Rodeo Dance Raises Money For Scholarships

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If spring fever has hit, you might be ready to kick up your heels. The Payson Pro Rodeo Committee is riding to your rescue with a dance tonight, Friday, at the Mazatzal Casino.

"It is a fund-raiser for our scholarship fund," said John Landino, Vice President of the Payson Pro Rodeo Committee. "It is also a glimpse at the fun planned for next month's Gary Hardt Memorial Rodeo, set for May 18 and 19 with Woman's Barrel Racing on May 17."

The dance will be held from 6 to 10 p.m. with music by Junction 87. Doors open at 5:30 p.m. Admission is $5.

There will be a 50/50 raffle, door prizes and silent auction, along with the great live music.

The door prizes include such things as gift certificates, jewelry and dinners. The silent auction will have rounds of golf and dinners at Chaparral Pines & Rim Club and other great items like Wrangler gift certificates and rodeo tickets with VIP tent passes

"Most people don't realize the Payson Rodeo Committee is a service organization," Landino said.

"Besides putting on the rodeo, we help people," Bill Armstrong, chairman of the committee, said. "We provide scholarships and help the chorus and band programs, as well as the athletic programs. We help kids in need. The program is primarily designed to provide scholarships based more on a student's need, than on their academics."

In addition, the rodeo has a "Tough Enough to Wear Pink" performance each year that helps our local area with breast cancer research and support.

The other mission of the Payson Pro Rodeo Committee is to keep the Western way of life and heritage alive through rodeos, Armstrong said. "Without extra effort that heritage could fade away."

The sponsor-program is another way to help build the scholarship-fund. A $20 contribution will earn a silver level sponsorship; $50 garners a gold level; $100 earns the rank of platinum; and anything above $100 nets the title of Benefactor and comes with VIP passes to the rodeo.

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