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February 2015

Dear Bill

When Kathleen Lang informed me out in India that you had called and let her know about your review in Trends of my book, I was absolutely delighted. Later when I saw your review, I was even more pleased, and impressed that you had clearly taken the time to fully read and reflect on the book.

What you say in your review about the American Dream means a great deal to me. One of the main reasons I wrote the book was hopefully to inspire young people, particularly those who come from a modest background without the benefit of "contacts" or sponsorship.

I am deeply grateful for your generous assessment of the book in Trends, which is so widely enjoyed in the Phoenix area.

Warmest Regards,



February 2015

Dear Bill,

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Just read your review – it was awesome and thank you!  I haven’t forgotten you for future advertising – am in transition right now from book focus to working on maybe a show – you never know if you don’t try!  I will of course keep you updated J.



November 2014

Dear Bill:

This is a too long delayed note to thank you for the great article that you had on the Heard Museum in your most recent issue of "Trends."  It turned out to be a great evening, and from the last report it sounds like this may have been the biggest attendance ever at this event.  You are to be congratulated for the uniformly high quality of issue of Trends that come out, and the variety of good stories that you have each time really make it a fun and interesting to read magazine.

Again, many thanks and certainly do keep up your great work.

Best wishes as always.




November 2014

Dear Bill:

I just finished reading Trends and wish to compliment – as well as thank you – for your fine article about Lois LeMarr.

Lois was, of course, a member of our Arizona Consular Corps Women’s Auxiliary, and she will be sorely missed.




September 2014

Dear Bill,

I wanted to thank you for sending us the pictures that you have taken of our family this last year.  These are treasured pictures and it really was so very kind of you to take the time and effort to send them to us.

You really run a class act!  Congratulations!  You have so much to be proud of.

Hope to see you soon.




September 2014

Bill --

Thank you for such an incredible day at Pinnacle Aviation.

All of us had a great time.  Thank you for being open to shaking things upa bit!



Elvis lives!

September 2014

Dear Bill,

Thank you very much for sending us the photo from a past pARTy at the museum.

It was very kind of you.

Warmest regards,



September 2014

Hi Bill,

Always so nice to her from you.  Thank you so much for the picture.

Hope all is well with you.  Wishing you a happy season!  Looking forward to seeing you.



September 2014

Dear Bill,

Thank you for so graciously taking a picture of me & putting it in Trends.  Sending me a copy of the picture was ising on the cake.  You are a wonderful person and bless & bind this community together!

Love -



September 2014

Dear Bill,

Thank you so much for the Photos - I love them - and the fun we had.

Much love,



Summer 2014

Another year of the Trends please!  Check for $25 is enclosed.

Thank you,



Summer 2014

Dear Bill,

Thank you for taking the time to meet with Kathy and me the other day.  We appreciate your havcing pulled out all the Barrow CD's from your files.  I know they will be very helpful.

Trends does such a great job in and for the community - You are on top of it all!

With Sincere thanks,




Dear Bill,

Thank you so much for doing the 2014 Phoenix Theatre Gala and the three of us take great privilege of highlighting the event and saying kind things about us in Chatter.  We are truly grateful.

Lynne, Char & Jennifer



Dear Mr. Dougherty,

Thank you for your recent support of Hollywood Costume. We are offering you a complimentary membership and are pleased to recognize Trends Publishing at the Corporate Director's Level. Your name is on the Donor Board in the Greenbaum Lobby and on the Phoenix Art Museum Corporate Council membership roster displayed as "Trends Publishing."

Ronald Miller, Phoenix Art Museum



Dear Bill (and all of your team),

Finally, the season is over. I just wanted to say thank you for all your support, the wonderful photos and all your accolades throughout this season and all the years. I'm sure we would not be where we are today if it wasn't for all of your positive feedback in your magazine.


White House Design Studio



Dear Bill,

I received the photos from Trends and I want to thank you so much. It was really thoughtful to have them sent and means a great deal. I have such fond memories of the whole event and still count it as such an honor to be a Trendsetter. I hope you and Beth are having a wonderful summer.



