Phil Gudenschwager, Gudenschwager Photography Inc.
THE PARTY A record crowd of over 540 Valley business and philanthropists showed up at the Arizona Biltmore for McNight to Remember: The Magic Lamp Gala benefiting the Valley’s three Ronald McDonald Houses. The elegant ball was filled with fun festivities and a gourmet dinner. THE GUESTS Event co-chairs Amy and Aiden McSheffrey organized the enchanting evening, which helped raise nearly $410,000 for families staying at Ronald McDonald Houses.
THE PARTY Fashionista philanthropist Nancy C. Rogers chaired the 17th annual Two x Two for AIDS and Art black-tie benefit and contemporary art auction with hosts Cindy and Howard Rachofsky at their Richard Meier-designed home, the Rachofsky House. THE GUESTS More than 500 people enjoyed a caviar- and Dom Pérignon-fueled dinner at the sold-out event, helping to raise a record $8.6 million.
THE PARTY Nearly 500 guests gathered at the Four Seasons Resort Scottsdale at Troon North for an evening of libations and hors d’oeuvres at the Scottsdale League for the Arts’ Cooks and Corks event. A foodie’s paradise, the party boasted killer cuisine by a handful of the city’s top chefs in support of local arts programming. THE GUESTS VIP attendees such as Mayor Jim Lane and Fabulous Arizona’s Cynthia Sassi indulged in a Champagne-filled happy hour prior to the event.
THE PARTY Artist Alex Israel brought a big dose of Los Angeles to town with the debut of his show at the Nasher Sculpture Center. Generously sponsored by Christen and Derek Wilson, Lara and Stephen Harrison, and Nasiba and Thomas Hartland-Mackie, the exhibition Sightings: Alex Israel featured new sculptures and paintings, some related to his first feature film, SPF-18, which is currently in production.
THE PARTY Fashion Group International of Dallas invited a bevy of stylish insiders to the annual Night of Stars gala at Fashion Industry Gallery for dinner and a runway show benefiting the FGI of Dallas Scholarship Foundation. THE GUESTS Designer Prabal Gurung took home the Career Achievement in Fashion Award; Nancy A.
THE PARTY Total knockouts! DC’s most powerful women rocked The Ritz-Carlton’s ballroom for an elegant evening at the annual Knock Out Abuse fundraiser to benefit local victims of domestic violence. The always over-the‐top affair featured a Florence theme this year, with fun touches like muscled men dressed as Roman sculptures and an Italian opera singer.
THE PARTY All the world’s a stage! It was a dramatic evening as the Shakespeare Theatre Company hosted its Harman Center for the Arts Annual Gala in honor of the Will Award honoree Julie Taymor, the woman behind Broadway smashes like The Lion King. The annual awards ceremony raised more than $650,000 for STC’s community engagement programs that serve 20,000 local children and adults.