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Topgolf opens first Arizona location

Golf entertainment leader Topgolf International, Inc. will open its first location in Arizona tomorrow, following its VIP grand opening party this evening. The new 65,000-square-foot facility will be the company’s 13th location worldwide, first in the southwestern United States, and the first to be built on Native American lands.

The private VIP grand opening party will feature music and entertainment, prize giveaways, complimentary food, drinks and, of course, Topgolf® play. Special appearances will be made by Arizona Cardinals’ wide receiver Larry Fitzgerald and Kenny Sargent and Crash Gladys from Fox Sports 910 AM Phoenix. Topgolf partner Uber is offering partygoers 30 percent discounts on rides to and from the party as well as gift cards. The first 230 Phoenix-area residents to sign up for a Platinum or Gold membership at the new location received invitations to the party, in addition to community leaders and social media contest winners.

Topgolf is a one-of-a-kind golf entertainment experience with seven competitive games and advanced technology to track the accuracy and distance of players’ shots. Constructed by ARCO/Murray, the three-level Topgolf at Riverwalk facility includes: 102 climate-controlled hitting bays; a full-service restaurant and three bars; more than 230 high-definition flat-screen TVs; a rooftop terrace with fire pits; and 3,000 square feet of private event space. The Topgolf app, available for free download on iTunes and Google Play, allows users to change the channel on the TV in each hitting bay.

“We can’t wait to open our doors tomorrow,” said Topgolf at Riverwalk Director of Operations Hana Khouri. “It’s going to be an amazing summer at Topgolf. Golfing in Arizona during the summertime can be uncomfortably hot, but Topgolf offers a great alternative for golf fans since our hitting bays are shaded and cooled with fans and misters. We will be hosting golf tournaments, daytime clinics for kids, Monday evening leagues, themed costume parties, and live music every Thursday, Friday and Saturday night on our rooftop terrace. And even if you don’t play golf, there will be no shortage of things to do here.”

Topgolf at Riverwalk hired approximately 450 local residents to staff the site. Company officials estimate that the location will serve 450,000 visitors in Scottsdale in its first year of operation, with a 10-year economic output exceeding $264 million.

“We are proud to welcome Topgolf to the Salt River Pima-Maricopa Indian Community (SRPMIC) and its Cultural and Entertainment Destination area, Talking Stick,” said Blessing McAnlis-Vasquez, Talking Stick Destination project manager. “Talking Stick offers a wide variety of amenities, from shopping and gaming to spring training baseball and hotel accommodations. We look forward to the additional fun and excitement that Topgolf will bring to our guest experience. When guests visit Topgolf, not only will they have a good time perfecting their golf swing, but they will also enjoy the spectacular views of the SRPMIC and the valley of the sun. It will be an experience unlike any other in the valley, and we are happy to welcome them.”

Topgolf at Riverwalk is located at 9500 E. Indian Bend Road in Scottsdale. For more information, visit www.topgolf.com.

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Cardinals’ Fitzgerald Hosts Charity Dinner at Morton's

Morton’s The Steakhouse and Arizona Cardinals Wide Receiver Larry Fitzgerald have teamed up to host the 5th Annual Charity Dinner, Fitz’s Supper Club, ‘Celebrities at YOUR Service,’ on Monday, August 26. Fitzgerald, Arizona Cardinal teammates and celebrity friends take the stage in the ‘Speakeasy’ where they pass plates instead of a ball, donning aprons instead of jerseys. The once-a-year-celebration includes a ‘Big Easy’ cocktail reception, silent and live auctions, entertainment, and an exceptional four-course meal paired with fine wines.

For the 5th annual celebration, Fitzgerald and Morton’s have decided to jazz it up with a 1920s speakeasy vibe. In addition to great food, wine and company, the evening will feature an exciting live auction led by ABC15 sportscaster Paul Calvisi and Arizona Sports 620 radio host and former Arizona Cardinals special teams all-pro Ron Wolfley. The event begins at 7 PM with a silent auction followed by dinner and live entertainment. Fitz’s Supper Club is the ultimate event to see and be seen, drawing a host of celebrities that are ‘at YOUR service’.

All event proceeds will benefit The Larry Fitzgerald First Down Fund, which supports youth organizations throughout the country through resources and funding. Last year’s event raised over $200,000 for the foundation! The first ever Morton’s Celebrity Servers Dinner with Fitzgerald was held in 2009 and was such a huge success that it led to the execution of an entire dinner series. Special thanks to the event’s presenting sponsor, The Starkey Hearing Foundation, www.starkeyhearingfoundation.org.

