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12/4/2012 2:16:00 PM
Yellow house opens doors for SAVE-MTR fundraiser
Kerry-Lynn and John Moede will open their historic home to the public Dec. 15, original items found in the house will be on display
Kerry-Lynn Moede displays a vintage parasol, also seen in the photo she holds, found in the old Negrette home she is currently renovating. The yellow house is on the corner of W. Grant Ave. and S. Sixth St. Ryan Williams/WGCN
Kerry-Lynn Moede displays a vintage parasol, also seen in the photo she holds, found in the old Negrette home she is currently renovating. The yellow house is on the corner of W. Grant Ave. and S. Sixth St. Ryan Williams/WGCN
Original portraits found in the Negrette home. Ryan Williams/WGCN
Original portraits found in the Negrette home. Ryan Williams/WGCN
Marissa Freireich

WILLIAMS, Ariz. - Wanted: a caring family who enjoys taking walks, offering treats and giving belly rubs in exchange for unconditional love.

Several dogs in the Williams area need owners like this, and SAVE-Meant to Rescue (MTR) is working hard to find them.

The goal of the organization is to build a holding facility for dogs until they find "forever homes." SAVE-MTR hopes to raise money for the holding facility at a holiday fundraiser Dec. 15 at the Yellow House on the corner of W. Grant Ave. and S. Sixth St.

"It's in a sparkling, brand new, rejuvenated house that hasn't seen a Christmas in probably 50 years," said Robynn Eckel, who started the nonprofit about four years ago.

So far, SAVE-MTR has raised about $70,000 of the $120,000 they need for the holding facility. The city donated land behind the rodeo grounds for the building.

"Our biggest hurdle is getting money for building materials," Eckel said, adding that much of the labor will be donated. The group also needs an architect to look over the plans for the building.

Eckel believes the holding facility will fill up quick, so SAVE-MTR will need to educate the public so it doesn't reach capacity. Having a pet is a commitment for life and owners can't abandon them if they move, she said. Eckel also stressed the importance of spaying and neutering pets.

"Every abandoned dog on the streets anywhere, they're just all a really ignorant human's mistake," Eckel said. "These dogs have done nothing wrong."

Eckel said after they have been abandoned for so long, some dogs may become sad or angry. But after she works with the dogs for a while, their tails start wagging again.

"If somebody will take an interest in them they're darn worth having," she said.

Eckel said the dogs and the Yellow House where the fundraiser will take place have more in common than people might think. Both were abandoned by their former owners.

"If we can save an old house and make it happy again, we ought to be able to save these dogs and make them happy again," Eckel said.

Kerry-Lynn and John Moede will open their house to the public for the fundraiser. They purchased the historic Yellow House in April. The Negrette family owned the home from 1919 until the Moedes bought it.

The Moedes are in the process of renovating the house and hope to be done in April.

"We're trying to save the history but still make it livable for current times and current weather," Kerry-Lynn said.

The Moedes have salvaged some of the original windows from the house for a china hutch and the wood from a barn for a dining room table and kitchen island.

"Even though we had to tear down the barn it's still here," Kerry-Lynn said.

During the fundraising event, people will be able to see the house and several of the original items Kerry-Lynn found there.

"You think all the old stuff's already been found but then you find new stuff," Kerry-Lynn said.

Some of the items include a pair of Levi's 501 jeans and two dresses from the 1920s, old baseball gloves, photographs of the family and letters they wrote.

One of Kerry-Lynn's favorite finds is a parasol from 1899 that she later saw in a Negrette family photo.

She hopes people who want to see the house will come to the fundraiser to support SAVE-MTR.

The SAVE-MTR fundraiser is Dec. 15 at the Yellow House. The evening will include wine and craft beers, hors d'oeuvres and live music. Organizers ask guests to bring a bottle of wine or a six-pack of craft beer. They will auction off the remaining wine and beer at the end of the night and all proceeds will go to the SAVE-MTR holding facility. Tickets are $30 per person and are available by calling (928) 635-1571.

SAVE-MTR is also selling calendars featuring some of the rescued dogs from the past year and their success stories. Those interested in purchasing calendars may call (928) 635-4726.

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Reader Comments

Posted: Monday, December 24, 2012
Article comment by: Kerry-Lynn Moede

Dear Jo, Thank you SO much for understanding the positives of saving the "Yellow House". Your comments are sincerely appreciated.
Merry Christmas!

Posted: Thursday, December 20, 2012
Article comment by: Jo Cotton

I love that old house. To me, it symbolizes new growth, regeneration, freshness, beauty. It looks wonderful. Our town deserves the best. I was so worried about it just rotting. It has made my life here so much more happier plus it beautifies our lovely town. I hope more people see this house as an example of what their houses could look like even if its just a bit of paint. Makes us feel happy and proud.

Posted: Tuesday, December 18, 2012
Article comment by: Kerry-Lynn Moede

Mr. Daniels brought up some valid points in his letter regarding the coverage of the Yellow House. The Williams News has been very generous in the promoting of events at the historic property.
The article was about the Charity Event being held at the home to benefit SAVE-MTR. (the local effort to build an animal shelter) Our intent is to make a positive use of the house.

And, just to clarify, EVERY item we have was givien to us by the family. I have become friends with the Negrette family and have tried to be extremely respectful of their history and privacy. During their many visits during the restoration, they have been very supportive and are happy to have their family story saved and shared. If there are family members who are NOT pleased, I have not heard from them.

As to the point of possible public health dangers in the house, we have made every effort to remove any hazards, up to and including professional removal of asbestos and complete removal of every wall, all electrical systems and all plumbing. I feel we have been very throughough in our process.

Perhaps the Newspaper has offered so much coverage of the project because it is such a positive one. We have offerred employment to many, historic preservation of an important piece of Williams past and improved an eye-sore in the heart of town. We have been met with nothing but support and thanks from the community. We offerred the community use of the home for charity functions and learning opportunities.

I am proud of our efforts and look forward to continuing work as we put our dollars and our love back into the community we appreciate so much.

John & Kerry-Lynn Moede

Posted: Friday, December 14, 2012
Article comment by: how about a picture of the house?

Is this the house just south of DQ and east of of the Safeway store? Was right next to the old Safeway location?

Posted: Tuesday, December 11, 2012
Article comment by: Bud Daniels

I am tired of the coverage of The Yellow House. In this economy, many are renovating homes. End of story. Also, when someone finds photos and relics of a family, the respectful thing to do is return these items. The Negrette Family is extremely private. I am sure they would like to have their stuff returned. Also, everyone that lived there for a long time, died of cancer. There is LEAD inside that home. Danger, Will Robinson. Do not enter. Ever.

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