Summer 2014

Dear Beth and Bill,

Thank you so much for giving us the beautiful ice bucket and bar ware set. We love these and cannot thank you enough for your kindness and generosity. We look forward to seeing you both soon.

McKenna and Joseph


Dearest Bill,

Thank you so much for your beautiful article in the Barrow issue of Trends, Remembering Rachel Smith. One of the most fulfilling things is that you really were able to comprehend what an incredible woman Mommy was. Mom and Dad were really two magnificently special people and, as you can imagine, they are missed daily. I was so incredibly impressed with the evolution of Trends. You have done a wonderful job making it an important publication for the community, which extends to its significant charitable contributions. I plan on visiting Phoenix this spring and would love to share a meal and get to know you better.


Thank you, Bill!

You are to be commended on the incredible article you have written on the Barrow Ball! I truly mean thank-you! My Bobby has had a few bad months, healthwise, and to be able to go out, and then all of your kindnesses were ever so special! You will never know how much your kind words and pictures meant! I can't tell you!! Just thank you!

Mary Ellen


Hi Bill,

Thank you so much for the lovely mention in your Trends article. I too enjoyed reconnecting with you and Beth over lunch so very much. I have been busy moving forward with all that we talked about at lunch. I will flll you in after the hectic holidays. A very, very merry Christmas and Happy New Year to you both.



Dear Bill,

On behalf of the Board of Visitors, thank you for attending our fashion show and luncheon. You have always been a big supporter of ours and we appreciate it.



Dear Mr. Dougherty,

On behalf of the board of directors of the Arizona Costume Institute, please accept our sincere thanks for your generous gift of a full color page advertisement in Trends magazine. Your continuing interest and support of ACI will help further our mission to educate, inform and build the fashion collection at the Phoenix Art Museum. We look forward to seeing you soon at one of the fashion events at the museum.

Lois A.


Dear Beth and Bill,

You are always so gracious and so very thoughtful! How refreshing. The two of you are beautiful, truly, on the inside and on the outside for sure. I love the vanilla candle, and Bill, thanks again for another book. Most of all, thank you for making such a positive difference in our community. Love you both.

Penny G.


Dear Beth and Bill,

Thank you for the flower arrangement sent in honor of being chosen a 2012 Trendsetter. I appreciate your kind gesture and thoughtfulness. Again, thanks for remembering me in such a beautiful way.

Melani W.


Dear Bill,

It was good seeing you and Beth at the Evening of Trends 2012. My assistant and I thoroughly enjoyed sitting with our good friends the Popes, and as I mentioned to you, I thought it was one of the best Trends events you have ever had. The style show was outstanding and I would be happy to take any one of the models home with me to share my beautiful house with her! Please know that I always have been and will continue to be an enthusiastic supporter of Trends.

Herman C.


Dear Beth and Bill,

Saturday night was amazing! The Evening of Trends was a fabulous event and I was truly honored to be recognized as a 2012 Trendsetter. It was an extra special evening of festivities, and all of us had fun! Everything was so well done from start to finish. Our guests were especially impressed to learn about the incredible charities supported by the Trends Charitable Fund. We are so proud to your good work. Thank you for sending the lovely flowers, but most of all for your support and welcoming me as a Trendsetter this year. You are the best!

Shan F.


Dear Bill, Robyn and the TCF Board,

Evening of Trends was the highlight of my wonderful "reign" as a Trendsetter. I am honored and humbled to be associated with such talented, generous and gracious women. Beginning with our breakfast at Sandy's last February, you have gone out of your way to make each of us feel welcome and special. A photo shoot, many gatherings, press, gorgeous flowers and a Hermes memento -- what more could you do to spoil us? For me, the evening was a wonderful celebration with my family and a room filled with generous Phoenicians! Many, many thanks for blessing me with this incredible honor.

Mimi S.

