know that each year, more than 4,000 women in Arizona are diagnosed with breast cancer?

And, that each and every single one of them has a place to go for help for free?

It’s true –Arizona Institute for Breast Health (AIBH) is a non-profit organization headquartered in north Scottsdale focused solely on providing women who have been diagnosed with breast cancer a second opinion on treatment options completely free of charge.

“Since our inception in 1998, we’ve sought to provide education, resources and support to newly diagnosed patients with the help of our volunteer team of physicians and medical professionals whose specialties include breast radiology, breast surgery, medical oncology, radiation oncology, reconstructive surgery, and breast pathology,” said AIBH co-founder Dr. Coral Quiet, who was recently named a finalist for the 2012 ATHENA Award for her to education women on their breast cancer treatment options.

And the organization’s hard – and sometimes costly – work has not gone unnoticed.

This year, in fact, the Scottsdale Airpark community is rolling up its sleeves and stepping up to join AIBH in its mission to help the women of Arizona with a special event – The First-Ever Breast of Scottsdale, which will be the PINKEST party Scottsdale has ever seen!

Sapporo Scottsdale, in partnership with Belvedere Vodka, is pleased to present this special event on Wednesday, September 12, 2012 from 6 p.m. to close. During this event, the community is invited to sip and sample sumptuous pink-themed food and drink menu items while enjoying great music, interactive photography by Clique Photo Station and other surprises. Pink attire is requested, and prizes will be awarded to the most creative, zany and fabulous pink costumes and casual wear alike. A portion of the proceeds from these items, which will be officially available throughout October at Sapporo Scottsdale, will benefit Arizona Institute for Breast Health and its critical mission. All proceeds from this September event will benefit the organization’s Pink Light District. Guests are also able to take advantage of the regularly priced wines, beers and cocktails as well as traditional menu items throughout the evening. The cost to attend is a simple $25 online donation that will be used to sponsor an AIBH “Pink Light,” which will honor a loved one of the guest’s choosing impacted by breast cancer. These lights will illuminate the Marshall Way Bridge in Scottsdale starting October 4 and throughout Breast Cancer Awareness Month in honor of all those we love impacted by the disease. To register, please visit aibh.org.

And, for those who want to get involved but are unable to make the party, starting today, members of the Scottsdale Airpark community and beyond are invited to sponsor a pink light in honor or in memory of a loved one touched by cancer as part of the annual Pink Light District to benefit AIBH by visiting www.PinkLightDistrict.org.

Pink Honor Lights may be given to anyone touched by breast cancer in any way, which is all of us:
· In honor of a brave survivor
· In memory of a loved one
· To recognize that special person in your doctor’s office

In addition to the light, each honoree who is gifted a light will receive a Pink Light Tribute Card, and their name will be placed in the 2012 Pink Light Honor Album on the AIBH website. There is no limit to the number of lights one can buy to recognize and honor those in their lives. Sponsorships of multiple lights and other donation opportunities are also available.

“This year, we are extremely honored to have Dr. William Leighton as our 2012 Pink Light District Premier Sponsor,” said AIBH executive director Christine Fenwick, a 17-year breast cancer survivor.

In addition to Dr. Leighton, other valuable corporate sponsors include Yeager North, Iron Medical Systems, Olive & Ivy, Anasazi Internal Medicine, HMA Public Relations, Sapporo Scottsdale, Leighton & Abdo Attorneys at Law, Fiesta Furnishings and Arizona Breast Cancer Specialists, which is led by AIBH co-founder Dr. Quiet. She also serves as the organizations volunteer medical director.

Sapporo Scottsdale Presents the 2012 Breast of Scottsdale, Benefitting Arizona Institute for Breast Health
 
What:  It is the PINKEST party Scottsdale has ever seen! Sapporo Scottsdale, in partnership with Belvedere Vodka, is to pleased present the first-ever Breast of Scottsdale, benefitting the Arizona Institute for Breast Health. During this special event, the community is invited to sip and sample sumptuous pink-themed food and drink menu items while enjoying great music, interactive photography and other surprises. A portion of the proceeds from these items, which will be officially available throughout October at Sapporo Scottsdale, will benefit Arizona Institute for Breast Health and its critical mission to offer Arizona women diagnosed with breast cancer a second opinion on their treatment options, completely free of charge. All proceeds from this event will benefit the organization’s Pink Light District. All guests are also able to take advantage of the regularly priced wines, beers and cocktails as well as traditional menu items during the event.
When: Wednesday, September 12, 2012, 6 p.m. to Close
Where: Sapporo Scottsdale, 14344 N. Scottsdale Road, Scottsdale, AZ 85254
Attire: Think Pink, of course! Prizes for most fabulous pink ladies and gentlemen will be presented during the fun.
Cost: $25 donation that will be used to sponsor a “Pink Light,” which will honor a loved one of the guest’s choosing impacted by breast cancer. These lights will illuminate the Marshall Way Bridge in Scottsdale starting October 4 and throughout Breast Cancer Awareness Month in honor of all those we love impacted by the disease.
Registration: Tickets are limited and available now at www.aibh.org