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Chester Bennington performing with Stone Tempe Pilots at the 2013 Stars of the Season benefit concert. Photo courtesy of Lavidge Co.

Chester Bennington to co-chair Stars of the Season

Banner Health Foundation, a philanthropic resource for nonprofit Banner Health, today announced that Chester Bennington, lead singer of the rock bands Linkin Park and Stone Temple Pilots with Chester Bennington, has signed on as co-chair of the 5th annual Stars of the Season fundraising soirée for Banner Children’s at Cardon Children’s Medical Center. The event, which will establish integrative cancer care at the medical center, will be held Saturday, Oct. 25, at the Omni Scottsdale Resort and Spa at Montelucia in Paradise Valley, Ariz.

Chester and Talinda Bennington. Photo courtesy of Lavidge Co.

Chester and Talinda Bennington. Photo courtesy of Lavidge Co.

A longtime supporter of the hospital, Bennington will serve alongside his friend David Curran, MD, a pediatrician in the East Valley, immediate past chairman of the department of Pediatric Medicine at Cardon Children’s, and co-founder of Stars of the Season with his wife, Tina.

Bennington and Curran will be supported by event vice chairs Bruce Ektin, DDS, and Mike Fenlon. Stars of the Season advisory chair Tina Curran will work collaboratively with the four gentlemen, all of whom are active members of the Advisory Council of Cardon Children’s Medical Center, the planning committee behind the highly popular Stars of the Season event.

Bennington became involved with Cardon Children’s Medical Center shortly after it opened in late 2009, when his wife, Talinda, began serving as a volunteer. He made several trips to the hospital to support Talinda and visit with patients and families. When planning for the inaugural Stars of the Season began in 2010, the Benningtons immediately pledged their support. On tour and unable to perform at the event, Chester secured friend and fellow rocker Art Alexakis of the multi-platinum band Everclear as the event’s entertainer. Each year since, Chester has performed for guests of the sold-out affair alongside friends and famed musicians, including Stone Temple Pilots with Chester Bennington in 2013.

Recognizing the incredibly generous gifts of time, talent and treasure the Benningtons have given to Cardon Children’s Medical Center and Stars of the Season, the Advisory Council named Chester and Talinda honorary chairs of the 5th annual Stars of the Season.

To learn more about the event and inquire about tickets and sponsorship opportunities, visit www.StarsoftheSeason.org or contact Banner Health Foundation at (602) 747-4483 (GIVE). For more information on pediatric oncology at Cardon Children’s Medical Center, visit www.BannerHealth.com/CardonChildrens.

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SECOND ANNUAL AZ WINE & DINE SIZZLES IN SCOTTSDALE THIS SPRING

The Valley’s stars of the culinary scene will gather for a high-energy celebration of food and wine at the second annual AZ Wine & Dine, hosted by the Arizona Lodging & Tourism Association, to be held at the hip, urban setting of Scottsdale Quarter on April 4, 2013.

AZ Wine & Dine night imageAZ Wine & Dine targets executive foodies and is designed to highlight the distinct variety of culinary outlets at Arizona hotels and resorts, as well as showcase several Scottsdale Quarter restaurants and a wide variety of wines and craft beers. Additionally, much of the proceeds benefit the educational efforts of the Arizona Lodging & Tourism Association.

The lush and luxe setting of Scottsdale Quarter provides the perfect setting for attendees to experience culinary delights from hotel and resort participants including: The Phoenician, The Four Seasons Scottsdale at Troon North, Fairmont Scottsdale Princess, T. Cook’s at Royal Palms, Westin Kierland, Montelucia, TK’s Urban Tavern, District American Kitchen & Wine Bar and many more.

AZ Wine & Dine dusk image“It is important for us to produce a culinary event where local foodies and business executives can be a tourist in their own town, enjoying samples from top resorts and restaurants in a fun and festive atmosphere,” said Arizona Lodging & Tourism President & CEO Debbie Johnson. “AZ Wine & Dine’s inaugural year sold out, so it’s clear that the Valley’s finest chefs combined with this venue is a recipe for success.”

