Quad Run Will Benefit Mcneeley Foundation

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The Justice McNeeley quad run benefit has its origins in the summer of 2004 when friends of the boy, then a 5-year-old Pine Elementary School kindergartner, banded together to purchase him a specialized wheelchair called a Go-Bot.

The boy suffers from spinal muscular atrophy -- form of muscular dystrophy -- and the Go-Bot was designed to greatly improve Justice's mobility over the standard wheelchair he then had.

Among the benefit festivities, which were held at the Sidewinder Saloon, was a silent auction, barbecue dinner, horseshoe tournament, pool tournament, a raffle and the quad poker run.

Only an hour after the poker run wrapped up, the day culminated with one of the most emotional moments ever witnessed in the tiny mountain hamlet.

Justice's father, Trent, lifted his son on to the Go-Bot -- which was specially delivered to Pine from North Dakota -- allowing the boy to take his first-ever ride on a device that was sure to bring him newfound freedom.

"You people better watch out, here I come," Justice said as he spun around the parking lot.

The overwhelming success of the inaugural event prompted organizers to found the Justice McNeeley Foundation, which has a goal to help others, especially boys and girls in need.

The McNeeley Foundation benefit has since grown to become a highlight on the Rim Country sports, recreation and social scene.

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The festivities, which have moved from Sidewinders to the Rimside Grill, located on the Beeline Highway just south of Pine, include the quad poker run, volleyball and horseshoe tournaments, live band entertainment, raffles, auctions, giveaways and breakfast specials.

This year's event will be held June 14 beginning with a 9 a.m. registration for the poker run which begins one hour later.

During the ride -- which gets off to a roaring start at the Rimside Grill and travels to the Twin Buttes area before wrapping up back at the original starting line -- there will be five stops where participants will receive a single playing card.

At the conclusion of the event, the entrants with the two best poker hands will be awarded prizes.

The volleyball tournament features as a prize, $500, donated by Hat Creek Electric. Of that, $250 will benefit the McNeeley Foundation and the remaining amount will go to the winners.

While Rimside Grill doesn't at first appear a likely spot for a volleyball tournament, the restaurant/bar actually features a very nice sand court.

Horseshoe tournament winners will also receive prizes.

The entry fee for all three events, horseshoes, volleyball and quad run, is $10 each.

Before taking off on the poker ride, entrants can enjoy a $3.25 breakfast special to be served at Rimside Grill from 7 to 9 a.m.

A live band, led by Rockin' Ron Gibson, will play from about 3 to 6 p.m. when the auction, raffles and giveaways will also be held.

"We have lots of prizes, raffle and auction items," event sponsor Katie Parks said.

Although the prize and raffle list is still being finalized, last year prizes included a load of granite donated by Payson Concrete, restaurant gift certificates, a four-wheel alignment from Big O Tires, seven fishing poles, a gift certificate to Moose Mountain antiques, storage shed rental, a weekend at a luxury time share and more.

For more information or to help the McNeeley Foundation, call Parks at (928) 476-2233 or Chuck Collins at (928) 476-3479.

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