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Posted By Heather Garbarino, Tuesday, December 18, 2018


Grant Woods 2018:

The Good, The Bad, And The Ugly

His predictions from last year were spot on. His humor was wry. He even announced winning ticket numbers for the holiday wreath raffle.


As the guest speaker at the December Valley Partnership Friday Morning Breakfast, Grant Woods once again left the room laughing and gasping. In the end, though, he received a standing ovation.


This year Woods shared some poignant and bittersweet memories of his long-time friend and mentor Sen. John McCain, who passed away in August.

“He (Sen. McCain) knew there were a lot of big issues facing our country and state,” Woods said. “He was willing to listen, and work both sides of the aisle to find a solution. The outpouring of emotions after he passed was a tremendous tribute to the man.

“I fear that maybe the days of great patriots and statesmen like him are over. He was always a fighter,” Woods said.


About those 2018 predictions:

“I did pretty well,” he said with a laugh. “I predicted a blue wave. I predicted Kyrsten Simena would be our next U.S. Senator. And I predicted our sports team would still have some issues.”


His prediction for 2019: “Things will only get worse for Donald Trump.”


Woods’ parting words took a more serious tone: “Stand up for what’s under attack. Don’t remain silent. This project called America is just that. There’s no guarantee what’s going to happen in the future. The opposite of hope is cynicism. Don’t let cynicism influence your life.”


Woods was introduced by longtime friend and Valley banking executive Paul Hickman.


The December breakfast got off to a rousing start as Dena Jones officially wrapped up the 2018 Community Project, this year benefiting Sunshine Acres in Mesa, with a video.


Happy holidays to all of our partners. See you in 2019.


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