One of the most celebrated events of the Payson social-sports scene is just on the horizon.
The 7th annual Mogollon Sporting Association banquet, raffle and auction is May 1 at the Mazatzal Casino. Randy Roberson will serve as master of ceremonies. No-host cocktails begin at 5 p.m. and the dinner at 6 p.m. Auctions, raffles and door prizes kick off about 7 p.m.
A special raffle will feature prizes of a Ruger .339 Winchester Magnum rifle and a pair of CVA .50 Caliber Muzzleloaders with scopes.
In the regular raffle, more than 150 items will be given away including rifles, pistols, shotguns, archery equipment, camping gear and art prints.
There's also a touch of the unusual in the raffle list including a Payson High School championship T-shirt from the 1998 state title season and a Jeff Gordon die-cast race car.
For the ladies, prizes include a $1200 gift certificate to Payson Jewelers, a $250 gift certificate at Family Mercantile, $200 at Lennon's furniture and more.
In the live auction, items include Diamondbacks tickets in the US West suite for a May game against the New York Mets. Also there's an arrowhead collection donated by Mina Brooks.
A box of San Angelo handmade cigars donated by Tinderbox International will be a hot item in the bucket raffle.
Silent auctions are always fun and prizes this year include more Diamondback tickets --this time to a May 16 game against the Colorado Rockies --and a year's residential trash service from Waste Management.
Balloons will be sold at $10 each for a special balloon raffle that features prizes of a Ruger 10-22 rifle, 12 yards of screened granite from Roy Haught Excavating, Golden Estrus hunting scent and a bevy of other interesting prizes.
The dinner ticket drawing features as a prize four tires from Fletcher's Tire and Auto Service
The Arizona Game and Fish department got into the MSA act by donating two javelina permits for the blitz raffle. Along with the prize is a shoulder mount from Mogollon Taxidermy.
Certainly, the event is great fun, but the real purpose of the evening is to generate funds --through ticket sales and donations -- that support all the worthwhile causes the MSA funds. The association annually funds a myriad of youth activities and wildlife and habitat enhancement projects. MSA members are quick to point out that all the money earned at the gala event stays in the Rim country.
Tickets for the evening are $50 each, and they're going fast. A limited number will be sold since the casino banquet room seats 230 patrons.
Call 472-9794 for more information.
PWGA to Nevada
Laughlin is known more for its one-armed bandits than for its golf courses. But a field of eight local women traveled there last week --not to gamble, but rather to participate in a two-person best-ball tournament that drew a field of 144 golfers from around the state.
Although they had to battle fierce 50 mph desert winds, Alisha Calderwood, Cookie Cook, Dorothy Meek and Doris Lemmage emerged from the fray as flight winners.