Don A Mask For A Good Cause

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Masked, costumed adults have a chance to kick up their heels for a good cause Saturday night.

Proceeds from the evening of dance, raffles and auctions fund the Gracie Lee Haught Children's Memorial that helps families take care of families.

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Furious George is 4-piece cover band showcasing an eclectic mix of the best danceable songs from the 1970s through current hits. The band covers a wide range of music and genres, such as Pink Floyd to Charlie Daniels and from Bon Jovi to Maroon 5, Green Day and The Killers.

"The fund sponsors safety week in local elementary schools and kids get bike helmets at the end of the week.

"We have a medical training facility across from the hospital that is used by the college and local medical people. It is decorated with things that remind us of Gracie," Bobbie Jo Haught said.

The doors open at 5 p.m. at the Mazatzal Casino's entertainment hall for the Third Annual Mardi Gras Mask and Costume Party.

Costumes are not required, but tickets are $20 at the door, if you get into the Mardi Gras spirit and wear a costume and a mask, $25 if you choose to come as you are.

The event is open to the public. You must be 21 or older.

Furious George is the live band.

"They don't play a whole lot of country, but every song they played when I heard them, I knew the words to. If I wasn't dancing, I was singing along," Haught said.

Auction and raffle items include children's bicycles, teeth whitening services, cosmetic gift baskets, rifles, a handmade fishing pole and reel, art and a Yamaha Rhino.

There are prizes for the best costumed couple, best homemade costume, best overall costume and best man and woman.

All gifts to the fund are tax-deductible.

"Last year's costume party raised $40,000," Haught said.

Since the Memorial Fund's inception in October 2005, more than $100,000 has been raised through dances, rodeos and donations. The money is set-aside in a money market account. It pays for children's health programs and family assistance for children's medical bills.

A family in need can apply for assistance by contacting Judy Baker at Mogollon Health Alliance (928) 472-2590.

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