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Posted: Sunday, June 6, 2010 6:30 pm

Local dentist joins Great Shape! Inc. board, volunteers needed

Dr. Harvey Arnce from the Ironwood Dental Center in Ahwatukee Foothills has joined the board of Great Shape! Inc. Beginning as a grassroots response to Hurricane Gilbert in 1988, the organization has grown to be the largest humanitarian dental outreach project in the world.

The project now encompasses eye care, reading skills and basic dental services. There are virtually no available dental services in Jamaica, with one dentist for every 100,000 people. Dental personnel complete fillings, extractions and cleanings on more than 4,000 Jamaicans every year, and this requires 10,000 pounds of supplies and equipment from the United States and Canada. Volunteers teach children oral hygiene in the classrooms.

Volunteers are needed to spend one week in Jamaica. Free accommodations are provided at Sandals Resorts. The project is co-sponsored by Sandals Resorts and the Jamaican government. Used computers, books and eyewear are also needed.

If interested in volunteering or contributing to this humanitarian project, contact Arnce at (480) 704-0701 or visit


Edward Jones named top full-service broker by SmartMoney magazine

The financial services firm Edward Jones was named the No. 1 full-service brokerage firm in the June edition of SmartMoney magazine, according to the 10 Ahwatukee Edward Jones financial advisers.

The St. Louis-based firm ranks first in three survey categories this year: stock picking, brokerage statement and customer satisfaction. The firm has been ranked in the SmartMoney survey as No. 2 in 2009 and 2008 and No. 1 in 2007 and 2005.

For more information, visit


Free eligibility surveys available for homeowners facing financial hardships

Local CDPE-designated agent Brandon Meryhew of O48 Realty of Phoenix has announced the expansion of an information website for Phoenix-area homeowners in distress: This resource contains eligibility surveys for government programs offering help to distressed homeowners, including the Home Affordable Foreclosure Alternatives Program, or HAFA, which increases the likelihood of a short sale or deed-in-lieu of foreclosure.

The website acts as a hub for information on the facts and issues for struggling homeowners, putting all the necessary information in one location. With the addition of these new eligibility surveys, the site lets homeowners make educated decisions about their future.

The CDPE designation provides real estate professionals with specific understanding of the complex issues confronting the real estate industry. Through comprehensive training and experience, CDPEs are able to provide solutions for homeowners facing financial hardship in today’s market.


Girl Scout–Arizona Cactus-Pine Council wins 2 prestigious awards

Each year, Channel Eight’s Be More Awards shines the spotlight on Arizona’s non-profit organizations committed to changing communities for the better.

This year, the Girl Scouts–Arizona Cactus-Pine Council (GSACPC) won the Be More Informed Award for its outstanding achievement in marketing for the Support the Sash campaign and the Be More Award Unstoppable Non-Profit Organization of the Year.

GSACPC and other Be More Award recipients will be featured on Channel Eight’s Be More Awards primetime television special airing June 30.

Applications for the Be More Awards were evaluated by an independent panel of 15 impartial judges ranging from community volunteers to business leaders from throughout the Apache, Coconino, Gila, Graham, Greenlee, La Paz, Maricopa, Mohave, Navajo, Pinal, Yavapai and Yuma areas.


ABC News anchor Diane Sawyer named 2010 Cronkite Award recipient

Diane Sawyer, the award-winning anchor of ABC’s flagship newscast “World News with Diane Sawyer,” is this year’s recipient of the Walter Cronkite Award for Excellence in Journalism, Arizona State University has announced.

Sawyer will accept the 27th award, given annually by the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication, at a luncheon ceremony Nov. 12 at the Arizona Biltmore.


Von Hanson’s celebrating 6th anniversary

Von Hanson’s Meats and Spirits, 2390 N. Alma School Road in Chandler, is celebrating its sixth-year anniversary this month and will host an open house from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, June 19. Fresh brats will be offered for 99 cents a pound (2 pound limit) and a variety of items will be available to sample.


Ahwatukee chamber events

June 6 and 12, all day, Fireworks fundraiser, Dairy Queen, southwest corner of 48th Street and Warner Road.

June 8, 8 to 9 a.m., Wake Up Ahwatukee morning mixer, New Paths to Healthcare, LLC, 13838 S. 46th Place, Suite 340. $5 for members, $15 for guests.

June 8, noon, Social Media Toolkit Roundtable, Chamber offices. Bring your laptop.

June 10, 9 a.m. to noon, free small business counseling, Chamber offices. By appointment only; call (480) 753-7676.

June 10, 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m., Safety Seminar, Spooner Physical Therapy, 16611 S. 40th St., Suite 130. Register at or call (480) 753-7676.

June 14, noon to 1 p.m., Health insurance lunch and learn for small business owners, Chamber offices. To register, e-mail

June 16, Ahwatukee After Five evening mixer, Spooner Physical Therapy, 16611 S. 40th St., Suite 130. Mexican fiesta. 

June 17, 5 to 9 p.m., Red, White & Beautiful spa night to benefit the fireworks. Ahwatukee Country Club, 12432 S. 48th St. $35. 

June 22, noon, Social Media Toolkit Roundtable, Chamber offices. Bring your laptop.

June 23, 6 to 9 p.m., Fireworks fundraiser, Ruffino Wine Tasting, 4902 E. Warner Road. $35 per person at the door.

June 24, 8 a.m., Get to Know Your Chamber, Chamber offices. RSVP to

June 26, 6:30 p.m., LuLu’s “Night Golf” Tournament at The Lakes. 6:30 p.m. dinner and drinks, 8 p.m. night golf. $40 per person, includes green fee, cart fee, range balls, glow in the dark ball and necklace, dinner and two drink tickets. Space limited. RSVP by June 18 to or (480) 650-7975.

The Chamber offices are at 10235 S. 51st St., Suite 185. For more information, call (480) 753-7676 or visit


East Valley Business Breakfast Group

The East Valley Business Breakfast Group meets on the third Thursdays of each month from 7:30 to 8:30 a.m. in the Community Room at the Chandler Police Department, 251 N. Desert Breeze Blvd., Chandler.

The EVBBG is a not-for-profit volunteer organization promoting growth of small, minority, women and diverse business owners. No membership is required, and services are provided by experts and professional mentors.

For more information, e-mail


LeadZSmart business meetings on Wednesdays at chamber

A LeadZSmart Leads Group meets every Wednesday at the Ahwatukee Chamber of Commerce, 10235 S. 51st Street, Suite 185. A meet and greet starts at 7:30 a.m. and the meeting is from 8 to 9 a.m.

All who attend will have a 60-second intro at the beginning of the meeting, followed by a 10-minute member presentation. The meeting will also include a helpful lead referral lesson and group discussion.

For more information, e-mail Christine Marek at or Judy Young at


Interested in hosting a chamber event?

Hosting an event for the Ahwatukee Foothills Chamber of Commerce is a way to get your business noticed.

Tuesday morning mixers are from 8 to 9 a.m. on the second Tuesday of each month at a local business. Dates needing hosts are July 13, Aug. 10, Sept. 14, Oct. 12, Nov. 9 and Dec. 14. Wednesday evening mixers are from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. on the third Wednesday of each month, also at local businesses. Open dates are June 16, July 21, Aug. 18, Oct. 20 and Nov. 17.

For detailed hosting information, contact Christine at (480) 753-7676.

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