As a former Payson High School coach, I have very fond memories of the Mogollon Sporting Association and all the financial support and encouragement these men and women have donated to our community.
If it was good for kids, and funds were a little short, the MSA would step up to the plate and make it happen.
They are about to have their 17th annual banquet which will be held at the Mazatzal Casino on May 2, a Saturday, at 5 p.m.
During their tenure, they have raised well over $1 million for the youth of our community and wildlife improvement.
If you want to participate in the banquet, don’t wait, the tickets are available now from Jack Koon at 474-1662 or 978-0059 for $75 and a fun-filled evening of auctions and raffles.
More than 90 hunting weapons will be raffled off plus many other outdoor recreational items. One of the highlights of the evening, will be the raffle for the donated live beef, Billy-Jack Six which will fill up some lucky ticket holder’s freezer. All of these quality prizes are donated by local businesses for the improvement of the youth activities and wildlife habitat in the Rim Country.
This will be the first year of the Ted Pettet scholarship, a $2,000 grant given to a deserving boy and girl in the graduating class of 2009 at Payson High School. Pettet is one of the founders of MSA, a 28-year retired educator and coach, a State Farm Insurance agent and owner, as well as Payson’s first mayor.
He certainly understands the value of investing in the future of our youth.
The Mogollon Sporting Association is also the host sponsor of the May 9 Wildlife Fair at Green Valley Park starting at 9 a.m.
Numerous booths and displays will be available for the enjoyment by the entire family with a focus of introducing youth to the outdoor activities available in the area.
A real highlight is the additional stocking of catchable rainbow trout with numerous bonus fish of 14 to 16 inches being placed in Green Valley Lake. These fish, as well as those stocked for the educational youth fishing program a month ago, are all financed by the local MSA.
This is an organization which understands how to positively impact the future of Payson by investing in our youth.
If you would like to get involved with this all-volunteer group, stop by on Thursday evenings at 6 p.m. at the Payson Unified School District’s office. They can use your help.
Remember, buy those banquet tickets now by calling 978-0059.
This weekend enjoy the Rim Country, God’s creation.