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Bronze table statue presented to museum

A table model of the Bonnie Dunbar Bronze statue was presented to the Sunnyside Museum at last night's meeting of the Sunnyside City Council.

The bronze was accepted by John Saras, president of the Sunnyside Museum Association. The city purchased a bronze for the museum's collection, which includes table models of all the city's bronze statues.

Randy Schuler, president of the bronze society, presented the statue to Saras.

Saras praised artist Desiree Dawn first, then described Bonnie Dunbar as the "all-American girl" who everyone wanted their daughters to be like.

"The museum is the depository of everything that is Sunnyside," said Saras. "Sunnyside is nothing if we don't have some reflection to go back and talk about what's in the past."

Saras then expressed appreciation for the council members and urged them to visit the museum, saying he wouldn't ask how many had already visited.

"You people own the building, you ought to come look at it sometime," he joked.

"If it weren't for the fact that we have all these beautiful statues in Sunnyside, all four of them, and all these things that depict Sunnyside, Sunnyside would be nothing but a dot on the map," said Saras.

Bill Flower of the bronze society noted that the first bronze was sponsored by three families. The second was sponsored by a family and people interested in the Roza canal. The third was sponsored by agricultural interests in the area.

The Bonnie Dunbar statue was sponsored by approximately 275 individuals who donated amounts from $25 to $10,000. He also mentioned that all but two of the Bonnie Dunbar table models had been sold, which has helped with the financing.

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