For two decades, Pat Heizer had been the force behind hundreds of benefit steak dinners that earned much-needed funds for Payson High School extracurricular programs.
Last fall, Heizer fell ill and wasn't able to continue hosting the benefits.
Among the PHS programs that suffered financially was the wrestlerettes that she'd sponsored for many years.
In the fall, the wrestlerettes couldn't host the traditional dinner they had long relied on for financial support.
But good news is on the way for the wrestlerettes.
Heizer has now returned to her Payson Elementary School teaching duties full time and is again volunteering in the PHS wrestling program.
She says the wrestlerettes are in dire financial straits and are set to host a benefit dinner from 4:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. Jan. 31 in the Payson Elementary School cafeteria.
The menu will include the usual sirloin steak, baked potato, beans, salad and beverage.
Tickets, priced a $6 for adults, are available from any wrestlerettes or at the door.
For a very reasonable price, ticket purchasers get a lip-smackin' meal and help out a very worthwhile program.
For more information, call (928) 474-2233.
Rodeo committee, MSA thanked
Payson has played host to a pair of highly successful high school wrestling tournaments, thanks to financial support from the Payson Rodeo Committee and the Mogollon Sporting Association.
Both organizations donated $1,000 each to ensure the Tim Van Horn Memorial and Rim Country Duals tournament were topnotch athletic experiences for wrestlers, fans and coaches.
Tournament director Don Heizer said everyone associated with the competitions and Payson High School are extremely grateful for the generosity shown by the rodeo committee and MSA.
If you see a rodeo committee or MSA member around town, give them a big pat on the back for the fine work they do in the interest of young people.
Rendezvous at Tackle Box
The Second Annual Outdoor Rendezvous, to be held Feb. 4 at The Tackle Box near Punkin Center, features some of the finest outdoorsmen in Arizona.
- Mark Kile -- a three-time Bassmaster Classic qualifier and Classic Rookie of the Year will present "Bass Fishing."
- Preston Mercer -- a licensed hunting guide and seasoned Rim Country scout who works as a forest service helitack firefighter. Mercer will present "Preseason High Tech Scouting."
- Pat Haynes -- Seasoned and skilled trout fisherman who has caught and released more than 50 five-plus pound fish. Haynes will present "Big Rainbows, Big German Browns."
- Brian Daniels and Gary Senft -- 2005 AllStar Bass team tournament champions will present "Team Fishing."
- Art Chamberlain -- Crappie fishing expert, licensed fishing guide and long time Roosevelt Angler will present "Crappie Fishing."
- Dean Pederson -- Highly successful veteran hunter who will present "Hunting Mule Deer."
- Jim Young -- Trained and versed hunter will present "Calling Wild Turkey."
- Dennis Pirch -- Former National High School Wrestling Coach of the Year and physical education teacher will present "Getting Fit After Drawing A Big Game Tag."
- Steve Smith -- Highly successful southern Gila County rancher will present "Mountain Lion Hunting."
- Tige Godac -- Licensed hunting guide will present "Archery Hunting."
- Ty Goodman -- Licensed hunting guide, former PHS all-star athlete will present "Hunting Whitetail Deer."
The seminars, which have been organized by Pirch and Kile, will begin at 8 a.m. at The Tackle Box, one-mile south of Punkin Center on the east side of Highway 188. The presentations will be part of the second Outdoor Rendezvous, which Pirch calls, "an outdoor enthusiast's sidewalk sale." All events are free to anyone interested in hunting, fishing, hiking, archery or simply spending time in the backwoods of Arizona.
"Outdoorsmen and women who have used fishing, hunting and camping equipment they want to sell or trade with others are welcome to attend," Pirch said. "They can bring their used outdoor equipment and set it up in the parking lot on tables or their truck tailgates."
A display of new and used bass boats and all-terrain vehicles from Tempe Marine also will be on hand.
Like last year, the Outdoor Rendezvous will feature a chili cook-off. Amateur chefs interested in cooking up their own versions of the popular dish may showcase their hot stuff free of charge.
All types of chili -- red, green, meat only and with beans -- are eligible.
Prizes for first, second and third places will be awarded.
The festivities are being held partly because last year's inaugural rendezvous was such an overwhelming success, drawing close to 1,000 participants.