Care Fair Brings Nonprofit Groups Together

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If you've been looking for an organization to get involved with, this is your one-stop chance to learn more about more than 40 of the Rim country's finest groups.

Care Fair 2003 will take place from noon to 3 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 25 at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints on Aero Drive.

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Members of the Tonto Rim Search and Rescue squad participated in the Care Fair two years ago, providing information to the public about their organization.

The event, which is open to all Rim country residents, is designed to provide all nonprofit, charitable and service-oriented organizations an opportunity to meet the public, distribute literature about their organizations and solicit support and volunteers, Bruce Whiting, this year's Care Fair coordinator, said.

There are about 90 such groups or organizations in the Rim country, ranging from Al-Anon Family Groups to Whispering Hope Ranch, but Care Fair can only accommodate 45 this year.

Whiting cited the Melonhead Foundation as an example.

"They raise money for children with cancer and all the money stays right here, and I'd never heard about them," Whiting said. "It's called Melonhead because the first girl they helped was named Melonie and all of her friends shaved their heads in support and called themselves melonheads. After that, her family started this, and it's gone nationwide."

The initial fair two years ago attracted 30 organizations and 600 attendees.

Call Whiting at (928) 970-7777 with questions or to register your group. The church is located at the corner of East Aero Drive and Ponderosa Street.

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