September 2017 Around Town

Lace Up Your Running Shoes to Help Kids at Phoenix Children’s Hospital

Go the distance, make a difference! The Phoenix Children’s Hospital 5K is a family friendly 3.1-mile run/walk for devoted runners, weekend joggers, families looking to do something fun or simply those who want to make a difference. The second 5K Race for Phoenix Children’s will take place on Saturday, October 7, in downtown Phoenix. Walk, run and fundraise to the finish line! Recruit family members and colleagues to raise funds and awareness for Phoenix Children’s Hospital. Start a team, create a fundraising page and provide hope, healing and ensure the best health care possible is available for all patients and their families.

James Beard Foundation To Hold Fifth Anniversary Taste America Culinary Tour

The James Beard Foundation is pleased to announce the fifth anniversary year of the Taste America national culinary tour. The cross-country program will heat up this fall in 10 dynamic culinary destinations including Phoenix.

This weekend-long Taste America program will feature a welcome reception at Fox Restaurant Concepts’ Little Cleo’s Seafood Legend at The Yard on September 21. It will be followed by a one-of-a-kind benefit dinner prepared by Taste America All-Star Traci Des Jardins and local star Nobuo Fukuda, September 22 at Mountain Shadows. On Saturday, September 23, free in-store consumer events will take place at Sur La Table located at Scottsdale Fashion Square with celebrity chef appearances, cooking demonstrations, book signings, tastings from local producers and artisans and more. For more information on JBF’s Fifth Anniversary Taste America culinary tour, please visit

16th Annual Night for Sight to benefit Foundation for Blind Children Set for October 28

Join some of the Valley’s biggest CEOs and local celebrities for the 16th Annual Night for Sight to benefit Foundation for Blind Children starting at 6 p.m. on Saturday, October 28, at Dominick’s Steakhouse in the Scottsdale Quarter.

Night for Sight is FBC’s premier annual fundraiser, generating more than $350,000 every year. It awards a prominent member of the community with the Visionary Award. Past recipients include Derrick Hall, Larry Fitzgerald, Luis Gonzalez, Matt Williams and many more.

Cookie Cutters Haircuts for 
Kids Opens

Cookie Cutters Haircuts For Kids will be opening this month at 7000 E. Mayo Blvd., Suite F01A, just west of Harkins theaters. The goal at Cookie Cutters is to provide families with an amazing haircut experience. From the slide in the waiting area to the TVs, games and fantasy chairs on the cutting floor, the staff is waiting to provide your child with a one-of-a-kind experience. This fun salon strives to provide a caring environment where they put both the child and the parent at ease. The stylists are skilled in cutting hair for all children and provide that extra special touch for those with special needs. Not all children like to get their hair cut, but they strive to make this struggle a better event for all. Discover how much fun a haircut can be! For more information, visit

Allstate Insurance Office in Scottsdale Moves

Allstate Insurance Company has announced a location change of an office in Scottsdale which is independently owned and operated by Frank Schubert.

“We are thrilled to help Scottsdale residents protect what matters most to them,” Frank says. “As a full-service insurance agency, we are a one-stop shop for insurance and financial needs.”

The agency was previously located at 20731 N. Scottsdale Road, Suite 103, and is now located at 8787 E. Pinnacle Peak Road, Suite 120.

The agency sells auto, property, commercial and life insurance, as well as an array of financial services. Agency staff members have expert knowledge about those products and can help customers choose the coverage that best meets their needs.

“We’re committed to customer service excellence and making insurance processes seamless and stress-free,” Frank says.

The office can be reached by calling 480.515.6259.

Michael Airington to Host 40th Annual Rocky Mountain Emmy Awards on October 14

The Rocky Mountain Southwest Chapter of the National Academy of Television and Sciences (NATAS) is pleased to announce that it has secured the very talented Michael Airington—best known for his comedic acting and celebrity impersonations—as the host for the 40th Annual Rocky Mountain Emmy Awards. The event will take place on Saturday, October 14, at Chateau Luxe in Phoenix.

