Fan Club Gives Thousands To Payson High School Sports

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Seats on the couch stationed on the north sidelines of the Payson High School football field have become a hot attraction. To sit there, fans must win a raffle sponsored by the Friends And Neighbors Club.

Friends And Neighbors (FAN) Club benefits held at Payson High School football games and throughout the year are paying big dividends both to extracurricular programs and winning ticket holders.

At the Oct. 17 Blue Ridge vs. Payson football game, the FAN Club had its best 50/50 raffle split of the season earning $1,100.

Of course, half that amount — or $550 — was earmarked for the raffle winner.

However, he opted to pocket only $200 and return the rest to the FAN Club.

“The winner would only give his name as J.C.,” FAN club member Eileen Daniels said. “We found out that he was visiting from out of town.”

J.C. wasn’t the only winner on the evening. Those who shared the sideline couch seats that were raffled off prior to kickoff had an up-close and personal look at the dramatic final seconds in which Blue Ridge was trying to score the game-winning TD on three desperation pass attempts.

“Let me tell you, for the final plays during the game, the winners sitting on the couch definitely had the best view,” Daniels said. “The couch is starting to pick up loyal supporters.”

As much fun and excitement as the 50/50 and couch raffles lend to football games, it is the profits earned from the two events and other benefits that help PHS maintain top-notch extracurricular programs.

At the Oct. 20 Payson School Board meeting, members voted to accept six sizable contributions from the FAN Club.

FAN Club donations and the sports that will be the recipients included:

• $1,215.12 for cross country

• $1,201.70 for volleyball

• $1,300 for track

• $1,200 for baseball

• $3,814.03 for football and

• $306.16, also for football

Among the other projects the FAN Club is supporting is the purchase of a new scoring table for Wilson Dome.

“We have raised over half of the money that we need,” Daniels said.

The next opportunity boosters will have to compete in the couch and 50/50 raffles will be the first round of the state playoffs, which begin Nov. 7.

New members welcome

For those who would like to join the FAN Club, meetings are held at 6:30 p.m. on the second Wednesday of each month at Pioneer Title.

The public is welcome.

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