5th annual awards celebrate Western Heritage

Lori Gaucher, board member, left, presents a "Heritage Keeper" Scholarship to JC Mortensen for his rodeo accomplishments. (Prescott Western Heritage Foundation/Courtesy)

Lori Gaucher, board member, left, presents a "Heritage Keeper" Scholarship to JC Mortensen for his rodeo accomplishments. (Prescott Western Heritage Foundation/Courtesy)

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Kiva Keith, musician and vocalist, left, accepts a "Heritage Keeper" Scholarship from Miles Kastner of OneAZ Credit Union. (Prescott Western Heritage Foundation/Courtesy)

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Melissa Ruffner, left, is recognized as a "Heritage Keeper" by Dennis Gallagher, president of the Prescott Western Heritage Foundation. (Prescott Western Heritage Foundation/Courtesy)

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Cindy Gresser, executive director accepts “Heritage Keeper” recognition for the Smoki Museum. (Prescott Western Heritage Foundation/Courtesy)

Prescott Western Heritage Foundation, Inc., held a successful fundraising event, the Western Heritage Foundation Awards, on Oct. 28 at the Prescott Resort and Conference Center.

The Heritage Keeper scholarship awards recipients are Kiva Keith and JC Mortensen. Keith is a musician and vocalist, and Mortensen was given the award for his rodeo accomplishments.

The Heritage Keeper recognition awards for individual and organization were bestowed upon historian Melissa Ruffner and to the Smoki Museum. A special recognition went to Ann Atkinson of Atkinson Design Studio for her work on the Foundation’s website, www.VisitWesternHeritageCenter.org, or www.VisitWHC.org.

Ashley Fine, third-/fourth-grade teacher at Skyview School, gave a short presentation on history-related programs that the PWHF helps support.

The event also included a silent auction and a live auction that raised funds for scholarships, education outreach, and the Foundation’s planned Western Heritage Center.

— The Daily Courier