Hundreds of Valley foodies, wine enthusiasts and the culinary curious will gather under the stars for a night of music, dancing and delectable tastings during the Muscular Dystrophy Association’s 14th Annual Taste of the Town, Friday, Oct. 17 from 6:30-9:30 p.m. at Scottsdale Quarter. Emceed by KTVK’s April Warnecke and Mark McClune, the charitable evening will feature more than 20 of the Valley’s top restaurants serving up their finest food and drink for a great cause.
The event, presented by Cigna, will showcase a variety of fine wine, spirits and beer from Barefoot Wine, Angels Envy Bourbon, Alliance Beverage and Hensley Beverage Company alongside world-class fare from restaurants such as Tanzy, Capital Grille, TK’s Urban Tavern, True Food Kitchen, Fogo De Chao, Brio Tuscan Grille, Lucille’s BBQ, Grimaldi’s Pizzeria and more. Besides eating and drinking to their heart’s content, guests will also spend the evening socializing with other donors, bidding on a variety of luxury items and enjoying the music of local band Elvis Before Noon, a Valley favorite for fans of the 90’s Tempe sound.
In addition to the culinary offerings and the first-class silent auction, there will be an opportunity to make a donation to MDA and receive a custom necklace by luxury jeweler Cornelis Hollander through the Drinks with Dazzle raffle. The award-winning jewelry designer will be donating 50 necklaces featuring sterling silver pendants to adorn the wine up for grabs. The Drinks with Dazzle raffle is an exciting opportunity for guests to buy a bottle of wine for $65, which will come with two wine glasses courtesy of Le Creuset, and win one of five diamond encrusted versions of the sterling silver pendant necklaces.
General admission tickets for Taste of the Town are priced at $75 through Oct. 3, after which general admission increases to $100. Tickets can be purchased online at tasteofthetownaz.com.
The Sundt Foundation, a charitable organization funded by Sundt Construction, Inc. and its employees, hosted its annual Mike Gaines Charity Golf Tournament last month at La Paloma Country Club in Tucson, Ariz. More than 100 golfers attended the tournament, raising $18,000 for the Muscular Dystrophy Association (MDA) in honor of long-time Sundt employee Mike Gaines, who passed away in 2002 from Amytrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS), also known as Lou Gherig’s Disease.
Originally launched in 2001 shortly after Gaines’ diagnosis, the tournament continues to raise money each year benefiting MDA in support of its research to find a cure for ALS. Although Gaines died in 2002, his legacy lives on through the Mike Gaines Charitable Fundraising Events held in Tucson and Phoenix, Sacramento, San Diego and San Antonio. Sundt and the Sundt Foundation have hosted nearly 40 events in the past 14 years, raising more than $1 million in donations for ALS research programs.
“It’s an honor to be a part of these ongoing events benefiting research and other advances toward a cure for ALS. We greatly appreciate the continued support of the construction industry,” said Sundt administrator and tournament organizer Aly Gartin. “This tournament not only offers a means to give back but increases awareness of such a terrible disease.”
The Sundt Foundation has been raising funds for Tucson-based non-profit organizations since 1999. The Foundation is funded primarily by contributions from Sundt employees and company matching. To date, the organization has awarded more than $5 million in donations to organizations throughout Arizona, California, Texas and beyond.
The 82,942 SF Muscular Dystrophy Association offices at 3300 E. Sunrise Dr. in Tucson, Ariz., were sold today to an affiliate of Larsen Baker, LLC. The purchase price was $9.1M.
MDA will remain as the major tenant in the offices and said it looks forward to working with Larsen Baker as the MDA building transitions into a multi-tenant corporate office complex to be called The Offices at La Paloma. Last September, MDA announced it was putting the facility up for sale, but would be keeping the vast majority of its employees in Tucson.
Don Baker, co-owner of Larsen Baker, released an architectural rendering of how the former single tenant building will be repurposed to serve as corporate offices for multiple executive users. Larsen Baker plans to make improvements to the entry drive, landscaping and signage and then work with TREO to implement a nationwide search for corporate headquarters that could relocate to Tucson.
Richard Kleiner, MBA, Principal of Cushman & Wakefield|PICOR, and Eric Sorensen, Senior Director of Cushman & Wakefield, represented the seller. Larsen Baker LLC and Chapman Lindsey Commercial Real Estate Services represented the buyer.