Tickets for the evening are $600 per guest which includes valet, tax and gratuity. Seating is limited. For more information or to make a reservation, please call 480-951-4440. Morton’s The Steakhouse is located at 15233 N. Kierland Boulevard, Scottsdale, AZ 85254.

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Cardinals’ Fitzgerald Hosts Charity Dinner at Morton’s

Morton’s The Steakhouse and Arizona Cardinals Wide Receiver Larry Fitzgerald have teamed up to host the 5th Annual Charity Dinner, Fitz’s Supper Club, ‘Celebrities at YOUR Service,’ on Monday, August 26. Fitzgerald, Arizona Cardinal teammates and celebrity friends take the stage in the ‘Speakeasy’ where they pass plates instead of a ball, donning aprons instead of jerseys. The once-a-year-celebration includes a ‘Big Easy’ cocktail reception, silent and live auctions, entertainment, and an exceptional four-course meal paired with fine wines.

For the 5th annual celebration, Fitzgerald and Morton’s have decided to jazz it up with a 1920s speakeasy vibe. In addition to great food, wine and company, the evening will feature an exciting live auction led by ABC15 sportscaster Paul Calvisi and Arizona Sports 620 radio host and former Arizona Cardinals special teams all-pro Ron Wolfley. The event begins at 7 PM with a silent auction followed by dinner and live entertainment. Fitz’s Supper Club is the ultimate event to see and be seen, drawing a host of celebrities that are ‘at YOUR service’.

All event proceeds will benefit The Larry Fitzgerald First Down Fund, which supports youth organizations throughout the country through resources and funding. Last year’s event raised over $200,000 for the foundation! The first ever Morton’s Celebrity Servers Dinner with Fitzgerald was held in 2009 and was such a huge success that it led to the execution of an entire dinner series. Special thanks to the event’s presenting sponsor, The Starkey Hearing Foundation, www.starkeyhearingfoundation.org.

Tickets for the evening are $600 per guest which includes valet, tax and gratuity. Seating is limited. For more information or to make a reservation, please call 480-951-4440. Morton’s The Steakhouse is located at 15233 N. Kierland Boulevard, Scottsdale, AZ 85254.

Banner MD Anderson Lantern Of Hope

$2M Grant from Piper Supports Fight Against Cancer

With a generous $2 million grant from Virginia G. Piper Charitable Trust, the Cancer Has Met Its Match campaign benefitting Banner MD Anderson Cancer Center is near its $20 million goal. The grant from Piper Trust, in support of the campaign, provides funding for capital, programs and services that will impact patients, their families and the community.

Launched in January 2011, the Cancer Has Met Its Match campaign has attracted support from more than 1,000 individual, corporate and foundation donors that share an interest in fighting cancer. The campaign has been on a path to success since its inception thanks to the involvement of dozens of dedicated community and business leaders who comprise the campaign cabinet.

In particular, Richard Adkerson, president and CEO of Freeport-McMoRan Copper & Gold, has been invaluable as the chair of the campaign, while Arizona Cardinals’ star receiver Larry Fitzgerald has taken an active role as honorary chair. Additional outstanding leadership has been provided by co-chairs Steve Rizley, senior vice president of Cox Communication and Kari Yatkowski, founder of Corporate Citizen.

Located in Gilbert, Ariz., the Banner MD Anderson Cancer Center, part of the Phoenix-based nonprofit Banner Health system, relies on philanthropic support to fund education and outreach activities, patient support programs, the latest technology and more. Another significant gift received in Fall 2012 from the James M. Cox Foundation will fund the creation of the Center for Cancer Prevention and Integrative Oncology, which will incorporate traditional cancer treatments with evidence-based integrative therapies, such as acupuncture, yoga or meditation, to aid pain and stress management.

The Cancer Has Met Its Match campaign seeks to raise the remaining $311,000 by June 30, 2013. A second fundraising effort will follow to secure support for additional capital and programmatic efforts associated with the ongoing expansion of Banner MD Anderson. Work is currently underway on a 130,000-square-foot expansion project at Banner MD Anderson Cancer Center which will double the total clinic exam rooms to 60, add three linear accelerators used in radiation treatment and include 13 additional infusion bays. It will also expand the Laboratory Intake Center and Welcome Center, as well as the Cox Center for Integrative Oncology and Cancer Prevention.

