Heard Museum’s Annual Fundraiser 

text courtesy of Heard Museum   photos by Darrylee Cohen

Above: Guests wear their Moondance glasses.

The Heard Museum hosted its annual fundraiser, Moondance, on October 28. The evening celebrated the Museum’s gallery expansion completed in the past year as well as honoring Blue Cross Blue Shield of Arizona and Pulitzer Prize-winning author N. Scott Momaday.

Guests were greeted with a flute of sparkling wine, then invited to view the exhibition Of God and Mortal Men: Masterworks by T.C. Cannon from the Nancy and Richard Bloch Collection. The paintings represent the finest examples by a multifaceted artist whose voice and talent resonate and inspire nearly forty years after his untimely passing.

Top left: Representing Blue Cross Blue Shield of Arizona, Sue Glawe receives the Honorary Award from David Roche. Top right: Honorary chairs Carol and Randy Schilling welcome the attendees. Bottom, left to right: Tommy and Patsy Tait with Sandi and Bill Reilly.

Bidding on the silent auction items was brisk. The offerings included turquoise jewelry, beaded bags, a studio session for three with Valley artist Patsy Lowry and an inlay stone bolo tie by lapidary artist Jesse Monongye.

Dickey Family Director and CEO David M. Roche, followed by honorary chairs Carol and Randy Schilling, welcomed the Heard supporters. Then the Spirit of the Heard Award-winner, A. Joyce Hughes, gave a traditional blessing in her native Akimel O’otham language.

Guests, resplendent in their finest Southwest attire and accessories, then moved on to the Freeport McMoRan Plaza. Reminiscent of T.C. Cannon’s signature motifs the architecture was decorated with polka dots.  A video by multi-media artist Steven J. Yazzie recounted the last year: the expansion at Heard, Blue Cross Blue Shield of Arizona’s impact on the arts and culture in our community and N. Scott Momady’s creative expression and literary contributions.

Top left: Honoree A. Joyce Hughes gives a traditional blessing as David Roche looks on. Top right: Mary and Tom Hudak. Bottom, left to rightChris and Julia Schumacher, Sharon and Craig Cohen with JT and Daya Vandegriff.

A gourmet sit-down dinner, catered by Arizona Taste, was served while Fosterson Music played a set list inspired by T.C. Cannon whose favorites were Bob Dylan and Woody Guthrie. As a parting gift, attendees received a gift bag that included a copy of Momaday’s The Way to Rainy Mountain written in 1969.

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