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13th Annual Kiwanis Auction for Youth

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One lucky bidder at the 13th Annual Zane Grey Kiwanis Auction for Youth will zoom home in a 2005 PT Cruiser.

"We're going to start the bidding for the PT Cruiser off at wholesale prices," said Kiwanis president Bobby Davis.

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Western Village is donating a deer for the Kiwanis Auction for Youth.

Steve Coury Ford donated the car.

For someone thinking of a patio, there is 5 yards of finished concrete -- Wantland & Sons will set up the forms, pour the concrete and finish it, all for the highest bidder.

Bradshaw Mountain Enterprises Trailer Sales donated a new quad.

Two mouth-watering dinner packages are part of the live auction this year:

Prime rib and shrimp entrée plus all the accompaniments for a party of eight, are up for bid. Cari and Greg Day, owners of Macky's Grill, Davis and his wife Nina and Gerry Cruz, owner of Main Street Grille will fix it and serve the meal.

The meal includes a karaoke party.

Another meal auctioned will be a dinner and ghost haunting night for four at the Main Street Grille.

The private, after-hours affair is planned to be held from 10 p.m. to 1 a.m.

"I will see what time works for the guests. I am going to make sure it is a good time," Cruz said.

Sawmill Theatres is donating a theater for a private movie screening for the winning bidder and 199 of his or her closest friends. A small popcorn and soda are included.

CRW Equipment rentals donated a chain saw.

"That is always a popular item with the guys and the ladies," Davis said.

There will also be raffles and the fun that goes with the sneaky bidding wars of a silent auction.

"The silent auction includes gift baskets filled with all kinds of good stuff," Davis said.

Paintings and jewelry created by local artists are a part of the silent auction.

Payson Jewelers has once again donated sparkling bling for the cause.

$18,000 is a tidy sum of money

The money Kiwanians raise in Rim Country stays in the community.

In 2007, Kiwanians gave more than $18,000 to local youth as scholarships to further their education.

They were able to give it to deserving youth because people in the Rim Country have supported the annual auction for 12 years, Davis said.

Mentors

Through Terrific Kids and K-Kids at the elementary school level, Builder's Club at Rim Country Middle School and Key Club at Payson High School adult Kiwanians mentor youth.

In turn, children and teens in these clubs learn the value of service.

Key Club members from Payson High School helped at a recent blood drive.

"We got to provide snacks and I thought it was great to be a part of something that saves people's lives," Key Club president, Nicole Scott said.

Youth service clubs work together during the holidays when they adopt families, providing them with food and gifts.

"I love doing service work. Kiwanis clubs have great people and provide a great environment to do good," Scott said.

Both she and Key Club treasurer Brett Goodwin continued from Builder's Club to the Key Club.

Goodwin had fun a year ago at Camp Kiwanis where he met teens from around the state and learned leadership skills.

Kiwanians, young and young-at-heart, also help other groups in the community such as the Time Out Shelter for victims of domestic violence and Payson Community Kids.

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