Santa Cruz Museum Celebrates!

Santa Cruz Valley Historic Museum is celebrating once again! It’s open and enjoying its role of being an important part of the story of Eloy.

Join the celebration by attending and supporting its annual fundraising dinner dance on Saturday, Nov. 5. For 18 years, this event has been the main source of revenue, first for the designated purpose of its restoration and now for the continued operation of the old Toltec Elementary School building.

“Celebration” is the theme for this year’s event at The Property, 1251 W. Gila Bend Hwy., Casa Grande on Nov. 5 from 5:30 to 10 p.m. Tickets are $50 each or $90 for two. The ticket price hasn’t changed in 18 years, even though food costs have, making this a great value for the community. In addition to live music by “Outlaw Highwaymen,” there will be raffle items, silent and live auctions, and door prizes.

The 16-year restoration project was the result of individual and charitable donations, monies raised at the annual dinner dance, local grants, donated materials, money and labor from local businesses, individuals who donated their time and support, labor donated by the Southwest Archeological Team from Mesa, and both departmental and financial support from the City of Eloy. More than anyone else, it was the result of the thousands and thousands of hours of labor from the late Dick Myers, as well as his personal dedication and heart.

The museum shares the space with the Sunland Visitor Center, both of which are now under the umbrella of the Eloy Chamber of Commerce.

The Santa Cruz Valley Historic Museum is requesting the presence of the community at the celebration on Saturday, Nov. 5. Tickets are available from the Eloy Chamber of Commerce, or you can contact Event Chair Kristin Gramando at 520-705-0910.

All donations may be mailed to Eloy Chamber of Commerce/Santa Cruz Valley Historic Museum, 515 N. Main St., Eloy, AZ 85131. However, attendance at the event is preferred.