The social season is here!

The season from
October to May

 Welcome back! Over the course of the summer, I found myself fielding all kinds of emails and phone calls from people who claimed they were not receiving Trends Chatter. This is a seasonal email. It is not even sent out every week during the social whirlwind, unlike others in town who blast the community with things like patio clearance sales. It only goes out when there is something of substance to report. Our readers have also asked that we bring back Bad Social Behavior, something that been on hiatus for a year. Enough said.

People are talking about the upcoming Scottsdale Polo event, the afternoon party held at West World in conjunction with Barrett-Jackson, Bentley Scottsdale, Larsen Contemporary and Fine Art Auction, and many more fabulous companies just like them. Last year the sold-out event brought out some of the finest movers and shakers in the community. The event is Saturday, Oct. 24 -  details at

Bad Social Behavior
A socialite who lives in a glass house, has once again passed her true friends up for those with houses, horses and jets. Yet she seems to forget that her old friends, not her new ones, are always there to wipe her tears after the fire is gone.

Key to the Cure
Alarm clocks went off early this morning, as socialites across the Valley slipped into all-things-pink for Key to the Cure. The event, held as always at Saks Fifth Avenue, brought out everyone who matters and for an extremely worthy cause. Jacquie Dorrance and Katie Mueller (whose darling family members flew in for the event) once again chaired the strolling breakfast and raised a ton of money for breast cancer research at TGen. Models took to the runway showcasing everything imaginable. We even spied Jacquie's supportive husband Bennett in a light pink shirt with crazy pink socks. It was a great morning!

Michael Bassoff and Jacquie Dorrance

Phoenix Heart Ball
Addressing Lunch

Kimberly Afkhami must have rested more easily last week after the triumphant success of the Heart Ball Addressing Luncheon. Everyone was there including a lot of people I didn’t know and that's a good thing! The navy and platinum theme seemed a fitting touch, as Agency models in haute couture from Neiman Marcus Scottsdale sashayed throughout the Phoenix Theatre. I had the privilege of sitting next to Gee Gee Entz who doesn’t look a day past 40 and many others in the room who looked just as magnificent. You should have been there.

Libby Cohen, Kimberly Afkhami,
Nanci Bruner and Priscilla Nicholas

Q&A with Sound
of Speed 2

Sound of Speed 2 Chairs: C.A. and Nan Howlett,
Frankie Muniz and Carolyn and Craig Jackson

 What is The Sound of Speed 2?
                The Sound of Speed 2 is a groundbreaking concert and street festival celebrating the collision of great music, classic cars and the people who love them both, all to benefit The Phoenix Symphony’s Education and Community Outreach programs. The October 24, 2015 event begins with Barrett-Jackson’s Pit Road Street Festival at 3:00 p.m. featuring rare cars from all over the world, an exclusive pre-concert party at 5:00 p.m. for VIP’s and Sponsors, and a one-of-a-kind multimedia concert, performed live by The Phoenix Symphony at 7:30 p.m. The performance will feature musical tributes to cars and racing in film and pop culture as well as an all-American homage to the military and veterans.
How can people support and attend this event?
                Concert tickets start at $30 and are available at or 602.495.1999. VIP tickets are $500 each. Sponsorships begin at $5,000. More details on these options can be obtained by contacting 602.452.0425 or
Tell us more about Barrett-Jackson’s role in this event.
                Barrett-Jackson, The World’s Greatest Collector Car Auctions, is returning as our Presenting Sponsor and they will showcase an entirely new selection of rare cars from collections around the world during the Pit Road Street Festival, beginning at 3:00 p.m. on Third Street between Washington and Adams. Local food trucks and a DJ will add to the fun.
What made Frankie Muniz take an interest in The Sound of Speed 2 ?
In addition to his many accolades as an actor, best known for the title role in Fox television’s family sitcom Malcolm in the Middle, Frankie has been racing cars since 2004. In 2007 he moved up to the Champ Car Atlantic Series, and in 2008 he placed his acting career on hold to focus on open wheel racing. As a musician, he played drums for the band Kingsfoil until 2014.
How does this event involve local active military and veterans?
                Supporters of The Sound of Speed 2 will have the opportunity to sponsor Tickets for Our Troops.  Each sponsorship will allow up to 50 active military or veterans, with  their families,  to attend The Sound of Speed 2 Street Festival and Concert for free.  The concert will include an all-American tribute to our troops.
Tell us about the Education and Community
Outreach programs at The Phoenix Symphony.

                Because of support from the community, The Phoenix Symphony was able to bring the joy of music to 124,000 children and adults through our Education & Community Engagement programs. During the 2014/15 Season, we had the opportunity to deliver musical presentations to 290 schools from 35 cities across the state, as well as local homeless shelters and healthcare facilities.

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