Dig out the dancing shoes, dust off your fancy footwork and head out to the Mazatzal Casino to help the Payson Area Habitat for Humanity.
The casino is once again hosting a benefit dance for the nonprofit organization, which builds decent, affordable and healthy homes in the Payson area for those in need, with low to moderate incomes.
The music for the Sept. 12 dance will be provided by Whitewater, returning to the Rim country by popular demand.
Admission is $5 per person, and you must be 21 to attend. Tickets are at the PAHH office and are available from any PAHH board member and at the door the night of the dance.
The music starts at 7 p.m. and continues until 11 p.m.
PAHH is currently constructing its tenth house. The Paul Leneberg family was selected in January 2002 to be partners with PAHH to build the home, located on West Jones Drive, Payson. The home is scheduled for dedication in November.
Partner selections have already been completed for the 11th and 12th homes PAHH will be constructing, though no construction schedule has yet been established. The 11th home will belong to Julie Hill and her family, the 12th will go to the Jaimee and Eric Hilgendorf family.
Another fund-raiser is scheduled later this month.
The PAHH is cleaning house. Its construction storage areas are overflowing and because of changes in plans, many of the items can no longer be used, so a parking lot sale is planned.
The sale of construction materials will be held Saturday, Sept. 20 in the west end of the Bashas' parking lot, beginning at 6:30 a.m.
The items on the lot will be building materials donated to the program. To round out the sale, PAHH is looking for donations of household items. It needs clean and working items in addition to clothes, toys, books, dishes, etc., but no more building materials.
The items being donated to the sale should be brought to the sale site between 6:30 a.m. and 9:30 a.m., Saturday, Sept. 20 only. Tax receipts to show your contribution to the nonprofit PAHH will be available.
PAHH became an accredited affiliate of Habitat for Humanity International in July 1995. A partnership is formed between the families selected for the homes and PAHH. The families contribute many hours of sweat equity to build their homes and those of other families, and provide $1,300 to cover closing costs when house ownership is transferred to them.
The homeowners then pay a no-interest monthly mortgage to PAHH and this money goes back into the building program, allowing more houses to be built.
The benefit dance at Mazatzal Casino on Sept. 12, construction materials sale and other projects also help build the PAHH bank account so it can continue to build homes for Rim country residents in need.
For more information about PAHH, call 474-0330, Monday and Wednesday, 9 a.m. to noon, or Friday, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.