Arizona Opera Gala celebrates Arizona ‘Ladies of Distinction’

The Arizona Opera will celebrate two women who have been instrumental in the creation and cultivation of the vibrant artistic environment of Arizona at its 2016 Gala Luncheon planned for 11 a.m. Feb. 18.

Honorary Chairs Billie Jo and Judd Herberger, together with Committee Chairs Nancy Spetzler and Christina Chambers, lead the Arizona Opera in honoring Marion Roose Pullin and Tammy McLeod by inducting them into the Arizona Opera Crystal Key Society.

“We have the distinct pleasure to help Arizona Opera celebrate and honor two key ladies of distinction at a truly once in a lifetime event, certain to be sensational,” said Billie Jo Herberger.

The afternoon will also include performances from tenor James Valenti, soprano Lauren Wilde, baritone Morgan Smith, and the Marion Roose Pullin Studio Artists.

The 2016 Arizona Opera Gala Luncheon will be held at El Chorro, 5550 E. Lincoln Drive in Paradise Valley.

The Crystal Key Society was created in 2015 to recognize individuals and institutions who have contributed to the Arizona Opera. Previous inductees include David A. Christensen, former Board of Directors Chair, and Donald A. Smith, president and CEO of CopperPoint Insurance Companies.

Marion Roose Pullin grew up in Iowa and received her B.A. from the University of Northern Iowa. Her career included social work for the American Red Cross, a position as a retail executive at Macys NYC, co-ownership of an import/export company, and fashion modeling.

After retiring to Phoenix, Mrs. Pullin continued her tireless work as philanthropist and volunteer, eventually founding the Arizona Opera Studio, a program which provides young artists opportunities and vital training as they take their first steps into the opera profession.

Now approaching its 10th anniversary, the studio has a roster of alumni performing professionally across North America and Europe. Mrs. Pullin will be presented with her award by David Gockley.

Tammy McLeod is vice president of energy resource management for Arizona Public Service Company. Ms. McLeod is responsible for APS’s marketing and trading operations, as well as the company’s energy resource planning and procurement, and the construction, operations and maintenance of utility-scale solar.

She is active in the Arizona community and sits on the boards of the Desert Botanical Garden, Greater Phoenix Economic Council, Local First Arizona Foundation and Expect More Arizona.

In 2014, she received the Athena award acknowledging her community stewardship and mentoring of other women. She and her husband John have three sons. Mrs. McLeod will be presented with her award by Susan Glawe.

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