The Library Friends of Payson has come within $10,000 of its goal to raise $250,000 for a new Payson library, and members of the group expect to exceed that goal with two fund-raisers.
The group recently received 300 shares of General Electric stock worth $35,000 from a couple active in the Library Friends, group president Judy Buettner said Wednesday.
"They want to remain anonymous," she said. "They just wanted to see us reach our goal. We are at $240,319 for the building."
Buettner said the group also received two round-trip Southwest Airlines tickets for anywhere the company flies. The Library Friends plan to raffle the tickets off in mid-December.
"We are really close to our goal, which we'll reach when we have our two annual fund-raisers," Buettner said.
The Library Friends will hold its annual chili supper at 4:30 p.m. Jan. 14 at Mount Cross Lutheran Church. Tickets will be on sale at the door for $5 each.
The second annual Mayors' Cup Chefs' Appetizer Competition will be held Feb. 19 at the Tonto Apache Community Center.
Buettner said up to 10 chefs are expected to compete in the event.
The winner will represent Payson in the statewide Mayors' Cup Chefs' Appetizer Competition in April at the Scottsdale Culinary Festival. Last year, Payson's representative, The Black Bear Restaurant, left Scottsdale with the people's choice award.
Buettner said only advance tickets will be sold for the local chefs' competition this year. She said tickets will cost about $20 and will include free wine tasting.
"Our committee is hard at work preparing for it," Buettner said.
Last year's chefs' competition earned more than $5,000 for the Library Building Fund and was well-received by the chefs and the public, she said. Ticket sales will be limited and no tickets will be sold at the door.
For more information, call Buettner at 472-9015.