Last year, the Kiwanis Club of Zane Grey Country sent 11 seniors off to college with $17,000 in scholarship money.
Indeed, Kiwanians have made room in their hearts for area children and teens since April of 1982.
Each year for the last 11, these funds have come from Kiwanis of Zane Grey Country's annual auction.
A few tickets remain for those who wish to set sail with the U.S.S. Kiwanis on Saturday, March 31.
The event will be held in the entertainment hall of the Mazatzal Casino.
Tickets are available from the Rim Country Regional Chamber of Commerce, the Payson Roundup or any Kiwanis member.
The $50 admission assures the purchaser of dinner (a choice of prime rib or chicken). The ticket grants the bearer the opportunity to meet old friends and new ones and, perhaps outbid those friends on a 17-inch computer monitor, a private performance by a group from the Payson Choral Society, an amethyst ring, a Stihl chain saw and a host of gift baskets with certificates for hotel stays or a massage.
Say you cannot get to the auction? There is another way to support Kiwanis in their $30,000 fund-raising goal.
There are still a few $20 chances to win a week in March 2008 at a one-bedroom beach condo in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico or a week in June at the Rancho Mirage Westin Resort at Mission Hills in California.
"I am grateful for the (scholarship) money I received," Sierra Sommars said. She is currently an elementary education major at Arizona State University, with a focus on middle school math. The scholarship helped Sommars to be a part of "Devil's Advocate," an ASU orientation program for freshmen and spend time at Herrera Elementary School as a math intern rather than need to balance work and study.