AZ Wine & Dine will feature 20 booths offering culinary samples paired with fine wines and craft beers, live music from the Shining Star Band and a silent auction with amazing deals on vacation getaways and gift certificates from Scottsdale Quarter’s eclectically rich mix of specialty shops.

When: Thursday, April 4, 2013 5:00 p.m. – 8:00 pm.

Where: Scottsdale Quarter (Scottsdale Road and Greenway)

Tickets: $75 in advance; $100 day of the event (includes all food and beverage)

Advance purchase is strongly recommended as the event sold out last year.

*No one under 21 years of age will be admitted. AZ Wine & Dine will be held rain or shine.

AZWineandDine.com, Twitter: @azwineanddine, Facebook: AZ Wine & Dine

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Innovative CEO Martz offers advice on being an effective boss

Today is National Boss Day, so it’s the perfect time to get a business owner’s view on what it takes to be a successful and effective boss.

Carrie Martz founded the Martz Agency — the largest female-owned advertising and public relations firm in Arizona — in 1980 after spending a couple of years in the corporate world. Her client roster includes Chateau on Central, Pacific Links International, Mirabel, Yurbuds and dozens more.

Martz is known as a hands-on owner/CEO, a leader, an innovator, and a philanthropist whose Home of Miracles program has helped raise more than $8 million for Phoenix Children’s Hospital and other local charities. So, to celebrate National Boss Day, Az Business magazine asked one of the Valley’s most effective leaders to talk a little bit about being a great boss.

Az Business: What do you think your employees say about your management style behind your back?
Carrie Martz: I would imagine they would say the same to my face.  I am tough but fair and have a good memory for details.

AB: What qualities do you think an effective boss needs to have?
CM: Be upbeat, optimistic, set the tone for the business, be as transparent as you can. Never stop learning and always listen.

AB: Was there a significant lesson you learned early in your career that made you a more effective boss?  
CM: Don’t get too personally involved. Remember this is a business. It isn’t personal. If someone isn’t working out, help them find a better fit.

AB: How is being a boss in a creative industry different from being a boss in a more traditional business?
CM: You have to foster creativity and individualism.  A few more egos to manage and work with, but that comes with the territory. Plus, we must create a working environment that is fun and engaging.

AB: If you could give one piece of advice to women who aspire to be a boss like you, what would it be?
CM: Give up balance in life. You will never be everything to everyone all the time.  Just go for every opportunity you can with all you have. Make sure you have great back up in all aspects of your life.

To learn more about Martz Agency, visit http://www.martzagency.com/.

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AZ Wine & Dine Makes Use Of Forks, Corks [PHOTOS]

The mission of first-ever AZ Wine & Dine on April 12 at Scottsdale Quarter, which took the place of the Arizona Lodging & Tourism Association’s long-running culinary event Forks & Corks, was to highlight the distinct variety of culinary outlets at Arizona hotels, resorts and restaurants while offering a variety of wines and craft beers designed to satisfy any palette.

Judging by the more than 750 guests who enjoyed tantalizing tastes from the renowned chefs at the Four Seasons Troon North, Fairmont Scottsdale Princess, Montelucia, Arizona Grand Resort and many more, as well as the sumptuous sips provided by Hensley, Young’s Market Company and others, it was a mission well-accomplished.

And then some.

While the final numbers are still being tallied, organizers estimate that the event raised about $20,000 to support the Arizona tourism industry.

Arizona tourism’s impact, by the numbers:

  • 36.9 Million: Number of domestic and international overnight visitors who experienced Arizona as a travel destination.
  • $48 Million: Amount of direct traveler spending being contributed to our state’s economy every single day.
  • $2.5 Billion: Amount of local, state and federal tax revenues generated as a result of direct traveler spending.
  • $1,040: Tax revenue generated by the tourism industry lessens the tax burden by $1,040 for every Arizona household.
  • No. 1: Where the travel and tourism industry ranks among Arizona’s export-oriented industries.

