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Ronan Thompson Foundation hosts third annual ‘Gold Party’

The Ronan Thompson Foundation and W Scottsdale invite guests to the third annual “Gold Party” on Saturday, September 27 to benefit The Ronan Thompson Foundation. The event starts at 8:00 p.m. and is for guests 21 years and older. To purchase tickets, please visit wscottsdaletickets.com.

To reflect the theme of the night, guests are encouraged to wear or accessorize with gold. Entertainment throughout the evening include live music performances by S.K.A.M. Artists Chris Garcia, French DJ and producer FlowFly, DJ and vocalist Ayla Simone and local DJ Soulman. In addition, live gold human disco balls will perform an acrobatic routine during the event on the W Scottsdale WET deck. Guests can have their photos taken at a specialty photo booth.

The event will also host a silent auction by Charity Benefits Unlimited, where guests will be able to bid on one-of-a-kind items including sports and celebrity autographed memorabilia from Country music artists, NFL stars and many more.

Last year’s “Gold Party” was attended by more than 250 guests and raised approximately $30,000 to support research for the treatment and cure of neuroblastoma. Money raised from the this year‚s event will help to fund novel scientific approaches to curing neuroblastoma.

The Ronan Thompson Foundation was formed in memory of Ronan Thompson who passed away from neuroblastoma, a form of childhood cancer. September is National Childhood Cancer Awareness Month, identified by a gold ribbon, which is the theme for this event. Over 12,000 children in the U.S. under the age of 21 are diagnosed with cancer every year. National Childhood Cancer Awareness Month‚s goal is to raise awareness on the types of cancer that largely affect children, survivorship issues and raise funds for research and family support. Proceeds from the event will benefit the foundation.

W Scottsdale is located at 7277 East Camelback Road, Scottsdale, Ariz.

For more information or to reserve VIP cabanas/tables, please call 602.405.0099 or email vip@triyar.com.


Celebrate Independence Day with Skam Artists at W Scottsdale

Five top DJs  – Chris Garcia, Nathan Scott, Samantha Ronson, Sid Vicious and Tony Arzadon – from the Skam Artist roster will provide live music to celebrate Independence Day with a bang at the W Hotel, July 4. Guests will be able to swim and dance throughout the day and into the night under the fireworks, which will light up the sky right at 9 p.m.

Hailing from Southern France, Chris Garcia started his music career early. By the time he made it to Las Vegas for the first time in 2004, he had already played multiple residencies across Europe, released an original EP and signed a sponsorship with DJ hardware manufacturer Gemini. Chris has held many residencies on the Strip and opened for a number of famous artists, including Steve Angello, Paul Oakenfold and Kaskade.

Introduced to house music at a young age, Nathan Scott spent seven years developing his DJ career. Nathan was awarded residencies not only on Sirius XM’s BPM dance station but also at the Crobar club in Chicago as well. He currently holds a residency at Ultra Pool Wet Republic at the MGM Grand Hotel. While in Vegas, Nathan Scott has opened for Sharam, Bad Boy Bill, Kaskade and Deadmau5.

Samantha Ronson spent a great deal of time in the studio with her stepfather, guitarist Mick Jones of Foreigner. Her brother Mark went on to become a Grammy-nominated producer and Samantha had aspirations of starting a band. When she started DJing regularly to fund her other musical projects, she soon discovered that she had talents beyond the realm of guitar-playing.

Refusing to pledge allegiance to only one or two genres, DJ Sid Vicious is the answer to the party-goer with an ear for all kinds of music. After starting his DJ career, the LA-native became a professional touring drummer. Sid presents a wide palette of music during his sets by playing electro, house, hip hop and rock indiscriminately. He has worked with high profile artists like Pink, LMFAO and the Black Eyed Peas and was voted San Diego’s top DJ in 2010.

Tony Arzadon began his venture into electronic music at the age of 16 and has not looked back since. His track “Rip It Up” reached the Beatport Top 10 chart last year and is the top selling track on Robbie Rivera’s Juicy Traxx label. Arzadon has held residencies at Wet Republic and XS in Vegas and at Playhouse in LA. He has partnered with Red Bull to bring flavors of electronic dance music to a number of extreme sporting events.

