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Scottsdale Charros donate $250K to new museum

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SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. -- There was the sound of hooves on the streets of Scottsdale Wednesday.

Members of the Scottsdale Charros arrived on horseback Wednesday to deliver a $250,000 check to the Scottsdale Museum of the West, which is under construction at Second Street and Marshall Way in Scottsdale.

The Charros raised the money through proceeds from this year's San Francisco Giants spring training games. Jim Bruner of the Charros said that usually the group donates the proceeds from the games to education.

"They felt that this was something unique and special," said Bruner, who is also on the museum's Board of Directors. "The mission and vision of the museum in Scottsdale is very much like the mission and vision of the Scottsdale Charros...to promote the city and to promote the Western heritage and culture of our community."

Museum CEO Mike Fox said the Scottsdale Museum of the West will be a real asset to the city.

"It's a 43,000-square-foot building," he said. "We have a number of different galleries within the museum for which you can always expect for there to be the very best of Western art and artifacts."

Scottsdale Mayor Jim Lane said the donation is great for the city.

"This is one of the most sought-after accomplishments in the city of Scottsdale for the past 50 years -- the Scottsdale Museum of the West," Lane explained. "We're just as proud as we can be that we've gotten to this point after so much time."

The museum is expected to open by the end of the year. For more information, click here.

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Education: I was born in San Antonio, Texas, but we moved to Phoenix when I was one-year-old in 1957. I grew up here and graduated from Alhambra High School and attended Phoenix College.

Family: I am married to my wife Rene', who is a librarian in the Washington school district. During free time, I may be found playing basketball in the driveway with my son, Devin. He's also keeping me busy with school, Little League, and playing in chess tournaments around the Valley.

Favorite food: Lots of favorite food, but our favorite restaurant is Fajitas.

Favorite spot in Arizona: The Little America Hotel in Flagstaff.

Favorite news memory: We have to go back to October 15, 1979. I was a country music air personality at KROP Radio in Brawley, California, when we had a 6.7 earthquake. Thankfully, there were no deaths and only minor injuries, but the entire community was pretty freaked out and listening to the station on their transistor radios. I would not want to go through an earthquake again, but it sure was a great night to work in radio and see how it can make a difference in people's lives.

First job: Working as a stringer for 'The Arizona Republic' at high school football games. My first real job was flipping burgers at the old Sandy's Hamburgers at 51st Avenue and Indian School Road. My first radio job was as announcer at KALJ radio in Yuma in 1977.

First concert: Doug Oldham gospel concert in the 1970s at the old East High School in Phoenix.

Favorite sports team: Phoenix Roadrunners minor league hockey. My dad took me to a game when I was in grade school, and I was hooked. I wanted to be a radio hockey play-by-play man. I used to take my cassette recorder and sit up in the rafters of the Coliseum and do play-by-play. It was great later in life to also take my son to Roadrunners games. Too bad the team just folded, I'll miss them. (Going to the Coyotes is fun, but they're not "my" team.)

Outside interests: My family and I are active in our church - Northern Hills Community Church in Phoenix. We enjoy going to movies, sporting events, and like to vacation at the Beach Cottages in the Pacific Beach area of San Diego. And I love to play catch, basketball, football with my son.

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