The Ahwatukee Foothills Chamber of Commerce Women in Business Committee will honor outstanding women in business this Saturday, Nov. 6, at the Women in Business Awards Gala.

The Palo Verde Award has been presented during an annual luncheon for years but this year the Women in Business Committee decided to make the celebration more memorable. They decided a red carpet gala with the theme "A Night to Remember" would be a fun and exciting way to honor the business women of Ahwatukee Foothills.

The event will be at The Raven Golf Club at South Mountain, 3636 E. Baseline Road, from 6 to 10 p.m. It will consist of dinner, dancing, dessert, live entertainment and all the memorable glamour of past decades.

Tickets are $55 per person or $95 per couple.

Ten women have been nominated to receive the award this year. They were nominated by the community for their "commitment to business excellence, management and community involvement," according to a statement from the chamber.

"It's a great event for the community to come out and support these women," said Christine Hamel, event coordinator. "Especially in these times it's great to see these businesses doing well and thriving. It's nice that we can do something to show our support for them and have a good time as well."

The committee will also award two $500 scholarships at the event to women in Ahwatukee who are continuing their education.

For more information on the event or to purchase tickets, call (480) 753-7676 or visit


Nominees are:

Michele Rubino of the Ahwatukee Children's Theatre (not pictured)

Karen Starbowski of MassMutual Financial

Martha Neese of Von Hanson's Meats and Spirits

Connie Nelson-Askew of the Ahwatukee Foothills Family YMCA

Lindy Lutz-Cash of Foothills Ace Hardware

Kimberly Lewis of Dance Studio 111

Agnes Oblas of New Paths to Healthcare

Kate Christensen of K Christensen and Associates

Betty Teille of Edward Jones

Norma McCormick of Clean ‘N Fresh Cleaning

Allison Hurtado is interning this semester for the Ahwatukee Foothills News. She is a junior at Arizona State University.


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