Members Biographies

Legacy Award: Habitat for Humanity – Rio Verde

Habitat for Humanity of Rio Verde 2020 Legacy Award Winner The volunteers of the Verdes’ Habitat for Humanity are nearing completion of their 24th home. The Rio and Tonto Verde communities in Rio Verde have sponsored and built these homes which have become a proud tradition. The residents of the communities have contributed over $1.4 […]

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Legacy Award: Community Garden – Fountain Hills

Fountain Hills Community Garden 2020 Legacy Award Winner The planning for the Fountain Hills Community Garden began in March of 2016. There were numerous ideas and brainstorming hit the ground running. The committee got approval from the Town Council to utilize the area south of the Library and Museum. Organizers needed a good plan and […]

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Austin, Kate B.

Kate B. Austin, 2020 Inductee Kate was born in 1904 in the area called Calva, located on the San Carlos Apache reservation. Kate was the eldest daughter of Mike and Hattie Burns and would be one of five siblings. Kate’s early childhood was spent near the San Carlos Apache reservation. Her playground was the spacious, […]

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Meyers, Dennis

Dennis Meyers, 2020 Inductee Dennis began work for Alexander Homes in 1983 as a master plumber. He and his wife, Terri, lived in Fountain Hills at the time. They moved to Tonto Verde in 1996 and in 2016, they moved to Rio Verde. After retiring from Alexander Homes, Dennis formed his own plumbing company serving […]

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Harvey, Greg

Greg Harvey, 2020 Inductee Greg Harvey first set his eyes on the Lower Verde Valley when his parents, Don and Mickey Harvey, purchased a vacation home on East Poco Vista in the early years of Rio Verde development in 1977. Over the ensuing years, he became captivated by the beauty and charm of the area, […]

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Yates, Judi

Judi Yates, 2020 Inductee Judi Yates has been a leader in the community for years. She was owner, with her husband, Jim, of the Yates Gallery, which was located on the Avenue of the Fountains. After she and Jim operated the store for years, it became a co-op art gallery under Yates and other Fountain […]

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Willigrod, Jenny

Jenny Willigrod, 2020 Inductee Jenny’s family moved to Chandler in 1996 and decided to rent for a year while they scoped out the valley. They fell in love with Fountain Hills and bought their first home in 1997 when their daughter was a year old. Jenny immediately became involved in the Moms’ Club and met […]

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Perreault, Paul Jr.

Paul Perreault, Jr., 2020 Inductee Paul first got involved in doing various activities starting in 1992 when he took on the summer project of going through and repairing hundreds of sets of holiday lights that would be used on the Avenue of the Fountains. He soon got involved with the Fountain Hills Chamber of Commerce […]

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Pape, Bill

Bill Pape, 2020 Inductee During his many years as a Fountain Hills resident, Bill has consistently been involved in service organizations for the betterment of the community. He has served with distinction on the board of Four Peaks Rotary and led that organization’s efforts to create the popular Musical Instrument Park. In addition to his […]

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Myhr, Dr. Bill

Dr. Bill Myhr, 2020 Inductee Bill has an outstanding resume of professional work as well as community service. He has served both the Fountain Hills community and the Ft. McDowell Yavapai Nation. In July 2007, the community of Fountain Hills welcomed Bill and his wife, Sandy, to Fountain Hills. He became superintendent of the Fountain […]

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