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February, 12 2010 - The Partnership for a Drug-Free America, Arizona Affiliate's Second Annual Dinner

Where: Monterra at WestWorld

When: February 12, 2010

Time: 6:30 PM

Ticket Prices: $125

Beneficiary: the Partnering with Families Programs

Presenting Sponsor(s): General Dynamics; LifeLock

Honorary Chairperson(s): The Honorable Jan Brewer; John J. Bouma

Founders: John Bouma, Jerry Colangelo, Harold Hurtt, Robert D. Johnson, Douglas Moss, Richard M. Romley

Co-Chair(s): Marie McGlynn; Bill Wilson

Executive Director: CEO: Leslie Bloom

Committee Members: Marie McGlynn, Dean Apostalides, Debbie Bell, Dava Brothers, Jeff Burnton, Manuelita Chavez, Sylvia Forry, Roy Garibaldi, Mallynda Hartel, Tim Jennings, Tom Kemp, Laura Lane, Dan Mayasich, Mary McClain, Suzanne McCoy, Melanie Michaels, Mike Nealy, Kim Obert, Ed Olsen, Rick Soltesz, Bob Sullivan, Gary Woods

Music: Rondavous

Of note: "Prescription drugs are the drug of choice for kids 12-13 years of age."

Menu: Three-course meal featuring steak and chicken, followed by apple pie creme caramel and ice cream

Attendance: 220

Attire: Casual Attire (jeans and boots were strongly encouraged)

Information: Ann Hammerslag 602-264-5700

Board of Directors: Devon Engel (chairman), Tom Ambrose (founding chair), Leslie M. Bloom (CEO, Arizona Affiliate), Steve Cobb, Benton V. Davis, Michael J. Nealy (treasurer), Keith Spizzirri, Garth D. Stevens (secretary), Jim Tourek, Bill Wilson, Peter Woodfork, Gary Woods

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The Partnership for a Drug-Free America, Arizona Affiliate's Second Annual Dinner

By Myra Richman

The cowboy hats and denim were out in full force at Monterra at WestWorld on Friday, February 13, 2010, where 220 guests gathered to eat, play and honor two deserving supporters of the Partnership for a Drug-Free America, Arizona affiliate.

Cocktails and hors d'oeuvres were served on the terrace, and guests purchased fun money and enjoyed the many activities, including a shooting gallery, and an OK Corral fortune teller.  Dinner was served inside the restaurant and awards were presented to two honorees, The Honorable Jan Brewer (represented by Tammy Paz-Combs, Director Governor's Division for Community and Youth Development) and John J. Bouma, chairman Snell & Wilmer, and co-founder of The Partnership's AZ Affiliate.

CEO Leslie Bloom introduced a few board members, who stood and shared several facts with the audience. Emcee Bill Bellis, weather anchor for ABC15, announced that he and his wife are expecting their third child and he wants to keep up with the latest drug trends so he's an informed parent. 

Founding chair Tom Ambrose spoke about his career in communications with the Phoenix Suns organization, and prevention of drug abuse starts with communication.


The mission of the Arizona Affiliate of The Partnership for a Drug-Free America is to reduce illicit drug use by encouraging people to live healthy, drug-free lives.  Every day, through community-based education, they help save lives by inspiring and empowering Arizonans to join in a united effort to prevent drug use among teens.

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