Tonto Apache Tribal Enterprises and its employees are hosting their next Fry Bread for Families event Aug. 11 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the southwest corner of Mazatzal Hotel & Casino.
Five dollars will get you authentic Apache fry bread with your choice of fixings and a drink as well as an opportunity to help those in need in the Payson area.
Fry Bread for Families evolved from a decision by casino employees while planning the annual Christmas party to focus on the giving aspect of the holidays. Since Tonto Apache Tribal members have often made fry bread at fund-raisers for Payson schools and other benefits in the community, hosting a fry bread event to raise money for the Tribe’s newly-founded employee outreach made sense. The Fry Bread for Families team held four fry bread sales from September 2009 through December 2009 to raise money to help 10 families identified by local school districts. Veteran fry bread cooks, Sophie Davis, Kathy Hinton, Randy Lewis and Arlinda Waterman prepared the fry bread while other members of the team ran the event. Proceeds from the fry bread sales as well as donations of food, toys and household items by employees and casino vendors make Christmas magical for 10 Payson area families. Free delivery is available within town limits for orders of 10 or more.
For more information, call Fry Bread for Families Program Coordinator Michell Marinelli at (928) 474-6604 ext. 5304.