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Dora Campos and Clif Perkins

The Artesia Historical Museum and Art Center Foundation will hold its 17th Annual Living Treasures awards presentation at 2 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 14, to honor Dora Campos and Clif(ton) Perkins.

The Artesia Historical Museum and Art Center Foundation began the Living Treasures program in 1998 as a way to recognize members of our community who have made a difference. It’s a way for us to say “thank you!” to those who have inspired us and made our town a better place to live. One man and one woman are chosen by Foundation members each year and are honored with an awards ceremony and reception for their family and friends.

With three children, 10 grandchildren and 22 great-grandchildren (23 in a few weeks!), Dora Campos would seem to be too busy to spend much time volunteering outside her home. But this is far from the case — Dora has been a tireless helper for local organizations for many years and has even earned a

Presidential Volunteer Award for volunteering more than 1,000 hours in a single year. Dora has served as a Senior Companion at the Adult Day Care Center, donated time as a Foster Grandparent at Head Start and Hermosa Elementary School, and was chosen as Volunteer of the Year by VistaCare Hospice in 2004.

Clifton Perkins (Clif to most of us) was raised in Artesia and has been feeding us well since the 1950s! Clif took over La Fonda restaurant in 1965 and turned it into an Artesia institution at which people come from far and wide to dine. Clif has also been active in his church and the community for many years.

We will thank Dora and Clif at 2 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 14, at the Artesia Historical Museum and Art Center, 505 W. Richardson Ave. A short presentation program will be followed by a reception — refreshments will be served, and everyone is invited! Please call 575-748-2390 for more information.