Western Buffet And Auction For Time Out

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The top bidders at Time Out's annual "Fun Raiser" will get to take home some special prizes Sept. 15.

Among the silent and live auction prizes is a 4x4 trip from Payson Adventures, dinner for four at the Rim Club, a Dolly Steamboat ride on Canyon Lake and a pendant with a ruby and diamonds from an anonymous donor to Time Out's Thrift Store.

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This ruby and diamond pendant is one of the items up for bid at Time Out's Fun Raiser, Sept. 15 at the Mazatzal Casino. Tickets are $40.

When an auctioneer calls for bids, hands fly up around the room.

"We just want people to have fun and a live auction is fun," volunteer coordinator, Audrey Maurer said.

"I am not an impulsive bidder; I tend to be conservative. With a silent auction, you actually have a moment to think about what you are bidding on and I like going over to look to see whether I really want it and maybe sneak in another bid," Time Out's director Gerry Bailey said.

The 2006 event raised about $12,000, Maurer said. The Fun Raiser is now in its eleventh year.

Tickets are $40 each.

Come dressed in your best Western attire, Maurer said.

The Saturday evening starts at 4 p.m. with cocktails, a silent auction and raffle.

Fred Carpenter is providing the entertainment.

Celebrants can head to the buffet at 6 p.m. for barbeque beef, fried chicken, cowboy beans, corn on the cob, salad and apple pie.

The live auction is at 7 p.m.

For tickets and information, call Connie at (928) 474-6210 or 474-6878.

Proceeds from the event, benefit Time Out's many programs.

"Our shelter is the only one with comprehensive services for 100 miles in any direction," Jean Oliver, education coordinator said.

"Our biggest need is always operational funds for utilities and food," Bailey said.

Time Out provides emergency shelter, transitional housing, educational groups, help with legal papers, transportation and children's programs to women and their children who are victims of domestic violence.

It also serves the victims of violent crimes through the Gila Family Advocacy Center.

Businesses or people who wish to donate items for the auction can call Maurer or Oliver at (928) 472-8007.

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