Gift Basket Winner Sees Cards Game



Ron Tipps of Ace Hardware (left) sold the winning ticket for an Arizona Cardinals gift basket to Johnny Frost (center), pictured with his daughter, Autumn. Frost won tickets to see the Cardinals play the Carolina Panthers Nov. 1 in Glendale. Photos courtesy of Humane Society of Central Arizona











by Lisa Boyle and Chandra Cushman, Humane Society of Central Arizona

Johnny Frost of Payson, was the winner of the recent HSCAZ Cardinals basket generously donated by Lewin and Associates, a Mesa marketing and public relations firm. The drawing was held Oct. 24 at the conclusion of the HSCAZ golf tournament at the Payson Golf course. The winning ticket was sold by Ace Hardware (and Humane society volunteer) Ron Tipps. Johnny was told his was the last ticket sold.

For a guy who had never seen a live Cardinals game, he was especially excited to view it from the seats (featuring a panoramic view of the field) at the University of Phoenix Stadium. Included in the prize basket were four tickets to the Nov. 1 game against the Carolina Panthers, two parking passes, four Cardinals team hats, a Cardinals banner, two disposable grills, a $25 gift certificate from Charlie’s Meats, Cardinals paper products and assorted snacks. Johnny said it hardly mattered that his team lost — it was just a treat to be there.

There’s another great opportunity to win a prize basket coming up. We are calling it the “Divine Wine and Golf Blowout.” It includes one round of golf for a foursome at the renowned Golf Club at Chaparral Pines, four Maxfli golf balls, a one-night stay at Majestic Mountain Inn (any day of the week), four Chaparral Pines golf towels and a gift certificate for one large pizza with one topping at the Pizza Factory. The basket also features four crystal wine glasses and four bottles of wine, including 2007 Marquis/Philips “Holly’s Blend” Australian white, 2007 Ludovicus D.O. Terra Alta Spanish red blend, 2007 Eliseo Silva La Rosa de Syrah (Washington State) and 2007 Chariot “Gypsy” Napa red.

This magnificent basket, valued at more than $600, was assembled by Susan Schulman, another one of our fantastic volunteers and supporters. Tickets are $1each, 6 for $5 or an arm’s length for $20. Tickets are available at the HSCAZ shelter at 812 S. McLane Road, and proceeds benefit the homeless and abandoned animals of Rim Country.

If you have any questions about the basket or any of our beautiful animals who want desperately to be home for the holidays, please come and see us or give us a call at (928) 474-5590, or look us up on the web at www.

Next week, we’ll start talking about the 31 puppies we’ve been “blessed” with at the shelter. All range in age from 14 days to 6 weeks.


Stiffler is a 1-year-old Shar-Pei. He was turned over because he was getting bigger than what the people had expected, and they couldn’t care for him. He was recently adopted and returned because the people tried to keep him locked in a pen all day, and Stiffler escaped the yard because he was lonely. He needs a secure yard and a family who will be around to play with him and take him for long walks. He gets along great with other dogs, and does very well with children. Stiffler is very well behaved and such a delightful dog. He is housebroken, leash trained, neutered and current on his shots.


Bandy is a 1-1/2-year-old Rottie/hound mix. He was picked up as a stray from Walmart on Dec. 31, 2008, which means he has been here for nearly a year. Bandy is currently in a foster home where he is doing excellent. He is housebroken and has learned how to use the doggie door. He can even go potty on command!! He does great with other dogs and children and walks like a gentleman on lead. He loves the water and does well off leash at the river, where he can run and play. Bandy has come a long way since he first came in to the shelter, and it’s time he found his forever home.


Blue is a 1-year-old Heeler mix. He was originally turned over to us 6 months ago, along with his sister. They were adopted together to a nice home. Unfortunately, his sister got out of the yard one day and was hit by a car and killed. It wasn’t long after that Blue began to try and get out of the yard, so his people brought him back, in fear that he would get out and get hit, too. Blue is a delightful dog with many great qualities. He is wonderful with other dogs and children. He just needs a home with a secure yard and fence, and preferably someone who will be home for a good portion of the day to spend time with him and interact. He is neutered and current on his vaccinations.


Foose is a 1-year-old hound dog. He was turned over by his owner because they didn’t have the time to care for him, so they kept him tied up outside all the time. Foose is infamous for his loud, hound dog bay. This usually happens when he’s excited! He loves to play and gets along great with other dogs. Foose needs to stay active and feel that he has a purpose; whether that is lying next to you while you pet his head, or walking beside you for your daily stroll. He is neutered, current on his shots and ready to come home with you today.


Pupcake is a 4-1/2-year-old Pomeranian. She was recently adopted and returned because she seemed to be housebroken at night, but during the day she had troubles pottying in the house. A doggie door may help with this issue. Pupcake is adorable and lovable. She gets along with other dogs and kids. She is spayed and current on her shots. She just needs a family who is willing to give her a chance and help her with potty training. If this is something you think you can handle, please come meet this adorable, super affectionate gal today. You’ll make her dreams come true!


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