Annual Msa Banquet To Be Most Festive Yet

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Jack Koon is predicting the upcoming Mogollon Sporting Association annual banquet will be the most festive the organization has hosted.

"We already have over 70 firearms and bows," Koon said.

Those items, along with a long list of other donations, will be auctioned, raffled or given away as door prizes, at the MSA's annual banquet to be held May 1 at Mazatzal Casino.

The celebratory evening, which is the 12th annual the MSA has hosted, begins at 5 p.m. with a no host cocktail hour. At 6 p.m., a filet mignon steak or chicken dinner will be served.

Fun and frolic traditionally reaches a pinnacle about 7 p.m. when master of ceremony Will E. Dietz begins the raffles and give-a-ways. Auctions overseen by Dave Yoke are also a jovial and usually profitable portion of the evening.

Koon promises Yoke will have plenty of unusual and quality merchandise to auction.

Since the inception of the MSA, it has earned more than $400,000 at the annual banquet and auctions. All of the money is annually donated to local youth programs and to wildlife and conservation causes near Payson.

"All the money we earn stays right here (in the Rim country)," Koon said.

Tickets are $70 per person and may be purchased by calling MSA president Judy Baker at (928) 472-2588 or Koon at (928) 474-1662.

Because a limited amount of seats are available (about 240) and the event usually sells out months in advance, Koon's best advice is to buy tickets early.

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