The Phoenix Symphony, Larry Fitzgerald

Phoenix Symphony Invites Larry Fitzgerald To Conduct On Opening Night [PHOTOS]

Upon fall’s arrival, one may hear the sound of beautiful music grace the Downtown Phoenix area as temperatures begin to simmer down. Where is it coming from you might ask? At the Phoenix Symphony, of course, as it prepares to open its doors again to the public. And if you decide to venture out to Symphony Hall this Thursday night, September 20, for its season opening, you may be in for a real treat. Arizona Cardinal wide receiver Larry Fitzgerald will conduct the “Star Spangled Banner” with the Phoenix Symphony.

Fitzgerald had a chance to rehearse with the symphony early Tuesday morning, proving to all that he does indeed know how to keep a beat. He ran through the National Anthem two times before speaking about how important the event was to him.

“It truly is an honor to be here,” Fitzgerald says. “This is something really special for me because I’ve never done anything like this before. I feel honored and humbled to be here.

“It is so special to be an American because of the freedoms that we have, and I never thought I would get an opportunity to do something like this.”

At the rehearsal, Fitzgerald seemed to command the Symphony with ease and grace; however, he said he has never expected conducting to be harder than football and offered advice for any others who may be thinking of following his footsteps.

“This orchestra is very well-conducted, and I feel that this is tougher than football,” Fitzgerald says. “Three things that I learned from this experience is first, don’t drop the baton. Second, be natural, be confident and be poised. Third, is just have a good time.”

After Fitzgerald finishes his conducting duties Thursday, guests will have the opportunity to see Sarah Hicks conduct Beethoven’s Violin Concerto, with encore performances for Friday and Saturday evening.


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If you would like to attend a show at the Phoenix Symphony, below is a small list of events. For a more detailed schedule with listed times, please visit phoenixsymphony.org.

 
September 20-22: Opening Night! Sarah Hicks Conducts Beethoven’s Violin Concerto
September 28-30: Wicked Divas
October 18-20: Tito Munoz Conducts Ravel’s Piano Concerto
October 26: Savor the Symphony
October 26-28: The Texas Tenors
October 27: Dia de los Muertos (Day of the Dead)
November 8-10: Ignat Solzhenistyn Conducts Stravinsky’s Petrushka
November 23: Michael Christie Conducts Bernstein and Stravinsky
November 23-24: Michael Christie Conducts Carmina Burana
November 30: Joseph Young Conducts Holiday Pops

Wish Ball

Larry Fitzgerald Will Be Honorary Chair Of Wish Ball

Make-A-Wish Arizona is pleased to announce that Arizona Cardinals star player Larry Fitzgerald has been named honorary chair of this year’s gala event, the 2012 Wish Ball, Le Cirque.

Wish Ball is the foundation’s largest event that raises money to grant the wishes of Arizona children battling life-threatening medical conditions. The black-tie dinner will be held on April 28, 2012 at the Westin Kierland Resort and Spa in Scottsdale. Arizona State Treasurer Doug Ducey will be honored with the Tom and Madena Stewart Lifetime Compassion Award. As the former CEO of Cold Stone Creamery, Ducey’s decision to support Make-A-Wish has resulted in the granting of hundreds of wishes over the past 10 years.

The Tom and Madena Stewart Lifetime Compassion Award honors in perpetuity those outstanding community members who, through their contributions to the arts, business, education, government, humanities, community service, philanthropy and science, have brought honor to themselves, Make-A-Wish Arizona and the communities where they work and live. Bob and Renee Parsons, the founders of Go Daddy, were last year’s recipients.

For this year’s event, the Parsons have donated a 2012 Harley Davidson Softline Backtail for the live auction. The motorcycle is on display for the next month at in the Hacienda Harley Davison Dealership in North Scottsdale. This, along with numerous other live and silent auction items, will be part of the evening’s entertainment as the foundation strives to raise $500,000 to grant wishes. Thanks to a generous challenge match from Make-A-Wish America, every dollar raised during the Fund-A-Wish portion of the evening will be matched dollar for dollar up to $100,000.

Wish Ball will begin with cocktails at 6 p.m. followed by dinner, aerial performances, and a live and silent auction. Tickets start at $300 per person or $500 per person for preferred seating. For more information and sponsorship opportunities visit www.azwishball.org.

Celebrity Fight Night

Awards, Auctions And Celebrations In Store For Celebrity Fight Night 2012

It is one of the nation’s most notable charities, raising nearly $70 million in 17 years, and this year’s nonprofit Celebrity Fight Night will be a particularly special, black-tie event — it’s Muhammad Ali’s 70th birthday.

