Morenci Foundation Dinner 4.16

Written by David Green.

The deadline has passed to reserve tickets for the Morenci Education Foundation benefit dinner Saturday night, but there’s no closing time on joining in for the auction.

The dinner and Distinguished Alumni presentation is scheduled to begin at 5:30 p.m. When that concludes, the benefit auction gets underway.

The more bidders, the better, because proceeds from the event help fund scholarships for Morenci graduates. More than $25,000 in scholarships have been awarded since the scholarship program began five years ago.

Auction items are listed in an advertisement in this week’s Observer. The donated items range from the handmade (table doily, shelves, quilts and afghans) to handcrafted furniture.

Roth Fabricating, Inc., is offering a choice of items in their donation. The winning bidder has the choice of a custom-made park bench or porch swing. The winner can also choose the color and a word to be included in the fabrication. Delivery is promised within 60 days.

There’s a book autographed by Ronald Reagan, tickets to a James Taylor concert, a hockey puck autographed by Tomas Kopecky and a night at Dearborn’s Hyatt Regency.

There’s even an offer to have your personal story written and posted on the World Wide Web via the Observer website.

For anyone interested in bidding on an object but unable to attend the auction, make your bid by calling Foundation president Bill Van Valkenburg at 517/270-1277.

ART SHOW—The all-school art show will be on display in the high school gymnasium Friday and Saturday. Dinner and auction guests are invited to come early and visit the show that closes at 9 p.m.

DONOR WALL—Until May 1, a special fund-raising effort will lead to a brass plate in the high school lobby.

For every $100 donation, a plate will be added to an Honor Roll of Donors. The donation can be in memory of someone, in honor of someone or for the individual or family making the donation.

Orders can be placed at the dinner or by speaking with Rosemary Dickerson at United Bank and Trust.

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