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The history of Krispy Kreme

Krispy Kreme

During the Great Depression, a young entrepreneur named Vernon Rudolph purchased a unique recipe for fluffy doughnuts. In 1937, he opened shop in Winston-Salem, and the Krispy Kreme Doughnut Corporation was born.

Initially, Rudolph only sold to grocery stores, but passersby kept begging to buy them hot. In order to sell them right off the glazer, Rudolph cut a hole in the bakery wall.

Following Rudolph’s death in 1973, the company’s new owners began using cheaper ingredients. Thankfully, franchisees banded together to buy back Krispy Kreme and go back to using the original 1937 recipe (and the original sign).

– ChrisButsch, The 100 Companies

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Violins of Hope comes to Arizona

Violins of Hope exhibit

In an effort to give a voice to those lost during those darkest of days in our history – the Holocaust – the Jewish Federation of Greater Phoenix, in partnership with over 50 Arizona nonprofits, schools and businesses, is proud to present Violins of Hope.

Violins of Hope tells the remarkable stories of violins played by Jewish musicians during the Holocaust. Today, these instruments serve not only as powerful reminders of an unimaginable experience but also reinforce lessons of tolerance, inclusion and diversity.

Given all that is happening in our world today, this program could not have come at a better time.

– Julee Landau Shahon and Rachel Hoffer, Violins of Hope Phoenix

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The Scottsdale Resort launches Five C’s Supper Series

Scottsdale Resort

The Scottsdale Resort at McCormick Ranch, A Destination Hotel is launching a supper series paying homage to Arizona’s five C’s – copper, cattle, cotton, citrus and climate – which have not only been enduring cornerstones of the economy but whose charming qualities have long converted visitors into residents.

The first dinner will take place Feb. 21 in honor of Grand Canyon National Park’s Centennial and Arizona Statehood month.

Paying tribute to the boldness and sense of adventure that made Arizona what it is today, the dinners will elegantly accentuate each of the C’s, using old-fashioned cooking techniques to highlight the theme.

– Rick Dupere, The Scottsdale Resort at McCormick Ranch, A Destination Hotel

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Old Adobe Mission added to National Register of Historic Places

Old Adobe Mission

Officially named Our Lady of Perpetual Help Mission Church, this Scottsdale property is now listed in the National Register of Historic Places, the federal government’s list of historic properties and archaeological resources considered worthy of preservation.

Old Adobe Mission executive board members prepared the nomination, which was considered by the Arizona Historic Sites Review Committee and the State Historic Preservation Office before it was submitted for consideration by the National Park Service. With the addition of the Old Adobe Mission, there are now nine properties in the city that are listed in the National Register.

Learn more: Scottsdale’s Historic Register.

City of Scottsdale reports

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Warriors’ words

Barry Goldwater

“We shall return to proven ways – not because they are old, but because they are true.” — Barry Goldwater

“It is not a daily increase, but a daily decrease. Hack away at the inessential.” — Bruce Lee

Leaders both in and out of the workplace are responsible for knowing when to cling to the ways and when to innovate. Paying attention to what works and what does not is the easiest test for this.

How many times have we seen leaders make change just for change’s sake? That practice is disruptive and usually frustrating. Start changes by hacking away what isn’t working.

– Sgt. Mike Wesley, USMC (Retired)

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Can you still get your kicks on Route 66?

“America’s 11 Most Endangered Historic Places” is an annual list that spotlights examples of our nation’s architectural and cultural heritage that are at risk of destruction or irreparable damage. Almost 300 places have been on the list, with fewer than five percent actually lost.

On the list this year is Route 66. Known as America’s “Mother Road,” Route 66 is a symbol of our romance with the open road. Congress has taken steps to designate Route 66 a permanent National Historic Trail but legislation must be passed by the Senate and signed by the president before the end of 2018.

National Trust for Historic Preservation

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A legacy of volunteers

fire hat

On July 5, 1973, a propane tanker explosion in Yuma killed 11 volunteer and full-time firefighters. Richard Lee Williams, a school principal and volunteer firefighter, was among those who lost their lives that day in what is known as the Doxol Disaster.

In 2012, the Kingman Unified School District opened Lee Williams High School in his memory. The school’s mascot is the Volunteers. On top of that, the school no longer issues the uniform number 11 for any of its sports teams. Adding to the legacy is the school’s motto: “We can, we wi11.”

– Scott Hanson, HMA Public Relations

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Attorney Stephanie Quincy helps Rent-A-Center prevail in transgender bias case

Quarles & Brady represented Rent-A-Center in a transgender discrimination lawsuit brought by the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission. Stephanie Quincy, chair of Quarles & Brady’s Labor & Employment Phoenix Practice Group, was lead counsel.

Rent-A-Center was alleged to have terminated an employee based on her transgender status. The company argued the employee used a delivery vehicle for personal use. On May 18, with Judge Eric I. Long presiding, a jury in the Central District of Illinois returned a complete defense verdict in favor of Rent-A-Center.

This was the EEOC’s first transgender discrimination case taken to trial.

– Nicole Stanton, Quarles & Brady LLP