|Lora Lee Nye shows the original painting by Bob Boze Bell to raffled at the Gala.|
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|Centennial Gala committee members Jean Lupa and Nancy Smith sample the spring mix salad during tasting Monday of the gala menu.|
|Members of the Centennial Gala committee in Prescott Valley, Ariz., tasted Chef Gary Kent's proposed menu on Jan. 9, 2012, for the Gala dinner scheduled for Feb. 12, Arizona's 100th birthday. Photos by Sue Tone.|
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Organizers are putting the final touches on Prescott Valley's biggest party ever, the Centennial Gala to take place at Tim's Toyota Center on Valentine's Day.
Gala committee member and Prescott Valley councilwoman Lora Lee Nye, who attended her first Gala meeting in August 2010, received this week an original watercolor by Arizona artist and historian Bob Boze Bell. The committee will raffle off the watercolor to help pay for the event. The painting, done in Southwest colors, depicts an Arizona pioneer woman who has just killed a rattlesnake with a shovel. Boze Bell said his own pioneer grandmother found herself in that situation more than once, and he depicted the scene in his painting.
Nye said she would have the artwork temporarily framed, but since art lovers are particular, the winner will be able set off the painting with the frame of his or her choice. Raffle tickets for the artwork are available at the Tim's box office and the Prescott Valley Chamber of Commerce Visitor's Center at $20 each or three for $50.
Organizers wanted to keep the price of the gala affordable for all, and because of the reasonable ticket price, the event could not have proceeded without its sponsors. Main supporters include Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Town of Prescott Valley, Tim's Toyota Center, Sanford Cohen and Arizona's Hometown Radio Group, Northcentral University, NACOG, Yavapai Prescott Indian Tribe, Cliff Castle Casino, Prescott Valley Chamber of Commerce, Prescott Valley Historical Society, Barrett Propane, Ann and Oren Thompson, Prescott Area Association of Realtors, Prescott Frontier Days, Inc., Barbara Lear and Associates, and Prescott Western Heritage Foundation, Inc.
Two photographers will be available to take Valentines photos as people come in. Additionally, Nye is reminding those who have a story to share of Yavapai County past to prepare a three- to five-minute narration. People will be asked to tell their stories for a videographer. The resulting video later will be available to the public.
The Gala committee tasted Chef Gary Kent's menu on Monday, making their choice between lamb, duck and beef dishes. A vegetarian choice also will be available. Dessert is a white and dark chocolate mousse called "The Bomb."
"We have a very excited chef," Nye said. "He's very skilled. This is his premier event and he can't wait to do his best. I like that attitude."
After tasting each dish, committee member Mary Baker described the gourmet meal as "absolutely sinful."
Attire for the event is any costume from the past 100 years. For example, Nye said she is contemplating wearing a dress she purchased in 1975 for her 25th high school reunion
The evening's entertainment will feature Rex Allen, Jr., who will fly in by helicopter and later leave to perform at Phoenix's Centennial Fandango celebration.
"We're excited to have under contract someone who is desired all over the state," Nye said.
Rounding out the entertainment will be cowboy singer Johnny Western and up-and-coming Western girls' group Firefly, which won the 2010 Colgate Country Showdown.
As of Tuesday, Nye said, only 25 tickets were still available for the dinner and concert, although concert-only tickets are plentiful.
"(Concert attendees) will be seated above the floor in grandstand seats, and there are no bad seats in Tim's," she said. "It's a real deal at $15."
The remaining dinner/concert tickets and concert-only tickets are available for $35 and $15 respectively at the Tim's Toyota Center box office or on the website at timstoyotacenter.com.
For more information on the Gala, call Lora Lee Nye at 928-420-0051.