Scottsdale chamber announces 2015 History HOF inductees

The Past Presidents’ Council of the Scottsdale Area Chamber of Commerce will honor four individuals and one nonprofit organization at its annual Scottsdale’s History Hall of Fame Dinner to be held in April.

Ellie Ziegler will join three other individuals and one organizations as inductees into this year' History Hall of Fame in April.

Ellie Ziegler will join three other individuals and one organizations as inductees into this year’ History Hall of Fame in April.

Over the past 20 years, the council has honored 115 past and present Scottsdale personalities and organizations to induct into the Scottsdale’s History Hall of Fame. Inductees have contributed immeasurably to the rich heritage of Scottsdale, dating back to its modern-day founding in 1888 by Army Chaplain Winfield Scott.

Scottsdale’s History Hall of Fame celebrates its 22nd year on April 15. The event will be held 5:30-9 p.m. at Chaparral Suites Resort & Conference Center, 5001 N. Scottsdale Road, Scottsdale, with dinner served at 6:30 p.m.

Tickets are $60 and can be purchased by calling Scottsdale Area Chamber of Commerce at 480-355-2700.

This year’s honorees include:

* Donn Frye has been president and CEO of Scottsdale-based Prestige Cleaners since 1981. He has expanded and grown the company his father founded, and is a recognized leader in his industry.

His civic leadership includes the McCormick Ranch Kiwanis as well as the Boys & Girls Clubs of Scottsdale, Scottsdale/Paradise Valley YMCA, Scottsdale Chamber of Commerce and STARS boards of directors.

* Bill Heckman, a career sales and marketing executive, ran the Scottsdale Goldwater’s store and has been president of HMA Inc. since 1991.

His civic leadership has included chairing Scottsdale’s Parks and Recreation and Bond 2013 Commissions and service on the boards of the Scottsdale Chamber of Commerce, Scottsdale Leadership, Cultural Council and Public Art Advisory Board.

* Tom Sadvary joined then-named Scottsdale Memorial Health Systems Inc. in 1986 as administrator of the Shea hospital. Since then he’s risen to the top position at the Scottsdale area’s largest healthcare system and served on national healthcare boards.

He’s served the community as president of Scottsdale Rotary, chair of the Scottsdale chamber board, chair of the McDowell Road Task Force and co-founder of the Scottsdale Executive Forum.

* Ellie Ziegler, a career marketing professional, has given her time and talent to countless community organizations. A Fiesta Bowl volunteer for 30 years, she chaired the blockbuster year 2006-07 when the Valley hosted three bowl games in 11 days.
She’s chaired the Scottsdale Cultural Council, sponsored the Back to School program for the Boys & Girls Clubs of Scottsdale and co-founded the Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art and the Ellie and Michael Ziegler Fiesta Bowl Museum.

* Sipe-Peterson, Post 44 of the American Legion, founded in May 1935, is Scottsdale’s oldest, continuously active civic organization.

Legionnaires, members of the Auxiliary and other post affiliate groups have sponsored youth sports and activities, attendance at Girls and Boys State, annual patriotic ceremonies and community social and civic events. Post 44 has also been a haven and help to veterans seeking camaraderie, access to benefits and a way to serve their community.

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