November 2015 Around Town

Phoenix Art Museum’s Infocus Honors James Hajicek

INFOCUS, the photography support organization of the Phoenix Art Museum, has announced that renowned artist, author and educator James Hajicek will receive its 2015 Founders Award. The INFOCUS Founders Award honors individuals, businesses or organizations whose efforts have advanced the cause and improved public awareness of fine art photography in Arizona. Mr. Hajicek will accept the award at the organization’s annual PhotoBid Gala Art Auction held Friday, November 13, at Phoenix Art Museum.

James Hajicek is a professor emeritus at Arizona State University (ASU), where he taught fine art photography for 34 years and directed programming in the specialized area of late 19th-century printing processes. For 17 of those 34 years, he also served as director of ASU’s Northlight Gallery, where he was responsible for building a significant collection of photographs dating back to 1840, so students could have hands-on experiences with prints from the history of photography. His significant lifelong contributions to the photographic craft combined with his genuine love of teaching make Mr. Hajicek a natural choice for this third annual Founders Award. For more information on the event and to purchase tickets visit:

30th Annual Sterling 
Awards Ceremony

As the Chamber’s marquee event, the Sterling Awards Ceremony embodies the spirit of the organization by celebrating the people and companies that make our community a great place to live, work and play. The prestigious Sterling Award is one of the most coveted business awards in the Valley, with a rigorous application, judging and selection process. Four teams of six judges each conduct an initial review of all applications and narrow the field to three finalists in each category. Once the finalists are identified, the judging teams visit those companies to conduct a personal interview and get a behind-the-scenes look at the operations. Each judge independently casts a set of points for the finalists based on their embodiment of the award criteria. The points are tallied and the results remain secret until the day of the event. The event will be held on November 20, 11:30 a.m. 1:30 p.m. at the Chaparral Suites Resort Scottsdale.  For information visit:

56th Annual Heart Ball

Join the 2015 Phoenix Heart Ball Chair Kimberly Afkhami and over 100 women leaders of the Phoenix Heart Ball Committee as they raise funds to make a difference in the fight against heart disease and stroke. Consistently one of the top ten performing Heart Balls in the nation benefitting the American Heart Association, the Phoenix Heart Ball works throughout the year to raise funds for prevention, education and research programs that promote heart health. Since 1959, the Phoenix Heart Ball and its generous donors have raised more than $30 million to fight heart disease and stroke in our community. This year’s gala is being held at the Arizona Biltmore Resort on Saturday, November 21st.  For information visit:

The Leukemia and Lymphoma Society Names Grant in Honor of Doctor Robert Arceci

The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society (LLS) is proud to honor the memory of the late renowned hematologic oncologist Robert Arceci, M.D., Ph.D., by presenting a national grant in his name to a young emerging scientist.

A physician and scientist who served as a clinical advisor for LLS and researched novel therapeutics for leukemia patients, Dr. Arceci died in a tragic motorcycle accident on his way to work at Phoenix Children’s Hospital on June 8. Dr. Arceci, division chief of the Phoenix Children’s Center for Cancer and Blood Disorders, devoted much of his 30-year academic career to improving treatment options for children and adolescents with cancer.

The five-year $550,000 Robert Arceci Career Development Program (CDP) Award has been presented to Benjamin Garcia, Ph.D., University of Pennsylvania, to support his work seeking to use state-of-the-art techniques to understand the mechanisms by which abnormalities in the mixed lineage leukemia (MLL) gene play a role in a very high-risk form of leukemia. To learn more about the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society visit

California Pools & Landscape Awarded the 2015 BBB International Torch 
Award for Ethics

The Council of Better Business Bureaus recently announced that California Pools & Landscape is one of four winners of the 2015 BBB International Torch Award for Ethics.

“Bringing recognition to these exceptional companies gives BBB an opportunity to shine a brighter light on better business.  Each winner and finalist has discovered an important truth.  A strong company-wide commitment to doing the right thing inspires loyalty from customers, employees, suppliers, vendors and the surrounding community. This loyalty not only boosts the sales of their service or product, but it also improves the quality of life for those that work for and do business with the company, and contributes to a healthy, more trusted marketplace,” says Mary E. Power, CEO for the Council of Better Business Bureaus.

Family-owned and operated since 1998, California Pools & Landscape strives to provide innovative design, quality construction and excellent customer service with every project they build. California Pools & Landscape prides itself on meeting and exceeding its customers’ expectations. The judges noted that everything this company does revolves around their commitment to the customer, as well as providing a rewarding work environment for their employees. Congratulations to California Pools & Landscape for garnering this prestigious award.