Historical League honors 6 Arizona Icons as Historymakers

Posted By on March 7, 2019

The Event: 2019 Arizona Historymakers Gala

The Cause: The Historical League

Mission: The Historical League is a dynamic organization dedicated to preserving Arizona’s rich cultural heritage and promoting continued public awareness of the Arizona Historical Society, the state’s oldest cultural institution.

Gala Chair: Patricia Faur

Recognition Program Chair: Diana M. Smith

Top Sponsors: SRP and Blue Cross Blue Shield of Arizona

Date held: February 23, 2019

Venue: Arizona Biltmore Resort & Spa

Entertainment: Reception music by Jonathan Levingston, dinner music by Pete Pancrazi Duo

Program Highlight: 400 guests attended the landmark event where six Arizona legends — Betsey Bayless, Dr. Art Decabooter, Alfredo Gutierrez, Michael Fox, Merrill Mahaffey and Vernon Swaback — were honored for their contributions to our state. The Arizona Biltmore also celebrated their 90th anniversary by displaying the original “key” used to commemorate the grand opening in 1929.

Photo Credit: Ben Arnold

  • David & Diana Smith
  • Historymaker Betsey Bayless
  • Historymaker Dr. Art DeCabooter & Mary DeCabooter
  • Historymaker Mike Fox received his award from Gala Chair Pat Faur
  • Sharon Zapata & Historymaker Alfredo Gutierrez
  • Historymaker Merrill Mahaffey
  • Historymaker Vernon Swaback & Cille Swaback
  • Dr. Lattie Coor & Elva Coor
  • Jennifer Sands & Christine Mollring
  • Deborah Bateman
  • Scottsdale Mayor Jim Lane & Joanne Lane
  • Pat & Duffy McMahon
  • Jim Bruner
  • Bob & Karen Hobbs
  • Charles Coughlin
  • Joe & Anne Lupica
  • Dana & Don Henninger
  • Vanessa & Marshall Trimble
  • Stuart Graff
  • The Biltmore _key_ used 90 years ago to celebrate the opening of the resort
  • Historymakers Emcee Carey Pena
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