Hi Bill and Beth,

The flowers you sent are so lovely. That was so kind. Thank you also for the elegant Hermes tray. And best of all, thank you for the honor of being a Trendsetter. It means a lot that someone recognizes the efforts of women that try to help our community. You two are the real Trendsetters. It is my pleasure to be your friend.

Ann S.



It was incredible. Loved being at our Biltmore in the Gold Room. The format for the fashion show was so cool. I know you had the world on your shoulders. You were handsome, debonair, eloquent and warm as always. It was a memorable night and I'm so happy for you. I hope you are pleased with the numbers. Best to you and Beth.

Karen H.


Dear Bill,

Many thanks for honoring us last night as Ambassadors. What a special, wonderful evening. I hope I will continue to be worthy of this special honor. I wish you continued success.

Elaine A.


Dear Bill,

Congratulations on a great evening and event. The fashion show and dinner were great, and recognition of the Trendsetters was done very well. Also appreciate the pARTy article. Many thanks.

Ron M.


Dear Bill,

Another amazing year at Childhelp, another amazing Barrett-Jackson Drive the Dream event! You are to be commended for helping make this year's Drive the Dream a great success. The Q&A time with our event co-chairs in Trends Chatter and coverage of the event in Trends magazine helped raise awareness not only for the event but also for the terrible tragedy of child abuse and neglect. We look forward to building our relationship and working with you in the future.

Sarah O. and Yvonne F.


Dear Bill,

I just wanted to drop you a quick note to say thank you for the fantastic spread you did of our wedding the May/June issue. It came out beautifully. What a treat for our wedding to be featured and all of our vendors appreciate the mentions.

Colleen M.


Dear Bill,

Thank you for writing such a beautiful tribute of my dad. I was touched by your reflection and praise.



Dear Bill and Beth,

I have been sitting here thinking about what dear young friends you both have been to me! I love you both and Beth, I know you were a lovely Trendsetter.

Pat G.


Dear Bill,

Thank you so much for the picture taken of Bob and I at one of the events. It was very thoughtful of you and I appreciate it. I got notice of your 30-year anniversary and the cruise information and we are definitely interested in the cruise. Sounds like a wonderful trip.

Barbara Lee C.


Dear Bill,

Thanks to you and the team at Trends for featuring the Heart Ball 2011 Executive Team on the cover of the upcoming Trends. We are all so excited to see the result of what was a most enjoyable and memorable photo shoot. Your attention to detail and partnership with Saks and the jewelers made it so easy to smile. The gowns were stunning and so suited each of us. Of course, what woman doesn't love diamonds - especially when bejeweled by Jacqueline Nerguizian's exquisite creations. Thank you for your friendship and support.

Julie P.


Dear Bill,

Your tribute to Penny Nissley was absolutely beautiful ... as she was. I am sure your kind words will help her husband and son understand that we all miss her and share their sorrow. On another note -- and certainly not of the same importance -- I am so honored to be one of Trends' Best Dressed. In the Valley of the Sun there are so many truly attractive ladies ... to receive that distinction is a compliment. I'm not sure I am worthy of your  generous "descriptive paragraph," but OMG I sure liked it! Thank you so very much for all the kind words and support.

Marcia J.


Dear Bill,

Kay and I enjoyed the pleasure of your company last evening, including, of course, Beth and Deb and Gene. You and the ladies of the Trends Charitable Foundation have endowed me with ego that I deserve only because of the Arizona Republic and the generosity of Nina and Gene Pulliam. I was in the right place at the right time. Thanks again.

Bill S.


Dear Beth and Bill,

Thank you so much for allowing me the opportunity to meet you and to see the delightful D'Adamo's again. I enjoyed the company, the conversation, the ambiance and the delicious dinner. I am looking forward to the Beat the Heat gala to honor the latest Trendsetters and our Fabulous Phoenician. Thanks again for a lovely evening.

Kay L.


Dear Bill,

Thank you for the touching tribute to Bob McCord in your most recent issue. A great loss indeed but such an amazing legacy of giving.

Malcolm M.


