Many a Payson High School sport has been able to afford a few of the "extras" that are necessary to have a successful program because of funds earned at benefit steak dinners.
And there's not many places consumers can wolf down a barbecued top sirloin steak, complete with baked potato, beans, bread and salad all for only $5 -- just $3 for a children's portion.
The dinners require a lot of effort from many volunteers, such as cook extraordinaire Forrest Waggoner, who's been tending the sirloins about as long as anyone can remember.
Also, donations from local businesses make the dinners more financially successful.
Payson Wrestlerette sponsor and Payson Elementary School teacher Pat Heizer is the old pro behind the dinners. If she's heading it, you can bet the benefit will generate the funds the school programs need.
Heizer and her crew will be hosting a dinner Wednesday, Jan. 27 from 4:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. in the concession area in the Wilson dome. The funds raised will benefit the PHS Wrestlerettes.
Tickets are available from any Wrestlerette or may be purchased at the door.
Sports fans can enjoy a fine meal, then stay for a 7 p.m. dual match pitting the Longhorns against Queen Creek.
Wednesday's dual match opponent was originally to be Arizona Boys Ranch, but the Spartan administration canceled the wrestling program because of declining enrollment. PHS Athletic Director Barry Smith was able to fill the scheduling void with Queen Creek. The match will be the Longhorns' final home appearance of the 1998-99 season.
This is the last week locals may purchase tickets for the raffle of a very nice commemorative football autographed by all the members of the 1998 state championship Longhorn football team. The ball sits on a tee in a clear display case and would make a great trophy for any sports fan.
Included in the prize package is a poster-sized and framed team picture and a professionally-produced video of the Longhorns' win over Blue Ridge in the state championship game.
The raffle tickets are priced at $1 each or six for $5. The football and picture are on display at the offices of the Payson Roundup, where tickets are also being sold.
The proceeds from the raffle will benefit two worthy causes -- the football program at PHS and the Youth Recognition Program being sponsored by the Gila County Sheriff's Department. The YRP, founded last year, acknowledges the efforts of high school students from around Gila County for outstanding achievements and citizenship.
The raffle drawing will be held Super Bowl Sunday.
The 1999 Senior Olympics begin Feb. 20 and will continue until March 7 at various venues in Phoenix.
Adults wishing to participate must be at least 50 years of age as of Feb. 21, 1998. The games are open to all ability levels. For more information, call (602) 261-8765.