Denim and Diamonds raises funds to benefit museum

Friends of the Oktibbeha County Heritage Museum President Suzanne Dressel speaks at the organization's Denim and Diamonds fundraiser held Saturday night at the Starkville Country Club. (Photo by Charlie Benton, SDN)
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CHARLIE BENTON
Staff Writer

The Friends of the Oktibbeha County Heritage Museum held its annual Denim and Diamonds fundraiser Saturday night at the Starkville Country Club.

The organization has been putting on the fundraiser for five years, and this year’s fundraiser included more than 90 participants.

Organization President Suzanne Dressel said attendance was down a little from last year, but many of those who did not make it to the event donated ahead of it. She also said organizers were somewhat concerned ahead of the event due to the busy weekend it was held on.

“We’re trying to raise money to provide what the museum needs to continue getting temporary and permanent exhibits and archives and things like that.”

Dressel said the event was first held at the Shriners’ Building, which burned a few years ago and was moved to the Starkville Country Club.

The organization also presented the Ava Moore award at the event. The award is named for the late Ava Moore, former president of the museum.

The award is presented to a member of the community who has gone above and beyond to help the museum.

“She had been a big supporter of all things involved with the museum,” Dressel said. “We decided to memorialize, this gift is in memory of her.”

Raffle tickets were also available for jewelry donated by Armando and Ruth de la Cruz.

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