Center Pointe dancers sweep invitational

The Center Pointe Dance Company recently swept the Kids Artistic Revue Invitational qualifying them for National competition in Las Vegas this summer.

Center Pointe brought home more awards and recognition than any other dance studio in attendance at the regional competition at Skyline High School in Mesa.

Among the highlights of their awards were the Top Level One and Level Two First Place awards in the categories of Small Group Ages 8 and under, Large Group Ages 8 and under, Line Ages 8 and under, Large Group Ages 9 to 11, Small Group Ages 12 to 14 and Large Group Ages 12 to 14.

Center Pointe also swept the Duet and Trio categories with the following awards: Top Level 1 Duet/Trio (8 and under) first place - Ashley Bultman, Lindsay Mosher and Abby Kozel in "Precious Ones;" Top Level 1 Duet/Trio (9 to 11) first place - Ally Trevino, Danya Matulis and Bella Gutierrez in "I Don't Think We've Met;" Top Level 1 Duet/Trio (15 to 19) first place - Taylor Muelemans and Jessie Evers in "So Krispy;" Top Level 2 Duet/Trio (9 to 11) first place - Cassie Lindsey and Ashley Bultman in "Flaunt It;" and Top Level 2 Duet/Trio (12 to 14) first place - Cassie Lindsey and Nicole Lince in "Le Jazz Hot."

Center Pointe soloists all placed in the Top Level One and Two of their age divisions and the following dancers received the highest honor of Title Awards: Miss Petite Dance, Ashley Bultman; Miss Petite First Runner-up, Abby Kozel; Miss Petite Second Runner-up, Mikaela Hostallero; Miss Junior Dance, Ally Trevino; Miss Junior First Runner-up, Bella Gutierrez; Miss Junior Second Runner-up, Haley Hanson; and Miss Teen Dance, Cassie Lindsey.

Center Pointe Dance Companies also received the following special awards and recognition: "Brilliant Babies" Award, Bingo (Mini and Junior Company); Best Costume, Fever (Senior and High School Company); Most Entertaining, Hello (Senior and High School Company); Outstanding Choreography Award and cash prize/Level 1, Antoine Olds for "Hello;" and Outstanding Choreography Award and cash prize/Level 2, Erica Leedy (guest teacher from California) for "Shakin the Blues."

Members of the Center Pointe Dance Company were also scheduled to perform in the Ahwatukee Easter Parade and Spring Fling Carnival as well as another regional competition before attending KAR Nationals at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas in July.


Vasoya honored for volunteerism

The Prudential Spirit of Community reception celebration honoring students from metropolitan Phoenix was held recently in Phoenix. The students are local honorees in the nation's largest youth recognition program based solely on volunteerism. Epitomizing the American spirit of public service, each student has an inspiring history of community involvement.

Charmi Vasoya, a student at Desert Vista High School, volunteers at the Ironwood Branch Library. She shelves books and videos, distributes summer reading programs to children, is responsible for processing holds and completes special projects for the staff to better the environment of the library.

The Prudential Spirit of Community Recognition Program, sponsored by Prudential in partnership with the National Association of Secondary School Principals (NASSP), was created in 1995 to help make young Americans aware of the importance of volunteerism and community service.


Flanigan honored by Maricopa County Republicans

Donna Flanigan, who has provided 38 years of leadership to the Republican Party, received the coveted Lincoln Bust during the recent Maricopa County Republican Committee's East Valley Lincoln Luncheon.

The Ahwatukee Foothills resident has served as a precinct committeeman and GOP committeeman since 1971. She served a four-year term as chairman for the Maricopa County Republican Committee, a six-year chairmanship for Legislative District 6, seven years as vice chairman for LD6, 12 years as third vice chair for the Arizona Republican party, four years as secretary for LD10 and is currently the first vice chairman and chaplain of the Ahwatukee Republican Women's Club.

She was the LD20 secretary for four years, is a former member of the North Phoenix Republican Club, attended the Western States Republican Club for six years, was a candidate for the LD6 House of Representatives in 1988 and was a delegate to the national GOP conventions in 1992 and 1996.

She was the state co-chairman for Bush/Quayle presidential campaigns in 1992, served on Sen. Jon Kyl's 2006 re-election committee, worked on the Bush/Cheney and Reagan/Bush presidential campaigns and was the Bob Dole Presidential Elector in 1996.

