Festive Dedication of Renovated Historic Phoenix Building

Barry Kluger extended an invite to me for the dedication of Larry Lazarus’ restored historic 1921 building on 420 West Roosevelt Street in Phoenix. I was appreciative of Barry giving me the chase to get back into the swing of life and meet the people of Phoenix. At late I’ve been taking care of my mother, who suffers from both polymyalgia rheumatica and giant cell arteritis, and volunteering with the National Medical Research Foundation, founded by Joan and Edward Reiter, to find a cause and cure of these painful and deadly diseases. It felt great to be out in the world again, thank you Barry!

Barry a wonderful escort and well liked introduced me to Larry Lazarus, a prominent distinguished attorney involved in the ADL. Barry and I toured the newly remodeled building designed by Richard Loope. You can’t help to look at the beautiful wide plank floors or notice the impressive safari motifs and nuances throughout the building. As we were leaving to join the party outside, Don Henninger, publisher of the Business Journal, stopped Barry to catch up. The Business Journal is a very comprehensive resource of local business news.

Outside under the big white tent we chatted with several of Barry’s associates. He also introduced me to Attorney General Terry Goddard, Mayor Phil Gordon, and several other statesmen. Mayor Gordon is an impressive man, deep voice, firm handshake and defined eye contact. Coincidentally, Mayor Gordon and I are separated by 2 degrees from my friend Andre Bormanis. Governor Napolitano was suppose to be there, but probably was held up with state budget meeting.

It was a wonderful turnout and Larry Lazarus certainly knows how to put on a party. Among the handshakes and pats on the backs there were bits and bites being nibbled from Mexican fare and sips from margaritas. To top off the evening festivities the Phoenix Police Choir gave a marvelous performance.

Resources:
” Party hearty . . . fun with e-mail . . . phone home” by John Stearns
Napolitano, GOP leaders agree on proposal, Associated Press
Michael: Napolitano’s Budget Compromise

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