Twistin' The Night Away For A Good Cause

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Nineteen-fifties prom night is the theme for the 11th Annual Kiwanis Auction for Payson Youth April 8 at the Mazatzal Casino.

"Break out your white sport coats, your pink carnations and your poodle skirts and come on out and do the stroll," said Bobby Davis, co-chair of the event.

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Camp Kiwanis is one of many youth activities Kiwanis of Zane Grey Country members support.

Hula hoop, limbo and twist contests will be held between DJ Kelly Watts spinning hits from the 1950s for the dancing pleasure of attendees.

One lucky person will go home with $100 from the pop-a-balloon game. Several others will find smaller amounts.

Tickets are $50 each and include prime rib or chicken a la bonne femme for dinner.

Silent and live auctions will be held.

Proceeds fund a minimum of $10,000 in scholarships.

In past years, Kiwanis has donated funds for the backstops at Rumsey Park ball fields, basket ball tournaments, Christmas toy programs and Payson Community Kids' health-care fund.

In area schools, they award "terrific kids" with T-shirts and students in Key, Builder's and K-Kids Clubs have fun while they learn about good citizenship.

"This auction is all about the kids," said Dough Bailey, current Lt. Governor for the Southwest Kiwanis District.

"Not one penny from this event ever goes to support the administration of the club," he said.

Jay Le Bow will start the bidding on jewelry, gift certificates from local merchants and other items.

Gail Gorry and Doug Bailey will keep the prom rolling as masters of ceremonies.

"We are asking people to step up to the plate as patrons," Bailey said. Patrons can sponsor a table, will be mentioned in the program and have their names on plaques on the stage wall.

For $20,300, people will have a chance at winning a week in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico plus $500 cash.

"Your odds are better buying a raffle ticket than winning the lottery, and you are helping the youth of Payson," Davis said.

The Auction is Saturday April 8 with cocktails (open bar) at 5:30 p.m.; dinner at 6:30 p.m.

For tickets, to become a patron or donate auctionable items, contact any Kiwanis member or call Davis at 978-4323 or Shannon James 978-8123.

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