Charities Benefit From Car Show, Aero Fair

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Recently members of the Rim Country Classic Auto Club (RCCAC) gathered in Green Valley Park to pass out donations to various charitable organizations. On the receiving end of these gifts from the car club are from left to right: Misty Isley, Veterans Helping Veterans; Cristine Royer, Habitat for Humanity; Butch Kline and Lud Kaftan, Payson Supply Line; Willene Smith, DPS Quilt Angels; Sue Montgomery and Jean Bean, Pine Strawberry Food Bank; John Zilisch, Payson Helping Payson; John Vaca, Ken Gunderson, Bob Walk, Roy Andrews, kneeling, John Hall, Joyce Mitchell, John Turner, and Pat Carr, of RCCAC; Jack Gooch, Kaitie’s Closet; Robert Henley, Big Brothers Big Sisters; Bill Pitterle, Tonto Rim Search and Rescue; Sue Hoberthal, Wayne Parent and Lynn Canning, of the St. Vincent de Paul Food Bank. Not available for the occasion was a representative of the Payson Senior Center.

Several area charities have recently benefitted from the generosity of fellow Rim Country nonprofits.

Both the Payson Experimental Aircraft Association (EAA) Chapter 810 and the Rim Country Classic Auto Club have made contributions to a variety of organizations from the proceeds of their annual fund-raising events: the May Aero Fair and the April Beeline Cruise-in and Charity Auto Show.

The Payson Experimental Aircraft Association (EAA) Chapter 810 raised almost $4,000 giving airplane rides at the 2010 Aero Fair on May 15 held at the Payson Municipal Airport. The chapter is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit. The purpose of the event was to raise funds to donate to other selected local nonprofit charities in the Rim Country.

The members of EAA donated their time, aircraft, and in some cases, the fuel to provide the flights during Aero Fair. There were 155 passengers flown during the course of the project, with each paying $25 for a 15-minute flight around the local area.

Each member could nominate one charity for consideration as a gift recipient. After nominations closed, each member could vote on up to four charities to receive the donations.

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With checks in hand from the Experimental Aircraft Association, these representatives of local organizations are all smiles. From left to right are: April Quinlan, Big Brothers Big Sisters; Hunter Lloyd and Amanda Lloyd, Civil Air Patrol Cadet Squadron; check presenter Robert Henley of the EAA; Betty Merritt, Merritt Center Returning Combat Veterans Program; and Gerry Bailey, Time Out Shelter.

Each selected charity receives $1,000 from the chapter. The four selected were: Civil Air Patrol Cadet Squadron in Payson; Big Brothers Big Sisters in Payson; Merritt Center Returning Combat Veterans Program; and Time Out Shelter.

The EAA presentation was made to its selected charities June 23.

The RCCAC presented $10,500 in awards July 14 to the following groups: St. Vincent de Paul/Rim Country Food Bank; Pine Strawberry Food Bank; Senior Citizens Affairs Foundation; Payson Area Habitat for Humanity; Payson Helping Payson; Payson Multi Purpose Senior Center; Vet-Aid, dba Veterans Helping Veterans; Kaitie’s Closet; Big Brothers Big Sisters; Payson Supply Line; and Tonto Rim Search and Rescue.

The annual car show attracts thousands of visitors and hundreds of cars to one of the premier classic car shows in the area each year.

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