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First Press Fine Wine Auction

First Press Fine Wine Auction Benefits KJZZ Youth Media Project

The 10th Annual First Press Fine Wine Auction will benefit the KJZZ Youth Media Project. All proceeds from the auction go to the youth media program that allows KJZZ reporters to mentor high school students in the areas of journalism and reporting.

The 10th Annual First Press Fine Wine Auction

First Press Fine Wine AuctionThe 10th Annual First Press Fine Wine Auction, presented by Molina Jewelers, will take place on Saturday, Feb. 11, 2012.

More than 30 wineries are scheduled to participate, including the Robert Craig Winery from Napa Valley. President Robert Craig will serve as this year’s honorary chair, and Peter Sagal, the voice of the popular NPR game show “Wait Wait… Don’t Tell Me!,” will be the evening’s host presented by National Bank of Arizona.

The evening will have live entertainment by Alice Tatum and the Alice Tatum Band, a gourmet five-course meal and a high-end live auction of rare vintages, culinary experiences and vacation packages.

But the most important part of the evening will be about the fundraising. Funds raised from the auction will benefit Friends of Public Radio of Arizona and the KJZZ Youth Media Project. Last year, the First Press Fine Wine Auction raised more than $170,000 for their benefiting organizations.

The KJZZ Youth Media Project

The KJZZ Youth Media Project is an educational outreach program designed to mentor “at risk” youths in the areas of broadcast journalism and digital media production. The program was started in 2007 and initially worked with 14 students from South Mountain High School. This year the program is expanding to approximately 20 students from all high schools who qualify.

The students complete an application and go through a verbal interview process to see if they can fit the six-month core curriculum into their time frame. The projects curriculum consists of elements developed by the Radio Television National Association.

“[The] kids will work in all aspects of digital media,” says Louis Stanley, the executive director of Friends of Public Radio Arizona. “Then they will specialize and continue to work on content development, while also helping to mentor new kids starting the program.”

The ultimate success of the students is what the program is all about. Stanley shares a success story from Ann Miles, an employee at the South Mountain High School Communications department.

“Ann Miles said, ‘Many of my students who a participate in the KJZZ Mentorship program at South Mountain have gone on to college to study journalism. They return to tell me how much the experience with KJZZ not only prepared them for college journalism classes, but they also feel that they are ahead of their peers,’ ” Stanley says.

KJZZ’s Youth Media Project

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The 10th Annual First Press Wine Auction
When: Saturday, Feb. 11, 2012 at 6 p.m.
Where: Westin Kierland Resort and Spa
Tickets: $250 per person or $2,500 for a table of 10. Guests seeking guaranteed table seating with a vintner and marketing exposure can purchase a table sponsorship starting at $5,000.
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Summer Spaaah Series, Willow Stream

Arizona Spa Girls Hosts 6th Annual Summer Spaaah Series

Summer Spaaah Series Event, Smartwater

For those interested in having a unique spa experience this summer, Arizona Spa Girls is soon hosting their 6th annual Summer Spaaah Series from May 6th to August 12th. The event series has six separate events to choose from, one of which spans two days at the Mii amo Spa at the Enchantment Resort in Sedona.

Lisa Kasanicky, the founder of AZSpaGirls.com, stated that they’re more than just a website.

“Arizona Spa Girls is a portal to all the salons in Arizona, and over the last decade or so we have also been providing beauty and wellness information and spa recipes,” Kasanicky says.

AZ Spa Girls founded the Summer Spaaah Series in the summer of 2006.

“One thing led to another and it became a way to stir up business for the day spas and resort spas during the summer when it’s just so dead,” Kasanicky says. “They could really bond with the local communities.”

Agave LoungeEvent-goers can expect several exciting and de-stressing experiences at every destination. Goody bags – which are the same bags that Oprah used for one of her VIP events – are given to everyone, as well as a “Spaaah” gift certificate that can be used for one full spa treatment at that spa destination within 30 days following the event. Guests can then enjoy the spa and sample treatments in a party-like atmosphere.

“The party is one thing, and it’s really lovely, but having that spa experience is what I’m really trying to get people to ‘get,’” Kasanicky says. “It’s just so awesome; it’s so good for mental health and physical too.”

This year, the Summer Spaaah Series has new spas in their line-up — including Willow Stream Spa at Fairmont Scottsdale Princess Resort, the last destination option in the event series, joining them for the first time this year. But Kasanicky is excited about one spa in particular.

“I’m really excited about the Elizabeth Arden Red Door Spa at Wigwam,” Kasanicky says. “We’ve never had an event there before, and it’s just this beautiful place, kind of hidden.”

Wigwam Tranquility Room

Aside from the Summer Spaaah Series being an opportunity to pamper and de-stress, it also provides a way to give to a great cause. The Fresh Start Women Foundation, an Arizona-based non-profit for women, has been a part of the event series from the start.

“We’ve been working with Fresh Start from the very first event,” Kasanicky says. “It’s just a great fit; it’s a good organization. They’re dedicated to empowering women, and I’m all about that.”

Companies such as smartwater, 44 North Vodka, Girlfriend University, Ganem Jewelers, popchips, Beringer Vineyards, NewBeauty Magazine and So Scottsdale! Magazine are sponsoring the event this year, and many of them have been there in the past.

“Ganem…one of our sponsors…provide[s] a beautiful jewelry piece for the raffle, usually about a $1,000 ring, necklace or bracelet,” Kasanicky says.

Five percent of the ticket price and 100 percent of raffles and funds raised during the events will go to Fresh Start, as well as a percentage of any sponsorship for the event. Each event, with the exception of the destination spa, is $125. Those interested in joining the Mii amo destination spa experience can purchase a ticket for $295, for a full two days with accommodations and activities.

“What I want people to understand is that these events are really value-packed, and we give people so much more than just a spa service,” Kasanicky says. “We educate them, we give them the opportunity to donate to a wonderful organization, and we expose them to all these sponsors and their wonderful products.”

For more information or to purchase your tickets, visit the event website or AZ Spa Girls.