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Arizona Highway Patrol Association Collects "Comfort Bears"

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Through April 30, Arizona Highway Patrol Association is hosting its annual Comfort Bear Toy Drive, designed to collect stuffed toys to help console children impacted by tragedy. To contribute, drop off a new stuffed animal at any participating Phoenix, Tucson, or Yuma Papa Murphy's Pizza location.

“Car accidents, domestic abuse situations and violent crime impacts everyone. When there’s children involved, the ramifications are especially difficult,” says Sgt. Jimmy Chavez, president of AHPA. “Our supply of 'Comfort Bears' has dwindled to a level never seen by the AHPA, and the need is greater than ever.”

AHPA is collecting donations of new stuffed animals, nicknamed “Comfort Bears,” to help with children impacted by trauma. “Comfort Bears” are usually kept in the trunks of law enforcement vehicles for immediate use after a traumatic situation.

Also, Papa Murphy's is offering $5 off any family-sized pizza for every new stuffed toy dropped off at a participating location through April 30, limit one per household.

 

JANI Model Management Partners with Elite

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JANI Model Management is pleased to announce their partnership with Elite Model Management. Elite Model Management is the world's most prestigious modeling network. Founded in 1972, Elite represents more than 2000 models across five continents and offers complete international coverage thanks to a network of more than 30 agencies.

Having been voted “Best Agency in the Valley” for the second year in a row, JANI owner Maral Jorjani caught the attention of agencies across the nation with her roster beautiful and unique talent. Jorjani is excited to take the agency to the next level by placing her Arizona based models nationally and internationally. 

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The Bob & Renee Parsons Foundation Continues to Give

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Arizona-based The Bob & Renee Parsons Foundation continues to give back to the community--and beyond--with a few recent gifts. (Renee Parsons was named one of Arizona Foothills Magazine's Women Who Move the Valley.)

  • $2 million to Make-A-Wish Arizona announced during Wish Ball
  • $1 million to Muhammad Ali Parkinson Center announced during Celebrity Fight Night
  • $100,000 to Birdies for Breast Cancer, founded by LPGA Golfer and Valley resident Cristie Kerr
  • $500,000 to Arizona Burn Foundation

Thank you, Bob & Renee Parsons Foundation!

 

The Phoenix Cotillion to Host Spring Fashion Show & Gala

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The Phoenix Cotillion 2014 Spring Fashion Show & Gala, hosted by Drew Kenney of the Bachelorette, will feature a fun-filled evening of cocktails, fashion, dining, and dancing. The Gala is set to take place on Friday May 9th at the Scottsdale Resort and Conference Center from 6:30p – 9:30p. Cocktail hour kicks off at 6:30p followed by a delicious dinner served at 7:30p. The fashion show, to take place during the dinner service, will feature stunning fashions from Dillards on local models and Cotillion members.

The Gala will benefit the IMTA Scholarship Fund which allows aspiring talent to compete at the International Model and Talent Association convention in New York and Los Angeles. The International Modeling and Talent Association, or IMTA, is a professional association of the finest and most successful modeling and talent training centers in the world. Since 1987, IMTA has become the recognized leader in putting new faces in front of the people whose business it is to identify the next rising star or supermodel. An impressive, and constantly growing, list of people who were first seen at IMTA conventions are now seen in magazines, TV, movies and fashion shows. Notable success stories include Ashton Kutcher, Ashley Greene, Katie Holmes, Jessica Biel, Eva Longoria, Elijah Wood, and many more.

IMTA produces multiple week-long competitions, including one in New York, and Los Angeles, consisting of modeling, acting, singing and dancing. Hundreds of fashion and talent agents, personal managers, casting directors, network representatives and music producers judge IMTA competitions while searching for new models, actors, singers and dancers to work in the fashion and entertainment industries.

For tickets, tables, or sponsorships contact 602.373.8666 or 480.584.8358 or visit www.phoenixcotillion.com. For more information on the International Model and Talent Association visit www.IMTA.com.

 

 

 

 

La Hacienda Spices Up for Cinco de Mayo

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Celebrating the spirit of Mexico with pride, colorful décor, flavorful food, music – and for fun, a beer donkey – La Hacienda is spicing things up for Cinco de Mayo with a party on the plaza, Monday, May 5, 2014.

Recently named the #1 Mexican restaurant in Arizona by AZ Business Magazine for the third consecutive year, La Hacienda is creating a Cinco de Mayo fiesta marketplace with strolling mariachis, a street-style taco cart, a guacamole sampling station, churros fried to order, twinkling lights, streamers of Mexican flags, piñatas and the plaza fountain lit in red and green.

Celebrating is also about sipping, and there’s no shortage of south-of-the-border spirits with 240 selections of tequila presented by Tequila Goddess Abeer Besharieh, who will also offer tequila sampling in the plaza.  Mija, the resort’s beer burro who sports a miniature sombrero, totes a variety of Mexican beer in her satchel and happily poses for photos from 5:30 p.m. – 7 p.m. (In fact, she loves being tagged on Facebook) 

In addition to the Cinco de Mayo fiesta marketplace, La Hacienda will serve its regular menu in the restaurant.

La Hacienda is located at the Fairmont Scottsdale Princess at 7575 East Princess Drive in Scottsdale.  Admission to the Cinco de Mayo celebration and valet parking are complimentary.  Advance reservations are required for dinner and are available by calling (480) 585-2694. For more information, please visit www.scottsdaleprincess.com.

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