Community leaders honored during Del Webb Museum gala
Michelle Dionisio, left, recently retired President and CEO of Benevilla, was presented with the “Friend of the Sun Cities Award” From left, Ms. Dionisio, Museum President Edson Allen and Past President Constance McMillin.
The Sun Cities Area Historical Society honored two long-time service organizations and the retiring CEO of Benevilla during its second annual fundraising gala held last week in Sun City.
“Jubilee Gala II,” a fundraiser to support the society-owned Del Webb Sun Cities Museum, was held Nov. 10 at Palmbrook Country Club.
Nearly 140 attended the event that included a talk by Arizona Highways Publisher Win Holden and awards presented to Sunshine Service, Lending Hands and recently retired Benevilla CEO Michelle Dionisio.
Museum is now open, Monday, Wednesday, and Friday 1 – 4 pm.
Step back in time as you enter one of the five original model homes opened in 1960. Priced at $8500, LIFE Magazine would describe it as “the least expensive home on a golf course in America.”
The living room, kitchen, and bathroom retain their 1960 ambiance. The two other rooms and later additions house exhibits on:
• The legendary Del Webb and the company he built
• The Marinette cotton plantation that preceded Sun City
• Life in Sun City – golf, baseball, performing arts
• Transition of Lizard Acres to Sun City West, and more
Top off your visit by watching “The Beginning” (see below) in the Sundome Jr. – Arizona’s smallest theater, seating six on seats taken from the Sundome before it was razed.
Best of all, admission is FREE!