No Trick, Hot Tub Treat Awarded Oct. 31

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Susan Everhart is the lucky winner of the luxurious, high-tech hot tub raffled off by the Mogollon Sporting Association in its Great Summertime Giveaway.

Everhart's name was pulled from about 200 tickets during the drawing held Oct. 31 at Plant Fair Nursery in Star Valley.

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Mogollon Sporting Association President Will E. Dietz uses his cell phone to notify Susan Everhart that she has won a hot tub in a MSA raffle. On hand with Dietz, is past MSA President Judy Baker.

"It's definitely the biggest thing I've ever won," Everhart said. "Sandee Koon sold me the ($50) ticket and I thought of it as a donation to a good cause."

Present for the drawing were MSA president Will E. Dietz, past president Judy Baker and Plant Fair owners Glen and Linda McCombs.

The Beachcomber 350 hot tub, valued at $4,600, seats six to eight adults and is equipped with all the bells and whistles, including underwater lighting, therapeutic massage pump, auto controls, microfilter filtration, 14 water ports, ozone machine and a cover.

Professional setup by Plant Fair is also included in the prize.

"It hasn't been delivered yet. We have to do some prep work," Everhart said.

Harry Cain won second prize in the raffle, a $200 Plant Fair gift certificate.

Profits from the raffle, and from other benefits the MSA holds each year, are used to carry out its mission of benefiting local youth programs, the Rim Country economy and conservation and wildlife projects.

Since the founding of the association more than a decade ago, it has earned about $450,000.

Each spring, MSA profits are tallied and the governing board gathers to consider requests for donations.

There are always plenty to consider, mostly because strapped school budgets very rarely fully fund extracurricular activities.

In addition to the donations MSA doles out, members often join forces with game and fish officers, PHS and RCMS athletes, forest service employees and other volunteers to do clean-ups and other conservation projects.

The efforts of MSA members earned the organization a spot in the Arizona Outdoor Hall of Fame. Induction ceremonies were held Aug. 19 in Phoenix.

Two years ago, MSA received the Arizona State Schools Public Relation Association's Award of Merit.

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