Morenci's Distinguished Alumni 4.1.09

Written by David Green.

Tickets are now available for the seventh annual Benefit Dinner and Auction for the Morenci Education Foundation.

Since this year’s event is scheduled May 9 during Mother’s Day weekend, all mothers attending the dinner will be honored.

“It’s going to be an exciting night as we once again dedicate the event to a local couple who have spent their lifetimes being involved in the Morenci community and schools,” said Foundation president Bill Van Valkenburg.

It’s also the time to honor a few Morenci graduates with Distinguished Alumni awards. Four individuals will be honored this year: Larry Gould, Class of 1961; Kathye (Phelps) Hererra, Class of 1967; Dwight Mansfield, Class of 1968; and Tim Kruse, Class of 1977.

The auction following the award dinner serves to raise funds for scholarships to benefit Morenci graduates seeking higher education. More than $8,000 was collected from last year’s event.

Items are needed for the auction and can be dropped off at the Morenci branch of the United Bank and Trust.

Tickets to the dinner cost $25 a person or $40 for a couple and are available now at United Bank and Trust. Guests also have the option of registering by sending e-mail to vanvalkenburg@morencieducationfoundation.org. Include your name, address and the number of people attending.

For additional information, contact Van Valkenburg at 517/436-3605 or Rosemary Dickerson at 517/458-7511.

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