Tickets on sale for Foundation dinner and auction 4.22.09

Written by David Green.

Tickets are available for the seventh annual dinner and auction to benefit the Morenci Education Foundation. This year’s event is scheduled at 5:30 p.m. Saturday, May 9, in the high school cafeteria. The catered meal will feature prime rib and Italian chicken.

Recipients of this year’s Distinguished Alumni Award are Larry Gould, Class of 1961; Kathye Phelps-Herrera, Class of 1967; Dwight Mansfield, Class of 1968; and Timothy Kruse, Class of 1977.

The event has traditionally been dedicated in honor of an individual or couple who has made a significant impact on the Morenci community and local school system. This year the honored couple is James and Patsy Barrett.

Profits from the dinner and auction benefit the Morenci Education Foundation scholarship fund. Nearly $40,000 has been awarded to Morenci Area High School graduates as a result of previous benefits, and the Foundation directors are hoping to raise funds to award students generous scholarships again this spring.

New auction items this year include an elegant candlelight dinner for up to eight adults, an autographed Detroit Lions football, decorating help for the holidays, and an MSU Spartans coat.

Other items include a full-size quilt donated by Bill Van Valkenburg, crocheted tablecloth doily by Carma Sutton, crocheted afghans by Dorothy Dunten, custom wood pieces by Howard and Susie Tew and a park bench by Roth Fabricating. Auction items are still arriving and donations are welcomed.

Tickets cost $25 per person or $40 per couple and must be purchased by May 2. Tickets are available at the Morenci branch of United Bank and Trust. To make a reservation, send an e-mail to [email protected], and payment may be made at the door when tickets are picked up.

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    SCULPTORS—Morenci third grade students Emersyn Thompson (left) and Marissa Lawrence turn spaghetti sticks into mini sculptures Friday during a class visit to Stair District Library. All Morenci Elementary School classes recently visited the library to experience the creative construction toys purchased through the “Sculptamania!” project, funded by a Disney Curiosity Creates grant. The grant is administered by the Association for Library Services to Children, a division of the American Library Association.
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    LEONIE LEAHY was one of three local hair stylists who volunteered time Friday at the Morenci PTO Fun Night. Her customer, Aubrey Sandusky, looks up at her mother while her hair takes on a perfect match to her outfit. Leahy said she had a great time at the event—nothing but happy clients.
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    REFEREE Camden Miller raises the hand of Morenci Jr. Dawgs wrestler Ryder Ryan as his opponent leaves the mat in disappointment. Morenci’s youth wrestling program served as host for a tournament Saturday morning to raise money for the club. Additional photos are on the back page.
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    CARRYING—Riley Terry (blue jacket) and Mason Vaughn lead the way, carrying an empty casket outside to the hearse waiting at the curb. Morenci juniors and seniors visited Eagle Funeral Home last week to learn about the role of a funeral director and to understand the process of arranging for a funeral.
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    FROM THE LEFT, Landon Wilkins, Ryan White and Logan Blaker try out their artistic skills Saturday afternoon at the Morenci PTO’s first Date to Create event. More than 50 people showed up to create decorated planks of wood to hang from rope. The event served as a fund-raiser for miscellaneous PTO projects. Additional photos are on the back of this week’s Observer.

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