Paradise Valley residents, the Ben-Horins, will be honored by Heard Museum

Arlene and Giora Ben-Horin, taken last year at the 2015 Moondance. (Photo by Heard Museum)

Arlene and Giora Ben-Horin, taken last year at the 2015 Moondance. (Photo by Heard Museum)

Moondance, the Heard Museum’s annual fundraising gala to be held this fall, will honor Paradise Valley residents Arlene and Giora Ben-Horin as well as artist Kay WalkingStick.

The gala will begin at 5 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 22, outdoors in the Freeport McMoRan Plaza at the museum, 2301 N. Central Phoenix. Tickets to the gala are now on sale.

The Ben-Horins, who have lived in Arizona for 49 years, have made many contributions to the museum over the years with gifts to the museum endowment and to a redesign and dedication of the east entrance garden, according to a press release.

Ms. Ben-Horin began her work with the museum as a member of the Heard Museum Guild, volunteering in the shop and as a docent in Las Guias. She has served on the museum’s Board of Trustees since 2008, and she previously chaired the Moondance gala in 2010.

An attorney, Mr. Ben-Horin worked from 1961 to 1967 for the U.S. Department of Justice in Washington, D.C.  From 1967 to 1982, he was a tax lawyer and partner in two Valley law firms, Carson, Messinger, Elliott, Laughlin and Ragan; and Brown and Bain.

In 1982 he formed Benross Corp., working in land investment and syndication primarily in Maricopa and Pinal counties.

The Ben-Horins have three children and five grandchildren.

Moondance will also honor leading contemporary landscape painter Kay WalkingStick (Cherokee), whose retrospective exhibition, “Kay WalkingStick: An American Artist,” is to be on view at the Heard from Oct. 15, through Jan. 8, 2017, the release stated.

This exhibition is organized by the American Federation of Arts and the Smithsonian’s National Museum of the American Indian.

Susan Navran and Elizabeth Murfee DeConcini, members of the museum’s Board of Trustees with Ms. Navran as its chair, co-chair this year’s Moondance.

Tickets begin at $500 per person. Proceeds support the Heard’s educational programs and exhibitions.

For sponsorship and ticket information call 602-251-0245.

To make a charitable contribution to the Heard Museum on the occasion of Moondance in honor of Arlene and Giora Ben-Horin, contact Rebecca Simpson at 602-251-0245 or e-mail

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