Press RoomPhoenix Art Museum announces committee chairs, December date for 2023 Arizona Costume Institute Holiday Luncheon—the Valley’s fashion party of the year

Phoenix Art Museum announces committee chairs, December date for 2023 Arizona Costume Institute Holiday Luncheon—the Valley’s fashion party of the year

Jul, 11, 2023

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Phoenix Art Museum announces committee chairs, December date for 2023 Arizona Costume Institute Holiday Luncheon—the Valley’s fashion party of the year

Annual ACI luncheon supports exhibitions, acquisitions, and education programs at the Museum

PHOENIX (July 11, 2023) – On December 4, 2023, Arizona Costume Institute will host its annual Holiday Luncheon, the Valley’s most anticipated fashion fundraising event of the year. The 2023 luncheon benefits fashion-design exhibitions, acquisitions, and educational programs at Phoenix Art Museum. This year’s event will be chaired by Beth McRae and Oscar De las salas.

About the 2023 ACI Holiday Luncheon Chairs

Beth McRae is the CEO of The McRae Agency, with more than 30 years of experience in the public relations, social media, and marketing industries. She has served on numerous boards, including for the Arizona Humane Society, the Junior League, the American Heart Association, and the American Cancer Society. She is chair of the Phoenix Art Museum Circles Advisory Council and a graduate of the FBI Phoenix Citizens Academy, serving on its board. Beth has chaired many of the Valley’s charitable events, including the Phoenix Heart Ball, Symphony Ball, Moondance at the Heard Museum, TGen Runway for Research, the Trends Gala, and American Cancer Society Gala, to name a few. She is a co-founder of the Arizona Humane Society’s Compassion with Fashion. Beth is also the owner of High Society Resale Boutique, an upscale women’s clothing and accessories store in Scottsdale.

Oscar De las salas is an architect, designer, fashion producer, style critic, writer, and creative director. A native of Barranquilla, Colombia, Oscar has worked in several countries as a consultant for interior architecture for the United States Federal Building Office and served as project manager for all interior finish details for the United States Embassies in Bogota (Colombia), Lima (Peru), Singapore, and Guantanamo (Cuba). Since arriving in the United States, he has served as principal for the architecture firm Architectural Alliance Inc., leading numerous municipal projects in Arizona. He has also launched an online journal called Oscar’s work has been featured in various local publications, including Phoenix Magazine, Arizona Republic, Modern Luxury Scottsdale Magazine, Arizona Latina Magazine, TRENDS Magazine, FRONTDOORS Magazine, and Prensa Hispana, to name a few. Oscar is deeply committed to the arts and currently serves as vice-chair at Friends of Phoenix Public Art, Circles of Support member at Phoenix Art Museum, member of Arizona Costume Institute, and board member of Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art (SMoCA), among other roles.

The 2023 ACI Holiday Luncheon speaker and other event details, including a link to purchase tickets, will be announced at a later date. Members of the community are encouraged to join Arizona Costume Institute at to ensure they are among the first to learn about the Holiday Luncheon speaker, ticketing information, and other exciting programming details.

2023 ACI Holiday Luncheon Committee
Listings as of 07.10.23


Beth McRae
Oscar De las salas


Ronna Beeson
Lisa Bell
Lana Breen
Libby Cohen
Meredith Cohen
Lee Courtney
Emily Dietz
Shawnee Doherty
Carol Dries
Kathy Emery
Andrea Evans
Ruby Farias
Wendy Farrell
Kati Festy-Sandor
Sue Fletcher
Amanda Garmany
Patricia Garrity
Natalie Gaylord
Lisa Geyser
Laurie Goldstein
Cindy Good
Carol Guimarin
Amy Hair
Missi Harrington
Linda Herold
Jan Herwick
Suzi Hilton
Meredith Hoffer
Justine Hurry
Donna Johnson
Jill Krigsten
Julie Kroot
Joseph Leeds
Brooke Levy
Lynne Love
Barbara Lytle
Tracey Lytle
Ina Manaster
Philip Manghisi
Martha Martin Henkel
Robin Macy
Kathie May
Denise McManus
Traci Mead
Rachel Miller
Michael Mazzocco
Patti Oleson
Diane O’Malley
Joanne Osborne
Donna Pettigrew Hicks
Tobi Placenti
Lisa Portigal
Nancy Robertson
Sherri Quinn
Bea Rocklin
Vanessa Ruiz
Jennifer Schuitemaker
Lisa Shapiro
Khamsone Sirimanivong
Joy Sprink
Loretta Tedeschi-Cuoco
Lauri Termansen
Eileen Yeung
Vicki Vaughn
DeeDee  Vecchione
Amy Walters

About Arizona Costume Institute
Arizona Costume Institute was founded in 1966 to support the fashion-design department of Phoenix Art Museum through the acquisition and preservation of garments and accessories of historical and aesthetic significance and through events and fundraising efforts that support and deepen awareness of the Museum’s fashion exhibitions and education programs. ACI’s support of this collection area depends on the enthusiasm of dedicated volunteers. The ACI Board of Managers 2023-2025 president is Joy Sprink. To learn more about Arizona Costume Institute, visit

About the Fashion-Design Collection of Phoenix Art Museum
The Fashion Design Collection at Phoenix Art Museum strives to tell an accurate history of fashion and is actively pursuing works that represent a broader and more inclusive glossary of designers. Comprising nearly half of the Museum’s permanent holdings, the collection houses nearly 9,000 examples of fashionable dress and accessories from five centuries of style. With everything from a pair of 17th-century sueded-leather gloves to 21st-century couture runway looks, the collection explores the art of dressing and seeks out the rarest examples of these dress traditions. Celebrated for its quality and comprehensiveness, the collection boasts strengths in 19th-century womenswear as well as works by 20th-century designers, with significant examples from major representatives of European and North American fashion history. Special archives within the collection include the Ann Bonfoey Taylor wardrobe of more than 200 examples by mid-century couture designers, The Emphatics Archive of more than 400 works from avant-garde designers, and the Geoffrey Beene Archive, with more than 300 evening gowns and custom designs.

About Phoenix Art Museum
Since 1959, Phoenix Art Museum has provided millions of guests with access to world-class art and experiences in an effort to ignite imaginations, create meaningful connections, and serve as a brave space for all people who wish to experience the transformative power of art. Located in Phoenix’s Central Corridor, the Museum is a vibrant destination for the visual arts and the leading art museum in the southwestern United States. Each year, more than 300,000 guests engage with critically acclaimed national and international exhibitions and the Museum’s collection of more than 20,000 works of American and Western American, Asian, European, Latin American, modern and contemporary art, and fashion design. The Museum also presents a comprehensive film program, live performances, and educational programs designed for visitors of all ages, along with vibrant photography exhibitions made possible through the Museum’s landmark partnership with the Center for Creative Photography, University of Arizona. To learn more about Phoenix Art Museum, visit, or call 602.257.1880.

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