Payson Police officer Don Garvin has convinced a bevy of local, county and state law enforcement officers to participate in the 14th Annual Christmas for Kids Golf Tournament.
Some of those slated to play include Department of Public Safety Director Joe Albo who was a former Gila County Attorney, Gila County Sheriff Joe Rodriquez, DPS officer Jimmy Oestmann and Gila County Sheriff Deputy Tim Scott.
Representing the Payson Police Department will be Sgt. Rod Mamero and officers Dean Faust and Matt Van Camp.
Garvin is also hoping Payson Police Chief Gordon Gartner soon commits to play.
Garvin says the event is a great cause in that the money raised is used to buy gifts and other items for the needy during Christmastime.
This year's festivities will begin at 6 p.m., Oct. 15 in the Mazatzal Casino bingo hall. Garvin says, if at all possible, all the players participating in the golf tournament should attend in that all money raised from a $5 per person chicken dinner will benefit the program.
At the auction, which begins at 7:30 p.m., bidders will attempt to secure the services of one of the officers for the four-man scramble best-ball tournament which begins the following day at 9 a.m. on the Payson Golf Course.
Each team features three of their own players and one officer purchased at the auction.
In addition to the auction and dinner, Friday night activities will include a silent auction for several prizes donated by local businesses. The winners will be announced after the cop auction.
After the dinner and auction, the band Disorderly Conduct will entertain the crowd until midnight.
The team that emerges victorious from the 18-hole tournament receives a traveling trophy.
Garvin says he's headed the tournament the past five years and this two-day event could be the best ever. The tournament director is still accepting donations of prizes for the silent auction.
For more information, contact Garvin or Officer John Heflin at the Payson Police Department, 474-5177.
Junior league play at Payson Bowl began at 3:30 p.m., Sept. 22 for children 11-years-of-age and under.
Play will continue each Wednesday afternoon throughout the fall The cost is $3 per week per child. For children who bowl only one game, the cost is $1.50 per week.
There is a one-time $7.50 registration for league sanction. Team will consist of four bowlers.
Call Gary Richardson at 474-8726 for more information.
Payson Little League President Stephanie Dvorak says there are still plenty of the discount cards available which were first sold last spring as a benefit. By purchasing a card, owners can take advantage of a variety of discounts, two-for-one deals and freebies at various local businesses.
Dvorak is hoping to sell all the cards so new team uniforms can be purchased next season.
For more information, call Dvorak at 472-6500.