Platinum Living Realty Collects 10,000 Bottles of Water for Charity

Staying cool and hydrated during the Valley’s summer heat is a challenge for homeless and at-risk families. Platinum Living Realty initiated a water drive to collect bottled water for those in need.

Co-owners Jay and Michelle Macklin had the goal of collecting 2,000 bottles of water, but support from staff, agents, and partners helped them to collect more than 10,000. 

All water collected will be donated to Phoenix Rescue Mission’s Code Red: Summer Heat Relief campaign, which provides water and other heat-relief items to vulnerable communities during extreme heat.

IYA MedAesthetics Announces Grand Opening in Scottsdale

IYA MedAesthetics, a cosmetic, nonsurgical enhancement clinic, announced it will open in Scottsdale this fall. The new 5,000-plus-square-foot medspa will be located in the Shops at Gainey Village, 8787 N. Scottsdale Road, Suite 105.

IYA will bring a new level of medical cosmetic services to the Scottsdale area with state-of-the-art technologies, the most current cosmetic, nonsurgical enhancement procedures and treatments, and nationally sought-after medical direction. The luxury cosmetic treatment center will be headed by owners and medical directors, Dr. Scott Gerrish, DO, and Dr. Ayad Agha, DO. Together, they bring more than 40 years of combined experience to the Valley.

“We are excited to bring the highest level of medical cosmetic procedures and treatments available to Scottsdale,” says Dr. Scott Gerrish, owner of IYA MedAesthetics. “The advanced technologies and our extensive knowledge of these procedures will allow members of the community to look and feel their very best.”

Incredibull Stella’s Social Media Success

In 2013, Marika Meeks, a busy, active entrepreneur, wife and mother of two daughters, was diagnosed with stage 3 breast cancer at the age of 41. She was grateful to have survived the debilitating treatment and eager to live her life, yet she was filled with anxiety and fear. She adopted a pit bull puppy who gave her life meaning and purpose, and the story became a book—Incredibull Stella: How the Love of a Pit Bull Rescued a Family, now in bookstores. | @IncredibullStella

Optima Kierland Center Leading Market Sales

While the summer months are typically slow for real estate sales in Phoenix-metro, this year, Optima Kierland Center in Scottsdale is bucking the trend by leading the market for sales velocity by nearly 14 times the average when compared to other new condominium developments across the Valley. 

Since sales began at 7180 Optima Kierland in January 2019, there have been 90 homes sold at the rate of 13 per month. Optima has also just surpassed the 300th sale milestone at the $500 million luxury residential enclave. 

WW Launches Kurbo by WW to Help Kids and Teens

Following the 2018 acquisition of mobile health company Kurbo, WW—Weight Watchers Reimagined—released Kurbo by WW, a scientifically-proven behavior change program designed to help kids and teens ages 8-17 reach a healthier weight, derived from Stanford University’s Pediatric Weight Control Program.

Through a mobile app and virtual coaching, the program builds on Kurbo’s evidence-based mobile platform to help children and teenagers, with support from their families, make lifestyle changes while receiving guidance around sustainable healthy eating, physical activity and mindfulness habits.

Kurbo by WW is currently available in the U.S., and the free Kurbo app can be accessed through iOS Apple Store and Google Play.

International Cruise and Excursions Inc. Holds Successful Annual Backpack Drive

International Cruise and Excursions Inc. (ICE) held its annual Fill-a-Backpack Drive during the month of July to raise funds and donate school supplies to its local nonprofit community partner, A New Leaf. The internal ICE Charity Committee raised more than $11,000 from employees at the ICE Headquarters in Scottsdale, helping to fill more than 800 backpacks with binders, notebooks, calculators, pencils, markers, glue, rulers and many other school supplies. This drive marks ICE’s largest donation ever to A New Leaf.

“Being able to make a difference in the lives of the children and families who use A New Leaf’s services and programs is so meaningful to all of us at ICE,” says Marcia Rowley, COO at ICE. “We are grateful to our generous employees for donating their time and resources to make these drives successful every year, and to our partners at A New Leaf, who make such a significant impact in the community.”