She has served on the Arizona Board of Executive Clemency, was a member of the Maricopa County Sheriff's Executive Posse, the Arizona Constitutional Commemorative Committee, Concerned Women for America, was a charter and 12-year member of the Laveen Planning Committee and was involved in Laveen Youth, church and community organizations from 1970 until she and her family moved to Ahwatukee in 1996.

She and her husband have four children, 11 grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren.


Yoo, Leclerc receive Phoenix Suns Charities scholarships

Eunae Yoo of Mountain Pointe High School and Julia Leclerc of Desert Vista High School were among 16 high school seniors from Arizona that were named winners in the Phoenix Suns Charities' SunStudents Scholarship program. Both will receive a $2,000 scholarship to be used for educational expenses at the college or university of their choice.

The announcement was made at halftime during the Suns-Grizzlies game on April 13 at US Airways Center.

More than 240 applicants from across the state were judged on their community involvement, scholastic performance, letters of recommendation and an essay on the role of community service. In addition to the essay, students were required to submit a list of their community and school involvements, letters of recommendation and transcripts.

The SunStudents Scholarship program is sponsored by Phoenix Suns Charities, the team's foundation that assists the needs of children. Over the past 20 years, the foundation has distributed more than $8 million in charitable grants and scholarships. 


Bon Vivant brings in $200K for E.V. children

The 24th Annual M&I Bank Bon Vivant ~ A Celebration of Fine Food & Drink brought in nearly $200,000 on March 29 at Rawhide on Wild Horse Pass. The event supports the 30,000 children and teens the Boys & Girls Clubs of the East Valley serve every year.

As part of Bon Vivant, all chefs were challenged to a culinary contest. Best Entrée went to Gilbert-based Whiskey Ranch BBQ. Best Presentation went to Verona Chophouse at Lone Butte Casino, Best Appetizer went to Queen Creek Olive Mill, Best Salad went to BJ's Brewery and Best Dessert went to The Cake Café in Ahwatukee Foothills.

For information on sponsorships, how restaurants can be involved in Bon Vivant 2010 or to make a donation, e-mail Kerri Weiss at, call (480) 820-3688 or visit


Bondurant named Arizona Tourism Alliance 2009 Advocate of the Year

The Arizona Tourism Alliance recently honored Ahwatukee Foothills resident Bob Bondurant as a 2009 Advocate of the Year during its Fifth Annual Arizona Tourism Unity Dinner on April 15.

The Bob Bondurant School of High Performance Driving - one of the largest driving schools in North America featuring a 1.6-mile road course and an 8-acre asphalt pad - is located on the Gila River Indian Community in Chandler. Since it opened in 1968, the school has taught advanced driving skills to more than 250,000 students.

The Arizona Tourism Alliance's Advocate of the Year is an honor given at each Unity Dinner to individuals or organizations within the Arizona tourism industry that have made significant and measurable contributions to the advancement of the tourism industry.

For more information, call (800) 842-7223 or visit


Gymnasts take gold

The level six gymnastics team from Gold Medal Gymnastics Academy in Chandler and Tempe took first place in the 2009 Arizona Spring Championships held recently at Grand Canyon University. Team members Rachel Binkley, Sarah Caswell and Karlee Tumbleson are residents of Ahwatukee Foothills.

Gold Medal Gym is owned by Amanda Borden, Gold Medal winner in the 1996 Atlanta Olympic Games.

For information, visit


Brownies deliver smiles

Members of Ahwatukee Brownie Troop 421 raised donations during their recent cookie sale to benefit Children's Rehabilitative Services at St. Joseph's Hospital and Medical Center. On April 22, the troop delivered 150 boxes of Girl Scout cookies to the hospital's pediatric patients and staff.

Prior to the start of the cookie sale season, the eight second-grade troop members were asked if they would like to choose a local charity to support by asking customers to buy extra packages to be donated. "The girls unanimously wanted to help children with medical issues," stated troop leader Valerie Turner.

Much like other state- and federally-funded medical facilities, St. Joseph's has felt the blow of numerous budget cuts.


MP jazz band welcomes Jersey Mike's

The Mountain Pointe High School jazz band, along with the Ahwatukee Chamber of Commerce, helped welcome Jersey Mike's to the Ahwatukee Foothills area. The band played at the ribbon cutting ceremony April 21 at the restaurant's new location at 4605 E. Chandler Blvd.


