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August, 31 2006 - Partnership for a Drug-Free America "Fashion in the Park"

Where: Saks Fifth Avenue, Biltmore Fashion Square

When: August 31, 2006

Time: 7:30 AM

Ticket Prices: $100

Host(s): Gina Salazar-Hook

Presenting Sponsor(s): Greenberg Traurig, Johnson Carlier Inc.

Founders: John Bouma, Jerry Colangelo, Harold Hurtt, Bob Johnson, Douglas Moss, Rick Romley

Co-Chair(s): Carol Warner

Executive Director: Leslie Bloom

Committee Members: Barbara Blalock, Cathy Blanford, Leslie Bloom, Penny Cummings, Abbie Fink, Sylvia Forry, Gina Salazar-Hook, Marie McGlynn, Shelly Mowrey, Kimberly Nuzman, Terry Roman, Janice Todd, Susie Todd

Introductions: Larry Buchanan, Saks Fifth Avenue, VP/General Manager; Carol Warner, Fashion in the Park, Committee Chair, President and COO Johnson Carlier

Catering: Atlasta

Sponsors: PRESENTING SPONSORS: Greenberg Traurig, Johnson Carlier; IN THE SPIRIT OF CELEBRATION: KTVK-3TV; IN THE SPIRIT OF COMMITMENT: Cox Media, General Dynamics, Snell & Wilmer LLP; IN THE SPIRIT OF PARTNERSHIP: Blue Cross Blue Shield of Arizona, Clive Christian, Conservatory of Dance, Drug Enforcement Administration-Phoenix Division, Jyllene Miller, KNXV-ABC15, Phoenix Suns, UnitedHealthcare, Women at the Top; FRIENDS OF THE PARTNERSHIP: Leslie Bloom, Jackie Brown, Janice Burnett, Nancy Cruikshank, Bob & Colleen Cummings, Mimi Meredith, Shelly Mowrey, Michele Shipitofsky

Quote of the evening: "13 years old is the average age of first drug use in Arizona," said Leslie Bloom, executive director.

Special Thanks: Atlasta Catering, Rodney Armstead, Avant Garden Flowers, Dior, HMA Public Relations, Joe Scheiman, i Dzyne Graphics, Lamar Everyday Spa, Saks Fifth Avenue (Larry Buchanan, Connie Hartgraves, Dave Dodge, Mary Pollard), Volunteers (Marie Brennan, Sylvia Forry, Chris Murphy, Kimberly Nuzman, Susie Todd)

Information: Office 602-436-5569

Board of Directors: Benton Davis, Tom Ambrose, Andy Anderson, Robert L. Cummings, Devon Engel, Paul J. Giancola, Marty Laurel, Cullen Maxey, Art Othon, Cindy Barnes Pharr, Jim Tourek, Peter Woodfork, Leslie M. Bloom (ex-officio)

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 Pam Overton, Jennifer Dubay of Greenberg Traurig (presenting sponsor)
Pam Overton, Jennifer Dubay of Greenberg Traurig (presenting sponsor)
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Partnership for a Drug-Free America Presents "Fashion in the Park"

By Myra Richman

Summer in Phoenix became enjoyable on the morning of August 31st when the Partnership for Drug-Free America, Arizona Chapter, presented a Fashion in the Park fundraiser at Saks Fifth Avenue. 

Beginning with a welcoming reception at their Biltmore Fashion Square store, guests were treated to a bistro breakfast and beautiful show featuring models presenting the new fall fashions. A private shopping experience followed the event, where attendees were treated special with a discount card and set free to do their thing.  Dior contributed makeup and touch ups.

There was a brief program describing the Partnership's mission and citing some startling statistics about drug use in our community and country.  The printed program was expecially interesting (and important), showing photos of various drugs available today, descibing their properties, street or slang names, short and long term effects and what every parent should know. 

The Partnership for a Drug-Free America, Arizona Chapter is a private, nonprofit organization.  The mission of the Partnership is to reduce illicit drug use in America.  Through its programs, The Partnership inspires and persuades Arizonans to join in a united effort to prevent illicit drug use among teens through community-based education.  The research-based public education campaigns reach parents and children through public service announcements, parent outreach programs, pediatricians, public relations (news stories, editorials), school-based programs and educational brochures.

The Arizona Chapter is the first chapter in the country established by The Partnership.  The chapter has its own governing board, volunteers and fundraising programs in order to work toward the reduction of illicit drug use in America.  The primary goal of the Arizona Chapter is to provide information and practical guidance to parents, children and teens to reduce drug use for healthy families in local communities.

For more information, call 602-436-5569 or visit

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