Trujillo elected president of Community Legal Services

The national law firm of Quarles & Brady LLP announced that local partner Susan Brichler Trujillo, office chair of the Health Law Practice Group, has been elected president of the board of Community Legal Services. Community Legal Services is an Arizona nonprofit that provides legal assistance, advice, and representation to individuals below the federal poverty level. A longtime member of the board of directors, Ms. Trujillo most recently served as the organization’s vice president.

Eighth annual Heart Pillow Project all sewn up

On Feb. 23, students in the Medical Assisting program at Carrington College’s Phoenix North campus delivered more than 520 homemade heart-shaped pillows to Phoenix Children’s Hospital through its Heart Pillow Project, which aims to raise awareness of congenital heart defects. As part of the program, now in its eighth year, the pillows are cut, sewn, stuffed and stitched by students, staff and faculty to donate to the children at PCH. To bring a smile to each child’s face, they also attach homemade cards of encouragement to each pillow.

Local civic leaders donate $100,000 to help local children back to school

For 1,000 local children, the thought of going back to school is now very cool thanks to the generosity of local couple Michael and Ellie Ziegler. Civic and community leaders for decades, the Zieglers teamed up with the Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Scottsdale with a singular mission: to give children, regardless of socio-economic factors, the opportunity to start the school year off on a positive note and on an even playing field as their peers. “From that mission, the Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Scottsdale’s ‘30 Days of Shopping’ initiative was born in 2013,” says Ellie Ziegler. “By the end of this summer, we will have helped 3,000 children in this community.”

Napa wine…with a Paradise Valley twist

If you’ve visited El Chorro, Don N Charlie’s, The Mission or The House recently, you may have noticed a new menu offering – Bennett Lane Wines. Turns out, the Napa-based winery has a local connection – founders Randy and Lisa Lynch call Paradise Valley home. “We love everything about it here, even the heat,” says Mr. Lynch.