The quest to earn the money for 17 Rim country youth to attend a University of Nebraska football camp is picking up steam.
Next on the agenda for the fledgling athletes is to work as waiters from 4:30 p.m. to 9 p.m., May 6, at the Ponderosa Steakhouse. The tips the youths receive from restaurant patrons will help pay for travel to Lincoln, Neb. and the camp registration fees.
Payson High School teacher Bob Hoyt, a University of Nebraska alumnus who is helping the youngsters raise the money, estimates the total cost of the camp will be about $6,000.
The camp is June 19 to 22 on the campus of the University of Nebraska.
At a car wash and bake sale held two weeks ago, the players earned $2,156.
In addition to serving dinner at Ponderosa, other upcoming benefits include a May 25 dance at Mazatzal Casino and the auctioning of a football autographed by the Cornhusker coaching staff and former Heisman Trophy winner Eric Crouch.
The football will go to the highest bidder in a call-in auction that will begin next week and continue until the Mogollon Sporting Association banquet May 4.
In addition to phoning either MSA member Jack Koon (474-1662) or Hoyt (472-6834), bids for the souvenir pigskin can be made the evening of the banquet at the casino.
Tickets for the benefit dance, which runs from 8 p.m. until midnight, will go on sale next week at $5 each.