2/12/2013 12:20:00 PM Board of Supervisors donates $7,000 to Williams Own Veterans Memorial
Williams Own Veterans Memorial Committee members Danny Harness (right) and Sue Weaver hold a plaque with Supervisor Matt Ryan (second from left) depicting the memorial the group hopes to complete soon. Submitted photo
WILLIAMS, Ariz. - Founding members of the Williams Own Veterans Memorial committee are working on new ideas to raise money to pay for a memorial statue.
Most recently, the Coconino County Board of Supervisors gave the committee $7,000 to help with the project to honor veterans past and present. Danny Harness, master of the Williams Masonic Lodge, made a presentation to the board on Feb. 5. Matt Ryan, supervisor for District 3, gave $4,000. Liz Archuleta, supervisor for District 2, gave $1,000. Art Babbott, supervisor for District 1, gave $1,000 and Mandy Metzger, supervisor for District 4, gave $1,000.
The money came from each supervisor's Community Initative Fund.
Sue Weaver, Veterans Own Committee member, said she and Harness have been in touch with Ryan and are very thankful for all the help and the generous response they received at the Board of Supervisors meeting. Weaver said the committee has been working with corporate entities from the local area as well. Findley Toyota recently donated $1,000 to the project.
"Thanks to all who have helped with this project," Weaver said. "A special thank you to our newest group in Williams, Matthew James Broehm VFW Post #12128, who very kindly helped with the very successful car show last spring, where $1,000 was raised for the memorial."
The VFW post is helping with a quilt fundraiser. Tickets are available from George Riojas at (928) 856-0060. Debbie Saugstead designed the quilt.
Weaver said the committee appreciates any ideas or suggestions. She can be reached at (928) 814-9899. Harness can be reached at (928) 814-1279. Weaver asked that any civic groups wanting to assist with fundraising contact either Harness or herself.
"We are in the process of reorganizing the former Williams Own committee with new faces and new ideas," Weaver said. "Thank you to everyone who has helped in the past."