Dear Beth and Bill,

I just wanted to drop you a line to say thanks for your support. I hope you enjoyed the Night of Illumination. I am so proud to be a part of Phoenix Theatre.Thanks again for attending.



Dear Mr. Dougherty,

We sincerely appreciate your media coverage of our night of Cowboys, Cars and Stars. Everyone had a wonderful time and we are pleased you featured the event in such a positive light. The Barrett-Jackson Drive the Dream Gala was a big victory for youth at risk. This victory is made even greater thanks to your help in spreading the word. We thank you for sharing the gift of hope with boys and girls who need it most.

Sara O. and Yvonne F.


Hi Bill!

I just saw your newsletter and it is fabulous! What a great way to get the word out about what is going on in the social world. I would love to be included on your email list if possible. Congratulations and I hope to see you soon. Give my best to Beth!

Claudia W.



I saw this the other day, the picture of Mary Ellen McKee is fabulous. What a good idea to do this. I am not a social network person, I don't do FaceBook or MySpace, so I really appreciate receiving this.

Nancy B.


Hi Bill,

Congratulations on the launch of Trends Chatter! I know you will enjoy your expanded Internet presence. Your social commentary is unique and a special voice on Valley life.All the best.

Linda H.


Dear Beth and Bill,

Please accept my most sincere thanks for the lovely floral arrangement received just in time to grace the buffet at the Addressing Luncheon this past week. The luncheon was well attended, and it was "mission accomplished" in short order. So many wonderful women pitched in to help -- obviously because Trends Charitable Fund means so very much to them. All of us are looking forward to a very successful event.

Ina M.



I love receiving Trends magazine online. It is convenient and easy to navigate. Thank you for this new addition.

June S.


Hi Bill,

I wanted to drop you a quick note of thanks for including the Florence Crittenton Teaming Up for Kids Luncheon Q&A with Rebecca and myself.  This coverage is so valuable to the organization and your support means so much to me personally. I usually wait for the print version to spend time perusing the entire issue, but I peeked at the online version and I’m looking forward to finding a few minutes to fully appreciate all the articles and news, as always. Best to you in this New Year.

Kathy M.



The insider's glimpse into TCF made me value your work in our community all the more. You are a fabulous part of life in Arizona that I adore. From the heart,

Julia P.


Dear Bill and Heather,

Thanks for the ad placement. Bill, thanks for the nice write-up in La Dolce Vita. We are looking forward to the cover story next issue, too. Just a couple of details. Billy Crystal will no emcee the event, that is Reba McEntire. And the spelling of my last name is Currie. How cool for you to include me! Thanks.



Dear Bill,

Hidden Hearts Bunco Club would like to thank you for stopping at our cookbook booth at the Holiday Prelude XXV this weekend. It was a pleasure speaking with you about the 8th Annual Teddy Bear Bunco and sharing our passion for helping the many homeless children in our community. Thank you.

Denice B.


Dear Bill,

Just a note of thanks for your including Scottsdale Artists' School in your recent publication of Trends. As you know, the school is truly a special place and a real asset to the community. We appreciate your generous support. Thanks again for your support.

Tom H.


Dear Bill,

I would like to thank you for the article on Christi being IFDA's Honorary Chair for this year's Tableau event. It was very nice of you to attend Tableau and see what IFDA does once a year to benefit Ryan House. Best regards,

Sue Ann A.

Hi Bill,

Congratulations on another successful Beat the Heat even which Nancy and I enjoyed last Saturday night at the Biltmore. You continue to do many wonderful things in the community, and it is no secret why so many people like and admire Bill Dougherty. Best wishes,

Jimmy W.


Dear Bill,

It was such an honor to be an ambassador along with Marcia and Jane. I enjoyed every minute of it. This year's Trendsetters are a great group of women. As always, you and Robin put together another memorable night. All the best.

Diane R.


To everyone at Trends:

Thank you so much for the honor you have bestowed on me this year. It could not have been more fun or made me feel more special! The beautiful flowers were such an added surprise to a great evening. Thanks again.

