Multi-Event Benefit For Justice Saturday

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The Justice McNeeley benefit on tap for Saturday at Sidewinders Saloon in Pine promises to be a day of fun and enjoyment for all.

Proceeds will benefit a great cause -- to help buy 5-year-old Justice a special wheelchair called a Go-Bot.

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A benefit Saturday in Pine will help raise money to buy a special wheelchair for Justice McNeeley.

The Pine Elementary School kindergartner suffers from spinal muscular atrophy -- a form of muscular dystrophy. The Go-Bot will greatly improve Justice's mobility over the standard wheelchair he now has.

The manufacturers of the state-of-the-art wheelchair, Innovative Products, say it "allows children to move about on their own without the need for assistance."

The day's events include a quad poker run (9 a.m. to 11 a.m.), a silent auction (9 a.m. to 3 p.m.), barbecue dinner (3 p.m. to 7 p.m.), horseshoe tournament (1 p.m.) pool tournament (6 p.m.) and hourly raffle drawings.

The pool tournament will be held in a blind couples draw format.

According to Terry Leiting, who works at Sidewinders, the poker run will begin at the saloon and wind through the Tonto National Forest between Pine and Strawberry before wrapping up back at Sidewinders.

Quads should be licensed and street-legal, Leiting said, but the ride will not travel on any main highways.

The raffle drawings will feature several nice prizes.

"I'm retired from the Union Pacific Railroad and they donated several things for it," Leiting said."We have lots of other prizes that have been donated too."

Volunteers have been meeting weekly at Sidewinders to plan and schedule what they anticipate will be a fun and profitable benefit.

Entry and dinner tickets priced at $10 are available at Sidewinders. An account to help Justice has been set up at the Payson branch of the Bank of America.

Call (928) 476-6434 for more information.

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