St. Jude Walk/Run to End Childhood Cancer

Thousands of Valley residents gathered together at Chase Field in Phoenix decked out in their best and brightest running attire to participate in this fun-filled, family-friendly event benefitting St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. CowGirlZen Photography

A Most Heartfelt Thanks

I think it’s safe to say that I inherited my passion for volunteering from my mother. A teacher, and one of the strongest, kindest and most compassionate hearts that I knew, my mother always made it a point to get involved with the community in one way or another—from fundraising for the annual Pumpkin Festival and Christmas Drive to starting…

HopeKids Annual Gala

The private event took place at the home of National Board Members Mark and Bev Nuessle, with all proceeds directly benefitting HopeKids Arizona in providing events and activities for the families of children with life-threatening illnesses. 
Bob Wesolowski Photography.

Dutch Bros. Buck for Kids Event

The always community-minded and philanthropically-driven Dutch Bros. Coffee dedicated their monthly charitable fundraiser for October to Phoenix Children’s Hospital, raising over $35,000 for the organization.

November 2016 Around Town

A veteran-owned mobile auto glass company with over 10 years of experience in the industry, Ez-Pz Auto Glass provides customers valley-wide with same-day service. They accept all insurance companies and offer competitive price quotes for their cash customers. They repair and replace door regulators as well. The company is also a proud supporter of The Mule Deer Foundation Phoenix Chapter.…

A Mother’s Love

They say it takes a village to raise a child; and that is certainly true. Motherhood is a tremendously wonderful journey brimming with endless love, laughter, happiness and small but cherished moments that make up a lifetime of precious memories. Yet, at times, this journey can also be confusing, overwhelming and a little bit lonely without a clear guide book…

Finding a Happily Ever After

When Lauren Daniels was 35, she was diagnosed with breast cancer. At the time of her diagnosis, Daniels, a North Scottsdale resident, had kids who ranged from 1 to 11 years old. And although she had to have a difficult three surgeries in four months, Daniels credits her husband, Sean, her family and her friends with giving her the strength…

Housing Hope

Denise Resnik is dedicated to providing solutions. When her son Matthew was diagnosed with autism 23 years ago, Resnik set out to learn as much as she could about the developmental disorder, and quickly realized that she couldn’t do it alone. So, she co-founded the Southwest Autism Research & Resource Center (SARRC) three years after her son was born. And…

Speaking Up

For a child who has been pulled out of their home and placed into foster care, the world can be an understandably uncertain place. But while the state and relatives battle it out in court, there is a third group of dedicated volunteers who take the time to listen to the kids and help make sure their voices don’t get…

Serving Up Goodness

In 1992, brothers Dane and Travis Boersma got an espresso machine and started experimenting with different coffee drinks. They got pretty good at it and decided to sell their drinks from a pushcart in their town of Grants Pass, Oregon. The brothers, who grew up on a dairy farm, then decided to take their passion for espresso and create a…

Bountiful Gatherings

Time is a valuable commodity around Thanksgiving. There never seems to be enough of it to get all the trimmings for the big dinner finished at the same time. Luckily, these quick and easy side dishes are a holiday life saver—they can be easily prepared ahead, and are sure to earn rave reviews from your guests.

Horses & Horsepower

Like a refreshing gust of wind, a certain change comes over North Scottsdale each fall for just one day. Like clockwork, the Sixth Annual Bentley Scottsdale Polo Championships will return once again to West World of Scottsdale on November 5, 2016, promising an extravaganza brimming with the best of sports, entertainment, fashion and culture.

Giving, Getting, Growing

Some might say I was raised in a barn. And in many ways they’re right, but not because of my manners. Six months out of college, I traded heals for boots to manage the barn at Camelot, a North Scottsdale therapeutic riding center that teaches horsemanship to children and adults who have disabilities. I held many titles during the 14…