3/11/2011 1:17:00 PM 2011 Verde Pride Awards: Lifetime achiever: Cynthia Fox
Cynthia Fox “runs rings around everyone,” 20-year friend and admirer Elaine Bremner exclaims. “Now in her 80s, for the 20 years that I have known her she has been involved, she has brought a lot of culture, pleasure and entertainment to the Verde Valley.
COTTONWOOD -- Everyone who knows Cynthia Fox points to the energy and passion she brings to her endeavors. She’s often called Cottonwood’s version of the “Energizer Bunny.”
“She runs rings around everyone,” 20-year friend and admirer Elaine Bremner exclaims. “Now in her 80s, for the 20 years that I have known her she has been involved, she has brought a lot of culture, pleasure and entertainment to the Verde Valley. She has been very instrumental in making that happen.”
Cynthia has always been involved with the youth.
Cynthia was an elementary teacher before marrying and moving to the Verde Valley over 50 years ago. Her husband, Charlie, was tapped to help operate Phoenix Cement, the new economic engine that brought hope after a dismal decline of the king copper industry.
Cynthia, raising her children at the time, got involved with the community with Cub Scouts and other community activities. She teamed with Jennie Garrison to bring cultural opportunities through a group that took the name Verde Valley Concert Association.
She later brought the same energy into establishing the Missoula Children’s Theater program in the Verde Valley. Missoula has since become a 25-year staple of the many of the communities of Cottonwood, Clarkdale, Sedona and the Village of Oak Creek. The weeklong presentations give school kids important life skills, confidence, a voice and place on stage.
Cynthia followed that up with a scholarship program, Rising Stars, which funds grants to send students to in–residency music school or Northern Arizona University’s summer music camp.
She also sat on a grants panel of the Commission on the arts, recommending grants for a number of institutions.
Today, Cynthia is still a member of the Concert Association Board.
Cynthia has also been a member of the P.E.O Sisterhood, a program that provides education grants to young women.