Scottsdale Charros to host community event to celebrate local partners

The Scottsdale Charros are hosting a community event from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 19 in celebration of the success of the Scottsdale Museum of the West. (Submitted photo)

The Scottsdale Charros are hosting a community event from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 19 in celebration of the success of the Scottsdale Museum of the West. (Submitted photo)

The Scottsdale Charros are hosting a community event from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 19 in celebration of the success of the Scottsdale Museum of the West and to bring together sponsors of the local philanthropic group and its efforts.

The event will be held at the Scottsdale Museum of the West, 3830 N. Marshall Way, in an effort to bring together those who support spring training baseball, those who benefit from those efforts and the Charros’ spring training partners: The San Francisco Giants and city of Scottsdale.

Construction of the Scottsdale Museum of the West was finished last December and is owned by the city of Scottsdale, but operated by the nonprofit Museum of the West organization, according to city officials.

Scottsdale City Council approved a construction contract January 2013 with Core Construction for the $13.6 million, 35,306-square-foot building featuring a lobby, retail store, orientation theater, sculpture garden, galleries, restrooms and storage.

“This event has been designed to gather our baseball sponsors, representatives of the charities we support, city officials, representatives from the San Francisco Giants and all the Scottsdale Charros to celebrate community involvement and emphasize the tremendous work each party does in Scottsdale,” said Brant Baker, executive director of the Scottsdale Charros.

For 54 years the Scottsdale Charros have been in constant pursuit of improving the lives of Scottsdale residents while preserving the community’s ties to its western heritage.

Mr. Baker says the Scottsdale Museum of the West celebrates the local heritage the Charros were created to enshrine.

“It is a celebration of the western heritage, which is an important part of the Charros own identity and self-understanding,” he said. “Second, many of our members have been instrumental in fulfilling the vision for a western heritage museum in downtown Scottsdale. Finally, and because of these things, Scottsdale’s Museum of the West was the recipient of the The Charro Foundation’s most significant gift to date.”

The Scottsdale Charros, in July of last year, ceremoniously delivered a $250,000 check to representatives of Scottsdale’s Museum of West to provide financial support of the museum and what it seeks to preserve locally in Scottsdale.

The Charro Foundation is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization that has provided millions of dollars in grants and donations to local charities and educational programs. The programs of The Charro Foundation are supported by corporate and individual sponsorships, donations and the community service of the Scottsdale Charros.

“The museum is a tremendous asset for the community, not only because it is unique in the world of museums generally, but because it brings to the west’s most western town a unique and ever-changing collection,” Mr. Baker said.

“As Mike Fox, the museum’s director, likes to say, this is not a museum of objects, but a museum of ideas. The westward expansion in the United States brought a tremendous fertility of innovation, commerce, and discovery. The mix of people and ideas produced new understandings and insights, and these same factors are all still at work in Scottsdale today.”

To learn more about the Scottsdale Musuem of the West go to scottsdalemuseumwest.org or call 480-686-9539.

Northeast Valley Managing Editor Terrance Thornton can be contacted at tthornton@newszap.com

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