PHOENIX, AZ--(Marketwired - Apr 22, 2015) - National Bank of Arizona (NB|AZ), the state's largest full service community bank, its charitable foundation, NBAZ Charities and The Ritz-Carlton, Phoenix are hosting a celebration of all that is "right with Arizona" at their 5th Annual Society of Chairs awards dinner on Thursday, May 7, 2015.

"The Society of Chairs was founded on the simple principle of gratitude for the countless hours of hard work so many passionate people in our community give in service to others," NBAZ Vice Chairman and President of the NBAZ Charities Executive Committee Deborah Bateman said. "We are so thrilled and honored to continue that legacy as we invite chairs and co-chairs of this past year's philanthropic season to be our guests and celebrate their good work. We are looking forward to hosting more than 200 people who are all dedicated to elevating Arizona."

The Society of Chairs event has long been viewed as a capstone to each charity season and as an opportunity to take stock in the impact that the fundraising events have on the entire state each year. "So much of the time, we hear stories about Arizona that just don't match up with our experiences. There are wonderful people here doing great things. This is a night to celebrate what is truly 'right' with this state and the people who are such a positive force in our communities," says Bateman.

Invitations to the five-star event have gone out and plans are underway for a very special evening including some changes to this year's event. "This year the Executive Committee of NBAZ Charities felt it was important to take the Society of Chairs event in a new direction by creating a very special set of awards honoring seven outstanding members of our community who exemplify the power of setting and holding true to a vision of making a difference in people's lives. Along with our award sponsors, we are thrilled to honor these very inspirational community leaders," says Bateman.

The 2015 Society of Chairs awards honoring dedication to making a difference in our community are:

Award Sponsor   Award Category   Honoree
Arizona Community Foundation   Diversity   Carol Parry Fox
        President, Corporate
        Social Responsibility
Eide Bailly   Leadership in Resourcefullness   Julia Patrick
        Founder, Arizona
        Nonprofit Academy
Cancer Treatment Centers of America   Health and Humanity   Sue Glawe
        Vice President,
        Community Relations
        Blue Cross Blue Shield
        of Arizona
CopperPoint Mutual   Education   Dr. Kent Scribner
        Phoenix Union School
Billie Jo and Judd Herberger   Arts and Culture   Richard Bowers
        President, Herberger
        Theater Center
Freeport-McMoran   Economic Development   Kimber Lanning
        Founder and Executive
        Director, Local First
National Bank of Arizona   Elevate AZ   MaryAnn Guerra
        Bio Accel

While the event is by-invitation-only, there are a limited number of table or individual ticket packages available. For more information about the event and to reserve your seating, please visit

About National Bank of Arizona
With a smart approach to financing, National Bank of Arizona (NB|AZ) understands the entrepreneurial spirit of Arizona business. Founded in Tucson in 1984, NB|AZ is a full-service community bank offering unique business and personal financial solutions that help customers manage and grow their bottom line. With more than $4.5 billion in assets, NB|AZ is backed by the strength of Zions Bancorporation, one of the top 20 domestic bank holding companies in the U.S. with total assets of $53 billion. NBAZ operates branch locations in more than 50 communities supporting the vision of successful individuals and businesses throughout the state of Arizona. Stop by any of the more than 65 branches of NBAZ for local and personalized service from a loyal banking provider. For more information, visit

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