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Bradley Nynalek of Quarles & Brady; Paul Hickman, president and CEO of Arizona Bankers Association; Elizabeth Reich, CEO of Make-A-Wish Arizona; AZ Big Media Editor in Chief Michael Gossie; and AZ Big Media CEO Mike Atkinson.

AZ Big Media gives almost $17K to Make-A-Wish

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AZ Big Media and the Arizona Bankers Association have teamed up to make wishes come true.

The media company, which publishes Az Business magazine, AZRE, Ranking Arizona and five other Arizona-based publications, created Bankers Care, in which it donated a portion of all bank-related advertising revenue to Make-A-Wish Arizona. The Arizona Bankers Association is featured in supplement that is published annually in the November issue of Az Business magazine.

“We realize how much the banking industry gives back to the communities they serve in Arizona,” said AZ Big Media CEO Mike Atkinson. “We saw this as a way to show the banking industry that we appreciate the support they give to the business community that we cover. We also wanted to do our part to impact the community in a positive way.”

On Tuesday, Atkinson presented a check for $16,824 to Make-A-Wish Arizona CEO Elizabeth Reich, which was the result of the Bankers Care partnership between AZ Big Media and the Arizona Bankers Association.

“The fact that we were able to do this for Make-A-Wish meant a lot to me personally,” said said AZ Big Media Editor in Chief Michael Gossie. “I have two sisters who both had life-threatening medical conditions and both were beneficiaries of the amazing work that Make-A-Wish accomplishes. The joy that Make-A-Wish brought to my sister Lisa’s final days when they arranged for the Buffalo Bills to visit her is something that brought my family comfort in a time of great despair. And the strength that my sister Kristina’s Make-A-Wish trip to Disneyland gave her allowed her to weather her medical crisis and live a full life. I am proud that AZ Big Media’s contribution will help Make-A-Wish impact the lives of other families like it enriched my family.”

Olive oil with lemon zest stracciatella by Cullen Campbell at Crudo.

Valley’s hottest chefs battle in Gelato Wars

As the temperatures soar outside, look for the competition to heat up inside The Gelato Spot as 10 of the Valley’s most popular chefs head into the freezer to create their one-of-a-kind gelato concoction for Gelato Wars.

Held at all three Valley Gelato Spot locations, and at participating chefs’ restaurants, the 2nd Annual Gelato Wars will take place from August 1 to August 31.

The rules are pretty simple. The chef who sells the most gelato at all three Gelato Spots combined — wins!

Along with bragging rights, the winning chef will also receive a custom molded gelato cone trophy, $500 cash and have a $5,000 check presented on their behalf to Make-A-Wish Arizona.

Chefs participating in the 2nd Annual Gelato Wars include:

  • Keenan Bosworth, Pig & Pickle
  • Gio Osso, Virtu
  • Chris McKinley, The Local
  • Matt Carter, The Mission & Zinc Bistro
  • Josh Hebert, Posh
  • Tracey Dempsey, Tracey Dempsey Originals (2013 Gelato Wars Winner!!)
  • Josh Bracher, The Second Story Liquor Bar
  • Justin Beckett & Jeff Schoening, Beckett’s Table
  • Scott Holmes, Little Miss BBQ
  • Walter Sterling, Ocotillo (Opens Late 2014)

“Expect the flavors to be super outrageous, funky and cool,” said Gelato Spot owner Tommy Plato. “These are 10 of the most talented chefs in the Valley right now and there is really no sweeter way to celebrate our love of gelato and the end of the summer.”

The 10 chef flavors will be available at the following Gelato Spot locations:

Biltmore/Arcadia
3164 E. Camelback Rd
Phoenix, AZ 85016
602.957.8040
Sunday – Thursday noon – 11pm
Friday & Saturday noon – Midnight

40th St. & Greenway
4010 E. Greenway Rd.Phoenix, AZ 85032
602.494.4010
Sunday – Thursday noon – 9pm
Friday & Saturday noon – 10pm

Old Town Scottsdale (Wood Fired Pizza & Gelato)
4166 N. Scottsdale Rd.
Scottsdale, AZ 85251
480.425.8100
Sunday – Thursday 11am – 11pm
Friday & Saturday 11am – Midnight

To get a sneak preview of the flavors and celebrate the kick-off of Gelato Wars, a VIP Reception and Tasting night will be held on Thursday, July 31. To get more information or be added to the VIP list please contact Jennifer Parks at Jparks@rosemoserallynpr.com or call 480.495.3806.

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.