The fate of the Payson Community Kids program, founded by Marcy Rogers, whose body was found in her home Dec. 5, has yet to be decided by its board. However the desire is to continue either the full program or a modified form after the first of the year.
Rogers was the primary force operating the program. “It will take multiple volunteers to do the job she did,” said Suzy Tubbs, vice president of the PCK board of directors.
A member of the board, Robert Tucker, said they are all still in shock and while they have had informal discussions about the future of PCK, nothing has been decided. He said he expects there will be a board meeting after the holidays to determine the future direction of the program that serves at-risk children.
Tucker said right now the board members are working with the children to help them get through the shock of Rogers’ death.
“The main thing we are doing is to get the children through the holidays,” said Tubbs.
The 60-plus youngsters in the program will celebrate the holidays and remember their friend Marcy at a party at 1 p.m., Saturday, Dec. 19 at the Payson United Methodist Church, 414 N. Easy St. Tubbs is asking anyone interested to contribute funds to help provide the children with presents. Donations are needed to make the purchases. Make a call to (928) 970-7441 and a board member will collect the funds.
Donations for additional needs can be made to Payson Community Kids, P.O. Box 1846, Payson, AZ 85547. Persons interested in volunteering to keep the program operating —with the supervision of the board — can send resumes to the same address. Tubbs said there will be a need for experts in fund-raising, grant writers, teachers and people with good organizational skills.
“Marcy did all these things,” she said.
A small salary may be available for the right person, she added.
The PCK facility is at 409 S. Tonto, Payson. In addition to Tubbs and Tucker, the PCK board includes Carol Quigley and Chris Avakian.