In November, The Arizona Jewish Historical Society, honored Jerry Colangelo at the second annual Heritage Award Dinner at the Cutler & Plotkin Jewish Heritage Center.  Jerry Colangelo’s commitment to the Valley transcends sports.  He is well-known as one of the city’s most active community leaders.  The Heritage Award is given to individuals who have made an exceptional impact on our community through outstanding leadership, service and dedication. The mission of the Arizona Jewish Historical Society, founded in 1981, is to preserve the rich heritage of Arizona’s Jewish community, to educate the public about Jewish contributions to Arizona life, and to promote awareness of the great multi-cultural diversity of our state.


A gorgeous structure tent by Todd Barrett, Global Clearspans, takes up the entire parking lot at the Arizona Jewish Historical Society.


If you’re looking to create an event venue building a tent is the best blank canvas but not the least expensive way to go. Tents can be placed in many locations depending on how many people you need it to hold. Great locations for tents are tennis courts, parking lots, flat grass areas -if the grass or any area is not level you most likely will need a floor and this is almost as expensive as a tent!


Italian theme


Custom marbled tri-fold invitation with a pocket including a special spice packet from Chef Eddie Matney.
Design and printing by Capital Litho.


Tables displayed rich burgundy pintuck linen and gold lamour napkins with fruitwood chiavari chairs; buffet stations were draped with espresso lamour. Linens by Southwick Linens.


Wine, grapes and artisan breads with pesto dipping sauce enhanced the look of the tables. Wood lattices with green vines and lights were the backdrops to the entrance and bars. Pergolas added just the right touch to make the buffet stations stand out. Décor by Creative Occasions.


Butternut squash espresso shot and a forest mushroom & toasted spinach flatbread where among the many passed hors d’oeuvers that started the evening. VIP guests including Tom Chambers, Mark West and Joe Gargiola, Jr., dined on chicken cacciatore, eggplant parmesan, grilled organic vegetables and a steamship beef carving station. What Italian dinner wouldn’t be complete without a decadent dessert of individual cups of Gelato and berries, ricotta catiloni with chocolate chips and an almond biscotti? Catering by Chef Eddie Matney, Eddie’s House.


With the gloom of rain over us Mark White, W Production Group, creatively tented the walkways.


by Phil Gudenswager Photography

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