Photo caption: Prescott architect Bill Orwell receiving a plaque from PWHF President Dennis Gallagher
Calling it one of the most successful yet, Prescott Western Heritage Foundation (PWHF) founder and President Dennis Gallagher is pleased the annual banquet generated more than $18,000 for PWHF projects.
More than 200 people representing businesses and corporations from the region attended the dinner where one individual and one organization were honored as Western Heritage Keepers.
In addition, two local students received $2,000 college scholarships to continue their advanced studies.
Gallagher and his fellow board members praised those receiving recognition, saying their efforts were preserving and promoting the unique Western heritage through education, arts, music and projects that make the Prescott area and Yavapai County an inimitable place to live.
During the Sept. 29 program, the following were singled out for recognition:
The Phippen Museum of Western Art. Open since 1984, the museum specializes in dedicating its collection to American West artists in all genres. The museum has become a favorite destination for locals and visitors. It also sponsors several youth outreach programs.
Bill Otwell, principal, Otwell Associates Architects. The native Arizonan has lived in Prescott following completion of his architectural degree. He is known widely for his attention to historical detail and Western tradition and has had positive impact on historic preservation of more than 250 buildings around Arizona.
Logan Arnold Bates, Prescott student at Cochise College. Bates is a rodeo champion at local, state and national levels and recently placed fourth in the World Finals Tie-Down Roper competition. He is majoring in farm and ranch management and fire science.
Kendyll Tucker, senior at Chino Valley High School. Active in the National Honor Society, Tucker, a member of the Arizona State Champion Horse Judging Team, also competes in the Arizona High School Rodeo Association and plans to continue the same in college.
Fiscal support for the PWHF came from the auctioning of more than 15 items ranging from painting and sculptures to jewelry, elegant dinners and a weeklong resort stay in Mazatlán, Mexico.
Gallagher noted he anticipates the grand opening of the Western Heritage Center on Whiskey Row in downtown Prescott sometime in spring 2019.
For additional information about the PWHF, visit visitwhc.org or call (928) 910-2307.