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Sun, Jan. 19

Vintages raises $3,122 for Homes for Our Troops, Sgt. Maynard

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From left, Jeri Strande of American Legion Post 135 Women's Auxiliary, Cornville; Cottonwood Mayor, Diane Joens; John Maddox, Event Coordinator; Kathy Chambers, Owner of Vintage's Grille and Jim Strande, American Legion Post 135 Commander, helped raise $3,122 for Homes for Our Troops and Marine Sgt. Jordan Maynard of Cornville.

Courtesy photo<br> From left, Jeri Strande of American Legion Post 135 Women's Auxiliary, Cornville; Cottonwood Mayor, Diane Joens; John Maddox, Event Coordinator; Kathy Chambers, Owner of Vintage's Grille and Jim Strande, American Legion Post 135 Commander, helped raise $3,122 for Homes for Our Troops and Marine Sgt. Jordan Maynard of Cornville.

On Saturday, Oct. 19, Kathy Chambers, owner of Vintage's Grille in Rimrock, hosted a fund-raising event that raised $3,122 for Homes for Our Troops and Marine Sgt. Jordan Maynard of Cornville. John Maddox of Rimrock coordinated the affair with help from American Legion Post 135 and the Post Women's Auxiliary of Cornville.

Ray and Brenda Strom of Cottonwood were instrumental in gathering donated paintings from artists throughout the Verde Valley. Approximately 150 guests attended the event and were treated to a medley of songs by local musician and artist John Spannagel. The event included a raffling of items and services donated by local businesses throughout the Verde Valley, making the event a grand success.

Fry's Food Corporation and specifically Fry's Food Store of Cottonwood provided a $100 gift card that was used to prepare an hors d'oeuvres table fit for a king. Guests enjoyed a variety of locally grown and bottled wines as they mingled and perused the artwork and items for raffle. Of special interest was a beautiful quilt, donated by Quilters Quarters, that took center stage in the silent auction with the winning bidder, an excited Cottonwood resident, as well as a bottle of El Serrano 2011 Magnum, graciously donated by Page Springs Cellars.

Jonnie Maddox of Rimrock made three beautiful gift baskets of cheeses, chocolates, crackers and wine, while the Post 135 Women's Auxiliary provided an additional wine and cheese basket for raffling. Home Depot of Cottonwood donated a Dewalt drill combination set; Ace Hardware of Camp Verde donated an electric leaf blower/vacuum, along with a number of smaller items that were all available for raffle. Other local businesses donating to this event were Rita Pushpa with a reflexology session two feathers healing arts massage therapy and Candy's Creekside Cottage.

Overall the event was another show of community support for Homes for Our Troops and Sgt. Maynard and family, as they prepare to start their new life together here in the Verde Valley. Homes for Our Troops is a 501(c)(3) organization based in Taunton, Mass. and was founded in 2004. Their web address is http://www.hfotusa.org. All specially adapted homes are built at no cost to the veteran, thanks to the heartfelt generosityof thousands of individuals, foundation grants, corporate sponsors, professional tradespeople and the countless volunteers who work tirelessly to see each of these homes built.

The next time you are in the Rimrock area, please stop in and say hi to Kathy and her staff at Vintage's Grille, one mile off Interstate 17 at exit 293. You can also visit Vintage's website at http://www.vintagesfresh.com or be a friend on their Facebook page to keep up with local happenings.

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