The Heard Museum makes magic, raising $500K

The Heard Museum raised close to $500,000 at its Oct. 28 Moondance. The evening reminisced on a transformational year and celebrated honorees Blue Cross Blue Shield of Arizona and Pulitzer Prize-winning author N. Scott Momaday.

After being greeted with sparkling wine, guests were invited to view the exhibition “Of God and Mortal Men: Masterworks by T.C. Cannon from the Nancy and Richard Bloch Collection” and bid on extensive silent auction items that 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 and honorary chairs Carol and Randy Schilling welcomed guests. Spirit of the Heard Award winner A. Joyce Hughes gave a traditional blessing in her native Akimel O’otham language.

Guests, accessorized in their finest Southwest jewelry, then moved to the Freeport McMoRan Plaza, where the architecture was donned in polka dots reminiscent of Cannon’s signature motifs. A video by multi-media artist Steven J. Yazzie recounted the last year at the Heard and Blue Cross Blue Shield of Arizona’s impact in the arts and culture community, and celebrated N. Scott Momaday’s creative expression and literary contributions.

Dinner was catered by Arizona Taste, and Fosterson Music played a set list inspired by T.C. Cannon, who admired Bob Dylan and Woody Guthrie. Guests received a gift bag with a copy of Momaday’s The Way to Rainy Mountain (1969).


Mary and Tom Hudak

Traci Paulson, Davy and Jim Campbell, and Mary Ellen McKee in front of the photo wall created with inspiration from a T.C. Cannon wallpaper motif

Chris and Julia Schumacher, Sharon and Craig Cohen, and JT and Daya Vandegriff

Robert and Jennifer Kimball; John Melamed, Heard Museum board chair, and Janet Melamed

Honorary chairs Carol and Randy Schilling welcome guests

David Roche with honoree A. Joyce Hughes (Akimel O’otham) as she gives the blessing

Tommy and Patsy Tait with Sandi and Bill Reilly

On behalf of Blue Cross Blue Shield of Arizona, Sue Glawe receives the honorary award from David Roche

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