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Ninth Annual Verde Valley
International Archaeology Day Gala

Theme: Building a Legacy

Saturday, October 19, 2019
Sedona Poco Diablo Resort

6:00 PM Cocktails, Silent Auction, Wine Pull and Raffle
7:00 PM Plated Dinner
8:30 PM Special Guest Speaker Dr. Brian Fagan

We are very pleased to welcome back for this year's gala, Dr. Brian Fagan after an extremely popular presentation at our 2017 gala. British-born and Cambridge University educated Brian Fagan is widely regarded as the world’s leading archaeological writer and has an international reputation as an author of influential books about major issues such as ancient climate change, the relationship between humans and water, past and present, and sustainability in ancient and contemporary subsistence level societies. His books have been translated into over nine languages.

Brian spent his early career in Central Africa, where he worked in the Livingstone Museum in Zambia. He was involved in field research into multidisciplinary African history, monuments conservation, cultural tourism, and museum work. After a year in East Africa, he came to the United States in 1966 and was Professor of Anthropology at the University of California, Santa Barbara, from 1967 to 2003. He is now Emeritus and an independent scholar. Since moving to Santa Barbara, he changed from being an African specialist into a generalist, concerned with public outreach and communications science to general audiences, especially through lecturing and writing. He has lectured widely both in the United States and Canada and also internationally to all kinds of audiences. In recent years, most of his books have been concerned with human relationships to climate change in the past, including water and general issues of sustainability. His major recent titles include Floods, Famines and Emperors, a study of ancient El Niños, The Little Ice Age, The Long Summer, and The Attacking Ocean. He has also written Elixir: A History of Water and Humankind and The Great Warming, an account of the Medieval Warm Period. His latest book is Fishing: How the Sea Fed Civilization.


Mixed Field Greens Salad with sprouts, cucumbers and tomatoes topped with a Balsamic Vinaigrette Dressing

Cracked Black Pepper Beef Tenderloin Steak or
Saguaro Chile Glazed Grilled Salmon or
Roasted Mushroom Ragout Served in Puff Pastry

Chef's Choice of Chocolate Dessert

Tickets will be $125 and be available for sale on August 1.

Silent Auction, Wine Pull and Raffle

We will repeat last year’s popular and successful Silent Auction with many new choices. Likewise, the Raffle will be available again with many fine items. New this year will be the Wine Pull. Fifty bottles of wine will be displayed and numbered in sealed wine gift bags. Numbered wine corks for $20 each can be drawn for your winning wine. The value of each bottle will range from $15 to $50 with a chance to select a $100 bottle. 

Be a Sponsor for the 2019 Gala. Download the application HERE that describes the benefits of sponsorship.

The following are our 2018 event sponsors:




Dr. Sandy Lynch
Robert Whiting
Cheri and Nick Meyerhofer
Bud Henderson
  Auction Donors
Auction Donors
Auction Donors
Dr. F. Dennison and Janet Shaw
Jerry Walters
Bill and Lynette Kovacovich
Drs. Janet and Marshall Whitmire Amber Polo Todd and Heidi Bostwick 
 Cheryl and Dennis Cassady Robert and Christine Rodman   
Silent Auction Sponsors