According to guest feedback, among the biggest and brightest highlights of the event:

  • Live music, which was provided by The Shining Star Band
  • Silent auction, which offered amazing vacation packages from the state’s top resorts, restaurants and spas
  • “Foodie” food, including short ribs from Westin Kierland, Kobe sliders from the Phoenician, and cioppino from the Montelucia
  • Libation innovations, including Moet Champagne from Narcisse, flaming coffee drinks from La Hacienda, and sangria from New Age Winery

Based on the event’s overwhelming success, plans are already underway for next year.

For more information about AZ Wine & Dine, please visit azwineanddine.com.


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Photos: Cory Bergquist

 

Holiday Lights at McCormick Stillman Railroad Park, Scottsdale

Scottsdale Holiday Events In December

‘Tis the season to be jolly, and with so much to do in Scottsdale this time of year, you’ll never be bored!

Here are some Scottsdale holiday events taking place December 2011:

2011 Holiday Pet Festival

Holiday Pet Show at WestWorld

This is the largest holiday pet event in Arizona. If you’re looking for a new baby to call your own, you’ll find hundreds of animals here. If not, there will still be plenty of activities, demonstrations and exhibitions that are fun for you and your pets alike.

For more information, visit the Holiday Pet Festival’s website.

[stextbox id="grey"]2011 Holiday Pet Festival
Saturday, December 3rd
10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Westworld of Scottsdale
16601 N. Pima Rd.[/stextbox]


Holiday Harmony

Holiday Harmony is the city’s annual holiday “tree lighting” event. This is a free event and fun for the whole family. There will be live performances, interactive booths and, of course, a visit from Santa — as well as some snow! The Mayor will be lighting the tree at 6:15 p.m.

For more information, visit Scottsdale’s website.

[stextbox id="grey"]Holiday Harmony
Sunday, December 4th
3:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.
Scottsdale Mall
3939 N. Drinkwater Blvd.[/stextbox]


Holiday Art Show

Holiday Art Show Seniors

The Holiday Art Show at the Via Linda Senior Center features the talent and creativity of local artists enrolled in the City of Scottsdale’s recreation classes. In addition to the art on display, local jazz group APEXX will be performing, and refreshments will be served. While the event is free to the public, they do ask that you bring a canned food item to donate to the Vista Del Camino Food Bank.

[stextbox id="grey"]Holiday Art Show
Thursday, December 8th
6 p.m. to 8 p.m.
Via Linda Senior Center. 10440 E. Via Linda[/stextbox]


Holiday Lights at McCormick Stillman Railroad Park

McCormick LightsHoliday Lights at McCormick Stillman Railroad Park will be on display every night, except for Christmas Eve and Day from December 9th to December 30th. However, this event has more than just lights; there will be a train and carousel rides for $2 (children under 3 ride for free), and opening night festivities include a tree light ceremony and a visit from Santa, who will be at the park through December 23.

For more information, visit the Railroad Park’s website.

[stextbox id="grey"]Holiday Lights at McCormick Stillman Railroad Park
December 9 – 30 (excluding Christmas Eve and Christmas Day)
6:30 p.m. to 9 p.m.
McCormick Stillman Railroad Park
7301 E. Indian Bend Rd. [/stextbox]


New Years Eve Party at the Montelucia Resort and Spa

If you’re looking to ring in the new year with style and grace, look no further than the Montelucia Resort and Spa’s New Years Eve party. The Montelucia New Years package includes two nights of luxury accommodations, one 50-minute detoxifying treatment, a bottle of Champagne delivered to your room upon arrival, two tickets to the NYE party and a complimentary resort fee. The package is valid through January 1, 2012. Rates from $399 per night.

For more information, visit Montelucia’s website.

[stextbox id="grey"]New Years Eve Party at the Montelucia Resort and Spa
December 31, 2011
7 p.m.
4949 E. Lincoln Dr.[/stextbox]