“The Magic of Christmas” Charity Benefit

On November 30th, 2011, posted in: News by

“The Magic of Christmas”, a Musical Christmas Production featuring a multi-talented cast of valley performers is a traditional Christmas Musical Revue with singing, dancing and comedy. A charity event to benefit Arizona “Families in Crisis”, with proceeds going to four valley charities which include New Life Center in Goodyear, and Swan Butterfly House in Peoria, (Domestic Violence Shelters), Crisis Nursery in Phoenix, and Turnbow Foundation in Mesa, (Educational Scholarships for disadvantaged Children & Families) This original show is written and directed by Sam Tardio and choreographed by Dody Homan. The show is Sponsored by The Cameo Foundation, Furst Properties LLC, Nussbaum Gillis & Dinner, P.C. Attorneys, Dr. Pete Mellas D.M.D., Ms. Senior Arizona Organization and the Arizona Cameo Club. A Family Christmas Show with Santa at every performance to greet the children.

Details: Friday, Dec. 9 at 7:00 p.m. and Saturday, Dec. 10 at 2:00 & 7:00 p.m.

Theatre Artists Studio in Paradise Valley at 4848 E. Cactus Ave. Scottsdale.

Tickets: Adults, $20.00 – Children 12 & under $10.00 and may be purchased by calling 602-788-9556 – Group rates available.


Market on the Move

On November 10th, 2011, posted in: News by

The Market on the Move was created to enable the supporters of The 3000 Club distribute free produce to the hungry and the needy. Read more about this program at www.the3000club.org


Meet, taste and learn from The Valley’s top women chefs at Getting Our Just Desserts 2011, a culinary event at The Art Institute of Phoenix, 2233 W. Dunlap Avenue, on Saturday, Nov. 19, from 2 to 5 p.m.

Women chefs from throughout Arizona will share their talents to benefit C-CAP, Careers through Culinary Arts Program, which supports high school culinary students.  Proceeds from this year’s event will fund scholarships for high school students.

Sample sweet and savory tastings of the chefs’ favorite dishes.  Learn something new in a selection of demonstration classes on cheese, olive oil, tea, chocolate and food photography.  Bid on amazing silent auction items including weekend getaways, dining packages, culinary products, photography and more.

Admission is $30 before September 30, 2011; afterward, tickets are $35. Tickets are available through www.blacktie-arizona.com/rsvp, event code: justdesserts11.

Participating chefs and business owners include at this date:

  • Jo Ann Ayres, Chef/Instructor, The Art Institute

of Phoenix

  • Charleen Badman, Chef/Owner, FnB
  • Amy Binkley, Chef/Owner, Binkley’s Restaurant
  • Sherrye Chapin, Chef/Owner, Sherrye’s Kitchen
  • Tammie Coe, Chef/Owner, Tammie Coe Cakes
  • Lisa Dahl, Sous Chef/Owner, Dahl & DiLuca

Ristorante and Cucina Rustica

  • Maya Dailey, Owner, Maya’s Farm
  • Tracy Dempsey, Pastry Chef/Owner, Tracy

Dempsey Originals

  • Lisa Dumbrosky, Pastry Chef, Dahl & Diluca and

Cucina Rustica

  • Dezirea Elizondo, Sous Chef, C-CAP, POSH
  • Julie Fiedler, C-CAP alumnus, Iron Chef

America contestant, POSH

  • Lucinda Flores, Chef, Mazatzal Hotel
  • Hannah Gabrielsson, Chef/Owner,

Beaver Choice

  • Tricia Guerrero, Director/C-CAP alumnus, East

Valley Institute of Technology (EVIT)


  • Renae Hannum, Exec Chef, Hilton Mesa
  • Chantal Hause, VP/Chef, Fabulous Food
  • Therese Hills, Pastry Chef, C-CAP alumnus,

Troon Private Golf & Country Club

  • Mary Josephs, Owner, Chocolates by


  • Susan Kolman, Chef/Instructor, Estrella

Mountain CC

  • Heidi Lee, Chef/Owner, into the Soup
  • Sacha Levine, Sous Chef/C-CAP alumnus, FnB
  • Jackie MacCannell, Chef/Instructor, Classic

Cooking Academy

  • Francine Marz, Chef/Instructor, The Art Institute

of Phoenix

  • Peggy McNerney, Pastry Chef,

Talking Stick Resort

  • Monica O’Brien, Chef/Instructor, Scottsdale CC
  • Joan O’Connor, Chef, Honey Moon Sweets
  • Samantha Roberts, Chef, The Phoenician
  • Chrysa Robertson, Chef/Owner, Rancho Pinot
  • Samantha Sharrar, Chef, The Sanctuary
  • Tasha Slatton, Chef, The Phoenician

The top 30 area students from the C-CAP competition in 2011 were awarded more than $750,000 in culinary scholarships in Arizona and throughout the nation to premier culinary schools. Scholarships are made possible from generous local and national support as well as the dedication of culinary educators statewide.

For more information about C-CAP in Arizona, visit www.ccapinc.org or contact Almira Wagley at 480-822-0112 or Jill Smith at 623-606-6213.  To make purchase a ticket, go to our website or to www.blacktie-arizona.com/rsvp  code: justdesserts11


Emily’s Toys-4-Joy

On September 12th, 2011, posted in: News by | 1 Comment

Please join my friend Emily during September for the ‘Emily’s Toys-4-Joy’ Toy Drive benefiting hospitalized kids. Drop off locations are throughout the Valley and are listed at www.emilystoys4joy.com.



Lisa E. Platt
President, West Valley Women

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