Corbin honored with American Alliance's highest award

Ahwatukee Foothills resident Charles B. Corbin, professor emeritus in the Department of Exercise and Wellness at Arizona State University, was recently honored by the American Alliance for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance (AAHPERD) with the Luther Halsey Gulick Medal, the organization's highest honor in recognition of long and distinguished service to the health, physical education, recreation and dance professions. Presented April 2 at the Alliance's national convention in Tampa, Fla., Corbin was recognized for his leadership, dedication and distinguished career in physical education.

Considered as one of the leading scholars in physical education, Corbin has published more than 200 journal articles and is the senior author, sole author, contributing author or editor of more than 70 books, including Fitness for Life, Concepts of Physical Fitness and Concepts of Fitness and Wellness. His books are among the most widely adopted high school and college texts in fitness and wellness and have won Texty and McGuffey Awards from the Text and Academic Authors Association.

A lifetime member of AAHPERD, Corbin has provided more than 40 years of service to this organization. He has presented keynote addresses at more than 40 state AHPERD conventions and has made major addresses in more than 15 different countries. He is past president and fellow of the American Academy of Kinesiology and Physical Education and fellow of the American College of Sports Medicine. His service, writing and research has resulted in honors from AAHPERD, the National Association for Sport and Physical Education, the National Association for Kinesiology and Physical Education in Higher Education and the President's Council on Physical Fitness and Sports, among others.


James heading to law school

J.D. James has been accepted into the fall 2009 class at Phoenix School of Law. He was on the Dean's List at Northern Arizona University and graduated May 8 with a degree in engineering and construction management. He is also a 2005 graduate of Horizon Honors High School.

James is the son of Mick and Leslie James and grandson of Dean and Bobbie Bowdoin, all of Ahwatukee Foothills.


TOPS announces new chapter officers

TOPS Club, Inc. AZ 396 (Take Off Pounds Sensibly) recently installed chapter officers for the coming year. All from Ahwatukee Foothills, the new officers are Mary O'Brien, leader; Jane Lipinski, co-leader; Becky Lindstrom and Ruth Philliben, co-secretaries; Bette Laatsch, treasurer; Vicky Drake, weight recorder; and Sharon Bytheway, assistant weight recorder.

This local group has been supporting healthy weight-loss efforts in our community for 14 years.

Visitors are welcome to attend their first TOPS meeting free of charge. The local chapter meets at 6:30 p.m. Wednesdays at the Ahwatukee Rec Center, 5001 E. Cheyenne Drive.

For more information, contact Terri at (480) 893-6742 or visit


Victoria's Dance Depot dancers take top honors

Victoria's Dance Depot Junior and Senior Companies received top honors at the New York City Dance Alliance Competition and Convention, held at the Phoenix Convention Center May 2 and 3. 

Some of the highlights included highest scoring routine, ages 7 to 10 - Jump; highest scoring routine, ages 13 to 15 - Slow Me Down; highest scoring small group routine, ages 7 to 10 - Seasons; second highest scoring, line routine, ages 13 to 15 - Magdalena; third highest scoring soloist, ages 7 to 10 - Kelly Molera, Wonderful World; and third highest scoring tap routine, ages 13 to 15.

Numerous Dance Depot routines were also presented special awards for energy, costuming, staging and execution. The Dance Depot was chosen from the 11 studios attending to receive the Sportsmanship Award.

The routine, Jump, received the highest honor awarded in the 7- to 10 year-old age category - the Critic's Choice Award. In each of the four age categories, this Critic's Choice judge's award is given to a routine that they feel is "best of show." As recipients of the Critic's Choice Award, the Jump dancers are invited to attend the New York City, NYCDA Nationals Competition for free.


Garden Club installs new officers

Members of the Desert Pointe Garden Club recently held their spring luncheon and installation. New officers are Judy Tolbert, president; Kathleen Daurio, first vice president; Betty Olson, second vice president; Jan Miner, secretary; and Susan Smith, treasurer.

To find out more about the club, e-mail Judy Tolbert at


JDRF fundraiser helps in search for cure

On April 23, the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation hosted a gathering and fundraiser at Biltmore's Roberto Botticelli, a boutique featuring luxury handmade men's and women's shoes and handbags and accessories typically found only in Europe. The event, which drew JDRF patrons from the organization and the boutique's faithful shoppers, raised $2,800 to help support the quest to find a cure for Type-1 diabetes, commonly known as juvenile diabetes. The gathering was the first in a series of 10 fundraising events the JDRF is hosting this year, culminating with the Promise Ball in January.

To find out more, visit

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