Muhammad Ali, Celebrity Fight NightOriginated in 1994 by long-time Arizona resident, Jimmy Walker, the event featured local celebrities who donned oversized boxing gloves and entered the ring for a friendly match of boxing in efforts to raise money for local charities.

Two years later, boxing legend Muhammad Ali became involved in the event. Since then, Celebrity Fight Night has traded celebrity duke outs for live auctions and big name entertainment to help raise donations for the Muhammad Ali Parkinson Center at Barrow Neurological Institute in Phoenix, along with many notable smaller charities.

With the annual event set to commence for its 18th year on Saturday, March 24, seven-time returning emcee, Reba McEntire; 13-time returning musical director, David Foster; and live performances from Rascal Flatts, Lionel Richie, Miley Cyrus and many more, will help to celebrate Ali’s 70th birthday and raise yet another astonishing amount of charitable donations.

As expectations for the evening are set high, Executive Director Sean Currie describes his involvement with the foundation, “as a blessing to be able to donate.” Marking his 15th consecutive year with Celebrity Fight Night, Currie adds, “going from a 400-person event to a 1,200 person event and raising millions of dollars has been an amazing experience.”

Reba McEntire, emcee, Celebrity Fight NightWith the audience comprised of well-known celebrities, Currie notes that, “this year, unlike many years in the past has been incredible in the amount of seats we have sold, but not just that, the high-priced seats in the front were the ones that went first, which is something we haven’t seen in years past.”

Those lucky attendees will enjoy a night filled with live entertainment and live and silent auctions on items you normally wouldn’t be able to get your hands on. As Currie gave light to a possible duet with Lionel Richie and Rascal Flatts, the evening will honor this year’s 2012 Muhammad Ali Celebrity Fight Night Award winners — Larry Fitzgerald of the Arizona Cardinals; Bill Austin, CEO and founder of Starkey Labs; and Diane and Bruce Halle, philanthropists and founders of Discount Tire.

“[These] are good people with strong characters that represent what Muhammad stands for,” Currie says. “Each honoree makes the world a better place through their charities and what they do in their specific field.”

In attempts to create an event unlike those in the past, Currie looks forward to the celebration of Ali’s 70th birthday the most.

“I’m excited for seeing Muhammad Ali excited for everyone to sing him happy birthday,” Currie says. “When you see his eyes light up and a smile come across his face that you don’t get to see as much anymore, it really warms your heart to see that you made a difference in his life and the opportunity to give back to many people.”

For more information about the Celebrity Fight Night Foundation, visit celebrityfightnight.org.

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Heart Star: Larry Fitzgerald Of Arizona Cardinals Always Watches His Health

As one of the best receivers in the NFL, Arizona Cardinals’ star wide receiver Larry Fitzgerald is serious when it comes to his health and well-being. Although he’s “very thankful” that heart disease and stroke don’t run in his family, Fitzgerald isn’t taking any chances. His “job,” as he calls it, requires him to stay fit and healthy at all times.

“I pride myself on eating right and exercising regularly. During the season, of course, exercising is a part of my job each day I go to work,” Fitzgerald says.

The 6-foot-3, 218-pound Pro Bowler has made wellness part of his daily routine.

“The team has ‘on field’ practices and we are also required to lift weights, as well. Breakfast and lunch are provided, and I choose to make healthy eating choices,” Fitzgerald says. “During the off season I try to stick to these same rules.”

His dedication to a healthy diet and daily exercise has paid off. Following an amazing career at the University of Pittsburgh, Fitzgerald was the third overall pick in the 2004 NFL Draft by the Cardinals.  His best season came in 2008, when he caught 96 passes for 1,431 yards and 12 touchdowns. That was the same year the Cardinals went to the Super Bowl.

Fitzgerald says his formula for health is simple.

“First, everyone should be sure to take an active role in their health and well-being by making sure to regularly participate in some form of physical exercise,” he says. “There are many components to staying in shape, such as looking after your cardiovascular fitness level, increasing your strength ability, as well as working on your range of motion, otherwise known as flexibility.

“Second, you have to eat right,” Fitzgerald continues. “Portion control is the key, I think. Just watch what you eat and be sure to eat a variety of foods each day.”

Clearly the plays Fitzgerald makes off the field are as important as the ones he makes on the field.

Arizona Business Magazine Jan/Feb 2011