37th Annual Friends of Erma Bombeck
Saturday, Nov. 5th 2016
Arizona Biltmore
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2016 Authors

Terry McMillan

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#1 New York Times bestselling author Terry McMillan fell in love with books as a teenager while working at the local library. She studied journalism at UC Berkeley and screenwriting at Columbia before making her fiction debut with Mama, which won both the Doubleday New Voices in Fiction Award and the American Book Award. She lives in Pasadena, California.

Amor Towles

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Amor Towles was born and raised just outside Boston, Massachusetts. He graduated from Yale University and received an MA in English from Stanford University. For many years a principal at an investment firm in Manhattan, he now devotes himself full time to writing. His first novel, Rules of Civility, published in 2011, was a New York Times bestseller in both hardcover and paperback. Towles lives in Manhattan with his wife and two children. Learn more at AmorTowles.com

Lucy Hawking

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Lucy Hawking is a British author who works with world leading scientists to write adventure stories, which explain complex science in simple terms to young readers. Lucy has written five books in the George Greenby series, where George and his friend Annie travel across the universe to fight the forces of evil, using the scientific information, facts and theories they learn along the way. Previously a journalist, Oxford graduate Lucy Hawking regularly gives talks on popular science and education across the world. She has won the Sappio Prize for Popularising Science, been a speaker at NASA's 50th birthday, been awarded the UNSW 2015 Medal for Science Communication and was awarded an honorary doctorate in science (DSc) in July 2015 at Queen Mary University London. Lucy Hawking is also a trustee of the Autism Research Trust and a Fellow of the Royal Astronomical Society and the Royal Society of Arts. Lucy was recently awarded a grant by the UK Space Agency to create resources for primary school aged children to encourage engagement with STEM subjects, themed on space travel.

Bunny Williams

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Bunny Williams is a designer with a modern vision, a sense of history, and the confidence to take the unexpected path. Both a trailblazer and a tastemaker, Williams’ style is classic, but never predictable.

Bunny Williams Inc., the interior design arm of her companies, was formed in 1988. Her ever-growing home furnishings collection, Bunny Williams Home, was founded in 2008 and launched a flagship showroom in the summer of 2015 in NYC. Since 2011, Bunny Williams has announced several licensing partnerships. For 25 years, with her husband, antiques dealer John Rosselli, Williams ran and owned Treillage Ltd., a unique decorative home and garden shop that became an institution in New York. Her most recent book, On Garden Style, published by Abrams in April 2015, offers Williams’ inspiring tips on garden design. Born in Charlottesville, VA, Williams’ decorating DNA combines her upbringing and appreciation for gracious Southern living, with her hands-on training at the venerable firms of Stair & Co. Antiques and Parish Hadley Inc. Her knowledge of the decorative arts and well-honed skills as a designer have kept clients knocking on her door for decades. An Interior Design Hall of Fame inductee, today Williams’s work is regularly featured in top design magazines around the world, in newspapers, on television, in film, and on a variety of websites and blogs.

Jeremiah Tower

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Jeremiah Tower is the forefather of California cuisine and the author of the James Beard Award-winning cookbook Jeremiah Tower's New American Classics. The Beard Foundation has named him Outstanding Chef in American and Regional Best Chef in California. He began his culinary career in 1972 as the co-owner and executive chef of Chez Panisse, and has opened numerous highly acclaimed restaurants in San Francisco and around the world. CNN recently made a documentary on his career, to debut in the spring of 2016. 

Table Manners is an entertaining and practical guide to manners for everyone and every occasion. Whether you are a guest at a potluck or the host of a dinner party, a patron of your local bar or an invitee at a state dinner, this book tells you exactly how to behave: what to talk about, what to wear, how to eat. Jeremiah Tower has advice on everything: food allergies, RSVPs, iPhones, running late, thank-yous, restaurant etiquette, even what to do when you are served something disgusting. With whimsical line drawings throughout, this is "Strunk and White" for the table. 

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:

Friday Nov 4th
6:00 pm: Authors Dinner ($5,000+ Patrons)

Saturday Nov 5th
10:30 am: VIPatron Authors Signing Event
11:00 am: General Authors Signing Event
12:00 pm: Luncheon & Program
2:00 pm: Additional Book Sales & Signing


Online registration is now closed. Please call 480.951.2950 for further information or ticket availability.


Patron Levels of Support:

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

  • Invitation for ten to Authors Dinner – table host and one guest seated with an author.
  • Premier seating for a table of ten at Authors Luncheon.
  • Ten complete sets of books.
  • Tribute page in luncheon program.
  • VIPatron pre-luncheon book signing for table guests.

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

  • Invitation for eight to Authors Dinner – table host and one guest seated with an author.
  • Premier seating for a table of ten at Authors Luncheon.
  • Ten complete sets of books.
  • Recognition in luncheon program.
  • VIPatron pre-luncheon book signing for table guests.

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

  • Invitation for six to Authors Dinner – table host and one guest seated with an author.
  • Premier seating for a table of ten at Authors Luncheon.
  • Ten complete sets of books.
  • Recognition in luncheon program.
  • VIPatron pre-luncheon book signing for table guests.

  • Nobel Prize: $10,000
DETAILS

  • Invitation for four to Authors Dinner – table host and one guest seated with an author.
  • Premier seating for table of ten at Authors Luncheon.
  • Ten complete sets of books.
  • Recognition in luncheon program.
  • VIPatron pre-luncheon book signing for table guests.

  • Pulitzer Prize: $5,000
DETAILS

  • Invitation for two to Authors Dinner.
  • Premier seating for table of ten at Authors Luncheon.
  • Two complete sets of books.
  • Recognition in luncheon program.

  • Best Seller: $3,000
DETAILS

  • Preferred seating for table of ten.
  • One complete set of books.
  • Recognition in luncheon program.
  • VIPatron pre-luncheon book signing for one patron.

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

  • Invitation for one to Authors Dinner.
  • Preferred seating for one.
  • One complete set of books.
  • Recognition in luncheon program.
  • VIPatron pre-luncheon book signing for one patron.

  • Ballroom Table for 10: $1,750
DETAILS

  • 10 seats together in the ballroom.

  • First Edition Friend: $1,000
DETAILS

  • Preferred seating for one.
  • One complete set of books.
  • Recognition in luncheon program.
  • VIPatron pre-luncheon book signing for one patron.

  • Book Club: $500
DETAILS

  • Preferred seating for one.
  • Recognition in luncheon program.
  • VIPatron pre-luncheon book signing for one patron.

  • Friend: $300
DETAILS

  • Preferred seating for one.

  • Individual Ballroom Seating: $175
DETAILS

  • One seat in the ballroom.


Thank you to the 2015 Lead Patrons:

Mrs Lee Bowman

Diane and Bruce Halle Foundation

Virginia G. Piper Charitable Trust Legacy

Deborah and Kevin Pshebniski / Hopewell Development

Melani and Rob Walton Fund of the Walton Family Foundation

The Bombeck Family

Alexandra Bjorklund

Arizona Biltmore

Discount Tire

Dye Family Foundation

Amy and Tim Louis

Southwest Kidney Institute

Melani Walton

Kari Yatkowski / Haven Charitable Foundation

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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.

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Last Years Grant Recipients

2015 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.

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