The community is invited to the Third Annual Palo Verde Award Gala on Saturday, Nov. 3, starting at 6 p.m., at the Sheraton Wild Horse Pass, 5594 W. Wild Horse Pass Blvd. in Chandler. The event will feature the presentation of the Palo Verde Award, honoring the 2012 Business Woman of the Year and recognizing a female chamber member’s personal achievements in business and community service.

With the announcement of the 10 nominees for the Palo Verde Award, Business Woman of the Year, preparations for the gala are well under way at the Ahwatukee Foothills Chamber of Commerce.

“The Palo Verde Award nominees are inspirational business women and leaders in the community,” said Anne Gill, president and CEO of the Ahwatukee Foothills Chamber of Commerce. “They have displayed amazing success and innovation in their businesses that influences and motivates others. Their achievements are a cause for celebration.”

The Women in Business Scholarships will also be awarded. The first of two $1,000 scholarships goes to a woman continuing her education. Sarah McGrain Padilla was class president of Mountain Pointe High School and later Fiesta Bowl Queen. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in journalism, and a Bachelor of Arts in Spanish. She is continuing her education to become a physician’s assistant. She is a freelance writer and public relations consultant while she attends school, and has volunteered at CHW Urgent Care, Arizona Coalition for Tomorrow, Pima Medical Institute, and St. Vincent de Paul Medical Clinic.

The second $1,000 scholarship is awarded to Allicyn Phillips. Phillips is a senior at Mountain Pointe High School. She has been an Esperanza Kyrene Kids Club leader, Camp Sky-Y counselor, Terra McDonald House and Animal caretaker and Mountain Park Community Church Child Center teacher. Phillips is the president of Students Against Destructive Decisions at Mountain Pointe and demonstrates stellar academic achievement and leadership. She will enter Yavapai Community College as a sophomore after taking college-level classes at Mountain Pointe. She will major in child psychology with a minor in marketing. Phillips aspires to having her own psychology practice in the future.

This year’s event will be emceed by Donna Rossi, Emmy Award-winning reporter from KPHO CBS News 5. The theme for the Gala is “Laughter in the Desert” and will feature comedian Jay Penn, whose act centers around funny stories called from life with his wife and family. Following the award ceremony, get ready to dance the night away when popular, local band Chuck E. Baby takes the stage.

So join the Ahwatukee Foothills Chamber of Commerce for the social event of the season featuring a cocktail reception, fabulous auction items, a gourmet dinner, honors and awards, and live entertainment. Reserve your seats today at or at (480) 753-7676.

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