September 2015 Around Town

North Scottsdale Business Leader Appointed to Boys & Girls Clubs Board of Directors

The national law firm of Quarles & Brady LLP recently announced that Jeffrey H. Wolf, a partner in the firm’s Phoenix office and North Scottsdale resident, has been appointed to the board of directors for the Boys & Girls Clubs of Metro Phoenix (BGCMP). In this role, Wolf will be responsible for sharing mission and direction, ensuring leadership and resources, and monitoring and improving performance through participation, governance, leadership, and fundraising. “As someone who grew up in a family of limited means and a father myself, joining this board took on personal meaning to me,” says Wolf, who also has served in leadership roles in other Valley non-profit organizations. “The Clubs’ mission—to help kids achieve their full potential—is something I focus on instilling at home each day. It was a perfect fit for me to help an organization that needs people to step up and do it.”

Grimaldi’s Pizzeria Fights to End Childhood Hunger

One in five children in the United States face hunger every day. In an effort to combat this problem, Grimaldi’s Pizzeria has joined the fight to raise awareness and end childhood hunger in America. Throughout September, in honor of Hunger Awareness Month, guests who dine at any Arizona Grimaldi’s Pizzeria locations can donate to No Kid Hungry, a charitable organization pushing to end childhood hunger in America by ensuring all children get the healthy food they need, every day. In return for their donation, guests will receive a gift card matching their donation amount to use on their next visit. All of the proceeds raised will benefit No Kid Hungry. Grimaldi’s Pizzeria has eight locations in Arizona, including three in the Scottsdale area.

Washington Federal Makes $2.9 Million Investment In Support of Permanent Supportive Housing for Veterans in Arizona

Washington Federal, headquartered in Scottsdale, recently pledged its full support of Arizona veterans, making a $2.9 million investment in Rally Point, a non-profit organization focused on providing veterans, service members and their families resources in Southern Arizona regardless of discharge status, entitlements or health benefits. The organization is taking the historic Old Pueblo Club in Tucson and not only updating the structure, but reimagining it into permanent supportive housing for our local veterans. Their vision to create not only apartments, but a cafeteria, exercise facility and convenience store for veterans is something Washington Federal stands behind and fully supports both at the local and national level. This project is one of many Washington Federal supports in Arizona as part of its community outreach and assistance efforts.

Scottsdale Dentist Writes Chapter for Textbook

Scottsdale dentist Dr. Terry Work, DMD, of Dental Works Family Dentistry, is helping to introduce new techniques that may someday be used in all general dentistry offices, not just his own. At the request of Dental Learning Systems, LLC, Work recently authored a Continuing Dental Education for Life-Long Learning article that appeared in an issue of CDEWorld.com.  The article was titled “CBCT Scanners for the General Dental Office.” CBCT stands for Cone Beam Computed Tomography. “While I enjoy lecturing and interacting with fellow dentists, writing this article for peers knowing that it counts towards continuing education credits made it a very different kind of task,” Work said. “I had a lot of fun writing this article knowing that each concept needed to be concise and clear, with documentation to back up each and every statement.”

Citizen Public House Announces Updated Menu
Award-winning Citizen Public House has updated their menu with some very interesting additions. For example, the Grilled Peach Salad features baby romaine, mascarpone, bacon lardons, candied pecans and Champagne vinaigrette. The Burrata is made from pickled grapes, red spinach, chili oil, and basil seed vinaigrette on Noble bread. A variety of new sandwiches have been added, including the Cubano made from tender belly ham, roasted pork, Swiss cheese and house-made pickle on pressed demi baguette, served with yucca chips. For more information, visit CitizenPublicHouse.com.

Scottsdale-based Camelot Homes to Refurbish Residential Homes of Boys Hope, Girls Hope of Arizona

This summer, local builders Camelot Homes and Robson Communities, along with their partners and subcontractors, refurbished the residential homes of Boys Hope, Girls Hope of Arizona. Robson Resort Communities led efforts to revitalize the “Boys Hope” home and Camelot Homes focused their efforts on revitalizing the “Girls Hope” home for Boys Hope Girls Hope of Arizona, a  privately funded, non-profit organization serving aspiring youth-in-need. The improvements covered essentially all areas of the homes such as plumbing and electrical work, flooring, paint, cabinets, fixtures, appliances, landscape improvements and various repairs. More than 60 trade companies and volunteer groups were involved in the project. “Camelot Homes, together with our trade partners, is so proud to be a part of this project,” said Julie Hancock, managing director of Camelot Homes. “The first time we visited the Girls House and met the amazing residents and staff, we immediately knew we wanted to help in any way we could to make their house a place they could be proud to call home. These young men and women are an inspiration to us all and we’re honored by the opportunity to create an environment that will continue to foster growth, learning, and prosperity for current and future residents. The mission and values of Boys Hope, Girls Hope epitomize the solid foundation necessary for success not only in the home and at school, but also in the business world, and we can’t wait to see what the future holds for each of them – it’s bound to be bright, and we’re happy to have played a small role in what’s sure to be their big success.”

Scottsdale College Fair

On Saturday, September 26 from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m., the 2015 Scottsdale College Fair will take place at Saguaro High School. Corporations who are interested in providing scholarships to students are welcome to do so; options are being an Event Sponsor for $250, which includes a company name or logo on all event advertising, or a Table Sponsor for $500 which includes a table at the event plus the Event Sponsor level details. The college fair typically draws a large crowd; last year’s event had almost 800 attendees. To register as a sponsor, visit ScottsdaleCF.com, click “register” and then select “registration as a sponsor.”

New Jersey-based residential mortgage lender First Choice Loan Services Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of First Choice Bank, has announced that its branch located in Scottsdale, and led by R.J. Crosby and Kimberley Crosby, was named the company’s Branch of the Year for 2014. Selected from 15 First Choice Loan Services locations, the Scottsdale branch was chosen as Branch of the Year because of the ways the team embodies the core values of First Choice Loan Services; these values are working with honesty and integrity, operating on a foundation of teamwork, respecting and honoring the worth of each individual, being proactively nimble, and providing service beyond belief. The Scottsdale loan origination team includes six mortgage loan originators, six assistant mortgage loan originators and four loan processors. With the ability to close in 48 states and offering loan products including FHA, jumbo, renovation and VA Loans, the team members provide exceptional service to their real estate and builder partners and the homeowners and homebuyers of Scottsdale and the surrounding communities.“We are very excited to have been named the Branch of the Year in 2014 for First Choice. The First Choice family is filled with dedicated and hard working teams that are deeply connected to their communities, so it’s an honor to be recognized in this way,” said Scottsdale Branch Manager Kimberley Crosby. “In the meeting space of our office, we have the core values of First Choice painted on our walls. Having them present and in front of us on a daily basis helps focus us on the foundation that makes us a success. We know when we are able to live out these values, the result is the happy and satisfied customers. At the end of the day, we want nothing less. We want them to know that they come first.” To learn more about First Choice, visit RJCrosby.com