Soroptimists Raise $20k At Telethon

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Soroptimists of Zane Grey Country met their fund-raising goal of $15,000 at 1:30 p.m. and exceeded it by $5,143 at their second annual radio-a-thon Friday.

The proceeds will be split evenly between Rim Country Arizonans for Children, Time Out Shelter, Payson Community Kids and the Women's Opportunity Award Scholarship, said Soroptimist director Audrey Maurer.

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Approximately eight people per shift manned phones at Chapman Auto Center Friday for the Soroptimists of Zane Grey Country's second annual radio-a-thon.

This year, approximately eight people per shift manned the radio-a-thon phones at

Chapman Auto Center. In addition to community volunteers, teams from Windermere Majestic Rim Properties, Time Out, Mayor Barbara Brewer, Phil White Ford, Meg Turlukis, the Payson Roundup newspaper, Modern Woodmen of America and the Mazatzal Casino and Tonto Apache Tribe, requested donations, said District 3 Soroptimist Director Carol Blann.

Last year the radio-a-thon raised $13,000.

"Soroptimist is Greek. It means ‘best for women,'" Maurer said. "Soroptimist is the largest women's professional organization in the country. We target women and female children."

The Zane Grey Country chapter celebrates its 30th year this month and Soroptimists have been providing the scholarship since its inception.

"It is our identifying project and is given to a woman who is returning to the work force for her education," Maurer said.

The Woman's Opportunity Award will be presented in March 2006. Applications are available from the Soroptimists. Write to P.O. Box 1554, Payson, AZ 85547 or ajmaurer@npgcable.com

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