May 2015 Around Town


Boys and Girls of Metro Phoenix Hosts “The Big Event”

Enjoy delicious food, live entertainment, tasty beverages and more…all for a great cause. The Boys & Girls Clubs of Metro Phoenix’s Connect volunteer group will host its sixth annual “The Big Event” on Saturday, May 2, at 5:30 p.m.

This annual fundraising event, which is sponsored by Inventure Foods, is a Valley favorite and is attended year after year by nearly 500 people. The festive, outdoor event will be held this year at the Museum at Papago Park. It will include tasting stations featuring delectable dishes from some of the valley’s more popular restaurants, specialty adult beverages, local entertainment and more than 200 live and silent auction items.

Last year, Connect raised nearly $100,000 through “The Big Event” to support Boys & Girls Clubs programs throughout Phoenix and the West Valley that ensure that kids have a safe place to go after school where they can reach their potential. Tickets are $125 per person in advance and $150 per person at the door. Tickets can be purchased online at, with all proceeds benefitting the Boys & Girls Clubs of Metro Phoenix.

City of Scottsdale Partners with Nextdoor

The City of Scottsdale has decided to partner with Nextdoor, the private social network for neighborhoods, to improve citywide and neighbor-to-neighbor communications. With the arrangement, Scottsdale residents can create private neighborhood websites to share information, including neighborhood public safety issues, community events and activities, local services, and even lost pets. The city will be able to post information, such as important news, services, programs, free events, and emergency notifications to Nextdoor neighborhoods.

Free for both the residents and the city, Nextdoor is launching with six different departments. Scottsdale Police, Solid Waste, Neighborhood Services, Parks & Recreation, Libraries and City Hall will share information and ask questions at the neighborhood level.

Also, each Scottsdale neighborhood has its own private Nextdoor neighborhood website, accessible only to residents of that neighborhood. Neighborhoods establish and self-manage their own Nextdoor website and the city will not be able to access residents’ websites, contact information, or content. Residents with questions about their Nextdoor website should visit

Jeff Wolf Receives 2015 International Client Choice Award

The national law firm of Quarles & Brady LLP announced that Jeffrey Wolf, a partner at Quarles & Brady LLP and North Scottsdale resident, has received the 2015 Client Choice award from Lexology and the International Law Office (ILO).

Established in 2005, the Client Choice awards recognize partners around the world that stand apart for their excellent client service. Uniquely, these awards survey in-house senior corporate counsel only, inquiring about quality of legal advice, value delivered, commercial awareness and effective communication. Following one-on-one interviews with clients, this year’s winners were chosen from a pool of more than 2,500 individual nominations. Only one attorney in each market is recognized for any particular practice area.

Wolf practices out the firm’s Phoenix office and is a member of the Franchise & Distribution Practice Group. He represents franchisors of all sizes in litigation involving breach of contract, fraud, trademark and trade dress infringement, restrictive covenants and vicarious liability, among other claims. His practice also includes handling general commercial and employment litigation for a variety of clients. Wolf received his law degree from Washington University in St. Louis School of Law and his bachelor’s degree, cum laude, from the University of Hartford.

Sanctuary on Camelback Mountain to Host Satori Meditation Retreat

Sanctuary on Camelback Mountain will host its second Satori Meditation Retreat Oct. 4–7, 2015. Led by master meditation instructor Sarah McLean, the exclusive retreat will rejuvenate, inspire and guide guests to a peaceful and more fulfilling life.

The retreat will include candle light yoga, meditation in motion, and mindfulness practices, complete with spa treatments at the world-renowned Sanctuary Spa, food for the mind and body via elements restaurant, and accommodations with no shortage of views in Casa Montana, one of the resort’s distinct private mountain homes.

Sanctuary’s Satori Meditation Retreat is limited to 12 participants and includes accommodations, meals, choice of four hour-long spa treatments, as well as guided deep meditation and yoga sessions.

The Phoenician Earns USTA Award

The Phoenician’s Tennis Complex, one of the largest resort facilities in the Southwest, has been recognized as the 2014 Member Organization of Year by the United States Tennis Association (USTA) of Central Arizona. The honor is awarded to the establishment that best exemplifies service to the community and to its members through USTA youth and adult tennis programs.

The premier tennis facility is the only one of its kind in the region to offer four playing surfaces on 11 outdoor courts, including a Wimbledon championship grass court, seven Plexipave hard-surface courts, two courts with the revolutionary Rebound Ace surface from Australia, and a Prestige Plexicushion surface on center court, which also features spectator seating.  The Tennis Complex, with 10 of its 11 courts lit for evening play, is available for USTA league competition, tournaments and special events, and is open to resort guests as well as the general public.

In addition to private and semi-private lessons with its nationally recognized and certified staff of professionals, The Phoenician also offers an extensive range of programming that varies depending upon age and skill level. Custom-designed training and team packages are available and include video instruction/analysis and performance work.

Colliers International Completes $3.3 Million Sale of Large Church Building in Scottsdale

Colliers International in Greater Phoenix recently completed the sale of the Impact Church building in North Scottsdale for $3.3 million or $143 per square foot. Scottsdale Training Facility Partners LLC of Scottsdale purchased the building from Impact Church of Scottsdale.

The 23,000-square-foot commercial flex building was built out and ready to occupy. It provides existing offices, classrooms, conference room, kitchen, sanctuary and outdoor play area.

Constructed in 1999, the building is situated on 1.51 acres or 65,766-square-feet of land on the southwest side of Hayden Road and 84th Street. The property sits just east of the Scottsdale Municipal Airport airstrip

Scottsdale Doctor Named President of the Arizona Society of Plastic Surgeons

The Arizona Society of Plastic Surgeons is proud to announce the election of John J. Corey, M.D., to serve as president of the society from January 2015 through January 2017.

The Arizona Society of Plastic Surgeons is a non-profit membership organization consisting of 90 Arizona board certified plastic surgeons. The mission of the society is to encourage and assist in the promotion and advancement of the art and science of plastic surgery; encourage and promote the highest standard of professional skills and competence among Arizona plastic surgeons; and improve communications to the public about all aspects of plastic surgery through interaction with other medical and health professionals, professional societies and governmental bodies.

Corey is honored to be elected to this prestigious position. With more than 23 years of surgical experience, he hopes he can encourage excellence and patient education in the field of reconstructive and aesthetic plastic surgery.