Stars Shine For Benefit Dinner


At 6 feet 10 inches, Arizona Diamondbacks ace Randy Johnson is an imposing figure -- especially when he glowers at opposing hitters over the top of his glove.

His Rim country look-alike, while not quite 6-10, is equally imposing, and if you're the first person to identify the impersonator, cut out his picture in today's Roundup, and bring it to the Mogollon Health Alliance office at 304 E. Aero Drive, you'll win two free tickets to MHA's second annual "Dining with Celebrities" benefit bash Tuesday, Jan. 14, at Fargo's Steakhouse.


Randy Johnson's identical twin?

Johnson and a host of local look-alikes will be serving dinner and otherwise cavorting in the manner of the superstars and celebrities they'll be portraying as diners enjoy their choice of honey citrus chicken, honey-baked fresh salmon or prime rib, plus your choice of baked potato or wild rice pilaf, salad, rolls, vegetable and dessert. Nonalcoholic beverages are also included and there will be a no-host bar.

An addition to this year's event will be a simulated lounge act area set up in Fargo's conference room.

"That will give people another chance to see our look-alikes strut their stuff," Judy Baker, MHA executive director, said. "Some of them have promised to perform."

In addition to Johnson, celebrities and their local look-alikes include:

  • Elvis Presley (Robert Higginbotham of Payson Jewelers)
  • Shakira (Heather Rockow of Wells Fargo Bank)
  • Dr. Evil (Will E. Dietz of ReMax Real Estate)
  • Mae West (Vicki Dietz of RTA Hospice)
  • Lucille Ball (Kim Jim of ReMax Real Estate)
  • Bonnie and Clyde (Missy Spencer of Payson Regional Medical Center and husband Jim.)
  • Liza Minnelli (Judy Baker of Mogollon Health Alliance)
  • Superman (Jack Koon of Payson Unified School District)
  • Wonder Woman (Sandy Koon of Payson Unified School District)
  • W.C. Fields (Bob Ware of Rim Country Regional Chamber of Commerce)
  • Elvira (Julie Ruttle of National Bank of Arizona)
  • Zsa Zsa Gabor (Audrey Maurer.)

Individual tickets for the event are $75, or you can buy six for $500 or 12 for $1,000. Tickets are tax deductible.

Proceeds will be used for a wide range of MHA programs, including a new nursing program at Gila Community College; free-to-the-public CPR classes; and MHA's other continuing education classes, community grants and education scholarships.

MHA is a nonprofit organization that was previously the hospital foundation when that facility was nonprofit.

So far, MHA has received grant requests from the following fire departments: Whispering Pines, Tonto Village, Diamond Star, Forest Lakes, Tonto Basin, Blue Ridge, Christopher-Kohl's and Young.

For tickets or more information on the dinner or MHA, call 472-2588.

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