For more information about the Rocky Mountain Emmy Awards or to purchase tickets, please visit

2017 Fall Arizona Restaurant Week Kicks Off the Season

The most edible time of the year, Fall Arizona Restaurant Week, is making its return Friday, September 15 through Sunday, September 24, sending diners on a 10-day tasting tour of the state. Participating restaurants are not only known for their exceptional cuisine, but they also spare no expense to give diners an extraordinary culinary experience. One of Arizona Restaurant Week’s goals is to position Arizona as one of the top culinary destinations in the nation by increasing awareness of the more than 8,500 dining opportunities available as well as stimulate business and revenue for restaurants throughout the state. Event updates along with a list of participating restaurants and their Arizona Restaurant Week menus can be found at

Grimaldi’s Pizzeria Teams up with No 
Kid Hungry

One in five children in the United States faces hunger every day. Throughout September, in honor of Hunger Awareness Month, guests who dine at any Arizona Grimaldi’s Pizzeria location can donate to No Kid Hungry, a charitable organization pushing to end childhood hunger in America by ensuring all children get the healthy food they need every day. In return for their donation, guests will receive a bonus card matching their donation amount to use on their next visit. All of the proceeds raised will benefit No Kid Hungry. National Cheese Pizza Day is Tuesday, September 5, so stop into your local Grimaldi’s for some traditional New York-style cheese pizza straight out of the coal oven and help a great cause, No Kid Hungry!

Kathy Wills Elected New Chair of Scottsdale Art Board 
of Trustees

Banking executive Kathy Wills has been elected as the new chair of the Scottsdale Arts Board of Trustees. The nonprofit serves as the primary arts organization for the city of Scottsdale, bringing a diverse variety of multidisciplinary arts experiences and educational programs to the community through its three acclaimed divisions— Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts, Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art (SMoCA) and Scottsdale Public Art—as well as destination events such as Canal Convergence and the Scottsdale Arts Festival.

A Scottsdale native, Kathy is senior vice president and private banker at MidFirst Bank, where she manages a team that serves clients and their businesses in wealth planning, investment management, customized lending, private trusts and private banking services.

She is also active with Arizona Business Leadership, serves on the Scottsdale Community College Presidents Advisory Committee, was a board member of Cortney’s Place and has been auxiliary board chair of Fresh Start Women’s Foundation.

“The arts are a unique and essential part of the Scottsdale experience, enjoyed by residents and visitors alike,” Kathy says. “I look forward to working with the Scottsdale Arts board and staff to grow support for the arts and to enhance our community’s quality of life.” For more information, visit

Girl Scouts Arizona Cactus-Pine Council Receives $1.6 Million Matching Gift From 
The Bob & Renee Parsons Foundation

The Bob & Renee Parsons Foundation has issued a $1.6 million matching challenge to the Girl Scouts Arizona Cactus-Pine Council to help complete its $18 million Campaign for Girls in Arizona. The foundation will match all donations received between now and December 31, dollar-for-dollar, up to $1.6 million.

“The goal of Campaign for Girls is to provide the Girl Scout Leadership Experience to more girls throughout the state, including those who come from underserved communities,” Tamara Woodbury, CEO of GSACPC, says. “Our new center is a testament to what we stand for. So much more than camp and cookies, we provide girls with relevant programming that builds confidence and allows our girls to learn and grow in a supportive environment all year long.”

To learn more, visit

Eddie Merlot’s Welcomes New Management and Executive Chef

Eddie Merlot’s, located in Silverstone at Pinnacle Peak, is pleased to introduce three of its newest family members. Tim Christman is the new general manager at Eddie Merlot’s. He has been working in the food and beverage industry for more than 30 years and has spent the last 15 years working as a senior manager and food and beverage director at fine dining and hotel venues throughout the United States.

Orestis Poulos is the new assistant manager. He was born in Greece and raised in Cape Town, South Africa. He has worked in the food and beverage industry for more than 25 years in various locations around the world in hotels, private clubs and restaurants, most recently at the Desert Highlands Golf Club.

Robert Seymour is the new executive chef. He was born in Scottsdale and raised in Long Island, New York.  He attended the Art Institute of Phoenix where he earned his culinary arts degree. He has appeared on cooking segments with ABC, Fox and CBS.

For more information, visit

Kona Grill’s New 
Signature Location Now Open in Scottsdale Quarter

Kona, an American grill and sushi bar headquartered in Scottsdale, opened its fifth location in the Phoenix metro area on June 12 at the Scottsdale Quarter in North Scottsdale.

The new Kona Grill is located on the northeast side of the Scottsdale Quarter, one of Scottsdale’s top shopping destinations with more than 80 retailers and restaurants. Kona Grill will be the newest restaurant in the Scottsdale Quarter adding to the varied list of top Valley restaurants in the area.

“We are so excited to be opening a Kona Grill in one of the top shopping and dining destinations in the Valley,” says Berke Bakay, president, and CEO of Kona Grill. “Our commitment is to provide a unique dining experience with fresh, high-quality food and drinks, and Scottsdale Quarter exemplifies those very attributes.”

Guests that sign up for the Kona Grill Konavore program will receive a free appetizer to celebrate the grand opening as well as restaurant news and exclusive offers.