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Taste, Sip and Give Back: 3 Must-Attend Fall Events

Taste, Sip And Give Back: 3 Must-Attend Fall Events

Whether indulging on a selection of small bites or sampling some of Arizona’s finest wines, giving back has never tasted so good. As the weather cools, delicious giving opportunities designed to benefit some of the Valley’s most impacting nonprofit organizations will be hot, hot, hot!

With so many great, upcoming fall events, we had to narrow it down. Here’s some of the tastiest bites:

A Bite for Kids

Taste, sip and socialize with Arizona’s best chefs and restaurateurs for the 8th annual Phoenix Cooks celebration at The Westin Kierland Resort & Spa. This special event, taking place all day on September 1, 2012, will include everything from chef demonstrations and cooking classes to raffles and celebrity cooking challenges, with all proceeds benefiting the Phoenix Children’s Hospital. Not hungry? Take a sip from 30 wine sampling booths, or try some beer from the Alaskan Brewing Company. A best bet for fun — my personal cooking workshop at 2 p.m., which will focus on simple sushi recipes you can make at home. You can purchase your tickets here.

Breast of Scottsdale

A Bite for Breasts

It is the pinkest party Scottsdale has ever seen! On Wednesday, September 12, Sapporo is pleased to be partnering with Belvedere Vodka to host the first-ever Breast of Scottsdale, benefiting the Arizona Institute for Breast Health (AIBH). During this special event, the community is invited to dress in their pink best and sip and sample sumptuous pink-themed food and drink menu items while enjoying great music, interactive photography and other surprises. A portion of the proceeds from these items, which will be officially available throughout October at Sapporo Scottsdale, will benefit Arizona Institute for Breast Health and its critical mission to offer Arizona women diagnosed with breast cancer a second opinion on their treatment options, completely free of charge. All proceeds from this event will benefit the organization’s Pink Light District. Pink attire is requested, and there will be prizes for the most fabulous, creative and innovative pink fashions of the night. The cost to attend is a $25 donation to the organization, which can be made by visiting AIBH’s website.

A Bite for Pat

On Friday, November 9, we at Sapporo are so proud to sponsor the Weekend Jetaway! This event, focused on raising funds for the Pat Tillman Foundation and Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Scottsdale, respectively, will feature live music, culinary creations from leading Valley chefs (ahem!), cocktails and casino games in a private jet hangar within the Scottsdale Airpark.

In addition to sampling special treats from our and other leading chef’s fall menus, during the event guests will have the chance to win several fabulous prizes, including the grand prize — a luxurious all-inclusive, first-class trip on a private jet.

“It is through the generosity of our donors that we are able to directly impact the lives of Tillman Military Scholars by providing the financial and educational resources needed to prevent undeserved debt, increase economic stability and establish a foundation for greater career opportunities,” said Marie Tillman.

To purchase tickets, please visit the Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Scottsdale’s website.

Other events to chew on in coming months include: Taste of Hope, Corks & Chords, Dine Out with the Chefs, Play All Night, Russo and Steele, and AZ Wine & Dine.

Barrett-Jackson - AZ Business Magazine January/February 2012

Barrett-Jackson, Russo And Steele Draw Visitors, Pump Money Into Valley Economy

Economic Engines: Classic car auctions — Barrett-Jackson and Russo and Steele — draw visitors, pump money into Valley economy

If Steppenwolf was performing in the Valley this month, the band might want to tinker with the lyrics to “Born to be Wild.”

“Get your motor runnin,’ head out into Scottsdale, lookin’ for some auctions, and there are plenty coming our way.”

Two of the premiere classic car auctions in the United States call Scottsdale home in January.

The Barrett-Jackson Classic Car Auction takes place from January 16-22 at Westworld of Scottsdale; and car enthusiasts can also hit the Russo and Steele Collector Automobile Auction from January 18-22 at its location near Scottsdale Road and Loop 101.

“The highlights to this year’s auction event would have to be the event site,” says Russo and Steele spokeswoman Stephanie Quinn. “The main structure will have all the auction elements that people have come to know and love, such as staging lanes of up to six lanes of automobiles awaiting their turn on the block, vendors with everything from automobile memorabilia to high fashion, and of course the auction in the round auction block.”

