Residents Revel At Rights Celebration

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The Second Annual Rim Country Celebration of Bill of Rights Day Celebration/Fund-raiser Saturday, Dec. 10 was a great success, according to organizer Tina Terry.

"We had almost 700 event attendees, and have so far raised more than $20,000 for the Payson Senior Center," Terry said.

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Lance Hurley, portraying founding father Patrick Henry, participated in the second annual Bill of Rights Day in Payson Dec. 10. The event, which was also a fund-raiser for Payson Senior Center, was held at the Tonto Apache Tribe's recreation center, and brought in more than $20,000.

Contributions to the senior center through the program can be made through Dec. 31, she said.

Donations are still being accepted for the center by Pay-Pal at www.BillofRightsDayCelebration. org (click on "DONATE"), or by checks payable to "Payson Senior Center," with "BORD" in the memo section. Send or drop off checks to Tina Terry c/o Payson Packaging, 106 E. Bonita St., #22, Payson, AZ 85541.

Terry said the event was made possible because of the generosity of many individuals and businesses.

"The committee is especially grateful for the participation of U.S. Congressman Rick Renzi, Payson and Star Valley mayors Barbara Brewer and Ronnie McDaniel; State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Horne; candidates Susan Friedman, Mike Caccioppoli, Don Goldwater and Teresa Ottesen; and "Patrick Henry," as portrayed by Lance Hurley."

Among the large contributors to the senior center through the program were the Gila County Supervisors, through Tommie Cline Martin, $10,000; G. Michael Horton, $2,500; Modern Woodmen of America, $2,500 in a matching fund donation.

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