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Posted: Thursday, June 14, 2007 6:43 am | Updated: 6:34 pm, Fri Oct 7, 2011.

The Scottsdale Area Chamber of Commerce on Friday evening will honor six volunteers for their leadership, including Sen. Jon Kyl.

The Arizona Republican will receive the group’s Polaris Award, which embodies the personal and professional spirit of volunteerism. It is a celebration of a lifetime of contribution to charitable endeavors.

“We were fortunate that our board chairman (attorney Kurt Brueckner) is friends with Sen. Kyl and was able to get him to speak to us,” said Rick Kidder, chamber president and chief executive officer. “We’ve asked him to speak about public service because the award he’s receiving is for that.”

A spokesman for Kyl said the senator, the White House’s point man in the ongoing immigration reform brouhaha, will likely not broach the subject. Rather, he’ll talk about Scottsdale and his memories of the city.

Kidder touted his organization and one of its signature events in this, its 60th anniversary year.

“We are older than the city of Scottsdale,” he said. “They incorporated in 1951 and we got started in 1947. The chamber put things together to build the first streets and sewer system in Scottsdale. We’re excited about 60 years, and we’ll be around another 60.”

Friday’s other honorees are Mark Eberle of Henry & Horne LLP, who will receive the Legacy Award for his role in the success of the chamber; Don Matheson of Re/Max Fine Properties & The Matheson Cos., who will get the Segner Award for community trusteeship and leadership; Michele Yates of Valley First Community Bank, who will receive the Rising Star Award; and Marc C. Paquette, the chamber’s ambassador of the year.

The group’s Chairman’s Award will be announced at the event.

The dinner will be 5:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. at the Scottsdale Resort and Conference Center, 7700 E. McCormick Parkway.

For details or to register — tickets are $100 per person with corporate tables priced at $2,200 — call (480) 949-2174 or visit www.scottsdalechamber. com.


Scottsdale resident Marsha Petrie Sue will be recognized during a wine dinner at 6:30 p.m. today at Morton’s the Steakhouse, 15233 N. Kierland Blvd., as the Valley winner in the nationwide “Women of Spirit” campaign.

Morton’s partnered with the American Red Cross and the nation’s leading female winemakers and industry pioneers to recognize women in 38 markets.

Petrie Sue is president and chief executive officer of Communicating Results, a global speaking company specializing in communications, conflict resolution and personal accountability.

She is a professional speaker and author of four personal development books and 37 CDs and DVDs.

She is also spokeswoman for ZETA21 and the Arizona Magic of Music and Dance program, which helps children with disabilities participate in the theater arts.

ZETA21 is a nonprofit organization dedicated to the creation of leadership and development chances for people who do not usually have access to such opportunities.

Dinner tickets are $150 per person; Morton’s will donate $15 from each ticket and 100 percent of silent auction proceeds to the local chapter of the American Red Cross.

Details: (480) 951-4440, or

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