Although ticket sales are brisk, some remain available for the Ducks Unlimited banquet and festivities, Sept. 20 at the Mazatzal Casino.
Single banquet tickets are $50, couple tickets are $90 and Greenwing (under 18-years) tickets may be purchased for $35. All tickets include the banquet dinner and membership in Ducks Unlimited.
The menu is filet mignon, twice-baked potatoes, vegetable, Caesar salad and dessert.
The banquet doors open at 4:30 p.m. and the meal is served at 6 p.m. The raffle, auction and other festivities begin immediately after dinner.
New this year are corporate tables available for either $500 or $1,000.
According to DU chairperson Sandy Gunderson, three of the $500 tables and one $1,000 table has been purchased.
Those who purchase their tickets before Sept. 8 will be entered into an early bird drawing for a Ruger Mark II Bull Barrel .22 caliber pistol.
Although DU has long been active in Payson, some newcomers are not familiar with the organization.
Gunderson says she joined DU four years ago because she has always been a hunter and is interested in conservation.
She and national officers characterize DU as a grassroots, volunteer organization that has members in the United States Canada and Mexico. DU says it has 641,094 adult members and 71,635 Greenwings.
According to national officers DU began more than 65 years ago during the Dust Bowl of the 1930s when a group of sportsmen banded together to form the organization.
North America's drought-plagued waterfowl populations had plunged to all-time lows and the founders of DU wanted to do something about it. In 1937, the conservation group incorporated with its 6,700 supporters.
Today, it is the world's largest private waterfowl and wetlands conservation organization.
Although waterfowl are the chief beneficiaries of DU's habitat work, they are not the only wildlife the projects help protect.
Other species, like bears, snakes, elk and deer, thrive because the habitat work helps improve the overall health of the environment by recharging and purifying groundwater, moderating floods and reducing soil erosion. The projects also provide some popular recreational sites.
For more information on DU or the banquet call Gunderson at 476-2168.
Great dessert, solid cause
Want a delicious dessert tonight while helping a worthwhile cause?
If you said "yes," call Pam White at (928) 474-5043 and order one of her lip-smacking pies: chocolate cream, coconut cream, banana cream or lemon meringue. The 10-inch homemade pies, which can be delivered, will cost you just $10.
All the proceeds from the sale will help send Austin White and Melleny McLaws on a mission to Uganda where they will volunteer in orphanages.
The two Taylor Pool lifeguards and swim instructors said they hope to begin their humanitarian mission in December when McLaws graduates from Payson High School and White finishes his studies at Brigham Young University-Hawaii.
To participate in the overseas mission, White and McLaws must earn money to help defray the cost of the travel.
That's where the pie sale comes into the picture.
For the unknowing, Pam has long been baking some of the best homemade pies in the Rim country. Several years ago, she sold more than 550 of the delights to earn money to send two of her children on sports cultural exchanges to Australia.