Pioneers Raise $18,000

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Ronnie McDaniel, Eddie Conway and Ted Pettet enjoy the gathering of old friends Saturday at the inaugural Payson Pioneers Dinner and Dance.

The event earned more than $18,000 and drew a crowd of 1,000 attendees to the Tonto Apache gymnasium.

A handcrafted hope chest made by the Payson High School advanced wood shop class earned $1,000 in the auction. Ronnie and Pat Randall purchased the chest.

Pioneers committee member Duke Wilbanks said plans are under way to make next year's celebration bigger and better.

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