Letters: Thanks for making Holiday Fundraiser a success

Editor:

The Cornville Historical Society extends appreciation to everyone who supported the 9th annual Holiday Fundraiser at the Lodge at D.A. Ranch on Dec. 7. The event featured the premier presentation of "The History of the DA Ranch" by Society Board member and researcher Janet Cassagio. Her excellent power point showing was the result of over two years of research. She traced changes of ownership since homestead days, highlighted historic structures, and roused memories of many who have lived and worked at the ranch in the past.

For the popular gift basket raffle, 19 themed baskets, valued from $50 to $100 each, were filled with merchandise, art, wine and gift certificates and assembled by Society members. Ticket sales brought in over $1,500 to support Historical Society activities, which include research, publications, placement of historic markers, and the ongoing restoration of the original Cornville Post Office & Store on Cornville Road.

Sincere appreciation is extended to owner Melinda Petznick and ranch manager Eden Eglin, for their hospitality. Refreshments and complimentary tastings of estate-grown wines with the new D.A. Ranch Label were included. Seating was limited; and tickets sold out quickly. But for those who attended, the event provided the opportunity to mingle and enjoy the afternoon in a beautiful historic setting. Among the guests were Yavapai County Supervisor Tom Thurman and Petznick Family members.

The local businesses and individuals who donated items, wine, and gift certificates were: Big O Tires; Blazin' M Ranch, Canyon Vista Golf Club, Cornville Mercantile, Javelina Leap Vineyards & Winery, Linda Allen-Kappel, Carole Mackler, Grasshopper Grill, Manzanita Inn, Oak Creek Winery, Page Springs Cellars & Vineyards, Potters Three Pottery, Salon West, Verde Canyon Railway, Verde Santa Fe Golf Club, Windmill Gardens, and Society Board members-past and present.

A BIG THANK YOU to all who participated!

Judy Miller

President

Cornville Historical Society

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