Tickets are $15 and can be purchased at www.wscottsdaletickets.com

For VIP table reservations, please call 602.405.0099 or contact vip@triyar.com.

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Pool Party Meets Nightlife With W Scottsdale's "Thursday Night Swim" Events

Mark your calendars, and prepare to swim, sip, socialize and play a little dress up, too — if you so choose. W Scottsdale is combining a pool party with a nightlife, nightclub atmosphere with the launch of its new “Thursday Night Swim” summer pool series starting this Thursday, June 28, at 7 p.m.

The Scottsdale 16 will be hosting the program that will be held at the WET rooftop pool. Music will be provided by Skam Artist DJ, Chris Garcia, and guests can sip on $5 Belvedere Lemon Tea cocktails as well.

A prize package will be awarded to one guest that will include a one-night stay at the W Scottsdale and two tickets to Morgan Page’s Fourth of July show. Morgan Page is a two-time Grammy nominee and a five-time International Dance Music Award nominee.

Thursday Night Swim will be held one Thursday evening each month from June through September.

Upcoming Thursday Night Swim events include:

● Thursday, July 19: Caribbean-paradise-themed evening will invite guests to be transported to a topical atmosphere as they sip on flavored drinks, enjoy Caribbean-style entertainment and more.
● Thursday, August 23: A ‘Midsummer Night’s Dream’ themed evening will invite guests to an enchanting fantasy land, as well as experience a fashion show by Beach Bunny Swimwear.
● Thursday, September 13: The Finale

For more information on Thursday Night Swim and the W Scottsdale visit starwoodhotels.com.

W Scottsdale
7277 E. Camelback Rd., Scottsdale
(480) 970-2100

GGI distributes food scraps to local pig farmers

Local Business Utilizes Extreme Recycling Techniques, Feeds Pigs

Did you know that the leftover foods you leave on your plate at some first class resorts here in Phoenix are saved to help feed pigs? No? Well, one company has taken “going green” to a new level, with not just recycling plastic bottles and cardboard, but going one step further to salvaging recyclable food scraps.

Global Green Integrators (GGI), a local business, is on the prowl to help reduce landfill space and reduce their carbon footprint; and they’ve come up with a unique way to do it.

The company uses “extreme recycling” techniques, with hopes of minimizing food scraps from convention centers, events, resorts and large employers.

Food scraps are sorted out and donated to Arizona pig farms, who then use it as animal feed. The scraps that cannot be used can then be composted, which in turn decreases the amount of waste that would ultimately be dumped into a landfill.

GGI can compost up to five tons a day. Once the food scraps are sorted to remove meat and protein, it’s then given to non-commercial pig farmers, who then feed it to Lisa Pérez, founder of GGI, Photo: Global Green Integratorstheir livestock.

The idea of using pigs as a way to reduce food waste came to Lisa Pérez, founder of GGI, in 2009, while working at the NBA All-Star event. She was asked what her company did with food scraps that were obtained at these events. This got Pérez thinking.

Pérez and her business partner, Chris Garcia, started brainstorming and came up with the idea that local pig farmers might possibly want their help. They did, and today, GGI assists four pig farmers in the valley with donating food scraps, according to Pérez.

GGI has previously contracted with big-name businesses and events, including the NBA All-Star events in downtown Phoenix, FireSky Resort and conventions at the Chase Field, providing ways to also recycle paper, plastic, cardboard, aluminum, glass and organic material.

“Our goal is to be everybody’s forethought for anyone that has a recycling idea,” Pérez says. “I want them to think of us.”

This local business simply charges clients a fee to remove the recyclable waste, takes everything that can be either recycled or composted, and then provides the recyclables to companies that can reuse the materials.

With a zero-landfill mantra, Pérez’s company has certainly come a long way from when they first started off shredding paper and recycling electronic media.

“We’re innovative,” says Pérez. “We come up with new ideas on how to recycle and reuse. Nobody has ever done what we are currently doing. We want to show you how you are saving the planet.”