Rodeo Dance For Education

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If spring fever has hit, you might be ready to kick up your heels. The Payson Pro Rodeo Committee is riding to your rescue with a dance this Friday at the Mazatzal Casino.

"It is a fund-raiser for our scholarship fund," said John Landino, the committee member organizing the event.

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Junction 87, featuring the talents of Joe Miracle, Jim Norman and Billy Ichida, will perform for the Payson Pro Rodeo Committee's scholarship fund-raiser dance Friday, April 16 at the Mazatzal Casino.

It is also a glimpse at the fun planned for next month's Gary Hardt Memorial Rodeo, set for May 21 and 22.

Music for the dance will be by Junction 87. Admission is $5 and the evening will feature a 50/50 raffle, door prizes and silent auction, along with the great live music.

The door prizes include such things as $200 worth of Indian jewelry and dinners. The silent auction will have rounds of golf and dinners at Chaparral Pines, a horse blanket, spurs, Wrangler gift certificates, Justin boots and rodeo tickets with access to the VIP area.

"Most people don't realize the Payson Rodeo Committee is a service organization," Landino said.

"Besides putting on the rodeo, we help people," Bill Armstrong, chairman of the committee, said. "We provide scholarships and help the chorus and band programs, as well as the athletic program. We help kids in need."

The program is primarily designed to provide scholarships based more on a student's need than on their academic ability, Armstrong said.

Another example of that community work will be another raffle to help meet the medical expenses of longtime rodeo committee member Bill Ryan, who was seriously injured in a fall. A gear bag by Justin, filled with surprises is being raffled.

The other mission of the Payson Pro Rodeo Committee is to keep the Western way of life alive through rodeos, Armstrong said.

"Without extra effort that heritage could fade away," he said.

Another plan to help build the scholarship fund is a sponsorship program. A $20 contribution will earn a silver level sponsorship; $50 garners a gold level; $100 earns the rank of platinum; and anything about $100 nets the title of Benefactor.

For more information about this scholarship sponsor program, contact Landino at (928) 468-0023. Contributions are tax deductible.

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