40th Annual
Friends of Erma Bombeck
Saturday, November 16th, 2019
JW Marriott Desert Ridge Resort and Spa
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2019 Authors

Cathy Guisewite

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Cathy Guisewite is the creator of the "Cathy" comic strip, which ran in nearly 1,400 newspapers for thirty-four years. The strip earned Guisewite the National Cartoonist Society Reuben Award in 1992, an Emmy Award for Outstanding Animated Program for the TV special Cathy in 1987, and the high honor of having her work displayed on the fronts of refrigerators across the land. Cathy lives in California with her handsome and charming dog, Leo. Fifty Things That Aren’t My Fault is her debut essay collection.

Bud Selig

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Allan Huber "Bud" Selig, the longtime Commissioner of Major League Baseball, provides an unprecedented look inside professional baseball today with For the Good of the Game: The Inside Story of the Transformation of Major League Baseball. The book focuses on how he helped bring the game into the modern age and reveals his interactions with players, managers, fellow owners, and fans nationwide. Bud and his wife Sue have three daughters, five granddaughters and one great grandson.

Brooke & Steve Giannetti

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Brooke and Steve Giannetti are known for their artfully designed houses and unpretentious elegance. Steve, a renowned architect, founded the firm in 1994 and wife Brooke runs the company’s interior design studio and is the author of the popular design blog and Instagram account, Velvet and Linen. Brooke and Steve have authored three books including their new book, Patina Living, which captures the beauty of life on their property in Ojai, CA.

Elin Hilderbrand

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Elin Hilderbrand is the mother of three three-sport athletes, an aspiring fashionista, a dedicated jogger, a world explorer, an enthusiastic foodie, and a grateful three-year breast cancer survivor. She spends part of every winter, writing, on St. John. What Happens in Paradise is her twenty-fourth novel. Lush with tropical details, romance, and drama, the book is another immensely satisfying page-turner.

Adriana Trigiani: Emcee

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Emcee Adriana Trigiani is beloved by millions of readers around the world for 15 bestsellers, including the blockbuster epic The Shoemaker's Wife; The Big Stone Gap series; Lucia, Lucia; the Valentine series, the Viola series for young adults; and the best selling memoir Don't Sing at the Table. Her latest epic, All the Stars in the Heavens, hit shelves October 13, 2015. Trigiani wrote and directed the major motion picture Big Stone Gap, which was released nationwide on October 9, 2015. She lives in Greenwich Village with her family.

Schedule of Events:

Authors Dinner
Friday November 15th, 2019

6:00 pm: Location to be Announced ($5,000 + Patrons)

40th Annual Authors Luncheon
Saturday November 16th, 2019

JW Marriott Desert Ridge Resort and Spa
10:30 am: VIP Book Signing
11:00 am: General Authors Signing Event
12:00 pm: Luncheon & Program
2:00 pm: Additional Book Sales & Signing

Patron Levels of Support:

  • Erma's Circle: $25,000 and Above
DETAILS

  • Authors Dinner for ten – table host and one guest seated with an author.
  • Premier table for ten at Luncheon.
  • Ten sets of books.
  • VIP Book Signing for ten.
  • Logo on website.
  • Full page color ad in Luncheon program.
  • Recognition in Luncheon program.

  • Author's Circle: $20,000 and Above
DETAILS

  • Authors Dinner for eight – table host and one guest seated with an author.
  • Premier table for ten at Luncheon.
  • Ten sets of books.
  • VIP Book Signing for ten.
  • Logo on website.
  • Recognition in Luncheon program.

  • Publisher's Circle: $15,000 and Above
DETAILS

  • Authors Dinner for six - table host and one guest seated with an author.
  • Premier table for ten at Luncheon.
  • Ten sets of books.
  • VIP Book Signing for ten.
  • Recognition in Luncheon program.

  • Nobel Prize: $10,000
DETAILS

  • Authors Dinner for four.
  • Premier table for ten at Luncheon.
  • Ten sets of books.
  • VIP Book Signing for ten.
  • Recognition in Luncheon program.

  • Pulitzer Prize: $5,000
DETAILS

  • Invitation for two to Authors Dinner.
  • Premier table for ten at Authors Luncheon.
  • Two sets of books.
  • Invitation for two to VIP Book Signing.
  • Recognition in Luncheon program.

  • Best Seller: $3,000
DETAILS

  • Preferred table for ten at Authors Luncheon.
  • One set of books.
  • Invitation for one to VIP Book Signing.
  • Recognition in Luncheon program.

  • Erma's Special Friend: $2,500
DETAILS

  • Authors Dinner for one.
  • Premier seating for one at Luncheon.
  • One set of books.
  • VIP Book Signing for one.
  • Recognition in Luncheon program.

  • Ballroom Table for 10: $2,000
DETAILS

  • Table for ten at Luncheon.

  • First Edition Friend: $1,000
DETAILS

  • Premier seating for one at Luncheon.
  • One set of books.
  • VIP Book Signing for one.
  • Recognition in Luncheon program.

  • Book Club: $500
DETAILS

  • Premier seating for one at Authors Luncheon.
  • Invitation for one to VIP Book Signing.
  • Recognition in Luncheon program.

  • Friend: $300
DETAILS

  • Preferred seating for one at Authors Luncheon.

  • Individual Ballroom Seating: $200
DETAILS

  • One seat at Luncheon.


Thank you to the 2018 Lead Patrons:

Alexandra O. Bjorklund

The Bombeck Family

Mrs. Lee Bowman

Discount Tire

Dye Family Foundation

Nita and Phil Francis

Erin and John Gogolak

Ingrid Haas M.D.

Diane and Bruce Halle Foundation

Brenda Howard

Dr. and Mrs. William Jacobsen

Amy and Tim Louis

National Kidney Foundation of Arizona

Southwest Kidney Institute

Virginia G. Piper Charitable Trust Legacy

Wells Fargo Bank

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Grants & Donations

The Arizona Women’s Board is committed to the prevention of kidney disease through awareness, education and research and to improve the quality of life for Arizonans with kidney disease. Funds are raised through the annual Friends of Erma Bombeck Authors Luncheon and used exclusively for Arizona patients.

Aware of the many needs of kidney patients in Arizona, the Arizona Women’s Board provides funds for patient services ranging from transportation to and from dialysis treatments to kidney transplants, medications, dental care or a rent payment and food for the patient and family.

Last Years Grant Recipients

2018 Photo Album



About the Arizona Women's Board

The Arizona Women’s Board is committed to the prevention of kidney disease through awareness, education and research, and to the improvement of the quality of life for Arizonans with kidney disease.

Aware of the many needs of kidney patients in Arizona, the Arizona Women’s Board makes grants to organizations that provide patient services ranging from transportation to and from dialysis, kidney transplants, medications, dental care or a mortgage payment, food for the patient and family, and kidney disease research.

The Board received its 501(c)(3) status in 2010.

Contact Us

Tel: 480.951.2950
5921 East Indian Bend Road, Paradise Valley, AZ 85253
contact@azwomensboard.org