MAMA Honors Area Couple as Parade of Lights’ Grand Marshals
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MONTROSE – The Montrose Area Merchants Association (MAMA) is pleased to announce that Mike and Phoebe Benziger have been chosen as the 2009 Holiday Parade of Lights grand marshals. This Saturday, Dec. 5, they will lead the annual parade through downtown Montrose starting at 5 p.m., spreading holiday spirit to participants and spectators alike. This year’s them is “Home Is Where the Heart Is.”

The Benzigers are being honored as dedicated supporters of the Montrose community.

Phoebe Benziger has been the office nurse for Dr. Van Gemert for the past 24 years. She has also been an aerobics instructor for 23 years. Phoebe Benziger is currently serving on the Montrose Community Foundation Board, San Juan Healthcare Foundation, Black Canyon Boys and Girls Club, and the Montrose Medical Alliance.

Mike Benziger has been a pathologist at the Montrose Memorial Hospital since 1978. He currently serves on the Montrose RE-1J School Board and the Wells Fargo Bank Board. Mike has also been the president of the Montrose Soccer Club and still coaches youth soccer and basketball teams.

Although the Benziger’s son and four daughters have grown and left the area for college, the couple remains entrenched in supporting youth activities. They have been instrumental in a bevy of community projects ranging from the construction of the new track at Montrose High School to the expansion of the Montrose Animal Shelter. They also underwrite local music performances and events.

At Saturday’s Parade of Lights, the Benzigers will be escorted in a 1962 Ford Galaxy 500 convertible courtesy of The Black Canyon Classics Car Club. The parade will head west on Main Street beginning at Stough Avenue and ending at Rio Grande. For more information, call 249-6360.
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