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Ninth Annual Verde Valley
International Archaeology Day Gala

Theme: Building a Legacy

Building the Capital Campaign Fund
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 Entertainment by Gary Stroutsos

Recording artist Gary Stroutsos, master of the Native American flute, will bring his musical talent to our Ninth Annual International Archaeology Day Benefit. Stroutsos brings a rare gift to the world with his music. With influences spanning rock, jazz, Latin, West African, Indian, Zen, in addition to his work with American Indian cultures throughout the West - he has consistently translated world music into music of the heart. He has more than 30 recordings to his credit, plus the sound tracks of several films including the Ken Burns PBS documentary, Lewis and Clark: The Journey of the Corps of Discovery. Never satisfied to rest on his accomplishments, Stroutsos took up the classical Chinese xiao and dize, bamboo flutes rarely heard outside of the Far East. Not long after, one classical master of these flutes, named him the best contemporary player in the world.

Stroutsos has performed throughout North America and in the Far East. He has played at the White House for President Clinton and is a frequent headliner and master-of-ceremonies at flute festivals throughout the country. He continues to work in each of the genres for which he has become known. He continues to push musical boundaries while maintaining his romantic style.


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 ($75 tax-deductible) 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