Santa Claus pays special visit to Rotary Club of Scottsdale

Dr. Joe Hegstad, Rotarian/past club president and coordinator of the club’s Holiday Party; Nicole Pesce, pianist; and Santa greeting holiday partygoers. (Special to the Independent)

Dr. Joe Hegstad, Rotarian/past club president and coordinator of the club’s Holiday Party; Nicole Pesce, pianist; and Santa greeting holiday partygoers. (Special to the Independent)

The Rotary Club of Scottsdale has a number of big-name speakers throughout the year, but none more popular than the man in the red suit who recently paid a visit to the club’s holiday party.

After signing the book, Santa reads the club-donated book that will be given to Yavapai Elementary School’s library. (Special to the Independent)

After signing the book, Santa reads the club-donated book that will be given to Yavapai Elementary School’s library. (Special to the Independent)

Each holiday season, Santa comes to visit the Rotary Club of Scottsdale.

Rotarians, their families and friends enjoy a bountiful buffet and entertainment. At the festive party, the children (and even the adults) get a chance to visit with Santa to share their Christmas wish list.

This year, the sold-out event was held in the McCormick Lakeside Ballroom. Attendees enjoyed pianist, keyboardist, composer and arranger Picole Nicole Pesce. She provided a unique blend of virtuosity, pizzazz, popular and holiday tunes for the special occasion.

Nicole has a repertoire consisting of over 12,000 memorized songs; is often dubbed “the human iPod;” and, is recognized as one of the “top ten musicians to hear in Phoenix” by The Arizona Republic.

Rotarian and Past Club President Pat Rile thanked members for their support of The Salvation Army. Close to 70 volunteers raised $5,500 while representing Rotary Club of Scottsdale at the holiday weekend bell ringing at Fashion Square’s Nordstrom’s.

Club members also supported Salvation Army’s “Changing Lives” coin can and kids toy collections.

The club will begin its 2016 club season at noon Jan. 4 at The McCormick Lakeside Ballroom.

The noon luncheon program keynote speaker will be David Schweikert, U.S. Congressman representing Arizona’s 6th District.

Visit www.scottsdalerotary.org or call 480-945-6158 to inquire about club meetings, programs, projects and membership for local active and retired business professionals.

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