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March, 07 2010 - Arthritis Foundation's Oscar Night America

Where: Arizona Biltmore Resort & Spa

When: March 7, 2010

Time: 4:30 PM

Ticket Prices: $500 per ticket

Host(s): Nicole Beyer & Kirk Yuhnke of ABC15 News

Honoree(s): Senator Carolyn S. Allen

Gala Chairperson(s): Deborah Bateman & Chuck Sowers; Jodi Dewey (vice-chair)

Committee Members: Laurie Aikin, Susan Atkins, Dar-Lynn Beard, Walt Behm, Kathy Brown, Andrea Castilla, Joe Christ, Kris Contratto, Cheryl Curtis, Bijen Dyrek, Earl Feng MD, Holly Gentile, Laura Hemenway, Pam Keefe, Bryan Laurel, Mary Ann Luciano, Jennifer Maggiore, Keri Mahoney, Rick McCartney, Kristi McShay, Lynn Moran, Melissa Rich, Maryann Richardson, Marlene Rosen, Belinda Rosthenhausler, Jackie Saturno, Jathan Segur, George Seitts, Geff Sellers, Jim Torrence, Kate VanDriel, Susan Williams, Gay Ann Williams

President(s): and CEO - Vikki Scarafiotti

Staff: Allie Avishai, Melissa Brauer, Sam Clawson, Jody Howell, Matthew Jerrerson, Taryn Lopez Norley, Veronica Lucas, Angela McTee, Marilyn Murphy, Dee Nortman

Entertainment: The Valley's only official Academy Awards viewing party -- Oscar Night

Sponsors: PRESENTING: Health Net of Arizona, National Bank of Arizona; HOLLYWOOD: Blue Bross Blue Shield of Arizona, Jennings Strouss & Salmon, The Orthopedic Clinic Association, Wells Fargo; FILM: Abrazo Health, Arizona Spine & Joint Hospital, CBIZ & Mayer Hoffman McCann PC, Greenberg Traurig LLP, Humana, Meyners & Company LLC, Mutual of Omaha Bank, Rose & Harry Papp, Phoenix Orthopaedic Consultants, Sonora Quest Laboratories, Southwest Ambulance, University of Phoenix; EVENT PARTNERS: Arizona Biltmore Resort & Spa, Bijou of Scottsdale, Harkins Theatres, Prisma Graphic, Robert W. Baird & Co., Saks Fifth Avenue; MEDIA PARTNERS: ABC15, AZ Magazine, The Arizona Republic, Bonneville International Corp.

Attendance: 400

Attire: Evening Attire, Business Formal or Cocktail Attire

Information: Matt Jefferson, EVP of Advancement (602) 212-9908

Event Coordinator: Dave O. Dodge

Board of Directors: (Board Chair) Warren C. Rizzo, M.D. (Immediate Past Chair) Carolyn S. Allen (Vice Chair) Rob Leslie, CPA (Treasurer) Thomas Avery, CPA (Secretary) Reisha Zang Members: Brenda Eidler, Carolyn Allen, Chris Hogan, Chuck Sowers, Daniel Burchfield, MD PhD, Daniel Schulman, DPM Douglas Morrow - Advocacy Committee Chair, Earl Louis Feng, MD, Fiona Cross-Mesko, George Seitts, Georgie Ortiz CPA, Harry A. Papp - Investment Committee Chair, Jacob Brown - Board Development Committee Chair, Joann Hurley Kelly Silberschlag, Kristi McShay, Larry Burns, Marc J. Rosen, MD, Marcus Wallace, MD, Michael T. Vercillo, MD, Nora Mandel, Patricia Block Paul F. Howard, MD - Medical & Scientific Committee Chair, Peter Fischer, Reisha Zang, Rob Leslie, CPA - Audit Committee Chair,, Stephen W. Brown, PhD, Stuart R. Meislik T. James Lee - Planned Giving Committee Chair, Tom Avery - Budget/Finance Committee Chair, Tricia Herber Walter Behm, Warren Rizzo, MD, William Kohl

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 Senator Carolyn Allen (honorary chair), Dave O. Dodge (event producer)
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Arthritis Foundation's Oscar Night America

By Myra Richman

Oscar Night America celebrated its 16th year in Phoenix on Sunday, March 7, 2010, at the Arizona Biltmore Resort & Spa with a sold-out event.

More than 400 guests entered the event on the red carpet with awaiting paparazzi flashing bulbs, excited to enjoy many surprises, a cocktail reception, make-up touch-ups and swag bags.  Guests made a dramatic entrance to the ballroom with 'Hooray For Hollywood' playing them in.

Except for the absence of George Clooney, the evening was perfect.  

At dinner, while watching the direct simulcast from ABC's broadcast of the 82nd Annual Academy Awards shown on several giant screens throughout the ballroom, everyone received an official Oscar show program and enjoyed a multi-course dinner. There wasn't a bad seat in the house.

The honored guest was Senator Carolyn Allen, thanked for her many years of tireless work in advocacy for the Arthritis Foundation Greater Southwest Chapter.

The Phoenix event is one of 50 official Oscar viewing parties hosted around the United States, and was generously sponsored by Health Net of Arizona and National Bank of Arizona.  Deborah Bateman and Chuck Sowers served as the evening's co-chairs.

The Arthritis Foundation's Greater Southwest Chapter provides services for 1.5 million men, women and children in Arizona, New Mexico and El Paso, Texas who are affected by arthritis.

For more information about the foundation, contact or 602-264-7679.



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