State Sen. Sine Kerr (R-District 13)

State Sen. Sine Kerr (R-District 13) is the guest speaker at the Peoria Chamber of Commerce’s Women 4 Women.

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Republican State Sen. Sine Kerr D-13, is the guest speaker at the Peoria Chamber of Commerce’s Women 4 Women, from 8:15  to 9:30 a.m. on Friday, Dec. 20 at Arrowhead Valley Retirement Resort, 20025 N. 81st Avenue, Peoria. Kerr’s district covers areas from Wickenburg down to Yuma and includes parts of Peoria, Surprise, and Waddell. 

The Peoria Chamber’s Women 4 Women group is dedicated to the advancement of women entrepreneurs.

 The group encourages mutual support networks among members, with collaborating, connecting and mentoring opportunities, personal and professional development as well as recognizing women’s achievements.

“Giving back to women organizations in our communities is our financial goal and to become self-sustainable as an organization achieving long-term success,” said Della Brandenburger, chairwoman of the group.

Kerr is a dairy farmer who serves on the Arizona Farm Bureau board of directors and as chair for the Arizona Department of Agriculture’s Food and Agriculture Policy Advisory Council.

 In 1980, Sine and husband Bill Kerr started a dairy business with 15 cows; they now have 1,100.. 

The event is free for Peoria Chamber members, $10 for nonmembers.

 For more information, call 623-979-3601 or visit

• Congrats to  physicians, staff and patients of the CORE Institute. 

For the eighth year in a row, the CORE Institute’s Annual Forgotten Angels Toy Drive collected donations to benefit the Salvation Army’s holiday program.

During the month-long campaign, the CORE Institute collected more than 1500 toys at its 20 clinics throughout the Valley, including Peoria, Surprise, Sun City and Sun City West.

 “Everyone at the CORE Institute looks forward to this annual tradition because it allows us to give back to the community and provide children with a little joy during the holidays,” said Valerie Eaton, of the CORE Institute. “We are proud to help the Salvation Army’s Forgotten Angels project because the holidays can be a difficult time for families who are struggling just to pay the bills, and these gifts may be the only ones they can give their children.”

The Salvation Army hosts Christmas Angel trees to collect gifts for families who cannot afford to buy presents. The nonprofit’s Forgotten Angels project is for the thousands of children whose Christmas Angel tags are not returned with a gift. CORE supports the Forgotten Angels program to ensure every child gets a toy during the holidays, regardless of a family’s financial situation.

• Peoria’s  Mani Elango was one of 11 new members to the SCORE Greater Phoenix team.

SCORE professionals help launch and grow small businesses in the Greater Phoenix area.

The group provides no-cost mentoring,  free workshops and a series of business owner forums designed to help small businesses succeed.

“This new class was chosen on the basis of their experience, leadership, and energy in the workplace” said Paul Janis, vice chairman of SCORE Greater Phoenix.

 “They will help as business mentors and workshop presenters and hosts”.

For more information on membership with SCORE Greater Phoenix, call Paul Janis at 602-745-7250, email or visit