Suzanne D.


Dear Bill,

What a delightful evening! Thank you for including us for the Beat the Heat extravaganza. We had a wonderful time and it was quite a treat to visit with Fay Fredricks. Great company, delicious food and a worthy cause.

Bill and Linda M.


Dear Bill,

I have just finished reading your touching remembrance of Bill (Austin) in Trends. It was lovely. He was everything that you described. His death has been quite a blow, and frankly, I don't really think the full impact has hit me yet. As you know, the show is now called "Beth and Friends," but I feel that Bill will always be watching over me as I sit in the radio studio and continue on. I miss him very much. Again, Bill, thank you so much for honoring his memory.

Beth M.


Dear Bill,

A quick note to let you know how much I appreciate your "Remembering Bill Austin" piece in Trends. You reflected the feeling of so many people about this remarkable man. I also wanted to let you know that a portion of Bill's estate will be contributed to a ministry/charity that will establish a Web site that will offer non-denominational spiritual encouragement in many forms. We expect to have this site up before the end of the year. There will be a section on the site about Bill with photos, thoughts from Beth McDonald and others. We think the finished product will be a great tool for spiritual and personal encouragement and something that Bill would truly approve.

Charlie V.


Dear Bill,

Thank you very much for your very kind article about Phoenix Country Club. Our design team worked very hard and it was worth the many challenges we encountered just to finally hear someone say how wonderful they think club looks, and actually get it.



Dear Bill,

This issue (Sept. 2010) is amazing online! The way it is laid out is so easy to read. Thank you so much for your coverage of Derby Day. I appreciate Trends' support.



Dear Bill,

Thank you for the lovely photos and gift of wonderful memories! It is so thoughtful of you and Trends to send them vs. tossing them out the window. We love them.

Sarah C.



Trends is a magazine about people, and now your ads reflect that and tell a story. I love your new format. Thanks for putting Molly in, too. I thought the new Trends was your best ever. Really to the point, every page power-packed. Congratulations and huge thanks for being so sweet to our Molly and Luke. Love to you and Beth.


What an impressive and enjoyable luncheon you and Trends hosted. I was honored to have been included at your table.The far-ranging community outreach the Trends Charitable Fund achieves is amazing. It made for a delightful afternoon.

Linda M.


Dear Beth and Bill,

Thank you so much for your time, energy and talent to help us find our way on our 50th anniversary. We so appreciate you opening your home to the great group last week and this week. You both are an amazing couple and I feel blessed that I have been able to get to know you both better. Thanks for what you are doing for us.

Linda, American Cancer Society


A note of sincere thanks for the honor of being Trends' Best Dressed 2010. It was an adventure and always a pleasure to see more of you.

Amy S.


Thank you so very much for the honor you have given me, to be selected as one of the Top 10 Best Dressed. I look forward to seeing you at the luncheon.

Brenda A.


Thank you very much for including VH Spa at Hotel Valley Ho in “Ahh! A Day at the Spa” in the latest issue of Trends magazine. We truly appreciate the coverage and your help in spreading the word! Have a lovely weekend.

The Valley Ho


Dear Beth and Bill,

We did receive our copy of Trends and we thank you so very much for the wonderful article about our St. Francis Capital Campaign. We have received interest from some friends and others who have offered encouragement and I hope some donations. Friends are the best, and we thank you and will keep you posted on how things are going. You are on our good word list. Thanks again for your help.

Beth and Bob M.


We were eagerly reading our recent issue of Trends and voila, there we were in one of Scottsdale's most prestigious magazines. Your publication is well read, and so many people have called or come up to us and said they saw us in the Charity Spotlight column. This is such a testament to the fine publication you present and to the many devoted readers of Trends.

Sara O. and Yvonne F.

Great magazine online! Congratulations! This issue was the best yet.



Your new Web site is wonderful!! Kudos to you. I love it.



Bravo on the Trends online edition.  It looks fantastic as does the magazine.

George A.