But the auctions aren’t just about showing off cool cars. It’s big business. Despite the sluggish economy in the 2011, Barrett-Jackson beat its 2010 sales figures, generating almost $70 million from the sales of about 1,200 vehicles. Russo and Steele had 2011 sales of more than $21 million.

The auctions are also a boost to the local economy and neighboring businesses as more than 300,000 people are expected to pour into Scottsdale to attend the two events.

Barrett-Jackson will feature 27 vehicles from the Jimmy Richardson Collection, representing a variety of autmobile categories from the past nine decades, but all have one common charasteristic: they are all fast.

“Jimmy Richardson, one of the leading classic automotive collectors in the world, is providing an opportunity to own a unique offering of vehicles from his personal collection,” says Craig Jackson, chairman and CEO, Barrett-Jackson.  “Jimmy will consign all of these vehicles at no reserve which will be a major component that adds excitement.”
Russo and Steele will have some showcase cars as well.

“People can expect some of the finest European sports, American muscle, hot rods and custom automobiles at Russo and Steele,” Quinn says. “We are featuring more that 700 automobiles and have some spectacular automobiles such as the 1965 Shelby Cobra 427 CSX3127 Prototype that changed automotive history by paving the way for the production of all 427 street Cobras; and the ‘Noland Adams’ 1953 Chevrolet Corvette NCRS Duntov Award 99.8 (United States Postal Service) Stamp Car, making its debut on the auction floor for the first time ever.”

Russo and Steele Collector Automobile Auction

When: January 18-22
Where: 18601 N. Scottsdale Rd., Scottsdale
Tickets: russoandsteele.com

Barrett-Jackson Classic Car Auction

When: January 16-22
Where: WestWorld of Scottsdale, 16601 N. Pima Rd., Scottsdale
Tickets: barrett-jackson.com

Arizona Business Magazine January/February 2012

 

Auto Auctions Boost Valley’s Economy

Two local auto auctions rev up the Valley’s economy.

Drew Alcazar was bit by the car bug early on. He remembers playing with Hot Wheels, and later as a teenager working obsessively to rebuild a 1967 Shelby Mustang.

“It’s a sickness,” says Alcazar, co-owner of the Russo and Steele Collector Automobile Auctions. “The car hobby is an incurable disease.”

Alcazar recalls falling in love with that Shelby and running cars on a local, sanctioned drag race track on Saturday nights.

“It was truly ‘run what you brung,’ ”he smiles. “It was the best.”

Today, Alcazar is one of the fortunate ones who has been able to transform a hobby into a chosen profession. Alcazar worked for the Barrett-Jackson Auction Company from 1995 to 2000. He says that during this time he saw the show evolve into more of a “spectacle” than a true collectors show.

“I feel they lost the sight and focus,” he adds. “Car collecting is a hobby — it is not an investment. We are selling a hobby.”

Alcazar decided to create a boutique environment and position his show to the true car enthusiast. It seems the gamble has paid off. Russo and Steele will feature 500 cars during its show Jan. 16-20. Russo also does auctions in Monterey, Calif., and Hollywood, Fla.

Still, Barrett-Jackson is a force to contend with in the auto auction industry. Last year, more than 1,200 cars valued at nearly $112 million were auctioned at the Scottsdale event. Barrett-Jackson also produces a show in Palm Beach, Fla. This year, Barrett-Jackson will auction more than 1,000 autos during its Scottsdale show Jan. 12-20.

“Our Scottsdale automotive lifestyle event has become an annual pilgrimage for everyone connected to this hobby,” says Craig Jackson, CEO of Barrett-Jackson Auction Company, adding that in 2008, the show will again partner with the cable network SPEED for coverage.

While each show continues to evolve, Scottsdale officials couldn’t be happier. Between the two auto auctions, Arizona Business Magazine Dec-Jan 2008the FBR Open and football festivities, revenues at resorts, restaurants and retail shops continue to soar.

The two shows may compete against each other, but the synergy they create is second to none.

“The economic impact is huge,” Alcazar adds. “It may be a cliché, but I feel Russo and Steele truly is an economic engine that revs up our economy again and again.”

To find out more about the companies mentioned, visit their websites:
www.barrett-jackson.com
www.russoandsteele.com